2011-12Top 16Round 2
January 25, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 O.A.K.A.

Unics Kazan stunned Panathinaikos 83-89

Unics Kazan put its name among the contenders to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by taking down defending champion Panathinaikos 83-89 on the road in Athens on Wednesday to seize first place in Group G of the Top 16. Unics won its fifth road game out of six this season and its eighth game overall out of the last nine to go 2-1 in the group, while Panathinaikos dropped into a 1-1 tie for second place with Fenerbahce Ulker. A 4-15 run that ended with a Henry Domercant triple early in the final quarter gave Unics the game's first double-digit lead, which held at 76-87 with 48 seconds left before Panathinaikos trimmed points down the stretch. The victory, however, went back to Russia thanks to 21 points from Domercant, 16 from Terrell Lyday and 15 from Vladimir Veremeenko. For Panathinaikos, Mike Batiste tallied 16 points, Steven Smith 15 and Dimitris Diamantidis 14, but the Greens allowed a Euroleague opponent at OAKA the most points in the regulation 40 minutes in 5 years and 1 day, since Partizan won there 80-93 on January 24, 2007.

Diamantidis found Smith in the corner for a triple to open the scoring, but Alexey Savrasenko answered with a hook off the backboard for Unics. Romain Sato cutting baseline put Panathinaikos up 5-2, but there the perfect shooting stopped and defenses dominated until Batiste's spin move finished a fastbreak. When Diamantidis added his first basket, Unics called timeout, down 9-2, and soon used Domercant to get back on the scoreboard. Panathinaikos got a triple in transition from Diamantidis at 12-6. Domercant put on his own great spin move, but Kostas Tsartsaris waltzed untouched for a layup in response. Domercant's first triple put Unics within 14-9 before Ian Vougioukas joined the Panathinaikos scorers. He soon doubled a pair of Unics free throws with a dunk and a put-back. Unics needed scoring help and got some from Lynn Greer, with a jumper and free throws, while Kostas Kaimakoglou fed Nick Calathes for a Panathinaikos layup. But with a second-chance and 0.9 seconds left, Unics called a timeout and found Mike Wilkinson for a short jumper and a morale-boosting 22-17 score after 10 minutes.

Unics came out smoking for the second quarter, with Greer converting a steal before Kelly McCarty swished an open fastbreak triple for a 22-22 tie. Kaimakoglou's step-back shot saved the Panathinaikos lead - but not for long. After Batiste and Veremeenko traded free throws, Bostjan Nachbar appeared to knock down his first shot, a triple, for the visitors' first lead, 26-27. After a Panathinaikos timeout, McCarty matched him to make it 26-30, a 4-13 run for the guests. Jasikevicius answered with a short jumper followed by a game-tying slam from Batiste, but a second-chance layup from McCarty and Lyday's first basket, stepping on the three-point line, forced another Panathinaikos timeout at 30-34. Sato's offensive rebound led to a triple from Diamantidis, while Batiste's steal sprung David Logan for a go-ahead layup at 35-34. Domercant re-took the lead with a fall-back jumper over Diamantidis, but Batiste changed the scoreboard again with a baseline dunk as the teams roared toward halftime trading punches. Lyday landed the next one, from the arc, putting Unics up 37-39, and when Vougioukas downed a shot, Domercant answered falling down. But Smith, who got the half started, also had the last word, spinning in a pick-and-roll basket as Panathinaikos clung to a 42-41 halftime edge.

Lyday went high off the backboard and Veremeenko spun for a slam as Unics came back strong after halftime. When Domercant hit 2 of 3 free throws, the visitors had a 44-47 advantage. Next, Lyday threaded a very Panathinaikos-like pick-and-roll pass to Veremeenko for a layup, after which the Unics defense forced a 24-second violation on the Greens. Only a layup by Calathes fell in during the next 2-plus minutes until Batiste came out of a timeout for a three-point play to tie it, 49-49. Yet another spin move, by Petr Samoylenko, kept Unics ahead. Kaimakoglou changed that with an open triple, but Samoylenko answered back with a layup. Free throws by Veremeenko preceded him taking a fantastic pass from Lyday for the biggest Unics lead yet, 53-58. It would get bigger, too, despite a reverse by Calathes, as Domercant downed a basket and fed the open Savrasenko for another to take Unics into the final quarter with a 56-63 lead.

Almost 2 minutes and as many airballs by Panathinaikos passed before Domercant buried a triple for a shocking 10-point Unics lead, 56-66, to open the fourth quarter. Smith got 2 points back at the foul line, and then converted his team's second straight offensive rebound into a triple from the corner at 61-66. But next it was Wilkinson's offensive board that became a three-point play. Smith answered with a reverse, but Lyday matched him for a 63-71 scoreboard. Smith drove for another layup, but on another second-chance possession, Samoylenko struck from downtown to make it 65-74 with under 5 minutes to play. A potential game-breaker came next on a seemingly errant pass, as a foul compounded by a technical on Sarunas Jasikeicius put Veremeenko and Lyday on the line for 4 consecutive free throws to make it 65-78. Under 4 minutes were left by the time Logan and Smith trimmed 3 free throws off the difference, but Lyday got all 3 back on a great fall-down layup at 68-81. A fullcourt press got Panathinaikos a pair of quick baskets, but Lyday answered with a jumper at 72-83 with under 2 minutes left. The win looked assured for Unics, but both teams were going strong with the point difference in mind, which Panathinaikos was able to do in the final minute, cutting the gap to 6 while looking ahead to a tough trip to Kazan, Russia next month.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; CONDE, ANTONIO; VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR
Attendance: 8500 (Tentative)
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Panathinaikos Athens22201427
Unics Kazan17242226
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Panathinaikos Athens22425683
Unics Kazan17416389
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 MARIC, ALEKS 0:41 1     1/2                 1 2 1
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 7:30   0/1 0/1           1 1     3   -5
8 BATISTE, MIKE 27:03 16 6/9   4/5 2 3 5 1 1 1 1   4 6 21
9 LOGAN, DAVID 16:32 4 1/3 0/3 2/2   1 1 2   1     2 1  
10 SATO, ROMAIN 24:59 4 2/4     1 2 3   2       4   3
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 11:38 2 1/3     1 2 3         2 2   -1
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 34:50 14 1/1 3/4 3/4   7 7 4 2 2 1   1 3 26
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 5:44 9 4/5   1/1 1   1             4 13
15 CALATHES, NICK 17:39 7 3/4   1/2   1 1 1 1 1     1 2 8
17 SMITH, STEVEN 16:07 15 3/5 2/4 3/5 2 2 4   1 1     3 4 14
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 19:12 7 2/2 1/4         3   3     1   3
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 18:05 4 2/2 0/2         5 2       2 1 8
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 83 25/39 6/18 15/21 7 20 27 16 10 12 2 2 24 23 91
        64.1% 33.3% 71.4%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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 28:43 16 5/8 1/2 3/3   3 3 4 3 2     4 2 18
5 GOLOVIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 23:36 9 3/3 1/2     1 1 2 1 3     4   5
10 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 9:01 3   1/1     1 1 1   1     2   2
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 21:09 15 3/7   9/9 1 4 5   1 1   2 5 6 15
13 GREER, LYNN 23:51 7 3/5 0/2 1/2   2 2 5 2 1     1 3 12
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 14:55 5 2/2   1/2 1 1 2       1   2 1 6
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 McCARTY, KELLY 10:06 8 1/1 2/4     1 1 1         1   7
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 36:16 21 5/6 2/5 5/8   5 5 2 1 2     1 10 29
54 WILKINSON, MIKE 32:23 5 2/4 0/2 1/1 2 3 5 2   2 1   3 1 5
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 89 24/36 7/18 20/25 5 21 26 17 8 12 2 2 23 23 100
        66.7% 38.9% 80%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"I mentioned before the game that good defense would be the key of this game, but we didn't succeed. We didn't foul our opponents and we allowed them to score easy points. Also our defense on Domercant was very bad and we didn't manage to stop their pick-and-roll. Unics Kazan is a good and enthusiastic team. Nothing is decided yet, there are four more games and anything can happen."
PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"Congratulations to my players for this great victory over such a big opponent, although we missed Nathan Jawai who went to Australia due to the death of his foster father. There are not a lot of teams that can win here. We focused on defending against Diamantidis and Batiste and trying to stop the pick n' roll situations. They netted 14 and 16 points respectively, but this is something that may happen in this level. Our average in defense is 65 points and tonight we got 83, but at the end of the day the result is what it counts more."

Players

TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS
Panathinaikos Athens
"It is a defeat that hurts, but we have to delete it and go ahead. There are several things that didn't work and we have to make the corrections. Tonight everything went bad and Unics read the game well and deserved to win. I hope that it is a bad parenthesis and we will be come up big next week against Fenerbahce Ulker. Regarding my 200th Euroleague appearance, I am happy and proud for this record. It has been a wonderful trip with a lot of success and emotions."
VOUGIOUKAS, IAN
Panathinaikos Athens
"Unics played very well. They made some big shots and scored in the decisive moments. We didn't have the concentration needed and this is why we lost the game. We tried to play our game, but it didn't work and this is something that we have to work on. Now we have extra motivation to win the next game and I hope that this defeat will help us to be better."