2002-03Regular SeasonRound 10
January 09, 2003 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 JP CENTAR MORACA

Union Olimpija Ljubljana got back its share of first place in Group B by defeating Buducnost in Podgorica on Thursday by a convincing 81-100. The win lifts Olimpija to 7-3 to tie with Tau and Panathinaikos atop the group, while Buducnost drops to 2-8 and virtually out of Top 16 contention. After the opening tipoff had to to be delayed 15 minutes due to scoreboard malfunction, the game was quite balanced during the first three quarters despite the constant leads of the guests. But in the last quarter only Olimpija existed. The best scorers for the winners were Vladimer Boisa with 18 points, Goran Jurak with 16 and Josko Poljak with 14. On the other side, John Brown led Buducnost with 18 points, Aleksandar Smiljanic added 16 and Dejan Milojevic bagged 14.

A new starting five, with Goran Bakic and Walsh Jordan instead of Ivan Koljevic and Aleksandar Pavlovic, got Buducnost started early with a basket from Milojevic and a three by Jordan. Nonetheless, the Slovenian champs reacted fast under the direction of Vlatko Ilievski, the rebounding of Jurak and the long-range shots of Boisa and Marino Bazdaric. As such, Olimpija was already leading by 12 midway through the first quarter, 7-19. Buducnost's new head coach, Miodrag Baletic, now sent Smiljanic and Pavlovic on court, which seemed to settle down the hosts, even though the lead for Olimpija at the end of the period was 17-27.

In the second quarter, Buducnost committed too many turnovers on offense, while Olimpija did the opposite, prolonging its possessions with offensive rebounds en route to a newly comfortable lead of 22-37, the maximum so far. When teenage guard Koljevic stepped on court to replacing Jordan, however, Buducnost's offense started to work. He and Brown, who woke up at the same time, combined to power Buudcnost on a 15-2 run that transformed the scoreboard to 37-39 in minute 17. That comeback coincided with the absences of Jurak and Boisa, who were resting on the Olimpija bench. Their replacements, Poljak and Jasmin Hukic, were not at the same level. With a three by Koljevic, Buducnost pulled within 2 points once again, 45-47, but Roberts Stelmahers responded in kind to make it 45-50. Just the same, Buducnost could be happy to be as close as 48-52 at the break.

The third quarter was very similar to the first two: Olimpija was always ahead, and Buducnost was always close, but the hosts never managed to tie the score. After a three by Koljevic for 53-57, Olimpija reacted with baskets from Vlatko Ilievski and Stipe Modric to lengthen the lead to 53-61. Baletic tried to change things by bringing in veteran guard Gavrilo Pajovic, and in the following minutes, with some points by Pavlovic and a three-point play by Brown, Buducnost had the deficit down to a single point again, 64-65. More than 3 minutes remained in the quarter, but the hopes of the Buducnost fans didn't last that long. Olimpija reacted with a pair of threes by Petar Dujmovic, then an unsportsmanlike foul called on Pajovic allowed the guests to forge a new 10-point lead after 30 minutes, 68-78.

The last quarter was a mere formality as Olimpija hit a 0-6 run in the first minute that broke the game open, 68-84. Mahoric now sat his best players in order to give some minutes to his bench, which took advantage to increase the final margin to 19 points, 81-100.

Thursday, January 9, 2003
Milivoje Kovacevic, Podgorica
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Referees: DE KEYSER, ARMAND; RESSER, EFIM; ZACHARA, IVAN
Attendance: 2500
By Quarter1234
KK Buducnost17312013
Union Olimpija27272422
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KK Buducnost17486881
Union Olimpija275478100
KK Buducnost
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BAKIC, BOJAN 13:00 3   1/1         1   1 1 2 3   -1
5 PAJOVIC, GAVRILO 7:00               1         3   -2
6 SMILJANIC, ALEKSANDAR 30:00 14 0/3 2/2 8/10   1 1 2 1 3     1 6 15
7 BROWN, JOHN 23:00 18 6/12 1/1 3/4 3 7 10   3 6     4 6 20
8 BULAJIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JORDAN, WALSH 12:00 3   1/1   1   1 1 1 3         3
10 KOLJEVIC, IVAN 21:00 13 2/4 2/4 3/4 2 2 4   2 1     1 2 14
11 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 33:00 11 4/8 0/2 3/4 1 3 4 2   2   1 1 6 12
12 VRANES, SLAVKO 10:00   0/1       1 1     1 2   2   -1
13 MILOJEVIC, DEJAN 26:00 14 7/9     3 1 4 1   1     4 1 13
14 KOVACEVIC, SINISA 2:00                              
15 CABARKAPA, ZARKO 23:00 5 1/3 0/1 3/6 1 3 4   1       2 5 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 81 20/40 7/12 20/28 11 18 29 8 8 18 3 3 21 26 80
        50% 58.3% 71.4%
Head coach: DUROVIC, VLADE
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
4 JURAK, GORAN 20:00 18 8/10   2/6 7 1 8 1 3 2     3 6 25
5 BAZDARIC, MARINO 27:00 11 1/1 2/3 3/4   1 1 2 2       1 2 15
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 33:00 11 4/4 1/4         3 1 2     3 2 9
7 BOISA, VLADIMER 26:00 18 4/7 2/5 4/5   5 5 1 1 2     3 4 17
8 MODRIC, STIPE 9:00 4 2/2   0/1           1     5 1 -2
9 UDRIH, SAMO 3:00     0/1                   1   -2
10 STELMAHERS, ROBERTS 16:00 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   2 2 2 1       4 2 9
11 POLJAK, JOSKO 17:00 14 7/12     2   2 1     1   4 1 10
12 ZAGORAC, ZELIMIR 5:00 3 1/1 0/1 1/2                   1 2
13 OZBOLT, SASO 4:00     0/1   1   1       1       1
14 HUKIC, JASMIN 16:00 6 3/5 0/1 0/2   4 4 1   1 1 2 1 2 5
15 DUJMOVIC, PERO 24:00 8 1/2 2/2     4 4 3 1 2     1   12
Team                                
Totals 200:00 100 32/46 8/19 12/22 10 17 27 14 9 10 3 2 26 21 101
        69.6% 42.1% 54.5%
Head coach: MAHORIC, TOMO

Head Coaches

BALETIC, MIODRAG
KK Buducnost
"The thing that I was afraid of happened to my team tonight. Our rival was a very good team that knew how to punish all our mistakes in defense as well as exploit their advantages in offense. It is not possible to beat Olimpija only by inspiration of players separately. You must play collectively if you want to win against them, but we didn't play like that tonight. Sometimes we tried to approach them, we threatened them but we didn't have enough concentration and we gave the ball to our rivals, what they used to increase their lead. Without good defense, an aggressive game and a good approach to the game, there is no chance to beat any serious teams in the Euroleague. Tonight, my team didn't have those qualities."
MAHORIC, TOMO
Union Olimpija
"First, I want to congratulate my players that played collectively, which was our problem in the previous three games that we lost: Maccabi and Crvena Zvezda in the Adriatic league and Tau Ceramica in the Euroleague. Our self-confidence was almost broken, and we put everything on the table in this game. We won and I hope that we will continue with victories. Buducnost is a serious team, but the coach change motivated some of them to try to play better. Unfortunately for them, they failed. They had a lot of good games that were not finished with victories."

Players

PAVLOVIC, SASHA
KK Buducnost
"I expected that we would enter more bravely in the game. Their players started hard and dominated because we played very softly against them. Union Olimpija is a really outstanding team and it was a decisive factor for the success."
JURAK, GORAN
Union Olimpija
"We were well prepared for the game. It is the crown of our very hard tour. We were looking for one golden victory to advance to the Top 16, and strongly hoped that we could achieve it in Podgorica. With our serious approach we did it."
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