Honka Playboys73-77

14-22, 19-18, 21-19, 19-18

Aris BSA

 

Date: 14.10.2003, 18:30hGroup:  CVenue:   Espoo (FIN)
Referees:  Lahdo Sharro (SWE), Virginijus Dovidavicius (LTU)
TEAM LEADERS
Honka Playboys Aris BSA
Alton Mason (24)PtsNestoras Kommatos (21)
Aki Ulander (12)RebFedor Likholitov (8)
Steven Woodberry (3), Alton Mason (3)ASAnthony Goldwire (6)
Alton Mason (5)STAnthony Goldwire (2)
BS

GAME REPORT

14.10.2003
Honka Playboys 73 Aris BSA 77

Last year's FIBA Europe Champions Cup winner Aris Thessaloniki had a tough 40 minutes in their league opening game in Finland. The Finnish home team Honka was very close to surprising not only the Greeks, but also the 4,000 local basketball fans in attendance.

Both teams played a cautious first half. Aris had a few chances to build a lead, but Honka managed to catch them up every time. John Bailey (Aris) and Heikki Zitting (Honka) played the biggest role on the court.

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Honka's Aki Aulander dunks on fellow Finn Anti Nikkila
Lots of missed open shots was the snapshot of the first 20 minutes. Aris sank 47.1% of their field goals in the first half, while Honka hit just 36,4% of their shots. The 9-point lead that Aris had accumulated did not seem too large for the home team to overcome.

Honka showed their fans that only a victory from this game would satisfy them. The Finns were fighting for every rebound in defense and offense. After three minutes of the second half, the Aris lead was down to 4 (47-51). Honka’s point guard Alton Mason (24 points and 3 rebounds) and especially MVP of the game, center Aki Ulander (17 points and 12 rebounds) used every open position. 

Last quarter started with a three-pointer from Honka guard Alton Mason. Honka was only two points down (57-59). After that home team didn’t let Aris take more than a seven-point lead and the spectators were treated to a real thriller.

Mason missed a couple of shots and Honka had a few fatal turnovers, which proved to be enough for Aris to win.

While Honka won the offensive rebounding battle (15 - 8) and fought until the last minute, their defense was too often forced to foul the opponents. Aris had 48 free throws and they made 36 points of those.

Nestoras Kommatos (21 points and 6 rebounds), Fedor Likholitov (12 points and 8 rebounds) and Nikolaos Vetoulas who made ten points of his total 13 from the free throw line, were the players that earned the points for Greeks.

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Honka's Alton Mason dives for a loose ball

Honka Head Coach, Mihailo Pavicevic was happy how his team fought, but he wasn’t that that satisfied when he saw the stats.

"Of course I want to congratulate our opponents. I’m also very proud of my players and how they played. Anyway, we lost this game by four points. We had only 19.2% of our 3-point shots, well that’s the game, but we also missed 12 free throws. That’s an easy way to lose game like this," Pavicevic said.

Top performers

Honka Playboys Aris BSA

Aki Ulander

 

Nestoras Kommatos

17Pts21
12Reb6
0AS1
1ST1
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Honka Playboys Aris BSA
26/75FG M/A18/42
21/49 (42.9%) FG2P M/A13/31 (41.9%)
5/26 (19.2%) FG3P M/A5/11 (45.5%)
16/28 (57.1%) FT M/A36/48 (75.0%)
33 (15-18) Reb (O-D) 34 (8-26)
14AS9
10TO22
12ST7
0BS0
31PF26
73Pts77
HONKA PLAYBOYS
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Mason, A. 369/2339.16/1250.03/1127.33/650.00333050324
7Hemdahl, M. 151/250.01/250.00/00.02/450.0134101044
8Huff, S. 241/911.10/60.01/333.30/00.0000220023
9Nikitin, O. 151/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0224210042
10Zitting, H. 203/475.03/475.00/00.04/666.70331200510
11Väänänen, J. DNP
12Iisalo, T. 40/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000001020
13Hemdahl, J. 170/20.00/00.00/20.00/00.0101013030
14Doyle, M. 221/911.10/10.01/812.50/00.0101211023
15Ulander, A. 217/1163.67/1163.60/00.03/837.575120010317
19Woodberry, S. 273/1127.33/1030.00/10.04/4100.03253300310
TOTAL26/ 7534.721/ 4942.95/ 2619.216/2857.115183314101203173
ARIS BSA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Goldwire, A. 391/714.31/616.70/10.03/475.0033652015
5Orfanos, N. DNP
7Lappas, I. 111/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0011011022
8Kyritsis, A. DNP
9Koukouvinos, D. DNP
10Kommatos, N. 366/1250.04/757.12/540.07/977.81561310321
11Vetoulas, N. 231/333.30/00.01/333.310/1190.90111210213
12Bailey, T. 345/683.33/475.02/2100.03/650.00331400415
13Likholitov, F. 191/520.01/520.00/00.010/1471.43580400512
15Nikkilä, A. 201/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0257001042
16Raicevic, M. 182/540.02/540.00/00.03/475.0235031057
TOTAL18/ 4242.913/ 3141.95/ 1145.536/4875.082634922702677
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

TOP PERFORMERS

Honka Playboys Aris BSA

Aki Ulander

 

Nestoras Kommatos

17Pts21
12Reb6
0AS1
1ST1
0BS0
21Min36

TEAM STATS

Honka Playboys Aris BSA
26/75FG M/A18/42
21/49 (42.9%) FG2P M/A13/31 (41.9%)
5/26 (19.2%) FG3P M/A5/11 (45.5%)
16/28 (57.1%) FT M/A36/48 (75.0%)
33 (15-18) Reb (O-D) 34 (8-26)
14AS9
10TO22
12ST7
0BS0
31PF26
73Pts77