Qualifying Round Round 2 - October 02, 2009 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - O.A.K.A.

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-1 Qualifying Round 1-0
0-1 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
BACHAR, SHMUEL, Israel
Referee
VIATOR, EDDIE, France
Umpire
NURAN, RUSTU, Turkey

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
67.0 Points 69.0
27.0 Rebounds 33.0
5.0 O. Rebounds 9.0
22.0 D. Rebounds 24.0
11.0 Assists 8.0
4.0 Steals 2.0
2.0 Blocks 3.0
7.0 Turnovers 12.0
56.1 % 2PT 45.9 %
26.7 % 3PT 50.0 %
69.2 % FT 61.1 %
68.0 Index 66.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.0 / Homan Points 15.0 / Clark
10.0 / Homan Rebounds 11.0 / BETTS, ANDREW
3.0 / Homan OR 6.0 / BETTS, ANDREW
7.0 / Homan DR 5.0 / BETTS, ANDREW
4.0 / Mavroeidis Assists 4.0 / Clark
2.0 / Gordon Steals 1.0 / Clark
1.0 / Kendall Blocks 1.0 / BETTS, ANDREW
2.0 / Batis Turnovers 3.0 / BETTS, ANDREW
100.0 % / Kendall 2PT 100.0 % / DAY, QUINTON
66.7 % / Batis 3PT 100.0 % / Clark
100.0 % / Mavroeidis FT 66.7 % / KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS
18.0 / Homan Index 21.0 / BETTS, ANDREW

THE TAKE

After a thrilling opening leg decided in the last second, Maroussi BC hosts Aris BSA 2003 on Friday evening in a do-or-die clash to advance to the second stage of the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. Two-time Euroleague champ Nikos Hatzivrettas proved he was made for big games when he drilled a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift Aris to a 69-67 win. Now Aris must defend its slim margin at Maroussi. The aggregate winner of this series advances to face the winner of the Alba Berlin-Le Mans series for one of the two remaining tickets to the Euroleague regular season. The losing side will play in the 2009-10 Eurocup. Four players stood above the rest for Aris in the opener. Center Andy Beets posted 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michalis Kakiouzis tallied 9 and 6. Keydren Clark also scored 15 and Hatzivrettas 14. However, those four also all played at least 30 minutes. Aris will hop for more from Dimos Dikoudis, who was limited by foul trouble, and scorer Jason Richardson in Game 2. Meanwhile Maroussi went with a 10-man rotation and should have fresh legs for Friday. Jared Homan with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Michalis Pelekanos with 8 and 7 were among the bright spots as was point guard Billy Keys with 10 points and fearless play down the stretch. Head coach Georgios Bartzokas will hope for more from big man Levon Kendall and guard Jamon Lucas, two starters who could become difference-makers on Friday. These teams have been in tough battles before, most recently in last season’s Greek playoffs. This should be no different as two deep and talented squads give their all for one goal with no second chances.

REFEREES: Shmuel Bachar, Eddie Viator, Rustu Nuran

 
Maroussi
Maroussi BC
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Epameinondas Papantoniou
G
1.90
5
Billy Keys
G
1.88
6
Jamon Lucas
G
1.91
7
Michalis Pelekanos
G
1.98
8
Marios Batis
G
1.88
9
Jared Homan
C
2.08
10
Georgios Diamantopoulos
G
1.92
11
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
C
2.08
12
Pat Calathes
F
2.08
13
Stephen Arigbabu
C
2.08
14
Levon Kendall
C
2.08
15
Kostas Kaimakoglou
F
2.04
16
Fanis Koumpuras
G
1.87
Head Coach: Georgios Bartzokas
Aris BSA
Aris BSA 2003
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Keydren Clark
G
1.81
5
Nikos Argyropoulos
G
1.88
7
Andy Betts
C
2.17
8
Quinton Day
G
1.85
9
Jeremy Richardson
F
2.01
10
Nikos Hatzivrettas
G
1.95
11
Demos Dikoudis
F
2.07
12
Gaios Skordilis
C
2.07
13
Corey Belser
F
2.00
14
Michalis Kakiouzis
F
2.07
15
Nikos Barlos
F
2.02
18
Linos Chrysikopoulos
F
2.03
19
Spyros Mourtos
G
1.98
Head Coach: Andrea Mazzon
Thursday, October 1, 2009
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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
Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 1650
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Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Maroussi BC
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 PAPANTONIOU, EPAMEINONDAS 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%
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
Head coach: MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris BSA 2003
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
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%
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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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