2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 15, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MARTIN CARPENA

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The Take

Unicaja Malaga and German champion Brose Baskets Bamberg clash on opening night. Bamberg relies heavily on the play of its point guards - Bradely Wanamaker, Nikos Zisis and Janis Strelnieks - and often two of them are on the floor at the same time. Unicaja has the pieces to aggressively defend them and give them fits on the perimeter with the athleticism of Edwin Jackson, Nemanja Nedovic and Stefan Markovic, while Jamar Smith and Daniel Diez serve as the killers from the wings. Bamberg will need production from Lucca Staiger from the outside, and Darius Miller, Daniel Theis and Elias Harris on the inside. They all will need to provide help on the boards to limit Unicaja's front line. Aside from the ability to spread the floor with the long range of its forwards German Gabriel, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Carlos Suarez, Unicaja's biggest strength may be its offensive rebounding, where Kuzminskas and Suarez do the work together with Richard Hendrix, Will Thomas and Fran Vazquez. The hosts’ advantage is in their depth in the paint, and Brose Baskets' big man Nicolo Melli, Gabe Olaseni and Yassin Idbihi could have their work cut out.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Game Notes

Unicaja Malaga

Unicaja and Bamberg have a history of close games between them. Unicaja leads the all-time series 4-2, but won those four games by a combined 11 points. One of Bamberg’s two wins came by a single basket, too. Five of the previous six games between the teams went to the visiting team.

Fran Vazquez, the Euroleague career leader in shots blocked, has rejected at least 1 shot in six straight Euroleague games.

Jamar Smith made his Euroleague debut with Bamberg during the 2013-14 season. Only Karsten Tadda and Elias Harris remain from Smith’s time at the club.

Jamar Smith has scored in double figures in seven eight Euroleague games.

Richard Hendrix has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last six Euroleague appearances.

Carlos Suarez had one of the best games of his Euroleague career – without even registering an official field goal attempt – against Brose Baskets Bamberg. Suarez started and led Real Madrid to an 83-81 overtime win over Bamberg in November 2010 with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. He compiled a performance index rating of 26; Suarez drew 6 fouls that night and all of his points came from free throws.

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Elias Harris, Patrick Heckman, Darius Miller, Malik Muller, Aleksej Nikolic, Gabe Olaseni, Daniel Theis and Bradley Wanamaker are all expected to make their Euroleague debuts this week.

Nicolo Melli was a teammate of Unicaja big man Richard Hendrix during the 2012-13 season at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.

Janis Strelnieks has never missed a free throw in 10 previous attempts in the Euroleague.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"It's a very important game for us and it would be good that we could end up with a win. Brose Baskets is the German champ, over Bayern and ALBA, and they just won the German supercup. They had a 57% for three until this week, a spectacular figure. They also have two talented point guards and a complete group. They feature a lot of talent and they are well-coached from the sidelines."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Unicaja Malaga is a very experienced team. They reached the Euroleague Top 16 ten times in a row. They have players, who already won the Euroleague title. They play very fast basketball. And they’ve got a great home court athmosphere. We’ve got a lot of respect for that organization."


Unicaja Malaga
"Brose Baskets is a team with experienced players, players that know the top competition and have even played - and won - a Final Four. They are a great team, right now the best in Germany, a league that keeps growing. It's important for us to get this win because we must win all home games as we are in a balanced group. Brose Baskets doesn't have the same history as CSKA or Maccabi, but they are a tough team and if we do not respect them they can sneak away with the win. We must start focused from the beginning, stay tough in defense and then also the rebounds to be able to win this game."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"The way they play is the typical Joan Plaza style: aggressive, with specific tactics in defense and offense. But the main thing you can understand from this team is their speed. They love to run. Especially at home, they run 40 Minutes, try to get easy baskets out of fastbreaks."

Kuzminskas leads Unicaja to home win against Bamberg

Unicaja Malaga got off to a strong start in regular season Group D by downing Brose Baskets Bamberg 76-71 at home on Thursday. Unicaja registered its first-ever Euroleague regular season home win against Bamberg after losses in 2010 and 2011. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led the winners with 18 points, Will Thomas added 11 while Richard Hendrix had 10 for Unicaja. Nikos Zisis led Bamberg with 16 points, Janis Strelnieks added 13 and Nicolo Melli 10 for the guests. Kuzminskas shined early to give Unicaja a 15-10 lead. Gabe Olaseni and Melli helped Bamberg tie it at 18-18 after 10 minutes. A huge dunk by Darius Miller gave Bamberg its biggest lead, 27-31, but Kuzminskas and Hendrix helped Unicaja regain a 36-34 edge at the break. Kuzminskas took over after halftime to give Unicaja a 63-49 margin through three quarters. Bamberg tried to return to the game, but Unicaja kept a safe margin throughout the fourth quarter to add a very important first home win.

First quarter: Unicaja starts strong, Bamberg rallies

Hendrix got Unicaja going with a big basket in the low post, which Zisis matched with a one-handed jumper in the lane. Will Thomas took over with a wild dunk, but Yassin Idbihi scored in the paint. A layup by Kuzminskas restored a 6-4 Unicaja edge. Idbihi and Thomas traded mid-range jumpers and Zisis scored again to tie the game. Kuzminskas took over with a bomb from downtown. Bradley Wanamaker buried a long two-pointer, but Jamar Smith soon gave Unicaja a 13-10 lead. Unicaja improved its defense and a jump hook by an unstoppable Kuzminskas gave the hosts a 15-10 lead. Olaseni made free throws, but Edwin Jackson did better with a big three-pointer. Melli scored around the basket and added a close jumper to keep Bamberg within 18-16. A layup by Olaseni tied it at 18-18 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hendrix shines to keep hosts ahead

Carlos Suarez shined with a put-back basket early in the second quarter, but Olaseni erased it with a backdoor layup. A driving layup by Patrick Heckmann soon gave Bamberg its first lead, 20-22. Suarez kept pacing Unicaja with free throws and Dani Diez added a three-pointer to put the hosts back ahead, 25-22. Fran Vazquez stepped up with a two-handed dunk that Zisis matched with an off-balance jumper. Strelnieks took over with a three-point play that tied it at 27-27. Ibdihi scored around the basket and a huge dunk by Miller shocked the crowd at 27-31. Melli struck from downtown off an Unicaja timeout, but Vazquez and Hendrix kept Unicaja within 30-34. Kuzminskas took over with a steal and a coast-to-coast layup and Thomas tied it at 34-34. Hendrix ignited the crowd with a wild, one-handed put-back slam to regain the lead for Unicaja, 36-34, at halftime.

Third quarter: Unicaja rolls as Kuzminskas takes over

Strelnieks struck from downtown immediately after the break, but Thomas answered with a six-meter jumper and Stefan Markovic buried an off-balance shot for a 40-37 Unicaja edge. Markovic found Thomas for a big slam that caused Bamberg to call timeout at 42-37. Wanamaker hit a jumper of the dribble, but Hendrix quickly answered with back-to-back layups that gave Unicaja some fresh air at 46-40. Kuzminskas provided a highlight with an up-and-under layup, as Bamberg kept struggling to score, even from the free throw line. Kuzminskas shined with an alley-oop slam, before Zisis split free throws. Kuzminskas buried a three-pointer and a one-handed floater by Smith broke the game open at 55-41. Wanamaker hit free throws and a corner triple by Zisis brought Bamberg within 56-46. Suarez hit a one-handed shot in the paint, Alberto Diaz buried a three-pointer and Nemanja Nedovic kept Unicaja way ahead, 63-49, through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Local fans celebrate

Zisis scored again early in the quarter and Melli hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to bring Bamberg within single digits, 63-54. Zisis also joined the three-point shootout, but so did Nedovic to make it 66-57. Nedovic kept pacing the hosts with a dunk off a steal, which Elias Harris matched with a wild put-back slam. Both teams struggled to score for more than two minutes, in which Bamberg missed a couple of three-point attempts that could have brought the guests back. Diez stepped up with a big three-pointer, but a layup by Miller and a three-pointer by Strelnieks gave Bamberg hope at 71-64 with less than four minutes left. Unicaja started to use longer possessions to run the game clock down. Thomas made free throws and Markovic split attempts to seal the outcome, 74-66, with 1:10 left. Bamberg never gave up, but Unicaja had already cruised to an important home win.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas - Unicaja Malaga - EB15
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Attendance: 6031
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Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JACKSON, EDWIN 16:12 3   1/6     2 2           1 3 2
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 9:22 3   1/2           1       2 1 2
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 21:42 10 5/6   0/2 3 2 5 3 1 1     3 1 13
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 25:17 3 1/1 0/3 1/2   2 2 7 1 2     2 1 6
10 THOMAS, WILL 25:13 13 5/7 0/3 3/4 1 2 3 1 1 1     2 4 13
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 18:33 6   2/2   2   2           1 2 9
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 14:47 7 2/3 0/2 3/4 2 2 4 2           4 13
14 GABRIEL, GERMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SMITH, JAMAR 14:15 4 2/2 0/3   1   1     1     4   -3
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 14:43 7 2/4 1/4         3 1 1     1   4
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 18:04 2 1/5   0/2 3 3 6     1 1   1 2 3
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 21:52 18 5/8 2/5 2/3 3 2 5 3 1 1 2     3 24
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 76 23/36 7/30 9/17 17 15 32 19 6 9 3 0 17 21 87
        63.9% 23.3% 52.9%
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
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 31:14 10 2/5 2/3   1 5 6 3 2       3   14
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 24:03 16 4/4 2/5 2/4       4   4     1 7 17
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 9:39     0/2   1   1     1     2   -4
9 TADDA, KARSTEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 THEIS, DANIEL 8:46 2   0/1 2/2                 2 1  
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 29:36 10 4/5 0/2 2/3 1 5 6 3 3 5     3 5 15
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 27:13 13 1/2 3/4 2/3   1 1 5         1 2 17
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 8:45 2 1/1     1 1 2           2   2
21 MILLER, DARIUS 19:56 4 2/3 0/1             1   1 2   -2
25 OLASENI, GABE 21:11 6 2/3   2/2 1 1 2 1 1 1   1 3 1 5
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 9:33 2 1/2   0/2   2 2 1       1 1 1 1
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 10:04 6 3/3       1 1     1     1   5
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 71 20/28 7/18 10/16 6 18 24 17 6 15 0 3 21 17 71
        71.4% 38.9% 62.5%

Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"Starting the competition with a win is always positive. It was a game in which neither of the two teams played at a great level. We were especially bad in defensive rebounds, but improved in the second half. We are assembling our players and struggled a lot today. Our playing style has a lot of potential risks and some of them could have been avoided today. We deserved to win and are on our way to be a better team every day. We will see if Kuzminskas is able to stay at this level; it is still early in the season. Our team needs time. We want our players to read the game. We had great moments and then worse moments. What I want is to see my players compete. We will get there."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Congratulations to Unicaja for a deserved victory. The first problem was the defensive rebounds. I do not ask them to catch the offensive rebounds, but fight for the defensive. I told my players to win in such a difficult place like Malaga, we had to leave with the desire and energy to fight for the rebounds. The second problem was Kuzminskas. It was very difficult for us to defend this player."


Unicaja Malaga
"The second half was a little bit different than the first half. Anyway, we won because we played really good defense, maybe other things were not so good, like defensive rebounds or turnovers, but we are happy that we have this first win. It is really important to defend our home court. We have the same coach and half of the team played together for two or three years. We know each other and are working really hard in practice to get this. I am happy and it is really important to look like a team on the court."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We knew it was difficult to win here in Malaga. It's not an excuse, but for many of us it was our first game at this level. We competed well against a great team like Unicaja. It was a shame we could not take any more time, but we had chances to win the game for several minutes. The Euroleague just started and there are many games ahead."
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