2015-16Last 32Round 1
January 06, 2016 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Quino Colom - Unics Kazan - EC15 (photo Unics)

Unis Kazan holds off Nizhny in clash of Russian clubs

Unics Kazan held home court by knocking off Nizhny Novgorod 84-74 in an all-Russian battle to start the Last 32 Group M. Quino Colom collected 25 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for Unics while Latavious Williams scored 16 points, Kostas Kaimakoglou had 14 points and Keith Langford tallied 11 points in the win. Victor Rudd scored 26 points and Rasid Mahalbasic added 17 points for Nizhny but they were not enough to pick up a road win.

Valeriy Likhodey started the scoring for Unics while Rudd matched it for Nizhny. Kaspars Berzins’ score gave Nizhny its first lead 4-6. Unics was back ahead on Kaimakoglou’s three-pointer for 9-6. Langford extended the lead to 12-8 but Nizhny knotted it at 14-14 after a Evgeny Baburin three-pointer and a three-point play from Mahalbasic. Another Mahalbasic score evened the game at 16-16 when Unics started a 7-0 close to the quarter including a Colom three-point play to lead 23-16 after 10 minutes. Nizhny twice got the gap to 5 points but Colom hit twice from long range and Marko Banic completed a three-point play to put Unics up 36-20. Rudd stopped the 11-0 run but 2 Kaimakoglou free throws had the hosts up 40-22 and Langford’s foul shots made it 46-24. Five quick points from Rudd helped Nizhny trim the deficit to 46-31 at the break.

Langford started the second half for Unics but Nizhny scored the next 6 points to trim the gap to 48-37. Kaimakoglou’s triple pushed the advantage back to 17 points – 54-37 – before Rudd had a three-point play and three-pointer to get the deficit into single digits 56-48. It was 13 points again – 61-48 – after Arturas Milaknis’s three-ball. Nizhny got three-pointers from Ivan Strebkov and Andrei Kirdiachkin to trail just 65-58 after 30 minutes. Berzins trimmed it to 65-50 to start the fourth quarter while 3 Baburin free throws and a Mahalbasic basket completed a 2-15 run to get Nizhny back to within 67-65. Colom stopped a nearly 5-minute scoring drought for Unics and Williams made it 71-65. A Baburin three-ball got the gap to 73-70 with 3 minutes to play. But Langford and Colom knocked down three-pointers to get the lead to 81-72 and Nizhny scored just once in its final 4 possessions as Unics held court at home.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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Referees: PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), GLISIC, ALEKSANDAR (SRB)
Attendance: 2500 (Tentative)
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Unics Kazan23231919
Nizhny Novgorod16152716
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Unics Kazan23466584
Nizhny Novgorod16315874
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 24:59 11 2/8 1/3 4/6   2 2 2 1 1   2   6 9
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 14:18 4 2/5   0/2 1 1 2           2 1  
10 COLOM, QUINO 38:11 25 5/8 3/6 6/7   5 5 12 1 3       8 41
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 22:58 2 1/2     1 4 5 2 1       3 1 7
13 BANIC, MARKO 16:09 9 3/6   3/3 1 2 3 2 1       3 2 11
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 PANIN, VADIM 10:16           2 2 1         3    
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 23:22 14 3/4 2/6 2/2 1 7 8 1 1 6     2 4 15
22 WILLIAMS, LATAVIOUS 25:42 16 8/12   0/1 1 1 2   1   2 3 1 1 13
24 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 24:05 3   1/5                   3   -4
33 KHABIROV, RUSLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
99 NEZVANKIN, DIMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 4 8               8
Totals 200:00 84 24/45 7/20 15/21 9 28 37 20 6 10 2 5 17 23 100
        53.3% 35% 71.4%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY
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
Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RUDD, VICTOR 33:34 26 7/10 2/5 6/7   8 8 1 1 2 2   4 5 30
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 26:39 9 0/1 2/6 3/3 1 1 2 2   2     4 1 3
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN 6:48   0/1 0/1           1       1   -2
9 ZARYAZHKO, VICTOR 10:25   0/1                     1   -2
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 24:00 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 6 7 1 1       2 2 12
12 MAHALBASIC, RASID 30:07 17 8/13 0/1 1/1   2 2   1 3 3 2 2 4 14
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 26:49     0/2   1 4 5 8 1 4     2   6
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 15:56 8 4/5 0/2   1 2 3 1   2     5 2 4
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 17:54 5 1/2 1/3   1 1 2 3   1     1 2 7
20 POPOV, ILYA 0:50                              
47 KIRDIACHKIN, ANDREI 6:58 3 0/1 1/1                   1 1 2
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 74 22/37 6/23 12/13 5 25 30 16 5 14 5 2 23 17 75
        59.5% 26.1% 92.3%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"It is a good start for the Last 32. We will do our best to proceed in this way. Today we had a good start, but made a lot of mistakes in the third quarter. So we have good food for analysis. We improved on our defense in the fourth quarter, and good defense gave our players confidence offensively."
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"We played two different halves today. The first was not that good. We were not in the game, had silly mistakes in defense, did not make our shots. The situation seemed hopeless. Then after the break we almost recovered and improved on our game. We got the game's rhythm and we cut back the gap to 2 points. It was the maximum we managed to do, as the experienced Colom and Langford did their job well."