2011-12PlayoffsGame 2
March 22, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

FC Barcelona Regal after sweating out a 66-63 win over visiting Unics Kazan

Barcelona held off Unics Kazan down the stretch to win 66-63 and take a 2-0 lead in their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series. The teams head to Russia next week and Barca can clinch a spot in the 2012 Final Four with a win. The Euroleague’s all-time leading scorer, Juan Carlos Navarro, paced Barcelona with 18 points. Erazem Lorbek netted 14 and Pete Mickeal 12. Nathan Jawai carried Unics with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Bostjan Nachbar scored 16. Lorbek had 5 points in an early 9-0 run that gave Barcelona an 11-2 margin. Unics managed to get within 17-13 after 10 minutes and an outstanding Nachbar helped the guests to get the lead, 17-21. Navarro and Lorbek stepped up late in the first half to put Barcelona back ahead, 33-30, at the break. Navarro and Mickeal took over after the break to make it 48-39. Unics rallied and a put-back layup by Jawai gave his team a 53-54 edge with under eight minutes to go. The game remained tight the rest of the way until the game changing sequence saw Kosta Perovic collected a key steal, drew a foul at the other end and calmly make free throws for a 63-61 Barcelona edge with 48.6 seconds left.

Marcelinho Huertas got Barcelona going with a layup off a steal that Jawai matched with a close basket. Unics picked up two early turnovers, as the hosts were all over the place in defense. Meanwhile, Boni Ndong shined with a put-back jump hook and Navarro buried a six-meter jumper for a 6-2 lead. Lorbek made free throws and followed that with a three-pointer that forced Coach Evgeny Pashutin to call timeout at 11-2, after a 9-0 run. Jawai kept pacing Unics with a dunk and a baseline jumper by Nachbar brought the guests a bit closer, 11-6. Mickeal found space for an uncontested layup that Lynn Greer erased with a driving basket, as Barcelona brought Chuck Eidson and Victor Sada in to raise its defensive intensity. Mickeal sank foul shots, but Nachbar stepped up with a five-meter jumper. Kelly McCarty nailed a mid-range shot off the dribble. More free throws by Mickeal gave Barcelona a 17-13 edge at the end of a very intense first quarter.

Unics kept trying to use long possessions and Barcelona had started to miss open jumpers without Navarro and Lorbek on the floor. Greer nailed a long two-pointer and a triple by Vladimir Veremeenko completed the guests' comeback, 17-18. Barcelona had been scoreless for more than three minutes when it brought Huertas and Navarro back in to improve their ball circulation. However Nachbar capped a 0-9 run with a triple, which forced the hosts to call timeout at 17-21. Navarro hit his trademark 'bomba' and Lorbek banked in a mid-range shot to keep Barcelona within 21-23. Unics entered the foul bonus midway through the second quarter, which allowied Barcelona to attack the basket and find easy points. Navarro and Lorbek hit free throws to make the guests stop the game at 26-23. Nachbar hit a turnaround jumper and traded triples with Navarro for a 29-28 score. Lorbek scored in the low post, but a red-hot Nachbar nailed another long jumper. Free throws by Ndong fixed the halftime score at 33-30.

Jawai scored in the paint immediately after the break but a jumper by Lorbek and free throws by Mickeal boosted the hosts' lead to 37-32. Terrell Lyday and Ndong exchanged mid-range shots and another close basket by Jawai kept Unics within 39-36. Navarro sent the crowd to their feet with a three-pointer but Petr Samoylenko quickly answered from downtown. Mickeal hit foul shots and a jumper by Ndong gave Barcelona some fresh air, 46-39. The hosts were all over the place in defense and an acrobatic reverse layup by Navarro made Unics call timeout at 48-39. Jawai stepped up with a layup, as Unics improved its defense, playing with much more aggressivity. Kosta Perovic stepped up with a close jumper but an unstoppable Jawai erased it with a jump hook and free throws by Veremeenko and Greer brought Unics closer, 50-46. Lorbek split foul shots and Nachbar made it a three-point game, 51-48, after 30 minutes.

Jawai scored down low off a wild spin move, but Joe Ingles stepped up with a big basket in transition. McCarty nailed an off-balance shot and a put-back layup by Jawai completed the guests' comeback, 53-54, with over seven minutes to go. C.J. Wallace buried a critical three-pointer and Navarro also struck from downtown to set the crowd on fire, 59-54. Greer tried to change things with a driving layup, but Wallace kept pacing Barcelona with a layup. Jawai briefly silenced the crowd with a dunk to get Unics within 61-58 with 3 minutes to go. Unics kept running its offense through Jawai, who split foul shots. Barcelona struggled to score right when it mattered most and a power layup by Jawai tied the game, 61-61. Huertas missed around the basket but Perovic collected a key steal, drew a foul at the other end and calmly made free throws for a 63-61 Barcelona edge with 48.6 seconds left. Veremeenko picked up a key turnover but Huertas split foul shots for a 64-61 score with 8.2 seconds to go. Domercant made it a 1-point game from the line, Mickeal matched him and then Domercant’s desperation heave missed, which left Barcelona with the win and series lead.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Javier Gancedo - Euroleague.net, Barcelona
Attendance: 5073 (Tentative)
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FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 9:38   0/1       1 1           2   -2
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 30:22 3 1/5 0/3 1/2 1 3 4 5 2         2 8
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 28:50 18 3/5 3/9 3/3 1 2 3 3 1 2     1 4 18
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 11:00 4 1/3   2/2 1 1 2   1         1 6
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 6:47   0/1       2 2     1     2   -2
18 WALLACE, C.J. 12:24 5 1/1 1/1     1 1 1         2 1 6
20 INGLES, JOE 9:30 2 1/1 0/1     1 1 1 2       3   2
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 22:11 8 3/8   2/2 1 1 2 1 1 1 3   2 3 10
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 4:00     0/1   1   1     1     1   -2
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 27:38 14 3/7 1/3 5/6 1 2 3     1   1 2 4 10
31 EIDSON, CHUCK 6:30   0/2 0/2   1   1     1   1 1   -6
33 MICKEAL, PETE 31:10 12 1/2 0/1 10/10 1 3 4 3 4 2     3 6 22
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 66 14/36 5/21 23/25 10 17 27 14 11 9 3 2 19 21 72
        38.9% 23.8% 92%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 7:48 2 1/2               2     1   -2
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SAMOYLENKO, PETR 9:56 3 0/2 1/2         1   1   1 1   -2
10 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 30:32 16 4/8 2/2 2/2   5 5 2 1 1     5 7 21
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 40:00 5 0/3 1/1 2/2   5 5 3   3   1 2 2 6
13 GREER, LYNN 30:04 7 3/8 0/2 1/2   2 2     1   1 3 3 -1
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 13:15 2 1/1       3 3   1 1 1   2   4
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 McCARTY, KELLY 19:36 5 2/5   1/2   5 5   1 1     3 2 5
32 JAWAI, NATE 26:45 21 10/13   1/2 6 4 10   1 5 1   1 3 26
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 22:04 2 0/1 0/3 2/2   3 3 3 1 2     3 2 2
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 63 21/43 4/10 9/12 9 27 36 9 5 18 2 3 21 19 61
        48.8% 40% 75%

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"We are happy to get our second win, which justifies the good work we did throughout this Euroleague season. We fought hard to win our regular season group to get a better chance in the Top 16, then we won our Top 16 group to get the home-court advantage in the playoffs. So getting a 2-0 lead in the series justifies all we did. We didn't win this game in the last two seasons and that could have given us extra pressure, especially after getting a comfortable win in Game 1. We were able to win a game played point by point in which Unics did all it could to stop our transition game. We didn't have the right shooting percentage other than from the free throw line. They made 18 turnovers, but we didn't take advantage of that, because a few of them were in passing lanes and we couldn't run. We have to be happy for this win. It is a very important one. It was a typical Euroleague playoffs game that went down to details."
Unics Kazan
"Congratulations to Barcelona for this win. We played much better today, exactly the way we wanted. We stopped Barcelona's transition game and made them play halfcourt offense. It was our only chance to be competitive against such as big team with so much talent. Our main problem was our 18 turnovers. This made the difference tonight, especially in the last two minutes. The series will continue and we will try to rest well and prepare to have a good game in Kazan. It was difficult for Henry Domercant to play back-to-back games after playing 37 minutes in Game 1. He was not fresh and we tried to sit him out a bit to play him at the end of the game. He generated good one-on-one opportunities for Jawai. I don't think our late turnovers came because of our lack of experience. We have players with many years in the Euroleague and McCarty is a two-time Eurocup champion. We just didn't run our offense like we should. It's life; you have to work hard and be disciplined, especially at the end of the game."


FC Barcelona Regal
"Our goal was to go up 2-0; we lost Game 2 of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. It was a low-scoring game and we had to be really focused to win it. They didn't allow us to feel comfortable on offense, but being focused and free throw accuracy allowed us to reach our goal. We made 23 of 25 free throws and that was the key. We knew it would be a tough game. We had the game under control, but Nachbar came off the bench and changed everything. Even with that, we managed to get the win."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We have a 2-0 lead and this is what matters. It is not important if you win by 30 points or 1. They played really well today. Nachbar came out and made everything he shot and Jawai had a big game. When players like that do that well, it is going to change the course of the game. We fought hard and were able to battle to get the win, which is the most important thing. I couldn't get a couple more rebounds that I had my hands on to get some extra possessions. I am happy that I made the shots. I have been struggling from three-point range, but have worked hard with our assistant coaches and knew they would end up going in."
Unics Kazan
"We made a lot of turnovers. Myself, at the end in the last couple of minutes. It was the chance to get this win on the road. We have another game coming up and we cannot worry about this loss anymore. We will go home, try to get better and get some rest to come out and fight in Game 3. It was a close game, we just didn't take care of the ball. If we had done that, I believe it would have been a different outcome."