Crvena Zvezda boosted its chances of making the Last 16 from Group E on Tuesday by taking a thrilling 86-88 win over Dynamo Moscow in the Russian capital. C. Zvezda now has a 4-1 record and will automatically qualify if Cholet (2-2) loses one more game. Dynamo fell to 0-5 but had already been eliminated from Last 16 conention. Oliver Stevic scored the winning lay up with few seconds remaining in the game and Boris Bakic stole the last ball to preent Dynamo from taking a potential game-tying or -winning shot. Mike Taylor led the winners with 22 points. Tadja Dragicevic and Nemanja Bjeica aded 12 apiece, Mario Keselj and Vladimir Stimac 11 each one for Crvena Zvezda. Stevic finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sergey Bykov led the way for Dynamo Moscow, scoring 17 points. Alexey Shved followed with 15, Dmitry Khvostov 14, Alexey Savrasenko 12 with 9 boards and Yuri Vasiliev 10.
Bykov capped an 11-3 start by Dynamo but C. Zvezda reacted to get back within 13-8 with a triple of Keselj. Savrasenko used his size to score 4 easy points and guard Damir Zabirov provided a double-digit margin, 19-9, from the foul line. Stimac from beyond the arc and Tadja Dragicevic with a layup got C. Zvezda closer again until Zabirov fixed the final 25-19 score at the end of the first quarter. The guests took their first lead early in the second quarter when Taylor nailed a three-pointer at 25-27. Stimac extended C. Zvezda's cushion to 27-31 before Alexey Zhukanenko put Dynamo in front again at 33-32 at the midway point of the quarter. Dmitry Domani assisted Savrasenko to make it 42-37 but soon Keselj from completed an 11-2 run from three-point land to make it 44-46 for Crvena Zvezda. A triple by Khvostov, however, gave a 47-46 advantage do Dynamo at halftime.
In the first 6 minutes of the third quarter the lead changed hands three times and the score was tied twice, finally at 58-59, when Filip Videnov completed a three-point-play. C. Zvezda improved its defensive intensity by pushing Dynamo to force a pair of misses while Taylor supplied a six-point cushion at 58-64 late in the quarter. Ilya Syrovatko tied on 64-64 from the foul line for Dynamo, then a layup and additional free throw by Shved fixed a 69-67 lead for the home team after 30 minutes.The game remained close in the first part of the final quarter with Dynamo still leading 76-74 with 5 minutes remaining. Khvostov boosted the hosts from downtown to forge a 79-74 advantage, but back-to-back layups by Taylor and Bjelica plus the latter's additional free throw, gave an 83-84 margin to C. Zvezda with 2 minutes left. Bykov tied it, 86-86, early in the last minute but after a timeout, Dragicevic assisted Stevic for an easy layup giving a huge victory to the Serbian side.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010