2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 18, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 PIONIR

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.7 Points 76.3
35.4 Rebounds 35.7
12.2 O. Rebounds 10.0
23.2 D. Rebounds 25.7
16.8 Assists 17.9
6.6 Steals 7.3
3.3 Blocks 3.0
14.9 Turnovers 12.8
49.2 % 2PT 48.9 %
33.7 % 3PT 37.2 %
72.1 % FT 78.8 %
75.7 Index 83.9

Player Stats

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16.2 / Zirbes Points 12.9 / Djedovic
7.1 / Miller Rebounds 5.8 / Savanovic
2.8 / Zirbes OR 1.5 / Savanovic
5.9 / Miller DR 4.3 / Savanovic
6.8 / Jovic Assists 4.3 / Renfroe
1.4 / Lazic Steals 1.2 / Bryant
2.0 / Miller Blocks 1.1 / Thompson
2.7 / Miller Turnovers 3.4 / Renfroe
100.0 % / Simanic 2PT 68.4 % / Zipser
45.2 % / Simonovic 3PT 71.4 % / Bryant
100.0 % / Simanic FT 100.0 % / Zipser
17.8 / Zirbes Index 12.0 / Renfroe


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-5 Regular Season 4-5
4-5 Overall 4-5


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The Take

It is a make-or-break game for both teams. The winner will advance to the Top 16, regardless of other results. If Real Madrid beats Strasbourg on Thursday, the loser will be out of the competition. Zvezda is eliminated if it loses, while Bayern can reach the Top 16 with a loss and a Strasbourg win. Bayern would need Strasbourg to beat Madrid by between 8 and 28 points. Bayern is first (20.8 apg.) and Zvezda third (19.9) in assists allowed per game so stopping the opponents' ball circulation will be critical. Zvezda runs its offense through its big men - Maik Zirbes, Quincy Miller and Vlado Stimac - who combined for 54 points in their team's 79-90 road win in Munich. John Bryant, Deon Thompson and Dusko Savanovic must step up on defense and not allow Zvezda's big men to dominate again. Bayern relies on Nihad Djedovic, Bryce Taylor and K.C. Rivers to make the difference at both wings. At the same time, Zvezda needs a good game from its main perimeter threats, Stefan Jovic, Marcus Williams and Marko Simonovic, to open the floor and create more space for its big men. Williams did not play in Munich and faces an interesting matchup against Alex Renfroe. It will be a special game for coach Svetislav Pesic, who coached Zvezda in the past, and a warm, standing ovation is expected before the big battle. It is a decisive game, so expect drama and a great crowd at Pionir Arena.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Game Notes

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Twelve different players have started for Crvena Zvezda already this season; no player has started every game.

Since Stefan Jovic has become Zvezda’s starting point guard, the team is 3-2 and averaging 83.2 points per game. In the games before that point, Zvezda was 1-3 and averaging 66.3 points per game.

Quincy Miller has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five Euroleague games. He is shooting 16 for 36 from downtown (44.4%) over that period.

Branko Lazic has recorded at least 1 steal in eight straight Euroleague games.

Maik Zirbes was a teammate of Bayern's Andreas Seiferth during the 2011-12 season with German side TBB Trier.

Zirbes was a teammates of Bayern guard Anton Gavel during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons at Brose Baskets Bamberg. They won the 2013 German League title together.

Zirbes played alongside Bayern guard Alex Renfroe over the last three months of the 2012-13 season at Brose Baskets Bamberg. They won 2013 German League together

Marko Simonovic was a teammate of Bayern's Bryce Taylor during the 2011-12 season at ALBA Berlin.

FC Bayern Munich

Svetislav Pesic had two stints as Crvena Zvezda head coach: the 2008-09 and 2011-12 seasons; he coached current Zvezda guard Branko Lazic during the second of those seasons.

K.C. Rivers has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Paul Zisper is 18 for 18 from the free throw line in his Euroleague career.

Vasilije Micic was a teammate of Zvezda's Nemanja Dangubic during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons at Serbian side Mega Vizura.

Micic played alongside Zvezda center Vladimir Stimac on the Serbian national team during EuroBasket 2013.

Dusko Savanovic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Despite all the problems we have and that we have successfully resolved, we play tomorrow night against Bayern at Pionir Hall, which will be full of our fans who will make a great atmosphere. They are a team that showed that they have a lot of experience and quality, they showed that they can be competitive against all other teams, which you could see in this Euroleague season so far. They have huge quality and of course Coach Pesic, also they were so close to winning all four road games. I hope that all players are gonna be ready, that we will overcome circumstances with injuries as much as possible, and I must be honest, it’s not easy to constantly take care of it. We are all fully aware that is not gonna be easy at all, that the task is also not easy, but we want and I believe that we can be the team that will go to the Top 16."
FC Bayern Munich
"We will focus on our gameplan and will not be deterred by the heated atmosphere in the arena. We will see two teams on eye level and I am expecting a close game. We are motivated and have shown that we can win against the top teams in Europe even on the road. This will be one of those games and moments in sports that we are living for."


FC Bayern Munich
"We understand the importance of this game. Our focus has to be at the highest level. Red Star´s whole team is capable of playing well, if you allow them to do so. It is on us and our defense not to allow them to get into their rhythm. In the first leg they attacked us well with their pick-and-roll plays, so we have to do a perfect job at our help side defense. The pick-and-roll situations will be essential to the outcome of the game."

Crvena Zvezda beats Bayern to capture spot in Top 16

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade gave its fans a shot at a packed Hala Pionir before defeating FC Bayern Munich 85-76 to capture third place in Group A and with it a spot in the Top 16. Zvezda finished the regular season with a 5-5 record; the loss knocked Bayern to fifth place and it will continue its European campaign in the Eurocup. Zvezda took charge early and led by as many as 13 in the first quarter, but Bayern slowly came back. A 2-12 third-quarter run put the visitors in the driver’s seat and they led by as many as 11. But the fourth quarter belonged to Zvezda, which rallied behind great shooting from Marko Guduric and big plays from Stefan Jovic, Maik Zirbes and Quincy Miller to win big. Miller paced the attack with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Zirbes added 17 points and 9 rebounds, Guduric scored a career-high 16 points and Jovic tallied 9 points and 13 assists. Dusko Savanovic paced Bayern with 19 points, Deon Thompson tallied 17 and K.C. Rivers 10.

First quarter: Jovic-to-Zirbes combo overpowers Bayern

Deon Thompson’s turnaround opened the scoring before Branko Lazic’s free throws got the hosts going. Zirbes split free throws to give Zvezda its first lead and then took a pass from Jovic for an alley-oop. Savanovic tied it at 5-5 with a three from the corner. Lazic drove for a layup and after Miller blocked a shot, Marko Simonovic and Miller hit back-to-back threes and Bayern called timeout at 13-5. Jovic completed an 11-0 run with a layup-plus-foul. John Bryant stepped out for a three-pointer to end the Bayern drought, but Simonovic countered with his second three. Savanovic tried to revive the visitors, but Miller drilled a triple and then split free throws to extend the lead to 13. Savanovic connected again from downtown and after a pair of Zirbes free throws, Savanovic netted his third triple. Nihad Djedovic drove for a tough layup to make it 25-18. Zirbes scored twice thanks to Jovic on the pick-and-roll and Miller on the break. Paul Zipser’s block of Miller triggered a fast break that ended in a Djedovic layup. Vladimir Stimac free throws made it 31-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Thompson, Savanovic lead Bayern back

Alex Renfroe hit a jumper and sent a great pass to Zipser for a layup to bring Bayern within 7. Deon Thompson’s second-chance score drew Bayern within 5 and resulted in a Zvezda timeout. Jovic came back after a rest and Miller ended the hosts’ nearly-four-minute long scoring drought with a pull-up jumper. Deon Thompson connected with a jumper to make it 33-28 midway through the quarter. Guduric hit a long triple to beat the shot clock, but Taylor hit a jumper and K.C. Rivers nailed a three to bring the visitors within 3, after which the hosts used another timeout. After a Guduric jumper, Savanovic scored a tip-in. Zirbes found Miller for a layup, but after a Bayern timeout, Savanovic scored again. Guduric drove for a slam, but Deon Thompson did even better with a slam plus foul to make it a 2-point game. Miller’s tough layup made it 44-40 at the break.

Third quarter: Rivers’s threes highlight 2-12 Bayern run

Simonovic opened the half with a long jumper, but Renfroe countered with a three from the top of the key. After nearly two minutes without scoring, Djedovic turned a steal into a layup and foul to tie the game at 46-46. Renfroe drove for a layup that gave Bayern its first lead since the first minute. Zvezda used a timeout, after which Lazic tied it with a long jumper. Savanovic banked in a shot, Djedovic split free throws and Deon Thompson dunked as Bayern took a 48-53 advantage. Ryan Thompson rose for a slam and Zirbes sank free throws. Blocks by Ryan Thompson and Miller forced Bayern into a 24-second violation. Taylor sank free throws to keep Bayern ahead. Anton Gavel sank free throws and seconds later stripped Jovic for a layup and a 52-59 lead. Ryan Thompson scored on the offensive glass, but back-to-back threes by Rivers capped a 2-12 run that put the visitors up 11. Jovic found Stimac for a layup and the latter rejected Gavel to end the quarter with Bayern ahead 56-65.

Fourth quarter: Guduric leads remarkable comeback

Zipser fed Savanovic for a layup, but Zirbes answered for Zvezda. Jovic hit a deep three and Gururic followed with a three-plus-foul as the arena erupted and Zvezda came within 65-67. Reivers fed Deon Thompson for a slam, but Guduric made it a 1-point game with another deep three. Miller muscled his way to a basket that gave his tea, a 70-69 lead. Deon Thompson answered for Bayern and Renfroe scored on the break to make it 70-73 with five minutes to go. Guduric hit free throws and Miller dunked on the break as Zvezda climbed in front. Jovic found Zirbes for an easy score and a 3-point lead with three minutes to go. Lazic was called for an unsportsmanlike foul after a steal by Rivers with 2:17 to go. Rivers split the free throws, but Jovic forced a turnover from Gavel. Zirbes’s free throws with 90 seconds to go made it 78-74. Miller’s triple with 48 seconds to go all but sealed the win. When Rivers missed a three and Jovic made one, the celebrations began.

Marko Guduric - Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade - EB15
Friday, December 18, 2015
Attendance: 6458
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 9:29   0/1 0/2         2   2     2   -5
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 2:13           1 1 1   1     2   -1
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 16:25 4 2/2 0/1 0/1 1   1   2 1 1   1 1 5
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 0:11                         1   -1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 24:18 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   2 2 2   4     5 3 2
15 TEJIC, MARKO 2:25                              
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 19:02 8 1/2 2/5     3 3 1 1           9
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 19:03 16 2/3 3/5 3/3   2 2 1   2   1   4 17
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 31:17 9 1/2 2/3 1/1   1 1 13 2 3     3 2 19
30 MILLER, QUINCY 35:37 21 5/11 3/6 2/4   10 10 1   2 2 3 2 3 19
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 34:04 17 5/6 0/1 7/8 1 8 9 2 1   1   3 7 31
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 5:56 4 1/2   2/2           1 1     1 4
Team           5 1 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 85 19/32 10/24 17/21 7 28 35 23 6 17 5 4 19 21 104
        59.4% 41.7% 81%
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
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RIVERS, K.C. 26:57 10   3/6 1/2       2 1 1     3 1 6
9 THOMPSON, DEON 21:21 17 8/13   1/1 1 4 5 1 3 2 1   3 1 18
11 SEIFERTH, ANDREAS 3:22                         1   -1
12 RENFROE, ALEX 24:17 9 3/6 1/3   1 3 4 3 1 6     3 4 7
13 MICIC, VASILIJE 4:04   0/1               2       2 -1
14 DJEDOVIC, NIHAD 24:58 8 3/4 0/4 2/3 1 2 3 1 4       2 5 13
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 14:12 2 1/3 0/2     3 3 1     2 1 1   2
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 30:23 19 5/6 3/9   2 4 6 1     1 1 2 2 19
25 GAVEL, ANTON 17:06 4 1/3 0/1 2/2   1 1 6 1 2   2 1 1 5
41 MAYR, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 25:49 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 2 3 3       1 2 3 7
54 BRYANT, JOHN 7:31 3   1/2                   3   -1
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 22/39 8/28 8/10 9 21 30 18 10 13 4 5 21 19 79
        56.4% 28.6% 80%
FC Bayern Munich
"Crvena Zvezda deserved that win. We played very good defense, but the hosts managed to score from some tough shots. We gave our best, but Guduric scored two fantastic triples. We were 11 points ahead and if a team beat us, that team deserves congratulations. I am not feeling like a loser. That win means a lot to Crvena Zvezda, much more than to any another team in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Why? I don’t know. We missed Bryant who is our best rebounder. He disappointed tonight. And we missed a little bit of athleticism and strength. That is the reason the hosts had so many second chances."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We are very happy. I’m so proud of my teammates, this city, this club, these fans. Thanks to everybody. We needed this support. I hope we’ll continue like this and win as much as we can in the Top 16. We made it. That’s the most important thing. Let’s celebrate!"
FC Bayern Munich
"We played good and we did our best but it was not good enough. We opened the game badly, but later we managed to lead. I think we were not lucky tonight. I am sorry, but we did our best ,really."
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