2017-18QuarterfinalsGame 2
March 09, 2018 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN

UNICS rallies to even series with Bayern

UNICS Kazan forced a decisive Game 3 in its 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinal showdown with FC Bayern Munich by coming back from a 12-point deficit to seize an 80-73 victory in Game 2 at home. Quino Colom led the way for UNICS with 15 points and 6 rebounds while Trent Lockett tallied 14 points. Stephane Lasme collected 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The UNICS victory means that the teams will square off on Wednesday in Munich in Game 3 to decide which side reaches the semifinals. Bayern got a career-high 29 points from Devin Booker while Vladimir Lucic scored 10. Bayern made a perfect 21 of 21 free throws, which matched the second-best perfect total in EuroCup history and the best without misses this season. But the visitors made just 2 of 18 three-pointers in failing to hold their big advantage.

Lasme opened the scoring and Colom converted a three-point play as UNICS went up 7-0 after tipoff. Jared Cunningham's jumper finally got Bayern on the board after more than 2 minutes. Booker picked up 7 straight points in pulling Bayern to within 10-9 and Reggie Redding's three-pointer evened the score at 12-12. Bayern grabbed its first lead, 14-16, on a jumper by Lucic and the visitors were up 16-22 after 10 minutes. After Braydon Hobbs pushed the lead to 14-24, a put-back from Evgeny Kolesnikov cut the gap to 20-24. Nihad Dedovic tallied 5 straight points at the other end, however, as Bayern's margin grew to 22-31. Lucic converted a three-point play and Booker downed a pair of shots that put the German side up 28-40. Booker hit 17 points in total in the first 20 minutes, which ended with Bayern ahead 30-40.

After UNICS missed all 9 of its three-point tries in the first half, Colom and Melvin Ejim went back-to-back from long range to start the third quarter by trimming the deficit to 36-40. Cunningham answered with 4 points and an assist as Bayern's lead grew back to 10 points, 36-46. UNICS punched back with the next 8 points, including 4 from Lockett, as Ejim evened the game 48-48. Vladislav Trushkin's offensive put-back put UNICS back ahead 52-50 and the lead was 54-52 after 30 minutes. Colom hit another three-pointer early in the fourth to extend the lead to 59-54. Despite 4 points from Dedovic for Bayern, the UNICS cushion was 64-58 after a three-pointer from Kolesnikov. Colom added 2 more scores and Jamar Smith's triple pushed the gap to 71-63 with 3 minutes to play. Lasme had put UNICS up 75-65 with just 1:20 minutes left but a dunk and free throws by Booker around and a steal-and-layup by Hobbs made it 75-71 with 35 seconds left. Colom and Lockett came to the rescue, making 3 of 4 free throws to ice the game and send the series back to Munich.

Quino Colom - UNICS Kazan (photo Unics) - EC17
Friday, March 9, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; BALAK, AMIT; LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Attendance: 5644
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UNICS Kazan16142426
FC Bayern Munich22181221
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UNICS Kazan16305480
FC Bayern Munich22405273
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 24:33 13 4/6 1/3 2/2   1 1 1 1 3     4 4 9
5 NDOUR, MAURICE 10:44 4 2/3     2 2 4       1   4   4
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 11:24 6 1/4 0/1 4/4   1 1 2 1 3     1 3 5
10 COLOM, QUINO 29:10 15 3/4 2/7 3/5 1 5 6 3   2       5 19
12 SHUKHOVTCOV, GRIGORY 3:05   0/1             1       1   -1
13 LASME, STEPHANE 26:11 12 6/9   0/1 1 6 7 1 1 2 4   5 5 19
15 SMITH, JAMAR 30:36 7 2/3 1/5     3 3 2   1     3 1 4
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV 9:31 2 1/1     2 2 4           1   5
24 LOCKETT, TRENT 31:47 14 4/6 0/4 6/6 1 2 3 3 2 3   1 3 3 12
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 5:22                         1   -1
33 ANDUSIC, DANILO 6:18 2   0/1 2/2 1   1     1       1 2
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 11:19 5 1/1 1/3   2   2     1         4
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 24/38 5/24 17/20 12 23 35 12 6 16 5 1 23 22 84
        63.2% 20.8% 85%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
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
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 14:50 6 2/3 0/3 2/2 1 2 3   2 4     3 1 1
9 CUNNINGHAM, JARED 30:14 8 3/7 0/3 2/2 1 5 6 4 1 2 1 2 3 5 11
11 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 26:42 10 3/5 0/2 4/4   1 1 2   1       5 13
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 16:11 9 2/3 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 3 1     1 2 1 11
15 REDDING, REGGIE 30:21 5 1/4 1/5     8 8 2 1 3   1 4 1 2
16 JOVIC, STEFAN 24:29 4 2/4 0/2   1   1 4 1 3     3    
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 17:45   0/1 0/1     1 1 1 2 1     1 2 2
25 GAVEL, ANTON 3:55               1   1     2   -2
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 28:10 29 10/13   9/9 4 2 6 1         2 6 37
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 7:23 2 0/1   2/2 1   1     1   1 3 1 -2
35 JALLOW, KARIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 23/41 2/18 21/21 11 21 32 18 8 16 1 5 23 22 76
        56.1% 11.1% 100%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"I think in the second half we put our minds to playing defense, help defense. We had a different approach to the game. We stopped worrying about offense and focused more on defense, playing full court. And that helped us offensively because then we scored some easy baskets."