Aris BSA111-92

32-26, 19-16, 35-29, 25-21

Polonia Warbud

 

Date: 03.02.2004, 18:45hGroup:  CVenue:   Thessaloniki (GRE) Spectators: 2358
Referees:  Marcello Reatto (ITA), Dimitar Gologanov (BUL)
TEAM LEADERS
Aris BSA Polonia Warbud
Nestoras Kommatos (22)PtsSamir Leric (24)
Fedor Likholitov (9)RebLeszek Karwowski (9)
William "Smush" Parker (11)ASEric Elliot (6)
Toby Bailey (3)STKrzysztof Sidor (3)
Ryan Stack (3), Fedor Likholitov (3)BSJeff Nordgaard (1), Arkadiusz Miloszewski (1)

GAME REPORT

03.02.2004
Aris 111 Polonia Warbud 92

Aris Thessaloniki have kept their FIBA Europe League hopes alive with a crucial win over Polonia Warbud. Both teams knew that the winner of this game would advance to the play-offs, while the loser would sit out the rest of the European season.

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Smush Parker was everyhwere for Aris
Aris had the homecourt advantage, but also the pressure of being last season’s FIBA Europe Champions Cup winners. Nonetheless it didn’t seem to effect them as they hit Polonia for 111 points, the second hightest total in this year’s competition.

The final score, with a 19 point difference does not mirror the whole game.  Despite the fact that Aris was ahead during the whole game, Polonia showed that they did not come to Greece as tourists, but rather to fight for the tickets to the next round of this year’s FEL. 

A 32 point first quarter from Aris set the tone of the game. Polonia kept up with the hosts and trailed by 6 at the end of the period.

However, Aris continued to extend their lead througout the game and Polonia never threatened to win the game.

It was in the middle of the third quarter when three Aris-players took control of the game: Toby Bailey, William "Smush" Parker and Nestoras Kommatos hitting one 3 pointer after the other, getting huge support by Fedor Likholitov cleaning everything up in the paint.

As a result, the score of 86-71 after three quarters soon was spread to 25 points (99-74) with an amazing 13-3 run for the home team. The last fifteen minutes of the game reminded the fans of a streetball-match, full of fast breaks and amazing slam dunks.

Parker was 2 rebounds shy of a triple double for Aris. He finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds. Kommatos was his usual reliable self for Aris and he top scored with 22 points.

Having taken the game, Aris Head Coach Barton had the chance to give playing time to all his players and pleased the spectators with a more open style of play.

Polonia forward Samir Leric had by far his best game of the season, scoring a game high 24 points. Unfortuantely for him and his team it was a classic case of too little too late, and any hopes of European glory will have to wait another season.

Game-MVP: Toby Bailey

COACH QUOTES

03.02.2004
Quotes Aris BSA Thessaloniki - Polonia Warbud Warszawa

Charles Barton, Head Coach ARIS:

"After coming out with their tall guys, Kamiski (Head Coach Warbud) made me very nervous. This would make them more dangerous , but we were able to handle it.
We knew that Polonia Warbud is a strong and dangerous team, but we had to win in order to continue in the competition. We won, because we played very fast and they weren’t able to follow us."

Wojciech Kaminski, Head Coach, Polonia:

"I wish Aris all the best, I hope that they will win this cup this year. This game was very difficult for us, because we had to compensate two injured players. This gave Aris the opportunity to control the baskets. Till the 25th minute the game was close, but after that we weren’t able to compete with Aris. They ran a lot of fast-breaks and so they gained an easy victory."

Eric Elliot, Polonia Warbud:

"I agree with my coach. We played smart the first 25 minutes, but in the reminder it seems we couldn’t withstand the pressure. This resulted in a fair win for Aris."

Ioannis Lappas, Aris Thessaloniki:

"This was our first game in the season without ‘a tomorrow’. If we had lost the game we were out of competition. With winning this game we reached our goal."

Top performers

Aris BSA Polonia Warbud

William "Smush" Parker

 

Samir Leric

21Pts24
8Reb8
11AS3
0ST1
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Aris BSA Polonia Warbud
40/75FG M/A35/76
29/48 (60.4%) FG2P M/A27/57 (47.4%)
11/27 (40.7%) FG3P M/A8/19 (42.1%)
20/24 (83.3%) FT M/A14/23 (60.9%)
48 (16-32) Reb (O-D) 35 (13-22)
19AS16
17TO16
9ST6
9BS2
20PF22
111Pts92

PHOTO GALLERY

ARIS BSA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Parker, W. 346/1250.04/580.02/728.67/977.826811400121
5Orfanos, N. 30/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011000000
7Lappas, I. 163/560.01/1100.02/450.02/2100.00001200210
8Kyritsis, A. 72/540.02/450.00/10.00/00.0011100104
9Charitopoulos, D. 31/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0011010032
10Kommatos, N. 278/1747.15/1050.03/742.93/3100.03361120222
11Vetoulas, N. 81/250.01/1100.00/10.00/00.0000121022
12Bailey, T. 365/1050.02/633.33/475.02/2100.01234331315
13Likholitov, F. 248/1080.08/1080.00/00.00/00.05490203416
14Stack, R. 112/450.02/366.70/10.00/00.0077011314
15Nikkilä, A. 91/250.01/250.00/00.02/2100.0224000014
16Raicevic, M. 193/650.02/450.01/250.04/666.73580121111
TOTAL40/ 7553.329/ 4860.411/ 2740.720/2483.316324819179920111
POLONIA WARBUD
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
5Jarutis, R. 135/1145.55/1050.00/10.01/1100.00110100111
6Jeklin, W. 153/837.52/540.01/333.31/1100.0123120028
7Nordgaard, J. 253/1030.00/50.03/560.03/650.00332311312
8Sidor, K. 293/837.52/633.31/250.03/475.01233130010
9Leric, S. 3210/2050.010/2050.00/00.04/757.16283010424
10Czosnowski, P. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
11Koszarek, L. 111/250.00/00.01/250.00/00.0123100033
13Miloszewski, A. 123/3100.03/3100.00/00.00/00.0112010116
14Elliot, E. 323/742.92/366.71/425.00/00.0033631047
15Karwowski, L. 294/757.13/560.01/250.02/450.03690500411
TOTAL35/ 7646.127/ 5747.48/ 1942.114/2360.91322351616622292
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Aris BSA Polonia Warbud

William "Smush" Parker

 

Samir Leric

21Pts24
8Reb8
11AS3
0ST1
0BS0
34Min32

TEAM STATS

Aris BSA Polonia Warbud
40/75FG M/A35/76
29/48 (60.4%) FG2P M/A27/57 (47.4%)
11/27 (40.7%) FG3P M/A8/19 (42.1%)
20/24 (83.3%) FT M/A14/23 (60.9%)
48 (16-32) Reb (O-D) 35 (13-22)
19AS16
17TO16
9ST6
9BS2
20PF22
111Pts92