2007-08Last 32Round 1
February 19, 2008 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Tariq Kirksay - Unics KazanTariq Kirksay collected 31 points and 8 rebounds as Unics Kazan demolished Turk Telekom 91-65 at home in the first leg of their Last 32 showdown. Kazan dominated the first quarter and let Turk take over the second. But sparked by Kirksay, Unics thoroughly out-played Telekom in the second half to give itself a tremendous chance of advancing to the Last 16. Darjus Lavrinovic added 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocked shots – tying a ULEB Cup elimination rounds record with the last number – for Kazan while Dusko Savanovic came up with a few big baskets to finish with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Turk Telekom has a long way to come back as it could not deal with Unics' size advantage. Turk clearly missed Michael Wright, as newly-signed Kris Lang, hoping to help replace Wright's missing numbers, scored just 1 point in eight minutes. Khalid El-Amin led the way with 19 points while Erwin Dudley had 17 points and 5 rebounds and Chris Williams chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. But no other Turk player scored more than 6 points

Kirksay opened the game with a three-pointer and two more baskets made it 8-0. Dudley finally got the guests on the scoreboard. But after Tutku Acik and Victor Keyru swapped three-balls, Lavrinovic scored 8 points in a 12-2 run to help Unics build a 23-9 advantage. A Williams free throw trimmed the margin to 23-10 after one period. Savanovic's basket tipped off the second quarter for Kazan, but Telekom began to fight its way back into the game. Dudley converted a three-point play and Kazan began turning the ball over. El-Amin knocked down a long ball and the deficit was back down to 27-22. Savanovic continued his strong second period with two more baskets to keep Turk at bay. But El-Amin – saddled with three fouls – hit again to cut the margin to 33-30 with Williams following on a three-ball to make it 35-33. And El-Amin's three-pointer just before the buzzer gave Turk a lead 37-38 at the break.

Kirksay gave Kazan back the lead to start the second half. And his steal and resulting three pushed Unics ahead 44-40. El-Amin's foul shot pulled Telekom to within 45-43, but Kirsay hit from downtown again and scored another basket to spark a 12-2 surge to open a 57-45 gap. Haluk Yildirim stopped the bleeding with a three only to see a Lavrinovic basket push the margin to 61-48. An El-Amin score made it 61-50 going into the fourth. Lavrinovic opened the final period before Kris Lang's free throw cut the game to 63-53. Back-to-back baskets by Dudley kept Telekom within 68-57. But Kazan began to pull away as Kirksay and Savanovic nailed consecutive triples and Lavrinovic converted a three-point play in a 16-4 push for an 84-61 Unics lead. With Turk trying to limit the margin as much as possible, Dudley grabbed a basket. But Jerry McCullough knocked down a three-pointer and then made two more foul shots to seal the deal.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR)
Attendance: 4000
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Unics Kazan23142430
Turk Telekom10281215
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Unics Kazan23376191
Turk Telekom10385065
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 32:32 21 7/12 0/3 7/8 3 5 8 5 1 5 6   2 6 31
8 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PADIUS, NIKOLAY 5:10           2 2     2     2 2  
17 TUSEK, MARKO 14:16 3 0/2 1/2     3 3 1   1 1   1 1 4
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 10:07 2 1/2     1   1 1 1 1     1   2
21 KIRKSAY, TARIQ 36:50 31 8/9 4/7 3/4 1 7 8 3 1 1     1 5 41
23 KEYRU, VICTOR 30:04 3 0/1 1/4   5 1 6 1         3   3
24 McCULLOUGH, JERRY 28:03 9 1/5 1/4 4/4 2 2 4 2 2 1     2 3 10
25 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 20:27 13 5/7 1/2 0/1 3 2 5 2 2 2     2 2 16
31 STANESCU, VIRGIL 2:38 2 1/2   0/2       1   1     1 1 -1
40 KURBANOV, NIKITA 19:53 7 2/3 0/1 3/4 1 5 6   1 1 1   3 2 10
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 91 25/43 8/23 17/23 16 27 43 16 9 15 8 0 18 22 117
        58.1% 34.8% 73.9%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ACO
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
Turk Telekom
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GULER, MURATCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 AKPINAR, MUTLU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 YARANGÜME, BEKIR 7:30     0/1             1         -2
11 ACIK, TUTKU 23:12 3 0/1 1/1     1 1 1 1 4     3 2  
12 OZCAN, BARIS 19:38 6 3/4 0/2     2 2           1 1 5
13 JURKOVIC, IVICA 7:44     0/1             1     2   -4
14 YILDIRIM, HALUK 32:30 5 0/1 1/4 2/2 2 3 5 2 1 2     3 2 6
15 DUDLEY, ERWIN 32:06 17 7/11   3/3 2 3 5     1   3 3 2 13
21 OREN, ADEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 EL-AMIN, KHALID 37:10 19 6/13 2/6 1/2   3 3   4 5     5 5 9
33 WILLIAMS, CHRIS 32:16 14 5/10 1/2 1/4 3 5 8 5 2 3   4 4 3 12
42 LANG, KRIS 7:54 1 0/1   1/2   1 1 1   2   1 1 3  
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 65 21/41 5/17 8/13 7 19 26 9 8 19 0 8 22 18 40
        51.2% 29.4% 61.5%
Head coach: SUNTER, ERCUMENT
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