2016-17Regular SeasonRound 5
November 09, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MARTIN CARPENA
Jamar Smith - Unicaja Malaga - EC16 (photo Unicaja)

Smith, Suarez lead Unicaja past Zenit

Unicaja Malaga recorded its first-ever 7DAYS EuroCup home win by downing Zenit St. Petersburg 93-86 in Group C on Wednesday. Unicaja and Zenit now have 2-2 records in Group C. Jamar Smith led the winners with 22 points, Carlos Suarez and Kyle Fogg each added 18 while Adam Waczynski had 11 for Unicaja. Suarez added 11 boards for a double-double in helping Unicaja outrebound Zenit 34-28. Ryan Toolson led Zenit with 35 points against his former team after hitting 7-of-18 shots from downtown. Pavel Sergeev added 14 points and Kyle Landry 13, while Stefan Markovic, who also played for Unicaja in the past, dished 14 assists for the guests. Zenit committed 17 turnovers in one of the biggest keys to this game.

Unicaja opened the game with a 7-0 run, which Jeff Brooks capped with a close basket. Toolson and Aaron White stepped up for Zenit and a reverse layup by Landry brought the guests within 12-9. Brooks kept pacing Unicaja with consecutive jumpers and Smith soon made it a double-digit game, 20-10. Toolson and a buzzer-beating triple by Sergeev brought Zenit a bit closer, 24-19, after 10 minutes. Anton Pushkov and White took over early in the second, bringing Zenit within 26-24. The guests entered the foul penalty midway through the second quarter, but kept finding easy baskets in transition and a three-pointer by Sergeev completed Zenit's comeback at 40-41. Smith answered from downtown, but back-to-back jumpers by Toolson kept his team in charge, 44-45. Fogg struck from downtown and a buzzer-beating jumper by Smith fixed the halftime score at 49-45. Both teams traded baskets early in the third quarter, as an acrobatic layup by Fogg gave Unicaja a 55-52 lead. Toolson briefly put Zenit ahead, 55-57 and a 7-0 run that Suarez capped with free throws gave Unicaja fresh air, 66-59, after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Dani Diez made it a double-digit game, 69-59, early in the fourth quarter. Sergeev rescued Zenit with back-to-back triples and Toolson copied him to give his team hope, 73-71, with over six minutes left. Waczynski and Brooks stepped up in crunch time, causing Zenit to call timeout at 81-74. Landry singlehandedly brought the guests within 83-81, but Suarez and Smith struck from downtown to seal the outcome.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 4732
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Unicaja Malaga24251727
Zenit St Petersburg19261427
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Unicaja Malaga24496693
Zenit St Petersburg19455986
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 IBANEZ, JOSE LUIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 OKOUO, VINY 13:47 6 3/7   0/2   1 1     1     1 1  
8 FOGG, KYLE 21:05 18 2/5 4/6 2/3 1 4 5 3 1         4 25
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 17:04 2   0/1 2/2   1 1 2 1 1     4 3 3
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 31:21 3 0/1 1/3   1 6 7 1   1   1 3   3
14 GARCIA, JUAN JOSE 3:16                 1       1    
15 SMITH, JAMAR 25:18 22 7/11 2/4 2/2 1 2 3 5 1 1 1 2 2 4 25
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 21:10 4 1/4 0/2 2/2       5 2 1     1 3 7
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 19:08 11 5/8 0/1 1/2 3   3     2     1 2 8
23 BROOKS, JEFF 18:46 9 4/8   1/3 1 2 3   1 3   1 2 3 4
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 29:05 18 4/4 2/4 4/4 4 7 11 1   4     3 3 24
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 93 26/48 9/21 14/20 14 24 38 17 7 14 1 4 18 23 103
        54.2% 42.9% 70%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VOITIUK, EVGENII 0:14                              
4 WHITE, AARON 30:29 8 2/4 1/2 1/5 1 1 2 1 1 3 1   4 6 5
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 33:07 5 1/3 1/2     3 3 14 3 3 1   2 1 19
10 TOOLSON, RYAN 35:43 35 6/9 7/18 2/2 1 2 3 2 1 3   1 3 6 26
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 27:14 5 2/2 0/2 1/2   1 1 2         2 2 5
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 20:51 4 2/4     2 4 6   1 3 1   4   3
24 RAZUMOV, ALEKSANDR 2:20                              
30 SERGEEV, PAVEL 21:15 14 1/2 4/6   1 1 2 3 1 2     4 1 12
32 DESYATNIKOV, ANDREI 6:23 2 1/1       3 3   1 2 1   1 1 5
33 LANDRY, KYLE 22:24 13 4/9 1/1 2/2 3 5 8 1 2 1     3 1 16
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 86 19/34 14/31 6/11 11 22 33 23 10 19 4 1 23 18 94
        55.9% 45.2% 54.5%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"Today we must congratulate the whole team, but I want to highlight three: Carlos Suarez who was impressive playing two positions, Dani Diez, who also played two positions and at a very delicate time, and especially to Jamar Smith. With the three losses we had, this was a very complicated game for us. I am very proud of the attitude of my players."
KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was a good, hard game. We had a lot of injuries and that generated problems with rotations. We had to change some things in our game, but we are happy with the fight we showed. We look forward to our next home game."

Players

WACZYNSKI, ADAM
Unicaja Malaga
"It was a good game. It was very difficult to play without two pivots, both on offense and in defense it was complicated. We gave more than 100% of ourselves today and that is the important thing, that we are a good team even when we have problems. "
TOOLSON, RYAN
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was a very difficult trip, we had many losses of important players. But for Unicaja it was the same and they knew how to take advantage of it. At the end, we made many mistakes in the last minutes and we had a hard time keeping up with them. "
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