2006-07EighthfinalsRound 1
January 30, 2007 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 CENTAR MILLENIUM
Darjus Lavrinovic - Unics Kazan

Unics Kazan took a decisive step towards reaching the ULEB Cup quarterfinals for the first time in club history by downing Hemofarm 73-90 on the road in Vrsac, Serbia on Tuesday night. Unics takes a 17-point lead into the return leg of the two-game series, which now travels to Kazan, Russia, for the decisive game. Saulius Stombergas led the winners with 21 points while making 8-of-9 free throws. Darjus Lavrinovic added 20 points and 7 rebounds, Sergei Chikalkin had 15 on 3-of-4 three-point shooting, while Jarod Stevendon scored 11 points for Unics. Predrag Suput had 20 points for Hemofarm, Vanja Plisnic added 13 in his first ULEB Cup game with Hemofarm this season, while Milenko Topic tallied 11 for the hosts. Chikalkin had 12 points in the second quarter to help Unics take a 33-48 halftime lead. Unics never trailed in the second half, as even when Hemofarm got within 68-76 with 7 minutes to go, Stombergas scored 7 points during a 2-11 run that allowed Unics to take full control of the series.

 

Topic got Hemofarm going with a corner three-pointer, but a five-meter jumper by Darjus Lavrinovic and a layup by Stevenson gave Unics its first lead, 3-4. Stombergas made a free throw and followed Stevenson's jumper with a layup, good for a 5-9 Unics edge. Suput scored in the paint, but an active Stevenson answered to cause Hemofarm to call timeout at 7-11. The hosts went scoreless for more than 4 minutes, while Darjus Lavrinovic dunked it and fired in a triple from the top of the key during a 0-11 run that gave Unics a 7-20 lead. Miljan Rakic got Hemofarm going with a layup and Aleksej Nesovic added his second basket to bring the hosts within 11-22 after 10 minutes. Milos Borisov and Yahor Meshcharakou traded baskets in the start of the second quarter, while Rakic brought Hemofarm within 15-24. Chikalkin buried a mid-range shot that Velimir Radinovic bettered with a three-point play. Ksystof Lavrinovic hit free throws and Chikalkin followed another jumper with a triple, good for a 18-33 Unics lead. Plisnic answered from downtown and Suput scored inside, but a red-hot Chikalkin had 5 quick points to keep Unics ahead, 23-38. Stevenson buried another triple, but a layup by Nesovic and a three-pointer by Plisnic gave Hemofarm some hope at 29-41. Stevenson and Suput exchanged layups, but Stombergas scored in transition and soon added a three-pointer to give Unics a 15-point lead, 33-48, at halftime.

Miljan Rakic - HemofarmSuput and Darjus Lavrinovic exchanged baskets after the break, as Hemofarm opted to attack the basket. As such, Topic and Suput combined for 4 free throws and Unics entered the foul bonus too early. Darjus Lavrinovic kept pacing Unics with free throws and a layup but Suput and Topic got Hemofarm within 43-54. Darjus Lavrinovic fired in a jumper that Topic erased with a put-back layup. Unics kept shining in defense, while Ksystof Lavrinovic hit free throws and Chikalkin added a triple for a 46-61 lead. Velimir Radinovic tried to change things with a dunk in a 8-1 run in which Bojan Bakic had 6 points, enough to bring Hemofarm within 54-62. Free throws by Ksystof Lavrinovic and a layup by Dusko Savanovic gave Unics a 55-67 edge after 30 minutes. Darjus Lavrinovic buried a jumper and Stombergas added free throws but Suput and Plisnic answered from downtown to get Hemofarm within 61-71 with 8 minutes to go. Stombergas fed Savanovic for a layup, and even when Topic made free throws, Darjus Larvinovic answered with a three-point play to keep Unics ahead, 63-76. Rakic buried one from downtown and soon added a layup to get Hemofarm within 68-76 with 4 minutes to go. Unics did not panic, as Stombergas took over with a three-point play, added free throws and dunked it for a 70-84 Unics lead. Savanovic scored inside while Suput and Jerry McCullough exchanged triples to fix the final score at 73-90, giving Unics a 17-point lead in the series.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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Referees: SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS; ANKARALI, RECEP; LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT
Attendance: 2000
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Hemofarm11222218
Unics Kazan22261923
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Hemofarm11335573
Unics Kazan22486790
Hemofarm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SAVOVIC, BORIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BAKIC, BOJAN 14:45 6 0/4 1/2 3/4               2 2 3 -1
6 MARKOVIC, MILOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SUPUT, PREDRAG 30:30 20 4/8 2/3 6/6 3 3 6     4     2 7 22
9 ARNAUTOVIC, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 NESOVIC, ALEKSEJ 30:45 6 3/6 0/6     4 4 2   4   1 1 2 -1
11 RAKIC, MILJAN 22:00 9 3/3 1/4     1 1     2     2 1 4
13 RADINOVIC, VELIMIR 17:30 6 2/5   2/3 2 1 3 1     1   4 3 6
14 TOPIC, MILENKO 40:00 11 2/3 1/5 4/6 4 3 7 2 3   1   3 3 17
15 BORISOV, MILOS 22:00 2 1/1 0/3   1 2 3 2 1 1     4 1 1
35 PLISNIC, VANJA 22:30 13 0/1 3/5 4/6   2 2 2   1     4 3 10
Team                                
Totals 200:00 73 15/31 8/28 19/25 10 16 26 9 4 12 2 3 22 23 58
        48.4% 28.6% 76%
Head coach: NIKOLIC, MIROSLAV
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 11 4/5 1/3   1 2 3 1   2 1 1 3   7
5 McCULLOUGH, JERRY 18:15 5 0/1 1/1 2/6   2 2 3 3 1     3 5 9
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 24:45 20 7/11 1/1 3/3 3 4 7 1   1 1 1 2 2 23
8 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 33:30 21 5/7 1/5 8/9   2 2 3 2 1     2 9 27
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 22:15 2     2/4   1 1 1         5 2 -1
10 PANIN, VADIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 20:45 6   0/2 6/6   5 5 1 1 1     2 1 9
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 18:30 15 3/5 3/4     1 1     2     1   10
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 16:15 6 3/5 0/1     1 1           1 1 4
55 MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 17:45 4 2/4     3 2 5 2 2 1 1   5 2 8
Team                                
Totals 200:00 90 24/38 7/17 21/28 7 20 27 12 8 9 3 2 24 22 96
        63.2% 41.2% 75%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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Head Coaches

NIKOLIC, MIROSLAV
Hemofarm
"We paid the price of injuries tonight. We also paid the difference in quality between Hemofarm and Unics. I am sorry we missed to show our best face. If we were complete we could show to Europe how we are playing basketball. All my players were trying hard and my congratulations to them. And to Unics, too. We made our goal to reach the second phase in ULEB Cup."
SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Unics Kazan
"Before that game we had serious meetings. We made the deal to stick together and try to play with less mistakes. I am glad my players did all we dealt with in the lockerroom. The game had many key moments and consisted of several parts. We were controling the game except in a moment when Hemofarm cut the margin to 8 points in the second half. The most important thing is that we played the best in the final 5 minutes winning with a 17-point difference. That is a precious margin before rematch in Kazan."

Players

SAVANOVIC, DUSKO
Unics Kazan
"I am so glad for this win and for the difference we made. Our job in the rematch is easier now. Tonight the key was our defense. That was the reason we were keeping the lead during the entire game."
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