2015-16Last 32Round 4
January 27, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.9 Points 83.7
38.3 Rebounds 33.0
10.1 O. Rebounds 11.7
28.2 D. Rebounds 21.3
17.8 Assists 17.0
5.8 Steals 5.3
3.0 Blocks 4.0
11.5 Turnovers 11.0
55.6 % 2PT 57.3 %
30.5 % 3PT 32.4 %
78.2 % FT 71.6 %
99.3 Index 91.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
20.8 / Langford Points 0
5.6 / Parakhouski Rebounds 0
2.5 / Parakhouski OR 0
4.2 / Kaimakoglou DR 0
8.2 / Colom Assists 0
1.6 / Colom Steals 0
1.2 / Parakhouski Blocks 0
2.7 / Colom Turnovers 0
75.0 % / Panin 2PT 0
43.1 % / Milaknis 3PT 0
100.0 % / Milaknis FT 0
23.4 / Colom Index 0

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
3-0 Last 32 2-1
7-3 Regular Season 0-0
10-3 Overall 2-1

Referees

Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia
Referee
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Umpire
RODSAND, TORKILD, Norway

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

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"Maccabi is a serious opponent. They have just had a difficult game against us at home, and therefore they will definitely be looking for a chance to take a revenge on the road. To be competitive in this game we shall control their speedy game and keep an eye on their snipers, such as Smith, Pnini and Rochestie. Besides that, we shall be aggressively rebounding, like we did in our first game against them as they are a very athletic team, and we shall not give up rebounding. We shall control the game’s rhythm, play smart and clever basketball, looking for the weak sides of our opponents."
TABAK, ZAN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So I'm looking at this period here in our season that we need to survive, we need to get better, and we need to try to win. We won the game against Nizhny with only nine players, and we'll try to do the same thing here. We're going to try to recover as many players as we can so they can play. We know for sure who will not play: Ohayon, Randle and Bender. There are a couple more guys who are questionable. I'm not going to put anyone at risk."

Players

MILAKNIS, ARTURAS
Unics Kazan
"We are pleased with the road win against Maccabi. We will do our best to proceed in the same way at home. I expect one more interesting clash. It will be very important for us to win in Kazan to be able to rank first in our group to have better chances in the next stages of the Eurocup."
MEKEL, GAL
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We definitely want to have a good game. It's going to be a very tough game against a team that has a very impressive roster. Certainly in Russia it's not easy to play. We're going there to win. The travel, the cold there, it's not what we're used to, but that's the profession. We need to travel even in these conditions, and do our maximum."
Keith Langford - Unics Kazan - EC15 (photo Unics)

Unics sweeps Maccabi, claims eighthfinals ticket

Unics Kazan booked its place in the eighthfinals with 78-68 win over Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Unics swept Maccabi, improving to 4-0 in the first place of Group N, and has a two game lead ahead of Maccabi and Nizhny Novgorod who still have to play each other. Maccabi dropped to 2-2, in a share of the second place. Unics took control in the first quarter with a 14-2 run, and after Maccabi erased the deficit, a run just before halftime gave Unics 43-32 lead at the break. Maccabi tied it at 50-50 after a three-pointer by Devin Smith late in the third quarter. However, Anton Ponkrashov hit three three-pointers, leading Unics’ charge in the fourth, opening 71-56 lead, paving the way to victory. Keith Langford paced Unics with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Ponkrashov finished with 15 points and 5 assists, Latavious Williams scored 12 with 8 rebounds, and Kostas Kaimakoglou added 11 with 3 steals in victory. Sylven Landesberg scored 10 of his 16 points in the final five minutes for Maccabi, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Trevor Mbakwe amassed 15 points plus 12 rebounds, while Smith scored 11 in defeat.

Triples from Smith and Taylor Rochesite, and a put-back from Ike Ofoegbu helped Maccabi to a slim early lead, 9-12. But a pair of baskets from Langford, who had 8 points in the first 6 minutes, put Unics in front, before a corner triple from Arturas Milaknis capped a 14-2 run, giving the hosts 22-14 advantage. Landesberg and Guy Pnini halved the gap, before Williams' put-back made it 24-18 after 10 minutes. Pnini hit a three-pointer, and had a steal that led to a Gal Mekel fastbreak layup, and 24-23. Quino Colom's runner and tenth basket from Langford kept the hosts in front, while trading buckets with Mekel and Itay Segev that made it 30-29 midway through the quarter. That's when Kaimakoglou scored on a fast break, followed by Langford's five points, and a fastbreak basket from Ponkrashov that opened a double-digit margin, and fueled a run that had Unics up 43-32 at halftime.

Smith’s triple, and a put-back-plus-foul from Segev cut the deficit to 43-38 at the start of the third quarter. Williams scored inside, and Milaknis hit from the outside for Unics to restore a double-digit margin after 3 minutes of the quarter. Neither team scored for 3 minutes before a put-back from Mbakwe. The same player had a three-point play, and Landesberg’s fastbreak score helped cut it to 48-46. Unics needed almost 5 minutes to score, and Smith hit a three-pointer to tie it at 50-50, however, Kaimakoglou and Ponkrashov made sure the hosts went into the fourth quarter with 54-50 advantage. Ponkrashov hit a three-pointer, Williams had a put-back and Langford nailed a baseline jumper to make it 61-52, forcing a Maccabi timeout. Mbakwe snapped an 11-2 spurt, but Ponkrashov hit another one from downtown, and Kaimakoglu converted a fast break. Third triple of the quarter from Ponkrashov opened 71-56 midway through the fourth. Landesberg strung together 8 points, including a three-point play and a driving layup for Maccabi, closing the gap to 73-64, but with only 1:06 to go on the clock. On the ensuing possession, however, Kaimakoglou hit a triple that sealed the game.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), RODSAND, TORKILD (NOR)
Attendance: 3500 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Unics Kazan24191124
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv18141818
End of Quarter1234
Unics Kazan24435478
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv18325068
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 36:14 20 8/15 0/5 4/9   9 9 3 2 1 1   3 7 21
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 26:42 15 2/3 3/6 2/2 1 3 4 5 2 2 1   1 4 24
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 13:36 4 2/3     2 3 5         1 2   5
10 COLOM, QUINO 27:49 5 2/7 0/1 1/3 1 2 3 8   2       7 13
11 LIKHODEY, VALERIY 16:41 3 0/2 1/2     1 1         1 3   -3
13 BANIC, MARKO 11:06   0/2     1 1 2     1 1 1 2 1 -2
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 28:54 11 4/8 1/3     4 4 1 3 2 1 1 4 1 8
22 WILLIAMS, LATAVIOUS 26:24 12 5/5   2/2 3 5 8   1       4 2 19
24 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 12:34 8   2/7 2/2 1 1 2     2     2 1 2
33 KHABIROV, RUSLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
99 NEZVANKIN, DIMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 23/45 7/24 11/18 10 30 40 17 8 10 4 4 21 23 89
        51.1% 29.2% 61.1%
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BENDER, DRAGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SMITH, DEVIN 33:19 11 0/1 3/7 2/4   2 2 1 2 5 2 1 1 3 7
8 YIVZORI, DAGAN 1:31                         1   -1
9 SEGEV, ITAY 22:56 7 3/4   1/1 3 2 5   1 5 1   4 2 6
10 PNINI, GUY 23:08 5 1/1 1/3     4 4 3 2 2     3   7
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 29:56 16 6/10 0/2 4/7   11 11     1   1 2 6 20
21 OFOEGBU, IKE 15:06 3 1/1 0/1 1/2 1   1     1     2 4 3
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 25:26 3 0/7 1/3   1 1 2 3 1 3     3   -6
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 22:07 15 5/9   5/7 6 6 12       1 1 4 4 21
99 MEKEL, GAL 26:31 8 4/15 0/2     2 2 8 1     1 3 2 4
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 68 20/48 5/18 13/21 15 31 46 15 7 17 4 4 23 21 68
        41.7% 27.8% 61.9%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"We played well both offensively and defensively. It was a nice game. Maccabi played tough defensively. It was a good clash. We have qualified to the [eighthfinals], anyway we will do our best to win every game we play. We are very grateful to our spectators for their support. It was very important for us and helped us a lot!"
TABAK, ZAN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I am not happy about the result. We played against a strong opponent, we played on the road, and nevertheless we could have demonstrated more effort. At certain moments of the game we could have played smarter. Our offense was not perfect. We will try to improve on our game to qualify to the next stage."
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