2012-13Regular SeasonRound 5
December 05, 2012 CET: 16:00
Local time: 19:00 YUBILEYNI "SPORT" PALACE
Janis Strelnieks - Spartak St. Petersburg (photo Spartak SPB)Spartak St. Peterbusrg rolled over KK Cibona Zagreb on Wednesday evening with a 93-60 home win. There was no chance for the guests as 8 of 14 threes and great defense for the hosts made it 51-23 at the halftime break, and it was a formality from that point until the final buzzer. Spartak, who was already a Last 16 team before this game, stays undefeated in Group G with a 5-0 record while Cibona is out of the Eurocup with a 0-5 record. All players in Spartak played at least 7 minutes and scored at least 2 points. Five players scored in double digits led by Vasiliy Zavoruev and his 15 points, followed by Janis Strelnieks with his 12 points behind 4 threes of 7 attempts. Zach Wright and Vladimir Dragicevic added 11 apiece and Josh Carter had 10. For Cibona, Ante Masic, Justin Hamilton and Hrvoje Kovacevic had 10points each to lead the guests.

A solid collective effort in offense allowed Spartak St. Petersburg to soon build a solid lead. With three early three-pointers, including Patrick Beverley's the hosts were already 15-4 during the first five minutes. Two threes by Ante Masic revived KK Cibona to make it 18-12 with still plenty of time to go. However, Spartak had another burst in the next plays with Nikita Kurbanov as protagonist to make it 26-14 to put an end to the first quarter as Spartak had already hit 5 threes. The scoring run continued in the second quarter as Zach Wright lifted a layup for the 30-14 as Cibona was struggling on both ends of the court. The run in the period was up to 12-1 until Pavle Marcinkovic broke with with a slam for 38-17. Spartak was totally relentless and was already up to 8 triples in 18 minutes, 44-19. A personal show by Vladimir Dragicevic put an end to the first half with a 51-23 Spartak edge.

The pace changed in the third period. Defenses took over and Cibona stood up to the challenge as it didn't allow Spartak to score as easily as in the first half. Andrija Zizic scored four straight free throws for all his points in the game at that point for the 60-32, but Janis Strelnieks showed no remorse with a three for 63-32. The problem for Cibona was that Zizic kept hitting free throws while Strelnieks did the same with three-pointers, and the hosts were soon up to 73-37 again after Fedor Dmitriev's free throws. The last word in the quarter was for the guests however as Hrvoje Kovacevic nailed his own three for 73-40 after 30 minutes. Kovacevic was on fire from the arc as two more bombs from him lifted Cibona for a while as Marcinkovic joined him for a 2-8 run that made it 74-48. Spartak reacted fast, of course, as Vasily Zavoruev nailed five points of his own to keep the game wide open. From there, it was all over for Cibona, who couldn't get another solid scoring run and Spartak just cruised to a new win in the group to remain undefeated in the regular season.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; KALPAKAS, APOSTOLOS; BAUMANIS, INGUS
Attendance: 1000 (Tentative)
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Spartak St Petersburg26252220
Cibona Zagreb1491720
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Spartak St Petersburg26517393
Cibona Zagreb14234060
Spartak St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 21:00 12 0/1 4/7     2 2 2 1 2     3 1 9
8 WRIGHT, ZACH 14:45 11 4/5 1/3   1 1 2 1 1 2     5 1 6
9 ZAVOUREV, VASILY 20:55 15 3/5 3/4   1 2 3 3   1       2 19
11 CARTER, JOSH 19:31 10 2/2 1/1 3/4 1   1 5 3       1 4 21
12 BEVERLEY, PATRICK 22:15 6 0/1 2/7         4 1 1     4 3 3
17 IAKOVENKO, ARTEM 11:03 2 0/1 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 2     4 1  
19 FIDII, EVGENY 8:03 3 0/1 1/1     1 1   1 1     2   1
20 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 19:43 11 5/7   1/1 2 3 5 1 2       1 2 18
21 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 20:27 6 2/2   2/2 2 5 7 1 1 2     1 1 13
22 DMITRIEV, FEDOR 19:33 9 2/3 1/3 2/2   1 1 2 2         1 12
35 VOITIUK, EVGENII 8:03 2 1/1 0/1         1 1           3
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 14:42 6 1/2 1/2 1/1 1 4 5 1         2 2 10
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 93 20/31 14/31 11/12 10 21 31 22 15 12 0 0 23 18 115
        64.5% 45.2% 91.7%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE
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
Cibona Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KUS, DAVOR 20:03 5 1/2   3/3       1   2     2 4 5
7 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 26:10 4 1/6 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 3 1 2     2 1 3
8 MASIC, ANTE 27:08 10 0/1 3/4 1/2   1 1   3 1     3 3 10
12 MARCINKOVIC, PAVLE 22:18 6 3/4 0/1   1 2 3 5 2 5     1   8
20 ROZIC, MARIN 10:22   0/2 0/1   1 1 2     1     3 1 -4
21 JAGODIK, MARKO 13:50 2   0/1 2/2   1 1 2           1 5
24 STRAWBERRY, DJ 19:38 4 2/5 0/2   1 2 3 1 1 4     1 4 3
31 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 17:26 9 0/2   9/10   2 2     2     1 5 10
41 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 22:34 10 5/6     2 3 5     2     1 1 12
55 KOVACEVIC, HRVOJE 20:31 10 0/2 3/6 1/2   1 1 2 3 1     4 2 7
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 60 12/30 6/16 18/21 8 16 24 14 10 20 0 0 18 22 61
        40% 37.5% 85.7%
Head coach: LUTZ, DANIJEL

Head Coaches

ZDOVC, JURE
Spartak St Petersburg
"To be honest, I was afraid of today’s game, because Cibona was not well motivated and that's why they were dangerous. I know some of their players and they are good enough, especially in offense. Fortunately, we played well on defense and that's why won. I like the attitude my guys brought to this game. "
LUTZ, DANIJEL
Cibona Zagreb
"I congratulate Spartak for this win. It seems to me that this team has one of the best defenses in the Eurocup. Today we didn't show anything, didn't fight at all. And this is a headache for me, because Cibona players must always do their best. All the problems we had stemmed from the defense. "
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