2006-07EighthfinalsRound 2
February 13, 2007 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Jarod Stevenson - Unics Kazan Unics cruised to the ULEB Cup quarterfinals with a 95-64 victory over visiting Hemofarm Vrsac on Tuesday, in Kazan, Russia. Unics swept the teams' two-leg eighthfinals series after winning the first game in Serbia by 17 points. Unics will face the winner of the tie between Montepaschi Siena and PAOK Thessaloniki in the next stage. Jarod Stevenson drilled 4-of-7 from downtown and made 6-of-8 two-pointers on his way to 24 points for the hosts. Dusko Savanovic added 11 points and 6 rebounds, Jerry McCullough had 10 points, 4 steals, and 4 assists, while Yegor Mescheryakov and Saulius Stombergas posted 9 apiece and Ksistof Lavrinovic pulled down 9 boards. Vanja Plisnic tallied 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for Hemofarm, while Velimir Radinovic and Marko Simonovic scored 9 each. Hemorarm was in the game briefly, but Stevenson scored 7 straight to give Unica a 23-17 lead after 10 minutes and the hosts continued to pull away from that point till the final buzzer.

Stevenson opened fire for the hosts from downtown and Meshcheryakov soon boosted his side to 5-1, but Radinovic and Plisnic quickly tied the score at 5-5. The visitors showed themselves to be focused, as Plisnic answered Savanovic's bomb to get them within 8-7. Then Radinovic and Stevenson exchanged jumpers, before Predrag Suput's mid-range jumper followed by a three-point-play converted by Plisnic pushed the visitors in front 12-14. However McCullough was perfect from the foul line to tie the score at 14-14. The lead changed hands four more times in the last two minutes before Unics ended the first quarter with a 7-point Stevenson blitz to go ahead 23-17. Radinovic tried to fuel Hemofarm, but Stevenson was still hot and scored another jumper to maintain a 25-19 cushion. Sergey Chikalkin stepped up for Kazan by nailing a triple, copied few seconds later by Hemofarm's Milos Borisov, to make it 28-22. Miljan Rakic kept the guests in the picture by answering Petr Samoylenko and Savanovic to make it 32-25 midway through the period. Dmitry Sokolov took the honors of pushing the lead into double digits by converting an offensive rebound to made it 36-26. Saulius Stombergas extended the difference to 39-26 from eight meters, Plisnic reduced the gap to 43-33, but McCullough had the last word before halftime, to give Unics a comfortable 49-34 advantage.

Miljan Rakic - Hemofarm Back from the locker rooms, it was again Stevenson who boosted the hosts, highlighting a 13-2 run with a long-distance shot and a slam to make it 62-36 after 4 minutes. Unics continued to push while the frustration on Hemofarm players grew as their hopes of qualification reduced to zero. Lavrinovic scored an easy layup and after Mescheryakov and Plisnic exchanged triples, an unstoppable Stevenson posted his fourth three-pointer as the advantage rose to over 30 points, 75-43. Simonovic and McCullough fixed it at 77-47 at the end of the third quarter. Plisnic was still fighting early in the last quarter, and with 7 consecutive points brought Hemofarm within 81-57, but Chikalkin sealed the final score at 95-64 as Unics took another step on the Road to Charleroi.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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Referees: KLAAR, LARS; BITTON, MOSHE; SHULGA, BORIS
Attendance: 3000
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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 29:00 24 6/8 4/7     4 4 1 2 1     3   22
5 McCULLOUGH, JERRY 26:45 10 3/5   4/4   1 1 4 4 2   1 2 2 14
8 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 24:15 9 2/4 1/4 2/2 3 2 5   2     1   1 11
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 9:45 2 1/2           2 1           4
10 PANIN, VADIM 3:15 2 1/1           2   1     2   1
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 23:00 7 2/5 0/2 3/4 3 6 9 1 2 1 2 1 3 5 15
15 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 20:30 7 1/3 1/4 2/2   4 4 1 1 3     2   3
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 11:00 6 3/3   0/1 2 2 4     2   1 1 2 7
21 NESTEROV, KONSTANTIN 3:00           1 1 1             2
25 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 13:00 8 4/5               1       1 7
30 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 20:00 11 2/3 1/3 4/4 3 5 8     1     1 5 19
55 MESHCHARAKOU, YAHOR 16:30 9 2/2 1/3 2/2 1   1 2 2     1 1 1 11
Team           1   1   2           3
Totals 200:00 95 27/41 8/23 17/19 13 25 38 14 16 12 2 5 15 17 119
        65.9% 34.8% 89.5%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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
Hemofarm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BAKIC, BOJAN 11:00 1 0/3 0/1 1/2 3   3         1 2 1 -3
8 SUPUT, PREDRAG 26:45 3 1/5 0/2 1/2 2 4 6 1   1     2 2 2
10 NESOVIC, ALEKSEJ 30:00   0/2 0/2     2 2 3 4 5     3 1 -2
11 RAKIC, MILJAN 20:45 7 3/3 0/4 1/2       2   4       1 1
13 RADINOVIC, VELIMIR 21:30 9 4/4   1/2 2 2 4   1 2     4 2 9
14 TOPIC, MILENKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BORISOV, MILOS 14:00 3 0/2 1/3         2   1          
17 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 18:00 9 3/3 1/1     2 2   1   1       13
35 PLISNIC, VANJA 39:45 26 8/13 2/4 4/6 5 4 9   2 6 4   4 5 27
51 VUKOSAVLJEVIC, VLADAN 18:15 6 1/5   4/6 2 6 8   2     1 3 3 9
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 64 20/40 4/17 12/20 14 21 35 8 10 19 5 2 18 15 57
        50% 23.5% 60%
Head coach: NIKOLIC, MIROSLAV
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Head Coaches

SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Unics Kazan
"I'm pretty satisfied with the game. I'm pleased that my team has managed to play effectively and show good basketball. The most difficult thing was to make the players play against the opponent, whom they had won by 17. I'm really glad, that the guys have treated the game seriously and showed that they can compete with any rival."
NIKOLIC, MIROSLAV
Hemofarm
"The two matches we had against Unics were similar so as both times we had 3 or 4 players injured and both times we lost, though in my opinion, in Belgrade we played better than today, and the game itself turned to be more serious for us. Before this second game in Kazan we had to play two games in the Cup of Serbia against Partizan. No surprise, we were a bit tired here. We let Topic not take part in the match as we practically had no chances to advance. I would like to congratulate Unics for the victory and to thank the Kazanians for the hospitability. I will not be surprised in case that our rivals tonight will qualified to the final."
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