Cancel
17.02.2004, 19:00h
17.02.2004, 19:00h
77-67
11 - 1125 - 2317 - 1524 - 18
11 - 1125 - 2317 - 1524 - 18
Venue: Kazan (RUS) |
Spectators: 4000 |
Referees: Jaroslav Janac (SVK), Lahdo Sharro (SWE)

GAME REPORT


Unics Kazan 77 NIS Vojvodina 67

Unics Kazan breezed through the Qualifying Round of the FIBA Europe League with an 11-1 record. They also scored victory in the first game of their play-off series with Serb and Montenegrin side NIS Vojvodina, but were made to work hard for their victory in a scrappy game.

The increased pressure of the play-offs seemed to effect both teams in the opening minutes. They matched each other point-for-point but could only manage 11 apiece after 10 minutes of play.

Nenad Canak opened the 2nd quarter with a two 3-pointer for the visitors but Saulius Stombergas and Martin Müürsepp combined for 9-points (all on triples) to give Unics a 22:19 lead. It was a lead that Unics managed to keep, but they could not break away from Vojvodina and finished what proved to be a low-scoring first half ahead, 36:34.

The third quarter did not prove decisive in the game. Stombergas kept the offensive pressure on (he finished with 25 points) but Vojvodina played good defense and stayed well in sight. The quarter finished 53:49.

It was only in the 35th minute that the game was finally broken open and it came courtesy of a Valentin Koubrakov 3-pointer that saw Unics’ lead increase to 10. Within 2 minutes, the home side led by 18 points and Vojvodina were out of the contest.

Kebu Stewart and Canak combined for 8 points in the closing minutes to come back within 10, but the chance of victory was long gone.

Stombergas proved once again that he is a big-game player, pulling down 8 rebounds to go with his 25 points.

Canak and Kebu Stewart both performed well for Vojvodina. Canak had 19 points and Stewart grabbed 15 rebounds, but the team will be concerned about the form of Milan Gurovic. The national team player is a key part of the team’s attack but against Unics he could only manage 2 points and missed all of his three-pointers (0/5) and free throws (0/4).

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

43.8%

28/64
FG
M/A

43.1%

25/58

48.6%

18/37
FG2P
M/A

46.9%

15/32

37.0%

10/27
FG3P
M/A

38.5%

10/26

61.1%

11/18
FT
M/A

53.8%

7/13

38

12/26
RT
RO/RD

33

11/22

21

AS

13

12

TO

18

11

ST

8

4

BS

1

17

PF

20

77

Pts

67

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