2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
October 13, 2020 CET: 18:30
Local time: 18:30 ARENA STOZICE

Olimpija fights off Gran Canaria for first win

Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana collected its first victory of the 7DAYS EuroCup season by rolling past Herbalife Gran Canaria 84-68 in Group D on Tuesday. Jarrod Jones paced five players in double figures with 18 points for Olimpija, which improved to 1-2 in the group. Kendrick Perry had 15 points and 5 assists, while Roko Ukic scored 14 , Jaka Blazic 13 and Rion Brown 12 for the winners. Olimpija took over the game in the second quarter and pulled away steadily after halftime. Gran Canaria tried to come back but suffered its first defeat in the group despite Jacob Wiley scoring 15 points to go with 9 rebounds.

Mikael Hopkins and Rion Brown put the hosts up 4-0 early until Wiley scored for Gran Canaria. Perry's three-pointer sent Olimpija ahead 13-9 only to see Stanley Okoye, Wiley and John Shurna all copy him as Gran Canaria surged ahead 15-20. Ukic answered with a triple of his own for a 20-20 deadlock after 10 minutes. Olimpija continued running as Ukic, Jones and Perry all hit threes in an 11-0 start to a 31-20 second-quarter lead. Shurna's three-point finally put the guests on the board but another Perry triple increased Olimpija's advantage to 13 points, which remained the spread at the break, 42-29. Matt Costello and Andrew Albicy both hitting triples to trim the gap to 46-37 after halftime. Olimpija had the answer, though, with Blazic leading a 9-2 surge to 55-39. Jones added 4 points as the hosts led 61-44 after 30 minutes. Ukic's three-pointer to start the final quarter pushed the margin to 64-44. Jones completed a three-point play and Blazic knocked down a triple as the lead grew to 76-48 midway through the fourth quarter. Gran Canaria made the hosts sweat a little with a 13-0 run featuring triples from Frankie Ferrari, Tomas Dimsa and Fabio Santana to pull within 76-61. But Brown put back a miss to snap a three-minute Olimpija drought and deny the Gran Canaria comeback attempt.

Olimpija shows no rust

Olimpija showed no rust from not playing in nearly two weeks as its Round 2 home game against Frutti Extra Bursaspor did not take place because the entire Olimpija team was forced to remain in quarantine due to a COVID-19 positive case.

Pivotal performer

Jarrod Jones was outstanding off the bench for Olimpija, not only leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-9 two-point shooting, but also grabbing 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block with 0 turnovers in 24 minutes.

Telling numbers

Olimpija gave up just 68 points – after the Spanish side had scored 86 and 94 in its first two games – thanks to limiting Gran Canaria to just 39.4% on two-pointers and 30.6% on three-pointers.

Next games

Olimpija will head back on the road for its next game, travelling to Italy to face Dolomiti Energia Trento on October 20 and hoping to make it two wins in a row. Gran Canaria has another road game for Round 4 as it takes on Frutti Extra Bursaspor on October 20 looking to bounce back.

Roko Ukic - Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana (photo Olimpija) - EC20
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: FOUFIS, IOANNIS; RACYS, SAULIUS; HADZIC, DENIS
Attendance: 0
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Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 RADOVIC, ROK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 PERRY, KENDRICK 32:11 15 3/5 3/6     3 3 5         3 3 18
5 HOPKINS, MIKAEL 23:13 6 3/4 0/2 0/2 4 7 11 1   3 1   4 2 9
7 DUSCAK, DAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 MURIC, EDO 22:27 2 1/1 0/4     2 2 3 2 3     3   -1
10 UKIC, ROKO 19:10 14 1/1 3/5 3/4       1   1       4 15
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 32:00 13 2/8 3/5 0/3   7 7 1 2 2   1 2 3 10
15 BROWN, RION 30:59 12 5/6 0/2 2/2 1 3 4 1 2 2     2 1 13
21 JONES, JARROD 23:51 18 6/9 1/4 3/3 2 7 9 1     1   1 3 25
23 SCUKA, LUKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
27 DIMEC, ZIGA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
29 MARINKOVIC, IVAN 16:09 4 2/4     1 2 3     3 1 1 2 1 1
Team           5 2 7               7
Totals 200:00 84 23/38 10/28 8/14 13 33 46 13 6 14 3 2 17 17 97
        60.5% 35.7% 57.1%
Head coach: GOLEMAC, JURICA
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
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WILEY, JACOB 31:40 15 4/9 1/1 4/5 4 5 9 1   1     1 4 21
4 FERRARI, FRANCO 16:31 5 1/3 1/4         2 3 2   1 3   -1
5 OKOYE, STANLEY 25:47 7 2/4 1/5   2 2 4 1 1 1   1 2   3
6 ALBICY, ANDREW 25:56 8 1/2 2/6     1 1 7   1     2 5 13
9 DIMSA, TOMAS 23:00 9   3/7     1 1 2 1 1     2 1 7
12 KLJAJIC, JOVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SHURNA, JOHN 18:18 6 1/5 1/4 1/1 2 1 3 1 2 1     3 2 3
17 SANTANA, FABIO 3:04 3   1/1                   1   2
18 DIOP, KHALIFA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 BURJANADZE, BEKA 12:20 4 2/3 0/1   2 2 4     1   1     4
24 COSTELLO, MATTHEW 17:42 6 0/3 1/3 3/4   4 4 1   2 2   2 4 7
33 BEIRAN, JAVIER 25:42 5 2/4 0/4 1/2 1 6 7 1   1     1 1 5
Team                                
Totals 200:00 68 13/33 11/36 9/12 11 22 33 16 7 11 2 3 17 17 64
        39.4% 30.6% 75%
Head coach: FISAC, PORFI

Head Coaches

GOLEMAC, JURICA
Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana
"Congratulations to the guys. After this period [of not playing] they really fought defensively. You could see that they had a big desire to play and show that we need to play basketball. And they really gave everything; all their energy and intensity defensively was great. We need to keep going like that."
FISAC, PORFI
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"They played better than us today. They played with great rhythm and great ball movement. We had a lot of problems in our defense and controlling the rhythm. We have to improve a lot on our ball defense. That was the key to the game. Normally we would have won this game."

Players

BLAZIC, JAKA
Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana
"I think we played great in the game on defense from the beginning to the end of the match. It was crucial in the game, but also for the continuation of our season. I would like to congratulate my teammates and coach. We will continue to work and I hope we have a successful season ahead of us."
JONES, JARROD
Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana
"We had a great effort all around from everybody that went out on the court today. We knew how important this game was after missing the last round. Everybody came out with one goal in mind: just to leave everything on the court, no matter what happens. And it turned out good for us."
FERRARI, FRANCO
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"I thought it was a tough loss. I think we need to have a short memory here and move on. We got another [domestic] game on Thursday. We must come back and look forward to changing our attitude and play hard."