2014-15Qualifying RoundRound 3
September 26, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 SLEUYTER ARENA
James White - Unics Kazan - Qualifying Rounds 2014 (photo Filip Vanloocke)

Unics Kazan claimed the last remaining ticket to the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season after rallying from a 19-point deficit to beat ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne 79-88 in the final of the qualifying rounds at Sleuyter Arena in Ostend, Belgium on Friday. James White scored 21 points, D’Or Fischer had 18 plus 8 rebounds, while Curtis Jerrells added 15 points and 5 assists, leading an improbable comeback by Unics, which now joins Real Madrid, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Zalgiris Kaunas, Nizhny Novgorod and Dinamo Banco di Sardegna in Group A of the Euroleague regular season. ASVEL took control of the game in the second quarter behind veteran center David Andersen, who scored 11 of his game-high 27 points in that period. The French side built a double-digit margin with triples from Taurean Green and Edwin Jackson, going into halftime up 53-39, and Jackson’s triple extended it to 60-41 in the third. But Unics countered with a huge 0-20 run, with White, Fischer and Jerrells in main roles, re-taking the lead 62-64. Unics never trailed again, as a 2-11 run early in the fourth gave it 68-78. All-in-all it was 8-37 spurt that turned the game around, and paved the way to a big victory and a place in the Euroleague regular season. Kostas Kaimakoglou collected 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in victory, while Keith Langford had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Jackson and Amara Sy had 12 apiece for ASVEL, which will resume its European campaign this season in the Eurocup.

White and Kostas Kaimakoglou hit triples to get things going for Unics, before baskets from White and D'Or Fischer made it 5-10. But back-to-back triples from Edwin Jackson and Yohann Sangare gave ASVEL its first lead, 13-12. Unics regained the advantage with a 2-8 spurt, during which White and Dmitry Sokolov each scored a pair of buckets, before a three-pointer from Sangare made it 20-22 at the end of the first quarter. Bader opened the third quarter with a triple, and Ahmad Nivins added a layup for 26-22. Curtis Jerrells buried a tough one from long range for Unics, but Nivins scored from close range, and Andersen hit one from long range for 33-27. Viktor Sanikidze made another shot from downtown for Unics, but Andersen was virtually unstoppable with his nifty moves inside, and Taurean Green hit from downtown on the way to opening up 43-33 lead. Unics once again contered with a triple, this one from Kaimakoglou, but a baseline dunk from Sy and triples from Green and Jackson extended it to 51-36. Jerrells had a fastbreak three-pointer in the final minutes, but it was only fitting Andersen closed out the half from close range, giving ASVEL 53-39 halftime lead.

Andersen and Sy scored inside, and Jackson buried a triple, extending it to 60-41 early in the third. White replied with a dunk-plus-foul, and after another basket from Andersen, Unics went on a stunning 0-20 run to re-take the lead. Fischer fueled it with a jumper, and added couple more baskets later on. Kaimakoglou hit a triple, Jerrells scored 5 points, while White had a monster dunk and a pair of jumpers which made it 62-64. ASVEL was without a basket for almost 6 minutes, but Nivins hit a long jumper with a buzzer, to tie it at 64-64 at the end of the third quarter. At the start of the fourth, Nikos Zisis and Keith Langford nailed triples, before Jerrells and Kaimakoglou added driving layups. A pair of mid-range jumpers from Fischer extended it to 68-78. Green snapped 2-11 run with a jumper, before a put-back and a triple from Andersen cut it to 75-80 with 2 minutes to go. After a timeout, however, Jerrells threw a pass for Fischer’s alley-oop dunk, then took it to the basket himself, extending it back to 9 points with 57 second remaining, before White and Langford sealed the deal from the foul line, completing a huge comeback victory.
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO)
Attendance: 1845 (Tentative)
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ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne20331115
Unics Kazan22172524
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ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne20536479
Unics Kazan22396488
ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GREEN, TAUREAN 30:33 8 1/5 2/8     2 2 8   3     4 2 3
6 ROZENFELD, ARTHUR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO 16:54   0/2     3 3 6 1   1     1 2 5
11 JACKSON, EDWIN 26:45 12 1/3 3/7 1/1   2 2           4 2 6
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 26:53 27 8/10 2/3 5/5 4 5 9 2   4     1 4 34
15 BIOG, JEAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SANGARE, YOHANN 14:41 6 0/1 2/5     2 2 2   1     2 2 5
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 23:55 2   0/1 2/2 1 5 6 2   1     5 1 4
33 BADER, TRAVIS 13:15 4 0/1 1/2 1/1   1 1 1 1           5
34 NIVINS, AHMAD 15:08 8 4/4   0/1           3       2 6
35 SY, AMARA 31:56 12 6/11   0/1 1 2 3 3     1   2 1 12
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 79 20/37 10/26 9/11 10 23 33 19 1 13 1 0 19 16 82
        54.1% 38.5% 81.8%
Head coach: VINCENT, PIERRE
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 32:50 21 7/10 1/2 4/4   6 6 3 2       3 4 29
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 32:57 9 1/5 1/4 4/4 1 3 4 6   1     2 6 15
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 20:56 3 0/3 1/3         3   1     2   -2
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 3:14     0/1             1         -2
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 PANIN, VADIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 13:40 5 0/3 1/1 2/2 3 1 4 1   1     1 2 7
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 3:59 4 2/3               1     1   1
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 37:16 13 2/3 3/4   3 5 8 5 1       4 2 23
40 FISCHER, DOR 27:19 18 9/12     1 7 8 1 1       2   23
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 27:49 15 3/4 2/7 3/5   2 2 5 2     1 2 4 17
Team           2   2           1   1
Totals 200:00 88 24/43 9/22 13/15 10 24 34 24 6 5 0 1 18 18 112
        55.8% 40.9% 86.7%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS

Head Coaches

VINCENT, PIERRE
ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne
"We got close to a surprise but in the end Kazan won. We had a good plan what to do, but it got hard to rotate once we got into foul trouble. We controlled the game very well for 20 minutes, but 20 minutes is not enough to win a game. They put pressure on our 3-position, and when we started rotating and they came back, we were shooting too quickly. We lost confidence, and never found the moment to come back into the game. Congratulations to Unics. They put lots of physical pressure on us in the second half and after that executed very well."
PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Unics Kazan
"This game had two sides to it, just like yesterday.In the first half, ASVEL got great percentages and made us nervous. We did not react well, playing with our instincts instead of with our mind. I told my team before the game that they were playing three guards, so we had to put inside pressure and make their guards get into foul trouble. The second half we started from our defense and improved well on that part of the game. We changed our game from playing instinctively to playing as a team, 5-on-5, with our mind. We knew out of our experience that these kind of games can change in 2 minutes, making a 12-point difference. We had to stay calm and did so. I am very happy with our qualification. With having seven national team members playing the World Cup, we only had six practices together.This was the most important game for us. Three days, three games, and every day a final. I am very happy with this great end."
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