2014-15Qualifying RoundRound 2
September 25, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 SLEUYTER ARENA
Curtis Jerrells - Unics Kazan - Qualifying Rounds 2014 (photo Lorenzo Janssens)

Unics Kazan rallied from a 10-point second quarter deficit to defeat Hapoel Jerusalem 82-71, and earn a spot in the final game of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. Unics will play against ASVEL Lyon on Friday at Sleuyter Arena in Ostend, Belgium for a place in the Euroleague regular season. Jerusalem made runs in the second quarter, including a 0-9 spurt for 31-41 lead, but D’Or Fischer and Nikos Zisis got Unics going after the break with a 13-2 run of their own for 48-46. Zisis hit a triple for 58-54 to end the third quarter, and led by Curtis Jerrells, Unics opened the fourth with 9 consecutive points, and never looked back. Fischer finished with 16 points, while Zisis had 15 points and 6 assists. Jerrells also added 15, while James white scored 11, and Keith Langford 10 in victory. Joseph Jones had 12 points for Jerusalem, while Bracey Wright and Derwin Kitchen each contributed with 10.

Langford got things going with a triple, but back-to-back threes from Yotam Halperin and Kitchen put Jerusalem up, and ignited a run capped by a fastbreak bucket from Jones for 5-12. Kostas Kaimakoglou snapped Jerusalem's run with a three-pointer, and after Fischer scored his first basket from close range, Jerrells and White put Unics back in front, 16-14. However, Donta Smith beat the buzzer with a put-back to tie it at 16-16 at the end of the first, and Tony Gaffney and Yaniv Green quickly scored at the start of the second quarter to give Jerusalem new advantage. Gaffney and Green each added another basket from close range, and Green made a basket-plus-free throw as lead reached 22-29. Unics answered with a 9-2 run during which Jerrells hit a triple and a layup to close it to 31-32, but Jerusalem scored 9 consecutive points, including a corner triple from Bar Timor, and margin reached double-digits for the first time, 31-41. Unics, however, did not allow another basket for the remainder of the quarter, and White's driving layup cut it to 35-41 at halftime.

Kitchen opened the third quarter with a triple for Jerusalem, but Fischer sparked a 13-2 run, capped by a long-range shot from Zisis for 48-46. Team started to trade leads as Smith hit from behind the arc, 48-51, but Unics regained the advantage with a three-pointer and a jumper from Zisis, and the same player hit a corner triple in the final seconds of quarter for 58-54 after 30 minutes. White opened the fourth with a three-pointer, and Fischer added a jumper and a shot off the glass. Jerrells scored a fastbreak layup to cap a 12-0 run for 67-54. Gaffney scored inside for Jerusalem but a triple from Jerrells made it the biggest margin of the night, 70-56. Jones scored consecutive jumpers to cut the deficit to 8 points, but another three-pointer from Jerrells got the margin back into the double digits, 73-62. Jerusalem tried to apply defensive half-court pressure, and managed to get to the foul line, but never got closer than 7 points. When Langford hit a triple, and Fischer followed it with a jumper for 80-68 with under 3 minutes to go, it was all but over, and Unics closed it out to join ASVEL Lyon in Friday’s final.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; NURAN, RUSTU; JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Unics Kazan16192324
Hapoel Jerusalem16251317
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Unics Kazan16355882
Hapoel Jerusalem16415471
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 30:57 11 3/5 1/4 2/2 1 4 5   1 2     4 1 7
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 25:39 10 1/3 2/4 2/2 1 1 2 5   3     4 6 12
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 26:21 15 2/3 3/5 2/2 1 1 2 6 1 1     3 1 18
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 3:36           1 1           2   -1
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 20:58 6 2/2 0/1 2/3 1 5 6 1   1 1   2 2 11
15 GUBANOV, PETR 3:35 2 1/1 0/1   1   1               2
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 3:23                              
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 30:19 7 2/3 1/4     7 7 4 1 3   1 2 5 14
22 ANTIPOV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 FISCHER, DOR 24:58 16 8/9       5 5 1   3 1   2 1 18
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 30:14 15 3/4 3/6     3 3 2 1 2     4 2 13
Team             1 1     3     1   -3
Totals 200:00 82 22/30 10/25 8/9 5 28 33 19 4 18 2 1 24 18 91
        73.3% 40% 88.9%
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
Hapoel Jerusalem
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GAFFNEY, TONY 30:14 9 4/6 0/2 1/3 2 3 5 2 1 1     3 2 9
5 MAAYAN, TOM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ARIEL, ADAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KITCHEN, DERWIN 29:58 10 0/1 2/4 4/4   2 2 6 3       3 3 18
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 17:37 2 0/5   2/2 3   3 2           2 4
9 JONES, JOSEPH 18:20 12 4/7 0/1 4/6 2 1 3 1   3   1 3 5 8
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 23:43 7 1/1 1/4 2/2       5 2 1     2 2 10
11 TIMOR, BAR 5:55 3   1/1                   1   2
12 GUR-ARIE, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 WRIGHT, BRACEY 31:36 10 2/8 0/4 6/7 1 2 3 2 1 2   1 1 4 5
14 GREEN, YANIV 11:00 9 4/6   1/1   1 1     3     5 1 1
15 SMITH, DONTA 31:37 9 3/8 1/2   1 4 5 2 4 1 1   1 3 16
Team           2 1 3           1   2
Totals 200:00 71 18/42 5/18 20/25 11 14 25 20 11 11 1 2 20 22 75
        42.9% 27.8% 80%
Head coach: FRANCO, DANNY

Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Unics Kazan
"Today we had two different games. The first half we played without our minds. We tried to shoot the ball too quickly on the first possession. This made us nervous. At half time I told my players two things would make a difference. First, the patience. And second, swinging the ball to both sides. We performed this well in the second half with 13 assists, control of the rebounds and improved our defensive part of the game. Everybody played well; also our bench. We are not ready yet for the season, but improving."
FRANCO, DANNY
Hapoel Jerusalem
"Of course we are disappointed losing the game. We knew what kind of challenge we would face this evening. We really believed we can beat this challenge. The effort of our players today was great. Unfortunately we were not consistent for 40 minutes. It is not enough to play well only 25 minutes. I have to give credit to Unics Kazan. They made some big plays and controlled and shot the ball well. We played hard and every player gave it everything. With only had 11 turnovers, with 20 assists and 25 freethrows. I think we are ready for the season."
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