2006-07Regular SeasonRound 9
January 09, 2007 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Charles Smith - Real Madrid Real Madrid took a huge step forwards to reach its initial goal of winning Group D by downing visiting Unics Kazan. Both teams join a four-way tie with PAOK and Crvena Zvezda, all with a 6-3 record. Madrid, however, already has the tie-break advantage against its three opponents and faces Dexia Mons-Hainaut in its final game in this group. Madrid will be first if it beats Mons on the road, not depending on other results. Meanwhile, Unics hosts PAOK in a big showdown in Kazan, in which both teams can go anywhere from first to fourth. Charles Smith led the winners with 17 points. Axel Hervelle added 13, Louis Bullock had 12, Marko Tomas 10 while Edu Hernandez-Sonseca posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for Madrid. Dusko Savanovic had 14 points for Unics while Darjus Lavrinovic added 13. It was a balanced game throughout the first half, but Tomas and Bullock fueled a 12-2 run which allowed Madrid to get a 41-30 lead right after the break. The Lavrinovic brothers kept Unics within 52-47 late in the third quarter, but Madrid boosted its margin to 65-49 and cruised to a well-deserved, decisive win.  

Darjus Lavrinovic scored inside in Unics' first possession but Tomas answered from downtown and Sonseca buried a mid-range jumper for a 5-2 Madrid lead. Unics kept attacking the basket and found a go-to guy in Yahor Meshchakarou, who followed a close basket with a three-point play. Bullock stepped up with a second-chance basket but Savanovic dunked it and added a free throw for a 7-10 Unics edge. Madrid had been limited to just 2 points in more than 6 minutes until Bullock stepped up with consecutive baskets to get the hosts within 11-12 at the end of the first quarter. Madrid found its scoring reference in Smith, who had 6 points and a couple of steals in a 8-0 run which gave the hosts a 19-14 lead early in the second quarter. Ksystof Lavrinovic shined with a three-point play and Meshcharakou added a close basket for a 19-19 tie. Raul Lopez hit a triple but Savanovic stroke from downtown in a 0-8 Unics run highlighted by Darjus Lavrinovic's wild dunk which forced Ratko Varda to leave the game with an ankle injury. Smith scored in penetration, Hervelle added a fast break layup and Bullock a wild three-point play in a 11-1 Madrid run which Reyes capped with a free throw for a 33-28 edge. Mateen Cleaves stepped up with a layup but Bullock beat the guests' zone defense with a triple and Kerem Tunceri added another one from downtown to give Madrid its biggest margin that far, 39-30, at halftime.

Dusko Savanovic - Unics KazanTomas scored in the paint after the break, and then beat Stombergas' jumper with a three-point play to give Madrid a 44-32 lead. Unics improved its defense right away, while Darjus Lavrinovic hit a triple from the top of the key and Petr Samoilenko added a driving layup to get the guests within 44-37. Tunceri stepped up with one from downtown while Reyes added an easy layup to make Unics call timeout at 50-38. Darjus Lavrinovic scored twice in the paint, as Unics switched back to zone defense. Savanovic added a three-pointer in a 0-9 run which Ksystof Lavrinovic capped with a fast break layup. Hervelle buried a triple and Meshcharakou scored inside to fix the score at 56-49 after three quarters. Smith buried a corner triple early in the final period while Sonseca fired in a jumper for a 61-49 Madrid lead. Unics went scoreless for more than 5 minutes, while free throws by Sonseca and a power layup by Hervelle sealed the win, 65-49, after a 10-0 run. Both fought for points differential now midway through the final period, as Unics beat Madrid 100-94 in Kazan. Smith buried back-to-back triples and Sonseca dunked it to make Madrid seal a big win in style and get closer to win difficult Group D.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO; MANTYLA, PETRI; OZOLS, ARNIS
Attendance: 5100
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Real Madrid11281721
Unics Kazan12181912
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Real Madrid11395677
Unics Kazan12304961
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 NGUEMA, RICHARD 1:15         1   1     1     1   -1
7 SMITH, CHARLES 21:15 17 4/6 3/8     2 2 1 3 1 1 1 3   12
8 MARTIN, JAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 REYES, FELIPE 32:00 6 2/7   2/8 5 3 8 1 7 2 1   2 9 17
12 VARDA, RATKO 3:00                   2     2   -4
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 22:15 10 4/11 0/1 2/2 4 6 10 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 22:45 13 3/4 1/1 4/6 2 1 3 1 1 2     2 5 16
19 TUNCERI, KEREM 25:00 6   2/5         3 1 1     2   4
21 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 31:15 12 4/7 1/5 1/1 2 2 4             2 11
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 13:45 3 0/3 1/1     1 1 1 1 1   1 1 1 1
33 TOMAS, MARKO 27:30 10 2/5 1/3 3/3 2 4 6 2 1 1     2 3 14
Team           2 2 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 77 19/43 9/24 12/20 18 21 39 10 15 14 3 3 16 21 85
        44.2% 37.5% 60%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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 STEVENSON, JAROD 28:00 5 1/3 1/2   1 2 3 3           1 9
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 30:45 13 4/8 1/3 2/4 2 4 6 1 2 3 1 1 4 3 10
8 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 15:00 2 1/2       1 1 1 2 4     5 1 -3
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 29:45 2 1/2 0/2   1 1 2 2   4         -1
10 PANIN, VADIM 0:15                              
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 15:00 7 3/5 0/1 1/1   2 2 1   3 1   4 2 3
14 CLEAVES, MATEEN 10:00 2 1/3 0/2   1 2 3 2   1     1   1
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 17:15 7 2/4 1/2   1 1 2   2 2     1   5
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NESTEROV, KONSTANTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 27:45 14 1/3 3/5 3/3   2 2 3 2       2 5 20
55 MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 26:15 9 4/8 0/2 1/1 2 3 5 2   5 1 2 4 4 4
Team           3 4 7   1           8
Totals 200:00 61 18/38 6/19 7/9 11 22 33 15 9 22 3 3 21 16 56
        47.4% 31.6% 77.8%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"It's a shame that Ratko Varda suffered an injury, which only adds up to the other ones we have. I like that despite those difficulties, my team has solved tough games. We are improving in the ULEB Cup in every game, and now I hope we can finish first in our group, or tonight's effort will be worthless."
SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Unics Kazan
"In the first game against Real Madrid at home we lucked out because we tied the game with a triple in the last second to go into overtime. We knew it would be harder here in Spain. We cannot try to win games like this with the mistakes. We will have to play harder to get that first place in our group."

Players

HERVELLE, AXEL
Real Madrid
"The key of the game was to be found in rebounds and that we knew how to take good shots in offense. We started without ideas but in the second half we defended well and attacked better."
REYES, FELIPE
Real Madrid
"It's a shame that Varda suffered an injury but I think we have to keep the good team effort that led us to the win. We started slow but after that we took a good rhythm and solved the game."
SAVANOVIC, DUSKO
Unics Kazan
"Real Madrid is a strong team and the main problem we had is that our monster defensive effort, didn't allow us to play as smoothly in offense as we like to. All their players are dangerous and that forces their rival to keep an eye on everyone."
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