Regular Season Round 2 - December 02, 2008 CET: 17:00 Local time: 19:00 - BASKET HALL KAZAN

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
1-0 Regular Season 0-1
1-0 Overall 0-1

Referees

Crew Chief
DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR, Ukraine
Referee
SHULGA, BORIS, Ukraine
Umpire
VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR, Montenegro

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.0 Points 61.0
30.0 Rebounds 31.0
7.0 O. Rebounds 7.0
23.0 D. Rebounds 24.0
19.0 Assists 11.0
6.0 Steals 4.0
4.0 Blocks 0.0
13.0 Turnovers 16.0
53.1 % 2PT 41.4 %
45.8 % 3PT 30.8 %
65.0 % FT 72.2 %
88.0 Index 48.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
23.0 / Lyday Points 16.0 / GUSTAS, GIEDRIUS
10.0 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Rebounds 7.0 / ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
4.0 / Loncar OR 2.0 / ALEXANDER, DEMETRIUS
9.0 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ DR 7.0 / ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
8.0 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Assists 3.0 / Skele
3.0 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Steals 2.0 / GUSTAS, GIEDRIUS
2.0 / Zamanskiy Blocks 0.0 / KRAVCENKO, MARTINS
3.0 / Samoylenko Turnovers 7.0 / ALEXANDER, DEMETRIUS
83.3 % / KIRKSAY, TARIQ 2PT 57.1 % / GUSTAS, GIEDRIUS
66.7 % / Lyday 3PT 100.0 % / ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
100.0 % / Kuzyakin FT 100.0 % / ALEXANDER, DEMETRIUS
31.0 / KIRKSAY, TARIQ Index 14.0 / GUSTAS, GIEDRIUS

THE TAKE

Unics Kazan looks to improve to 2-0 in Group B of the Eurocup as its hosts Barons/LMT Riga. Kazan knocked off Lukoil Academic 80-79 on the road thanks to a three-pointer by guard Marko Popovic with 0.7 seconds left. Head coach Aco Petrovic's team dominated the first quarter of the game - 27-12 - but let Lukoil back into the game before needing Popovic's only basket of the game for the winner. Guard Terrell Lyday was as usual the leader with 23 points - including 6 three-pointers - and 4 assists. And forward Tariq Kirksay had an outstanding game of 17 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. Center Dmitry Sokolov added 10 points and forward Artem Kouziakine came off the bench to chip in 11 points. Petrovic had to be somewhat disappointed that his men made just 13 of 20 (65%) foul shots though they did drain 11 of 24 (46%) of their three-point attempts while shooting an even 50% from the field for the game. The coach had to be pleased with how his players stepped up as forward Vladimir Veremeenko, forward Sergei Chikalkin and center Marc Jackson all did not play in the game. Getting some help from those guys will go a long way in knocking off Barons, though Unics is clearly the favorite going into the contest. Barons was unable to win its home opener, losing convincingly 80-61 to Dynamo Moscow. And now Karlis Muiznieks's Latvian side faces its second straight Russian opponent. Against Dynamo, Barons shot just 36% from the field, were outrebounded 43-31 and forced just 11 turnovers. Muiznieks's men were over-matched in nearly every facet of the game. Guard Giedruis Gustas scored a game-high 16 points for Barons, while forward Demetrius Alexander had 11 points and 6 rebounds and forward Charles Rhodes added 10 points. But it was not clearly enough. And Riga will need to step up its game quite a bit if it hopes to win at Kazan.
Monday, December 1, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

PETROVIC, ACO
Unics
"We had a good start in the Eurocup and, of course, we want to follow this path. We are planning to win all the home games and win as many road games as possible. As for the coming game, Barons are considered to be the best club in Latvia. Its present-day head coach used to work with Ventspils and their line-up is well-balanced. The players are especially strong in the backcourt. Almost everyone can shoot out of the paint. Believe me, we will do our best to win, although the opponent is rather serious."

Players

KUZYAKIN, ARTEM
Unics
"As a matter of fact, we take serious preparations for the upcoming match. As for me, I have unlucky experience from meeting Barons in the past; I lost to them by several points whan I played in Rostov. As far as I remember, the opponent is good at shooting out of the paint, especially dangerous for us with this could be Demetrius Alexander. Besides that, Gustas used to play in the Russian Superleague and is likely to share his experience with his coaches. No doubt, the match will not be an easy stroll for us, though we play at home."
Dmitry Sokolov  - Unics KazanA continuing share of first place was the reward as Unics defeated visiting Barons/LMT Riga 76-55 at home in Kazan, Russia on Tuesdayu for its second win in as many games. Unics stays tied atop Group B at 2-0 with fellow Russian club Dynamo Moscow. Their first-place tie will be broken next Tuesday, as Unics will host Dynamo. A week after his game-winning shot got Unics its first victory, Marko Popovic came off the bench to lead the team with 15 points and 4 assists against Barons. Terrell Lyday and Dmitry Sokolov added 12 point apiece, but the Unics defense was the story of the night, as the hosts only allowed just 20 points to Barons in the two middle quarters and haunted the guests into 36% two-point and 23% three-point shooting. Demetrius Alexander led Barons with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and Giedrius Gustas had another excellent effort with 16 points, but no other player scored more than 7 for the guests.

Neither team could send the ball through the rim in the game's first 2 minutes, until Corey Smith finally opened the scoring with a basket for Barons. The guests showed no fear, even after Kresimir Loncar, Vladimir Veremeenko and Petr Samoylenko put Unics in front at 7-4, as Kaspars Berzins matched Samoylenko's triple with one of his own at the other end to even things up. Lyday nailed one more from downtown for Kazan, but Alexander took over with 7 straight points for the guests, and Gustas capped the 0-9 run with 2 free throws to give Barons a 12-17 lead. Veremeenko and Popovic finished the quarter strong for Unics, evening the score at 19-19. Sokolov came in for Loncar to start the second quarter and needed less than three minutes to fuel a 7-0 run with 3 points. Charles Rhodes stopped the bleeding for Barons with a dunk off a Gustas assist, but Igor Zamanskiy showed that Unics could dunk, too. Then he and Sokolov added a layup each, and as Alexander's three was Barons' only basket in a span of 6 minutes, Tariq Kirksay's shot gave Unics its first double-digit lead, before Alexander and Gustas combined for 4 free throws to make it 36-28 at the halftime.

Corey Smith - Barons/LMT RigaBarons managed to prevent Unics from scoring for almost 3 minutes after the break, but the hosts stood their defensive ground as well, only allowing a dunk by Berzins. Then Loncar scored inside, Kirksay stole the ball to dunk and Lyday nailed a triple to force Barons head coach Karlis Muiznieks to take a timeout as the scoreboard showed 43-30. Rhodes and Alexander combined for 7 points to give Barons an offensive boost, but Unics had 8 points in the span, 5 of them by Artem Kouziakine. Samoylenko hit his second three of the night to expand the lead to 17, before Gustas cut it to 54-39 with 10 minutes to go. Though Alexander and Rhodes wouldn't give up with more points for the guests, Popovic scored 5 for the hosts and then found Sokolov for a layup to make it 61-42 and force another Barons timeout. Gustas, Berzins and Martins Kravcenko helped the guests get a little closer, but Popovic burned them with another triple to put the lead back at 19. Gustas kept scoring for the rest of the game, but it was out of reach for Barons, as substitute Eugeny Voronov and Sokolov scored 4 points apiece to end it at 76-55.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Referees: DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR (UKR), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR), VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR (MNE)
Attendance: 2300
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Head coach: PETROVIC, ACO
Unics
# 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 LYDAY, TERRELL 30:00 12 3/5 2/6     5 5 2 3 2     2 4 16
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 22:22 15 2/5 3/5 2/2 1 2 3 4   2   1 3 2 13
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR 24:51 6 3/4 0/1     2 2   1   1   4 1 5
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM 8:07 5   1/2 2/2   2 2           1 1 6
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 17:38 6   2/2         2         1   7
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 16:15 4 2/4     1 3 4   1 2     4 3 4
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 29:07 8 2/4 0/1 4/7   7 7 1   4 2   4 5 9
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EUGENY 10:00 4 2/3 0/1 0/1   1 1 1       1 3 1  
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 23:45 12 5/7   2/6 2 4 6 1   1     4 5 13
21 KIRKSAY, TARIQ 17:55 4 2/3 0/2   1 6 7   2 1     1   8
23 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 76 21/35 8/20 10/18 5 32 37 11 7 12 3 2 27 22 81
60% 40% 55.6%
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: MUIZNIEKS,KARLIS
Barons/LMT Riga
# 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 KRAVCENKO, MARTINS 20:02 3   1/2   3 1 4   1 1     1   5
5 ALEXANDER, DEMETRIUS 30:30 17 4/12 2/4 3/4 3 8 11   2 3 1 1 4 5 17
8 ABERNETHY, TODD 13:50   0/3       1 1     2   1     -5
10 ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS 22:43 1   0/1 1/2 1 5 6 1   1     2 2 5
11 RHODES, CHARLES 18:44 7 3/8 0/1 1/4 2 3 5     2     3 4 2
13 ZEIDAKS, KRISTERS 5:21     0/1 0/2   1 1           2 1 -3
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 25:25 7 1/3 1/6 2/4 4 3 7       1 1 4 4 5
22 SKELE, ARMANDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GUSTAS, GIEDRIUS 38:37 16 3/5 1/5 7/9   2 2 3 3 1     3 8 20
45 SMITH, COREY 24:48 4 2/5 0/1     4 4 1 1 3     3 3 3
Team                   2           2
Totals 200:00 55 13/36 5/21 14/25 13 28 41 5 9 13 2 3 22 27 51
36.1% 23.8% 56%
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Head Coaches

PETROVIC, ACO
Unics
"Now I'm more satisfied than after the match against Vladivostok. I realize, it is rather difficult to have so many games in such a short period of time as we did, though it's a pleasure for me to state, we've managed to play better in defense. I'm pleased with what my players did on the court, they showed good will to win. If we proceed this way, it will be much easier for us to win in the future."
MUIZNIEKS,KARLIS
Barons/LMT Riga
"The match pointed out a number of problems we had in our game. As long as we were well-disciplined, the game was balanced, the moment we felt tired, we started to lose. There are a number of players injured in our team, although this is not the only reason for our defeat. As a matter of fact, we didn't score our shots, thus giving the opponent good chances to score theirs."
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