Anwil85-96

24-27, 21-27, 21-18, 19-24

Aris BSA

 

Date: 17.02.2004, 19:00hVenue:   Wloclawek (POL) Spectators: 3000
Referees:  Richard Stokes (ENG), Oscar Lefwerth (SWE)
TEAM LEADERS
Anwil Aris BSA
Dushan Bocevski (17)PtsNestoras Kommatos (32)
Sharone Wright (10)RebWilliam "Smush" Parker (8)
Vladimir Krstic (5)ASWilliam "Smush" Parker (13)
Vladimir Krstic (3)STWilliam "Smush" Parker (7)
Sharone Wright (1)BSRyan Stack (2)

GAME REPORT

18.02.2004
Anwil Wloclawek 85 Aris BSA 96

Nestoras Kommatos has proved to be Aris' best player and leader this season in the FIBA Europe League. In the first game of the series against Anwil, he lived up to that role, scoring 32 points and guiding Aris to an away win.

Kommatos set the tone early as he scored 15 first quarter points, including 3 three-pointers. It was enough for Aris to earn a small lead and after 10 minutes they led 24:27.

Aris center Ryan Stack assumed scoring duties in the second quarter as he hit for 8 points. His presence under the boards also helped to spark the Aris fast break, allowing the Greek team to rack up some easy points. By the break, they led 45:54.

Anwil needed a change of tactic to try to get back into the game and after halftime they switched to zone. It had exactly the desired effect, and they soon pulled level. However, Aris remained poised and soon regained control.

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Nestoras Kommatos (left) and Donatas Zavackas
Into the 4th quarter the Greeks did not display any nerves and constantly maintained a 5-10 point lead.

As well as Kommatos, Smush Parker had another good game for Aris. In his last FEL outing he nearly registered a triple double and earned MVP of the Week honours (he had 28 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds). This time around he flirted with a quadruple double and finished the game with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and 7 steals.

Anwil star Armands Skele struggled scoring just 10 points, 5 under his season average. Donatas Zavackas and Dusan Bocevski stepped up for the home side, hitting for a combined 33 points, but it was not enough to prevent the loss.

Top performers

Anwil Aris BSA

Vladimir Krstic

 

William "Smush" Parker

13Pts15
3Reb8
5AS13
3ST7
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

Anwil Aris BSA
28/64FG M/A36/68
17/33 (51.5%) FG2P M/A23/37 (62.2%)
11/31 (35.5%) FG3P M/A13/31 (41.9%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A11/17 (64.7%)
32 (13-19) Reb (O-D) 35 (13-22)
17AS23
16TO17
10ST13
1BS3
24PF23
85Pts96

PHOTO GALLERY

ANWIL
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Blums, J. 205/1241.73/475.02/825.00/00.00440010312
5Bocevski, D. 285/1050.02/450.03/650.04/580.02352210317
6Krstic, V. 265/771.42/2100.03/560.00/00.00335330413
7Wright, S. 335/955.65/955.60/00.04/944.491104211214
8Witka, R. 160/20.00/00.00/20.00/00.0134100020
9Raczynski, M. DNP
10Zavackas, D. 344/1040.03/742.91/333.37/1258.30442120516
11Twierdzinski, M. DNP
12Szczotka, P. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
13Kadziulis, G. 121/333.30/00.01/333.30/00.0101030013
14Skele, A. 263/1127.32/728.61/425.03/475.00112520410
15Miszczuk, M. 40/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000100000
TOTAL28/ 6443.817/ 3351.511/ 3135.518/3060.013193217161012485
ARIS BSA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Parker, W. 386/1154.54/666.72/540.01/425.026813571215
5Orfanos, N. DNP
7Lappas, I. 50/10.00/00.00/10.01/250.0011000001
8Kyritsis, A. DNP
9Charitopoulos, D. DNP
10Kommatos, N. 3913/2161.98/1080.05/1145.51/1100.01234320232
11Vetoulas, N. 140/30.00/00.00/30.02/2100.0101121032
12Bailey, T. 287/1353.84/757.13/650.02/2100.02353210219
13Likholitov, F. 143/560.03/560.00/00.01/250.0123030057
14Stack, R. 376/1154.53/650.03/560.01/250.03361012416
15Nikkilä, A. 211/250.01/250.00/00.02/2100.0347111044
16Raicevic, M. 40/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011010010
TOTAL36/ 6852.923/ 3762.213/ 3141.911/1764.713223523171332396
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

Anwil Aris BSA

Vladimir Krstic

 

William "Smush" Parker

13Pts15
3Reb8
5AS13
3ST7
0BS1
26Min38

TEAM STATS

Anwil Aris BSA
28/64FG M/A36/68
17/33 (51.5%) FG2P M/A23/37 (62.2%)
11/31 (35.5%) FG3P M/A13/31 (41.9%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A11/17 (64.7%)
32 (13-19) Reb (O-D) 35 (13-22)
17AS23
16TO17
10ST13
1BS3
24PF23
85Pts96

GAME PREVIEW

16.02.2004
Play-Off Preview: Anwil Wloclawek v. Aris Thessaloniki

Although this the first season of the FIBA Europe League, as winners of last season’s Champions Cup, Aris Thessaloniki are the de facto champions. This year the Greek side have had a more difficult competition and a win in their final game over Polish side Polonia Warbud saw them qualify to the play-offs. The addition of US guard William “Smush” Parker in December was a key one for the team, and he has averaged 18.6ppg and 5.6 apg since his arrival.

Anwil have been consistent than their Greek counterparts and cruised to a 9:3 record and first place in Group B. Both teams have been among the best in their domestic leagues and occupy 3rd place in the standings of their respective countries.

Past performances

Aris Thessaloniki is one of the most decorated clubs in all European basketball. Under the legendary Nick Gallis and Panagiotis Yiannakis (who is currently coaching Maroussi) they qualified for 3 consecutive EuroLeague Final Fours in 1988, 1989 and 1990. They won the EuroLeague title in 1993, a Korac Cup in 1997 and the Champions Cup in 2003.

Anwil have also been regular partipants in Europe, reaching the semi-finals of the Saporta Cup in 2002 (they lost to Spanish side Valencia) as well as the quarter-finals in 2001.

Key match-up

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Nestoras Kommatos has been Aris' best player so far in the FEL
The inside battle will be key during the series. Ryan Stack played an absolutely vital role in his side’s Champions Cup triumph last season averaging 14 ppg and 17 rpg in the final 2 games. This year his numbers are down considerably and he is contributing 8.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg.

He will need to find his top form against Anwil’s powerful center Sharone Wright. Wright arrived just after the halfway point of the season and has led the team in rebounding (7.7rpg) and is second in scoring at 11.4ppg.

Vital Statistic

At a total of 83 ppg, Aris outscore their Polish opponents by 8 points per contest. More importantly, the Greek side have shown that when it really counts, they can light up the scoreboard quickly. Their highest scoring game of the season was also the most vital, as they hit Polonia for 111 points in a must-win contest that saw them qualify to the play-offs.

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