2016-17Top 16Round 1
January 04, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA
Jeff Brooks - Unicaja Malaga - EC16 (photo ALBA Berlin - Andreas Knopf)

Unicaja opens Top 16 with win in Berlin

Unicaja Malaga had a winning start to the Top 16 by going on the road to beat ALBA Berlin 69-77 in Group H on Wednesday. Unicaja took control in the first quarter and used 4 second-quarter three-pointers to open a double-digit margin and build a 26-41 halftime lead. ALBA hit 6 three-pointers in the third quarter, but never got closer than 5 points the rest of the game. On a balanced attack, Jeff Brooks paced the visitors with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Dani Diez netted 13 points with 6 rebounds and Adam Waczynski scored 12 in the Unicaja victory. Dragan Milosavljevic scored 22 points for ALBA and Tony Gaffney added 12 in defeat.

Akeem Vargas and Milosavljevic hit triples for the hosts in the first quarter, but Waczynski, Brooks, Nemanja Nedovic and Kyle Fogg all contributed in a 2-10 run that gave Unicaja a 12-17 edge after 10 minutes. Unicaja forced 5 turnovers in the first quarter and after Waczynski opened the second with a triple and Alberto Diaz and Jamar Smith each added one from long range of their own, Unicaja was up 23-36. The hosts were held without a field goal for almost four minutes to end the first half and Smith’s second three-pointer helped make it 26-41 at halftime. Waczynski extended it to 17 points at the start of the third, but Malcolm Miller hit a three and so did Gaffney, Niels Giffey and Ismet Akpinar before Milosavljevic nailed back-to-back shots from downtown to get within 49-54. But a three from Brooks to end third quarter and one from Diez to open the fourth had Unicaja back up 49-62. Unicaja kept control, but Milosavljevic made a triple and then forced a steal, before Engin Atsur hit a corner triple to cut the margin to 63-69 with three minutes to go. However, Oliver Lafayette had a put-back-plus foul, giving Unicaja more breathing room, and after Atsur fed Gaffney with a flashy assist to make it 67-72, Nedovic and Brookes sealed the outcome.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT), PEERANDI, RAIN (EST)
Attendance: 5925
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ALBA Berlin12264969
Unicaja Malaga17415977
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 24:04 8 1/4 2/3   2 2 4         1 2   5
6 MALU, JONATHAN 1:31 1     1/2                   1 1
7 SIVA , PEYTON 25:38 4 1/1 0/4 2/2   4 4 5 3 3     3 3 9
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 8:06 3 0/1 1/1   1 1 2 2         3   3
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 3:09                   1     1   -2
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 14:33 3 0/1 1/2                       1
13 MILLER, MALCOLM 26:14 9 2/5 1/2 2/4 2 6 8 3 1 1 1   3 5 17
14 ATSUR, ENGIN 19:12 5 1/1 1/4         4   2     2 3 5
21 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 35:25 22 4/7 4/6 2/2 1 4 5 2 2 1 1 1 2 3 26
22 ENGLISH, CARL 14:02 2 1/2 0/4     1 1 1   1     2 2 -2
33 GAFFNEY, TONY 28:06 12 5/9 0/2 2/2 2 3 5 1 2 4 1   1 2 12
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 69 15/31 10/28 9/12 9 23 32 18 8 14 3 2 19 19 77
        48.4% 35.7% 75%
Head coach: CAKI, AHMET
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 OKOUO, VINY 8:14   0/1     1 1 2       1   2    
8 FOGG, KYLE 14:34 4 0/3 1/5 1/4 2 2 4 4 2       2 3 5
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 22:36 3 0/1 1/2   2 2 4 4   4     3 3 5
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 20:30 13 0/2 3/4 4/4 3 3 6 1 1       1 2 19
14 GARCIA, JUAN JOSE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SMITH, JAMAR 22:23 11 1/2 3/6         3   1     2   7
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 18:31 10 2/4 1/5 3/3   3 3 2   3   1   2 7
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 7:24 7 3/4 0/1 1/1 1   1             1 7
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 14:02 12 4/7 1/3 1/2 1 4 5   3 2   1 1 2 12
23 BROOKS, JEFF 31:35 15 4/6 2/5 1/1 1 5 6 3   1   1 3 3 17
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 21:16 2 0/2   2/2   2 2 2   2     3 3 2
55 NDIAYE, HAMADY 18:55   0/1       3 3       1   2   1
Team           4   4     2         2
Totals 200:00 77 14/33 12/31 13/17 15 25 40 19 6 15 2 3 19 19 84
        42.4% 38.7% 76.5%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

CAKI, AHMET
ALBA Berlin
"Of course we wanted to start the Top 16 with a win at home. But we struggled in the first half. We missed several open layups and then lost our balance on defense. We also gave away a lot of offensive rebounds and therefore Malaga already had a big lead at halftime. Our reaction in the second half was good. We fought well and cut the deficit to 5 points in the last minutes. But then we gave away offensive rebounds on three possessions in row after playing good defense and lost the game. It is tough, but we still have our chances to recover in this group."
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"A win on the road in the Top 16 is always very important, so I am happy about that. But I am not completely happy with our game. It seemed we thought it had already ended at halftime when we had a big lead. But ALBA came out strong in the second half, crashed the boards, started making shots and forced many turnovers. Although we were in control of the game in many aspects, we lost both quarters in the second half. We need to improve mentally to handle those situations better in the future."