2018-19SemifinalsGame 2
March 22, 2019 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Russian Federation: MATCH!IGRA
Israel: SPORT3 HD
Spain: TELEDEPORTE
Turkey: TIVIBU SPOR HD
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Web: www.tivibuspor.com (Turkey only)
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 3
Portugal: SPORT TV POR
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 1 (Delayed)
Balkans: SPORTKLUB3

Records

9-1 Regular Season 8-2
5-1 Top 16 6-0
2-1 Quarterfinals 2-0
0-1 Semifinals 1-0
16-4 Overall 17-2

Referees

Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA
Umpire 1
SHEMMESH, SEFFI
Umpire 2
NIKOLIC, UROS

The Take

The semifinal series between the two former EuroCup champs moves to Russia, where UNICS Kazan hosts Valencia Basket on Friday. Valencia will look to sweep the series to go to the final and try for its record fourth EuroCup trophy, while UNICS aims to tie the series and force a winner-takes-all Game 3 in Valencia next week.

In Game 1

In the opening game of the series, Valencia managed to survive 69-64 after trailing 44-48 through three quarters. In fact, UNICS was still ahead, 58-60, with 152 seconds to go in the game, but Will Thomas came alive for the hosts to put the win on ice. Fernando San Emeterio and Mike Tobey led the winners with 14 points apiece while Errick McCollum had 16 points for UNICS.

Marquee matchup

Errick McCollum and Matt Thomas will be in main roles in Kazan. McCollum has become a pillar for UNICS in the last months and now he's an undisputed leader on the court. He's averaged 13.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19 appearances off the bench. Thomas is shining in his debut season in the EuroCup with 12.5 points and 1.5 assists in 19 appearances.

Keys to victory: UNICS

It's all or nothing for UNICS. The hosts have not lost a single game at home this season and will try to rely on that to add one more success to their win column. UNICS did a good job in stopping Valencia in Game 1, but a few details in the last moments allowed the hosts to claim the win. UNICS dished only 10 assists in the opening game, but if it manages to get its offense flowing, things will look a bit brighter for this game, especially if the team can keep its turnovers as low as in Game 1 when it committed only six.

Keys to victory: Valencia

Valencia has been on a roll lately and will look to continue the trend on Friday. The visitors have won 14 games in a row, but were close to having that streak snapped in Game 1. Valencia just had 1 steal in the opening game and was stuck at 6-of-23 three-point shooting, so Coach Ponsarnau's men will have to find another way to play UNICS, especially on the road, if it wants to stay on the dominant path it has been on over the last months.

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UNICS Kazan
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SERGEEV, PAVEL G 1.85 31
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR C 2.02 30
3 EJIM, MELVIN F 2.01 28
4 LOCKETT, TRENT G 1.96 28
5 NDOUR, MAURICE F 2.06 26
6 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK G 1.88 31
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON G 2.00 32
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM C 2.14 25
15 SMITH, JAMAR G 1.91 31
20 BILLE, ALEKSANDR C 2.03 23
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY F 2.05 32
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY G 1.95 33
45 SHELEKETO, MAKSIM F 2.05 32
49 HENRY, PIERRIA G 1.93 26
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS F 2.06 36
Valencia Basket
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GARCIA, SERGI G 1.89 22
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO F 2.02 23
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS F 2.09 27
8 DIOT, ANTOINE G 1.93 30
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM G 1.88 32
10 THOMAS, WILL F 2.03 32
13 TOBEY, MIKE C 2.13 24
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN C 2.05 27
16 VIVES, GUILLEM G 1.92 25
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA G 1.90 37
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO F 1.99 35
21 THOMAS, MATT G 1.96 24
30 SASTRE, JOAN F 2.01 27
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON F 2.01 33
50 GALARZA, JON F 1.95 22
51 SOLER, JAVIER F 1.99 19

Player Stats

McCollum, E. / 13.2 Morgan, R. / 11.9 Smith, J. / 11.8
Thomas, M. / 12.5 Thomas, W. / 11.1 Dubljevic, B. / 10.1
Dubljevic, B. / 5.7 Tobey, M. / 5.3
Henry, P. / 5.4 Smith, J. / 2.8
Henry, P. / 1.6 Ndour, M. / 1.1 Lockett, T. / 1.0
Vives, G. / 1.0
Ndour, M. / 1.2
Tobey, M. / 0.9 Labeyrie, L. / 0.5
2PT
Klimenko, A. / 61.8 % Morgan, R. / 61.7 % Lockett, T. / 59.1 %
Tobey, M. / 65.3 % Thomas, M. / 62.3 % Thomas, W. / 62.3 %
3PT
Smith, J. / 46.2 % Kolesnikov, E. / 40.0 % Ejim, M. / 39.3 %
Thomas, M. / 45.6 % Van Rossom, S. / 43.9 % Dubljevic, B. / 43.1 %
FT
McCollum, E. / 84.7 % Ndour, M. / 83.3 % Morgan, R. / 77.4 %
Thomas, M. / 90.6 % Thomas, W. / 83.8 % Dubljevic, B. / 80.0 %
PIR
Henry, P. / 15.1 McCollum, E. / 12.9 Morgan, R. / 12.6
Thomas, W. / 13.9 Dubljevic, B. / 13.6 Van Rossom, S. / 12.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
82.1 Points 82.2
35.4 Rebounds 33.0
11.0 O. Rebounds 9.4
24.5 D. Rebounds 23.6
17.8 Assists 20.5
8.0 Steals 6.5
2.4 Blocks 2.1
52.4 % 2PT 58.1 %
38.3 % 3PT 39.7 %
78.2 % FT 78.5 %
93.9 PIR 98.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
72.8 Points 73.7
32.1 Rebounds 29.6
9.7 O. Rebounds 8.3
22.5 D. Rebounds 21.3
14.3 Assists 16.7
5.1 Steals 5.8
2.4 Blocks 2.3
49.4 % 2PT 53.3 %
34.4 % 3PT 36.1 %
72.8 % FT 74.6 %
72.2 PIR 78.0

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It is a crucial game for us. There is no other result apart from winning if we want to continue in EuroCup. It will be a tough game. We must be mentally strong and physically at our highest level."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"I expect our opponent to do a lot of scouting and I am sure they will improve things – and we definitely have to prepare ourselves to get better, too. We need to improve our pick-and-roll offense, with better spacing. That will allow the team to play with more balance, with more players attacking the basket. We have to move the ball from side to side to make our offense more fluent. Defensively, we have to be ready for some of their players doing better. I don't think that we have to change a lot of things, but small details regarding communication and activation. We have to reach out earlier on defense and control situations in which they found some advantages on Tuesday . I hope that after winning Game 1 and playing on the road, we will be less nervous and that can help us."

Players

SMITH, JAMAR
UNICS Kazan
"This game is everything for us. The only way we can continue is to win and we all know that. And we know what we have to do to win the game. The game there we lost was winnable game for us."
ABALDE, ALBERTO
Valencia Basket
"We are excited with the opportunity of ending the series. We know it is going to be very difficult because they are a strong team and will give everything they have in front of their fans to take the series to Game 3. But our mentality has to be to go out there and try to win this game. Atmospheres are usually a bit cold here in Russia, but just like us, they are fighting to get to the final and will be really motivated."

UNICS Kazan vs. Valencia Basket

· This will be the tenth time that these two teams face each other. Valencia currently dominates the series, 6-3.

· The last time these two teams met was during the 2014 EuroCup Finals. Valencia swept the series 2-0 and won the title, its third.

· Both Valencia and UNICS have won the EuroCup previously. Valencia has won it three times: 2003, 2010 and 2014, while UNICS won in 2011.

· With one more rebound, Koastas Kaimakoglou of UNICS will reach the 400 milestone.

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UNICS Kazan

Roster
Aleksandr Bille is set to make his EuroCup debut.
Streaks
Pierria Henry has dished at least 4 assists in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Errick McCollum has scored at least 11 points in his last 6 EuroCup games.
McCollum has racked a PIR of at least 11 in his last 6 EuroCup games.
Career Highs
Pavel Sergeev posted his career high in steals with 4 for Zenit against Valencia on December 15, 2009.
Maurice Ndour posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 7 for UNICS against Valencia on March 19, 2019.
Maurice Ndour posted his career high in total rebounds with 9 for UNICS against Valencia on March 19, 2019.
Anton Ponkrashov posted his career high in index rating with 30 for Khimki against Valencia on December 4, 2007.
Anton Ponkrashov posted his career high in minutes with 34 for Khimki against Valencia on January 22, 2008.
Kostas Kaimakoglou posted his career high in points with 19 for UNICS against Valencia on January 15, 2014.
Season Rankings
UNICS Kazan Artem Klimenko is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  61.7% .
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  13.2 per game.
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  84.6% .
UNICS Kazan Errick Mccollum is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with  4.3 per game.
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  239.1% .
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  48.0% .
UNICS Kazan Jamar Smith is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.4 per game.
UNICS Kazan Maurice Ndour is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  57.6% .
UNICS Kazan Maurice Ndour is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with  3.5 per game.
UNICS Kazan Maurice Ndour is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.1 per game.
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  15.1 per game.
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  3.5 per game.
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.4 per game.
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  257.1% .
UNICS Kazan Pierria Henry is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.6 per game.
UNICS Kazan Raymar Morgan is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  60.6% .
UNICS Kazan Raymar Morgan is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with  5.0 per game.
UNICS Kazan Raymar Morgan is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  62.1% .
UNICS Kazan Raymar Morgan is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with  5.0 per game.
All-time Rankings
UNICS Anton Ponkrashov ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 295 assists total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks 19th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 935 points total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks 23th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 996 index rating points total for his career.
UNICS Errick Mccollum ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 305 free throws made total for his career.
UNICS Jamar Smith ranks 10th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 157 3-pointers made total for his career.
UNICS Kostas Kaimakoglou ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 399 rebounds total for his career.
UNICS Kostas Kaimakoglou ranks seventh on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 312 defensive rebounds total for his career.

Valencia Basket

Streaks
Matt Thomas has hit at least one three in his last 11 EuroCup games.
Mike Tobey has racked a PIR of at least 11 in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Tobey has pulled at least 6 rebounds in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Career Highs
Bojan Dubljevic posted his career high in offensive rebounds with 8 for Valencia against UNICS on February 18, 2014.
Guillem Vives posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 4 for Valencia against UNICS on March 19, 2019.
Guillem Vives posted his career high in total rebounds with 4 for Valencia against UNICS on March 19, 2019.
Guillem Vives posted his career high in blocks with 2 for Valencia against UNICS on March 19, 2019.
Season Rankings
Valencia Basket Bojan Dubljevic is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  4.0 per game.
Valencia Basket Bojan Dubljevic is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  5.6 per game.
Valencia Basket Guillem Vives is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  215.0% .
Valencia Basket Matt Thomas is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  12.5 per game.
Valencia Basket Matt Thomas is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.1 per game.
Valencia Basket Matt Thomas is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  90.6% .
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  5.2 per game.
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  3.5 per game.
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  59.4% .
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  56.3% .
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  0.8 per game.
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  65.2% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  46.0% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  600.0% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.0 per game.
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  58.1% .
All-time Rankings
Valencia Antoine Diot ranks 11th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 101 steals total for his career.
Valencia Antoine Diot ranks 13th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 287 assists total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1399 points total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 224 offensive rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 403 defensive rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 494 field goals made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 627 rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks third on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 291 free throws made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks third on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 374 2-pointers made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1615 index rating points total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 10th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1138 index rating points total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 14th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 87.7% free throws % total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 15th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 270 assists total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks eighth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 387 field goals made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 223 3-pointers made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 243 free throws made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1240 points total for his career.
Valencia Sam Van Rossom ranks 10th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 307 assists total for his career.
Valencia Sam Van Rossom ranks 20th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 127 3-pointers made total for his career.
Valencia Sam Van Rossom ranks sixth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 255.8% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 6
UNICS Kazan Valencia Basket
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
UNICS Kazan
Home record vs. Valencia Basket: 2-2
Away record vs. Valencia Basket: 1-4
Valencia Basket
Home record vs. UNICS Kazan: 4-1
Away record vs. UNICS Kazan: 2-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 19 March 2019 Semifinals Valencia Basket 69 - 64 UNICS Kazan
2013-14 07 May 2014 Finals Unics Kazan 73 - 85 Valencia Basket Club
2013-14 01 May 2014 Finals Valencia Basket Club 80 - 67 Unics Kazan
2013-14 18 February 2014 Last 32 Valencia Basket Club 73 - 76 Unics Kazan
2013-14 15 January 2014 Last 32 Unics Kazan 82 - 75 Valencia Basket Club
2012-13 13 March 2013 Quarterfinals Unics Kazan 71 - 68 Valencia Basket
2012-13 06 March 2013 Quarterfinals Valencia Basket 80 - 70 Unics Kazan
2009-10 09 March 2010 Last 16 Power Electronics 91 - 81 Unics
2009-10 02 February 2010 Last 16 Unics 68 - 72 Power Electronics