2001-02Regular SeasonRound 1
October 11, 2001 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ZAVOD TIVOLI

Union Olimpija of Slovenia has begun its second season in the Euroleague with an 81-74 home victory over one of the tougher teams last season, Peristeri of Greece. The Slovenians got away with the win thanks to a tough defense over the final 10 minutes, when Peristeri only was able to score 14 points. The decisive player was the convalescent teenager Beno Udrih, who ended a four-minute scoreless streak for the home team with a three-pointer followed by a three-point driving play that put his team up 76-69 with a clear sight toward the victory. As if that wasn't enough, Udrih nailed another three in the final minute, for good measure.

As expected, the two coaches, Zmago Sagadin for Olimpija and Argirios Pedolakis for Peristeri, started the game with the best fives they had available. In Union Olimpija, the captain Jure Zdovc was missing due to an injury, and Peristeri came to Ljubljana without recently signed Mike Iuzzolino. Therefore, from one part the five was Welsch, Golemac, Ilievski, Modric and Mujezinovic, and from the other Dinkins, Wojcik, Tsartsaris, Carter and Andersen.

The first ten minutes saw how the two teams had alternative leads on the score not bigger than 2 or 3 points, but at the end of the first period, the Greek team took profit of their last offensive play and got a 4-point lead (17-21). This situation lasted only for a few minutes since the Slovenian team tied the score again (23-23), and with Welsch connecting from everywhere in the court (16 points in the first half), Olimpija got the lead (28-27). At that time, none of the starters was on court for Olimpija, and Pedolakis put Byron Dinkins on court (6 points) which was convincingly stopped by Ilievski and Welsch. On the other hand, Adam Wojcik was literally unstoppable, and hit 17 points during the first 20 minutes with good figures: 2 of 4 field goals, 2 of 4 three pointers and 7 of 7 free throws.

The third quarter was started by the same two starting fives of the beginning of the game, but the Slovenian players were the ones who took advantage of the situation this time. Welsch scored 5 for a 52-46 lead in minute 24, but Peristeri neutralized this deficit with baskets by Andersen only two minutes later (52-52). Dinkins added a three which got Olimpija on the lead for 54-57. The winner was to be decided during the last minutes of the game, and so it was when the game finished 81-74 for the Slovenian.

Thursday, October 11, 2001
Z.B., Ljubljana
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Referees: DORIZON, PASCAL (FRA), JANAC, LADISLAV (SVK), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR)
Attendance: 2500
By Quarter1234
Union Olimpija17262117
Peristeri21211814
End of Quarter1234
Union Olimpija17436481
Peristeri21426074
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WELSCH, JIRI 40:00 28 6/13 4/7 4/4 1 2 3 3 2 2     4 4 24
5 GOLEMAC, JURICA 20:00 11 4/9 1/1   3 4 7     3     2 2 10
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 24:34 7   1/2 4/4   1 1 3 5 1     2 3 15
7 BOISA, VLADIMER 5:26 2     2/2           1     1 2 2
8 MODRIC, STIPE 11:40           1 1       1   4   -2
9 UDRIH, BENO 21:26 9 1/2 2/5 1/1   1 1 1 2       2 1 8
10 SUBOTIC, VUJADIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 AWOJOBI, TUNJI FEMI 21:10 2 1/1   0/2 1 3 4 1 2 3     3 3 4
12 CIPRUSS, KASPARS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MUJEZINOVIC, HARIS 17:18 9 3/3   3/5 1 2 3 1 1       2 6 16
14 HUKIC, JASMIN 22:20 5 1/1 1/5             2     3 1 -3
15 NICEVIC, SANDRO 16:06 8 4/7   0/2 1 1 2       1   2 1 5
Team                                
Totals 200:00 81 20/36 9/20 14/20 7 15 22 9 12 12 2 0 25 23 79
        55.6% 45% 70%
Head coach: SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Peristeri
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DINKINS, BYRON 36:56 14 4/7 1/6 3/4   1 1 3 3 2     2 2 10
5 MITROPOULOS, IOANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PAPADATOS, ALEXIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 11:57   0/1 0/1           2 1   1 3 1 -4
8 AGRON, XIARCHOS 15:19 5 2/4   1/2 1 2 3     1     3 1 2
9 PANTAZOPOULOS, GIORGOS 6:43     0/1             2     1 1 -3
10 WOJCIK, ADAM 36:56 27 6/10 2/4 9/11 2 2 4   1 2     4 9 27
11 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 38:20 10 3/5   4/5 4 5 9 3   3     4 5 17
12 KUHEL, ALEXANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 CARTER, MAURICE 33:29 6 3/5       3 3   3 2   1 3 3 7
14 ANDERSEN, MICHAEL 20:20 12 3/4   6/7 1 2 3   1 4     3 4 11
15 EFTHIMIOU, THANASIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 21/36 3/12 23/29 8 15 23 6 10 17 0 2 23 26 67
        58.3% 25% 79.3%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
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Head Coaches

SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
Union Olimpija
"I've said it all before and I'll say it again: Peristeri is a great team and it's the last rival I'd want for a league-opening game. We've won though and that's what matters. The defense was decisive and it worked well in the last quarter. I'm glad that Udrih played well tonight. He scored some decisive baskets and the other players played great as well. Dinkins has surprised us a bit in that he's only been with Peristeri for a week yet he controlled the game for 40 minutes."
PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Peristeri
"We've been together for only a week but this didn't show on the final score at the end of the game. Olimpija has a great team which will grow better with every game. To us, the most important thing now is our next rival in the Greek League and wait for the next game against Olimpija in the second round."

Players

UDRIH, BENO
Union Olimpija
"I'm very happy because we won a very difficult game and hopefully, it will give us the chance to go on along the right path. Peristeri is a great team with which most teams will likely have problems. Sagadin made me play for 20 minutes, which is more than I expected due to my recent injury. My leg is in a good condition so I think I can forget about my injury."
WOJCIK, ADAM
Peristeri
"Olimpija smashed us during all the game and at the end we were a bit tired. They have more players, and with their high-rhythm game they are a very dangerous team."
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