2009-10Qualifying RoundRound 2
October 02, 2009 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 O.A.K.A.
Billy Keys - Maroussi Costa CoffeeMaroussi BC advanced to the Euroleague second qualifying round by downing Aris BSA 2003 89-60 in Game 2 of their two-way series in Athens, Greece on Friday. Maroussi overcame its 2-point deficit from Game 1 to win the series. It will face either Alba Berlin or Le Mans in another two-way series for a spot in the 2009-10 Euroleague regular season. Meanwhile, Aris will compete in the 2009-10 Eurocup. Billy Keys and Michalis Pelekanos paced the winners each with 18 points apiece. Keys also pulled down 8 boards and Pelekanos collected 6 steals. Kostas Kaimakoglou added 17 points and Jamon Gordon had 12 for Maroussi. Keydren Clark and Nikos Hatzivrettas each had 15 points for Aris and Nikos Barlos added 10. Pelekanos had 8 points in a 14-0 opening run that allowed Maroussi to take the series lead for good. Gordon and Jared Homan helped Maroussi to boost its margin to 27-9 after 10 minutes. Maroussi simply excelled on offense with outstanding ball circulation and Georgios Diamantopoulos - who left the game later on with a neck injury - made it a 22-point game near halftime. Demos Dikoudis and Clark tried to change things after the break, but they only managed to bring Aris within 66-49 after 30 minutes. Maroussi opened the fourth quarter with a 14-0 run highlighted by a pair of Pelekanos fastbreak dunk as the hosts to sealed an important win in style.

Maroussi started the game at full speed, and Aris didn’t have the energy to keep up. Pelekanos sank two three-pointers and Gordon scored also from behind the arc to give the hosts an early 14-0 lead. Nikos Hatzivrettas made the first basket for the visitors after six scoreless minutes, but the scenario didn’t change at all. Despite head coach Andrea Mazzon switching defenses from man-to-man to a match-up zone, Maroussi scored easily and closed the first period with an impressive 27-9 lead. At the beginning of the second quarter, Aris tried to return to the game and with a 0-8 spurt to get to 30-17, but the hosts quickly found their rhythm and dominated at both ends. Clark scored his first basket for Aris to get to 35-19, but Maroussi went to a zone defense, which caused major problems for Aris. Giorgos Diamantopoulos dished a few very spectacular assists, Kaimakoglou scored with ease and Maroussi dominated the boards as it soared to a 43-21 lead. Clark hit a three pointer at the buzzer to cut the halftime margin to 45-27.

The third quarter begun with another three pointer by Keys and Gordon sank another big soon after. Aris put some pressure on with a 0-6 spurt to get within 57-41, but Maroussi was well prepared and didn’t lose the control of the match. At the end of the third period the hosts were ahead 66-49 and then sealed the outcome by starting the fourth quarter with 14 unanswered points to claim a 31 points lead. The lead peaked at 87-55 as Maroussi cruised to a big win and a spot in the second qualification round.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Vassilis Skountis, Athens
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 1650
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Maroussi BC
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPANTONIOU, NONTAS 3:35 2 1/1           1             3
5 KEYS, BILLY 31:48 18 1/4 4/6 4/4 3 5 8 2 1 3     3 4 22
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 23:30 18 5/6 2/3 2/4   2 2 1 6 3     1 4 23
8 BATIS, MARIOS 15:30 3 0/1 1/2     2 2   1       3 2 3
9 HOMAN, JARED 14:01 6 2/8   2/2 1 1 2         1 2 1  
10 DIAMANTOPOULOS, GEORGIOS 9:40 1 0/1 0/2 1/2       3   1     1 1 -1
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 14:28 5 2/3   1/1   2 2       1   3 1 5
12 CALATHES, PAT 5:26                              
13 ARIGBABU, STEPHEN 11:31 2 1/2       1 1   1   1   2 1 3
14 KENDALL, LEVON 11:04 5 1/1 1/1     3 3 1   1     3 1 6
15 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 28:56 17 5/8 2/4 1/1   3 3 2   1     1 1 16
22 GORDON, JAMON 30:31 12 2/8 2/3 2/2 3 2 5 5 2 2     3 2 14
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 89 20/43 12/21 13/16 9 21 30 15 11 11 2 1 22 18 96
        46.5% 57.1% 81.3%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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 BSA 2003
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 CLARK, KEYDREN 33:23 15 3/8 2/6 3/3       1 1 4       4 8
7 BETTS, ANDY 15:20 4 1/5   2/4 2 1 3     1     1 4 3
8 DAY, QUINTON 14:33 4 2/3 0/1             1     2   -1
9 RICHARDSON, JEREMY 17:25 2 1/3 0/1     3 3   1 4   1 1 1 -2
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 34:55 15 5/7 0/1 5/6   2 2 2 1 2     4 6 16
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 24:36 8 1/4 0/1 6/8 1 3 4 1   3   1 4 4 3
12 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BELSER, COREY 7:36           4 4     2     2    
14 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 21:18 2 1/2     1 3 4     2     1 1 3
15 BARLOS, NIKOS 30:54 10 1/1 2/4 2/2 2 6 8   2 4 1   3 2 14
18 CHRYSIKOPOULOS, LINOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 MOURTOS, SPYROS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 60 15/33 4/14 18/23 7 22 29 4 5 24 1 2 18 22 44
        45.5% 28.6% 78.3%
Head coach: MAZZON, ANDREA

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Maroussi BC
"It is a big success for Maroussi, but we did only half of the job and we have to do the rest now. I believe that Greek basketball deserves a third spot in the Euroleague and I hope that we will earn it. These games are always on a fifty-fifty basis, there are no favorites or outsiders. Congratulations to our players because they kept their concentration for 39 minutes in the first match and for 40 minutes tonight."
MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris BSA 2003
"There are few words to say after such a bad game and this kind of defeat. I apologize and I don't want to make more comments, only to thank our fans who came from Thessaloniki to support us."

Players

KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS
Maroussi BC
"We were expecting a tough and close game, not an easy one, but we didn't allow Aris to play its game. I want to give all the credit to our starting five, especially to Arigbabu, because they played outstanding defense and made it easy for the rest of us. Now we have two more games to play and try to accomplish our dream. It's too early to make predictions for the season, but we work hard and I promise that every day we will be getting better."
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