2020-21Regular SeasonRound 33
April 01, 2021 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Rebounding best helps Zvezda down Maccabi

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade finished its home campaign on a high with a 76-64 comeback victory over Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv. Maccabi recovered from a slow start to control most of the first half, establishing a couple of double-digits advantages before Zvezda battled back to make it 33-34 at the break. The home side dominated the third quarter and continued to control the game with fluent offense and determined defense in the latter stages. Jordan Loyd led the way with 21 points and Landry Nnoko had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Ognjen Dobric scored 13 points, Dejan Davidovac netted 11 and Marko Simonovic pulled down 11 rebounds in a new team record total of 48. Tyler Dorsey led Maccabi’s scoring with 14 points, Elijah Bryant added 12 and Ante Zizic 10.

Loyd’s mid-range jumper and Langston Hall’s three opened the scoring. Maccabi was held scoreless for 3 minutes before Zizic detonated an alley-oop. Omri Casspi added a battling close-range score and John DiBartolomeo hit from deep for Maccabi’s first lead, 6-7. Dobric, Scottie Wilbekin and Dragan Bender all hit triples and Bender also scored inside to complete a 0-8 run for a 9-15 lead. Simonovic rescued Zvezda from deep, but Bryant and Chris Jones helped make it 15-21 at the end of the first quarter. Oz Blayzer opened the second quarter with a long two and Jones made it a double-digit lead, 15-25, with a layup. Hall and Aleksa Uskokovic pulled Zvezda closer from mid-range, but Dorsey struck from deep to make it 21-28. Bryant and Zizic gave Maccabi another double-digit lead, but Nnoko and Uskokovic struck back. Dobric scored 4 straight to make it 29-32 before Zizic and Nnoko both scored off offensive rebounds. Loyd’s long two made it 33-34 at halftime.

Nnoko opened the second half scoring to briefly give Zvezda the lead, before Jones and Bryant hit back for Maccabi. The home team then went on a 13-0 charge sparked by Nnoko and including three-point plays from Davidovac and Loyd. Davidovac drained a triple to make it 48-39. A three-point play from Zizic brought Maccabi closer, but Uskokovic hit from deep and Davidovac penetrated to beat the third-quarter buzzer for a 53-45 Zvezda lead. Loyd stretched the lead to double-digits before Dorsey rescued Maccabi from deep. Three-pointers from Davidovac and Loyd made it 61-48 before a three-point play from Bryant and a pair of three-pointers from Dorsey gave Maccabi hope, 63-57, with 4 minutes remaining. But Simonovic and Dobric hit back with triples and Nnoko added a tip-in to keep Zvezda safe, 71-61 with 2 minutes left. Maccabi’s offense stayed cold and the hosts cruised home.

Zvezda sets rebounding record

A key to Zvezda’s victory was its total domination of the boards, winning the rebounding battle 48-26. That set a new club record in rebounding for the Serbian team, which had previously grabbed 47 rebounds on four occasions. Zvezda’s total of 34 defensive rebounds marked another club record in the competition.

Zvezda from cold to hot in two-point range

Zvezda was badly off the mark from close range early in the game, making only 1 of 12 two-point attempts in the first quarter. But the rest of the game was a massive improvement, with Zvezda converting 16 of its remaining 21 two-point attempts to finish with a respectable total of 17-of-33 (51.5%).

Offensive problems for Maccabi

Maccabi struggled for offensive fluency all night. The Israeli team committed 5 turnovers in the first 5 minutes and couldn’t find any rhythm, finishing the game with 13 assists and 14 turnovers. Maccabi’s shooting stats were poor, making 15-of-31 (48.4%) from two-point range and 9-of-31 (28%) threes.

Next round

Maccabi plays a rearranged Round 30 game at home against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Sunday, April 4. Zvezda’s final game of the season comes at ALBA Berlin next Thursday, April 8.

Jordan Loyd - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - EB20
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL; VILIUS, GYTIS; KOWALSKI, MARCIN
Attendance: 0
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade15182023
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv21131119
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade15335376
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv21344564
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HALL, LANGSTON 15:06 5 1/2 1/2     1 1 3   3     4    
3 LOYD, JORDAN 26:58 21 4/6 1/7 10/11 2 5 7 4 1 6   1 3 9 23
4 USKOKOVIC, ALEKSA 21:37 6 3/5       3 3 3 1 2     1   8
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 19:46 11 2/5 2/5 1/1 1 3 4 2   2     3 3 9
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 25:03 2 1/1 0/2     2 2 2 1       2 2 5
12 RADANOV, ALEKSA 4:05                           1 1
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 20:07 13 1/2 3/6 2/2   2 2 1 2 2     3 1 10
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 27:18 6 0/3 2/3   1 10 11 1 1       2 1 14
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 12:46 2     2/4 1 3 4           2 2 4
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 4:24   0/2               1       1 -2
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 22:50 10 5/7     6 5 11 1 1 3   1 2 1 16
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 76 17/33 9/25 15/18 14 34 48 17 7 20 0 2 22 21 90
        51.5% 36% 83.3%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BRYANT, ELIJAH 27:57 12 3/8 1/3 3/3 1   1   1 2     4 3 4
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 26:41 6 0/1 2/8         3   2     2 2  
2 CLINE, TJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 JONES, CHRIS 20:40 6 3/6 0/3     2 2 5 1 3     4 2 3
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 17:45   0/1 0/1 0/2 1 3 4   1 2     3 1 -3
6 COHEN, SANDY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 CASSPI, OMRI 11:47 2 1/1       2 2 2           1 7
11 DORSEY, TYLER 24:33 14 1/3 4/7     2 2 1 4 2       2 16
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 17:00 3 0/1 1/4     4 4 1 1 1 1   2 4 7
14 BLAYZER, OZ 9:16 2 1/2 0/1           2       2 1 1
17 BENDER, DRAGAN 19:34 9 2/2 1/4 2/2   4 4 1 1       2 1 11
23 ZIZIC, ANTE 24:47 10 4/6   2/4 3 3 6     2 1   2 5 14
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 64 15/31 9/31 7/11 6 20 26 13 11 14 2 0 21 22 61
        48.4% 29% 63.6%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"I’m satisfied with the win and more than that because we played a really good game. It was important to play better than two days ago against Milan, and we really had a good game with a lot of energy, focus and desire, with 48 rebounds. Congrats to my players for this night."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"I think today it was obvious that as long as we had power, we were in the game. We controlled most of the first half except the last 4 or 5 minutes. We moved the ball and played good defense and stayed really concentrated. But as the game continued to be very physical, we didn’t have the power and this is because we spent so much energy to win the previous game in overtime. I think our tank tonight was empty. In the third quarter, Zvezda came even tougher than the last part of the first half and at that moment we didn’t execute well on offense. Defensively after our turnovers or bad shots, Zvezda took the momentum and scored easy points. We tried to fight back but it was obvious our percentages were not good because we didn’t have the power to execute as we wanted."

Players

LOYD, JORDAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Obviously it’s a tough season, but we wanted to try to end on a good note for all the people at home watching, all the fans through the good and bad times, so I’m glad we could end up on a good note at home. [Message for the fans] Just thank you. It’s been a tough year, but they’ve stuck with us, they’ve showed love from day one. We still have work to do, one more EuroLeague game and the ABA League, so we’re excited."
NNOKO, LANDRY
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Obviously we had to respond from the last game. It’s been a tough road for all of us, we had to come out and show we could play and end up on a good note. It just shows: it goes back to us, our focus, locking in and making sure we bring our energy every time to compete at a high level."
BRYANT, ELIJAH
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"We came out flat tonight. We couldn't find the energy to make runs and get fastbreak points and it hurt us. They hit us in the mouth in the second quarter and we never responded after that. Credit to them."
DORSEY, TYLER
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"We couldn't find our rhythm on offense tonight. We were up by 11, but we let them back in the game and then they hit shoots and kept pressing. They dominated the boards and deserved the win."