2001-02Regular SeasonRound 14
February 14, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 ZAVOD TIVOLI
Olimpija took the front door into the Top 16 on Thursday beating Barcelona 80-74 at home and thereby clinching fourth place in Group B. Center Haris Mujezinovic came up big for the Slovenians with 26 points against Barcelona's solid frontline, but it was overall defense against one of the Euroleague's most potent offenses that did the deed. Olimpija finished in a 9-5 tie for third-place with Ulker of Istanbul, but fell to fourth because it had lost both meetings between the two.

Even though Olimpija started the game with a 6-1 run, the game changed direction in 55 seconds and the Catalans took the lead. Thanks to a great percentage with the mid-distance shots, mainly by Efthimios Rentzias and Arturas Karnisovas first for 8-10 and later for 10-15. Olimpija head coach Zmago Sagadin changed Stipe Modric for Jure Zdovc in the only change for the Slovenians during the first period, but the veteran captain couldn't do much. The height and the good numbers in shooting for the guests were too much for the hosts. In minute 8 Barcelona was ahead by 11, 16-27 and a basket on the buzzer by Alain Digbeu put the 23-31 at the end of the first.

It was clear that Barcelona wouldn't be able to follow that rhythm for long, and head coach Aito Garcia Reneses also made a lot of changes. Doug Overton made his debut with his new team, and he was joined by Alfonso Alzamora and Ademola Okulaja. On Olimpija's side, Aleksander Radojevic and his 222 centimetres. His presence under the rims was enough reason to convince the guests to move a little away from the basket, and Olimpij amanaged to balance the difficult duel before them. The score was soon better for the hosts, 27-33, and the crowd reacted, and then went nuts when Tnji Awojobi hit 6 straight points, two of them with a spectacular dunk, and tied the score at 37. The teams hit the locker rooms with Barcelona in the lead by 6 points, after 2 threes by Overton in the last two minutes, 44-50.

Barcelona started the second half with Roberto Dueñas and he was thefirst one to score for 44-52. From then on, Haris Mujezinovic took control of the game and scored 7 straight that put the hosts ahead, 54-52. The teams started to struggle for every ball, for every inch, and it was already too late to try to recover from larger deficits.

In the last quarter, the first point was scored in minute 33, 66-62. From that point, the Slovenian wouldn't let go of these 4 points. With the exception of the 70-70 tie after two free throws by Rodrigo de la Fuente, the hosts were in the lead all the time and when Mujezinovic scored for 75-70, a relaxed atmosphere reigned in the Tivoli arena. The game was sealed when Jasmin Hukic hit his only three for 80-72.
Thursday, February 14, 2002
Ziga Bojc, Ljubljana
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Referees: DORIZON, PASCAL; FACCHINI, FABIO; ANKARALI, RECEP
Attendance: 3500
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Union Olimpija23211917
FC Barcelona31191212
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Union Olimpija23446380
FC Barcelona31506274
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WELSCH, JIRI 37:03 4 2/8 0/7   1 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 4 3 -4
5 GOLEMAC, JURICA 7:45 6 2/3   2/2           1     5 3 2
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 10:51 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   1 1 1       1 1 1  
8 MODRIC, STIPE 8:18           1 1 1 1       3    
9 UDRIH, BENO 29:09 15 3/6 2/3 3/4 1 1 2 4 1 2     2 5 18
10 ZDOVC, JURE 34:41 3   1/2     2 2   2 1     2 1 4
11 AWOJOBI, TUNJI FEMI 28:07 17 7/16   3/5 7 6 13 1 6 3     1 8 30
12 RADOJEVIC, ALEKSANDAR 10:04 4 1/1   2/2 1 1 2   1       1 1 7
13 MUJEZINOVIC, HARIS 28:36 26 9/16 1/3 5/6 3 4 7   2 1 2 2 5 7 26
14 HUKIC, JASMIN 5:26 3   1/3           1           2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 80 24/52 5/19 17/21 13 17 30 10 16 9 3 4 24 29 85
        46.2% 26.3% 81%
Head coach: SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
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 Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RODRIGUEZ, NACHO 20:12 6 2/2 0/1 2/2   1 1 5   2     3 3 9
6 ALZAMORA, ALFONS 10:19 2 0/3   2/2 1 1 2     1     2 1 -1
7 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 20:16 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   1 1     1   1 4 2  
9 OKULAJA, ADEMOLA 25:29 4 1/4   2/4 2 4 6   1 3     2 4 5
10 DIGBEU, ALAIN 24:48 10 3/5   4/4 1   1 1 2 2 2   2 4 14
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 9:07   0/2 0/3             1   1 1   -8
12 DUENAS, ROBERTO 8:55 6 3/3       4 4 2     2       14
14 RENTZIAS, EFTHYMIOS 27:07 17 8/8 0/3 1/2 2 2 4   3 2     3 5 20
16 VAREJAO, ANDERSON 10:20 3 1/2   1/3 1 4 5   1 2     5 1  
18 OVERTON, DOUGLAS 19:48 10 0/3 3/6 1/1   2 2 3   2     3 3 7
19 KARNISOVAS, ARTURAS 23:39 10 2/4 2/5   1 2 3 1 3 1   1 2 3 11
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 22/40 5/19 15/20 8 21 29 12 10 17 4 3 27 26 71
        55% 26.3% 75%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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Head Coaches

SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
Union Olimpija
"It was difficult, even more when we heard that Skyliners were winning in Bologna, but we can be happy because we made it. The first half was catastrophic, and we almost needed 20 minutes to start playing. We knew that the game would be decided in the last quarter or the last minutes, but we had to balance the rebounding to had an option to win. Beating Barcelona in this aspect is a well done job, because they are one of the tallest teams in Europe".
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
FC Barcelona
"It can't be said that we didn't want to win, but it is also true that for us it didn't matter whether we won or lost. Olimpija has surely played a great game and they deserved to win. This was the perfect game for us to play Overton and check Navarro's condition".

Players

MUJEZINOVIC, HARIS
Union Olimpija
"The win probably meant more for us than for them, and this motivation decided the game. Barcelona is a great team and every win against them is worth as twice. Now everything will be easier."
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