2012-13Last 16Round 3
January 23, 2013 CET: 16:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.0 Points 91.3
31.6 Rebounds 36.8
6.3 O. Rebounds 11.9
25.4 D. Rebounds 24.9
17.0 Assists 16.3
8.3 Steals 5.0
2.1 Blocks 1.4
13.1 Turnovers 13.3
56.0 % 2PT 55.5 %
35.1 % 3PT 41.5 %
83.9 % FT 74.6 %
96.8 Index 98.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.5 / Eidson Points 20.0 / Rakocevic
6.1 / Vougioukas Rebounds 6.3 / Savovic
1.4 / Eidson OR 2.3 / Brown
4.8 / Vougioukas DR 4.3 / Savovic
4.4 / Chatman Assists 4.3 / Nelson
2.1 / Chatman Steals 1.3 / Nelson
0.9 / Vougioukas Blocks 0.6 / Scott
2.4 / Eidson Turnovers 2.6 / Rakocevic
71.2 % / Vougioukas 2PT 72.5 % / Brown
100.0 % / Zamanskiy 3PT 66.7 % / Cvetkovic
100.0 % / Kaimakoglou FT 100.0 % / Lazic
21.8 / Eidson Index 19.3 / Rakocevic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
1-1 Last 16 1-1
5-1 Regular Season 5-1
6-2 Overall 6-2


Crew Chief

The Take

In Week 3 in Group L, Unics Kazan hosts Crvena Zvezda Belgrade in a crucial match for the home team. Unics suffered a defeat to Ulm last week and needs a win to keep up with the top teams in an even Last 16 group -the only one in which all four teams hold a 1-1 record. The visiting side also needs to recover from a Week 2 home defeat, and keep an eye on the points differential as things tighten up in the second Eurocup stage. The key for the host side will be defense, while Crvena is a more potent team on offense; Unics has won every game in which it kept its opponent under 80 points and Crvena Zevzda has won 6 of its 8 games with high scoring. The team from Belgrade has scored over 90 points on three occasions, also going over the 100 points mark twice so far. Two big scorers will face off, as Chuck Eidson -the best Last 16 scorer so far, averaging 27 points per night- battles it out with Crvena’s 24PPG Igor Rakocevic. Mike Scott and Marko Simonovic will be the men defending Eidson, while Unics’ Mire Chatman and Terrell Lyday will be looking to limit Rakocevic’s contribution. Former Euroleague champs Ian Vougioukas and Kostas Kaimakoglou and former Euroleague MVP of the Week Vladimir Veremeenko are Unics’ trio to battle in the paint with Crvena’s triple threat: Rasko Katic, Boris Savovic and Elton Brown.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Unics Kazan
"Crvena Zvezda is a good team. They have won the Regular Season Group H this season. They play fast, don’t hesitate to attack when having a chance, and shoot well out of the arc. Their roster is very good: Rakocevic, Radivojevic, Scott, Savovic, Smiljanic, Simonovic and Lazic. Brown plays well inside. They have a good rotation. It is not a surprise they show good results. They have got the mood to play and I’m expecting a very difficult game against them."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Unics had a small disapointment at the begining of the season, since they've made the team for the Euroleague, but haven't managed to qualify. Some circumstances like injuries and later arrival of some players ruined their plans. Now they are forced to chase the Euroleague through Eurocup. They are a powerful team and they proved that by winning in Istanbul against Galatasaray, who showed its power against us. They did lose to Ulm on their court, but only because they underestimated the opponent. I am sure that they will be ready and focused for this next game against us. They have weak poinst like every team, so I hope that we will be able to turn them into our advantage in order to win."


Unics Kazan
"It’s gonna be a very important game. Crvena Zvezda is a tough team, having a big crowd and many fans. Our opponents are pretty strong. You can see this at least in their results. They are playing for the same goals as us, which is to win the Eurocup championship. Therefore I believe it will be a tough game, but we shall do business on our own. We shall stay focused and concentrated all the match long to win."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We have a tough game ahead of us, since we play against a big team. Unics has really got a good team full of experienced players who have big quality and they are one of the favourites for winning this competition. After a good start and a victory in Ulm, we lost to Galatasaray in our arena and that makes the situation in our group more complicated. Unics will have advantage because of the home court and because they have players who left a significant mark in European basketball. Despite all that, we hope that we can surpise them and win. We need to be focused and to fight through the entire game."
Mire Chatman - Unics Kazan - EC12 (photo unics.ru)Unics Kazan took the Group L showdown against Crvena Zvezda Telekom on Wednesday by 78-59. After averaging 91 points per game up to this week, Zvezda was shut down by Unics' defense in the second half as the hosts cruised to the win thanks to a 18-7 last quarter partial score. The win allows Unics to improve to a 2-1 record while Crvena Zvezda dropped to 1-2. Also, with a 0 of 12 from the arc, it was the first time ever in the Eurocup that Crvena Zvezda didn't score a single three in a game. That, together with 20 turnovers, was a recipe for defeat for the guests. Mire Chatman led the winners with his 20 points, Chuck Eidson added 16, Kostas Kaimakoglou 11 and Ian Vougioukas 10. For the guests, Elton Brown had 13 points, DeMarcus Nelson added 12 and Igor Rakocevic had 10 .

DeMarcus Nelson opened the score for the guests and soon Mire Chatman did the same for the hosts as he scored four points to make it 6-6 and keep Unics in the loop. After a Chatman turnover, Mike Scott fed Elton Brown for a free ride underneath plus a bonus free throw, and then Igor Rakocevic drove through the lane for a 6-11 Crvena Zvezda lead. Vladimir Veremeenko managed to wake Unics up with a nifty move in the paint, but Marko Simonovic did the same to keep Crvena Zvezda at a safe distance of 8-14. Unics' 7 turnovers at this point was becoming a heavy burden, and Rasko Katic poured some more salt i the wound to make it 10-16 after 10 minutes. In the first steps of the second quarter, Unics buried the first two threes of the game, back-to-back, and made it 16-18 in a breeze, but Branko Lazic's steal and layup put things back in place for the guests. Ian Vougioukas went to the line to hit both attempts for a 20-20 tie, and then again put Unics ahead, 22-20, after another trip to the stripe. To the rescue arrived Brown, who hit five points in a row to put Zvezda back in the driver's seat. The guests were basing their offensive game on inside shots and for now it was proving successful, while the hosts were surviving on free throws until Nikita Shabalkin nailed a three to put Unics ahead, 34-33. Both teams exchanged more free throws until the halftime buzzer rang with a 36-35 Unics edge.

Unics started the second half with a better pace, but Crvena Zvezda didn't allow the hosts to pull away that easily. Between Vougioukas and Kaimakoglou however, they boosted Unics to a 51-44 lead that forced the guests to call for a timeout. It was Zvezda now who was starting to show problems with turnovers and also was stuck at 0 of 6 from the arc and Chatman's layup made it 60-52 to put an end to the third period. Zvezda was having a hard time attacking in positional offense but Unics was also not seeing the basket in the first minutes of the final period. Chatman finally blasted a three more than four minutes into the quarter for 63-54 and soon added another to give Unics a double-digit lead. Zvezda was totally obscured by Unics' defense and when Veremeenko hit a layup for 72-54, the scoring run in the quarter was 12-2. Lazic finally hit a free throw to break the spell for Zvezda, but Chatman made up for it by himself to keep Unics away for good.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Attendance: 2700 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Unics Kazan10262418
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade1619177
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Unics Kazan10366078
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade16355259
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 12:12 7 0/1 2/3 1/2   2 2 2         5 2 5
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR 2:45           1 1               1
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 21:59     0/1         1 3 2       1 2
10 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 21:53 9 4/10   1/2 2 4 6   1 1     4 3 7
14 EIDSON, CHUCK 34:05 16 2/4 3/4 3/4   3 3 5 2 2 1   1 5 25
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 18:07 10 3/7   4/4   4 4 2 2 4 3   4 4 13
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 33:39 11 1/2 1/5 6/6   4 4 3 1 4 1   1 5 15
21 McCARTY, KELLY 5:33   0/1 0/1         1         1   -2
24 SHABALKIN, NIKITA 16:05 5 1/2 1/3   2 2 4     1   1 1   3
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 33:42 20 6/8 2/4 2/3   3 3 5 2 2     2 4 25
54 WILKINSON, MIKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 78 17/35 9/21 17/21 5 26 31 19 11 16 5 1 19 24 98
        48.6% 42.9% 81%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ACO
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CVETKOVIC, ALEKSANDAR 0:26                              
6 BROWN, ELTON 20:27 13 5/8   3/4 3 1 4 3   2     2 5 17
7 SUBOTIC, BOJAN 17:14     0/3   1 2 3   1 1     2 1 -1
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 25:58 10 5/8 0/2     3 3     4   1 2 2 3
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 3:16                   1         -1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 9:40 5 2/2   1/2   1 1   1       4 1 3
12 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 18:22 5 1/1 0/2 3/4 1 2 3 1         2 2 6
14 SAVOVIC, BORIS 19:30 2 0/4 0/3 2/2   3 3     1   1 5 1 -8
15 KATIC, RASKO 19:33 8 4/8   0/2 1 4 5 1   3 1 1 2 4 7
18 RADIVOJEVIC, VUK 14:20   0/1 0/1   1 1 2 1 1 4     2 1 -3
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 36:20 12 5/8 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 5 3 4   2 2 2 15
21 SCOTT, MIKE 14:54 4 2/5     2 3 5           1   5
Totals 200:00 59 24/45 0/12 11/16 10 24 34 11 6 20 1 5 24 19 43
        53.3% 0% 68.8%
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Head Coaches

Unics Kazan
"After some bad games and bad results, we were supposed to please our fans with a good win. I’m glad we have managed to celebrate this 19-point win. It was badly necessary for our team. We needed to rise from the knock down to avoid a knockout. Of course, my players are in a sort of stress. But there are no excuses in sports, and we needed to win to move forward. We had been considering if it was possible for Lyday, who was injured to take part in this match. Lyday entered the game and helped his team a lot.

"Of course, we made some mistakes in our game today as well. We collected just 10 points in the first quarter, because we didn’t manage to score on five fast breaks. I’m pleased we managed to return to the game soon. I can’t say that today we played a beautiful game, but I’m very pleased with the win and I’d like to congratulate my players. Once again, we needed this win badly, since we have so many important matches ahead. It will be very important for us to beat Crvena Zvezda on the road in Belgrade to book the playoff ticket, though we realize that won’t be easy at all. "
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to the home team. Before we came to Kazan, we knew that Unics had lost its previous Eurocup home game to ratiopharm ulm. That meant, that they wouldn’t have any excuses for the following game in Kazan, and I was sure they would play much better. We also knew that Kazan has an excellent coach and top players in their roster, which had been actually meant to play in the Euroleague. So, having lost the match in Kazan, Unics had top motivation to play any team with 100% of their skills.

"At the start Unics faced some pressure, which had an impact on the result of the first quarter. On our part, we made several mistakes in defense in the second quarter. We lost our advantage quickly, which was very good for the home team. Unics recovered quickly and in the second half they played much, much better. We couldn’t find our way to score, especially from outside. Although we had been in the game until the very last seconds, their advantage was so big that we couldn’t come back. I called timeout with the idea to bring down the margin, to finish maybe minus 10 or 12 points, but again our offense was really bad."
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