2007-08Last 16Round 1
March 11, 2008 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 ARTLAND ARENA
Terrance Thomas - Artland Dragons John Goldsberry's last-second basket gave Artland Dragons an 80-78 victory over Unics Kazan in their ULEB Cup Last 16, first leg game on Tuesday. Artland bounced back from a nightmare first quarter before building and then relinquishing a 15-point third-quarter lead to continue its fairytale ULEB debut season. Terrance Thomas scored 17 points and Darious Hall tallied a season-high 15 as the Dragons survived a 34-24 rebounding deficit. Adam Chubb chipped in 13 points and Chad Prewitt had 11 for the winners, who received only 4 points from Leon Rodgers. Darjus Lavrinovic had another impressive game for Unics with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. But he was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul in the final minute, which helped Artland to the victory. Dusko Savanovic scored 16 points and Sergei Chikalkin added 15, while Tariq Kirksay was held to 9 points and 8 rebounds - 19.5 points fewer than his average during the Last 32 against Turk Telekom. Unics will host the return leg next week in Russia.

Lavrinovic opened the game with a three-pointer, but was matched by Prewitt. Chubb scored back-to-back baskets – the second a three-point play – in opening an 8-5 lead. Dmitriy Sokolov tallied his third score of the first quarter and then Chikalkin drained a triple for an 8-12 advantage. Prewitt evened the game at 12-12 but Artland failed to convert on its final 8 possessions and Lavrinovic scored 5 points in a 0-10 run to close the quarter with Unics ahead 12-22. Savanovic's three-pointer to start the second period pushed the lead to 13 points, 12-25. But Hall answered with a three-point play and the hosts worked much harder on defense as a Thomas three finished a 10-0 run. Virgil Stanescu stopped the bleeding initially, but EJ Rowland and Thomas both converted three-point plays and Hall's basket gave Dragons the lead at 30-29. Another Hall score made it 34-31 before Marko Tusek trimmed the margin to 1 point. But Chubb and Rodgers both scored 4 as Artland closed the half with 14-6 run for a 48-39 lead.

Goldsberry made sure Artland got off to a good start to the second half with a three-pointer for a 12-point lead. Baskets by Kirksay and Chikalkin made it 51-43. Kirksay and Prewitt swapped long balls before Sokolov and Lavrinovic scored two-point baskets and Chikalkin drained a three to make it 59-53. Artland answered with a 10-1 run including two three-point plays by Hall to open a 69-54 advantage. Kirksay's basket brought Kazan to within 69-57 after three periods. Savanovic scored two baskets and Lavrinovic's score made it 69-63 to start the fourth. Chubb finally scored Artland's first points of the quarter, but Lavrinovic nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 71-66. Thomas answered with a three-point play of his own only to see Lavrinovic score another basket and a three-point play to tie the game at 74-74 with two minutes remaining. Hall continued his outstanding game with a basket before Chikalkin and Savanovic both made 1 of 2 foul shots to even things at 76-76. Lavrinovic was called for an unsportsmanlike foul in the final minute and Chubb made 2 foul shots, but Rowland turned the ball over on the resulting possession and Lavrinovic made 2 foul shots to make it 78-78. But Goldsberry gave the Dragons the victory by putting back an offensive rebound in the final seconds.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN)
Attendance: 3000
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Unics Kazan22171821
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Unics Kazan22395778
Artland Dragons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ROWLAND, EARL 16:55 7 3/4   1/1   2 2 2 1 2   1 3 2 7
5 GOLDSBERRY, JOHN 31:46 9 3/4 1/1   2 2 4 3 1 3     2 2 13
7 CHUBB, ADAM 18:50 13 4/6   5/7 1 3 4 2   4     4 5 12
8 MCINTOSH, LAMONT 32:35 4 1/3 0/3 2/6   2 2 2 1       3 1 -2
9 JOHNSON, PAUL 1:18                              
10 ROHDEWALD, JAN 1:51           1 1 1         2    
11 HALL, DARIUS 21:10 15 6/10   3/5   2 2   2 4   3 4 4 6
13 PREWITT, CHAD 27:08 11 1/1 3/9   2   2 4 1 2     2   8
14 JARCHOW, AXEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 KRAUSE, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 RODGERS, LEON 26:59 4 2/4 0/1 0/2   3 3 3 1     1 1 1 5
24 THOMAS, TERRANCE 21:28 17 4/6 1/2 6/6 1 3 4 1       1 1 4 21
Team                                
Totals 200:00 80 24/38 5/16 17/27 6 18 24 18 7 15 0 6 22 19 70
        63.2% 31.3% 63%
Head coach: FLEMING, CHRIS
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
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 35:39 23 5/7 3/6 4/5 2 6 8 2 1 4 3   4 6 29
8 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PADIUS, NIKOLAY 7:08     0/2                   2 1 -3
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 22:04 15 3/3 2/6 3/4   1 1 2   1       3 15
17 TUSEK, MARKO 4:44 4 2/2 0/1   1   1               4
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 14:52 8 4/6       3 3   1 1 2   5 1 7
21 KIRKSAY, TARIQ 35:01 9 2/5 1/3 2/4 4 4 8 1 1 1 1   5 2 9
23 KEYRU, VICTOR 18:25   0/2 0/2     1 1     1     1   -5
24 McCULLOUGH, JERRY 24:54 1   0/2 1/2 2 1 3 5 1       2 2 7
30 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 20:24 16 6/9 1/3 1/2   4 4 1 1 2       1 15
31 STANESCU, VIRGIL 4:21 2 1/2     1   1     1     1    
40 KURBANOV, NIKITA 12:28   0/1     1 1 2 1   3     3   -4
Team           2   2           1   1
Totals 200:00 78 23/37 7/25 11/17 13 21 34 12 5 14 6 0 24 16 75
        62.2% 28% 64.7%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ACO

Head Coaches

FLEMING, CHRIS
Artland Dragons
"Kazan felt too comfortable in the first quarter I think. We knew that Kazan is a good team, although they didn't play so good at the beginning of the season. But the team got stronger, which they proved against Turk Telekom in the Last 32. They played well for 20 minutes and we did also. During the last quarter we had some trouble defending the two centers, Lavrinovic and Savanovic, and offensively we acted kind of nervous, which is uncommon for us on our home court. But we are happy that we won the game and we travel to Russia without any pressure."
PETROVIC, ACO
Unics Kazan
"Today we only played the first half; the second will take place next week in Kazan. We knew it would be a tough game in this overwhelming atmosphere, but we didn't expect it to be so hard. We had a very good first quarter, but then our center got his third foul and we had to substitute him. We slept away the second quarter. The bench players of the Dragons did a really good job today. We could not understand the unsportsmanlike and the technical fouls against us; those cost us some points. We thank the Dragons for the good hospitality. We felt very comfortable here."

Players

GOLDSBERRY, JOHN
Artland Dragons
"We are happy that we won this game, although we think that we could have played better. We played a really good second and third quarter. We woke up in the second quarter and turned the defense up. In Russia next week, we have to play more consistently. We know that it will be a tough game there. The fans helped us one more time here. We really have a great homecourt advantage."
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