Regular Season Round 2 - October 24, 2014 CET: 17:00 Local time: 19:00 - BASKET HALL KAZAN

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-1 Regular Season 1-0
0-1 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
BIRICIK, MURAT, Turkey
Umpire
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.0 Points 80.0
30.0 Rebounds 39.0
4.0 O. Rebounds 17.0
26.0 D. Rebounds 22.0
12.0 Assists 21.0
5.0 Steals 12.0
3.0 Blocks 1.0
14.0 Turnovers 8.0
54.3 % 2PT 46.8 %
47.1 % 3PT 27.3 %
66.7 % FT 66.7 %
80.0 Index 89.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.0 / Langford Points 11.0 / Reyes
10.0 / White Rebounds 8.0 / Bourousis
1.0 / Langford OR 3.0 / Bourousis
10.0 / White DR 5.0 / Bourousis
4.0 / Jerrells Assists 4.0 / Ayon
2.0 / Langford Steals 4.0 / Ayon
1.0 / Sanikidze Blocks 1.0 / Nocioni
3.0 / Jerrells Turnovers 1.0 / Carroll
100.0 % / Fischer 2PT 100.0 % / Carroll
100.0 % / Sanikidze 3PT 100.0 % / Maciulis
100.0 % / Fischer FT 100.0 % / Llull
23.0 / Langford Index 17.0 / Ayon

THE TAKE

These teams face each other for the first time since the 2006-07 ULEB Cup semifinals. Unics needs to stop Madrid's high rhythm, led by playmakers Sergio Llull and Sergio Rodriguez. The hosts rely on Nikos Zisis and Curtis Jerrells to set the right game tempo, one of the biggest keys to this game. Unics has a lot of firepower at the wings, with two proven scorers in Keith Langford and James White. Langford will test his scoring skills against Jaycee Carroll and Llull. White must use his speed and athleticism against a more experienced Rudy Fernandez in a very interesting matchup. Former Madrid center D'or Fischer has the tough mission to go against Gustavo Ayon and Ioannis Bourousis. Madrid is deeper around the basket, but Kostas Kaimakoglou and Viktor Sanikidze can stretch the floor at the power forward spot against Felipe Reyes and Andres Nocioni. Expect intensity and a lot of action.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Unics Kazan
"Real Madrid is an excellent team. They have a great roster, and most of the players have been playing together for long, which makes the team even stronger. They play with a high speed. Because of the high quality roster, they tend to play up tempo all the game long. In other words, Real is a high level team which will be very difficult to play. We will have to show top concentration and give all our energy to win a game like that."
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"Usually, the team coming off the qualifying rounds competes well. Winning that round is not easy, and Unics has very good players. We know both Langford and Jerrells from last year. James White is a solid player. Kaimakoglou is a starter in the Greek national team, Fischer has played here, Zisis, Sanikidze have played in the Spanish League. As a roster, player by player, Unics is a Euroleague-level team, no doubt. We know also that is is one of the toughest trips in this regular season, so we must be ready to face a game in which, even playing good defense, Unics can score at any moment. We must keep improving in many basic aspects of the game. Games and practices will put us in our place, but so far I am happy with our progression. It's important to stay concentrated on the things we practice so that the veteran players and the new ones get the automatisms that we need in the team."

Players

ZISIS, NIKOS
Unics Kazan
"It will definitely be a very big game. Real Madrid is one of the favorites in the Euroleague, one of the best teams in the competition. There is no doubt, it will be a very hard game. We’ll try to be competitive as much as possible to be consistent playing against them. We are happy that Unics is playing such a high-level team. We will do our best to show a good game against a very strong opponent."
RIVERS, KELVIN
Real Madrid
"I go back to Russia after some time and I know that playing there is rather complicated because of the atmosphere and the quality of the teams. And I think Unics is one of the best in Russia. We are still in the middle of the adaptation process, because the team has five new faces. We are still getting to know each other, learning from everyone else. It's not easy, but we have only played three or four games and we will need some time to reach our best version as a team. We are improving things and, for now, we are winning the games, which is what matters."

Game Notes

Unics Kazan
D’Or Fischer played for Real Madrid during the 2010-11 season. He helped the club reach that season’s Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. He was a teammate of current Madrid players Felipe Reyes, Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull.
Fischer is nearing a return to the Euroleague’s career top 10 in shots blocked. He is tied for 11th place with 120 career blocks. Robertas Javtokas of Zalgiris is 10th with 121 and Nikola Vujcic (122) and Darjus Lavrinovic (123) are next on the list.
Argiris Pedoulakis coached Madrid forward Jonas Maciulis during parts of the past two seasons at Panathinaikos Athens.
Curtis Jerrells has made at least 1 three-pointer in 23 straight Euroleague games.
Jerrells is 2 three-pointers away from the century mark for his Euroleague career.
Nikos Zisis and Real Madrid big man Ioannis Bourousis have been teammates for many years at botht he club and national team level. The duo played together for AEK Athens in the early parts of their careers, leading that club from 2002 through 2005. They helped Greece win the 2005 European Championships, a bronze medal at the 2009 European Championships and played at Olympic Games and World Championships too.
Zisis needs 16 more assists to reach the 500 milestone for his Euroleague career, which is something only 14 players have previously done.
Keith Langford was a teammate of Real Madrid big man Ioannis Bourousis during the 2012-13 season at Italian club EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.
Langford has scored in double figures in 16 consecutive Euroleague games.
Kostas Kaimakoglou has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances.
Viktor Sanikidze has blocked at least 1 shot in each of his last five Euroleague games played.


Real Madrid
Sergio Rodriguez needs 22 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his Euroleague career.
Andres Nocioni has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight Euroleague games.
Nocioni has blocked at least 1 shot in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague appearances.
Ioannis Bourousis needs 10 more rebounds to overtake Panathinaikos legend Mika Batiste for fourth place on the Euroleague’s career rebound charts. Bourousis has 1,108 career boards.
Bourousis is tied for second in competition history with 140 career blocked shots alongside Denis Marconato.
Rudy Fernandez’s streak of 17 consecutive Euroleague games with at least 1 three-pointer made came to an end last week.
K.C. Rivers was a teammate of Unics Kazan forward Viktor Sanikidze during the 2010-11 season at Virtus Bologna.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Euroleague.net
Llull’s late jumper lifts Real Madrid over Unics


Sergio Llull hit a game-winning jumper with 1.2 seconds to go as Real Madrid pulled out a thrilling 75-76 road win over Unics Kazan on Friday. Madrid improved to 2-0 in Group A, while Unics dropped to 0-2. Madrid built a 20-31 lead in the second quarter, but Zisis fueled an 11-2 run that got Unics to 31-35 at halftime. After the break, Keith Langford got going, scoring 11 points in the third quarter for Unics to retake the lead, and with help from Viktor Sanikidze the hosts grabbed a 68-63 advantage. Gustavo Ayon and Andres Nocioni helped Madrid to regain control, but James White hit a corner triple with 7.7 seconds to go, giving Unics a 75-74 edge. After a timeout, there was just enough time on the clock for Madrid to turn once gain to Llull, who shook off his defender and hit a tough high-arching jumper that added to his collection of game-winners. Ayon and Rudy Fernandez each scored 10 points in victory, while Nocioni and Ioannis Bourousis scored 9 apiece. Llull finished with 7 and 6 assists. For Unics, Langford scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half, White netted 13, while Kostas Kaimakoglou had 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists.

First quarter: Mejri’s and Reyes keep Madrid in front

Bourousis and Dmitry Sokolov traded basket to start the game, before triples from Fernandez and Andres Nocioni opened a 2-8 lead for Madrid. The early three-point party did not stop there as five of the first eight baskets were from downtown. Kostas Kaimakoglou nailed the first one for Unics, and Langford followed with a coast-to-coast layup to tie the game at 8-8. Jonas Maciulis replied with Madrid's third triple, but defenses slowly settled in. Nocioni on one end, and D'Or Fischer on the other had monster blocks, before Curtis Jerrells knocked down a pull-up three to give the hosts their first lead, 13-11. Madrid answered with a put-back from Salah Mejri, and Felipe Reyes scored inside to make it 13-15. Unics scored 3 of 4 free throws through Fischer and Nikos Zisis, but a dunk and a buzzer-beating tip in from Mejri made it 16-19 at the end of the first quarter.

Second quarter: Madrid takes double-digit lead, Zisis rallies the hosts

White opened the quarter with a tough baseline jumper, but Madrid pulled away behind a put-back from Reyes and a pair of free throws from Fernandez and Mejri, 18-25. Fischer finished an alley-oop dunk to thrill the home crowd, but Sergio Rodriguez drove for a layup, and Reyes dominated the offensive boards before his hook-shot extended it to 20-31. White scored a fastbreak layup and Zisis nailed a short jumper and a triple to get back within 27-33. Kaimakoglou continued Unics's run with free throws and an assist on Sokolov's reverse layup. In the final minute of the quarter, K.C. Rivers snapped an 11-2 run with a layup as the shot-clock was about to expire, giving Madrid a 31-35 halftime lead.

Rudy Fernandez - Real Madrid - EB14

Third quarter: Langford scores 11 to put Unics ahead

Langford drove to the hoop at the start of the half and Bourousis made a reverse layup. Langford and Jerrells each nailed a jumper, but in between Maciulis sank a triple. Langford drove down the lane for a layup, but Nocioni knocked down one from downtown at the other end, 40-45. However, Unics closed within 1 after Kaimakoglou and Langford nailed three-pointers to make it 46-47. Madrid distanced itself with free throws from Llull and Bourousis, but Fischer scored a layup-plus-foul. Nocioni fed Bourousis for an easy layup and a 49-52 edge, but White nailed a jumper for Unics, before the hosts grabbed the lead in the final minute of the quarter. Langford first fed Viktor Sanikidze for an easy layup, then nailed a short jumper just before the buzzer for a 56-55 advantage.

Fourth quarter: Llull’s heroics lift Madrid to victory

Rodriguez made a long jumper for Madrid to regain the lead, and after a put-back from Sanikidze, Rodriguez scored an easy layup. Fernandez scored a fastbreak layup to make it 58-61, but Langford tied the game with a shot from long range. Sanikidze followed to put back a missed layup from Kaimakoglou. Unics went up 65-61 with another jumper by Langford. After a timeout, Gustavo Ayon muscled one in, but Langford nailed a triple after another offensive rebound from Sanikidze made it 68-63. Ayon answered with a pair of layups in the crowd, but Jerrells and Lagford each drove to the basket to keep the margin at 72-67. After a timeout, Ayon scored again inside, and Nocioni nailed a corner triple for a 72-72 edge with 61 seconds to go. Maciulis and Llull split foul shots for Madrid in the final minute, while Langford and Jerrells missed their attempts. Madrid led 72-74 with 13.9 left, but White nailed a corner triple for a 75-74 advantage with 7.7 left. That was enough time for Llull, however, to shake Fischer off and knock down a tough long jumper for a Madrid victory.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR), PETEK, SASO (SLO)
Attendance: 5000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Unics Kazan16152519
Real Madrid19162021
End of Quarter1234
Unics Kazan16315675
Real Madrid19355576
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Unics Kazan
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 WHITE, JAMES 25:34 13 3/6 1/5 4/4   4 4 2   2 1   3 1 9
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 29:23 23 7/12 3/5     3 3 1 1 2   1 3 6 21
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 26:18 7 1/1 1/2 2/2 1 3 4 1   1     2 2 10
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 5:43     0/1             1     1 1 -2
11 LIKHODEY, VALERIY 0:21                              
12 PANIN, VADIM 0:50                         1   -1
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 17:39 6 3/3 0/1   3 5 8 1         3 2 13
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 17:12 4 2/2       2 2     1 1   4 2 4
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 33:00 9 0/1 2/8 3/4 2 9 11 5 2 5     3 2 13
40 FISCHER, D'OR 13:56 6 2/2   2/3   2 2     1 1   4 3 6
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 30:04 7 2/7 1/5         4   1     1 2 2
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 75 20/34 8/27 11/13 9 29 38 14 3 14 3 1 25 21 79
58.8% 29.6% 84.6%
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
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 RIVERS, KELVIN 15:00 2 1/2 0/2     1 1           1   -1
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 30:26 10 1/7 1/3 5/5 2 1 3 4   1     2 6 12
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 20:16 9 0/3 3/6   2 1 3 1     1 1 3 1 5
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 17:55 7 0/1 2/5 1/2   4 4   1       2 1 6
9 REYES, FELIPE 17:31 6 3/9     7 1 8 2       1 4 4 9
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 19:01 6 3/5 0/2         2   1   1 2 1 1
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 14:27 10 4/8   2/3 1 4 5 2 1 1     3 2 11
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 14:03 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   1 1 1 1       1 1 2
23 LLULL, SERGIO 23:42 7 1/1 0/4 5/6   2 2 6 2 1     3 3 11
30 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 16:48 9 3/5 0/1 3/4 1 4 5     1     1 4 12
50 MEJRI, SALAH 10:51 8 3/4   2/2 1 2 3   1       1 1 11
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 19/46 6/25 20/24 16 24 40 18 6 5 1 3 23 24 84
41.3% 24% 83.3%
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Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Unics Kazan
"Of course, it was a very tough game. We played against one of the highest-level teams in the Euroleague. We made a great efforts and we tried to stop our opponents, and we did it well in the first transition and pick-and-roll offense they had. We had some problems with offensive rebounds, which Real had. As they game went on, it was the luckiest that that won the game. We will try to improve every day and we will be better."
LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid
"It was a very good basketball game. We did a lot of good things, but everybody talks about our offense, and today we missed a lot of easy shots, open threes, under the basket, everywhere. That percentage didn't help when we were winning by four or five points, we were not able to make that advantage bigger. So I am not happy with those missed shots, but I am happy that we won, of course. We have to be happy with our defense, too. It's nervous when you play a close game like today, but I think we handled it well when we were down by five points late. We got two by Gustavo under the basket, three by Andres and finally the big shot by Sergio."
NOCIONI, ANDRES
Real Madrid
"It was difficult. Coming here, it's a great building to play in, but tough to win. They have great players and we had to work hard to win the game. We made it on the last shot, and it is what it is. We got the win, and that's what we came for."
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