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Eurocup 2008 / 2009: Zadar - Benetton 76 : 84 ( 62 : 65 ) ( 39 : 51 ) ( 20 : 28 )

Another slow start in a surprisingly empty arena for such an important game , and Zadar suuferd its first home loss of the season.
Also the first loss in the new arena.

Guests had an incredible shooting night, hitting their first 4 threes, and ending the half with 9 / 12 shooting from beyond the arc.
On the other side, only Gecevski had an on night. He scored the first 13 points and 17 out of 20 that Zadar scored for the
entire first quarter. This shooting supremacy gave Benetton an early 18 : 6 lead, and then later in the second quarter +15
at 37 : 22.

Zadar did pull withing 8 at 34 : 42, but then guests scored 3 consecutive three pointers to go up by 14 just befor halftime.

In the second half Zadar finally managed to make some progress and caught up with Benetton at 62 : 62.
Another three to end the quarter, meant Benetton would still go into the final 10 minutes with a 3 point advantage.

Zadar opens well and takes the lead at 69 : 68. Unfortunatelly it seemed like thaty'd run out of gas, and guests
quickly mounted a 7 - 0 run to go up by 6 ( 75 : 69). Zadar briefly threathened, got to 74 : 78 but soon Benetton'e lead was
up to 9 at 74 : 83 and the game was over.

Gecevski led the home team with 24 points , 5 steals and 3 boards. Nobody else played well enough, although Rancic,
peric, Ruzic and Macura played well in the second half. Peric finished with 13 points, Rancic 11, Ruzic 9, Macura 7.

Attendance: 3500