Regular Season Round 3 - November 19, 2003 CET: 20:40 Local time: 20:40 - BASKETBALL CENTER DRAZEN PETROVIC

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
1-1 Overall 1-1

Referees

Crew Chief
COLUCCI, GENARO, Italy
Referee
RESSER, EFIM, Germany
Umpire
TOLA, LUCIANO, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
66.0 Points 74.0
30.0 Rebounds 34.5
8.0 O. Rebounds 12.0
22.0 D. Rebounds 22.5
10.0 Assists 14.5
5.5 Steals 8.5
1.0 Blocks 1.0
15.5 Turnovers 11.5
47.6 % 2PT 44.3 %
37.5 % 3PT 36.8 %
78.3 % FT 60.0 %
52.5 Index 71.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.0 / Zizic Points 12.5 / Zisis
5.0 / Zizic Rebounds 9.0 / LOLLIS, QUADRE-MICHAEL
2.0 / GOLEMAC, JURICA OR 3.0 / Glyniadakis
4.0 / MAMIC, MATEJ DR 8.0 / LOLLIS, QUADRE-MICHAEL
2.5 / RIMAC, SLAVEN Assists 4.5 / Zisis
1.5 / PENN, SCOONIE Steals 5.0 / JENKINS, HORACE
1.0 / POLJAK, JOSKO Blocks 1.0 / Glyniadakis
4.0 / RIMAC, SLAVEN Turnovers 3.0 / LOLLIS, QUADRE-MICHAEL
75.0 % / MANCE, MARIJAN 2PT 100.0 % / HILL, KYLE
100.0 % / MAMIC, MATEJ 3PT 100.0 % / Sekulic
100.0 % / PENN, SCOONIE FT 100.0 % / CHATZIS, NIKOS
14.0 / Zizic Index 15.0 / CHATZIS, NIKOS

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A close game for three quarters turned into a Zagreb house party on Wednesday as Cibona roared ahead at the finish to an 85-80 Group A victory over visiting AEK of Athens. With its second home win, Cibona boosts its record to 2-1, while AEK fell to 1-2. It was the fourth consecutive win of the Croats over the Yellows, all of them close. The last in a series of Cibona runs, 18-7 in the middle of the final quarter, decided it for the hosts. Jurica Golemac and Slaven Rimad put up 17 points each for the winners, the latter sealing the deal at the foul line, where he made 12 of 14 attempts. Matej Mamic had 9 points and 9 rebounds for Cibona and did a great defensive job in the second half on Christos Tapoutos, AEK's top gun for the night. Tapoutos finished with 22 points, only 3 of those after halftime. Quadre Lollis added 17 and 11 rebounds, Nikos Zizis 12 points and Nikos Hatzis 10 for AEK.

The home dominanted the early stage of the match, taking a 10-2 lead, but as has happened before to Cibona, the opponent did not take long to get close and make things interesting. Seven minutes into the opening period AEK drew level, 14-14, and kept it close most of the way thereafter. Cibona reacted to take a 24-18 lead, but Nikolaos Zizis connected on a three-point shot at the buzzer for 24-21 after 10 minutes.

To start the second quarter, Nikos Hatzis launched and made his own downtown shot to tie the game. Andrija Zizic, who had sat out the first quarter to avoid early foul trouble, made a three-point play for Cibona, but his counterpart on AEK, Quadre Lollis, got things even again. AEK was at its best now, taking a 36-30 lead after 16 minutes behind the exploits of Christos Tapoutos, who would finish the half with 19 points. But a 13-0 scoring run that included 5 points from Golemac got Cibona back a 43-36 lead. Tapoutos made another three-point shot to cut the lead to 4 points, 43-39, at the half.

Early in the third period Cibona was once again up by 8 points, 50-42, when AEK made two mistakes that cost them dearly, failing to rebound a Cibona missed shot that gave the home team a second chance. It resulted in 6 points as Rimac and Davor Kus each made three-point shots. In 10 minutes bridging the end of second and beginning of the third quarters, Cibona had made a 20-6 run. Lollis led the fight back for AEK with 5 points, and the visitors actually had a chance to lead by 5 at the end of third quarter, but a Zisis turnover led to a Zizic basket, so AEK was up by only 1 point, 58-59 entering the last 10 minutes.

Lollis was still going strong, and his three-point play gave AEK a four-point lead, 58-62, to start the foruth quarter. James Penn stepped up and drilled a triple to keep Cibona close. The home team was about to surge, however. AEK was leading 65-67 when Cibona took off on a 18-7 run to an 82-74 lead that all but finished off the guests. AEK never got closer than 4 after that as Rimac took care of things at the foul line. Thanks went also to Matej Mamic for locking down Tapoutos after halftime, limiting him to only 3 more points rest of the way.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Neven Berticevic, Sportske Novosti, Zagreb
Referees: COLUCCI, GENARO (ITA), RESSER, EFIM (GER), TOLA, LUCIANO (ITA)
Attendance: 2500
By Quarter1234
Cibona VIP24191527
AEK Athens21182021
End of Quarter1234
Cibona VIP24435885
AEK Athens21395980
Head coach: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Cibona VIP
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 PENN, SCOONIE 26:30 13 1/4 2/3 5/6   3 3 2   3   2 1 3 10
5 KUS, DAVOR 16:15 7 1/1 1/2 2/2       1   2     3 2 4
6 RIMAC, SLAVEN 28:00 17 1/6 1/3 12/14   3 3 3 1 2   1 2 8 18
7 KRASIC, BARISA 6:15 5 1/1 1/1     2 2 1             8
8 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 18:00 5 2/7   1/2 2 3 5     1     5 2  
9 GOLEMAC, JURICA 25:30 17 6/6 0/2 5/6 2 3 5 1     1   4 4 21
11 STIMAC, ANDREJ 21:45 3   1/3 0/2   1 1 2 2       1 3 6
12 MANCE, MARIJAN 18:30 5 1/5 0/1 3/4   4 4 2 1       1 1 6
13 MAMIC, MATEJ 28:15 9 1/1 1/4 4/4 3 6 9 2         2 2 17
14 KROLO, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 POLJAK, JOSKO 11:00 4 1/2   2/4 1 1 2   1 2 1   2 2 3
20 MARKOTA, DAMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2   1           3
Totals 200:00 85 15/33 7/19 34/44 10 26 36 14 6 10 2 3 21 27 96
45.5% 36.8% 77.3%
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
Head coach: KATSIKARIS, FOTIOS
AEK Athens
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 LOLLIS, QUADRE-MICHAEL 36:00 17 6/10 1/2 2/2 2 9 11 1   3 1 1 1 4 24
5 NIKOLAIDIS, SOTIRIOS 10:45 1 0/1 0/2 1/2       2   1     3 1 -4
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 28:30 12 1/3 3/8 1/2   2 2 5 1 3   1 3 2 7
7 TAPOUTOS, CHRISTOS 35:00 22 7/10 2/3 2/3 3 3 6 1   1     2 3 24
8 MISIAKOS, DIMITRIOS 5:00     0/1           1       1 1  
9 CHATZIS, NIKOLAOS 27:15 10 2/5 2/5     1 1 5 1 1     3   7
10 HILL, KYLE 16:30 7 1/2 1/4 2/4   2 2 2 1 2     3 2 3
11 GLYNIADAKIS, ANDREAS 6:45 2     2/2   1 1   1 1     3 3 3
13 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 6:45   0/1               1     2 2 -2
14 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 17:00 9 4/5   1/2 1 5 6 2 1   2   2 2 18
15 PAPAIOAKIM, PANTELIS 10:30           1 1           4 1 -2
17 TSIARAS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3   3   1           4
Totals 200:00 80 21/37 9/25 11/17 9 24 33 18 7 13 3 2 27 21 82
56.8% 36% 64.7%
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Head Coaches

ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Cibona VIP
"To say I'm happy with the way we played would be a understatement. From the beggining of the season Cibona is, at some point, struggling in ofense, and that seems to be the biggest problem. But, we got the win, a big win against a very good oponent. We had some problems in the first half, only to offensive rebounds, the second half was much better. Our zone defence took us through, and some good plays in the last quarter. My players did a better job, especially Penn who had a slight injury problem, but nothing spectacular. They are the team leaders, and I expect them to step up when the game is on the line. Like Matej Mamic who did a good job guarding Tapoutos who did a lot of damage in the first half."
KATSIKARIS, FOTIOS
AEK Athens
"We knew that Cibona runs the floor well, and as always, shoots well also. Cibona scored some easy baskets on fast breaks, Jurica Golemac was tough to guard, we also had some problems with the zone. Still, we could have done better, maybe even win the game, but made two mistakes at the end. Our shot selections was not great, that was the biggest problem."

Players

GOLEMAC, JURICA
Cibona VIP
"It was not easy, we knew the strenght of AEK. This was one of my better games since coming to Zagreb, made some points, did a good job guarding Lollis, I know his game for three years now. This time I won, next time it might be his turn."
RIMAC, SLAVEN
Cibona VIP
"We played smart, we took the ball inside, and made a lot of free-throws when the game was on the line. This is a big win for us, now it will be much easier to travel to Belgrade and take on Partizan. Three games, two wins, perfect start, even though we could have played better."
LOLLIS, QUADRE-MICHAEL
AEK Athens
"Close but not close enough. Cibona had their chances, we had our chances, at the end Cibona won. The last five minutes decided the match, we made some mistakes, Cibona made the free-throws. This is the story of the game"
ZISIS, NIKOS
AEK Athens
"We came back after a slow start, but made too many mistakes down the strech. Especially in the second quarter, blowing a 30-36 lead, allowing Cibona to make a 13-0 run. The fourth quarter made the differnce, they took the lead on massive free-throw shooting, we made too many mistakes in the closing minutes"
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