2014-15Last 32Round 3
January 21, 2015 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 BASKET HALL KAZAN

Unics crushes Zenit in Kazan

James White - Unics Kazan - EC14 (photo Unics - Nurislam Ismagilov)

In an All-Russian showdown in Group G, Unics Kazan improved to 2-1 by overwhelming Zenit St. Petersburg 103-67 on Wednesday. Unics stayed undefeated at home while Zenit dropped to 1-2. Keith Langford led the winners with 24 points. James White added 23, Kostas Kaimakoglou had 14 and 8 assists, Dmitry Sokolov had 12 points while D'Or Fischer and Curtis Jerrells each had 10 for Unics. Cameron Jones led Zenit with 12 points. Langford and Fischer fueled an early 15-1 run which allowed Unics to keep a 27-19 margin after 10 minutes. Jones led a 0-8 run which brought Zenit within 42-37 but Langford, Fischer and White allowed Unics to reach halftime with a 49-41 edge. White took over after the break and an 11-0 run which Sokolov capped with a layup sealed the outcome, 73-51, late in the third quarter. Unics boosted its margin to 90-55 and cruised to a pivotal home win.

Dejan Borovnjak got Zenit going with a layup but Kaimakoglou scored down low, Fischer shined with consecutive baskets and a three-pointer by White made the guests call timeout at 10-2. Langford followed a dunk with a triple to cap a 15-1 run. Walter Hodge struck from downtown and Dalenta Stephens dunked but Kaimakoglou and Fischer kept Unics way ahead, 20-8. Arten Vikhrov tried to change things for Zenit and got help from Kyle Landry to bring the guests within 27-19 after 10 minutes. Sokolov and an outstanding Jerrells gave Unics fresh air, 34-22, early in the second quarter. Jones hit free throws and Borovnjak added a layupbut Langford and Jerrells kept the hosts way ahead, 40-29. Langford struck from downtown but Jones had 5 points in a 0-8 run that got Zenit within 42-37. Langford and Fischer restored a 49-41 Unics lead at halftime. A 6-0 run highlighted by Fischer's dunk gave the hosts a 55-41 margin right after the break. Jones and Stephens tried to ignite Zenit's comeback but White singlehandly boosted Unics's lead to 62-47. Landry stepped up with a put-back basket and Andrey Koshcheev found his first points but Sokolov and Langford made Zenit call timeout at 69-51. Sokolov capped an 11-0 run with a put-back layup and a buzzer-beating jumper by Langford fixed the score at 75-53 after 30 minutes. Back-to-back three-pointers by White and Kaimakoglou sealed the outcome, 83-53, early in the fourth quarter. Unics boosted its margin to 90-55 soon after that and had plenty of time to celebrate an important win.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Referees: HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 1000 (Tentative)
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Unics Kazan27222628
Zenit St Petersburg19221214
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Unics Kazan274975103
Zenit St Petersburg19415367
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WHITE, JAMES 28:28 23 5/7 3/3 4/4 1 4 5 2 2 2     3 3 28
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 33:49 24 6/12 2/4 6/7 1 6 7 4 2 1 1   1 5 32
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 26:16 2 0/2 0/2 2/2 1 5 6 4   3 1   2 3 7
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 17:43 3 0/1 0/1 3/4 1 1 2         1 2 4 3
12 PANIN, VADIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 2:49 2 1/1       1 1               3
15 GUBANOV, PETR 4:18 3   1/1                       3
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 15:31 12 4/9   4/5 3 4 7         2 2 4 13
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 32:57 14 4/6 2/4   1 3 4 8 3 1     3 1 22
22 ANTIPOV, PAVEL 5:36   0/1             1       1   -1
40 FISCHER, DOR 18:49 10 5/8     2 3 5 1 1   4 1 1   16
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 13:44 10 2/6 2/2         2 2       1 1 10
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 103 27/53 10/17 19/22 13 28 41 21 11 7 6 4 16 21 140
        50.9% 58.8% 86.4%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY
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
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GORDEEV, DMITRII 8:34 8 2/2 1/4 1/1 1   1           1 1 6
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 19:53 4 2/8 0/2   3 4 7 1   2   2 5 1 -4
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM 1:44                              
9 JONES, CAMERON 14:30 12 2/3 1/1 5/5 1 2 3 1     1   2 4 18
11 KOMOLOV, ARTEM 16:05   0/1 0/3     1 1     1   1 2   -7
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 25:00 9 3/10 1/2   2 1 3 5         1   8
14 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 19:28 8 3/8   2/2 1   1     3   1 2 2  
15 HODGE, WALTER 28:02 9 1/5 2/4 1/2       5   2   1 2 3 5
18 SPIRIDONOV, PAVEL 19:16 3 1/3 0/1 1/1 5 3 8 1   5     1 1 4
30 STEPHENS, DALENTA 27:49 5 2/4 0/2 1/2 1 5 6   1 1 3   1 3 11
33 LANDRY, KYLE 19:39 9 3/6 1/2   3 3 6     1   1 4 1 6
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 67 19/50 6/21 11/13 19 20 39 13 1 15 4 6 21 16 50
        38% 28.6% 84.6%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY

Head Coaches

PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Unics Kazan
"Finally we managed to show our potential. I always said that we have top level players, and we had been looking for our game. Today we fought for each possession and each ball, and played as a team. We shall keep the bar high in the next games as well."
KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"We have just had a difficult trip to Astana, and not all the players have managed to recover. Today we lost to UNICS in all of the game's components. Losing by 20, I did not see the reason to play our top players on court and gave the opportunity to the players usually on the bench. This is why we had such a result. Professional players should not give up until the very end of the game. This defeat will be a good lesson and a good stimulus for us to play batter and win in the next games."
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