2017-18Regular SeasonRound 2
October 18, 2017 CET: 17:45
Local time: 18:45 BASKET HALL KAZAN

UNICS dominates second half to beat Levallois

After trailing by double figures in the second quarter, UNICS Kazan took charge in the second half to beat Levallois Metropolitans on Wednesday at Basket Hall. UNICS retained a share of first place in Group A at 2-0, while Levallois dropped its second straight game. Jamar Smith produced 18 points and 4 steals to lead the hosts, Stephane Lasme scored 17, Melvin Ejim added 14 and Quino Colom recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists. UNICS took great care of the ball by dishing 23 assists and committing just 6 turnovers. Klemen Prepelic led Levallois with 21 points, but only 4 of those came in the second half as the visitors were limited to 22 points over the final 20 minutes. Gavin Ware posted 14 points and 8 rebounds and Boris Diaw had 9 rebounds and 6 assists in defeat. Levallois shot well from downtown in making 10 of 21 threes (47.6%), but made only 40.6% of its two-pointers (13 of 32), collected just 1 steal and made 16 turnovers.

Prepelic had the hot hand early with a pair of threes and a total of 8 points in the first five minutes as Levallois grabbed a 7-9 edge. Ejim and Smith had UNICS on pace with the visitors, but a Maxime Roos three-pointer and 3 free throws by Onyenma Nwaelele put Levallois up 5. Sylvain Francisco’s buzzer-beating three off the glass ended the first quarter with the visitors holding a 16-22 advantage. Fransisco added a jumper and Diaw fed Ware for a slam that pushed the margin to double figures. Lasme helped UNICS cut the deficit in half, but another 2 triples by Prepelic had Levallois cruising at 30-41. And the sweet-shooting Prepelic buried his firth three of the half to give his team a 34-46 halftime lead.

UNICS got an ideal start to the second half with baskets by Ejim, Lasme and Smith before Levallois got on the board. Trent Locket scored twice before Lasme capped an 8-0 run that gave UNICS a 51-50 lead. Anton Ponkrashov padded the lead with a triple and the hosts held a 57-52 advantage after three quarters. Levallois narrowed the gap to 1, but Smith connected from downtown and Lasme added free throws to make it 66-59 with five minutes remaining. Ejim’s first three made it 72-63 with less than two minutes remaining and Colom iced the game from the line.

Unics heads to Turkey next week to face Darussafaka Istanbul, while Levallois will meet undefeated Fiat Turin at home.

Melvin Ejim - Unics Kazan (photo Unics) - EC17
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Referees: PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 3507
By Quarter1234
UNICS Kazan16182319
Levallois Metropolitans2224616
End of Quarter1234
UNICS Kazan16345776
Levallois Metropolitans22465268
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 26:29 14 5/7 1/4 1/2 1 3 4 2 1 2     2 3 14
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 20:26 5 1/6 1/1   2 1 3 2 1 1     1 3 7
10 COLOM, QUINO 22:44 13 2/5 0/1 9/11   5 5 10 1 1   1 1 6 26
13 LASME, STEPHANE 27:08 17 6/9   5/6 1 3 4 2 1 1 2   3 5 23
14 MEIERS, MARTINS 4:40 2 0/2   2/2   1 1             1 2
15 SMITH, JAMAR 31:35 18 3/8 4/8     1 1 1 4 1     3 1 12
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV 2:55     0/2     1 1               -1
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 13:31 3   1/2   1 2 3 1         1 3 8
24 LOCKETT, TRENT 28:59 4 2/4 0/2     5 5 5 1     1 2   8
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 8:12           1 1               1
30 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 13:21     0/2   2 2 4           4   -2
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 19/41 7/22 17/21 9 28 37 23 9 6 2 2 17 22 103
        46.3% 31.8% 81%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIOS
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
Levallois Metropolitans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FRANCISCO, SYLVAIN 10:38 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 1     1   1 1 7
5 LESCA, REMY 3:28                         2   -2
7 ROOS, MAXIME 16:14 8 1/2 2/3     2 2 2   2     2   6
10 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 29:38 21 1/3 5/9 4/4       2   6     2 7 16
11 NWAELELE, ONYENMA 19:11 7 2/3 0/1 3/3   1 1 2   1 1   2 1 7
13 CAMPBELL, LOUIS 24:41 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   3 3 4   2     1 2 11
20 WARE, GAVIN 25:29 14 7/15   0/1 4 4 8 1 1     1 1 1 14
26 ELIEZER, CYRILLE 22:36 4 0/1 1/2 1/2   4 4     2   1 4 2  
30 PIETRUS, FLORENT 6:13   0/1       2 2           1    
33 DIAW, BORIS 30:46 1 0/4   1/2   9 9 6   2     3 1 7
77 FEVRIER, IVAN 11:06 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   1 1 2   1     3 2 -1
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 68 13/32 10/21 12/16 4 30 34 20 1 16 2 2 22 17 68
        40.6% 47.6% 75%
Head coach: FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIOS
UNICS Kazan
"It was very tough game. You can saw the progress of the score. It was two different faces. We missed a lot of open shots in the first quarter. I won’t say that we didn’t play correct on offense, but we missed those shots. Although we took 7 offensive rebounds, we were down by 12 after halftime. We should correct this and we decided to play face to face full court, to play very intense with a lot of energy. "
FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC
Levallois Metropolitans
" We had very good first half, we were good in defense. We had good open shots, gave passes. The beginning of the second half was really tough. Kazan didn’t give up, they played very intense, harder. We made too many turnovers and they scored fast breaks. The quality of Kazan was too high for us. "