2006-07Regular SeasonRound 4
November 21, 2006 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MONS.HAINAUT
Milan Gurovic - Crvena Zvezda The last undefeated team left in the ULEB Cup after four weeks is Crvena Zvezda thanks to its feisty 70-81 road win at Dexai Mons-Hainaut on Tuesday in Group B. After a back-and-forth game, C. Zvezda once again followed the competition's top scorer to victory as Milan Gurovic scored 7 of his game-high 24 points on free throws in the final minute that sealed the outcome. C. Zvezda moves to 4-0 with the win, while Mons falls to 1-3, joining a three-way tie for third place with Real Madrid and EiffelTowers Den Bosch. Vuk Radivojevic followed with 15 points for the winners, while Billy Thomas and Pero Antic added 13 each. For Mons, whose last lead came midway through the final quarter, George Evans was huge again with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals. Shawnta Rogers added 20 points and 7 assists, while Jim Potter scored 10 more.

After a quiet minute, Potter and Gurovic lit the fuse for their teams with a three-pointer each. His teammates copied Gurovic as first Antic and then Radivojevic drilled shots from the arc for C. Zvezda, but they were only good for a 7-9 advantage as Rogers and Evans had scored inside for Mons. C. Zvezda build on that lead as Nenad Misanovic made a free throw and dunked, but otherwise the defenses ruled for several minutes and only another free throw fell for Evans before C. Zvezda finished the quarter ahead 8-12. Monty Mack came off the bench to drill a triple for Mons early in the second, and when Rogers joined him a minute later, the hosts were ahead again, 16-15. Radivojevic got and made 3 free throws to reestablish the C. Zvezda advantage before Evans and Rogers combined to take it back at 24-20. Gurovic reemerged then with a jumper, but Mack and Rogers attacked again from the arc, making it 30-22 for Mons. C. Zvezda got the next 5 points on a dunk by Misanovic and free throws. The visitors continued making their moves with baskets by Thomas, Gurovic and Tadija Dragicevic, the latter to take back the lead, but Mathias Desaever hit free throws to keep Mons up by the minimum, 34-33, at the break.

The battle continued as Thomas opened the second half by hitting from downtown to mark the first of a flurry of lead changes. Gurovic would need a triple soon to take it back for C. Zvezda at 38-39. Evans answered that with a layup that Radivojevic erased with his own. Mons seemed to take the upper hand with the help of another triple by Potter that made it 45-41. When Kevin Houston copied him for a 52-46 advantage, the biggest of the game for Mons, Gurovic had seen enough. He struck from downtown, Thomas made a layup, Radivojevic a three-point jumper-plus-free throw and Steven Markovic another driving basket to turn the game around, 52-56, with a 0-10 run to finish the third quarter. Rogers and Evans got Mons within 56-58 early in the fourth, and after a tense couple minutes, Houston shot the hosts back in front, 59-58, with another triple. Again, C. Zvezda reloaded by getting to the line for 4 free throws before Gurovic's dunk fixed a 59-64 score. Again Mons counterpunched, as Rogers and Evans kept the hosts within a point or two until the last minute arrived with C. Zvezda clinging to a 67-69 edge. Gurovic missed his first free throw at that point, but as he and his teammates were paraded to the foul line, made the next 7 in a row to keep Mons from getting and closer and keep C. Zvezda's record perfect.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO; MANTYLA, PETRI; CONDERANNE, FABIEN
Attendance: 3115
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Dexia Mons8261818
Crvena Zvezda12212325
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Dexia Mons8345270
Crvena Zvezda12335681
Dexia Mons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAJOR, GERRIT 6:45   0/1                   1     -2
5 MACK, MONTY 13:45 6 0/1 2/2     1 1     3     2   1
6 DESAEVER, MATHIAS 26:30 2 0/1 0/3 2/4   3 3   2       5 2 -2
7 HOUSTON, KEVIN 31:45 9 1/4 2/2 1/2 1 4 5 1 1 3     4 3 8
8 EVANS, GEORGE 38:00 21 8/12   5/7 5 5 10 1 6 1   1 4 10 36
9 BAUWENS, THOMAS 0:30                              
10 ROGERS, SHAWNTA 32:45 20 5/9 2/8 4/5 1 2 3 7 2 5     2 7 21
11 MARKOVIC, DRAGAN 8:15     0/3                       -3
12 NDOYE, MOUSTAPHA 0:30 2 1/1                     1   1
13 MARNEGRAVE, NIELS 0:45                              
14 POTTER, JIM 31:15 10 1/2 2/6 2/2   7 7 2 2 2     5 2 11
15 NICHOLSON, YEMI 9:15   0/2       1 1     1 2   3   -3
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 70 16/33 8/24 14/20 7 23 30 11 14 15 2 2 26 24 69
        48.5% 33.3% 70%
Head coach: BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
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
Crvena Zvezda
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MILOSEVIC, IGOR 4:00 2 0/2   2/2                 2 1 -1
7 MARKOVIC, STEVEN 11:45 2 1/1     1 1 2 1 1       2   4
9 POPOVIC, PETAR 11:00 2 1/1       3 3 1   2     4 1 1
10 POPADIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 THOMAS, BILLY 40:00 13 3/7 1/4 4/4   3 3 2 1 2     1 3 12
13 MISANOVIC, NENAD 17:30 6 2/5   2/4 1   1       2   2 3 5
14 VUCUROVIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GUROVIC, MILAN 37:15 24 3/3 3/7 9/12 1 4 5   1 2   1   9 29
18 RADIVOJEVIC, VUK 29:15 15 4/7 1/4 4/5 2 2 4 6 1 4   1 5 2 11
20 DRAGICEVIC, TADIJA 8:00 2 1/1       3 3 1 1 2     3   2
21 ANTIC, PERO 25:45 13 1/4 1/4 8/10 1 4 5 1 1 2     3 6 13
25 BURKS, ANTONIO 15:30 2   0/1 2/2   1 1 1 1 1     2 1 2
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 81 16/31 6/20 31/39 6 21 27 13 7 16 2 2 24 26 77
        51.6% 30% 79.5%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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Head Coaches

BAVCEVIC, NIKSA
Dexia Mons
"I am disappointed, for sure, but just by the result, and not by the way we played. The level of the game was very high, and we must not forget that our guest is certainly one of the best values in Europe, and not far away from the Euroleague. I think that we’re on the good way in the championship if we continue to play as we did tonight, but we keep always our chances in the future, because there are three teams with only one win, and if Belgrade seems out of our reach, as Kazan, the other games will please the crowd."
SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Crvena Zvezda
"I told my players that it wouldn’t be easy to win here after having beaten Kazan, Real Madrid,and PAOK, and finally, I am happy of the end because I wasn’t sure to win. Mons is a very good team, and I think that one of the keys of this game was the rebounds we managed to control. Now, we’re on the good way for qualifying, but the way is still long."

Players

DESAEVER, MATHIAS
Dexia Mons
"I think we played pratically the perfect game, but finally we lost on some details which have been important. We lost three balls at crucial moments, and instead of being at the lead of the game, we have been forced to run. And our guests are never so strong when they can play like that. It’s a team able to create inside and outside, and also very strong in defense, and we were in problems under the basket."
MISANOVIC, NENAD
Crvena Zvezda
"Mons was always on all the balls, and that way of playing put sometimes us in trouble, because when we thought we had made the difference, they always managed to reverse the situation. Rogers played a good game, and it’s very difficult to press him, because he’s quick, and you cannot let him an inch, for his shoot is dangerous. After four victories in four matches, the best is done, but we play on two big sides with the ULEB cup and our championship where we are only in the middle of the board."
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