2014-15Top 16Round 8
February 26, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 CEC NAGORNY

Samuels dominates as EA7 Milan beats Nizhny in Russia

Samardo Samuels put together one of the best Top 16 performances in Euroleague history to lead EA7 Emporio Armani Milan to a 76-85 road win at Nizhny Novgorod. Samuels missed just 3 shots in amassing a 36 points, 9 rebounds and 12 fouls drawn. His performance index rating of 47 is tied for the third-best in Top 16 history. Samuels set a Top 16 record with 14 two-pointers made and set a Milan record for points in this competition. The result lifted Milan to 2-6 in Group F and dropped Nizhny to the same record. MarShon Brooks added 14 points for the winners, while Daniel Hackett tallied 12 points and 9 assists. Taylor Rochestie paced Nizhny with 21 points and 6 assists, Dimitriy Khvostov added 13 points and Semen Antonov, Evgeny Baburin and Trey Thompkins added 10 points apiece. Thompkins also grabbed 9 rebounds. Milan took charge early behind a dominant Samuels, who had 16 first-quarter points and 27 by halftime. Nizhny stayed close and got within 2 early in the fourth quarter and 4 in the next-to-last minute, but Brooks answered with a clutch three and Linas Kleiza helped seal the win from the line.

First quarter: Unstoppable Samuels scores 16 as visitors take control

Nicoli Melli battled for the opening tip and Samardo Samuels capitalized with a hook shot. Semen Antonov got the hosts on the scoreboard with a bank shot. Taylor Ropchestie fed Art Parakhouski for a basket-plus foul. Samuels scored inside and later drew a foul from Parakhouski. MarShon Brooks fed Samuels for a layup and Milan’s first lead, 5-6. Rochestie and Daniel Hackett traded baskets. Antonov and Melli each sank jumpers. An Antonov triple restored a Nizhny lead, 12-10, midway through the quarter. Samuels’s fourth basket tied the game. After Rochestie and Hackett each netted a pair of free throws, Samuels put Milan ahead Brooks added a three-point play for a 14-19 advantage. Trey Thompkins hit a jumper, but Samuels powered his way to another basket and Hackett scored on the break to make it 16-23 as Nizhny called for timeout. Samuels powered his way to two more baskets and a double-digit lead for the visitors. Dimitriy Khvostov free throws trimmed the gap to 18-27 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: After Rochestie brings Nizhny within 3, Milan builds 15-point edge

Parakhouski added points from the free throw line, but Joe Ragland dished to Shawn James to keep Milan cruising. Hackett re-extended the difference to 10 from the foul line. Antonov’s basket-plus-foul kept Nizhny in the hunt. Bruno Cerella scored on the break. After Parakhouski scored from the line, Brooks sank a mid-range jumper. Khvostov sank a triple to cut the gap to 6. Samuels came back in, drew a foul and sank the resulting shots. After Rochestie added a jumper and Rochestie pulled up for a three – and a foul –the gap closed to 33-36. Samuels took charge with free throws and a three-point play. He was soon at 25 points with his 7th free throw of the game. Samuels scored his 10th basket and Brooks added free throws to cap a 0-11 run. Rihards Kuksiks’s layup ended the Nizhny drought. Linas Kleiza’s three from the corner made it a 15-point game. Evgeny Baburin’s free throws and a Khvostov three at the buzzer made it 40-50 at halftime.

Third quarter: Hosts manage to stay within striking distance

Khvostovstarted the second half with a three-point play. Hackett scored at the other end, but Kuksiks answered with a deep three. Rochestie’s layup made it 48-52 and Milan coach Luca Banchi called timeout less than two minutes into the quarter. Brooks settled the visitors with a baseline jumper, but Rochestie scored quickly for Nizhny. Samuels went inside twice more; once was a basket-and-foul, Parakhouski blocked the next shot. Hackett found Ragland for a layup, but a Rochestie three kept it close. Samuels tried a three, which he missed, and Khvosotov made it 54-58 with a foul-line jumper. Samuels reached 30 points with another baby hook and Davis Moss’s gave Milan an 8-point cushion. Antonov’s pretty assist resulted in a Thompkins layup. Parakhouski blocked Hackett in the closing seconds of the quarter to keep his team within 56-64.

Fourth quarter: Brooks, Kleiza score key points to wrap up victory

Samuels opened the quarter with his 13th basket. Baburin scored from the line at the other end. Baburin then came through with a basket and foul to make it 61-66. A Baburin three off an inbounds play brought the hosts within a single shot. Hackett turned to Milan’s main weapon, Samuels, for a three-point play at the other end. Thompkins attacked Samuels for a basket and foul. Samuels grabbed an offensive rebound and missed in the paint for just the second time all game, but Brooks swooped in for the offensive rebound and put-back to make it 67-71 with less than five minutes to go. Rochestie made free throws and Kuksiks fouled out for the hosts. Kleiza matched the free throws and Hackett got a fortunate roll on a three for a 7-point Milan advantage. Thompkins answered with a crucial three-point play. Cerella fought hard for a defensive rebound and took it in for a slam. Rochestie’s layup made it 74-78 with 90 seconds remaining, but Brooks answered with a crucial three from the corner. Kleiza free throws all but wrapped up the game.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 2251
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Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 20:41 10 1/3 1/4 5/5         1 1   1   3 7
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 16:22 7 1/4   5/5   4 4 2   1 2   3 3 11
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 10:11   0/1       2 2     1     5   -5
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 30:06 10 3/7 1/3 1/1   6 6 1 2 1 1   3 1 11
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 27:10 13 2/3 2/4 3/3 1 1 2 2   2     3 4 13
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 31:09 21 7/14 1/4 4/5 1   1 6 1 2     1 4 19
23 SAVELYEV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KUKSIKS, RIHARDS 18:27 5 1/1 1/3     2 2   1       5   1
31 KRIVOSHEEV, MAKSIM 2:40                   1     3   -4
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 34:11 10 4/8 0/5 2/2   9 9     1     3 3 9
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY 9:03         1 1 2 2           2 6
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 76 19/41 6/23 20/21 5 25 30 13 5 10 3 1 26 20 70
        46.3% 26.1% 95.2%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 RAGLAND, JOE 13:50 2 1/5 0/4   1 2 3 1   1 1   4   -6
2 BROOKS, MARSHON 28:34 14 4/7 1/4 3/4 1 5 6 2 1 4     2 3 13
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 GIGLI, ANGELO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 20:23 4 2/4       3 3 2         2   5
9 MELLI, NICOLO 25:00 4 1/2 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 2 2       3 3 8
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 19:02 9 0/1 1/4 6/6 2 5 7           1 3 14
21 JAMES, SHAWN 4:05 2 1/2       2 2         1 1   1
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 37:02 12 3/5 1/3 3/4   2 2 9   1   1 2 4 18
24 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 31:53 36 14/16 0/1 8/11 1 8 9 1   2   1 2 12 47
34 MOSS, DAVID 20:11 2 1/2       3 3 3   4     3    
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 85 27/44 3/17 22/27 8 35 43 20 3 12 1 3 20 25 106
        61.4% 17.6% 81.5%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"We did a decent job preparing to the game, but Samuels found confidence after 4 made baskets. Then Ivlev showed how to play defense on him and how to sacrifice yourself. It was easier for us on defense in the second half. Offensively we had some good chances to get the lead and change the momentum in the game, but we failed to use them. The game was decided by details, as so often happens in the Euroleague."
BANCHI, LUCA
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"It’s a very important win for us. We played Nizhny in first game of the Top 16 and it was a shocking start for us. We also had to make a statement tonight after a loss in the final of the Italian Cup. So our players were really motivated to show we’re still a good team. We controlled the tempo well and were smart to use Samuels. In the second half Nizhny came out more aggressive, plus we made a lot of unforced errors. Nizhny never gives up and we did a good job in the end of controlling the rebounds and making crucial stops."

Players

IVLEV, VLADIMIR
Nizhny Novgorod
"I think I did a good job on Samuels, but there’s nothing to be happy about since we lost the game. It’s too early to say we’re done for the Top 16 because there’s still six more games to play, but of course it’s going to be extremely difficult to advance."
SAMUELS, SAMARDO
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We’ve been up and down. We just lost a tough one in Italy in the Italian Cup. The atmosphere’s been a little bit weird. It was important for us to put the past behind us and move forward. I just wanted to play hard for my team. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. We’re going to tough it out. "