2003-04Top 16Round 2
March 11, 2004 CET: 20:40
Local time: 20:40 ZAVOD TIVOLI
Union Olimpija dove back into the Group E race by knocking off mighty Efes Pilsen 68-57 at home in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Thursday. Olimpija used a 10-0 run early in the second quarter to go ahead and stay there for good, cruising to a victory that left both teams with 1-1 records in Group E, tied for second behind undefeated leader Skipper Bologna. Saso Ozbolt came off the bench to lead the winners with 18 points. Marino Bazdaric added 14 plus 9 rebounds, Pero Dujmovic 12 and Vladimer Boisa 11. Ozbolt had 5 of Olimpija's 22 assists. Efes got 16 points from Trajan Langdon, and 10 each from Kaya Peker and Goran Nikolic.

The two teams answered each other basket-for-basket through the first five minutes, which ended with Boisa hitting the game's first three-pointer for a 9-8 Olimpija lead. Dujmovic, having known Efes well from when he played for Ulker earlier in the season, already had 4 points. Bazdaric followed Boisa with another triple for a 12-8 lead, but Langdon copied that and Nikolic added a layup to put Efes ahead 12-13. Dzenan Rahimic would score from close to tie, 14-14, before Ozbolt came on and scored Olimpija's next 6 points, putting the hosts up 19-15. Niksa Prkacin answered with a three-point play for Efes, but Bazdaric matched him with a shot from the arc for a 22-18 Olimpija lead after 10 minutes.

To start the second quarter, Olimpija took a double-digit lead with a 10-0 run built on back-to-back triples by Bazdaric and Dujmovic. Efes stayed alive thanks to 4 consecutive points by Peker and Nikolic but Bazdaric made Efes pay for a turnover by scoring a layup that put Olimpija ahead 34-25. Efes cut the lead down to 6 points after an Arslan triple and Peker free throws, but Aloysius Anagonye and Boisa nailed back-to-back jumpers to boost Olimpija's edge back to double digits, 41-31. Nikolic's putback allowed Efes to cut the difference to 41-33 at halfime.

Olimpija's dominance continued into the second half with a quick 7-2 run to a 48-35 lead, the biggest so far. Efes cut the lead down to 10 after a Granger free throw and an Ermal Kuqo basket, but Bazdaric quickly pushed Olimpija back up to 51-38 after nailing a triple on Ozbot's fourth assist. Olimpija seized its biggest lead, 17 points, on Dujmovic's put-back for 55-38. Langdon responded with his second three-pointer, but Ozbolt cancelled it out with his own version on Olimpija's next possession. Nikolic scored in the paint on a Kerem Tunceri assist as Efes pulled within 56-45 to end the third quarter.

Efes continued to narrow the deficit early in the fourth quarter as Langdon drilled his third three-pointer for a 56-48 scoreboard. Again Ozbolt came up big, however, repsonding in kind, but baskets by Langon and Peker got Efes within 59-54. Boisa then stepped up and made two huge baskets for Olimpija. First he took a Bazdaric assist for a layup then dropped in a triple off a pass from Ozbolt. Efes tried to answer quickly, but Alper Yilmaz failed on a three-point attempt and Anagonye made a jumper on the other end to boost Olimpija's lead to 66-54. Olimpija kept up the pressure after a late Efes timeout, pushing ahead 68-56 on a dunk by Anagonye. One free throw by Langdon was all Efes had left, making it 68-57, as time ran out.
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Ziga Bojc, Ljubljana
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Referees: MITJANA, JUAN CARLOS; AMOROS, XAVIER; GARCIA, JOSE RAMON; MARTOLINI, MAURIZIO
Attendance: 3800
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Union Olimpija22191512
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Union Olimpija22415668
Efes Pilsen18334557
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MALI, GREGA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BAZDARIC, MARINO 40:00 14 1/2 4/9     9 9 2 3 2     3 1 18
7 BOISA, VLADIMER 30:15 10 2/7 2/4   1 1 2   2 2     3   2
8 MIHALIC, JERNEJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SMIGIC, DANILO 0:45                              
15 RAHIMIC, DZENAN 20:00 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 2 5 7   1       1 6 16
21 ZAGORAC, SASA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 PETROV, SIMON 17:15   0/1 0/2         2   1     5   -7
25 ANAGONYE, ALOYSIUS 20:00 8 4/4       6 6           3   11
30 PAVIC, SMILJAN 9:45   0/3           1       1 2   -5
31 OZBOLT, SASO 31:15 18 3/4 3/6 3/4   2 2 5 2 2     2 4 22
45 DUJMOVIC, PERO 30:45 12 3/5 1/6 3/4 1 1 2 3 1 2     3 2 7
Team                   1 1          
Totals 200:00 68 15/30 10/28 8/10 4 24 28 13 10 10 0 1 22 13 64
        50% 35.7% 80%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO
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
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ARSLAN, ENDER 18:15 6 1/2 1/4 1/2 1 1 2     3     2 2  
6 ONAN, OMER 5:00 1 0/1   1/2           1     1 1 -2
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 9:45 4 1/5   2/3 2 1 3 1   2     1 2 2
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 24:00 2 1/1 0/4 0/1 1 3 4 3   4       3 3
12 NIKOLIC, GORAN 27:15 10 5/10     2 8 10 2 1   1     3 22
13 SAYGIN, SELIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PEKER, KAYA 27:00 10 3/6   4/6 1 4 5     1     1 5 13
15 PASTAL, VALENTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 29:15 16 2/5 3/4 3/4   2 2 1 1 2     2 5 16
23 KUQO, ERMAL 13:45 4 2/3       1 1   1       4   1
32 GRANGER, ANTONIO 18:30 4 0/2 1/3 1/3   3 3     1     2 1 -1
55 YILMAZ, ALPER 27:15     0/2     3 3   1 1         1
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 57 15/35 5/17 12/21 7 26 33 7 4 16 1 0 13 22 54
        42.9% 29.4% 57.1%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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