2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 02, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 PALAIS DES SPORTS
Dominic Waters - Aris Thessaloniki - EC15 (photo AEK - megapress)

Aris beats Unics and storms to top spot in Group D

Aris Thessaloniki outlasted Unics Kazan 76-70 on Wednesday to storm into first place in Group D. Dominic Waters scored 19 points, including a pair of crucial free throws with 13.9 seconds left that made it a two-possession, as Aris beat Unics for the second time this season. The two teams now sport identical 5-3 records. Unics started strong through Keith Langford’s 12 first-quarter points and Art Parakhouski’s dominance in the paint to lead by double figures in the first quarter. But Aris outscored the visitors 63-50 over the remaining three to score the victory. Jerel McNeal netted 15 points and Jake Cohen and Jamelle Hagins added 14 each for the winners. Langford finished with 25 points for Unics, Parakhouski posted 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks and Kostas Kaimakoglou and Quino Colom accounted for 11 points each.

Langford finished a three-chance Unics attack with a three-point play to start the scoring. After McNeal got Aris on the scoreboard, Parakhouski and Langford teamed up on a 0-9 run that gave the visitors a double-digit lead, 2-12. Cohen scored 5 straight points to halve the deficit for Aris. Latavious Williams scored twice – surrounding Cohen free throws – to make it 13-20 at the end of the first quarter. Hagins brought Aris back within 5, but a Colom triple kept the visitors in charge. After a Parakhouski put-back, Spyros Mourtos and Waters rallied the hosts to within 25-28. Parakhouski continued to dominate with offensive rebounds and blocks before Langford pushed the lead back to 7. Cohen sank 4 free throws and his rejection of Lanford set up a McNeal fast break score to trim the difference to 32-34 at the break.

An Okaro White three-pointer gave Aris its first lead, 37-34, a minute into the second half. Waters added a three to push the lead to 4, but Colom evened things at 42-42 with free throws. A pair of Kaimakoglou tripled pushed Unics in front, 46-48, but Waters responded for the hosts to first tie it and then send Aris to a 56-52 advantage. Langford’s basket-plus-foul made it 56-55 through three quarters. Aris threatened to pull away through McNeal’s three-point play and Hagins’s layup off of Vassilis Xanthopoulos’s steal to take a 6-point lead. Parakhouski went to work inside, but threes from McNeal and Theodoros Zaras gave Aris a 67-59 cushion. Unics’s defense silenced the hosts for more than four minutes, but still trailed by 3 with two minutes to go after a three by Langford. Waters made it 70-65 with a minute-plus to play, however Anton Ponkrashov and combined for the next 4 points. White attacked the rim with 17.5 seconds left, drew a foul and made the resulting free throws. After Langford split free throws and Waters made 2, it was a two-possession game, which Hagins iced from the line.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR)
Attendance: 3500 (Tentative)
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Aris Thessaloniki13192420
Unics Kazan20142115
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Aris Thessaloniki13325676
Unics Kazan20345570
Aris Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 17:04 1   0/1 1/2       2 2 1     3 1  
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 7:00     0/2           1       2   -3
8 CUPKOVIC, SLAVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 WHITE, OKARO 19:31 6 0/2 1/3 3/4 2 3 5 1     1 1 3 4 8
11 WATERS, DOMINIC 26:29 19 3/6 3/3 4/4       1   1   1 3 3 15
12 DIPLAROS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ZARAS, THEODOROS 13:15 5 1/2 1/4     1 1 1         3    
14 HAGINS, JAMELLE 27:43 14 5/8   4/4 1 5 6     1   2 3 5 16
15 COHEN, JAKE 22:31 14 1/6 2/4 6/6 2 2 4   1   2 1 1 3 15
16 MOURTOS, SPYROS 23:56 2 1/2 0/1   2   2 2 3   1   3 1 6
17 SYMTSAK, VASSILIS 10:15                         1 1  
22 McNEAL, JEREL 32:16 15 5/10 1/5 2/3   6 6 4 1 2   1 3 3 13
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 76 16/36 8/23 20/23 7 17 24 11 8 6 4 6 25 21 69
        44.4% 34.8% 87%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
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
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 36:48 25 7/13 1/6 8/10 1 5 6 3   5   1 1 12 26
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 25:17 6 1/5 0/1 4/6 2 3 5 7 2 1   1 4 5 12
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 26:53 11 4/6   3/4 9 4 13 1     5 1 1 3 28
10 COLOM, QUINO 22:50 11 2/5 1/2 4/4   3 3 2   3     1 2 10
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 20:39 2 1/5 0/2     3 3         1 2   -4
13 BANIC, MARKO 11:57   0/1       1 1     1     2 1 -2
20 PANIN, VADIM 10:00     0/1         1         2   -2
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 31:57 11 2/2 2/5 1/2 1 8 9     1     3 2 14
22 WILLIAMS, LATAVIOUS 7:01 4 2/2 0/1   1   1     1 1   4    
24 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 6:38           1 1           1    
99 NEZVANKIN, DIMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 70 19/39 4/18 20/26 14 29 43 14 2 14 6 4 21 25 81
        48.7% 22.2% 76.9%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
Aris Thessaloniki
“It was a tough game. Congratulations to my players for their courage in the second half. In the first quarter we had a big problem in rebounds and we didn’t fight as needed. We got better in the second quarter. It was a huge victory against a big opponent. We’d like to thank our fans for their incredible support. It was very hard for the opponent to be effective in its game.”
PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
“We didn’t play good defense in the last quarter. We lost control at that time. Aris plays tough and it was allowed to do that; we didn’t play strong enough. We did in the last five minutes, but it wasn’t enough. We must improve our defense, become tougher, we don’t have another choice. We must give everything on the court to reach victory."

Players

MOURTOS, SPYROS
Aris Thessaloniki
“It was a big victory against a great team. Unics is the favorite for the first place in our group and one of the candidates to win this season’s Eurocup. We won because we were very focused, we played very good defense and we had very good choices on offense. We are happy tonight, but tomorrow is another day."
COLOM, QUINO
Unics Kazan
“It was a tough game. We had the control in the first half. We played as planned, with good defense and kept our opponent to 32 points. But in the second half Aris found its way in offense, moved the ball really well and made crucial three-point shots. They believed that they could win and they did it."
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