2007-08Last 32Round 1
February 19, 2008 CET: 17:00
Local time: 18:00 AZOVMASH ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.1 Points 85.0
32.7 Rebounds 33.3
8.7 O. Rebounds 9.5
24.0 D. Rebounds 23.8
13.0 Assists 14.8
5.1 Steals 12.7
3.2 Blocks 3.0
12.6 Turnovers 14.3
47.8 % 2PT 56.0 %
41.9 % 3PT 40.4 %
74.9 % FT 70.5 %
83.5 Index 98.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.8 / Delininkaitis Points 15.1 / BREWER, COREY
7.2 / ARCHIBALD, ROBERT Rebounds 6.8 / Gecevski
2.8 / ARCHIBALD, ROBERT OR 2.5 / STIMAC, ANDREJ
4.8 / BUFORD, R. DR 5.5 / Gecevski
3.5 / Edney Assists 3.4 / BREWER, COREY
1.4 / Edney Steals 2.0 / BREWER, COREY
1.0 / MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR Blocks 1.2 / Gecevski
3.0 / ARCHIBALD, ROBERT Turnovers 3.3 / BREWER, COREY
59.1 % / MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 2PT 72.1 % / STIMAC, ANDREJ
68.8 % / Delininkaitis 3PT 80.0 % / PROSTRAN, TONI
90.0 % / Edney FT 100.0 % / Stipcevic
13.3 / Edney Index 17.0 / Gecevski

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
0-0 Last 32 0-0
6-4 Regular Season 6-4
6-4 Overall 6-4

Referees

Crew Chief
CICORIA, GIANPAOLO, Italy
Referee
BITTON, MOSHE, Israel
Umpire
KOLAR, ROMAN, Slovenia

The Take

Azovmash Mariupol faces off against Zadar in a match-up of teams which finished the regular season in fine form. After a 1-3 start, Azovmash won five of its final six games to finish with a 6-4 record. But this is a different team now that former Olimpija Ljubljana coach Mehmet Becirovic has taken over the reigns as head coach - the club's fourth boss of the season. The Ukrainian club relied heavily on its strong three-point shooting (42%) but changed its fortunes by committing a ninth-fewest 12.6 turnovers. On the defensive side of the ball, Azovmash came up with just 5.1 steals and that lack of ball pressure could hurt the club. One thing Mariupol does have is depth with seven players averaging in double figures - not counting the departed Kris Lang. Center Serhiy Lishchuk led the way with 14 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 3.3 blocks in four games, making a sparkling return from injury. Shooting guard Tomas Delininkaitis shot 69% from long range in averaging 12.8 points per game but will very likely miss the game injured. While point guard Tyus Edney ran the show with 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Also scoring in double digits were shooting guard Panagiotis Liadelis (11.6 ppg), power forward Yegor Meshcharakou (10.7 ppg, 5 rpg), center Robert Archibald (10.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and small forward Rodney Buford (10.6 ppg, 6 rpg). That kind of balanced attack could lead Azovmash further into the ULEB Cup. And added help has come in the form of guard Gerrod Henderson from Anwil Wloclawek. Zadar meanwhile also finished 6-4 after a 1-3 start, including winning the last three games. Head coach Aleksandar Petrovic's Croatian team shot a strong 56% from inside the arc and made 40% from long range while also swiping a ninth-best 12.7 steals. Petrovic has plenty of weapons, none more effective than point guard Corey Brewer, who led the way with 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2 steals. Center Todor Gececksi was solid all season with 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks while shooting guard Julius Johnson (13.1 ppg) and small forward Shammell Stallworth (11.5 ppg, 2.7 apg) both averaged in double figures and forward Andrej Stimac chipped in 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. Added up together, this showdown of talented in-form teams promises to be a tight battle.
Monday, February 18, 2008
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Robert Archibald - Azovmas Mariupol (Photo: Azovmash Mariupol) Gerrod Henderson netted a pair of free throws to give Azovmash Mariupol a narrow 82-80 win over KK Zadar on Tuesday in their first leg game of the ULEB Cup Last 32. Despite the win, the hosts will surely lament a blown double-digit fourth quarter lead. Now Zadar hosts the return leg next week in Croatia, needing a win by 3 points or more to reach the Last 16. Azovmash tried to escape during the second quarter with four consecutive bombs, two from Rodney Buford, to increase their margin to 32-18, but Corey Brewer helped Zadar to stay alive, highlighting a 4-12 run to get within 36-30. The hosts maintained a double-digit cushion during the third quarter, which ended 67-55, then in the final period, Zadar exploded and tied the score at 80-80, before Henderson scored the crucial free throws with a second left to give the win to the hosts. Henderson, playing for Azovmash for the first time, finished with 18 points and 6 assists. Buford led the hosts with 20 points, Robert Archibald posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and Serhiy Lishchuk added 10. Brewer paced the Zadar attack with 27 points and 6 assists, Shamell Stallworth scored 17 and Jure Lalic added 11.

Henderson scored the first basket of the ULEB Cup Last 32 and Buford made it 8-4 for the hosts from mid-range. Julius Johnson posted 5 consecutive points, giving Zadar its first advantage of the match. Todor Gecevski extended it to 8-11 before Buford capped a 7-0 Azovmash run to put his side still in front 15-11 and Archibald in the paint fixed the score of the first quarter on 17-13. Buford from downtown gave the first double-digit margin to Mariupol early in the second quarter. After an easy layup scored by Rok Stipcevic for the guests, three more baskets from downtown from Buford, Panagiotis Liadelis and Oleksandr Skutyelnik highlighted a 15-5 run for Azovmash to take a 32-18 cushion at the midway point of the quarter. Gecevski and Brewer answered and kept Zadar close to reduce the difference to 36-30 before Yahor Meshchrakou from beyond the arc scored to make it 39-30 at halftime.

Corey Brewer - Zadar (Photo: Azovmash Mariupol)Henderson pushed Mariupol to 42-30 at the beginning of the third quarter. The teams then exchanged baskets, but the difference remained in double figures. Brewer scored from long distance to get to 53-41 midway through the quarter. Andrej Stimac and Brewer reduced the margin to 56-47, but the hosts were on fire and Henderson again nailed a three-pointer to go on to 59-47. The third quarter finished at 67-55 for Mariupol with Henderson beating the buzzer. Johnson cut the cushion to 69-64 early in the last quarter, fueling the Zadar hopes. Azovmash was forced to call a timeout, but the guests were back within 3 with Stallworth before Lishchuk posted back-to-back jumpers. Stallworth scored to make it 73-71, but then Archibald dominated in the paint to lead 77-71. Brewer helped Zadar to be back to 77-75 and with less than two minutes left Stallworth, tied it at 80-80. However then Henderson scored his 2 attempts from the foul line giving the win to Mariupol.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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Referees: CICORIA, GIANPAOLO (ITA), BITTON, MOSHE (ISR), KOLAR, ROMAN (SLO)
Attendance: 3100
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Azovmash Mariupol17222815
Zadar13172525
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Azovmash Mariupol17396782
Zadar13305580
Azovmash Mariupol
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 LIADELIS, PANAGIOTIS 37:57 9 3/9 1/6   1 2 3 4   1     4 2 2
7 ARCHIBALD, ROBERT 26:28 17 8/9   1/2 4 7 11 2 1 2     4 6 29
8 SKUTYELNIK, OLEKSANDR 4:44 3   1/2   1   1               3
10 HENDERSON, GERROD 38:14 18 4/5 2/4 4/4   2 2 6   1 1   3 4 24
11 LOKTIONOV, IGOR 2:19   0/1                   1     -2
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 23:20 10 3/5 1/4 1/2 2 4 6 1   1     5 4 9
13 PODORVANNYY, YEVGENIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 27:53 5 0/2 1/2 2/4 2 5 7 2   3     4 3 5
16 BUFORD, RODNEY 39:05 20 4/6 4/7     5 5   1 1     3 1 18
21 IVSHYN, MAXYM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1   1 1         1
Totals 200:00 82 22/37 10/25 8/12 10 26 36 15 3 10 1 1 23 20 89
        59.5% 40% 66.7%
Head coach: BECIROVIC, MEHMED
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
Zadar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 STALLWORTH, SHAMELL 35:44 17 7/9 0/3 3/5   5 5 3 1   1     3 23
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK 7:53 2 1/1 0/1                   1    
7 BARAC, PANKRACIJE 4:16   0/2                     1   -3
8 JOHNSON, JUBY 40:00 9 1/3 2/5 1/4   2 2 1 1 1     2 3 5
10 PROSTRAN, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 GECEVSKI, TODOR 21:34 5 2/4 0/1 1/2 3 5 8           4 3 8
14 LALIC, JURE 25:59 11 1/2 2/4 3/4 1 3 4     3     5 5 8
15 MACURA, JERE 9:11   0/1             1         1 1
19 STIMAC, ANDREJ 23:16 9 1/4 2/3 1/2   1 1     2   1 2 2 2
31 BREWER, COREY 32:07 27 6/8 3/8 6/6   2 2 6   2     5 6 27
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 80 19/34 9/25 15/23 4 20 24 10 3 8 1 1 20 23 73
        55.9% 36% 65.2%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ALEKSANDAR
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