Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 29, 2009 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - PALAIS DES SPORTS

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BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
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CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK, Poland
Umpire
JURAS, MARKO, Serbia

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THE TAKE

A pair of Greek squads will battle it out to move a step closer to the Euroleague when Aris BSA 2003 hosts Maroussi BC on Tuesday in Thessaloniki in the first game of their Euroleague qualifying series. The two teams finished last season in a head-to-head best-of-five battle that Maroussi won to place third in the Greek League. Aris looks to return to the Euroleague after one season away and to that end has restocked its squad with current and former Euroleague champs Nikos Hatzivrettas and Demos Dikoudis as well as seasoned veteran Michalis Kakiouzis. Maroussi is hungry for its first trip to the Euroleague and will lean on a dynamic backcourt led by Billy Keys, Jamon Lucas and defensive ace Michalis Pelekanos plus a deep mix of men in the paint to get there. The two teams have seen more than half their rosters turn over in the off season, so last season’s clashes should have little effect on this one. Maroussi will need to get the maximum out of its five big men, Dimitrios Mavroeidis, Pat Calathes, Jared Homan, Levon Kendall and Stephen Arigbabu to stop the likes of Dikoudis, Kakiouzis and Andy Betts inside. The battle on the perimeter features Aris scoring aces Keydren Clark, sharpshooter Hatzivrettas and newcomer Jeremy Richardson against Maroussi’s quartet of Mario Batis, Keys, Lucas and Pelekanos. For two teams that are still getting to know each other so early in the season, things like desire and experience could become deciding factors. Look for each team’s leaders to set the example in a clash that could go to the wire.

REFEREES: Romualdas Brazauskas, Marek Cmikiewicz, Marko Juras

 
Aris BSA
Aris BSA 2003
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Keydren Clark
G
1.81
5
Nikos Argyropoulos
G
1.88
7
Andy Betts
C
2.17
8
Quinton Day
G
1.85
9
Jeremy Richardson
F
2.01
10
Nikos Hatzivrettas
G
1.95
11
Demos Dikoudis
F
2.07
12
Gaios Skordilis
C
2.07
13
Corey Belser
F
2.00
14
Michalis Kakiouzis
F
2.07
15
Nikos Barlos
F
2.02
18
Linos Chrysikopoulos
F
2.03
19
Spyros Mourtos
G
1.98
Head Coach: Andrea Mazzon
Maroussi
Maroussi BC
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Epameinondas Papantoniou
G
1.90
5
Billy Keys
G
1.88
6
Jamon Lucas
G
1.91
7
Michalis Pelekanos
G
1.98
8
Marios Batis
G
1.88
9
Jared Homan
C
2.08
10
Georgios Diamantopoulos
G
1.92
11
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
C
2.08
12
Pat Calathes
F
2.08
13
Stephen Arigbabu
C
2.08
14
Levon Kendall
C
2.08
15
Kostas Kaimakoglou
F
2.04
16
Fanis Koumpuras
G
1.87
Head Coach: Georgios Bartzokas
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Nikos Hatzivrettas – Aris BSA 2003 (arisbc.gr)Aris BSA 2003 recorded the first victory of the 2009-10 Euroleague Qualifying rounds by edging Greek League rival Maroussi BC 69-67 on the strength of Nikos Hatzivrettas's last second three-pointer. The two teams meet again Friday at Maroussi with the aggregate winner moving one step closer to their ultimate dream, a ticket to the Euroleague regular season. Center Andy Betts paced Aris with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Keydren Clark also scored 15 and Hatzivrettas tallied 14. Jared Homan had 13 points and 10 boards for Maroussi and Billy Keys added 10 points. It was Maroussi that looked to pull away early and led 9-17 after 10 minutes, but the hosts came back to take a 30-29 halftime lead and the game remained close until the final buzzer.

Early in the game Aris BSA tried to play mostly in the paint, while Maroussi relied on its backcourt. Led by Jamon Gordon, the visitors had more balance and shot better than the hosts from the perimeter to take a 6-13 lead. Nikos Argyropoulos awoke the Aris attack with a triple, but Maroussi didn’t allow Aris to find its rhythm and closed the first period up 9-17. Maroussi took advantage of its pick-and-roll to get to 14-24, while Dimos Dikoudis committed his third personal foul. Down 10, Aris improved its defense and grabbed the rebounds it missed in the first quarter as it started to turn things around at both ends. Newcomer Quinton Day's free throw capped a 16-5 charge and put Aris ahead 30-29 at halftime.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis - Maroussi Costa CoffeeThe intensity grew as the second half started and the two teams battled for the upper hand. The hosts took a slim 45-41 lead, but Marios Batis hit a big three to get Maroussi back on top, 47-49. Michalis Pelekanos committed his third personal foul and Day’s basket locked the team at 52-52 at the end of the third quarter. Clark and Michalis Kakiouzios sank three-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter to give Aris a 58-52 lead, but Kostas Kaimakoglou also scored from downtown for Maroussi. Clark pushed Aris to 62-57 and the home side seemed able to control the rhythm and increase its margin, but it was Keys’s turn to catch fire. The guard scored 4 fast break points and put Maroussi ahead, 62-63. Clark committed his fourth personal foul and Jared capped a 0-10 Maroussi run. However thanks to the support they got by their fans, Aris managed to return to the game. Jeremy Richardson made a three to cut the margin 66-67 and the visitors failed to score against the zone defense. Kaimakoglou missed 2 free throws with one minute to go. Aris had the last possession and Hatzivrettas scored from downtown with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift his team to a 69-67 victory.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Vassilis Skountis, Athens
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 5000
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Head coach: MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris BSA 2003
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 CLARK, KEYDREN 35:00 15 3/6 3/3     2 2 4 1 2     5 3 15
5 ARGYROPOULOS, NIKOS 5:36 3   1/1                   1   2
7 BETTS, ANDY 30:31 15 5/10   5/8 6 5 11     3 1   2 7 21
8 DAY, QUINTON 9:39 3 1/1 0/2 1/2   2 2 1   1       2 4
9 RICHARDSON, JEREMY 24:33 6 1/2 1/1 1/2 1 3 4 1   1   1 2 3 8
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 32:20 14 3/8 2/4 2/3   3 3     1 1   3 3 9
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 16:36 4 2/5     1 2 3   1 3     4 1 -1
12 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BELSER, COREY 6:35     0/1     1 1 1         2   -1
14 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 31:00 9 2/5 1/3 2/3 1 5 6 1   1 1 1 1 2 10
15 BARLOS, NIKOS 8:10     0/1                   1   -2
18 CHRYSIKOPOULOS, LINOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 69 17/37 8/16 11/18 9 24 33 8 2 12 3 2 21 21 66
45.9% 50% 61.1%
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
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Maroussi BC
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 PAPANTONIOU, EPAMEINONDAS 0:08                              
5 KEYS, BILLY 28:51 10 3/7 1/3 1/1   1 1 2   2   1 4 3 3
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 30:20 8 3/4 0/3 2/3   7 7       1   3 6 14
8 BATIS, MARIOS 17:12 9 1/1 2/3 1/2   2 2   2 2     2 2 9
9 HOMAN, JARED 22:11 13 6/10   1/1 3 7 10 1         4 2 18
10 DIAMANTOPOULOS, GEORGIOS 11:01     0/2                       -2
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 16:21 8 2/4   4/4   1 1 4           2 13
12 CALATHES, PAT 9:39 2 1/2 0/1                 1 2 2 -1
13 ARIGBABU, STEPHEN 1:25                         1   -1
14 KENDALL, LEVON 12:30 2 1/1       2 2       1 1 1   3
15 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 27:30 7 2/3 1/3 0/2   1 1 2   2     1 3 5
22 GORDON, JAMON 22:52 8 4/9     2 1 3 2 2 1     3 1 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 67 23/41 4/15 9/13 5 22 27 11 4 7 2 3 21 21 68
56.1% 26.7% 69.2%
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Head Coaches

MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris BSA 2003
"This is a very important win, especially because it is the very first official match of the season and all the teams are still trying to find their identity. We have to work on our mistakes and have more concentration in Game 2. I am satisfied because it was the first time that we had all our players available. Now we go to Athens to fight and make it through this round."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Maroussi BC
"Given the fact that both teams played their first official game of the season, I have to point out that the level was very good. A thrilling game, which was decided at the buzzer and in the details. Winning or losing in such a game with one or two points is not a big deal, because you have to play another game, which is the most important. We have a good and competitive team and hopefully this kind of loss will encourage us and give us the concentration we missed tonight."

Players

CLARK, KEYDREN
Aris BSA 2003
“In the second half we controlled the game, but towards the end it kind of got away from us. We pushed and a Maroussi turnover 10 seconds before the end gave us the opportunity to win, thanks to a great shot. Now we start thinking about the second leg. The atmosphere in the stadium will be different on Friday, but hopefully we will manage to control the game and the tempo a lot better. We have to be focused and aggressive. We will go there and try to control the tempo."
HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS
Aris BSA 2003
"The victory counts more in psychology than in the essence. It was a very tough match and I am expecting another fight in Athens. Both teams had a brief period of preparation, but there is no room for excuses. We have to go in Athens, play hard and take it all."
KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS
Maroussi BC
"Considering that it was the first official match of the season, I think we played very well. Whatever happened in the last seconds, the second leg would start from point zero, more or less. Now, the score will be 2-0 for Aris, since the won by a 2-point margin. Anything can happen on Friday. I believe that the chances will be exactly 50-50. The strongest team, which will make the least errors, will be the one to proceed. Today, we were 5 points up 1:30 before the end, but then we made some childish mistakes. We must be more careful in the second leg, especially in these kind of details."
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