2012-13Regular SeasonRound 2
November 14, 2012 CET: 17:00
Local time: 20:00 YUBILEYNI "SPORT" PALACE
Patrick Beverley - Spartak SPB - EC12 (photo Spartak SPB)Spartak St. Petersburg managed to pull its second win of the season, first at home, on Wednesday evening thanks to a final quarter pull to defeat Cholet Basket by 69-60. The win leaves Spartak undefeated at the top of Group G with a 2-0 record, while Cholet drops to 0-2. The game was balanced until minute 26 when Patrick Beverley and Josh Carter combined for four threes that opened a 64-55 gap that was too much for the guests to recover from. Beverley ended the game with 21 points, 13 of them in 8 minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters, to lead the winners. He scored 4 of 5 threes. Nikita Kurbanov and Loukas Mavrokafelides added 11 apiece. For Cholet, Marcus Goree led the way with 15 points, Terrell Everett added 14 and Rudy Jomby and Travon Bryant hit 13 apiece.

Cholet Basket had a good start in the first minutes of the game with a 0-6 run including 4 points by Terrell Everett. Janis Strelnieks hit a three for Spartak to get the hosts running, but that was it for a while as the guests went up to 3-11 after Rudy Jomby's three. Spartak could only land a couple free throws more until the end of the quarter from Zach Wright as defenses prevailed for a 8-13 after 10 minutes. Spartak reacted at the start of two and hit a 4-0 run to trim the deficit down to 12-13. Patrick Beverley soon blasted a three to put Spartak ahead for the first time, 15-13, as Cholet tried to regain its momentum. Jomby hit a three to tie the game at 21-21, and at that point the game was back and forth for both teams with constant lead changes until the halftime buzzer displayed a 31-32 for the guests.

Defenses were, again, the major referent after resumption. Both teams pressed hard in the paint and scoring was kept at low standards. Loukas Mavrokefalides and Everett traded baskets for the hosts and the guests, respectively, and then Beverley scored for a new tie, 35-35. Josh Carter soon added a three that made it 38-35 but it was already minute 25. The game stayed close for the remaining of the quarter. Jomby's three put Cholet ahead again at 43-44, but then again, two free throws by Beverley earned Spartak a new edge, 47-46. Two more free throws by Marcus Goree put an end to the third period with Cholet ahead, 47-48. Wright's three for Spartak opened the decisive period. But Cholet was up for the challenge, and the constant lead changes never stopped. Both teams were basically balanced on every aspect on the stats sheet at this point with a 55-53 on the scoreboard and 5 minutes left. The 13 to 9 assists for Spartak was probably the only figure where the teams were noticeably apart from each other, but even the total index rating at this point was 55-53 for the hosts. However, with a 52-53 on the scoreboard, Beverley and Carter teamed up for three unanswered three-pointers that suddenly changed the scenario to a 61-53, forcing Cholet's timeout. Travon Bryant and Goree teamed up to keep Cholet alive but this time Beverley fed Strelnieks fo another three to keep things calm, 68-60. Finally, Beverley scored a last free throw just before the final buzzer to give Spartak the second win of the season.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Referees: PUKL,SASA; JURAS, JASMINA; LUCIS, OSKARS
Attendance: 1100 (Tentative)
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Spartak St Petersburg8231622
Cholet Basket13191612
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Spartak St Petersburg8314769
Cholet Basket13324860
Spartak St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 27:24 8 1/2 2/4     1 1 2   2     2 2 6
8 WRIGHT, ZACH 19:11 10 2/3 1/1 3/4 1 3 4 2   2     4 2 10
9 ZAVOUREV, VASILY 4:05   0/1           1       1 1   -2
11 CARTER, JOSH 33:41 6   2/6   1 3 4 3 1 2     2 2 8
12 BEVERLEY, PATRICK 30:54 21 1/2 4/5 7/10   6 6 1 3 1     4 6 27
17 IAKOVENKO, ARTEM 8:00 2 0/3   2/2 1   1     1 1   2 1 -1
19 FIDII, EVGENY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 35:55 11 5/12 0/1 1/2   5 5 5   1   1 2 4 12
22 DMITRIEV, FEDOR 12:13     0/1     1 1     1         -1
24 POPOV, ILYA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 VOITIUK, EVGENII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 28:37 11 3/4 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 2 1 2     3 2 10
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 69 12/27 10/22 15/20 4 24 28 16 5 13 1 2 20 19 71
        44.4% 45.5% 75%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE
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
Cholet Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CINGALA-MATA, BRUNO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 JOMBY, RUDY 33:05 13 2/3 3/7     4 4   3 3   1 3 1 9
8 SLAUGHTER, AJ 21:22 1 0/2 0/2 1/2   1 1 1   2     1 1 -4
11 EVERETT, TERRELL 33:00 14 6/11 0/2 2/4 2 7 9 6 1 2     3 5 21
12 MORIN, YANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FAROUX, CLEMENT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 ONA EMBO, CARL 14:13     0/1         1 1 1     2   -2
17 GOREE, MARCUS 37:04 15 3/8 1/2 6/6 2 4 6 1     2   2 6 22
18 BRYANT, TRAVON 29:02 13 6/9 0/1 1/1 3 2 5 3 1 5     5 4 12
19 SOUCHU, KARIM 32:14 4 1/3 0/3 2/3   3 3   1 1     3 3 1
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 60 18/36 4/18 12/16 8 21 29 12 7 14 2 1 19 20 60
        50% 22.2% 75%
Head coach: SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL

Head Coaches

ZDOVC, JURE
Spartak St Petersburg
"We expected that the game would be tough. We also have problems at the center position. We have only Yakovenko on this position without Kashirov and Dragicevic. But Artem is not in a good rhythm and not in shape. Our opponent also has the same problems. We prepared well for this game and tried to stop Cholet Basket from making three-points shots. We knew if they started to make those shots, we wouldn’t have a chance. In the beginning we missed some open shots and then we couldn’t find our rhythm. Players hesitated to shoot. We tried hard in defense and we scored some very difficult baskets – Carter, Strelnieks and Beverley scored. And maybe this decided the game."
SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL
Cholet Basket
"We could have played better, but our rival is a very good team with a lot of good players. Spartak has Patrick Beverley and we couldn’t play well against him. Also three of our players are injured and we didn’t play with our complete roster. The game was equal and the score was tight, but in the last quarter Spartak made some three-points shots in a row, they took the advantage and beat us."

Players

DMITRIEV, FEDOR
Spartak St Petersburg
"We won and it’s a good thing. We knew that the game would be tough because Cholet plays a different basketball than our team. They don’t have schemes they have to play and that is why it’s difficult to defend against them. They made a lot of open shots, but in the end we understood how to play defense against the team and won."