Azovmash70-76

18-25, 22-23, 11-16, 19-12

TIM-Maroussi

 

Date: 17.02.2004, 18:00hVenue:   Mariupol (UKR) Spectators: 2400
Referees:  Stelian Banica (ROU), Tomasz Kudlicki (POL)
TEAM LEADERS
Azovmash TIM-Maroussi
Viacheslav Ievstratenko (16), Volodymyr Gurtovyy (16)PtsRoderick Blakney (17), Andre Hutson (17)
Leonid Iailo (11)RebGeorgios Karagkoutis (8)
Leonid Iailo (6)ASRoderick Blakney (4)
3 players tied with 1STRoderick Blakney (4)
Andriy Botichev (1)BS3 players tied with 1

GAME REPORT

17.02.2004
Azovmash Mariupol 70 TIM Maroussi 76

It has been a tough week for Ukrainian league leaders Azovmash Mariupol. At the weekend they lost their first game of their domestic league to Budivelnyk and tonight they lost the opening match of their series with Greek side TIM Maroussi.

A strong start from Maroussi seemed to jangle the Azovmash players’ nerves and they remained on edge for the entire game. Good play from Maroussi put the home team under pressure and they were forced into mistake after mistake. Azovmash did draw level, but consecutive threes from Aleksandar Smiljanic gave Maroussi an 18:25 first quarter lead.

The nerves of the Azovmash players were still not settled after the first period and the game remained frenetic. While Maroussi gradually increased their lead, the Ukrainians tried to shoot their way back into contention, but could only hit 2/7 3-pointers. Maroussi, on the other hand, stayed disciplined and 10 points from Andre Hutson and 12 from Roderick Blakney saw them retain control.

After a similar 3rd quarter, Maroussi led 51:63 leaving Azovmash looking at desperation measures. It was at that point that Azovmash center Volodymyr Gurtovyy attempted to take over the game. Despite only averaging 4.3 ppg until this point in the season, Gurtovvy scored 10 points in 4 minutes and Maroussi’ lead was reduced to 5.

Unfortunately for the home team, their new-found leader suffered an injury on the next possession and the momentum was lost. Maroussi coach Yiannakis put Blakney back into the game and Azovmash’s last hopes died.

Blakney and Hutson led Maroussi with 17 points each, while Blakney was selected MVP.

Viacheslav Ievstratenko and Gurtovyy both netted 16 points for Azovmash.

COACH QUOTES

17.02.2004
Quotes Azovmash Mariupol - TIM-Maroussi Athens

A. Podkovyrov, Head Coach, Azovmash:

"Definitely, it wasn’t our day! My team played as good as the opponent let us. I’m sorry to say that, but we didn’t find into the game. Actually, Maroussi played much better tonight."

V. Ievstratenko, Azovmash:

"We will not lose our hope! We will do whatever it takes to prove our might in the eyes of our fans and to force Maroussi to come back to Ukraine on the 25th of February."

Panagiotis Yannakis, Head Coach, Maroussi:

"We didn’t expect that this game would be easy. So, we tried to focus on the game for 40 minutes. Tonight we just made the first step, but the battle isn’t over yet. Azovmash is even strong enough to beat every team on the road."

Roderick Blakney, Maroussi:

"We played against a strong opponent. So, I tried to show my skills. Tonight I did well, but on Friday  it will be someone else."

Top performers

Azovmash TIM-Maroussi

Viacheslav Ievstratenko

 

Roderick Blakney

16Pts17
8Reb3
2AS4
1ST4
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Azovmash TIM-Maroussi
27/71FG M/A29/61
21/49 (42.9%) FG2P M/A24/47 (51.1%)
6/22 (27.3%) FG3P M/A5/14 (35.7%)
10/16 (62.5%) FT M/A13/20 (65.0%)
44 (18-26) Reb (O-D) 27 (8-19)
9AS11
13TO10
3ST7
1BS3
18PF15
70Pts76

PHOTO GALLERY

AZOVMASH
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Gurtovyy, V. 176/1060.06/966.70/10.04/4100.03250000116
5Ievstratenko, V. 257/1546.75/955.62/633.30/10.04482010316
6Iailo, L. 332/1118.21/812.51/333.31/250.05611630046
7Botichev, A. 325/1241.75/1241.70/00.00/20.03470201210
8Skutyelnik, O. 60/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0011010000
9Kharchenko, I. 171/333.30/10.01/250.03/3100.0022010026
10Moskalenko, S. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000020000
11Korablov, D. DNP
12Podtykan, P. DNP
14Hamilton, T. 384/1136.43/837.51/333.32/450.02240010311
15Harrington, L. 302/825.01/250.01/616.70/00.0156141035
TOTAL27/ 7138.021/ 4942.96/ 2227.310/1662.5182644913311870
TIM-MAROUSSI
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Blakney, R. 366/1154.54/580.02/633.33/560.01234340217
5Hutson, A. 317/1163.67/1163.60/00.03/650.00222201317
6Gkagkaoudakis, K. DNP
7Smiljanic, A. 204/757.12/450.02/366.70/00.00001200310
8Nikolaidis, P. 101/520.01/333.30/20.00/00.0123000002
9Grgat, I. 194/944.44/944.40/00.02/2100.02020100110
10Spanoulis, V. 242/728.62/633.30/10.01/1100.0033112015
11Daniil, S. DNP
12Tsiakos, G. DNP
13Popovic, O. 303/650.02/450.01/250.03/475.00550110210
14Agadakos, L. 101/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0101100112
15Karagkoutis, G. 201/333.31/333.30/00.01/250.0358200123
TOTAL29/ 6147.524/ 4751.15/ 1435.713/2065.0819271110731576
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

Azovmash TIM-Maroussi

Viacheslav Ievstratenko

 

Roderick Blakney

16Pts17
8Reb3
2AS4
1ST4
0BS0
25Min36

TEAM STATS

Azovmash TIM-Maroussi
27/71FG M/A29/61
21/49 (42.9%) FG2P M/A24/47 (51.1%)
6/22 (27.3%) FG3P M/A5/14 (35.7%)
10/16 (62.5%) FT M/A13/20 (65.0%)
44 (18-26) Reb (O-D) 27 (8-19)
9AS11
13TO10
3ST7
1BS3
18PF15
70Pts76

GAME PREVIEW

16.02.2004
Play-Off Preview: Azovmash Mariupol v. TIM Maroussi

Azovmash take the homecourt advantage into their series with Maroussi having finished 2nd in Group A, while Maroussi were 3rd. Nonetheless the Greek side finished with a superior record (9:5) and will be favoured to win the match-up.

Maroussi have been flying high all season in the Greek league where they retain the top position, while Azovmash have been equally strong at home, having lost only 1 game thus far.

Past performances

Maroussi are certainly the more experienced side and they won the 2001 Saporta Cup, albeit with an entirely different roster to now. They have also made the semi-finals and quarter-finals of the Korac Cup in 2000 and 2002 respectively.  Last year was less successful and Maroussi did not manage to advance past the Conference stage of the Champions Cup.

For Azovmash, this is their first season at this level in Europe.  Last season they participated in the FIBA Europe Regional Challenge, and advanced all the way to the Final Four of Conference North, beating German side Bayer Leverkusen in the final in Mariupol.

They retain 6 players from last year’s squad, including Ukrainian national team player Andrey Botichev.

Key match-up

Both teams derive most of the scoring and leadership from the small forward position. For Maroussi, Andre Hutson has been the team’s top scorer and go-to guy, while Azovmash look to Tephen Hamilton. Hamilton averages more points than Hutson (16.3 – 14.1) while Hutson edges Hamilton in rebounding (7.1 – 6.6).

Vital statistic

Azovmash have proved to be stronger at home than on the road this year where they have gone 4:2 as opposed to 3:3 on the road. Maroussi have identical home and road records (5:2) and the first game could well decide the series.

Azovmash TIM-Maroussi 0-2
Azovmash - TIM-Maroussi 70-76
17.02.2004, Mariupol (UKR)
TIM-Maroussi - Azovmash 88-84
20.02.2004, Maroussi (GRE)