2008-09Regular SeasonRound 3
December 09, 2008 CET: 17:00
Local time: 18:00 SPORTS COMPLEX AZOVMASH
Khalid El-Amin - Azovmash MariupolAzovmash Mariupol earned a crucial 76-66 victory at home on Tuesday over Lietuvos Rytas to improve to 2-1 in the Eurocup Group E. With all four teams in the group even at 1-1 coming into the game day, defending its home court was of the highest importance for Azovmash. And Khalid El-Amin made sure the hosts would not fail, collecting 32 points, 7 assists and 4 steals in the victory. Marc Salyers added 15 points and 5 rebounds while Dijon Thompson chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds. L. Rytas, which was playing just two days after head coach Antanas Sireika resigned, dropped to 1-2 in the group. Mindaugas Lukauskis led the way for L. Rytas with 19 points while Branko Milisavljevic had 15 points and Chuck Eidson chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in a losing effort. L. Rytas turned the ball over 18 times compared to just 10 by Azovmash.

Serhiy Lishcuhk opened the scoring for the hosts and was answered by two foul shots from Eidson. El-Amin drained a three-pointer and then Lishchuk’s dunk made it 7-2 early. L. Rytas found itself a rhythm as Lukauskis made three straight baskets - including a three-point play - in a 0-9 surge to pull ahead 7-11. El-Amin and Lishchuk hit layups to tie the game before Simonas Serapinas knocked down a trey for a 14-13 Azovmash lead. And it was 18-13 after two Rolandas Jarutis foul shots and a Serapinas layup. But L. Rytas closed to within 18-16 with a Milko Bjelica dunk and free throw to close the first quarter. The second period started with three Lukauskis foul shots and Milisavljevic's score made it 18-21 for Rytas. Salyers and Milisavljevic swapped baskets before El-Amin knotted the game with a three-ball at 23-23. Donatas Zavackas answered with a triple of his own and another after a Serapinas turnover and L. Rytas was back in front 23-29. After Milisavljevic made it 25-31, the hosts started to come back. Thompson hit his first basket and then El-Amin made two foul shots and converted a three-point play in a 9-1 run to pull ahead 34-32. Milisavljevic knotted the game again with a dunk but El-Amin and Jarutis both made two free throws for a 38-34 Azovmash lead at the break.

Salyers opened the second half and the lead grew to double digits for the first time on Thompson's triple, 46-36. Lukauskis answered with a basket but El-Amin hit after three offensive rebounds in a single possession for Azovmash, resulting in a L. Rytas timeout trailing 48-38. El-Amin continued his superb night with two more baskets to keep the hosts ahead 52-42. And Salyers hit a lay-up and three-pointer and Serapinas converted a lay-in as the lead grew to 59-45, which Steponas Babrauskas cut to 59-47 with two free throws going into the fourth period. Babrauskas hit two baskets to open the final period but El-Amin answered and Salyers had two lay-ups as Azovmash was back ahead 65-49. Eidson knocked down a three-pointer and Lukauskis followed with a trey of his own to cut the margin to 10 points 65-55 with six minutes left. Thompson and Lukauskis swapped baskets and then neither team could score for two minutes until El-Amin knocked down back-to-back triples and Mariupol led 73-57 inside of two minutes. Milisavljevic answered with a three-pointer but El-Amin was on target yet again from long range for a 76-60 lead. Eidson made two free throws, Marius Prekevicius hit a lay-up and Lukauskis hit two foul shots to limit the damage in the end.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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Referees: PUKL,SASA; VYKLICKY, ROBERT; KOWALSKI, MARCIN
Attendance: 2950
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Azovmash Mariupol
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 JARUTIS, ROLANDAS 19:41 4   0/2 4/4   1 1 3   2     1 5 8
7 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 18:14 7 2/4 1/3     1 1 1 1 2     3 1 2
8 SKUTYELNIK, OLEKSANDR 20:32 3   1/4         2 3 1     2 1 3
11 BAIDA, BOGDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 15:11 6 3/7     2 4 6       3   1 1 11
14 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 28:14   0/4     3 4 7 1 1   2   2 2 7
22 SALYERS, MARC 29:33 15 6/10 1/2   1 4 5   1 1   1 2 1 13
23 THOMPSON, DIJON 33:34 7 2/6 1/3   4 5 9 1         3 2 10
42 EL-AMIN, KHALID 33:18 32 6/9 5/10 5/5       7 4 3     3 4 33
50 NSONWU, UCHE 1:43 2 1/2             1       1 1 2
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 76 20/42 9/24 9/9 10 20 30 15 11 10 5 1 18 18 89
        47.6% 37.5% 100%
Head coach: BECIROVIC, MEHMED
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
Lietuvos Rytas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 13:12 6 2/5 0/2 2/2 3 1 4         2 3 1 1
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 30:16 19 5/8 1/1 6/6 2 3 5 1 1 4   1 4 7 21
9 PREKEVICIUS, MARIUS 10:17 2 1/2 0/1     1 1   2 1     3   -1
11 BJELICA, MILKO 28:51 5 1/6 0/1 3/4 2 4 6   2 2   1 2 4 5
12 ANISIMOV, MICHAILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 33:44 10 1/6 1/3 5/7 2 6 8 6 2 5     1 5 16
14 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 29:09 9   3/5   1 1 2     1     1   7
15 PETRAVICIUS, MARIUS 22:00 2 1/5     3 3 6   1 1 1 1 4    
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 SINICA, JUSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 5:23     0/2     1 1               -1
33 MILISAVLJEVIC, BRANKO 27:08 13 5/7 1/3     2 2     4     1 1 7
Team           2   2   1           3
Totals 200:00 66 16/39 6/18 16/19 15 22 37 7 9 18 1 5 19 18 58
        41% 33.3% 84.2%
Head coach: KUNCAITIS, ROBERTAS

Head Coaches

GIRSKIS, RIMAS
Azovmash Mariupol
"We had a good mood before the game. However, the players wanted to win too quickly. It resulted in a tough two quarters. After the half, they understood that they must work till the end. They did it and won the game."

Players

EL-AMIN, KHALID
Azovmash Mariupol
"The game was good, but not simple. It was easy for us to finish the game having a 10- or 15-point lead. Moreover, we were luckier. Now we must concentrate on the game in Vilnius."
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