2009-10Last 16Round 1
January 26, 2010 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Kresimir Loncar - UNICS KazanUnics Kazan started the Last 16 in style by taking a thrilling 79-85 road win over Galatasaray Cafe Crown in Istanbul on Tuesday to open Group J. The free throw shooting accuracy of veteran guard Marko Popovic in the game's last 90 seconds ensured a huge win. Popovic scored 7 of his 8 foul shots after Akin Can had pushed Galatasaray to within 77-79. Curiously, four players from Unics Kazan nailed 17 points apiece: Maciej Lampe, who added 8 rebounds; Popovic with 8 assists; Kresmir Loncar with 7-for-8 two- point shooting; and Terrell Lyday, who also had 4 steals. Simas Jasaitis led all scorers with 21 points for Galatasaray, while Mike WIlkinson bagged 20. The hosts weren't able to take advantage, either, of Radoslav Rancik's double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Darius Washington scored 13 more. Vladimir Veremeenko opened the scoring after a hi-lo play, assisted by Loncar, who extended the difference to 4-8 with a mid-range jump shot Rancik slammed to get Galatasaray within 6-8, but newcomer Lampe pushed Unics ahead 8-14. He wasn't done, either. Lampe continued to score 9 points in a row for Unics, including a three-point shot that supplied the first double-figure difference, 8-19. Rancik replied from the same distance to keep Galatasaray within shouting distance but Loncar's next basket fixed a 13-21 scoreboard after 10 ten minutes. Loncar hit a three-pointer to open the second quarter, Jasaitis cut the cushion to 19-26 before Saulius Stombergas and Wilkinson exchanged two-pointers. Akin Can and Wikinson again, with back-to-back triples, completed the Galatasaray comeback at 29-30 midway through the quarter. A three-point-play by Jasaitis tied the score at36-36 and the crowd exploded when Rancik, from beyond the arc, put Galatasaray in front for the first time, 39-36. Washington capped a 20-6 run with free throws to give a 43-36 margin to the hosts late in the quarter. Popovic cut it back before Wilkinson made it 45-41 at halftime.

Back from the lockers, Jasaitis bagged a mid-range jumper, but Unics had a big impact with a 11-0 run capped by Lyday striking from beyond the arc. The visitors were up 47-52 after 24 minutes. Rancik scored at 52-55 for Galatasaray, but Lyday pushed Unics back in front by 7 points. Suddenly, that lead was gone, too, as back-to-back three-pointers by Jasaitis gave Galatasaray a new lead, 62-61 advantage. Popovic and Lampe returned to take back a slim cushion for Unics, 64-66 after 30 minutes. Veremeenko and Rancik exhcanged baskets in the paint to begin the last quarter, then Stombergas fueled his side to lead 67-73. Wilkinson answered for Galatasaray, before Lyday again from three-point distance boosted Kazan to a 69-76 margin. Rancik kept his team charging and with Jasaitis cut the difference to 74-77. After Popovic scored a pair of free throws, Akin buried a triple at 77-79 with 90 seconds on the game clock. In the last minute, however, Popovic's accuracy from the foul line sealed the win for the guests.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR), MILOJEVIC, ALEKSANDAR (MKD)
Attendance: 1500
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Galatasaray Cafe Crown
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 WASHINGTON, DARIUS 29:35 13 5/9 0/3 3/3       2 1 2   1 1 4 9
8 TOPALOGLU, CANER 3:07                         3   -3
10 KAYA, MURAT 13:50   0/1 0/1     2 2 3 1 1     1   2
11 WILKINSON, MIKE 36:39 20 6/8 2/3 2/4   8 8   1 4 1 1 1 5 24
12 KOCAOGLU, POLAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 RANCIK, RADOSLAV 38:24 19 5/9 2/6 3/4 2 11 13 5   3     2 4 27
16 BUKER, EVREN 19:59   0/1     1   1 2 1 2 1 1 4 1 -2
20 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 16:36 6 0/2 2/4     1 1 1 2       3   3
24 GUNEY, ALICAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 JASAITIS, SIMAS 36:53 21 4/9 4/8 1/1 2 2 4 1 2 3     2 1 15
34 SOLAK, FATIH 4:57         1 1 2     1     1    
55 BEYAZ, EREN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 79 20/39 10/25 9/12 6 27 33 14 8 18 2 3 18 15 75
        51.3% 40% 75%
Head coach: AKDAG, CEM
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 36:42 17 5/11 2/4 1/2   6 6 5 4 2   1 4 2 18
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 36:04 17 2/4 2/9 7/8   5 5 8 2 3   1 2 10 26
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR 17:03 5 1/1 1/1     2 2     1 1   1   6
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 7:17     0/1         3         1 1 2
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 21:04 17 7/8 1/2     1 1 1 2 2     2 2 17
11 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 24:33 4 2/3 0/3     3 3 1 2   1       7
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 32:21 8 4/8     2 4 6 2 1 2 1   3 1 10
22 YURCHYK, VALIANTSIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 TKATCHENKO, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 ZVARYKIN, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 24:56 17 5/7 2/6 1/2 3 5 8 2 1 2     2 2 19
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 85 26/42 8/26 9/12 7 28 35 22 12 12 3 2 15 18 109
        61.9% 30.8% 75%
Head coach: CHOMICIUS, VALDEMARAS

Head Coaches

AKDAG, CEM
Galatasaray Cafe Crown
"It was a good game for us. My team played well and I want to congratulate my players for their effort but small mistakes and details mean a lot in the final minutes. Unics has very good players, especially Marko Popovic and Saulius Stombergas, who did really well in crunch time. We will now try to beat Hapoel Jerusalem next week."
CHOMICIUS, VALDEMARAS
Unics
"We played a difficult game against CSKA last weekend and our players were very tired. This is why we could not play well against Galatasaray's hard defense. We started to play smart in the final minutes and managed to win the game. I am very happy for this win, it was a difficult game for us."

Players

AKIN, FIKRET CAN
Galatasaray Cafe Crown
"We tried to play aggressive and be smart in offense. We lost control of the game in the last minutes and when you play such a good team as Unics, you have no chance to win the game. I want to congratulate Unics for their well-deserved win."
VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR
Unics
"We had a good start in thie Last 16 round and these are good news for us. I am happy with this win and would like to congratulate my teammates for it."
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