2015-16Last 32Round 4
January 26, 2016 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 CEC NAGORNY

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.8 Points 79.1
34.8 Rebounds 31.2
9.5 O. Rebounds 9.3
25.3 D. Rebounds 21.8
17.3 Assists 15.8
5.6 Steals 6.7
2.5 Blocks 1.1
13.3 Turnovers 13.3
50.7 % 2PT 52.4 %
38.9 % 3PT 34.1 %
75.8 % FT 73.0 %
83.7 Index 80.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.8 / Rudd Points 14.8 / Lesic
6.5 / Rudd Rebounds 5.6 / Wright
1.8 / Berzins OR 1.9 / Zakis
6.0 / Rudd DR 4.5 / Wright
6.5 / Khvostov Assists 3.6 / Wright
1.1 / Baburin Steals 1.8 / Wright
0.7 / Antonov Blocks 0.3 / Lesic
2.3 / Mahalbasic Turnovers 2.8 / Wright
62.5 % / Baburin 2PT 71.0 % / Mahkovic
66.7 % / Kirdiachkin 3PT 50.0 % / Rupnik
89.5 % / Antonov FT 84.2 % / Zagorac
15.6 / Khvostov Index 17.6 / Wright

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Eighthfinals 0-0
1-2 Last 32 0-3
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
7-6 Overall 5-8

Referees

Crew Chief
LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS, Lithuania
Referee
MARTOLINI, ALESSANDRO, Italy
Umpire
ROMANO, DAVID, Israel

The Take

In a high-profile showdown on Tuesday, Unics Kazan (3-0) welcomes Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (2-1) knowing it can book its place in the eighthfinals with a victory. Unics is on a five-game winning streak, and has won eight of its last nine Eurocup games. It took control of the group with an 82-92 victory in Tel Aviv last week when former Maccabi player Keith Langford scored 30 points. Unics ranks first in Last 32 with 88.3 points per game and playmaker Quino Colom leads this phase in both assists (9.3) and index rating (35). Maccabi, in its Eurocup debut, has a one-two scoring punch of its own in Devin Smith (16.3) and last year's Alphonso Ford Trophy winner Taylor Rochestie (16). In another clash on Russian soil, Nizhny Novgorod (1-2) hosts Union Olimpija Ljubljana (0-3) hoping for a win that would allow it to get back into eighthfinals contention. In six Eurocup home games this year Nizhny has 4-2 record, but has scored at least 78 points in each of those. Olimpija will be eliminated in the event of a loss.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

POTOCNIK, GASPER
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"We should have won the first game in Stozice. We made a couple of mistakes, which we already analyzed. We had also a couple of good moments in the game. I hope, we will fix the mistakes from the first game and try to surprise them at their home court."

Players

ZAGORAC, SASA
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"I expect us to play a good game in Nizhny. We are playing good basketball in January, but we are facing great opponents which were too strong for us at this moment. I believe, we will show a good performance in Russia, and I hope we will have our chances to win the game."
Victor Rudd - Nizhny Movgorod - EC15 (photo Nizhny Novgorod)

Nizhny Novgorod KO’s Union Olimpija Ljubljana

Nizhny Novgorod eliminated Union Olimpija Ljubljana from eighth finals contention with an 81-74 victory on Tuesday evening. Victor Rudd scored 17 of his 28 points in the first quarter as the hosts took charge early and led by as many as 16. But Olimpija rallied late with a 0-10 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and took the lead at 63-64. However Vladimir Ivlev scored the next three baskets to keep Olimpija at bay and Nizhny held on the rest of the way. The victory boosted Nizhny’s record to 2-2 in Group M, while Olimpija remained winless. Semen Antonov added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners, Rasid Mahalbasic tallied 14 points and 6 assists and Ivan Strebkov scored 11. Sasa Zagorac paced the Olimpija attack with 18 points, Sava Lesic added 14 points, Vasilije Vucetic 12 and Miha Lapornik 11.

Vucetic started the scoring and Lesic with 4 early points put the visitors up 7-10. Rudd scored the next 5 points, but Vlatko Cancar put Olimpija ahead again, 12-14. However the red-hot Rudd scored another 5 points to trigger a 16-0 Nizhny run for a 28-14 advantage. Zagorac ended the Olimpija slide and Lapornik added free throws, but Rudd netted the final basket of the quarter for a 30-18 lead and 17 individual points in the first 10 minutes. Zagorac scored three times in the first four minutes of the second quarter and Lesic added a triple as Olimpija rallied to within 32-27. A basket by Mahalbasic was not enough to quell Olimpija, which came as close as 3 on Zagorac’s next basket. Mahalbasic scored twice to give Nizhny some breathing room and Rudd scored another 5 points in the final minute of the half, but a Luka Rupnik three made it 45-38 at halftime.

A pair of Antonov three-pointers restored a double-digit lead for Nizhny early in the second half, but Lapornik and Lesic sparked a 0-7 run to make it 51-47. Strebkov and Rudd connected from downtown to keep Olimpija at bay. However baskets by Dawan Robinson – his first – and Vucetic narrowed the gap to 63-58 through three quarters. The fourth quarter opened with a Vucetic put-back, a Blaz Mesicek layup and then a pair of Mesicek free throws to cap a 0-10 run to give Olimpija its first lead since the opening minutes, 63-64. However Ivlev scored three straight baskets – including two on the offensive glass – to put Nizhny back in control. Mesicek drew Olimpija within 69-68 with a pair of free throws with three minutes to play, but after Strebkov scored, Russ added a three-point play for a 6-point cushion. Zagorac made it 74-70 with two minutes remaining only to see baskets by Strebkov and – after a missed three by Lapornik – Mahalbasic all but clinch the victory as Nizhny held on the rest of the way.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU), MARTOLINI, ALESSANDRO (ITA), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 860 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RUDD, VICTOR 36:44 28 7/10 4/9 2/2   7 7 2 1 3     3 7 31
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 27:47 2 1/5 0/3         3 1 1     4 1 -5
5 MARIKHIN, SERGEI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ZARYAZHKO, VICTOR 5:01                           1 1
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 16:24 8 3/3   2/2 2 3 5     2 1   3 3 12
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 29:37 17 3/3 3/4 2/2 3 6 9 4   3     2 3 27
12 MAHALBASIC, RASID 30:41 14 6/8 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 6 4 3   1 4 1 18
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY 29:33 1 0/2 0/3 1/2   2 2 3   3       2 -1
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 20:48 11 4/4 1/3     2 2 1   2     1   9
47 KIRDIACHKIN, ANDREI 3:25   0/1 0/2   1   1           1   -3
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 81 24/36 8/25 9/10 7 24 31 19 6 18 1 1 18 18 89
        66.7% 32% 90%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WRIGHT, ZACH 19:59 2 1/4     2 2 4 4   3     1 1 4
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 16:42 5 1/1 1/2         3             7
6 ROBINSON, DAWAN 21:44 2 1/2 0/1         2 2       1   3
9 MESICEK, BLAZ 22:42 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   3 3 3   2     2 5 10
10 NIKOLIC, MITJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 14:31 12 6/7     1 1 2     2     2   9
13 LAPORNIK, MIHA 27:39 11 2/5 1/5 4/4   1 1 5 1 2     3 5 11
15 LESIC, SAVA 27:31 14 3/5 2/2 2/2   4 4 1 1 4   1 1 3 15
17 ZAGORAC, SASA 25:29 18 9/10 0/5     4 4 1 1 1     1   16
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 19:41 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   3 3 1 3 1 1   3 4 7
31 CANCAR, VLATKO 4:02 2 1/1 0/1                   4   -3
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 74 26/40 4/19 10/10 3 19 22 20 8 15 1 1 18 18 80
        65% 21.1% 100%
Head coach: POTOCNIK, GASPER

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"We needed this win to continue our hunt for the Eurocup playoffs, so the fact that we had had a very tough game 48 hours ago could be no excuse. Olimpija is tough, which they proved once again. We were lucky to keep our heads cool till the final minutes to win this one. Rudd caught fire in the beginning of the game, and then Ivlev and Strebkov helped us a lot in the final stages. I want to thank my players that they kept fighting even though some of them were tired because we used a small rotation."
POTOCNIK, GASPER
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"It was a tough game, we fought hard, but in the end Nizhny proved that they were a better team tonight. I think at some moments we played really well, but couldn’t put ourselves in the position to win it. However Nizhny players showed they had better quality in the end of the game and I congratulate them for the win."

Players

RUDD, VICTOR
Nizhny Novgorod
"I had a personal goal to score 30 tonight, Rasid Mahalbasic told me to do so. I was good in the first half, but got a little bit tired in the second. Still I’m not disappointed I came short, because we won this one. "
Russian Federation: GTRK Nizhny Novgorod
Slovenia: SPORT TV1