2011-12Regular SeasonRound 10
December 21, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ARENA STOZICE

Unics Kazan trumped Union Olimpija 63-76

Unics finished the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season in style by downing Union Olimpija 63-76 in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday night. Unics finished third in Group D with a 7-3 record right behind FC Barcelona Regal and Montepaschi. Union Olimpija dropped to 1-9 and tied for fifth place at the end of this round. Henry Domercant led the winners with 16 points. Terrell Lyday and Aleksey Savrasenko each added 14, Kelly McCarty had 13 while Lynn Greer got 12 for Unics. Jaka Blazic led Olimpija with 13 points. Sasu Salin and Jan Mocnik each added 11 while Deon Thompson had 10 for the hosts. Lyday led an 0-8 opening run that allowed Unics to get the lead for good. Unics boosted its margin to 9-25 late in the first quarter and kept a solid 29-41 margin at halftime. Olimpija managed to get within 37-44 midway through the third quarter but Domercant and Greer allowed Unics to seal the outcome, 46-64, minutes before the final buzzer.

Lyday swished an baseline jumper to open the scoring. Domercant, Savrasenko and Lyday quickly made it 0-8 for the visitors before Thompson opened Olimpija's side of the scoreboard with a jumper to which Salin added a tip-in at 4-8. Thompson got Olimpija even closer, but Petr Samoylenko fed Savrasenko for a dunk and Lyday hit another basket at 6-12. Savrasenko kept getting loose underneath, and when Salin struck from downtown for Olimpija, Lyday matched it on the next play. Domercant also hit from long-range, making it 9-20. Savrasenko and Mike Wilkinson from downtown, provided the biggest Unics lead yet, 9-25, but Thompson returned to put Olimpija into double-digit territory with a jumper to close the first quarter.

Jaka Blazic drove for the first basket of the second quarter for Olimpija before Nathan Jawai rocked the rim for Unics. Mocnik downed a triple then Blazic stepped up with 3 more points to drop the difference to 19-27. Savrasenko returned the Unics lead to double-digits, but Thompson and Blazic lowered it to 23-29 to mark the end of a 14-4 run for the hosts. Solid defense and a pair of triples by McCarty relaunched the Unics lead into double digits, 23-35. Only Salin's points kept Unicaja from falling further behind as Greer finished a dominant first half for Unics at the foul line for a 29-41 scoreboard.

Lyday boosted Unics again with a triple to open the third quarter. Both defenses played better then, until Mocnik scored a quick 5 points in a row and assisted Robert Rothbart on a layup to get Olimpija as close as it had been in a while, 37-44. Greer scored in penetration but a baseline jumper by Thompson kept Olimpija within 39-46. Greer kept pacing Unics with a bomb from downtown, as the guests kept excelling in defense. Olimpija went scoreless for more than 2 minutes and McCarty joined the three-point shootout to break the game open, 39-52. Erjon Kastrati tried to change things with a fast break layup but a basket by Domercant fixed the score at 41-54 after 30 minutes.

Greer and Jawai made free throws early in the fourth quarter, as Olimpija kept struggling to score. Bertans stepped up with an acrobatic three-point play that Domercant erased with a catch-and-shoot triple for a 44-61 Unics margin. Dino Muric buried a long jumper but Domercant quickly answered from downtown to seal the outcome, 46-64, with more than 6 minutes to go. Bertans insisted with another three-pointer and Blazic added a running jumper to get Olimpija within 51-64. Mocnik joined the three-point shootout but Domercant and Savrasenko stepped up to keep Unics out of trouble, 54-67. Rothbart dunked, but everything was said and done already. Unics had cruised to another road win and Olimpija stepped away from the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE)
Attendance: 3500 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Union Olimpija Ljubljana11181222
Unics Kazan25161322
End of Quarter1234
Union Olimpija Ljubljana11294163
Unics Kazan25415476
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KASTRATI, ERJON 11:09 2 1/2 0/1         1 1       3   -1
5 MICIC, DJORDJE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ROTHBART, BORIS 23:50 8 3/6   2/2 1 9 10     5     2 1 9
8 BLAZIC, JAKA 26:52 13 4/10 1/2 2/4 2 7 9 1   3   1 4 6 12
9 THOMPSON, DEON 30:14 10 5/10     1 3 4 1   3     2 1 6
11 MURIC, DINO 13:18 2 1/2             1       3 1  
13 SALIN, SASU 35:26 11 2/4 1/5 4/4 1 2 3 4 2       3 6 17
20 MOCNIK, JAN 33:15 11 1/2 3/6     3 3 3 1 4     5 2 7
24 BERTANS, DAVIS 25:56 6 1/3 1/4 1/1   2 2 1 1     1 3 1 2
55 MORINA, GEZIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 63 18/39 6/18 9/11 6 27 33 11 6 15 0 2 25 18 54
        46.2% 33.3% 81.8%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO
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
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 17:23 14 3/4 2/4 2/2   3 3 2 2 2     1 4 19
5 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 0:25                              
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 15:07           3 3 4 3 1       2 11
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GREER, LYNN 24:53 12 2/3 1/2 5/6   3 3 2   2     2 5 15
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 30:43 14 7/10   0/1   1 1   2 3 1   2 2 11
15 GUBANOV, PETR 4:55           1 1 1   1     1    
21 McCARTY, KELLY 25:39 13   3/5 4/4   3 3 1     1   2 3 17
32 JAWAI, NATE 9:17 4 1/1   2/2   4 4   2 3     3 2 6
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 36:33 16 2/5 3/8 3/6 1 4 5 2   3     4 6 11
54 WILKINSON, MIKE 35:05 3 0/3 1/4     5 5 2   1     3    
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 76 15/26 10/23 16/21 1 28 29 14 9 16 2 0 18 24 91
        57.7% 43.5% 76.2%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

FILIPOVSKI, SASO
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"We finished our Euroleague season. Truth to be told, our regular season group was too difficult for our team's playing level - even though I am sure that if all the players we had at the beginning of the season were here, we would have added more wins. I am happy with our last game because we fought until the end even though we trailed all the way. I believe that our fans noticed that and rewarded us with applause at the end of the game."
PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"Even though we were aware of Union Olimpija's problems, we knew that the game wouldn't be an easy one for us. There is a lot of basketball tradition here in Ljubljana and we could see that Olimpija fans support their team in good and bad times. We managed to control the game however, and won deservedly."
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