2014-15Regular SeasonRound 1
October 17, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 CEC NAGORNY

Nizhny Novgorod overcomes 19-point deficit, holds off Sassari

Nizhny Novgorod made a memorable Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut, rallying from a 19-point deficit to edge fellow newcomer Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 88-86 in a thriller on Friday. Sassari opened the game scoring 26 points in less than 7 minutes, and opening a 7-26 lead, but the hosts started melting the deficit behind Trey Thompkins and Artsiom Parakhouski. Nizhny used a 10-0 run fueled by Tarence Kinsey to get to 43-47 at halftime, then opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run. Once Nizhny got its first lead, 48-47 early in the third quarter, it never relinquished it. Led by Parakhouski, Kinsey and Taylor Rochestie, the hosts’ built 82-72 margin, but Rakim Sanders, David Logan and Jerome Dyson rallied Sassari. In a dramatic ending, Dyson had 4.5 seconds to send the game into overtime, but he missed a driving layup, and Nizhny celebrated a historic victory. Kinsey finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, parakhouski had 16 points plus 8 rebounds, and Thompkins also scored 16. Rochestie netted 12 with 5 assists in victory. For the visitors, Logan and Dyson each scored 17, while Sanders and Jeff Brooks had 14 points apiece.

Sassari opens the game with a 19-point lead

The visitors stormed out of the gate in their first ever Euroleague appearance. Jerome Dyson hit a jumper, followed by Jeff Brooks and David Logan converting fast breaks. Logan's triple made it 0-9 after 86 seconds, before Will Daniels split free throws to get Nizhny on board. Artsiom Parakhouski scored a layup for the hosts, but a pair of layups from Marco Cusin extended it to 3-13. And the visitors kept on rolling. Logan made a basket-plus-free throw in between Nizhny's baskets by Trey Thompkins and Daniels, 7-16, before Brooks and Rakim Sanders buried back-to-back triples. Couple more fastbreak layups, by Logan and Sanders, extended it to 7-26 after only 7 minutes. However, the hosts finished the quarter strong, using a put-back dunk by Thompkins and back-to-back threes from Semen Antonov, cutting it to 15-26 after 10 minutes.

Nizhny rallies, Kinsey fuels 10-0 run

Taylor Rochestie hit a jumper to open the second quarter, but Brooks answered with a triple for 17-29. Parakhouski made a pair from the foul line, and Thompkins scored a fastbreak layup to inch Nizhny closer, and after a triple from Miroslav Todic, a put-back-plus-free throw from Parakhouski cut it to 24-32. Shane Lawal made a dunk for the visitors, but a triple from Dmitry Golovin brought the hosts within 7 points. Sanders answered with a triple, and Dyson put back his own miss for 27-40. But Kinsey nailed a jumper, and Antonov followed with a corner triple just few seconds later. Nizhny continued the run, with a three-pointer from Dimitriy Khvostov, and when Kinsey knocked down another mid-range shot, the hosts where all caught up, 37-40. After a Sassari timeout, Logan snapped a 10-0 run with a high-arching jumper, and Dyson added a shot from downtown for 37-45. Logan added another floater to the tally, but Kinsey made a couple free throws and a put-back for the hosts , helping cut it to 43-47 at halftime.

The hosts take their first lead, and keep it

Parakhouski made a mid-range jumper on the opening possession of the third quarter, and Kinsey followed it with a triple for Nizhny’s first lead, 48-47. Rochestie added a jumper to extend the margin, and after Dyson scored a second chance basket for the visitors, Parakhouski made a tip-in and Thompkins muscled his way for a layup and 54-49. Brooks made 4-of-4 from the foul line on the other end, but Rochestie drove the lane for an acrobatic layup, and a triple from Evgeny Baburin made it 59-53. Sassari ended its field goal slump with a jumper from Giacomo Devecchi, but Thompkins had a put-back to keep the hosts in front, 62-55. Sassari countered with a fastbreak basket from Dyson, and Edgar Sosa threw a pass for a monster alley-oop dunk by Brooks, 63-59. However, in the final minute of the quarter, wide open Thompkins buried a triple, making it a 7-point affair again, before Lawal’s dunk cut it to 66-61 after three quarters.

Nizhny survives a late drama

At the start of the fourth quarter, Daniels scored a layup after Rochestie’s behind-the back pass. Sosa hit a fade away jumper, and Devecchi made a fastbreak slam for 68-65, but Rochestie hit a long jumper, and followed it with a triple. Parakhouski’s put-back dunk capped a 7-0 run for 75-65. Todic answered with a triple, but Parakhouski was once again unstoppable inside, before Sanders and Baburin traded three-pointers for 80-71 with 5 minutes remaining. Kinsey’s steal and a dunk extended it to double figures, 82-72, but Todic scored from close range before Sanders and Logan each hit one from long range, giving hope to Sassari, 84-80. Brooks added a pair of free throws to the tally, making it a 2-point game, but Thompkins nailed a jumper from 4 meters with 22 seconds left, giving Nizhny more breathing room at 86-82. Dyson scored a coast-to-coast layup, and after Kinsey scored both from the free throw line, Dyson made another quick layup for 88-86. The visitors got their chance to win or tie when they forced a turnover from Khvostov on the inbound pass with 4.5 seconds to go. After a timeout, ball went to Dyson, who drove the lane, but missed a tough layup, prompting big celebration from Nizhny players and the home crowd.

Nizhny Novgorod celebrates - EB14
Friday, October 17, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL)
Attendance: 1503
By Quarter1234
Nizhny Novgorod15282322
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari26211425
End of Quarter1234
Nizhny Novgorod15436688
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari26476186
Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 19:19 6   2/2   1 3 4 1 5 2     4 1 11
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 25:13 16 6/10   4/5 4 4 8       3 1 1 4 24
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 26:24 9 0/1 3/4   1 3 4 1 1 3 1   3   8
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 23:33 4 0/2 1/1 1/4 1 1 2 3   4     2 3 1
21 KINSEY, TARENCE 32:39 17 4/9 1/4 6/6 4 3 7 4 2 2     2 7 25
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 29:13 12 4/11 1/3 1/1 1 2 3 5 1 2   1 3 3 9
23 SAVELYEV, IVAN 0:11                              
31 KRIVOSHEEV, MAKSIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 20:48 16 6/9 1/3 1/2 2 3 5     1 2   2 1 15
40 DANIELS, WILL 14:03 5 2/6 0/1 1/2 2 2 4     2 1 2 1 1  
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 8:37 3   1/1   1 3 4 2             9
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 88 22/48 10/19 14/20 19 25 44 16 9 16 7 4 18 20 105
        45.8% 52.6% 70%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 LOGAN, DAVID 29:42 17 5/7 2/8 1/2   2 2 5 4 1     5 2 15
4 SOSA, EDGAR 14:48 2 1/4 0/2     1 1 5   2   1 1 1  
7 SANDERS, RAKIM 27:57 14 1/3 4/5     2 2 1 1 1   1 3 1 11
8 DEVECCHI, GIACOMO 14:11 4 2/2 0/1   1 2 3   2       1 1 8
9 LAWAL, SHANE 13:11 6 3/6     3   3 1   4 1 2 1   1
10 CHESSA, MASSIMO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 DYSON, JEROME 33:28 17 6/14 1/4 2/4 1 3 4 4 2 3   2 3 4 10
14 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 1:43                 1       1    
18 VANUZZO, MANUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 BROOKS, JEFF 23:05 14 1/4 2/3 6/6 2 3 5 3 1   2 1 2 4 22
22 TODIC, MIROSLAV 19:08 8 1/1 2/5 0/2 2 5 7     1     2 2 9
28 CUSIN, MARCO 22:47 4 2/2       2 2 1   1 1   2 2 7
Team           6 1 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 86 22/43 11/28 9/14 15 21 36 20 11 14 4 7 21 17 89
        51.2% 39.3% 64.3%
Head coach: SACCHETTI, ROMEO

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
“First of all, I want to congratulate the whole city and Sergey Panov personally for the great work they've down throughout these years. It's a historical game for Nizhny Novgorod. We've started this game really bad but then managed to calm down and play our basketball. In the end we became nervous again for some reason. But this is the Euroleague, where experience wins.”
SACCHETTI, ROMEO
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
“At these stage of the season every game is up and down. We started well, were agressive and intense. But we need to learn how to win this kind of game. This game is a great experience for us.”

Players

PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM
Nizhny Novgorod
“That was exciting night for whole team: we played our first Euroleage game. We were awful at the beginning, made a lot of turnovers. But from the start of second quarter we played as a team, using our strengths, and at the end we proved that we are able to play on this level.”
ANTONOV, SEMEN
Nizhny Novgorod
“It's a historical win for us. We've come a really long way to get this one. It wasn't a great start to the game. But this what our team is famous for - we fight till the end. I hope the fans enjoyed the show tonight and will come again.”
TODIC, MIROSLAV
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
“We started well but then we had some problems with pick-and-roll defense. Taylor Rochestie hurt us a lot. We'll just hope we play better next week, that's it.”
BROOKS, JEFF
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
“It's a tough game. We thought we were in control, but Nizhny Novgorod came back. We take this lesson and move on to the next one versus Anadalou Efes.”