2012-13Last 16Round 6
February 19, 2013 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 RATIOPHARM ARENA
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
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Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), KALPAKAS, APOSTOLOS (SWE), HALLIKO, AARE (EST)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
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Ratiopharm Ulm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
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%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
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
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%
Head coach: EREMIN, STANISLAV

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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