2019-20Regular SeasonRound 4
October 23, 2019 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKET HALL KAZAN

UNICS grabs third straight win

In a battle of former 7DAYS EuroCup champions, UNICS Kazan recorded its third consecutive win in Regular Season Group C by downing Joventut Badalona 86-74 at Basket-Hall Kazan on Wednesday. UNICS improved to 3-1 in the standings while Joventut dropped to 2-2. Errick McCollum led the winners with 32 points, and Alex Tyus and Kostas Kaimakoglou each added 12 for UNICS. Klemen Prepelic led Joventut with 22 points, while Alen Omic added 20 points and 13 rebounds and Neno Dimitrijevic had 10 points. McCollum shined early, getting help from Tyus and Vangelis Mantzaris to give UNICS a 26-21 edge after 10 minutes. Artem Klimenko and an outstanding Kostas Kaimakoglou led a 12-0 run which helped the hosts extend their margin to 49-33 at halftime. McCollum took over after the break - 12 points in 8 minutes - as UNICS extended its lead to 70-51 late in the third quarter and never looked back.

Evgeny Kolesnikov got UNICS going with a six-meter jumper but consecutive tip-ins by Omic soon gave Joventut its first lead, 2-5. Mantzaris hit a three-pointer and Tyus added a fast break layup but Conor Morgan answered from downtown for a 7-8 Joventut lead. McCollum scored in penetration, getting help from Tyus and Mantzaris to restore a 13-10 UNICS edge. Arturs Zagars and Omic stepped up for Joventut and a layup by Prepelic gave the guests a 16-19 edge. A wild-three point-play by McCollum and a triple by Pavel Sergeev helped UNICS regain the lead, 26-21, after 10 minutes. Luke Harangody and Omic each scored down low for a 26-25 score early in the second quarter. A huge dunk by Klimenko sparked a 12-0 run which Kaimakoglou capped with a layup, good for a 38-25 UNICS margin. Prepelic hit an off-balance jumper that Jamar Smith bettered with a triple. Prepelic kept pacing Joventut but he didn't find help. Meanwhile, Tyus dunked and McCollum struck twice from beyond the arc to break the game open, 49-33, at halftime. A three-pointer by Neno Dimitrijevic gave Joventut hope, 51-38, soon after the break. McCollum answered with a coast-to-coast layup and added a triple to keep UNICS out of trouble, 56-39. Prepelic and Omic started to find easy points but Joventut only managed to trade baskets, as no-one could stop McCollum at the other end. He had 5 points in a 7-0 run which Smith capped with a jumper to give UNICS a 70-53 lead after 30 minutes. A driving layup by Mantzaris made it a 20-point game, 74-54, with over 8 minutes left. Xabi Lopez-Arostegui and Omic led a 2-12 run that got Joventut within 76-66, but McCollum and Kaimakoglou stepped up in crunch time off a timeout to make UNICS seal the win.

Pivotal performer

Errick McCollum made the difference due to an outstanding performance in the opening three quarters. He finished the game with 32 points, hitting 6-of-8 two-point shots, 4-of-8 three-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws. He added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 11 fouls drawn for a PIR of 41 - a new career-high.

Game-changing moment

UNICS led 26-25 early in the second quarter but Kostas Kaimakoglou did a little bit of everything in a 12-0 run that gave the hosts a double-digit deal for the first game. He had 4 points, 3 assists, a steal and a block in that 12-0. All of a sudden, UNICS led 38-25 and had full control of the game.

Stellar stat

UNICS hit more two-point shots with less attempts - the hosts hit 24-of-36 shots inside the arc (66.7%) and Joventut scored 23-of-44 (52.3%). UNICS also had a bigger hustle - 13 steals and 4 blocks against Joventut's 9 steals and one block.

Did you notice?

Nikos Zisis and Luke Harangody of Joventut had last played a EuroCup game at Basket-Hall Kazan in the 2014 EuroCup Finals, wearing UNICS's jersey. Neither of them had returned to Kazan to play a EuroCup game - until now.

Next game:

Both teams return to 7DAYS EuroCup action next week. Joventut hosts Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana - Prepelic and Omic's former team - on Tuesday, October 29 at 20:45 CET. A day later, on Friday, October 30, UNICS visits Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul at 18:15 CET.

Errick McCollum - UNICS Kazan - EC19
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PATERNICO, CARMELO; BALAK, AMIT; ISGUDER, SINAN
Attendance: 2874
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UNICS Kazan26232116
Joventut Badalona21122021
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UNICS Kazan26497086
Joventut Badalona21335374
UNICS Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERGEEV, PAVEL 5:29 3   1/3     1 1           2    
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 27:00 32 6/8 4/8 8/9 1 3 4 4 3 3     3 11 41
9 TYUS, ALEX 29:52 12 5/10   2/4 2 7 9   2   1 1   2 18
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM 10:02 6 2/2   2/2   2 2     1     2 1 6
15 SMITH, JAMAR 18:46 5 1/3 1/4     1 1 3 2 3 1   1 1 4
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 28:30 9 2/3 1/4 2/2   2 2 4 2 4     4 4 9
24 PALSSON, HAUKUR 8:13 2 1/2               1     4   -4
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 12:32   0/1       1 1 1 1       2    
33 ANOSHIN, KIRILL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 32:08 5 1/1 1/3   1 3 4 1 1 2 1   1   7
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 27:28 12 6/6     1 4 5 3 2 1 1   1 1 22
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 86 24/36 8/22 14/17 5 25 30 16 13 15 4 1 20 20 104
        66.7% 36.4% 82.4%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
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
Joventut Badalona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DIMITRIJEVIC, NENAD 14:32 10 2/4 2/2   1   1 4 1     1 2 2 13
3 BUSQUETS, PEP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 PARRA, JOEL 8:42   0/3     2   2 2 1           2
6 LOPEZ-AROSTEGUI, XABI 25:24 8 3/4 0/1 2/2         1       3 6 10
9 MORGAN, CONOR 23:12 5 1/4 1/4   2 1 3 2 1 2     2   1
10 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 27:34 22 5/7 2/9 6/7 1 3 4 4   2   1   3 20
14 VENTURA, ALBERT 15:53 2 1/2 0/1                 1 4 1 -4
16 ZISIS, NIKOS 18:48   0/3 0/2     2 2 5   5   1 4 1 -7
23 OMIC, ALEN 28:12 20 9/13   2/4 4 9 13 2 4 1 1   1 3 35
32 ZAGARS, ARTURS 13:25 3 0/1 1/4     2 2 3 1 2     2 3 4
55 PARRADO, ARNAU 1:36                   1     1   -2
81 HARANGODY, LUKE 22:42 4 2/3 0/3   1 4 5     1     1   3
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 74 23/44 6/26 10/13 14 21 35 22 9 14 1 4 20 19 78
        52.3% 23.1% 76.9%
Head coach: DURAN, CARLES

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It is important that we won the game. We are happy about this and in general, this month is very tough, the sequence of games are very close. We have too many games away and very tough travels. So congratulations to the players for the win. Of course, I believe that in the second half, actually in the fourth quarter, we should have been more serious and played better, we were way too relaxed. We have to learn from this and not repeat this again."
DURAN, CARLES
Joventut Badalona
"First of all, congratulations to UNICS. Second, I think that the first half my team had was horrible; no defense and many turnovers. I think we improved in the second half, but in its first minutes it was impossible to guard McCollum one-on-one. He played very easily. We improved on defense and my team tried to play hard in the last minutes, but with 4 minutes left, Arturs [Zagars] missed an open three-point shot and Nikos [Zisis] and Conor [Morgan] missed layups under the rim and the game was finished. Now we are in a situation as a team in which we only have one big man, Alen Omic. Our team philosophy is to play quick and take many shots, but we didn't make them today. I think that today, we took more open shots but we didn't make them."

Players

MCCOLLUM, ERRICK
UNICS Kazan
"I think we had a good second quarter and a good third quarter. We made some mistakes in the fourth quarter, myself included. A couple of turnovers we can't have and we have to put them away. I am glad that we were able to get the win. We have to improve in the fourth quarter and play a complete game in the next games coming up. I think we are progressing. Offensively, we are starting to make shots and the ball is moving better. I think that everybody is starting to understand the roles with that, you will see a better offensive output. I am glad we can score some more; we have to continue to get better defensively, but 74 points isn't bad against a team like that. Spanish teams like to run and play fast, so 74 points isn't bad. We have to continue to get better and limit mistakes."
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