2008-09Last 16Round 1
January 27, 2009 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAVERDE
Judson Wallace and Cevher Ozer - Benetton Basket - Besiktas Cola TurkaBenetton Basket Tamoil started the Eurocup Last 16 by edging Unics 68-66 in Treviso, Italy in Group J on Tuesday night. Benetton is now tied for first place in Group G with Turk Telekom and visits Zadar next week. Meanwhile, Unics hosts Telekom next week. Gary Neal led the winners with 13 points. CJ Wallace added 12, while Sandro Nicevic had 10 for Benetton. Kresimir Loncar led Unics with 18 points. Sergei Chikalkin had 11 against his former team while Marko Popovic and Igor Zamanski each had 10 for the guests, who played without Tariq Kirksay and Terrell Lyday - another former Benetton guard. Dimitriy Sokolov and Chikalkin fueled a 2-11 opening run that allowed Unics to keep a 13-19 edge after 10 minutes. Neal and Renzi shined to give Benetton a 28-23 lead, but three-pointers by Popovic and Chikalkin tied the game at 30-30 at halftime. Wallace and Nicevic scored inside late in the third quarter for a 58-56 Benetton edge after 30 minutes. An outstanding Loncar gave Unics a 54-59 edge, but DaShaun Wood and Neal put Benetton back ahead, 61-59, with 4 minutes to go. Wallace played a key role with the go-ahead fast break layup and a critical block on Chikalkin in the final minutes. Unics had the game's final possession, but Popovic missed a step-back three-pointer at the buzzer.

The Unics defense stood out at the start of the game as Dmitry Sokolov, Zamanskiy and Chikalkin – the latter with 4 points and a brilliant step-back jumper – gave Kazan an 11-2 lead. Wallace inside and Vladimir Veremeenko exchanged baskets before coach Oktay Mahmuti called timeout for Treviso down 4-13. Matteo Soragna ended a two-minute scoring drought from the line, but Loncar drained a basket. More free throws at both ends, a beautiful three off the dribble from Soragna and an Artem Kouziakine jumper made it 19-11 score before a Andrea Renzi’s hook shot ended the period at 19-13. Wallace’s put back opened the second period, but Popovic drilled a nice floater. Wood and Renzi brought Treviso within 2 with back-to-back triples. Wood then tied it and Renzi handed Treviso its first lead. Then Neal and Popovic exchanged triples, good for a 28-26 edge for the hosts. A Chikalkin catch-and-shoot and a Rado Rancik put-back was followed by a Popovic drive, but Bobby Dixon evened the score at 30-30. Zamanskiy was very close to sinking a halfcourt bomb, but the score remained unchanged at 30-30 in a low-scoring first half.

Zamanskiy and Dixon kept it tied at 35 with respective threes at the start of the third. Nicevic found his range and Wallace netted a nice left hook, but Sokolov responded with two baskets of his own. The crowd got on its feet after a brilliant Nicevic block that denied Sokolov, and he also added a jumper at the other end, but Loncar’s hook bounced in. Wallace’s points inside were met by a tough Zamanskiy triple, but Nicevic was the man of this quarter with a great left-handed finish as the game was heading to the last quarter on a 48-46 score. Popovic silenced the crowd with an early triple and Loncar led Kazan’s surge with 8 quick points, while only Neal could score for the hosts. Mahmuti was forced to call timeout at 51-57. Rancik drilled a three, but Loncar kept doing the damage. However, Wood stripped Popovic, laid it up and added a catch-and-shoot three to bring it back on level terms at 59-59 with minutes to go. Wood’s layup was answered by 3 free throws from Chikalkin. Rancik somehow scored and drew a foul to push Treviso back ahead 64-62. Nicevic and Loncar exchanged baskets before Wallace’s steal and layup made it 68-66 with 1:15 to play. Kouziakine missed 2 free throws and some incredible turnovers followed in a frenzied finish. Popovic blocked Neal to give his team one last possession, but Popovic could not convert the last-second triple as Treviso celebrated a first important win to stars the Last 16 phase.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Fabrice Turmel, Treviso
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS; CONDE, ANTONIO; JAVOR, DAMIR
Attendance: 0
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MUHAMMED, ALI 14:07 3 0/4 1/3   1 1 2     2   1 1   -5
5 WOOD, DASHAUN 25:53 6 3/7 0/1     2 2 6 2     1 3 2 9
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 28:10 7 1/1 1/1 2/2       1 2 2     1 3 10
8 LORBEK, DOMEN 18:32 2 0/1 0/3 2/2 1 2 3 1   1       1 2
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 27:15 10 5/10   0/1 2 2 4 1 3 1 1   1 3 14
11 RULLO, ROBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 RANCIK, RADOSLAV 14:48 8 2/8 1/1 1/3 2 2 4   2 2     2 3 5
14 NEAL, GARY 34:21 13 0/7 4/6 1/2 3 1 4 3 2 1     2 5 14
15 WOJCIECHOWSKI, JAKUB DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 MARKOVIC, STEVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 24:09 12 6/7 0/1 0/2 3 6 9 2 3 1 1   2 2 22
19 RENZI, ANDREA 12:45 7 2/7 1/1   1 4 5   1     1 3 2 6
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 68 19/52 8/17 6/12 14 20 34 14 15 10 2 3 15 21 78
        36.5% 47.1% 50%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 19:38 10 2/4 2/6     1 1 3 1 2     1 2 8
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR 34:37 10 2/3 2/3 0/4   6 6 1 1 5     3 2 6
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM 7:09 2 1/1 0/1     1 1     1     3   -2
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 27:22   0/1     1 3 4 2 1       2   4
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 22:47 18 6/8 1/2 3/3 2 2 4 1 1 1     1 3 22
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 32:08 4 2/6     2 6 8 1 1 8 1   4 2 1
13 TSYPACHEV, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 26:47 11 3/10 0/1 5/5   4 4     1   1 1 2 6
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 6:57 2 1/1               1     1    
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 15:46 9 4/6   1/1 2 6 8 1 1 2 2 1 4 4 16
21 LYDAY, TERRELL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 6:49         1 1 2   1       1   2
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 66 21/40 5/13 9/13 8 30 38 9 7 22 3 2 21 15 62
        52.5% 38.5% 69.2%
Head coach: PETROVIC, ACO

Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Basket
“It was a tough game from the beginning to the end. A very physical game like we expected as it is their main strength. The second half was very tight all the way, a real battle. In my opinion, in terms of intensity, the level was of Euroleague basketball. In the end, somebody had to win. We had low shooting percentages, but sometimes you don’t win with the shooting, shooting is only one part, and tonight we won it at the other end. Every game is important. This one is obviously important because this is the most physical team of the group, but it’s only one game. Tomorrow we’ll wake up and have to forget about this one to prepare for the next."

Players

WALLACE, C.J.
Benetton Basket
"If we choose, we don’t want Popovic to shoot the three for the win, but we played hard and beat a big team, really physical. Our big guys are more skilled and it was good to show we could play like this. Now, we need to keep winning. Next we have Zadar on the road. If we win that one, we’ll be in a good position. I think every game is a big game, especially at this level. You can’t take anyone for granted. In the previous phase it was already hard, we were four wins and no losses and then lost home against Besiktas. So we have to play hard every night. That was a big game. Next Tuesday comes another big one."
LONCAR, KRESIMIR
Unics
"We both missed some shots, but we both had a good game. It was tight and hopefully at home we’ll be able to win it. I think this is a tight group, with a strong Turkish team and I think the basket average could be important, too."
POPOVIC, MARKO
Unics
“I think everyone played good defense tonight, but the details made the difference. This game was big, but I think at this stage of the competition every game is important. We’ll just have to focus on the next one."
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