In the fifth round of Euroleague’s Group B Cedevita outplayed Laboral Kutxa in Zagreb by 76:67. This is the third Euroleague win for Cedevita in a row. Jacob Pullen scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half. Miro Bilan posted 17 points and 10 rebounds and James White added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Cedevita currently stands at the second place in Group B with three wins and two losses.
Veljko Mrsic (coach of Cedevita): “Previous two and a half weeks have been great for us. We play very well and I am very happy because our arena was full tonight. I am very satisfied with our play in the second half. We played great on defense, but sometimes we rushed too much on offense. Our win was a great invitation for our fans to come to the next game. Playing in front of full arena is a beautiful thing.”
Jacob Pullen (playmaker of Cedevita): “We didn’t play with enough energy in the first half, but we played much better in the second one. We have played very well in last two weeks and today we did a very good when we needed to keep our lead. I made some important shots, but all players were important. James also scored some important points, Gordic posted very well against opposing guards and Zganec is the guy that always does some little things as boxing out, rebounding and setting screens.”
Velimir Perasovic (coach of Laboral Kutxa): “Congratulations to Cedevita, they were better than us, especially in the second half. After only one turnover in the first half, in the second one we committed nine turnovers. Cedevita also finished the game with 19 rebounds more than us and you can’t win in guests in opponent team outrebounds you by such a big margin. We didn’t shot well tonight and our guards didn’t play very well.”
Jaka Blazic (shooting guard of Laboral Kutxa): “Cedevita deserved this win. We made to much mistakes on offense and on defense. It doesn’t happen very often that opposing team outrebounds us by such a great margin. We must play much more aggressive on defense because that gives us some easy opportunities on offense. I think Cedevita is a very good team.”