2013-14Regular SeasonRound 7
November 28, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 CENTRUM REKREACYJNO SPORTOWE

Unicaja earns its first road win at Zielona Gora

Unicaja Malaga controlled the second half to earn a 67-84 road win at Stelmet Zielona Gora on Thursday evening. Zoran Dragic produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and Nik Caner-Medley tallied 18 points, 4 steals and 3 blocks for Unicaja, which improved to 3-4 in Group C after taking its first road win of the season. The result dropped Zielona Gora to 2-5 and put the Polish champs especially behind the eight ball with two of those losses coming against Unicaja. Unicaja lead by as many as 14 before the hosts rallied late in the first half and went ahead 40-39 on a Przemyslaw Zamojski three to start the third quarter. However that lead was short lasted as Unicaja scored the next 9 points and never looked back. The lead hit 18 early in the fourth as Unicaja rolled to victory. Zamojski finished with 21 points for the home team, Round 6 bwin MVP Vladimir Dragicevic added 13, Christian Eyenga scored 12 and Lukasz Koszarek dished 9 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Dragic, Caner-Medley highlight 0-11 Unicaja run

Turnovers marred the opening minute before Dragicevic opened the scoring with a jumper. Caner-Medley drove baseline to get the visitors on the scoreboard. Eyenga netted free throws to put the hosts up 6-2. Rafa Hettsheimeir’s slam in transition tied the game, but Zielona Gora regained the lead quickly on a Zamojski triple. Caner-Medley sank a long jumper to give Unicaja its first lead, 9-10. Hettsheimeir in the post made it a 3-point lead midway through the quarter. A Dragic triple made it 11 unanswered points as the hosts were hold without points for nearly four minutes. A three by Zamojski revived the fans and Eyenga made it 15-17. Caner-Medley’s next basket and a runner by Dragic kept the visitors in front. Dragic reached double figures in points before the quarter ended. Zamojski and Jayson Granger finished the quarter with Unicaja up 18-26.

Second quarter: Koszarek fuels Zielona Gora’s 10-0 comeback

Ryan Toolson boosted the Unicaja lead to double figures before Erving Walker scored for Zielona Gora on the break. Toolson connected from downtown and Caner-Medley scored inside as the visitors’ lead ballooned to 20-33. Adam Hrycaniuk countered with a bucket in the paint, but Caner-Medley added a free throw and Mindaugas Kuzminskas made it 22-36 midway through the quarter. Aaron Cel got a bucket back for Zielona Gora and a technical foul for flopping on Granger resulted in a Lukasz Koszarek free throw and score after a pretty move by Cel. Koszarek followed with a layup and then a three to cap a 10-0 run that narrowed the gap to 4. Hettsheimeir split free throws for Unicaja’s first points in four minutes. However the Unicaja center soon committed his third foul – this one on the offensive end – and Zamojski sank a mid-range jumper. Caner-Medley answered, but Dragicevic got the fans on their feet with an basket – which rolled around the rim before falling in – and the free throw that came with it to trim the gap to 37-39 at the break.

Third quarter: After falling behind, Unicaja soars ahead

Zamojski buried a three to open the second, giving the hosts their first lead since the first quarter. However Unicaja responded with authority. Dragic converted a three-point play, Vladimir Stimac dunked, Caner-Medley added a basket-plus-foul and Stimac netted another bucket on the offensive glass to cap a 0-9 surge. Eyenga countered with a slam-plus-foul, but a Granger triple kept the momentum with the visitors. After Dragic scored from downtown, it was 42-54. Eyenga kept the hosts alive and Wlaker matched an Earl Calloway triple with one of his own, but Unicaja remained in control, 49-59, through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Stimac’s impact felt as Malaga pulls away

Carlos Suarez nailed a three and Granger ran the pick-and-roll perfectly with Stimac, who scored easily at the rim. A Toolson triple made it 49-67 and essentially wrapped up the victory. Zielona Gora’s hope after a Zamojski three was wiped away by a Caner-Medley triple. Cel and Dragicevic continued to naw away at the deficit. Eyenga’s second-chance layup made it 58-72. Hettsheimeir scored twice and – after a Koszarek three – set up Caner-Medley too as Unicaja protected its comfortable lead. Dragicevic followed in a miss on the break to bring the hosts within 11, but a steal and slam for Dragic took the life out of Zielona Gora and Unicaja chalked up a valuable victory.

Zoran Dragic - Unicaja Malaga - EB13
Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), CHIARI, ROBERTO (ITA), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 4853 (Tentative)
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Stelmet Zielona Gora18191218
Unicaja Malaga26132025
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Stelmet Zielona Gora18374967
Unicaja Malaga26395984
Stelmet Zielona Gora
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CEL, AARON 26:51 6 3/4 0/2   1 5 6 1     1   3   8
11 WALKER, ERVING 13:58 7 1/1 1/4 2/2   1 1 1   1       1 6
12 BARLOW, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 CHANAS, KAMIL 2:15                   1         -1
14 HRYCANIUK, ADAM 12:03 2 1/3     1 3 4         2 1 1 2
17 EYENGA, CHRISTIAN 37:19 12 4/11   4/4 3 2 5 1 1 2 1   3 5 13
18 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 29:54 13 6/9   1/1   6 6   1 3 2 1 1 5 19
20 KUCHAREK, MACIEJ 0:47                              
21 BRACKINS, CRAIG 11:12   0/1 0/1     1 1     2 1   1   -3
31 SROKA, MARCIN 7:33   0/2     1   1     1         -2
35 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 28:21 21 3/6 5/8     2 2 2   3     2 3 17
55 KOSZAREK, LUKASZ 29:47 6 1/5 1/4 1/1 2 2 4 9 1 4   2 2   5
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 67 19/42 7/19 8/8 8 24 32 14 3 17 5 5 13 15 66
        45.2% 36.8% 100%
Head coach: UVALIN, MIHAILO
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
8 SABONIS, DOMANTAS 2:02                         1 1  
9 VIDAL, SERGI 3:33 2 1/1                         2
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 17:29 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 4   1       1 9
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 31:29 4 0/3 1/3 1/2 1 7 8   1     2 2 3 6
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 23:17 7 2/4 1/4   1 1 2 6   1     1 1 9
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 14:20 2 1/1       2 2 1   1 1   3   2
19 TOOLSON, RYAN 13:03 8 1/2 2/4     1 1   1 2     1   4
21 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 5:59 2 1/2 0/1                 1     -1
22 DRAGIC, ZORAN 26:57 21 6/11 2/4 3/3 3 4 7 3 1 1   1 1 3 25
30 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 20:30 9 4/6 0/1 1/2   1 1 2   1 1   4 1 5
33 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 31:42 18 7/9 1/5 1/3   6 6 1 4 2 3 1   3 24
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 9:39 6 3/5     3 3 6   2       3   9
Team           3   3     2         1
Totals 200:00 84 27/45 8/24 6/10 11 26 37 17 9 11 5 5 16 13 95
        60% 33.3% 60%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

UVALIN, MIHAILO
Stelmet Zielona Gora
“The crucial moment of this game was our comeback in the second quarter when we returned from 13 points behind. It cost us a lot of energy and we missed it in the next quarters. We lost rhythm in the second half, could not respond, missed open shots. I must admit that we fought but Unicaja is just a better team with much bigger potential.”
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
“I have to say that all the supporters of Stelmet must be proud. Nobody thought that this team could fight for victory in Piraeus, nobody dreamed that it could win in Munich. Today’s game was very tough, but we deserved to win. We won three quarters and were simply the better team. This victory is like kick for us after a couple of defeats.”

Players

DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR
Stelmet Zielona Gora
“It was not our best game. Unicaja is the only team in our group that we cannot play with. Their aggressive defense is very difficult for us. We do not like playing against such teams. We lost, but I still believe in our promotion to the Top 16. We have three more games and everything can happen. I am the kind of person who never surrenders and I hope this is not the end.”
DRAGIC, ZORAN
Unicaja Malaga
“It was tough game for us. We were playing well until the second quarter. Then we started to play worse and our rivals took the possibility to gain something, but finally we mastered our emotions and played aggressively again.”
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