2002-03Top 16Round 5
April 10, 2003 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 ZAVOD TIVOLI

Union Olimpija Ljubljana lived to fight another day in Group G on Thursday with a hefty 87-66 home win over Adecco Asvel on Thursday. The 25 points by Jasmin Hukic and the 20 by Goran Jurak were enough for Olimpija to run its Top 16 record to 3-2, good for a second-place tie with Olympaicos. Olimpija also saved itself a Final Four option, which will only be materialized if it can win by 20 on the road next week against group leader Barcelona (4-1). If the Slovenians win by less than 20, Olympiacos will advance if it also wins at Adecco Asvel. A Barcelona victory would confirm its presence at the Final Four. In Thursday's victory, Vlado Ilievski added 14 points for Olimpija. Andre Owens and Sacha Giffa led the way for Adecco with 13 points each, but the French champs fell to 0-5, joining Virtus Bologna in Group F as the only winless teams in the Top 16.

The start of the game was usual as Olimpija started with a press defense which deprived Asvel of scoring during the first 2 minutes and 40 seconds, earning a 7-0 record. But when the game entered the 4th minutes, the guests had already jumped ahead 7-8 after Simon Petrov's basket. Until Giffa didn't score his seventh point in minute 9 for a 18-14, neither team managed to pull away, but at the end of the first quarter the thing was close again for a 18-20 lead for Asvel.

Since the French team arrived to Ljubljana only with 10 players, coach Tomo Mahoric started with the changes soon, which at the beginning disoriented the hosts a little. The first two offensive plays by Asvel in the second quarter ended in the basket, first with Marko Bulic's triple and then with Giffa's fastbreak for 18-25 in minute 11. But just as Asvel had done in the first quarter, Olimpija also turned the score upside down thanks to 8 straight points by Hukic with two triples and a jumper for 28-27. Until the end of the first half, the Slovenians led the way, as Vlatko Ilievski, with 11 points in the first half controlled Olimpija's game.

The first noticeable lead for Olimpija in the second half arrived with 45-50, and was neutralized with two baskets by Vasco Evtimov and one by Stevin Smith, with which the balanced game that both coaches had promised, started. And it remained like that until the 20 final seconds of the third quarter, when Hukic scored his third three to get the maximum lead again for the hosts, 60-55. Asvel managed to improve to 60-58, but then Jurak took the game in his hands. He scored 7 of the first 9 points of the hosts in the last quarter, 69-60. In the following play, Hukic hit his fourth three, 10th for Olimpija, at the same time as the speaker in the arena announced the score in Piraeus. It was the sign for the fans to cheer louder than ever for their team, as their team rolled over Asvel in the last three minutes, and won by such a big gap that didn't reflect what happened on court.

Thursday, April 10, 2003
Ziga Bojc, Ljubljana
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE; FACCHINI, FABIO; ANKARALI, RECEP
Attendance: 4100
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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 31:00 20 9/12   2/3 1 1 2 2 1 1   2 4 7 21
5 BAZDARIC, MARINO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 25:00 14 3/3 2/3 2/2   1 1 2 4 2       5 23
7 BOISA, VLADIMER 14:00 3 0/5 1/2     2 2     1     3   -5
8 MODRIC, STIPE 30:00 7 1/1 1/2 2/2 2 6 8 1 1   1   4 1 14
9 UDRIH, SAMO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 STELMAHERS, ROBERTS 27:00 2 0/3 0/4 2/4 1 3 4 2 1 1     2 4 1
11 POLJAK, JOSKO 9:00 2 1/3     1 1 2     1     1 2 2
12 ZAGORAC, ZELIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 OZBOLT, SASO 15:00 6 2/3 0/1 2/3   1 1 4 1   1   2 2 10
14 HUKIC, JASMIN 26:00 25 5/6 4/9 3/4   3 3 1   2 1   3 3 21
15 DUJMOVIC, PERO 23:00 8 0/3 2/5 2/2 1 3 4 1 1 1       1 8
Team                                
Totals 200:00 87 21/39 10/26 15/20 6 21 27 13 9 9 3 2 19 25 95
        53.8% 38.5% 75%
Head coach: MAHORIC, TOMO
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
Asvel Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RUZ, FLORENT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 OWENS, ANDRE 34:00 13 2/4 2/4 3/4   4 4 2 1 1   1 1 2 14
6 SMITH, STEVIN 25:00 7 1/2 1/5 2/2   1 1 3   2     5 4 3
8 BULIC, MARKO 23:00 6 1/3 1/6 1/2 1 1 2     1     3 2 -2
10 PETROV, SIMON 22:00 9 2/4 0/1 5/6       1   1     2 3 6
11 MARCELIC, DAVOR 19:00 4 2/5 0/2   1 2 3 1   3     1 1  
12 GIFFA, SANYA 27:00 13 3/4 1/1 4/4 2 2 4 2 1 2     2 3 18
13 FRIGOUT, DAVID 19:00 3 1/3   1/2 1 5 6     3 1 1 5 2  
14 GULYAS, ROBERT 9:00 4 2/3     1   1     1     2   1
15 EVTIMOV, VASSIL 22:00 7 3/5   1/2 2 5 7 1 1 5     4 2 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 66 17/33 5/19 17/22 8 20 28 10 3 19 1 2 25 19 46
        51.5% 26.3% 77.3%
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE
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Head Coaches

MAHORIC, TOMO
Union Olimpija
"We deserved this win, since after a long time, we played a game without doubts. Asvel is a very hard team, which I respect because I like their play, so this win against them is even more valuable. Since we still have the chance to clinch first place, we'll do everything in our hands so these great fans have reasons to celebrate."
HERVE, PHILIPPE
Asvel Basket
"We were close during three quarters, but in the end Olimpija showed why they are alive in the last week of competition with options. Playing against a team with Hukic and Jurak in the roster is very difficult, mostly if you make mistakes in the decisive moments like we did. Olimpija won deservedly and I wish them the best for the last week in Barcelona. We will do everything we can to beat Olympiacos."

Players

HUKIC, JASMIN
Union Olimpija
"It was tough during three quarters, but the ending looked so easy. I think that if Asvel had had any Final Four chances, they wouldn't have let us win that easy. Now our minds have to focus on the next goals, which is the Slovenian Cup this weekend."
MARCELIC, DAVOR
Asvel Basket
"Olimpija showed for the second time that they have a bettre team than us. We made many mistakes, we didn't play as we had planned, but just the same, we were close until the last 5 minutes. Congratulations to Olimpija."
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