2011-12Regular SeasonRound 5
December 13, 2011 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 DOM SPORTOVA
Vladimir Dragicevic - Spartak St. PetersburgSpartak St. Petersburg became the Eurocup regular season Group G champion by edging Cedevita 68-73 in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday. Spartak improved to 5-0 to finish first no matter what while Cedevita dropped to 1-4 and has no chance to make it to the Last 16. Vladimir Dragicevic led the winners with 16 points on 8-of-8 two-pointers. Miha Zupan added 13 for Spartak. Miro Bilan led Cedevita with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Matjaz Smodis added 12 for the hosts. Spartak led 14-20 early in the second quarter but an outstanding Bilan led an 8-0 run that allowed the hosts to get a 27-24 edge. Patrick Beverley and Loukas Mavrokefalidis stepped up late in the first half to give Spartak a 31-37 lead at the break. A three-pointer by Smodis capped a 10-0 run and gave Cedevita its biggest lead, 50-45. Cedevita still led 65-62 with over 3 minutes left but Dragicevic and Zupan fueled a 0-9 run that allowed Spartak to win the game. Free throws by Zupan, who had his team's final 7 points, made the guests put the victory on ice with 21 seconds to go.

Ivan Opacak got Cedevita going with a jumper and a second-chance basket by Bilan soon gave the hosts a 4-1 lead. Aleksey Zozulin stepped up with a jumper and a layup by Anatoly Kashirov gave Spartak its first lead, 4-5. Bilan kept pacing Cedevita with a three-point play and a block on Mavrokefalidis. Valery Likhodey struck from downtown and Zupan matched Dontaye Draper's free throws with a jumper for a 9-10 score. Zupan kept pacing the guests with a layup that Tomislav Petrovic bettered with a three-pointer. Back-to-back layups by Dragicevic and Janis Strelnieks allowed Spartak to regain the lead, 12-16, after 10 minutes. Dragicevic scored twice in the paint to boost the guests' margin to 14-20 early in the second quarter. Vedran Vukusic buried a triple and free throws by Marino Bazdaric got Cedevita within 19-22. Yotam Halperin scored off a steal but Bilan had consecutive layup-plus-fouls in an 8-0 run that put the hosts back ahead, 27-24. Halperin hit free throws and Mavrokefalidis erased Opacak's jumper with a layup to keep Spartak within 29-28. Beverley and Mavrokefalidis hit foul shots but a layup by Opacak made it a one-point game, 31-32. A layup by Mavrokefalidis and a three-pointer by Beverley gave Cedevita a 31-37 margin at halftime.

Halperin scored off a steal right after the break but back-to-back layups by Bilan and Smodis got Cedevita within 35-39. Likhodey scored down low but Marko Car answered from downtown for a 38-41 Cedevita deficit. Halperin and Dragicevic stepped up with consecutive layups but a dunk-and-foul by Bilan ignited a 10-0 run that Smodis capped with a triple for a 50-45 Cedevita lead. Beverley split free throws and Likhodey buried a three-pointer to give Spartak some fresh air at 50-49. Zozulin scored in the paint but free throws by Vedran Princ and a layup by Chris Owens put Cedevita back ahead, 54-52, after 30 minutes. A layup by Zozulin and a three-point play by Mavrokefalidis provided another lead change, 54-57, early in the fourth quarter. Princ shined with a fast break layup, igniting a 7-0 run that Bazdaric capped with a three-point play for a 61-57 Cedevita lead. Dragicevic and Draper traded layups but a free throws by Beverley kept Spartak as close as 63-60 with 4 minutes left. Dragicevic shined with a put-back layup and matched Bazdaric's jumper with another basket for a 65-64 score. Back-to-back layups by an unstoppable Dragicevic and Zupan gave Spartak a 65-68 edge with 1:25 left. A three-pointer by Zupan sealed the outcome, 65-71, allowing Spartak to claim its place as the Group G champion.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU)
Attendance: 800 (Tentative)
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Cedevita
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 27:55 6 2/5 0/4 2/2 1 1 2 2 2 5   1 4 3 -2
5 OPACAK, IVAN 14:08 6 3/5 0/2   3 3 6   1 2     3 1 5
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 22:34 12 3/4 2/2   2 1 3 1 1 3 1   3 3 14
10 PETROVIC, TOMISLAV 16:08 3 0/1 1/3                   3   -3
11 VUKUSIC, VEDRAN 17:22 3 0/2 1/2   1 1 2     2     5 1 -4
12 BAGARIC, DALIBOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 KRALJEVIC, FILIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 23:28 16 6/10   4/4 2 6 8   1 1 1 1 1 5 24
19 PRINC, VEDRAN 17:47 6 2/2 0/2 2/2                   2 6
20 OWENS, CHRIS 11:35 4 1/1   2/2   2 2     1     2 1 4
32 CAR, MARKO 18:36 5 1/2 1/4   1   1 1           2 5
45 BAZDARIC, MARINO 30:27 7 2/3 0/4 3/3   6 6 4 2 2   1 2 5 14
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 200:00 68 20/35 5/23 13/13 11 21 32 8 7 18 2 3 23 23 63
        57.1% 21.7% 100%
Head coach: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
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
Spartak St. Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 7:30 2 1/1 0/2         1 1           2
5 ZAVORUEV, VASILY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KOTISHEVSKIY, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 7:38 2 1/3                     2   -2
9 HALPERIN, YOTAM 27:30 8 3/5 0/1 2/4   2 2 7 3 3     1 3 14
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 23:40 9 1/4 2/3 1/2 2 3 5     3 1   3 1 5
12 BEVERLEY, PATRICK 32:59 8 0/3 1/2 5/8 2 1 3 3 1 1     1 7 13
13 ZUPAN, MIHA 10:13 13 4/4 1/2 2/2   2 2     1     4 2 11
14 ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY 21:59 6 3/4     1 2 3       1 1 3 2 7
20 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 24:08 16 8/8     2 4 6 1 3 1 1   3 2 25
21 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 25:30 9 3/12 0/1 3/3 2 4 6 2   2   1 3 5 6
23 KEYRU, VICTOR 18:53   0/2                     3   -5
Team           1 3 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 73 24/46 4/11 13/19 10 21 31 14 8 13 3 2 23 22 78
        52.2% 36.4% 68.4%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE

Head Coaches

ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Cedevita
"Congratulations to Spartak. The game was open until the final minute and I cannot be disappointed with my players’ effort. My players gave their best. We had a chance to win this game but made too many mistakes in the final minutes after getting a four-point lead. You must play a lot smarter at the end if you want to beat a team like this."
ZDOVC, JURE
Spartak St. Petersburg
"Congratulations to my players. We have already earned our ticket for the next round in the Eurocup, but even with that my players reacted well. This victory is a great birthday present. Cedevita is an offensive team and our defense was the most important part of this win. It was a great game. We were the smarter team in the end and luck was on our side."

Players

BAZDARIC, MARINO
Cedevita
"We fought hard and kept ourselves in the game but did not have enough strength to get a win in the end. Our offense was not good and I am sad because we lost this game in front of our fans."
ZUPAN, MIHA
Spartak St. Petersburg
"We knew that this game was very important to Cedevita and were well prepared. Cedevita is a good team. The game was close until the end, but we earned this victory."
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