2018-19Regular SeasonRound 2
October 09, 2018 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

Unicaja rolls past Skyliners in home opener

2017 champion Unicaja Malaga won its first home game in this season’s 7DAYS EuroCup with a comfortable 91-64 victory over Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt in Group D on Tuesday. Unicaja got 15 points from Kyle Wiltjer and 12 from Adam Waczynski, while every Unicaja player scored at least 2 points in moving to 1-1 in the group. Skyliners’ Brady Heslip hit for 20 points and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann and Erik Murphy both had 10 points as the German side dropped to 1-1.

In the first-ever meeting between these teams, Skyliners jumped ahead 4-9 and the lead was 9-14 after a second score from Wohlfarth-Bottermann. But the guests went ice-cold and did not score in the final 5 minutes of the first quarter for a 21-14 Unicaja lead after 10 minutes. Jason Clark’s layup snapped Skyliners’ nearly eight-minute scoreless drought to end Unicaja’s 19-0 run at 28-14. Carlos Suarez played a key role in growing the lead to 34-16. Two Heslip triples helped bring the guests to within 36-27, but Wiltjer continued his strong first half and the advantage was 47-30 at the break. Heslip and Murphy hit back-to-back threes and the gap was down to 51-40 early in the second half. Unicaja’s advantage was back to 16 points on Giorgi Shermandini’s three-point play. The hosts led 64-48 after 30 minutes. Skyliners could not get stops early in the fourth quarter and Waczynski completed a four-point play to increase the cushion to 20 points - 73-53. Marco Voeller came off the Skyliners bench and scored 6 points down the stretch, but he could not get his team closer than 18 points in the final 8 minutes.

History served

Unicaja was playing its first EuroCup game in Malaga since Game 2 of the 2017 Finals. The victory gives the club a five-game winning streak at Palacio de los Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena.

Game changer

Unicaja was up by 7 points after the first quarter but Carlos Suarez took over the beginning of the second with 4 assists as well as a three-pointer in three minutes in pushing the lead out to 34-16.

Key performer

Kyle Wiltjer produced at will in the first half, picking up 13 of his 15 points in the first 20 minutes. He ended up with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Hidden stat

Unicaja made its first 14 free throws and ended up hitting 25 of 31 for 81 percent while Skyliners connected on just 1 of 6 for 17%t.

Next games

Unicaja heads back out on the road for its second away game as it faces Montenegrin champ Mornar Bar. Skyliners plays a second straight road contest as it travels to Rytas Vilnius.

Alberto Diaz - Unicaja Malaga (photo Unicaja) - EC18
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PUKL,SASA; PAPAPETROU, PETROS; AMBROSOV, MYKOLA
Attendance: 5674
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Unicaja Malaga21261727
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt14161816
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Unicaja Malaga21476491
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt14304864
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 6:15 4 2/2             1 2     1   2
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME 27:07 8 2/4 1/3 1/2   2 2 2   1   1 3 2 4
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 21:41 8 1/1 1/3 3/4   2 2 5   1     3 3 11
10 SALIN, SASU 12:03 2   0/2 2/2   1 1 1         2 1 1
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 10:57 7 2/2 1/2     7 7               13
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 13:14 6 3/3 0/2   2 2 4 1   1       1 9
17 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 18:05 9 2/3   5/6   2 2 1   3     4 7 10
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 16:39 12 1/1 3/6 1/1 1   1 2           1 13
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 18:19 7 2/4   3/3       2         2 1 6
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 15:40 8 2/5   4/5 2 2 4     1 1   1 6 13
33 WILTJER, KYLE 21:54 15 4/5 1/3 4/4 3 2 5 2         1 3 21
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 18:06 5   1/2 2/4 3 5 8 6   1       4 19
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 91 21/30 8/23 25/31 11 28 39 22 1 11 1 1 17 29 124
        70% 34.8% 80.6%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS
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
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 MURPHY, ERIK 16:18 10 2/2 2/2 0/2         1       5 1 5
1 CLARANCE, ELIJAH 2:36                   1         -1
2 BELL-HAYNES, TRAE 18:14 4 2/5 0/1 0/2       1 1       1 3 2
3 ZEEB, GARAI 4:53   0/1                       1  
4 HESLIP, BRADY THOMAS 21:15 20 1/2 6/11     2 2 1   1     4   12
5 CLARK, JASON 25:09 4 2/7 0/1   2   2 6 1 2     4 2 3
7 HUFF, SHAWN 23:49 3 0/1 1/5   1 2 3 1         2 1 1
8 VARGAS, AKEEM 13:52     0/2     1 1           1 2  
9 FREUDENBERG, RICHARD 4:42     0/2                   1   -3
18 WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN, JONAS 21:34 10 5/10     1 5 6 1 1 1 1   5 2 10
23 ROBERTSON, QUANTEZ 34:01 7 3/5 0/2 1/2   4 4 6       1 2 1 10
33 VOELLER, MARCO 13:37 6 3/3     1   1     2     4 4 5
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 64 18/36 9/26 1/6 7 16 23 16 4 8 1 1 29 17 47
        50% 34.6% 16.7%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Unicaja Malaga
"I am proud of the team. The first game in the EuroCup at home is difficult for us, but the team worked hard during the game and I am happy with the work: the rebounds, defense, fast break and controlling the rhythm of the game."
HERBERT, GORDON
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
"Congratulations to Malaga. I think in the first quarter we played a pretty good first five or six minutes and then we played a good four or five minutes in the second quarter. But those 10 minutes where we really struggled we got killed. We lost badly the rebounding battle, the loose ball battle. And they had 25 free throws made and we had 1; that’s a big difference. We had too many fouls, undisciplined, too many fouls on the defensive end, reaching, leaving our feet. But it’s a very good club, a very good team. They play very good basketball."

Players

WILTJER, KYLE
Unicaja Malaga
"It was a good win, the first win and hopefully the first of many. We want to thank the fans for just coming out and really cheering us on."
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