2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
October 14, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN

UNICS roars past Partizan

UNICS Kazan got back to its winning ways in impressive fashion by downing visiting Partizan NIS Belgrade 93-70 on Wednesday night. UNICS improved to 2-1 for second place in Group A, while Partizan dropped to 1-2. UNICS took control and a double-digit lead early behind the three-point shooting of John Holland and Isaiah Canaan. Partizan rallied late in the second quarter, but the hosts never relinquished the lead before pulling away with a strong start to the third quarter en route to a 23-point victory. Canaan finished the game with 23 points on 5-for-9 three-point shooting, while Jordan Morgan collected 22 points plus 8 rebounds. John Holland and John Brown III scored 16 points apiece, with the latter also pulling down 9 rebounds, and Jamar Smith netted 13 points with 7 assists in a victory. Nikola Jankovic scored 12 points, and Ognjen Jaramaz had 11 for Partizan. Codi Miller-McIntyre had 10 points, 7 steals, 4 assists and 4 rebounds and Stefan Jankovic also scored 10 in a losing effort.

Partizan got a jumper from Eric Mika and a triple from Ognjen Jaramaz in the early going, but UNICS was hot from long range from. Holland hit a triple before Canaan knocked down a pair. Morgan scored twice from close range, and Brown had a three-point play to open an 18-8 lead. Back-to-back jumpers from Jamar Smith helped the hosts to a 22-13 advantage after 10 minutes. Six points combined from Smith and Brown made it 28-15 early in the second. Partizan answered with a 0-7 run with all its points coming from the visitors' frontline, with Eric Mika finishing twice, including an alley-oop slam, to cut it to 28-22. Partizan's zone defense disrupted the hosts' offensive rhythm, which Codi Miller-McIntyre used for a fastbreak dunk and set Nikola Jankovic for an easy layup. The visitors cut the deficit to just 3 points before UNICS took a 37-32 lead into halftime.

The hosts had a strong start to the second half. Holland and Brown scored in the low post, with Pavel Sergeev nailing a triple in between to make it 44-34. Holland then strung together 7 more points and Canaan added a three-pointer for a 56-37 cushion midway through the third quarter. Stefan Jankovic snapped a 17-3 run with a triple, but Canaan and Smith hit back-to-back threes to open a 62-40 margin. Stefan Jankovic knocked down another triple and Nemanja Gordic added a mid-range jumper as Partizan tried to cut into the deficit. A corner three from Marcus Paige and a fastbreak dunk from Miller-McIntyre closed the visitors within 67-53 at the end of the third quarter. A triple from Paige and a three-point play from Mika helped Partizan get within 71-61, but that is as close as the visitors got. Brown and Morgan kept dominating inside, combining to score 11 points, and Canaan nailed another triple to open an 89-68 lead and ice the game.

Selective shooting

UNICS was very efficient from long range, making 9 triples on 20 attempts. More importantly, only five different UNICS players attempted a three-point shot and four players made at least one.

Key stats

UNICS outrebounded the visitors 38-28 and allowed just 3 offensive rebounds through the first three quarters as it already held a comfortable double-digit margin. UNICS also dished 19 assists to Partizan's 10.

Codi picking pockets

Partizan playmaker Codi Miller-McIntyre had 7 steals, which set the Partizan club record and was the most steals in a EuroCup single game since December 2017.

Jamar Smith watch

UNICS sharpshooter Jamar Smith entered this game just 6 three-point shots shy of the all-time EuroCup record and after making 11 of 16 in the first two games of the season, Smith went just 1 for 2 in this contest. Smith now has 218 career triples made and trails only the all-time leader Rafa Martinez, who has 223

Next up

Both teams will be on the road next week to play newcomers in Round 4. Partizan will travel to visit Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul, while UNICS will visit JL Bourg en Bresse.

Isaiah Canaan - UNICS Kazan (photo UNICS - Kseniya Bogdanova) - EC20
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PATERNICO, CARMELO; HORDOV, TOMISLAV ; VALEEV, STANISLAV
Attendance: 2221
By Quarter1234
UNICS Kazan22153026
Partizan NIS Belgrade13192117
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UNICS Kazan22376793
Partizan NIS Belgrade13325370
UNICS Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 BROWN III, JOHN 28:56 16 6/11   4/5 2 7 9   3 1 1   2 5 25
3 CANAAN, ISAIAH 32:24 23 3/4 5/9 2/2   3 3 4 2 2     4 3 24
6 ZHBANOV, GEORGY 14:45   0/1 0/1     1 1   1 2     3 1 -4
10 SERGEEV, PAVEL 16:16 3   1/3     2 2 2   2     3 1 1
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM 4:37   0/2     1 2 3 1   2 1 1 3 1 -2
13 UZINSKII, DMITRII 14:37   0/2       2 2           2   -2
15 SMITH, JAMAR 27:59 13 3/4 1/2 4/5 1 1 2 7 1 3     1 2 18
19 MORGAN, JORDAN 31:50 22 9/14   4/6 3 5 8 2 2 3     2 5 27
22 RAZUMOV, ALEKSANDR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 HOLLAND, JOHN 25:15 16 3/3 2/5 4/4   4 4 3 1 2     2 3 20
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 3:21   0/1     1   1         1     -1
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 93 24/42 9/20 18/22 10 28 38 19 10 17 2 2 22 21 109
        57.1% 45% 81.8%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
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
Partizan NIS Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 MIKA, ERIC 19:47 9 4/4   1/1 1 3 4 2 2 5 1   2 2 13
0 MILLER-MCINTYRE, CODI 30:10 10 4/10 0/2 2/4   4 4 4 7 2     2 4 15
3 ZAGORAC, RADE 15:50 5 1/4 1/3             1     1   -2
5 PAIGE, MARCUS 26:32 7   2/6 1/1   1 1 3   1     3 1 4
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 20:00 2 1/2     1 5 6 1   3     2   3
7 GORDIC, NEMANJA 13:46 4 1/2 0/1 2/4   2 2     2     1 2 1
8 JANKOVIC, STEFAN 22:55 10 1/3 2/6 2/2 2 1 3       1   1 3 10
10 JARAMAZ, OGNJEN 23:54 11 1/4 2/4 3/4   1 1   2 2   1 3 4 6
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 JANKOVIC, NIKOLA 17:44 12 4/6 0/1 4/6 2 2 4         1 3 5 12
32 TRIFUNOVIC, UROS 6:00                   1     2   -3
42 MOSLEY , WILLIAM 3:22           1 1           1    
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 70 17/35 7/23 15/22 8 20 28 10 11 17 2 2 21 21 61
        48.6% 30.4% 68.2%
Head coach: SCEPANOVIC, VLADO

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"It is good that we won. We played better on defense, we were more aggressive overall. That gave us a base. At the same time we executed better on offense, we had a good three-point shot. But still there are parts of the game which we can improve. Like 17 turnovers that we have made, that is too many. We can play with more speed, we were static in some moments. We are in a process of improvement. We did not have games, did not have days for practice, we missed players. We go day by day."
SCEPANOVIC, VLADO
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"There is no comment to be made when you lose a game like this by more than 20 points. We are a team that cannot play without energy. If we are not 100% ready physically to play the game, we cannot compete. This is something I have to find the reason why we played like this tonight, without any energy, without power, without basketball concentration. When you have a situation when you don't use your fouls before the bonus in all four quarters, then something is wrong and we have to find out what is wrong. This kind of game against this kind of a team you cannot play without 100% concentration, energy, physicality. From the very beginning of the season, we have a very bad percentage shooting free throws. For me, as a former player, it is not a matter of practicing, it is a matter of concentration, focus and character. It is a simple explanation and it is something that you can win or lose games with."

Players

MORGAN, JORDAN
UNICS Kazan
"Our focus was on defense. We tried to be aggressive, play with energy and play together, especially defensively. On offense we wanted to share the ball, to find the right shots. We have a lot of weapons, but most important was that we just did our job, played together."