2015-16Regular SeasonRound 3
October 28, 2015 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Aris Thessaloniki celebrates in Kazan - EC15 (photo Unics)

Aris escapes from Kazan with thrilling overtime win

Aris Thessaloniki claimed a big upset by escaping from Kazan with an overtime 73-74 victory over Unics in Group D on Wednesday. Now Unics and Aris have the same 2-1 records to share first place in the group with Trabzonspor Medical Park. Kostas Kaimakoglou forced the game to an extra session by scoring a deep three at the buzzer to tie it at 64-64 after Aris lead for all of the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands seven times during overtime, the last when Jerel McNeal hit a jumper to make it 73-74 with a minute left and eventually give the win to the visitors. McNeal was the main contributor for the winners with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Jamelle Hagins added 16 points and Okaro White and Dominic Waters scored 10 each. Keith Langford netted 19 points for Unics, Kaimakoglou posted 14 points and 8 boards, Quino Colom totalled 12 points with 8 assists and Arturas Milaknis chipped in 11 in defeat.

McNeal scored from long distance for the only basket of the first five minutes before the Unics attack started to catch fire with Arturas Milaknis and Valeriy Likhodey giving the hosts a 9-5 margin. Milaknis and Kaimakoglou scored for Unics, while a three by Jake Cohen fixed the score at 15-14 for the home team after 10 minutes. Cohen put the visitors in front 17-18. Kaimakogou and Petr Gubanov pushed Unics to a 23-18 lead. Hagins came through with 4 points in a row for a 24-26 Aris lead. The score was tied twice, before Milaknis and McNeal exchanged threes to finish 31-31 at halftime.

Michalis Pelekanos completed from long distance a 7-0 run for Aris to open the third quarter at 31-38. Latavious Williams and McNeal fueled the respective sides and Colom brought Unics within 41-45. Spyrous Mourtos with a long three inspired the guests to finish the third quarter up 42-50. Hagins pushed the difference to 44-52 three minutes into the quarter. Then Aris held a slim margin fueled by White with 5 consecutive points, 55-61. Colom carried Unics within 60-61, but Dominic Waters used an offensive rebound grabbed by Hagins for an easy basket to lead 60-63. He then scored 1 of 2 free throws with 4 seconds left before Kaimakoglou tied the game with an incredible three at the buzzer. Langford put Unics in front early in the extra session, 66-65, and then Kaimakoglou gave a 71-67 edge to Unics, before Pelekanos cut the deficit from downtown and McNeal from mid-range scored what proved to be the game-winner with a minute left.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP (CRO), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT)
Attendance: 3000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Unics Kazan151611229
Aris Thessaloniki1417191410
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Unics Kazan1531426473
Aris Thessaloniki1431506474
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 33:00 19 6/11 0/3 7/9   5 5 3   3   2 2 8 18
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 11:13 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   3 3 1   1     1 3 4
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 13:09   0/1       5 5       1 1   2 6
10 COLOM, QUINO 35:26 12 4/9 0/3 4/4   5 5 8   4 1 1 3 4 14
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 15:44 2 1/2 0/2   1 1 2 1 1   1   1 1 4
13 BANIC, MARKO 3:57   0/1     1 1 2         1      
15 GUBANOV, PETR 24:59 9 3/5 0/1 3/7 2 3 5     1     3 4 7
19 FIDII, EVGENY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 PANIN, VADIM 6:35     0/2                   2   -4
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 28:34 14 2/6 2/5 4/4 1 7 8 1 2 2     2 3 17
22 WILLIAMS, LATAVIOUS 19:16 4 2/3     2 3 5     3     1   4
24 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 33:07 11 1/2 3/5   1 2 3 1 1       1 1 13
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 225:00 73 19/42 5/22 20/26 9 36 45 15 4 15 3 5 16 26 84
        45.2% 22.7% 76.9%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY
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
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 19:42 2   0/1 2/2   2 2 4 1       5 1 4
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 22:58 6 0/1 2/4     2 2   1 1     2 1 4
8 CUPKOVIC, SLAVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 WHITE, OKARO 35:18 10 2/6 2/6   2 6 8   2 1 1 1 1 2 12
11 WATERS, DOMINIC 31:12 10 3/8 0/1 4/6 1 3 4 6 2 1     2 7 18
12 DIPLAROS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ZARAS, THEODOROS 10:00   0/2 0/5   1 1 2 1       1 2 1 -6
14 HAGINS, JAMELLE 31:27 16 8/14     2 2 4     3 3   5 2 11
15 COHEN, JAKE 14:15 5 1/3 1/2   2 4 6 1     1   1   9
16 MOURTOS, SPYROS 10:08 3 0/2 1/1     2 2           2   1
17 SYMTSAK, VASSILIS 9:00 2 1/1                     3   -1
22 McNEAL, JEREL 41:00 20 7/15 2/4   2 3 5 4 1 1   1 4 2 16
Team             5 5               5
Totals 225:00 74 22/52 8/24 6/8 10 30 40 16 7 7 5 3 27 16 73
        42.3% 33.3% 75%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"Aris Thessaloniki earned this win. We did not show enough in defense, we did not move the ball enough in the third quarter. We evidently wanted to take this game via our class. It turned out that the game did not go the way we planned. Our defense was not that effective and even a wide rotation did not break the unhappy line for us. Players started to make mistakes. We lacked concentration in overtime and our mistakes allowed our opponents to celebrate the win."
PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
Aris Thessaloniki
This is a very important road win for us. Unics is a very good team, very difficult to play against; they usually play well in defense, and it is very difficult to make them concede more than 60 points. This evening we scored 64 points in regular time. It was very important for us that we did not let our opponents shoot easy shots. Our mistake in the fourth quarter brought the game into overtime, but in the decisive moments we pulled ourselves together and won.
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