2017-18Top 16Round 2
January 09, 2018 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAIS DES SPORTS DE BEAUBLANC

Lasme lifts UNICS over Limoges

UNICS Kazan erased a 14-point second-quarter deficit to edge Limoges CSP 66-69 on Tuesday at Palais Des Sports De Beaublanc. Stephane Lasme’s put-back and then steal on the game’s final two possessions gave UNICS the victory in a game that saw six lead changes in the fourth quarter alone. Lasme finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in helping UNICS to a 2-0 start in Group H of the Top 16. Danilo Andusic added 12 points, former Limoges player Jamar Smith tallied 11 points and 7 assists and Anton Ponkrashov posted 10 points and 7 assists for the winners. William Howard led Limoges with 14 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting plus 7 rebounds. Axel Bouteille added 11 points and Josh Carter 10 as Limoges fell to 0-2 in the group. The game was Limoges’s first home game since the sudden death of team president and former player Frederic Forte. He was honored by fans with a standing ovation during the fourth minute of the game; Forte wore No. 4 during his playing days.

Mam Jaiteh scored the game’s first 4 points and Dru Joyce nailed a three-pointer as the hosts went ahead 7-3. The crowd rose to its feet at the six-minute mark – the fourth minute of the game – in appreciation of the late Forte. Despite a pair of Lasme blocks, Limoges remained in control and stretched the lead to 14-5 on a Kenny Hayes triple and Danny Gibson layup. UNICS called timeout and Ponkrashov, fresh off the bench, scored inside. A Bouteille runner made it 17-10 after 10 minutes. Limoges center Tautvydas Lydeka took a seat with 3 fouls after the first play in the second quarter. Bouteille connected form downtown for the first score of the quarter, which gave the hosts a double-digit lead. Brian Conklin produced a nifty spin move for a layup and Carter sank a jumper as the Limoges doubled up UNICS, 24-12. Bouteille made it a 14-point advantage before Lasme scored twice to trim the gap. Despite a Limoges timeout, the momentum shifted to UNICS and Smith landed back-to-back triples to cap a 0-10 run. A three by Howard revived the hosts with a three. Howard and Andusic traded threes in the last minute of the half to make it 32-27 at the break.

Howard nailed his third three of the game for the first basket of the second half, but Smith scored on back-to-back possessions to bring UNICS within 4. The visitors kept it close and Lasme turned an offensive rebound into a layup for Andusic, which drew the visitors within 40-38 midway through the third quarter. Smith stole the ball and fed Melvin Ejim for a layup that tied the game at 44-44. Maurice Ndour’s slam gave UNICS its first lead, 45-46. Lydeka free throws and a Bouteille layup restored a Limoges advantage, but Ponkrashov tied it at 49-49 through three quarters. Ponkrashov nailed a triple early in the fourth quarter to put the visitors up 51-52. There were multiple lead changes, including on threes by Howard for the hosts and Trent Lockett by the visitors, which made it 57-58 midway through the quarter. After a three by Gibson was ruled to be after the shot-clock buzzer, Ejim hit a three at the other end for a 4-point UNICS edge. The nerves seemed to get the best of both teams in the closing minutes with UNICS players missing 3 consecutive free throws and Jaiteh missing a dunk. Lasme hit a foul-line jumper to make it 58-64 with 90 seconds remaining as the arena fell silent. A four-point play by Carter brought the crowd to its feet and Brian Conklin’s offensive rebound and 2 free throws made it a 1-point game with 30.6 seconds to play. The finish came down to free throws; Lasme’s put-back with 9 seconds left put UNICS up 66-69 and his steal sealed the victory.

Vladislav Trushkin  (photo Limoges - Olivier Sarre) - EC17
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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Referees: CORTES, CARLOS; TRAWICKI, TOMASZ; KARTAL, ERSAN
Attendance: 4505
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Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
12 JOYCE, DRU 20:59 8 1/2 2/3     2 2 5   1     5   7
13 BAZILLE, TIMOTHEE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 CONKLIN, BRIAN 25:09 4 1/5   2/2 1 1 2 1   2   1 4 3 -1
16 LYDEKA, TAUTVYDAS 9:39 2 0/1   2/2 1 2 3     2     4 2  
18 JAITEH, MAM 25:39 7 1/7   5/6 4 4 8 1 1 1   1 3 4 9
19 HAYES, KENNY 25:18 4   1/5 1/3   3 3 2   3       3 3
20 MORENCY, JEAN-FREDERIC 8:33           1 1     3     2   -4
21 GIBSON, DANNY 19:22 6 2/4 0/5 2/2 1 1 2 4       1 2 1 3
23 CARTER, JOSH 20:01 10 1/1 2/4 2/3   1 1     2       4 10
42 HOWARD, WILLIAM 22:56 14 1/1 4/6     7 7   1 1     1 2 20
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 2:19   0/1                     1 1 -1
83 BOUTEILLE, AXEL 20:05 11 4/6 1/2   1 2 3           1 1 11
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 66 11/28 10/25 14/18 9 26 35 13 2 16 0 3 23 21 59
        39.3% 40% 77.8%
Head coach: MILLING, KYLE
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
3 EJIM, MELVIN 26:09 7 2/3 1/4   3 4 7 2         3 1 10
5 NDOUR, MAURICE 18:22 3 1/3   1/2   2 2           2 1 1
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 19:11 10 3/6 1/2 1/2   1 1 7   1     1 2 13
10 COLOM, QUINO 23:56 7 1/2 1/5 2/6 1 4 5 4   1     2 7 11
12 SHUKHOVTCOV, GRIGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 LASME, STEPHANE 27:09 13 6/10   1/4 4 1 5 2 3 2 2   3 3 16
15 SMITH, JAMAR 35:21 11 2/4 2/8 1/1 1 4 5 7 3 1     3 1 15
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV 7:51   0/1       2 2   1 1 1   3 1  
24 LOCKETT, TRENT 23:16 6 0/1 2/5   3 2 5 1 1 1     1 3 10
30 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 ANDUSIC, DANILO 18:45 12 3/4 1/3 3/4   1 1 1   1     3 3 9
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 69 18/34 8/27 9/19 13 24 37 24 8 9 3 0 21 22 88
        52.9% 29.6% 47.4%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
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