2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 13, 2018 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SIEMENS ARENA

UNICS fends off tough fight in win at Rytas

UNICS Kazan fended off a tough fight from Rytas Vilnius in picking up an 81-87 road victory for its third straight win in Group D. Errick McCollum scored 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter while Pierria Henry collected 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as UNICS, which had already qualified for the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16, jumped to 5-1. Rytas dropped its second straight game to fall to 3-4 despite D.J. Seeley picking up 19 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Martynas Echodas added 14 points, Dominique Sutton had 13 points and 6 rebounds and new acquisition Rok Stipcevic chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds in his first EuroCup game for the team.

Neither team scored in the first two minutes until Arnas Butkevicius's opening basket. Henry's three-pointer gave UNICS its first lead at 7-9 and Raymar Morgan's feed for a Maurice Ndour dunk made it 10-14. Rytas converted 6 straight free throws and Echodas's dunk just before the buzzer made it 18-18 after 10 minutes. Stipcevic and Seeley combined for 14 points as Rytas grabbed the lead and jumped up 34-19 on another Echodas dunk. Morgan tried to keep UNICS close, but Sutton tallied 6 straight points for the guests, who pushed the advantage to 43-35 after an Echodas three-point play for the halftime score. Henry's two three-pointers were erased by triples from Mindaugas Girdziunas and Butkevicius as Rytas led 53-48. But Ndour scored twice in a 0-10 run to go up 53-58 and the UNICS cushion was just 58-59 after 30 minutes. There were seven lead changes early in the fourth quarter with Seeley's basket after three-pointers from Eimantas Bendziunas and Girdziunas making it 74-72. McCollum was red hot in the fourth quarter with a three-point play and layup and then Henry nailed a three and assisted on Trent Lockett's three-pointer to put UNICS up 77-83. McCollum added a steal and 4 more points in the final 46 seconds to end any hopes of a comeback.

Game-changing sequence

Rytas Vilnius was leading 74-72 when Errick McCollum took over with 9 points in the decisive 5-15 run.

Pivotal performer

McCollum had the big fourth quarter, but Pierria Henry was big throughout the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. That effort was needed as Maurice Ndour had just 9 points and 4 rebounds and Raymar Morgan was held to 8 points and 4 rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left.

Telling numbers

UNICS was out-rebounded 30-26, but the visitors shot well all game, hitting 59.0% on two-point shots, 42.1% on three-point shots and 17 of 20 (85.0%) from the free throw line, while Rytas made just 6 of 19 (31.6%) from downtown.

Next games

Rytas next week heads out on the road for a huge battle at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt as both teams are looking to solidify their spots in the top four of the group. UNICS travels to Italy and takes on Fiat Turin.

Errick McCollum - UNICS Kazan (photo Rytas) - EC18
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; ROSSI, MICHELE; NIKOLIC, UROS
Attendance: 4018 (Tentative)
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Rytas Vilnius18251523
UNICS Kazan18172428
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Rytas Vilnius18435881
UNICS Kazan18355987
Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SIRVYDIS, DEIVIDAS 10:10           1 1     1     1   -1
2 SUTTON, DOMINIQUE 26:42 13 5/9 0/2 3/5 1 5 6 2 1 2     2 5 15
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK 23:32 11 2/6 1/4 4/5 2 3 5 2   1   1 3 3 8
9 PILAUSKAS, AISTIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 33:01 19 7/8 0/4 5/5 1   1 6 3 5     2 4 21
12 GIGA, NORBERTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 ECHODAS, MARTYNAS 24:53 14 5/7   4/5 2 2 4           1 5 19
18 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 23:03 11 1/2 3/3     2 2           2 1 11
22 BENDZIUS, EIMANTAS 17:19 5   1/5 2/3 1   1 1           2 4
23 BLAZEVIC, MAREK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 KAIRYS, EVALDAS 13:35 1 0/4   1/2 3   3   1       4 3 -1
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 27:45 7 1/2 1/1 2/2 4 3 7     2     4 3 10
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 81 21/38 6/19 21/27 15 18 33 11 5 12 0 1 19 26 88
        55.3% 31.6% 77.8%
Head coach: ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
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
1 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR 23:33 8 2/7   4/4 2 2 4 1         5 6 9
4 LOCKETT, TRENT 27:02 8 2/3 1/3 1/1 1 1 2     3     3 2 3
5 NDOUR, MAURICE 35:01 9 4/8   1/2   4 4 1   1 1   4 3 8
6 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 24:15 26 8/10 1/3 7/7 2 1 3 1 1 1     2 4 28
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 8:00 3 0/1 1/2                   2   -1
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SMITH, JAMAR 30:44 9 3/4 1/4     3 3 6 2 1     3   12
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 1:53   0/1     1   1           1   -1
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 11:34     0/1   1   1   1       1 1 1
49 HENRY, PIERRIA 22:36 18 1/1 4/5 4/6   5 5 5 1 1     3 3 25
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 15:22 6 3/4 0/1   2 1 3   1       2   6
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 87 23/39 8/19 17/20 10 17 27 14 6 7 1 0 26 19 91
        59% 42.1% 85%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
Rytas Vilnius
"They are a very experienced team and they take advantage of every mistake. We had good concentration in the first half, but in the second half we just gave them too many easy, cheap points. It is very hard to play against them. And they used that to break open the game and they won."
PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It was a tough game. Congrats to the players. We saw some character at the end of the game. We played with more energy and we were physical. We also were smarter with our fouls after we gave them so many free throws in the first half. It was a tough game. Some big shots at the end gave us a bigger difference. It was a difficult game. In our team, it's good that we have a good collective and anybody can participate and contribute on the offensive game. This is a weapon, this is good for the team. It's also difficult for the opponent to focus on somebody. But still we have to play better. For me it was not a good game for us today."

Players

HENRY, PIERRIA
UNICS Kazan
"I want to thank my teammates for fighting hard and sticking together through adversity and executing and sticking with the game plan... We all got weapons, we all have our own skill sets, we are all important to this team. It was a team effort. Defense wins games at the end of the day. It was collective; all five guys on the court stopping one basketball and finding the man that has the hot hand and playing off of him and playing Kazan basketball."