2019-20Regular SeasonRound 5
October 30, 2019 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

McCollum buzzer-beater moves UNICS atop

UNICS Kazan survived a thriller in Istanbul as it beat hosting Darussafaka Tefken by 77-79 thanks to a game-winner buzzer-beater pull-up jumper by Errick McCollum, right after Doron Lamb missed a couple of free throws with a tie in the score. UNICS remain as the sole leader of 7DAYS Eurocup Group C with a 4-1 record, leaving Darussafaka, Joventut Badalona and Germani Brescia Leonessa behind, all of them with 3-2. Raymar Morgan led all UNICS Kazan scorers with 18 points, on 6-8 from the free throw line, followed with Alex Tyus with 12. Jamar Smith added another 12 plus 5 assists and Mantzaris had 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Jonathan Hamilton posted 14 points and 8 rebounds for the home team, while Doron Lamb and Bonzie Colson added 12 apiece and Gary Browne 10 more for the losing side.

No team was able to take control of the game in the early going, as there were as many as nine lead changes during the first nine minutes. A 0-6 run behind 4 points of Kostas Kaimakoglu entering the last minute allowed UNICS to finish the first quarter ahead, 21-26. The visitors kept rocking after the break with Jamar Smith feeding Raymar Morgan and Evgeny Kolesnikov for a layup and a triple respectively to extend the lead to double digits, 21-31. But the home team didn’t panic, as a great defensive display forced a Russian blackout for the following seven minutes. Five points in a row by Bonzie Colson capped a 16-2 run that returned the lead back to Darussafaka, 37-33, with 2 minutes remaining. Even though Morgan tried to wake his team up, the Turks kept a 39-37 edge at halftime.

The balance remained in the third quarter. Darussafaka held short leads, never larger than 5 points, taking advantage of the free throw line to add easy points. Morgan tied the game 51-51 right before Vangelis Mantzaris, Kolesnikov and Errick McCollum joined him on a 0-8 run that brought UNICS back in front, 57-62, after 29 minutes. A late three from Jarrod Jones finished a 3-minute draught of Darussafaka and made it 60-62 at the end of the third period. The Turks increased their defensive effort in the beginning of the last quarter and kept UNICS scoreless for 3 minutes, good for getting back the lead, 65-62. The margin grew up to 6 points until Smith and Mantzaris nailed back-to-back treys to tie the game, 70-70, with less than 5 minutes to go. Morgan tied it again twice from the free throw line to enter the last half-minute 77-77. Lamb missed a couple of free throws with 12 second to go and gave McCollum the opportunity of having the last possession, that he didn’t waste

No mercy from the MVP

Rounf 4 MVP Errick McCollum wasn’t having a great game tonight. He was just 6 points entering the last minute, on a 2-to-8 field goal shooting card, but when the ball came to his hands in the last possession, he didn’t doubt and hit the game-winner for his team.

The first time

Darussafaka and UNICS have met just twice before in the 7DAYS Eurocup, with the Turks always prevailing. The Russians broke the trend in the last second, earning their fourth win a row in Group C and climbing atop of the standings.

Strength in boards

Darussafaka led the competition in rebounds. Matching their physicality inside was expected to be a key point in for UNICS tonight, and it was. They outrebounded Darussafaka 36-32 and left the Wolkswagen Arena with a win.

Next games

In Round 6 next week both teams play at home on Wednesday. Darussafaka Tefken Istanbul will host winless Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana (0-5), while UNICS Kazan will look for revenge on visiting Germani Brescia Leonessa (3-2).

Gary Browne - Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul - EC19
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; MAJKIC, MARIO ; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR
Attendance: 1335
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Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul21182117
UNICS Kazan26112517
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Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul21396077
UNICS Kazan26376279
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 25:41 5 2/5 0/2 1/1   1 1 1 1       3 3 3
6 AGVA, MAHIR 2:05   0/1                     1   -2
8 BROWNE , GARY 14:19 10 2/2 1/1 3/3   1 1 1         1 5 16
10 DORA, DORUK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 HAMILTON, JOHNATHAN 32:37 14 5/7   4/6 3 5 8 1 1 2 1   2 3 20
14 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 11:02 6 1/1 0/1 4/4                 3 3 5
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 17:37 8 1/2 2/3     3 3 3   1     3 3 11
20 LAMB, DORON 30:07 12 5/10 0/2 2/4   1 1 3   1   1 3 2 4
21 JONES, JARROD 19:05 8 1/5 2/3   1 4 5   1 1     4   4
22 SAV, TROY SELIM 2:25                           1 1
32 GULER, SINAN 21:46 2 0/3 0/1 2/3 1 3 4 5 1 3     1 2 5
50 COLSON, BONZIE 23:16 12 2/6 1/1 5/5 1 4 5 1 1 1 1   3 4 16
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 77 19/42 6/14 21/26 8 24 32 15 5 10 2 1 24 26 86
        45.2% 42.9% 80.8%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK
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
UNICS Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERGEEV, PAVEL 10:23 3   1/3                   1    
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR 22:06 18 6/11 0/1 6/8   3 3 2 3       5 6 19
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 28:34 8 2/6 0/3 4/5       3   2   1 2 8 6
9 TYUS, ALEX 20:15 12 5/10   2/3 4 5 9 1 1 1   1 1 2 16
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 2:27     0/1             1     1   -3
12 KLIMENKO, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SMITH, JAMAR 20:15 12 3/4 2/4   1   1 5   1 1   4 2 13
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 28:16 11 3/3 1/3 2/2 1 1 2 5   2     3 1 12
24 PALSSON, HAUKUR 15:09 5 1/2 1/2   1 2 3 1         2 3 8
27 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 6:50   0/1             1       2   -2
42 KOLESNIKOV, EVGENY 17:21 5 1/1 1/2   1 5 6     1     4   5
88 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 28:24 5 2/3 0/2 1/2 2 5 7 3   2     1 2 10
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 79 23/41 6/21 15/20 12 24 36 20 5 10 1 2 26 24 89
        56.1% 28.6% 75%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
UNICS Kazan
"First of all, I want to congratulate the players for the win. I think both teams deserved the win. It was an incredible game for all the fans, not only for ours. At the end, we were lucky and that's the truth. We worked, we supported each other, and we were a bit lucky. We keep going on and we keep fighting every day."

Players

MCCOLLUM, ERRICK
UNICS Kazan
"I had been struggling with my shot throughout the game. I had some good looks but missed a couple of easy ones. They bring a lot of pressure, they were double-teaming so I tried to get my teammates involved today. But you know, when the game is on the line, that's what they pay me for. I'm not the guy who is going to avoid the ball in my hands with the game on the line. You've got to make a play and I was fortunate to make one. I think we fought defensively, sometimes we got down and we didn't give up. They are a physical team, they have athletic big men, we matched their physicality, their rebounding. We didn't play really good today but it was enough to get the win, so I'm grateful."