2014-15Regular SeasonRound 5
November 13, 2014 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN

Rochestie leads Nizhny to first-ever Euroleague road win

In a rare all-Russian showdown in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Nizhny Novgorod broke its three-game losing streak by downing Unics Kazan 73-79 in Group A on Thursday. Nizhny improved to 2-3 and grabbed its first-ever road win in the Euroleague, while Unics dropped to 1-4. Taylor Rochestie paced the winners with 24 points. Art Parakhouski added 19 and 9 rebounds, while Tarence Kinsey and Trey Thomkins each scored 12 for Nizhny. Nikos Zisis led Unics with 15 points. Keith Langford added 13, Kostas Kaimakoglou had 12 while Petr Gubanov and Curtis Jerrells each got 10 for the hosts. Nizhny got off to a great start and a layup by Rochestie gave the guests a 4-12 lead. Langford and D'or Fischer brought Unics within 14-16, but a layup by Kinsey and a big triple by Rochestie gave Nizhny a 16-21 lead after 10 minutes. Thompkins gave Nizhny a double-digit lead, 16-27, but Zisis and Langford brought Unics within 34-39 at halftime. Nizhny led for the better part of the second half, but a three-point play by Jerrells put Unics ahead, 55-54, with eight minutes left. Rochestie led a 0-7 run and had 10 points in the final five minutes, including a three-pointer which sealed the outcome, 64-73, in the next-to-last minute.

First quarter: Rochestie shines, Nizhny leads

Rochestie got Nizhny going with a three-pointer and Semen Antonov also struck from beyond the arc for a 0-6 start. Unics was held scoreless for almost three minutes until Gubanov stepped up with a close basket. Langford took over with a driving basket, but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, a second-chance layup by Thompkins and stop-and-pop jumper by Kinsey boosted the guests' lead to 4-10. Rochestie scored in transition. Gubanov bettered him with a three-point play to keep Unics within 7-12. Kinsey sank free throws and so did Curtis Jerrells and Parakhouski to make it 9-16 score. Unics improved its defense late in the first quarter, as a close jumper by James White and a free throw by D'or Fischer made it a 4-point game. Fischer capped a 5-0 run with a mid-range jumper and soon added a layup, but Kinsey and a wild seven-meter bomb by Rochestie gave Nizhny a 16-21 margin after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Zisis, Gubanov keep Unics close

Rochestie kept pushing Nizhny with a layup. Unics improved its defense, however, forcing the guests to use longer possessions. Unics struggled to score for more than three minutes, however, missing 6 consecutive shots and committing 3 turnovers in six-plus minutes. Meanwhile, free throws by Parakhouski and a layup by Thompkins boosted Nizhny's lead to double digits, 16-27. Unics finally found a go-to guy in Zisis, who made free throws, struck from downtown and added an off-balance three-point play to bring the hosts back to life at 24-29. Nizhny called a much-needed timeout and Maksim Krivosheev stepped up with a jump hook, which Viktor Sanikidze matched with foul shots. Dmitry Khvostov downed a mid-range jumper and free throws by Antonov gave Nizhny plenty of fresh air at 26-35. Gubanov followed a triple with a layup, but Parakhouski kept Nizhny in control. A three-pointer by Langford brought Unics within 34-39 at halftime.

Third quarter: Thompkins keeps Nizhny ahead

Kinsey nailed a mid-range jumper right after the break but Langford did better with a bomb from downtown. Parakhouski scored around the basket, as Unics struggled to find open shots. Zisis banked in a running jumper, which Kinsey erased with a long two-pointer. Parakhouski took over with a wild alley-oop layup - and the free throw that came with it. Langford fired in a five-meter jumper and a layup by Jerrells brought Unics as close as 43-48. Thompkins hit a turnaround jumper that Kostas Kaimakoglou matched with a reverse layup. Thompkins insisted with a big basket in the paint for a 45-52 Nizhny edge. Jerrells banked in a three-pointer that beat the shot clock, but a dunk by the ever-present Thompkins restored a 48-54 Nizhny margin at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Rochestie seals it!

Kaimakoglou took over with another reverse layup early in the quarter and a mid-range jumper by Zizis made it a 2-point game. Jerrells provided a highlight with a wild three-point play that put Unics back ahead, 55-54. Thompkins dunked after a timeout and a three-pointer by Evgeny Baburin gave Nizhny a 55-59 advantage. Rochestie hit free throws to cap a 0-7 Nizhny run, before Fischer kept Unics within 4. Parakhouski nailed a mid-range jumper, which Fischer matched with a basket inside. Rochestie struck from way downtown and a layup by Parakhouski broke the game open at 59-68 with over three minutes left. Kaimakoglou buried a three-pointer and soon added a tip-in to bring Unics within 64-68. Rochestie nailed a jumper and soon added another wild triple to seal the outcome, 64-73. Unics kept trying, but Nizhny was well on its way to a well-deserved road win.

Taylor Rochestie - Nizhny Novgorod - EB14
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 2836
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Unics Kazan16181425
Nizhny Novgorod21181525
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Unics Kazan16344873
Nizhny Novgorod21395479
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 30:30 2 1/4     1 7 8   1       3 3 8
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 32:41 13 2/8 3/4     3 3 2 2 3     3 4 11
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 32:37 15 4/5 1/5 4/4       5   2     3 5 15
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 3:45   0/2     1 1 2     1     1 1 -1
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 PANIN, VADIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 15:26 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 2     1   2 1 4
15 GUBANOV, PETR 20:06 10 3/5 1/3 1/1   1 1 1   1   1 3 2 5
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 30:01 12 3/6 2/4   1 5 6 3 2 2 1   1   16
40 FISCHER, DOR 16:16 9 3/5   3/4 1 1 2   1 1     3 2 7
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 18:38 10 2/3 1/3 3/3   1 1     2     2 4 8
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 73 18/39 8/20 13/14 8 20 28 13 6 13 2 1 21 22 75
        46.2% 40% 92.9%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
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
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 23:53 3 0/1 1/4     1 1 1 2       2   1
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 26:08 19 6/7   7/8 4 5 9     3 1   1 7 30
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 1:35                         2   -2
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 31:09 5 0/2 1/4 2/2 2 6 8 1 2 1   1 3 2 8
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 24:59 2 1/3 0/2         8         4   2
20 POPOV, ILYA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KINSEY, TARENCE 30:18 12 4/8 0/1 4/4   3 3 1 3     1 1 4 16
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 32:51 24 4/10 4/4 4/4   2 2 2   2     2 6 24
23 SAVELYEV, IVAN 0:24                              
31 KRIVOSHEEV, MAKSIM 7:58 2 1/1       1 1     1     2 1 1
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 20:45 12 6/8 0/2   1 4 5   1 2     5 1 8
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 79 22/40 6/17 17/18 8 23 31 13 8 10 1 2 22 21 89
        55% 35.3% 94.4%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Unics Kazan
"It was a bad defeat. From the very start we played under pressure, and it was pretty hard. Our opponents created problems for us both playing pick and rolls and at the low post. Our opponents played in a more free way. We had a number of open shots, but we did not make use of this. Great motivation to win often made our players to choose bad solutions. "
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
" In both games, four days ago in the VTB League and today in the Euroleague, Unics was the favourite. They are a big team in Europe and had the home-court advantage. We tried to do different things in both games, especially on defense, with some surprises for them. Some of them worked, some didn't. Maybe we were a little bit more aggressive, maybe we had a little bit more luck, but the most important thing is that we played hard. We played smart basketball with a lot of discipline on offense. Aggressiveness is always a key factor, not just tonight. If the players are soft and, for some reason, not ready to fight, then you cannot control it as a coach. "

Players

ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR
Nizhny Novgorod
"It is a team game, so I happened to get some of the shots in this game, but the team played really, really well. There is nothing that I can do individually. It is a team effort, there is not much more than I can say. "