Regular Season Round 1 - November 25, 2008 CET: 17:00 Local time: 18:00 - SPORTS COMPLEX AZOVMASH

Records

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0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Referee
MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY, Russian Federation
Umpire
LUCIS, OSKARS, Latvia

Team Stats

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0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

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0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 OR 0
0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

THE TAKE

Azovmash starts its Eurocup regular season Group E campaign with a home contest against Kalise Gran Canaria. The three-time reigning Ukrainian Superleague champion is once again among the leaders early in the season with Mehmed Becirovic as head coach. And the Ukrainian side is loaded, even though it is nearly an entirely new team. Point guard Khalid El-Amin is back after a season with Turk Telekom and is leading Becirovic's team with nearly 14 points, more than 3 rebounds and 5 assists while shooting well over 40% from long range. Forward Dijon Thompson has been a great addition with 13 points and 6 rebounds - not to mention his top notch defense. Center Tomas Van Den Spiegel brings the winning experience of 2006 and 2008 Euroleague titles with CSKA Moscow and is averaging more than 11 points and nearly 6 rebounds. Center Uchenna Nsomwu is also averaging in double figures while forward Marc Salyers is just under 10 points a game but capable of scoring much more after being one of the top scorers in France for years. Guard Tomas Delininkaitis is also a deadly three-point threat and has averaged better than 15 points. Back from last season's team is forward Serhiy Lischuk, who can score in double figures and provides a major shot-blocking presence in the paint. And forward Simonas Serapinas completes a very strong eight-man rotation for Becirovic. After that, however, the bench gets thin quickly. And that could be an issue against Gran Canaria, which blasted past Benetton Olympic in the second qualifying round to reach the regular season. Head coach Slava Maldonado has his team high up in the ACB as one of the major surprises in the Spanish top flight. But Maldonado had 11 players average at least 15.5 minutes against Olympic and 10 players reach that mark in the ACB. The main man for Gran Canaria remains guard Carl English, who averages over 16 points. Center Joel Freeland has developed into a budding star with nearly 12 points and more than 5 rebounds a game in the ACB after hitting for 21.5 points and 5 rebounds in the Eurocup qualifiers. Guard Marcus Norris has done an excellent job with the playmaking duties along with guard Mario Fernandez .Forward Sitapha Savane provides a steady scorer while forwards James Augustine and Daniel Kickert are both effective in the paint. And forward Melvin Sanders is not afraid to take the long ball. Maldonado does a fine job of getting all of his players minutes so that he can call on them when he needs a hot hand. And it's that depth that Maldonado hopes can get his team past the Final 16 after failing the last two seasons.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Eurocupbasketball.com

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Azovmash Mariupol started the 2008-09 Eurocup season in style by edging Kalise Gran Canaria 92-90 after overtime, in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Tuesday night. Sitapha Savane sent the game to the extra session blocking the potential game-winning shot from Dijon Thompson after Marc Salyers and Carl English exchanged three-pointers in the last minute to tie the game on 77-77. A 13-5 run beginning the overtime pushed the match on the hosts’ side when Salyers scored from downtown to make it 90-82. English and James Augustine tried to rally, but their baskets weren¹t enough to win the match. Khalid El-Amin led the way for the winners with 23 points and 7 assists, Tomas Van den Spiegel added 21 with 6 rebounds, Salyers had 6 of his 16 in the extra session with 7 boards and Dijon Thompson contributed with 14 and 9. English had 28 points for Gran Canaria with 5 assists, Melvin Sanders nailed 20 and Augustine added 11 with 6 rebounds. Azovmash will travel to France for its next game against Asvel Basket, while Kalise Gran Canaria will host Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in Week 2.

Van den Spiegel opened the game with back-to-back layups giving a 4-0 margin to Azovmash. A basket from downtown by Oleksander Skutyelnik extended the difference to 10-4 after four minutes before Josh Fisher capped a 0-6 run for the guests to get their first advantage, 10-11, forcing coach Memi Becirovic to call timeout. The hosts stepped up with a different approach to produce a 11-1 run highlighted by 9 points from El-Amin, while Thompson fixed a 23-14 cushion after 10 minutes. English led a 2-8 charge for the guests early in the second quarter to get within 25-22. Van den Spiegel scored three inside baskets in a row, answered by 2 three-pointers from Sanders to stay on 33-28 through midway the quarter. Albert Moncasi with a mid-range jumper put Gran Canaria closer and Sanders again from beyond the arc tied things at 39-39. Azovmash scored 7 points before Augustine answered on the buzzer to make it 46-41 at halftime.

Savane tied again the contest at 50-50 early in the third quarter and English from mid range put Gran Canaria ahead. The teams exchanged leads six times and tied three others, in a balanced game with both sides trying to take the momentum. Van den Spiegel scoring a pair from the foul line to make it 63-60, and after Mario Fernandez found easy points, Nsomwu Uchenna made it 66-62 after 30 minutes. Gran Canaria didn’t give up and Sanders again tied the score at 66-66. Nsomwu then hit a layup, but English hit a three. However two consecutive layups by El-Amin gave a 74-69 cushion to Azovmash with two-and-a-half minutes left. English and Sanders amassed 5 points to tie it one more time at 74-74. Salyers and English exchanged triples in the last minute, then Savane blocked the potential winning shot of Thompson, sending the game to the overtime.

Salyers opened the extra session by completing a three-point play, and Van den Spiegel pushed Azovmash to 82-77, while Thompson added a free throw to stay on 83-77. Salyers again from long distance gave a 90-82 margin to the hosts. Two consecutive rockets by English kept Gran Canaria alive at 90-88, but then El-Amin sealed the game from the foul line for Azovmash.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY (RUS), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT)
Attendance: 2850
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Azovmash Mariupol2323201115
Kalise G. Canaria1427211513
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Azovmash Mariupol2346667792
Kalise G. Canaria1441627790
Head coach: BECIROVIC, MEHMED
Azovmash Mariupol
# 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
6 LIADELIS, PANAGIOTIS 5:30               1   2     1   -2
7 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 26:42 2 1/2 0/3   1 1 2 2 1       1 1 3
8 SKUTYELNIK, OLEKSANDR 27:27 7 2/2 1/2   2 2 4 3   2     3   8
11 BAIDA, BOGDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 5:06   0/1       1 1   1       1 2 2
14 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 27:14 21 9/11   3/7 1 5 6 1   2 2 1 2 4 23
22 SALYERS, MARC 35:07 16 3/5 3/5 1/3 2 5 7 2 2 1   1 3 2 18
23 THOMPSON, DIJON 42:26 14 3/9 1/2 5/6 2 7 9 1 1 3   1   5 18
42 EL-AMIN, KHALID 39:59 23 6/15 2/8 5/5   2 2 7 2 3   2 2 6 18
50 NSONWU, UCHE 15:29 9 1/5   7/8 3 4 7       1 2 1 4 13
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 225:00 92 25/50 7/20 21/29 11 29 40 17 7 14 3 7 14 24 102
50% 35% 72.4%
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: MALDONADO, SALVA
Kalise G. Canaria
# 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 FISHER, JOSH 17:07 2 1/2 0/4         1 1       1 1 -1
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 29:34 11 3/6   5/6 4 2 6 2   2     3 3 13
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA 29:01 8 4/9     2 3 5 1 1 1 3   2 3 13
8 MONCASI, ALBERT 4:09 2 1/3     1   1 1   1     2   -1
13 NORRIS, MARCUS 30:21 3 0/3 1/5     7 7 6   3 2 1 5 2 4
14 KICKERT, DANIEL 11:17 4 2/4 0/2   1 1 2 2         1   3
19 FREELAND, JOEL 15:33 6 2/6   2/2   4 4     1 2 1 4 2 4
20 MORAN, JIM 16:55 4 2/2 0/2   3 1 4     1     1   4
23 ENGLISH, CARL 28:43 28 3/4 7/13 1/2   1 1 5 1 2   1 2 1 23
24 SANDERS, MELVIN 27:53 20 4/4 4/8   1 4 5           3   18
34 FERNANDEZ, MARIO 14:27 2 1/2 0/1 0/2 1 1 2 2 2         2 6
Team             1 1               1
Totals 225:00 90 23/45 12/35 8/12 13 25 38 20 5 11 7 3 24 14 87
51.1% 34.3% 66.7%
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