2011-12Top 16Round 4
February 08, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

EA7 Emporio Armani bested Unics Kazan 63-58

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan registered its first Top 16 victory and handed Unics Kazan its first Top 16 loss with a 63-58 result in the fashion capital on Wednesday. The hosts enjoyed great efforts from several players to register the win. Antonis Fotsis made 4 of 5 three-pointers for 16 points, J.R. Bremer led the way early and finished with 13 points in his first Euroleague game in many years, Leon Radosevic started in place of the injured Ioannis Bourousis and responded with 11 points and Omar Cook ran the offense effectively and dished 7 assists. The result improved Armani to 1-3, but it will still need to win both its remaining games and to get some help to have a chance of reaching the Playoffs. Nathan Jawai, Vladimir Veremeenko and Henry Domercant scored 11 each for Unics and Terrell Lyday added 10. Unics is 3-1 and needs one win in either of its remaining games to secure a playoff berth.

Unics started strong as Veremeenko’s offensive rebound set Lyday up for a second-chance basket on the visitor’s first possession. Alessandro Gentile worked the pick-and-roll with Radosevic as the latter scored Milan’s first points and then Fotsis nailed a triple as the hosts took the lead. Bremer scored a layup in transition and then Fotsis hit a second three as the hosts jumped ahead 10-5. Radosevic and Bremer continued to fuel the hosts as the big man sandwiched a pair of scores in the paint around a Bremer triple to make it 17-7. Jawai came off the bench and scored on the offensive glass and then Lynn Greer made it a 6-point game from the line. Bremer remained on fire with a long three of the glass to beat the 24-second clock. Mike Wilkinson’s basket made it 20-13 after 10 minutes.

Omar Cook hit a long jumper to open the second quarter. The hosts kept Unics quiet on offense, but did not take advantage at the other end. When Kazan finally got going, a Bostjan Nachbar triple and a vicious Jawai slam closed the gap to 22-17. Even after a Milan timeout, the momentum remained with the visitors. Radosevic scored to end the hosts’ scoreless run, but Kelly McCarty placed a perfect lob pass to Jawai for a slam and then scored his own basket to make it 24-23. Fotsis scored from the line, but Jawai answered down low and on the next play drew a foul and evened the score from the line, 26-26. Veremeenko and Bremer traded baskets before Drew Nicholas hit a triple to keep the hosts on top 32-28 at halftime.

Radosevic remained a force to be reckoned with in the paint as he attacked the basket, was blocked by Veremeenko, but found the ball and scored to start the second half. Henry Domercant made it a 2-point game with a pair of free throws, but Fotsis’s third three of the night kept Armani ahead. Petr Samoylenko set up Veremeenko for an easy score. However Armani kept rolling as Fotsis and Bremer scored back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to 43-34 midway through the third quarter. Mason Rocca made it a double-digit lead for the hosts. Lyday tried to fuel a Kazan comeback, but Rocca continued to generate points. Aleksey Savarsenko and Veremeenko free throws closed the gap to 49-43 through three quarters.

Cook’s court vision gifted baskets to Rocca and Stefano Mancinelli before the whole team got involved sharing the ball to arrange an open triple for Nicholas to make it 56-45. Lynn Greer penetrated for a tough basket and Nachbar knocked down an open jumper as Unics battled back within 7. Domercant provided a highlight with a spin to get loose and pull-up triple that made it 56-52 midway through the fourth quarter. Following an Armani timeout, Fotsis scored a tough basket in traffic. After several empty possessions from both teams, Domercant drew a foul shooting a three-pointer and made the resulting 3 free throws to make it 60-57 with 2:23 remaining. But Domercant missed from downtown and fouled out going for the rebound on the next offensive possession. Cook split the free throws from that foul and Fotsis rejected Veremeenko at the other side. Greer was unable to fill the offensive void and Rocca’s clutch offensive rebound in the closing seconds help Milan kill the clock. Cook sank 2 free throws with 11.6 seconds left and even though Nachbar minimized the deficit from the line, Milan walked away smiling.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Euroleague.net
Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), SILVA, SERGIO (POR)
Attendance: 2400 (Tentative)
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EA7 Emporio Armani
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIACHETTI, JACOPO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 26:22 4 2/4 0/1   2   2 4 1 2   1 3   2
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 29:35 16 1/2 4/5 2/2   6 6     2 1   3 1 17
10 COOK, OMAR 32:57 5 1/2 0/3 3/6 1 3 4 7         4 8 13
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 24:24 6 0/3 2/6     5 5 1 1       2   4
12 ROCCA, MASON 19:01 8 4/7   0/2 2 3 5     2     4 5 7
14 FILLOY, ARIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MELLI, NICOLO 5:25   0/1 0/1           1   1        
19 BARTOLI, LORENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 BREMER,J.R. 34:07 13 2/4 3/8     3 3 4   1     2 1 11
25 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 7:30   0/2 0/1         1       1 3 1 -5
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 20:39 11 5/8   1/2 1 4 5 1 1     2   5 17
Team           3 4 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 63 15/33 9/25 6/12 9 28 37 18 4 8 2 4 21 21 72
        45.5% 36% 50%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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 12:52 10 3/3 0/4 4/4 1 1 2 1 1       1 2 11
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 18:57   0/1 0/4     1 1 3         2   -3
10 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 25:05 5 2/5 0/1 1/2 1 4 5 1         3 1 4
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 32:02 11 4/8   3/4 2 4 6 1   1 1 1 1 2 13
13 GREER, LYNN 17:34 4 1/4 0/1 2/4   1 1 2 1 2     1 2 1
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 9:03 2 0/1   2/4 1   1           2 2  
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 McCARTY, KELLY 21:31 2 1/2 0/1     5 5 1     1   2 2 7
32 JAWAI, NATE 14:35 11 5/8   1/2 1 3 4     2 1 1 1 2 10
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 26:34 11 0/4 2/5 5/5   1 1 1   1     5 8 8
54 WILKINSON, MIKE 21:47 2 1/3 0/2   1 8 9       1   3   5
Team           4 1 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 58 17/39 2/18 18/25 11 29 40 10 2 7 4 2 21 21 60
        43.6% 11.1% 72%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
EA7 Emporio Armani
"We played better, confirming our game is in progress, and this win keeps us alive in the run to reach the playoffs. We played good defense, allowed them few open shots and forced them to have a bad percentage. Considering the game we played a week ago, we improved offensively, used better the open shots we created, and I think the addition of JR Bremer was very important, because we also played with three small guards able to play the pick-and-roll and be a real shooting threat. We won against a team full of players used to playing in the Euroleague and this is very important for our confidence."
PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"We knew it would be a hard game on the road, but we did not find our offensive balance and we had bad percentage on three-pointers and in general in shooting. We were able to stay close with our defense, but then we made a pair of mistakes on defense and they kept a little margin that was difficult to recover. We missed the crucial shot, and I have to say that Milano played very good defense and put us in trouble playing with a small lineup with Mancinelli at 4 and Rocca 5, switching on all the screens, but the shooting percentage remained our main problem. Nothing changed in the fight to reach the playoffs, we'll have to fight till the last minute of the last game and then we'll see what will happen. "

Players

RADOSEVIC, LEON
EA7 Emporio Armani
"It was a tough game, but we played one of the more intense games of the season and with very good defense. I think it a win that increases our confidence, and is very important for the remaining Euroleague games. We want to try to advance, and we'll look at the next two games one by one to do our best. I think the addition of JR Bremer added enthusiasm and everybody reacted in a positive way, and he personally made our offense more aggressive."
NACHBAR, BOSTJAN
Unics Kazan
"We were unable to find our offensive rhythm. They played very good defense and made many switches, but I think we missed clutch shots that could have given us the possibility to try to win at the end. We're disappointed, but now we have to look ahead to try to reach the next round."