2014-15SemifinalsGame 2
April 08, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Tomas Bellas - Herbalife Gran Canaria - EC14 (photo Gran Canaria)

Gran Canaria beats Unics again to reach Eurocup Finals!

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas reached the Eurocup Finals for the first time in club history by downing Unics Kazan 78-76 in front of over 8,000 fans at Gran Canaria Arena on Wednesday. Gran Canaria swept the two-game series, improved its Eurocup record to 21-1, became the first team to get over 20 wins in the competition and remained undefeated at home after 11 games. Levon Kendall paced the winners with 17 points. Eulis Baez and Kyle Kuric each scored 12, while Albert Oliver had 11 for Gran Canaria. Baez added 10 rebounds for a double-double. James White led Unics with 20 points. D'or Fischer added 17, Curtis Jerrells had 13 and Sergey Bykov 12 for the guests. An early 8-1 run, which Kuric capped with a fast break dunk, gave Gran Canaria a 14-8 advantage. White and Jerrells helped Unics regain the lead, 14-16, but Kendall stepped up to put the hosts back ahead, 22-21, after 10 minutes. Dmitry Sokolov shined early in the second quarter and got help from Fischer and Bykov to give Unics a 28-29 edge. Kendall, Baez and Kuric led Gran Canaria to a 40-36 edge at the break. Unics improved its offense and a three-point play by Fischer gave the visitors a 53-55 advantage late in the third quarter. Oliver gave Gran Canaria a 60-59 entering the fourth quarter. Little changed after that, as Kendall sealed the outcome of the series at 70-65 with four minutes to go. Gran Canaria rounded out a perfect night by adding its 21st win in its already-unforgettable Eurocup season.

Bykov got Unics going a couple of reverse layups and a three-pointer that gave the guests a 6-7 lead. Walter Tavares made free throws and a fast break layup by Tomas Bellas put Gran Canaria ahead, 10-8. Baez beat the shot clock with an acrobatic basket and a fast break slam by Kuric caused Unics to call timeout at 14-8. White stepped up with 6 unanswered points and a layup by Jerrells gave Unics a 14-16 edge. Kendall made free throws and a tip-in by Ian O'Leary gave Gran Canaria an 18-16 advantage. After Fischer hit a baseline jumper and Rolands Freimanis added a triple, Kendall singlehandedly kept Gran Canaria ahead, 22-21, after 10 minutes. Newley nailed a triple from the corner early in the second quarter. Dmitry Sokolov scored down, low but Kuric did even better with a big triple off a screen. Sokolov hit free throws and a jumper by Fischer kept Unics within 28-27. Bykov scored again, as the guests now controlled the game with physical defense. Kendall rescued Gran Canaria with a mid-range jumper. White struck from downtown and a power basket by Kuric tied it at 32-32. After Kendall split foul shots, Jerrells made both attempts. A three-pointer by Oliver put the hosts back ahead, 36-34. Baez and Newley hit free throws, but a dunk by Fischer fixed the halftime score at 40-36 - a 17-point Gran Canaria lead in the series.

Tavares hit a mid-range jumper right after the break, which White erased with a fast break slam. Tavares kept pushing Gran Canaria with a put-back dunk. A layup by Bellas made it an 8-point game. Fischer tried to change things with a dunk, which White followed with a layup to make it 46-42. Fischer capped a 0-7 run with a jumper, before O'Leary banked in a running shot. Bykov hit a floater, but Tavares nailed another jumper from the elbow. Jerrells kept the guests within 50-49. Oliver struck from downtown, but back-to-back three-point plays by Valeri Likhodey and Fischer gave Unics hope at 53-55. Kendall hit free throws and another triple by Oliver gave the hosts breathing room at 58-55. White and Fischer kept pushing Unics, but Oliver gave Gran Canaria to a 60-59 edge through three quarters. Kuric buried a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter, as Unics started to miss open shots. Fischer hit his trademark mid-range jumper, but a three-pointer by Baez sent the crowd to its feet at 66-61. White and Jerrells kept trying to change things for Unics, but back-to-back jumpers by Kendall sealed the outcome of the series, 70-65. Gran Canaria fans had started to celebrate a historic win, but both teams kept fighting for a prestigious victory. Free throws by Bellas allowed the hosts to finish a perfect night.

Herbalife Gran Canaria celebrates - EC14 (photo Gran Canaria)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
Attendance: 8015 (Tentative)
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Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas22406078
Unics Kazan21365976
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 20:44 11 0/2 3/7 2/2 2   2 2 1 1   1 3 1 6
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 24:59 5 0/4 1/3 2/2   3 3     3   2 2 2 -3
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 18:49 3 0/2 1/3     1 1 1   1     3   -3
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 25:29 6 2/5 0/2 2/2   3 3 5 1 3   1 3 4 7
13 BAEZ, EULIS 26:07 12 2/2 2/5 2/4 2 9 11 3 1 2     4 2 18
14 KENDALL, LEVON 21:55 17 5/12   7/8 5 1 6   1 1   1 1 5 18
21 PAULI, ORIOL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 TAVARES, WALTER 18:05 8 3/4   2/2 3 1 4     3 2   1 6 15
24 KURIC, KYLE 29:59 12 2/2 2/5 2/2   4 4 1 2   1   3 3 17
25 O'LEARY, IAN 13:53 4 2/2 0/1   1 1 2           1 1 5
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 78 16/35 9/26 19/22 14 23 37 12 6 14 3 5 21 24 81
        45.7% 34.6% 86.4%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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 WHITE, JAMES 37:34 20 6/9 1/3 5/6 1 1 2 2 1   1 1 2 3 20
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 31:31 12 4/7 1/1 1/2   4 4 5 1 6     2 4 14
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 11:27 4 1/3 0/1 2/3 1 1 2     1 1 1 3 2  
12 PANIN, VADIM 4:01           1 1           1    
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 9:32 4 1/2   2/2             1 1 4 1  
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 31:58 1 0/4 0/3 1/2 2 3 5 3     1   4 2  
22 ANTIPOV, PAVEL 0:28                              
24 FREIMANIS, ROLANDS 10:07 5 0/1 1/3 2/2   2 2           2 1 3
40 FISCHER, DOR 27:53 17 7/9   3/4 2 4 6 1 1 1 1   4 3 21
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 35:29 13 3/4 1/7 4/4   2 2 3 1 4     2 5 11
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 22/39 4/18 20/25 8 21 29 14 4 12 5 3 24 21 74
        56.4% 22.2% 80%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"Logically, I am very happy because you don't reach a final every day. I am very happy for my team's performance throughout the Eurocup, our current players and some from the youth teams who helped us along the way. We left behind some teams that started the season in the Euroleague, some other who won domestic cup titles like Cedevita and Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari, as well as Pinar Karsiyaka, which won the Turkish SuperCup this season and the Turkish Cup last year. All that, added to the many wins that we got while playing a tough competition like the Spanish League, with a great number of trips, makes it fantastic. We beat Russian teams that rank high in the VTB League. It has been an impressive road and I have to congratulate my players. It is really difficult to make it to a final - none of the Euroleague teams managed to make it this far. In the end, it is down to Khimki and us. We have to celebrate what we did, take a breath and start thinking about Khimki."
PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"First of all, I would like to congratulate Gran Canaria and Coach Aito Garcia Reneses for qualifying to the finals. It was a tough game and we played better defense tonight. We played hard, with character, but it is not easy to play against Gran Canaria. They put a lot of pressure on our guards. We don't have a big guard rotation, just Sergey Bykov, Curtis Jerrells and James White; Keith Langford and Anton Ponkrashov were injured. Gran Canaria used that advantage and put a lot of pressure on our guards. We didn't have so many turnovers, only 12, rebounded better and played better defense on Tavares. We played better, but Game 1 decided everything. Gran Canaria deserved to win the series."

Players

TAVARES, WALTER
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We came out to play the game without thinking about our lead. We played with good intensity and concentration from the beginning until the end. D'or Fischer had a good game; he played better than in Game 1, but we always try to do the best we can. We didn't think about the chance to reach the final until the fourth quarter. That was what [Coach] Aito told us. We thought about that only in the fourth quarter."
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