2019-20Top 16Round 4
January 29, 2020 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

Unicaja leaves it late to sink Andorra

Unicaja Malaga inched closer to a place in the quarterfinals using a strong final quarter to beat visiting Spanish League rival MoraBanc Andorra 84-75 on Wednesday night. Unicaja remained perfect on ITS home floor this season and used its third consecutive win to improve to 3-1 in Top 16 Group H, while Andorra dropped to 0-4 and was mathematically eliminated. The teams were close throughout the game and Andorra led after three quarters, but Unicaja scored the first 8 points of the fourth quarter and kept using its defense to increase the margin to double figures and secure the victory. Jaime Fernandez led in victory with 18 points. Ruben Guerrero collected 13 points plus 8 rebounds, while Alberto Diaz and Adam Waczynski scored 11 apiece in the victory. Dejan Todorovic netted 20 points for Andorra and Martin Krampelj scored 10 in a losing effort.

Dejan Musli had three close-range baskets for Andorra, but the hosts hit three wide-open three-pointers - one each from Axel Toupane, Fernandez and Deon Thompson to open a 17-8 lead. David Jelinek added to Andorra's tally with a driving layup and long corner jumper, helping the visitors within 21-15 after 10 minutes. Unicaja increased the difference to 28-19 with baskets inside from Guerrero and Thompson. After Clevin Hannah and Carlos Suarez trade triples, Todorovic hit a three-pointer, starting a string of 9 consecutive points. Volodymyr Gerun had a three-point play for the hosts before Krampelj's three-pointer made it 38-37. The margin stood at 43-42 at halftime.

The teams continued trading blows, and mistakes, early in the second half as each team had 5 turnovers in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter. Fernandez and David Walker traded triples before Frantz Massenat helped the visitors take a 50-51 edge. Jeremy Senglin had a transition triple then a driving layup to make it 52-58. After Waczynski and Todorovic traded threes, the hosts closed to within 59-61 to end the third quarter and then kept Andorra scoreless for almost 3 minutes to open the fourth. During that span, Diaz hit back-to-back threes to restore a 67-61 lead. Krampelj snapped a 12-0 run and Walker hit a triple to keep the visitors' hopes alive. However, Waczynski hit from downtown before Fernandez took it to the rim to open the first double-digit lead of the game, 79-68 with 2:40 left, and there was no coming back for the visitors.

Key run

Unicaja had a key 12-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters. Down 55-61 with 2 and a half minutes to go in the third quarter, Unicaja scored the final 4 points of the quarter and then opened the fourth with an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back threes from Alberto Diaz. Unicaja never relinquished the lead or control of the game.

Perfect hosts

It was far from Unicaja's best performance of the season, but the 2017 EuroCup champs are still undefeated at home, where they have won all seven games this season.

Killer turnovers

Andorra has a club-record 27 turnover, which is also Unicaja's club record for forced turnovers. 17 of them were committed in the second half. Interestingly, Andorra had the most turnovers in the third quarter, 9, which is a quarter the team still won 16-19. Andorra's total of 27 turnovers is tied for the most by any team in the last four years.

Andorra eliminated

One of last season's semifinalists, Andorra is now assured it will end this campaign in the Top 16. Andorra entered the Top 16 on a five-game winnings streak as one of the hottest teams in the competition, but has four losses in as many games so far in Group H.

Next up

Next week in Top 16 Round 5, both teams will be at home. Andorra will host a fellow Spanish League team Joventut Badalona (2-2) on Tuesday. Unicaja will square off against Tofas Bursa in a battle of group leaders on Wednesday.

Jaime Fernandez 2- Unicaja Malaga (photo German Pozo - Unicaja) - EC19
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS ; UDYANSKYY, EDUARD
Attendance: 6156
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Unicaja Malaga21221625
MoraBanc Andorra15271914
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Unicaja Malaga21435984
MoraBanc Andorra15426175
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 THOMPSON, DEON 14:33 7 2/4 1/3   1 2 3     1     3   2
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME 20:05 18 4/7 2/4 4/4   2 2 4 1 2   1 2 4 19
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 16:42 9 2/4 1/1 2/2   1 1   1 2       2 9
8 BRIZUELA, DARIO 17:48 4 1/3 0/6 2/4   1 1 4 2       2 6 5
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 21:47 11 1/2 3/3         2 1   1   3 3 14
14 ADAMS, JOSH 21:27   0/1 0/3     2 2   1 1     1   -3
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 23:18 11 1/2 2/5 3/4       1 1 3     1 4 8
28 TAMBA, ISMAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GUERRERO, RUBEN 18:27 13 6/8   1/2 4 4 8   1 3 1   2 1 16
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 28:03 7 1/2 1/3 2/2 1 4 5 5 3 4     2 3 14
52 GERUN, VOLODYMYR 17:50 4 1/3   2/3 2 1 3   1       1 3 7
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 84 19/36 10/28 16/21 9 21 30 16 12 16 2 1 17 26 96
        52.8% 35.7% 76.2%
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
MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 PEREZ, TYSON 25:44 6 3/6     2 6 8   1 2   1 2   7
5 SY, BANDJA 16:08 4 2/3     3 5 8     3     4 1 5
10 MASSENAT, FRANTZ 23:48 4 0/2 1/1 1/2   1 1 6 1 3     1 2 7
11 HANNAH, CLEVIN 20:29 7 2/4 1/2     2 2 3   3   1 1 5 9
15 KRAMPELJ, MARTIN 15:00 10 2/2 1/1 3/5 1 3 4 2 2 1 1   4 4 16
20 TODOROVIC, DEJAN 23:47 20 4/7 4/6     3 3 2   4     2 1 15
23 WALKER, DAVID 19:07 6 0/2 2/5   1 3 4     1     4    
24 COLOM, GUILLEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 JELINEK, DAVID 12:04 5 1/2 1/5         1   1     3 1 -2
30 SENGLIN, JEREMY 22:12 7 2/3 1/3         2 1 2     3 1 3
44 MUSLI, DEJAN 21:41 6 3/5   0/2 1 4 5   2 5     2 2 4
88 CLARK, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 75 19/36 11/23 4/9 11 28 39 16 7 27 1 2 26 17 66
        52.8% 47.8% 44.4%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Unicaja Malaga
"I am very satisfied with the work our team did in this game. We started the game well, we controlled the pace for the first 15 minutes of the game. In the second quarter, it changed a bit, they hit a lot of three-pointers and we lost control of the pace of the game in the last 3 minutes of the second quarter. The third quarter was a hard one for us to play, Andorra was playing well, they continued to make three-point shots. But in the fourth quarter we came back, we made more shots, we played good defense and that defense helped us get our offensive confidence back. And Alberto Diaz came in and turned the game around. He changed the game in 2 minutes and I am happy to say that because that is exactly what happened."
NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"During 30 minutes we followed the game plan. In the last quarter, the performance of Alberto Diaz absolutely changed the game, with 2 turnovers and 2 three-point shots. Our 27 turnovers are too much for us. Congratulations to Unicaja on this victory and best of luck in the future."

Players

DIAZ, ALBERTO
Unicaja Malaga
"It was a hard-fought victory and very important to stay in first place. It was a very intense game. They were close for some moments, but when we managed to defend together and tighten our defense, we took advantage on offense. The team defense that we played was the key to winning."
FERNANDEZ, JAIME
Unicaja Malaga
"It is a big team win. We showed character, the entire team, we are together in this. Andorra is a great team and it is great to have this win. We have to keep going to get into quarterfinals."
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