Krka Novo Mesto won a battle of Group C giants with some degree of dominance on Tuesday, turning back guest Adecco Estudiantes 92-74 to remain undefeated at 2-0. A high-speed game went the way of the better shooting team, Krka, which converted 9 of 20 three-pointers (45%) and 19 of 23 free throws (83%). Five Krka scorers did most of the damage, each scoring in double figures. Slavko Duscak was the main gun with 19 points. Jaime Arnold put up 15 points and 13 rebounds. Vladimir Anzulovic and and Milos Paravinja added 11 each and Alexander Capin 10. For Estudiantes, Felipe Reyes was once again huge, with 20 points, 14 reobunds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Nicola Loncar added 17 from the wing and Corey Brewer 11 points, but otherwise scoring was scarce for the visitors. Estudiantes shot only 38% overall from the field and made only 5 of 25 three-point attempts (20%). As such, the team from Madrid's record fell to 0-2.
Krka started with a bang, rallying to a 12-4 edge and getting the crowd into the game right away. But this didn't seem to fluster the veteran Estudiantes starters, as a couple of good plays by Loncar boosted the guests up to 12-11 in minute 7. Even after Krka reacted to take a 21-16 lead after 10 minutes, the confidence of the guests was strong. That was evident as Reyes burst out with 4 quick points in the early second quarter, putting the scoreboard at 21-20. But that would be it for the Spaniards for awhile. Krka's shooters started hitting right and left, and by the time they came up for air, the home team was ahead 47-34 at the half.
After the break, any attempts to make up the gap by Estudiantes were met with the sure hand of Duscak, who was on fire in the third quarter. Only Loncar and Reyes could put up any fight for the visitors, but they did so in vain. Still ahead 66-58 headed into the final quarter, Krka gave a big push to the outcome with a 14-6 run that set the scoreboard at 80-64. Shots kept falling everywhere until the finish and the Slovenians were right where they wanted to be when if finished, undefeated atop Group C.
Tuesday, October 22, 2002