Petrovic: “We’re running out of fuel”

A furious third-quarter rally propelled Zadar to an 84-65 home win over Eiffer Towers in ULEB Cup Round 8 on Tuesday. Zadar (4-4) is now in a three-way tie for second place in Group I with Unics Kazan and Hapoel Jerusalem and a home win vs. Hapoel ne

objavljeno 09.01.'08.; autori: Viktor Bogut, Josip Luša
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A furious third-quarter rally propelled Zadar to an 84-65 home win over Eiffer Towers in ULEB Cup Round 8 on Tuesday. Zadar (4-4) is now in a three-way tie for second place in Group I with Unics Kazan and Hapoel Jerusalem and a home win vs. Hapoel next week should guarantee them a berth in the elimination rounds.

Zadar got off to a sluggish start, but managed to build an eight-point lead (24-16) after the first period thanks to a couple of great moves from Jere Macura. Eiffel’s Darrell Tucker was unstoppable in the first half and single-handedly kept the visitors in it by scoring 21 of his team’s 34 first-half points. Todor Gecevski’s lay-up in the final seconds of the second quarter made it 40-34 Zadar at the half.

Five consecutive 3-pointers (Juby Johnson 3, Shamell Stallworth 2, Rok Stipcevic) during a decisive 21-10 third-quarter run sent the visitors crashing to their sixth loss as Zadar remains undefeated at home in the competition.

Things weren’t functioning right in the first half”, said Zadar coach Aleksandar Petrovic after the game. “It was obvious that my players lacked energy. After the break, I found the lineup that was ready to play at the desired level and we eventually won easily. But I still think we’re running out of fuel in this two-games-a-week rhythm.”

Juby Johnson paced Zadar with 24 points, while Todor Gecevski and Shammell Stallworth added 14 and 13 respectively. Jere Macura finished the night with 10 points and nine rebounds. Eiffel’s Darrell Tucker led all scorers with 31.
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