2017-18Top 16Round 4
January 24, 2018 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALABIGI

Reggio Emilia rallies to sweep season series from UNICS

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia fought back from a 17-point deficit to beat UNICS Kazan for the second time in a week with a 76-75 win at home in Group H. Amedeo Della Valle poured in 21 points while Julian Wright collected 17 points and 8 rebounds for Reggio Emilia, which improved to 3-1. Stephane Lasme (18 points and 10 rebounds) and Quino Colom (17 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists) both had double-doubles for UNICS, while Melvin Ejim chipped in 13 points in the loss that dropped the Russian side to 2-2 in the group. UNICS outrebounded Reggio Emilia 35-26 and made 20 of 21 free throws, but allowed Reggio Emilia to make 61.8 percent of its two-point shots and failed to hold a 12-point fourth quarter lead.

UNICS was more efficient, stronger on the boards and on target from long range in opening a 4-14 lead thanks to three-pointers from Ejim and Colom. Reggio Emilia’s leading scorer Della Valle did not start the game, but came on and scored 3 points as the home side tried to get closer at 10-18. But Lasme converted his second three-point play and Ejim nailed another three-ball in a 3-12 surge for a 13-30 UNICS lead. Reggio Emilia made it 17-30 after 10 minutes. Reggio Emilia continued its charge back into the game in the second stanza with a 14-2 start with 7 points from Della Valle to pull within 31-32. Colom stopped the rut, some hard work earned Ejim 5 points and Lasme added back-to-back baskets in a 4-13 answer to send UNICS back ahead by double digits 35-45. Wright made it 38-45 at the intermission.

Reggio Emilia was able to trim the deficit to 42-47, but Trent Lockett knocked down a three and Colom hit a layup and 2 free throws in upping the lead to 43-54. The margin was 48-60 shortly before the end of the third quarter, which ended with UNICS up 50-60. Lasme increased the lead to 12 points to start the fourth quarter, but Reggio Emilia charged back with a 10-0 run with Riccardo Cervi scoring 4 points to make it 60-64. Della Valle knotted it at 64-64 and Garrett Nevels’s three-pointer put the host side up 67-64. Jamar Smith answered with a three-pointer and Lasme’s layup made it 68-69. But Wright converted a layup at the other end and Reggio Emilia picked up 4 points on two unsportsmanlike fouls within two seconds for a 74-69 cushion with 12 seconds left. After Colom raced back to hit a three, Manu Markoishvili countered with a layup with 3.9 seconds and it was needed as Lockett knocked down a three-pointer off the glass at the buzzer to set the final score at 76-75.

Amedeo Della Valle - Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (photo Emilia - Enrico Rossi) - EC17
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PANTHER, ANNE (GER), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), NEDOVIC, MILAN (SLO)
Attendance: 2534
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Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia17211226
UNICS Kazan30151515
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Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia17385076
UNICS Kazan30456075
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MUSSINI, FEDERICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 WRIGHT, JULIAN 30:12 17 7/9 0/2 3/5 2 6 8 1 2 2     3 4 21
6 BONACINI, FEDERICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 CANDI, LEONARDO 14:21 4 1/2   2/4                 4 4 1
8 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO 32:42 21 4/7 2/8 7/8 1 4 5 2 1 2 1 1   3 20
9 WHITE, JAMES 17:41 7 2/2 0/1 3/3           1     1 1 5
10 REYNOLDS, JALEN 15:14 6 2/3   2/4   4 4   1   1   4 3 8
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 24:56 5 1/4 1/5     1 1 3 1 1   1 2 2 1
14 CERVI, RICCARDO 16:39 7 1/2   5/6   1 1     1 1   3 5 8
15 NEVELS, GARRETT 19:10 7 2/3 1/2     1 1 3 3 1     3 1 9
18 LLOMPART, PEDRO 29:05 2 1/2 0/4     6 6 6   3     3 1 4
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 76 21/34 4/22 22/30 4 24 28 15 8 11 3 2 23 24 79
        61.8% 18.2% 73.3%
Head coach: MENETTI, MASSIMILIANO
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 22:41 13 2/3 2/2 3/3 1 3 4     2     5 3 12
5 NDOUR, MAURICE 21:23 2 1/3 0/2   2 5 7 1 2 2 1 1 5   1
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 18:45 8 1/5 0/6 6/6 1   1 1   1   1 2 3 -1
10 COLOM, QUINO 32:36 17 3/5 2/7 5/6   6 6 11 1 2     1 5 29
13 LASME, STEPHANE 33:51 18 7/9   4/4 3 7 10   1   1   3 7 32
15 SMITH, JAMAR 20:30 5 1/2 1/4             2     4 1 -4
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 LOCKETT, TRENT 24:21 8 0/1 2/4 2/2   3 3 3 1 2     3 2 9
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 ANDUSIC, DANILO 23:19 4 2/5 0/3   2 2 4   1 2   1 2 1 -1
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 2:34     0/1           1            
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 75 17/33 7/29 20/21 11 28 39 16 7 14 2 3 25 22 80
        51.5% 24.1% 95.2%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

MENETTI, MASSIMILIANO
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
"We played a big game against a huge opponent. It is a miracle to beat a huge team like Kazan two times in a week, so it was a very difficult game, but we never gave up during the game. At the beginning we had some difficulties, more than what we thought. Then we played an amazing fourth quarter and we deserved this win. It is a big step to the next round, but there is still a lot to do."
PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"These two games against Reggio were very interesting; we started with a very good defense, very hard, a very good start. However, in games like this it is difficult to bring such a long advantage to the end, in fact the advantage has progressively decreased, especially in the second quarter we struggled with their three-two zone that put us in difficulty. In the end, the game was decided on the details. For us it’s a very hard loss that can put us off from the next round, but we have to go ahead and try till the end."