UNICS87-63

30-16, 16-18, 16-12, 25-17

TIM-Maroussi

 

Date: 24.04.2004, 19:30hVenue:   Kazan (RUS) Spectators: 7000
Referees:  Miguel Betancor (ESP), Luigi Lamonica (ITA)
TEAM LEADERS
UNICS TIM-Maroussi
Martin Müürsepp (22)PtsRoderick Blakney (16)
Nikolay Khryapa (7), Chris Anstey (7)RebLazaros Agadakos (6)
Petr Samoylenko (9)ASVassilis Spanoulis (5)
Nikolay Khryapa (3)ST3 players tied with 2
BS

GAME REPORT

24.04.2004
Unics Kazan 87 TIM Maroussi 63

Unics Kazan have been on a mission all season in the FIBA Europe League. Today it was “mission accomplished” and they overpowered Greek side Maroussi to win the first European trophy in the club’s history.

It was an awesome team performance from the Russians, who stifled Maroussi with their aggressive defense and shot the lights out from the perimeter, nailing 6 of their first 8 three-pointers. Top of the pile was Martin Müürsepp, who made all four of his 3-point attempts, scored 22 points and was elected game MVP.

Valentin Koubrakov
“Today was our day and our game,” said Head Coach Stanislav Eremine.

“Müürsepp and Stombergas played very well again and it is difficult for any team to play against us when we are on form like today.”

UNICS have outmatched teams all season long with a powerful first quarter salvo. Today was no different as Müürsepp and Stombergas began the game on fire, combining for 16 of Unics 30 opening quarter points.  At first, Maroussi matched the Russians almost point-for-point. At the midway point of the quarter, the score was 18:16 and it seemed as if Maroussi would not lay down and capitulate.

However, the pace of the game proved too hot and Unics closed the first period with a 12:0 run and a 14-point lead, 30:16.

Maroussi tried to establish their inside game in the second period through center Ivan Grgat. He scored 2 opening baskets, but Unics’ interior defense was making it difficult for them to go inside. Müürsepp had a dunk and then hit consecutive 3-pointers and his energy kept Unics firing on all cylinders.

There was, however, some hope for Maroussi. George Karagoutis made a lay-up at the buzzer and they trailed 46:34 at halftime.

The second half proved to be really no different from the first. Kazan maintained a double-digit lead throughout and Maroussi never threatened to stage a comeback rally. The only black point for the home team was that Müürsepp fouled out early in the 4th quarter, but Unics had enough firepower to ensure that the game’s final result was never in doubt.

The final boxscore was indicative of the game. Unics shot 58% from the floor (11/21 three-pointers). They outrebounded Maroussi 37-24 and dished out 24 assists to Maroussi’s 11.

Unics celebrate their win

As well as Müürsepp, Stombergas had 15 points, Valentin Koubrakov 12 and Aleksey Zouzouline came off the bench to score 10 points in 10 minutes.

Coach Panagiotis Yiannakis was circumspect in defeat.

“Unics played very well today,” he said. “We didn’t do things correctly and had no concentration and you can’t play against such a team if you do not concentrate.”

Yianankis also refused to take the easy way out and blame the referees, saying:

“The referees are part of the game, whether they make mistakes or not. The players are the ones who are the stars and they are the ones we should look at.”

COACH QUOTES

24.04.2004
Quotes Unics Kazan - Maroussi

Panagiotis Yiannakis, Head Coach, Maroussi:

“Unics played very well today. We didn’t do things correctly and were not concentrated. You can’t play against such a team if you do not concentrate. With such a low shooting percentage we could not expect to win and we lost confidence. They also outrebounded us and were better.”

“I’m very proud of my players because we tried to face such a strong team. Next time we will be less nervous. Congratulations to Unics. They have been trying for many years to get this far. We started this year and I’m proud of my team for getting this far.”

Stanislav Eremine, Head Coach, Unics Kazan:

“The score today does not reflect the difference between the 2 sides. Maroussi has been playing very well this season and deserved to be here. They are a strong team with character and showed this yesterday when they closed the gap against Tel Aviv.”

“Today was our day and our game. Stombergas and Müürsepp played very well again. It would be difficult for any team to play us when we are on form like today.”

“We had good balance offensively and defensively and we were able to learn from our mistakes on Thursday.”

“I’m very happy with our rebounding at both ends of the court. We had a great team effort and played together.”

Top performers

UNICS TIM-Maroussi

Martin Müürsepp

 

Prodromos Nikolaidis

22Pts9
2Reb5
1AS0
2ST2
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

UNICS TIM-Maroussi
33/57FG M/A19/53
22/36 (61.1%) FG2P M/A14/40 (35.0%)
11/21 (52.4%) FG3P M/A5/13 (38.5%)
10/19 (52.6%) FT M/A20/26 (76.9%)
37 (26-11) Reb (O-D) 24 (14-10)
23AS11
22TO23
9ST8
0BS0
29PF22
87Pts63

PHOTO GALLERY

UNICS
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Khryapa, N. 112/450.02/450.00/00.01/425.0437213045
5Keyru, V. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
6Miloserdov, A. 252/728.61/333.31/425.01/250.0314110036
7Kubrakov, V. 275/862.53/560.02/366.70/00.05053110212
8Stombergas, S. 365/955.62/450.03/560.02/2100.01235210115
9Samoylenko, P. 281/333.31/250.00/10.00/00.0213971042
10Anstey, C. 223/1030.02/633.31/425.04/666.75271410411
11Zukauskas, E. 102/2100.02/2100.00/00.00/10.0303030044
12Greer, L. DNP
13Müürsepp, M. 299/1090.05/683.34/4100.00/00.02021320522
14Zozulin, A. 104/4100.04/4100.00/00.02/450.01231000210
15Lobanov, A. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
TOTAL33/ 5757.922/ 3661.111/ 2152.410/1952.62611372322902987
TIM-MAROUSSI
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Blakney, R. 386/1442.94/944.42/540.02/2100.02130220416
5Hutson, A. 253/1127.32/1020.01/1100.02/2100.0224150049
6Gkagkaoudakis, K. 20/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000000000
7Smiljanic, A. 70/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000400010
8Nikolaidis, P. 221/333.30/10.01/250.06/785.7145012019
9Grgat, I. 102/450.02/450.00/00.02/366.7000050026
10Spanoulis, V. 331/714.31/616.70/10.01/250.0202551033
11Daniil, S. 10/10.00/00.00/10.00/00.0000000000
12Tsiakos, G. DNP
13Popovic, O. 292/2100.01/1100.01/1100.02/2100.0000122027
14Agadakos, L. 213/742.93/742.90/00.04/666.74260200310
15Karagkoutis, G. 121/250.01/1100.00/10.01/250.0314011023
TOTAL19/ 5335.814/ 4035.05/ 1338.520/2676.91410241123802263
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

UNICS TIM-Maroussi

Martin Müürsepp

 

Prodromos Nikolaidis

22Pts9
2Reb5
1AS0
2ST2
0BS0
29Min22

TEAM STATS

UNICS TIM-Maroussi
33/57FG M/A19/53
22/36 (61.1%) FG2P M/A14/40 (35.0%)
11/21 (52.4%) FG3P M/A5/13 (38.5%)
10/19 (52.6%) FT M/A20/26 (76.9%)
37 (26-11) Reb (O-D) 24 (14-10)
23AS11
22TO23
9ST8
0BS0
29PF22
87Pts63