2009-10Regular SeasonRound 8
December 16, 2009 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Tiago Splitter - Caja LaboralCaja Laboral climbed into the Top 16 on Wednesday with a 62-53 win over Union Olimpija at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain. Laboral improved to 6-2 in Group C and will share the top spot with the winner of Thursday’s clash in Moscow between CSKA and Maccabi Electra. Laboral hosts Maroussi in Week 9 before its showdown with CSKA in the regular season finale. Meanwhile Olimpija slipped to 1-7. The hosts used a 13-0 second quarter run to pull away for a 36-21 halftime lead. Sani Becirovic breathed some life into what seemed a dead game, scoring 8 straight points to spark Olimpija when it was down 17 in the third quarter and later making it 52-48 midway through the fourth quarter, but Tiago Splitter stood tall in the closing minutes, scoring twice to restore a double-digit margin and adding 2 free throws to seal the win. Despite outrebounding Laboral 26-34, 19 turnovers and 4-for-24 three-point shooting (16.7%) were too much for the Slovenian cha,ps to overcome. Splitter paced the winners with 15 points, Fernando San Emeterio added 11 and Mirza Teletovic had 10. Becirovic, who was scoreless in the first half, ended up with 14 points, while league-leading scorer Matt Walsh was held to a season-low 9.

The hosts got on the scoreboard first on a pair of free throws by San Emeterio. Gasper Vidmar broke the ice for Olimpija on the following play. The pace was slow early and Olimpija enjoyed that to take a 3-6 edge on 2 free throws from Dusan Djordjevic. Teletovic started to heat up with a jumper and a triple, but Djordjevic soon knotted the score at 8-8. Teletovic fed Stanko Barac inside for the big guy’s first basket, however continued his red-hot start with a triple for a 10-11 Olimpija lead. At that point Laboral took it up a notch. Marcelinho Huertas came off the bench for his first basket since his injury, Teletovic scored inside and then Pau Ribas fed San Emeterio and Barac on back-to-back plays to finish an 8-0 run. Pawel Kikowski finished the quarter with a layup to keep Olimpija within 18-13 after 10 minutes.

Sani Becirovic - Union OlimpijaTeletovic drilled a three to start the second quarter, but Uros Slokar’s basket and 3 free throws by Kikowski had the visitors close at 21-18. Laboral got Splitter involved down low and Ribas fed a cutting San Emeterio to put the hosts up 7. A basket by Vladimir Micov and a San Emeterio triple gave Laboral its first double-digit lead of the night. Lior Eliyahu added a basket before Splitter capped a 13-0 run from the line to make it 34-18. Walsh sank a three-pointer to end the Olimpija drought, but Splitter tacked on another basket to make it 36-21 at halftime.

Walsh opened the second half with a jumper, but Olimpija was unable to generate any momentum. Fast break baskets by Eliyahu and Carl English soon had the hosts up 17. Becirovic tried to ignite his team with a three-pointer and a drive to the basket. Another Becirovic triple had both teams taking notice as the Laboral lead suddenly shrunk to 9. Splitter and Barac scored low as Laboral tried to regain control, but a three-point play by Walsh made it 44-36. Barac and Becirovic traded baskets. Becirovic continued his strong quarter with a basket and 2 more free throws, giving him 12 points in the quarter. A Barac block on Becirovic prevented him from cutting more of the lead and the quarter ended with the hosts up 48-40.

Edin Bavcic further narrowed the gap with a pair of free throws at the start of the fourth quarter. Micov weaved through the Olimpija defense for an important basket, but Vladimir Golubovic scored in transition to keep it close. English fed Micov only to see Curtis Millage pick up his first points on a tip-in. Becirovic battled through the Laboral defense for a tough layup to make it 52-48 midway through the quarter. San Emeterio banked in a shot at the other end and Splitter added a tough basket to restore an 8-point cushion. Olimpija continued to fight hard on both ends of the floor, but missed three-pointers and turnovers damaged its chances. Splitter put the hosts back up by 10 with a hook shot that practically sealed the win.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), GELLER, RENAUD (BEL)
Attendance: 8700
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Union Olimpija1381913
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Caja Laboral
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIBAS, PAU 29:37   0/1 0/3     3 3 4 1 1 1   2 2 4
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 22:36 8 3/3 0/1 2/4   3 3           2 4 10
7 SINGLETARY, SEAN 11:44   0/1 0/1   1   1           2 1 -2
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 14:33 2 1/2       1 1 4 1 2   1 1   3
11 ELIYAHU, LIOR 19:18 6 3/3       1 1 4 1 1       3 14
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 20:07 10 2/4 2/4     2 2 1   1         8
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 25:26 11 3/4 1/2 2/2   1 1 3   2     4 2 9
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 23:12 15 5/10   5/8 1 5 6   3 2   1 3 4 14
23 ENGLISH, CARL 16:04 2 1/4 0/1     3 3 1   2     1 3 2
25 URIARTE, JON IRKUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 HERRMANN, WALTER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 17:23 8 4/8   0/2 1 2 3 1   1 2   2 2 7
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 62 22/40 3/12 9/16 3 23 26 18 6 12 3 2 17 21 71
        55% 25% 56.3%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 29:45 14 3/8 2/5 2/2   2 2 2   2   2 1 5 10
8 KLOBUCAR, JAKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BAVCIC, EDIN 29:45 6 2/2 0/3 2/2 1 4 5 1 1 3     5 1 3
10 DJORDJEVIC, DUSAN 30:30 7 1/2 1/4 2/2   2 2 1 1 2   1 2 1 3
11 KIKOWSKI, PAWEL 8:37 3   0/1 3/3 1   1   2       2 1 4
12 ALEKSANDROV, NEMANJA 3:23     0/1           1 1     2   -3
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 16:32 6 2/2   2/2 1   1     2     3 2 4
14 MILLAGE, CURTIS 7:48 2 1/2 0/1   2   2     1         1
15 SLOKAR, UROS 11:53 2 1/4 0/1   1 2 3           1 1 1
21 GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR 18:27 2 1/2   0/2 1 4 5   1 3 1   2 2 3
31 OZBOLT, SASO 10:45 2 1/1 0/1   1 2 3       1     1 6
44 WALSH, MATT 32:35 9 2/5 1/7 2/3   5 5   1 3     3 3 2
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 53 14/28 4/24 13/16 11 23 34 4 7 19 2 3 21 17 37
        50% 16.7% 81.3%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Caja Laboral
"We won this game and thanks to it we are now in the Top 16, which was our main target. Now we can focus on improving our position as much as we can. I would prefer not to talk a lot about the game tonight, we had to win, and we did it, but I expected a different behavior. I thought we were a more serious team. That we could play with more concentration, but I was mistaken. We played well only for some moments in the second quarter, when we managed to perform good in defense and play fast. We won tonight, but I feel worried about some players."
ZDOVC, JURE
Union Olimpija
"First of all I would like to congratulate Dusko Ivanovic and his team for the win. They deserved it. We started well, but we committed some defensive mistakes and Teletovic exploited them to make some baskets that broke the game open. We had some very bad moments for 15 minutes, we disappeared from the court and we didn’t fight. This has been our problem this season in the Euroleague, we are soft, we lack character sometimes and we turn into a non-fighting team. In the second half we did things better, we reacted and had some chances to win, we came within 4 points and we got some open shots to reduce the margin even more, but we didn’t make it and in the end Caja Laboral deserved to win this game."
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