November 26, 2014
Last 16 Round 6 - February 19, 2013 CET: 20:00 Local time: 20:00 - RATIOPHARM ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
3-2 Last 16 3-2
3-3 Regular Season 5-1
6-5 Overall 8-3

Referees

Crew Chief
MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO, Croatia
Referee
KALPAKAS, APOSTOLOS, Sweden
Umpire
HALLIKO, AARE, Estonia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.2 Points 78.5
34.8 Rebounds 32.0
9.5 O. Rebounds 6.7
25.3 D. Rebounds 25.3
15.0 Assists 16.7
4.8 Steals 8.6
2.9 Blocks 2.5
12.4 Turnovers 13.0
56.1 % 2PT 54.1 %
36.4 % 3PT 34.1 %
82.1 % FT 80.8 %
92.3 Index 95.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.5 / Ray Points 16.2 / Eidson
9.3 / Bryant Rebounds 5.9 / Vougioukas
1.8 / Bryant OR 1.3 / Veremeenko
7.5 / Bryant DR 4.7 / Vougioukas
3.8 / Guenther Assists 4.6 / Chatman
0.8 / Ray Steals 2.1 / Chatman
0.9 / Nankivil Blocks 1.1 / Vougioukas
2.2 / Guenther Turnovers 2.4 / Eidson
75.0 % / Schwethelm 2PT 66.7 % / Samoylenko
50.0 % / Guenther 3PT 100.0 % / Zamanskiy
100.0 % / Esterkamp FT 100.0 % / Kaimakoglou
19.2 / Bryant Index 20.0 / Eidson

THE TAKE

In a head-to-head battle for first place, Eurocup debutant ratiopharm Ulm (3-2) faces former champion Unics Kazan (3-2) for the right to go into the quarterfinals as the top team from Group L. Offense is the trademark of the German side, which is averaging 87.8 points per game in the Last 16. Ulm has a balanced distribution of points, with three scorers averaging double digits and two others only just behind that marker. Unics is a more defensive-minded team, with equal success; it has twice been able to keep opponents in the Last 16 to fewer than 60 points scored. In the first match, Ulm defeated Unics in Kazan 87-95, and this time around game pace and defense will be key. The matchups under the glasses will be critical to fuelling the open-court game and speed of the home team. John Bryant and Keaton Nankivil pulled down 22 boards in the first meeting for Ulm and dominated against Ian Vougioukas and Kostas Kaimakoglou. Those two will be out for revenge, while Unics will also have to watch out for the Per Guenther-Allan Ray combination that scored 39 points in that first encounter. Terrell Lyday and Mire Chatman will be the men tasked with stopping them and slowing down the pace.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Ratiopharm Ulm
"Although we are already qualified for the Eurocup quarterfinals, we want to give our very best in the sold out arena. The game itself will be the challenge and every game is a chance to develop your skills. Our goal is to defend our first position in group L. Unics Kazan is one of the top teams in Europe. They are always focused and they hardly make any mistakes. We will have to keep Chuck Eidson from scoring. Moreover we’ll try to force Unics Kazan to take difficult shots and not allow them to take second chances."
EREMIN, STANISLAV
Unics Kazan
"Ratiopharm Ulm is a surprise team this year. They play well, found their game and play open basketball with the average scoring of 90 points. Their offiense is pretty strong. It’s a very good pick-n-roll style team. This is not a surprise they are doing well in Eurocup's Last 16. The match will be very difficult. We will have to analyse their match in Crvena Zvezda to learn how to play them."

Players

NANKIVIL, KEATON
Ratiopharm Ulm
"We will just go out on the court and play good basketball in front of our home crowd. We will try to make a statement and give our best in order to achieve another win in the group."
EIDSON, CHUCK
Unics Kazan
"It should be a tough game. Our opponents have a nice arena, where a lot of people like to see them playing. We know they are a good team. They have beaten us once. We will have to come out and play our best to take the chance to gain revenge."
Chuck Eidson - Unics Kazan - EC12 (photo unics.ru)_43081Unics Kazan made sure it will play the second game of the quarterfinals at home by taking a last-second 77-79 win over host ratiopharm Ulm in a Group L thriller for first place on the final night of the Last 16. Both teams were already qualified, but the result broke their tie, giving Unics a 4-2 record. Ulm finished 3-3, in second-place tie with but having a tie-break advantage over Galatasaray Medical Park. Both face quarterfinal opponents from Spain: Unics will meet Valencia Basket in one two-game series, while Ulm will face Uxue Bilbao Basket. The Unics victory came after Ulm had seemingly sent the game into overtime, but two free throws from Chuck Eidson meant that Unics got the job done in regulation time. Eidson was the standout performer for Unics, with 24 points and 5 rebounds plus some important steals that led to crucial baskets. Terrell Lyday added 20 points for Unics, while Ian Vougioukas neared a double-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds. For Ulm, Lance Jeter led the way with 18 points, Allan Ray scored 16 and Philipp Schwethelm 11 in defeat.

Vougioukas put Unics ¡ ahead with an early layup that Jeter answered with a three-pointer for Ulm. Jeter and Ray would be proceed to score 7 points each in the quarter, counterbalancing the points, assists and hefty amount of rebounds for Vougioukas. Eidson was warming up for another excellent performance as the scoreboard was all-square heading toward the first break until Steven Esterkamp made his first basket of a buzzer-beating triple that let Ulm lead 22-19 after 10 minutes. Unics took the lead with consecutive baskets after the restart, but the score remained tight. Pavel Antipov made an immediate impact for the guests with back-to-back three-pointers. When Vougioukas threw down a subsequent dunk, the Unics lead was extended to 27-33. Ray and Jeter made sure that Unics didn't break away by scoring twice from close range, and Schwethelm's layup off his fourth offensive rebound tied the score again. It would only get better for Ulm, as John Bryant’s late layup gave the hosts a lead back, 37-35 , at halftime.

After the break, Eidson turned up the heat for Unics with his blocks, rebounds and points. But Ulm had a trick up its sleeve in Daniel Theis, who rocked the rim with a pair of big dunks in the space of a minute to keep his team ahead 46-40 as Eidson broke into double-digits in scoring with another shot from inside. Also prolific on scoring, Ray drained an outside shot to make it a seven-point game. Theis kept on dunking to delight the home crowd, while Eidson added a further 5 consecutive points that kept Unics close. Once again, however, Ulm finished the quarter strong, as Jeter nailed a triple and a layup for a 56-49 advantage after 30 minutes. Eidson moved up to 20 points with some critical baskets as Unics chased the lead in the fourth quarter. Ulm attempted to put the win beyond doubt as Keaton Nankivil and Schwethelm buried pair of triples to make it 68-61. But still Unics kept on coming. Eidson completed the comeback with a steal and layup, part of 7 unanswered points for the visitors. The game poised on a knife-edge as Lyday hit his second three-pointer for Unics, forcing Ulm to foul him. Lyday then hit 4 of 4 free throws, seemingly giving the win to the team from Kazan. That was until Schwethelm sank a three-pointer with 2 seconds left to tie 77-77. After a timeout, Unics got the ball to Eidson, who was fouled as he tried to beat the buzzer. He held his nerve and converted both of his free throws, giving Unics a 77-79 win and the top spot in the group.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), KALPAKAS, APOSTOLOS (SWE), HALLIKO, AARE (EST)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Ratiopharm Ulm22151921
Unics Kazan19161430
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Unics Kazan19354979
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Ratiopharm Ulm
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
6 GUENTHER, PER 11:09               3   3     3 1 -2
8 GAUSA, KAY 6:41 2 1/1     1   1           1   2
9 JOENKE, TILL 4:28   0/1       1 1     1     1   -2
10 THEIS, DANIEL 19:21 9 3/3 1/1   1 3 4     2 2   4 3 12
14 RAY, ALLAN 26:59 16 4/7 2/6 2/2   6 6     2     3 6 16
20 HEBERLEIN, MARCEL 0:56         1   1               1
25 ESTERKAMP, STEVEN 19:05 6 0/3 2/5   1 2 3 1 2 1   1 2   2
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 30:39 11 1/1 3/6   5   5 3 1       2 1 16
34 JETER, LANCE 28:51 18 6/8 2/5         2   2     3 2 12
52 NANKIVIL, KEATON 23:49 9 3/5 1/4   1 3 4 1   1 1   2 1 8
54 BRYANT, JOHN 28:02 6 3/7 0/1     9 9 2   3         9
Team                                
Totals 200:00 77 21/36 11/28 2/2 10 24 34 12 3 15 3 1 21 14 74
58.3% 39.3% 100%
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
Head coach: EREMIN, STANISLAV
Unics Kazan
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 26:59 20 5/7 2/5 4/6   1 1 1 2 1     1 5 20
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 12:58   0/1     1 1 2     2     1   -2
10 SERGEEV, PAVEL 4:01                         1   -1
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 20:05 4 2/5 0/1   3 3 6 1   1   1 1 3 7
14 EIDSON, CHUCK 32:22 24 6/11 1/1 9/10   5 5 1 3 2   1 2 6 28
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 19:53 12 5/8   2/2 4 5 9 2 1 2   1   3 21
22 ANTIPOV, PAVEL 19:02 8 1/2 2/3   1 1 2           1   7
24 SHABALKIN, NIKITA 11:40   0/2       1 1     1 1   3 1 -3
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 25:52 7 3/5 0/2 1/1       2         2 2 5
42 ZVARYKIN, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
54 WILKINSON, MIKE 27:08 4 1/4 0/1 2/2   2 2           2 1 1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 79 23/45 5/13 18/21 9 21 30 7 6 9 1 3 14 21 85
51.1% 38.5% 85.7%
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Head Coaches

LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Ratiopharm Ulm
"Our plan for tonight was to play very hard and intense. We also focused on our rebounding and were more aggressive. This strategy paid off and we could temporarily control the game. In the last quarter, we had too many turnovers. Maybe the team is getting tired because of the tight schedule. But against a top team such as Unics Kazan, it is only human to make mistakes. Of course, it is bitter to lose, but we have to accept the defeat. We can be proud to have qualified for the quarterfinals in such a strong group."
EREMIN, STANISLAV
Unics Kazan
"ratiopharm Ulm is a great team and they have a great way of playing. In the first place, we came here to win. We had a bad start and I was not happy at all with our defensive performance. It seems that we had no concentration. Fortunately, we improved and played better at the beginning of the second half. I'm very happy that we could win this very close game."

Players

JETER, LANCE
Ratiopharm Ulm
"As always, the atmosphere in the arena tonight was awesome. The game was so close and both teams were competing on the same level. We were giving our best and fighting until the last second. Unfortunately, we lost against Unicx Kazan. Moreover, the game would have deserved another ending. But it makes me happy that we are part of the quarterfinals."
EIDSON, CHUCK
Unics Kazan
"It was the first time for me in Ulm and it was a lot of fun playing here. The crowd and the atmosphere at ratiopharm arena are great. It was a fantastic game and very close until the end. I'm happy that we won. However, we were hoping to win in a different way. This fantastic game deserved an overtime. I really can't say enough about Thorsten Leibenath and his team: I like the way they play and their attitude on the court."
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