2011-12Regular SeasonRound 8
December 08, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

FC Barcelona Regal trumped Unics Kazan 63-50

FC Barcelona Regal remained undefeated one more week in Group D thanks to a convincing 63-50 home win over visiting Unics Kazan. The guests managed to stay close throughout the first three quarters, and never surrendered despite trailing all the time. However, a starting 12-0 in the last period broke the game open for good. Barca improved its record to 8-0 while Unics drops to 5-3, even though both teams had already qualified for the Top 16. Juan Carlos Navarro led the way for the winners with 13 points, Erazem Lorbek added 11 and Pete Mickeal had 10. For Unics, Terrell Lyday posted 12 points and Lynn Greer had 10.

Juan Carlos Navarro started on fire for Barcelona, as he was soon up to six points when the score displayed a 8-4. Kosta Perovic added his three-point play inside for 11-4 but Aleksey Savrasenko, quite active for Unics, stopped the bleeding with his points. Barca was basing its game ouside the paint and also was leading in the assists department, 6-1. But Henry Domercant was pushing Unics in the right direction. Despite Navaro's threee, Domercant had his own for 18- 15 and Pete Mickeal had to copy him soon to keep the lead for the hosts. Nathan Jawai stepped on court for the first time since Week 4 after injury, but the score didn't move as after 10 minutes, Barca led 21-15.

The second quarter started with a huge slam by Jawai and in the following play he had a block over Victor Sada. Defenses took over however, and it wasn't until three minutes later that Barcelona had its first basket of the period when Joe Ingles stole the ball and slammed for 23-17. Terrell Lyday and Chuck Eidson traded threes as the hosts were getting quite a few second chances thanks to the offensive boards. Fran Vazquez slammed for the 28-20 but then Unics woke up as Lynn Greer and Petr Gubanov hit back-to-back buckets to force Barcelona's timeout. However, a new offensive rebound by Lorbek allowed him for a 30-22 Barca lead. Domercant was active again as Unics never allowed the hosts to play comfortably. Both teams were committing turnovers until Marcelinho Huertas hit a new Barca three, quickly answered by Greer for the 33-28 Barcelona edge at the break.

The third quarter also started with a couple of bright moments by Lorbek for the hosts, 38-30. However, Unics had managed to bring the game to its favorite terrain, with a slow tempo basketball. Vladimir Veremeenko appeared for the guests with four points, but offenses were struggling with the resistance proposed by the defenses. Boni Ndong hit twice from the line but Petr Samoylenko's three made it a 5-point game, 44-39. Domercan'ts own free throws and a steal pls layup by Greer made it a 44-43 with one minute to go in the quarter. CJ Wallace saved the day in Barca's fourth option in offense in the same play for a 47-43 edge for the hosts at the end of the third quarter.

The last period started with a 10-0 Barcelona run with points by perovic, Navarro, Eidson and Perovic again. The defense of the hosts was forcing constant turnovers on Unics' offense, 57-43. The scoring run for the hosts went on when Huertas lifted a layup that forced Unics' timeout with less than 5 minutes to go. Veremeenko finally slammed the ball for Unics but when Mickeal hit the open three from the wing for the 62-45, it was clear that the hosts would escape another game with a new win.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE)
Attendance: 4676 (Tentative)
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FC Barcelona Regal21121416
Unics Kazan1513157
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FC Barcelona Regal21334763
Unics Kazan15284350
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 19:20   0/2     2 2 4 3       1 1 1 4
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 20:40 8 1/4 2/4     1 1 4 4 1     3   8
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 26:28 13 5/7 1/6 0/2 1   1 3 3 2     1 6 14
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 16:25 7 3/5   1/1 4   4 1 1 1     3 1 8
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 9:18 2 1/1             1 1     1   1
18 WALLACE, C.J. 18:57 3 0/2 1/4   2   2   3 2     1 2 2
20 INGLES, JOE 5:10 2 1/1 0/2           2     1     1
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 14:17 2 0/5   2/2 4 2 6     2 1 1 2 3 2
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 21:03 11 4/7 1/3 0/1 1 3 4           1 2 10
31 EIDSON, CHUCK 21:21 5 1/3 1/5   2 5 7 2 1 4     1 1 5
33 MICKEAL, PETE 27:01 10 2/6 2/3     3 3 1 1 1     4 2 7
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 18/43 8/27 3/6 18 18 36 14 16 14 1 3 18 18 66
        41.9% 29.6% 50%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 LYDAY, TERRELL 19:06 12 4/6 1/2 1/2 1 2 3 1   3 1   2 2 10
5 GOLOVIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 25:48 5 1/1 1/3     4 4   1 4     3 1 2
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 3:23                   2         -2
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 30:48 6 3/7     3 2 5 3   1     1 2 10
13 GREER, LYNN 26:47 10 4/6 0/2 2/2   4 4 2 2 4   1 3 3 9
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 22:14 4 2/5     1 2 3 1     1   3 1 4
15 GUBANOV, PETR 16:45 2 1/1 0/1     1 1   2 1     1   2
21 McCARTY, KELLY 16:15           2 2     2     3 1 -2
32 JAWAI, NATE 5:51 2 1/2       1 1     3 1   1 2 1
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 33:03 9 1/6 1/2 4/4   5 5 2 1 3     1 6 13
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 50 17/34 3/10 7/8 6 26 32 9 6 24 3 1 18 18 50
        50% 30% 87.5%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"We are happy with a win that allows us to lock at least second place in this group, even though we expect to finish first, which is one of the goals that we had in the beginning of the season. The level of contact was really high and even with that, we found a lot of open shots that didn't go in. We powered the offensive boards and got a lot of them. In the end, we added a comfortable win against a very dangerous team. Our goal is to combine a good offense with a good defense and that balance ends up giving you the win. Our compromise for team work is complete and it was a well-deserved win."
PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"The game was hard and tough. Our plan was to stop their fastbreak, but Barcelona was just better than us. They had high average points at home. We slowed the rhythm and wanted to keep it to a game in the 60s. We did that, but offensively we didn't have the points. We got a little tired. We had 24 turnovers, and they had 16 offensive rebounds. Some of our turnovers were unnecessary, but Barca put pressure on the ball, too. Our plan was good and we fought, but they had a lot of good performances from guys like Pete Mickeal. Who controls the rebounds controls the game and they did it more. But our guys fought and played defense. Not many teams can keep Barcelona to so few points on their court. We did a good job on defense. We'll use this game as a lesson. We'll work on our weaknesses and try to get better for the Top 16."

Players

LORBEK, ERAZEM
FC Barcelona Regal
"We played well, all of us. It was no easy game but with everyone's sacrifice, especially in defense, we managed to kepp on winning in the Euroleague. We'll try to continue like this."
HUERTAS, MARCELINHO
FC Barcelona Regal
"We showed that games can also be won from the defense. We played against a good team that showed why it's in the Top 16. We were in trouble at some points, but the key was good defense."
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