2018-19QuarterfinalsGame 2
March 08, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

ALBA takes series back to Berlin

ALBA Berlin survived a do-or-die situation and regained home court advantage in its best-of-three playoffs series by downing Unicaja Malaga 81-101 In Game 2 on Friday. The series is tied at 1-1 after both teams traded road wins. ALBA hosts Game 3 on Wednesday. Rokas Giedraitis led the winners with 23 points. Luke Sikma added 14, Martin Hermannsson and Peyton Siva each had 11 while Joshiko Saibou and Niels Giffey got 10 apiece for ALBA. Giorgi Shermadini led Unicaja with 15 points. Brian Roberts added 13, Sasu Salin 12, Mathias Lessort 10 while Dragan Milosavljevic and Kyle Wiltjer each had 10 for the hosts. Unicaja led 26-23 after 10 minutes but an unstoppable Sikma allowed ALBA to taje a 43-51 margin at halftime. ALBA boosted its margin to 45-58 soon after the break but Adam Waczynski led an 11-0 run that brought Unicaja as close as 56-58. It didn't last long, however, as Saibou, Giedraitis and Hermannsson took full control of the game, allowing ALBA to get a 75-92 margin and seal the outcome.

Landry Nnoko got ALBA going with a tip-in and fast break layup. Giedraitis soon followed a layup with a triple for a 4-9 score. Roberts answered from downtown, and Wiltjer followed Adam Waczynski's jumper with a three-pointer that gave Unicaja its first lead, 12-11. Siva and Kenneth Ogne joined the three-point shootout to make ALBA regain a 13-19 edge. Lessort scored down low and Roberts added a jumper in a 6-0 run that Milosavljevic capped with a layup. An outstanding Lessort gave Unicaja a 26-23 lead after 10 minutes. Salin bettered Saibou's layup with a triple for a 29-25 score early in the second quarter. Salin struck twice from downtown but Johannes Thiemann and Sikma kept ALBA within 35-33. Shermadini dunked but Giedraitis and Sikma did better with two three-pointers apiece, making Unicaja call timeout at 41-47. Giffey and Saibou kept ALBA fully in charge, 43-51, at halftime. A jumper by Sikma made it a double-digit game, before Seibou and Nnoko boosted the guests' margin to 45-58. Witljer, Waczynski and Milosavljevic downed consecutive triples in an 11-0 run, capped by Waczynski’s put-back layup that brought Unicaja as close as 56-58. But Giedraitis answered from downtown and added a backdoor layup for a 56-63 ALBA lead. Salin buried a corner three-pointer but Thiemann hit a jump hook and Saibou added a jumper. Ryan Boatright sank a three-pointer and Shermadini brought Unicaja within 66-67, but Saibou hit a jumper and Hermannson struck from beyond the arc for a 66-72 ALBA lead after 30 minutes. Shermadini took over with a layup-plus-foul early in the fourth quarter but Siva immediately answered with a triple. Shermadini and Tim Schneider traded baskets, and back-to-back three-pointers by Giffey boosted ALBA's lead to 71-83. Giedraitis followed a layup and a jumper to break the game open, 71-87, after a 0-12 ALBA run. Shermadini scored again but Siva and Nnoko sealed the outcome as ALBA never looked back.

Pivotal performer

Martin Hermannsson allowed ALBA to keep full control most of the way, stepping up for injured playmaker Stefan Peno. He finished the game with 11 points, 9 assists and 6 fouls drawn for a PIR of 19. An accomplished shooter, Hermannsson is averaging 9.5 assists per game in this series - twice as much as he did (4.7 apg.) in the Top 16.

Game-changing moment

ALBA led 71-75 early in the fourth quarter and improved on defense at the right time. Meanwhile, Niels Giffey struck twice from downtown and Rokas Giedraitis added a layup and a jumper in a 0-12 run that boosted the guests' lead to 71-87 with under 6 minutes left. Unicaja did not recover, and ALBA cruised to a critical win.

Stellar stat

ALBA shot the ball better tonight and finished the game with 24 assists and just 10 turnovers. ALBA hit 64.1% of its shots inside the arc (25-of-39) and 56.5% from three-point territory (13-of-23). Unicaja did well from two-point range (55.9%, 19-of-34) but not so well from downtown (29%, 9-of-31)

Did you notice?

ALBA has become the first team to beat Unicaja at Palacio de Deportes Martin Carpena in a 7DAYS EuroCup Playoffs game. Unicaja won all of its playoffs games in 2017 - against FC Bayern Munich, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Valencia Basket - on its way to the title. ALBA was able to snap that winning streak and force Game 3.

Next game:

In a winner-take-all showdown for a semifinals spot, ALBA hosts Unicaja in the German capital on Wednesday, March 13.

Luke Sikma - ALBA Berlin (photo Mariano Pozo - Unicaja) - EC18
Friday, March 8, 2019
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Referees: PUKL,SASA; PAPAPETROU, PETROS; NIKOLIC, UROS
Attendance: 9650
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Unicaja Malaga26172315
ALBA Berlin23282129
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Unicaja Malaga26436681
ALBA Berlin235172101
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 BOATRIGHT, RYAN 11:18 3   1/4     1 1     2     2 2 -1
2 OKOUO, VINY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SALIN, SASU 25:00 12 0/2 4/7   1   1           3   5
11 DIEZ, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 33:43 10 4/8 0/4 2/2 1 3 4 2 1     2 2 3 8
17 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 19:10 15 4/5   7/7 3   3     2     1 5 19
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 21:11 7 2/3 1/3   1   1 1       1 3 2 4
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 28:48 13 4/5 1/5 2/2   3 3 9 2 1     5 4 20
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 20:44 11 3/6   5/11 1 4 5     1 2   2 7 13
33 WILTJER, KYLE 17:33 10 2/3 2/4   1 4 5 1   3     3   7
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 22:33   0/2 0/4   1 2 3 6   1     1 2 3
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 81 19/34 9/31 16/22 12 17 29 19 3 11 2 3 22 25 80
        55.9% 29% 72.7%
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SAIBOU, JOSHIKO 20:33 10 4/5   2/2   2 2   1 2     3 2 9
3 SIVA, PEYTON 21:49 11 0/2 2/5 5/6   6 6 7 1 3     2 5 19
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 20:11 10 1/2 2/4 2/2         1 1     3 2 6
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 12:16 2 1/1       1 1     2     1 1 1
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 28:48 11 3/5 1/4 2/4   1 1 9         1 6 19
22 WAGNER, FRANZ 0:06                              
25 OGBE, KENNETH 4:49 3 0/1 1/1                       2
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 27:03 23 4/4 5/7   1 1 2 2         3 1 23
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES 12:32 6 3/4       2 2         1 3 1 4
33 CLIFFORD, DENNIS 2:47 2 1/2       1 1     1   1 2 1 -1
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 24:41 9 4/5   1/2 3 1 4 1 1   2   3 2 14
43 SIKMA, LUKE 24:25 14 4/8 2/2   4 2 6 5   1 1   4 1 18
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 101 25/39 13/23 12/16 9 22 31 24 4 10 3 2 25 22 120
        64.1% 56.5% 75%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Unicaja Malaga
"We leave with a bad taste because of our last five minutes. The team competed for around 35 minutes and always had the chance to take the lead, which we did in the first half, or when we rallied in the second half from a nine-point deficit. I believe they always found an open shot, especially in transition, shooting with very good percentages. That was where the key was for us, to believe that we could have won the game. I wouldn't be able to define our last 5 minutes. We are not consistent or solid, and have a lot of ups and downs. We have to be professional and know that we have to do the work we need to win the next game. The playoffs has three parts and we just finished its second part. We lost a great chance in front of our fans."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"I am happier because we played the way we wanted to and got a prestigious win here. On the other hand, we have more games - against Oldenburg, second in the German League, on Sunday and next week against Unicaja. This is not very good for us because every game is different. In the same way that they won in Berlin, we won in Malaga and now, we don't know what it is going to happen. The most important thing for me is to play well. If we win, better, but we have to play the way we did today."

Players

GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS
ALBA Berlin
"It is very tough to play here, and we had lost the first game at home. We were up 19 points and lost the game. We knew we had a last chance to beat them because if we had lost, our EuroCup season would be finished. I think we fought well, put our heart on the court, and won the game. Our next step now is going to be in Berlin, looking for our second victory."