2018-19Regular SeasonRound 1
October 03, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 SPORTSKA DVORANA TOPOLICA

UNICS wins big, spoils Mornar’s EuroCup debut

UNICS Kazan led from start to finish and cruised to 74-97 road win against the competition newcomer Mornar Bar on Wednesday night at Sportska dvorana Topolica. The winning effort was led by big man Maurice Ndour, who dominated the game in near-perfect fashion, scoring 21 of his 29 points in the first half. He made 11 of 12 two-point shots and 7 of 7 free throws to go with 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Raymar Morgan scored 14 points, while Trent Lockett and Pierria Henry dished 7 assists apiece in victory. Bronson Koenig was the rare bright spot for the hosts with 19 points. UNICS scored 6 points in the first minute and needed less than 7 minutes to open a 13-25 lead. Koenig came off the bench for Mornar and hit 3 three-pointers in 4 minutes, helping to keep the hosts within 23-28 early in the second. However, UNICS made a new 5-17 push capped by Anton Ponkrashov's triple to open a 28-45 margin. UNICS led 38-51 at the break before using a pair of triples from Jamar Smith and baskets from Morgan and Ndour to open 48-70 lead midway through the third. The visitors cruised the rest of the way, registering their first win of the season.

Did you notice?

If you tuned in late, you missed a first quarter by UNICS That was a coach's dream. Led by Ndour, the visitors hit 12 of their first 15 field goals attempts, including 10 of 12 for two-pointers, all from close range. UNICS needed less than 6 minute to open a double-digit margin, paving the way to victory.

Pivotal Performer

UNICS big man Ndour was on his game on Wednesday, especially in the first half. He finished with a career-high 29 points, but did the most damage in the first two quarters. In 14 minutes and 29 seconds on court before halftime, Ndour scored 21 points on 8-for-8 two-point shooting and 5-of-5 at the free throw line. That was along with 7 rebounds and 2 assists, all before the break.

First Impression

In his 7DAYS EuroCup debut, Mornar guard Bronson Koenig came off the bench and sparked his team's offense. He needed only 4 minutes to hit 3 triples in as many attempts and dish 2 assists, including a no-look behind-the-back pass for Marin Mornar's dunk. The hosts lost big in the end, but Koenig was a silver lining, netting 19 points in 20 minutes.

Stellar stat

UNICS was clicking on all cylinders, especially offensively, which resulted in a performance index rating of 128, which is club's fifth-highest in the EuroCup. That's no small thing, considering that UNICS has played 170 games in the completion. Also, Coach Dimitris Priftis's team scored 97 points, which is the most the club has scored on the road in nearly eight years.

Next Game

In Round 2, UNICS will welcome Rytas (1-0) in high-profile clash and a battle of two former competition champions. Meanwhile, Mornar did not open its first EuroCup campaign the way it hoped, and now goes on the road to face Fiat Turin.

Maurice Ndour - UNICS Kazan (photo Mornar Bar) - EC18
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO; FOUFIS, IOANNIS; ISGUDER, SINAN
Attendance: 1800
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Mornar Bar18202115
UNICS Kazan28232620
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Mornar Bar18385974
UNICS Kazan28517797
Mornar Bar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 CARRINGTON, KHADEEN 21:04 5 1/4 1/1         1   3          
4 MICOVIC, STRAHINJA 27:47 15 5/6 1/1 2/2 2 4 6     1     2 2 19
7 KOENIG, BRONSON 20:43 19 1/3 5/8 2/2   1 1 3 1 4     2 1 14
10 MUGOSA, MARKO 6:23           1 1               1
13 DRENOVAC, DORDE 18:01 6 2/5   2/2   1 1 4   1   1   1 7
14 PAVIC, VUKOTA 11:12   0/1     1 2 3       1   1 2 4
17 VUJOSEVIC, RADOJE 2:53                   2     3   -5
24 WALLER, ANTABIA 16:37 8 0/1 2/4 2/2   2 2 2   1     1 1 8
41 VRANJES, NEMANJA 18:02 13 2/5 3/7     1 1     1     3 1 4
42 MORNAR, MARIN 18:16 4 2/2       2 2     2 1   1 2 6
44 REBIC, NIKOLA 18:56 1 0/2 0/2 1/2   4 4 3   2   1 2 4 2
55 LUKOVIC, UROS 20:06 3 1/2   1/2 1 1 2       1   4 2 2
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 74 14/31 12/23 10/12 7 21 28 13 1 17 3 2 19 16 67
        45.2% 52.2% 83.3%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, MIHAILO
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
UNICS Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERGEEV, PAVEL 6:43 3   1/3   1   1 2 1 1     2   2
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR 21:21 14 5/9   4/6 4 2 6 2 2     1 2 4 19
4 LOCKETT, TRENT 22:58 5 2/4 0/3 1/2 2   2 5         2 1 5
5 NDOUR, MAURICE 24:49 29 11/12   7/7 1 6 7 1     1   1 5 41
6 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 10:02 4 2/4 0/2     1 1 1 1       1 1 3
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 20:11 9 1/6 2/4 1/1 2 4 6 3         1 1 11
15 SMITH, JAMAR 19:14 12 0/3 4/7   1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 10
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 4:00 2 1/2     1   1         1     1
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 19:50 7 2/3 1/4   4   4 1 1       2 1 8
45 SHELEKETO, MAKSIM 16:20 3   1/5   1 2 3           1 1 2
49 HENRY, PIERRIA 21:14 7 3/5   1/1 1 1 2 7 3       1 2 18
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 13:18 2 1/1 0/1     2 2 2 1 1         5
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 97 28/49 9/29 14/17 20 20 40 26 10 3 2 3 16 19 128
        57.1% 31% 82.4%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, MIHAILO
Mornar Bar
"I already said before tonight’s game, that UNICS was the absolute favorite. They played a very compact defense and scored many easy points. We were not able to follow their rhythm and I congratulate them on their deserved win... The team is still coming together and we need time to settle in."
PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan

"I would like to thank everyone at Mornar for their hospitality. I also want to congratulate them on their EuroCup debut. I know it’s not easy to be a debutante, but Mornar deserves to be in this competition and I wish them the best of luck. Regarding the game, I’m happy with the team’s effort. We tried to consistently keep a strong and aggressive defense, which got us easy points. We’re always very ambitious in the EuroCup. We have a deep roster, so we can combine it and survive the long season. We had a difficult tournament in Moscow and an exhausting trip prior to this game."

"We played the game seriously. We had energy. We scored the points on the primary fast break. We sometimes struggled against zone defense, but finally had good shots. We moved the ball correctly. It was a first step. We won, there is a long way to go."

Players

NDOUR, MAURICE
UNICS Kazan
"It was a great way to start off the first game, a good way to start the season with a win. Coming out here, playing like a team, moving the ball and playing aggressive. In the first game anything can happen, but I was glad we came here with the mentality to get anything that we can."