2012-13Top 16Round 12
March 21, 2013 CET: 20:45

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.2 Points 79.0
36.1 Rebounds 33.4
11.3 O. Rebounds 8.1
24.8 D. Rebounds 25.3
13.3 Assists 17.7
5.5 Steals 6.4
3.0 Blocks 3.9
12.7 Turnovers 13.8
47.9 % 2PT 55.2 %
35.3 % 3PT 41.1 %
73.7 % FT 75.1 %
76.4 Index 93.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.3 / Zoric Points 13.9 / Weems
5.2 / Zoric Rebounds 7.2 / Khryapa
1.9 / Zoric OR 1.5 / Kaun
3.3 / Zoric DR 6.3 / Khryapa
3.4 / Williams Assists 5.0 / Teodosic
1.2 / Calloway Steals 1.7 / Khryapa
1.0 / Zoric Blocks 1.2 / Kaun
1.8 / Simon Turnovers 3.0 / Teodosic
57.0 % / Zoric 2PT 68.1 % / Kaun
45.5 % / Calloway 3PT 100.0 % / Krstic
89.6 % / Simon FT 93.8 % / Khryapa
13.9 / Zoric Index 17.6 / Krstic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
6-5 Top 16 8-3
8-2 Regular Season 9-1
14-7 Overall 17-4


Crew Chief

The Take

In a pivotal showdown in Top 16 Group E, Unicaja Malaga hosts CSKA Moscow in the Game of the Week on Thursday. Unicaja is ranked fifth in Group E at 6-5 and has the tie-break advantage against Panathinaikos Athens, which is fourth at 7-4. CSKA checks in at third with an 8-3 record and will seal a playoffs ticket if it wins – also sending Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul to the next round, regardless of other scores. In Top 16 Game 5, Unicaja upset CSKA 81-94 behind 28 points from an unstoppable Marcus Williams.

Both teams have deep frontcourts that can make the difference and are set to be the biggest key to this game. Viktor Khryapa, who recently came off CSKA's injury list, has been simply unstoppable in the Top 16 by helping his team in all aspects of the game. He will get plenty of help from sharp shooter Zoran Erceg and athletic big man Andrey Vorontsevich at power forward. Sasha Kaun and Nenad Krstic are splitting minutes at center and combine give Coach Ettore Messina a tremendous 40-minute effort. Khryapa will not have it easy against Andy Panko and Luka Zoric, who earned bwin MVP honors last week, while Krstic and Kaun will battle in the paint against a battery of big men featuring Augusto Cesar Lima, Kosta Perovic and Fran Vazquez, whose blocked shots and ability to play over the rim make him essential to coach Jasmin Repesa's defense. CSKA has to find the way to stop Williams, who put together a shooting exhibition in Moscow. Williams will split playing time at point guard with Earl Calloway – but both players will also play together at some point during the game. Williams must use his athleticism and unlimited shooting range against former Euroleague MVPs Milos Teodosic and Theo Papaloukas. Calloway will not have it easy against lightning-quick playmaker Aaron Jackson. Sonny Weems and Vladimir Micov will see most of the playing time at the wings - but Messina sometimes uses two and even three point guards together on court. Unicaja has more options at the wings, such as veteran guard Sergi Vidal, top-class slasher Zoran Dragic and scoring aces Krunoslav Simon and Txemi Urtasun.

Unicaja must make the most of its bigger depth at both wings, expect Vazquez and Lima to stop Krstic in the low post, run its offense through Williams and Zoric and use the home-court advantage to fight for a big win. CSKA needs a good game from Weems and Teodosic, expect its rock-solid frontcourt to make the difference in the paint, circulate the ball to keep getting good shooting options and keep control of the game tempo with its many options at point guard.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Game Notes


Twelve different players have appeared in Unicaja’s starting lineup this season, but no player has started every game.

Luka Zoric is tied with Brose Baskets’s Maik Zirbes for the Euroleague lead in fouls committed this season with 73 (3.5 per game). Fran Vazquez is third with 71.

Zoric was the Top 16 Game 11 bwin MVP after posting 21 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in last week’s victory at Real Madrid.

Unicaja is 7-0 this season when Marcus Williams has made at least 3 three-pointers in a game.

Williams had his best game of the season against CSKA Moscow with 28 points on 6-of-12 three-point shooting to lead Unicaja to an 81-94 victory over CSKA in Moscow in January. He was named Top 16 Game 5 co-MVP for his effort.

Fran Vazquez has made 16 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Vazquez, the Euroleague’s career leader in blocked shots, needs 3 more to become the first player to reach the 200 milestone.

Kosta Perovic played behind Nenad Krstic at Partizan Belgrade between 2002 and 2004, during which they won back-to-back Serbian League crowns.

Perovic has been a teammate of CSKA players Nenad Krstic and Milos Teodosic on the Serbian national team. Together they won the silver medal at EuroBasket 2009. 

Perovic was a teammate of Vladimir Micov at Partizan during the 2006-07 season. Together they won the Serbian League championship.

Krunoslav Simon had one of his best Euroleague games against CSKA in Moscow last season. He tallied 21 points, 5 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 25, though CSKA beat his team at the time, KK Zagreb, 87-74.


CSKA will become the first team in the modern Euroleague to win 200 games if it beats Unicaja in the Game of the Week.

Only four CSKA players – Aaron Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Vladimir Micov and Milos Teodosic – have appeared in every game this season. Coach Ettore Messina has used a total of 11 different players in his starting lineups and 17 players overall this season.

Ettore Messina coached Unicaja forward Sergi Vidal during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons at Real Madrid.

Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games. 

Viktor Khryapa has at least 1 steal in nine straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Zoran Erceg has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Vladimir Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games; he is shooting 18 for 36 (50%) from downtown over that stretch.

Nenad Krstic has blocked at least 1 shot in seven straight Euroleague games.

Theo Papaloukas needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his career.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"The game against CSKA Moscow is really important and it's going to be tough. I have already said many times in the past that each game is do-or-die for us now. We have been playing better lately, showing better shape. That's why I am rather optimistic for this game, but we must know how to respond to the demands of this kind of clash. It won't be easy because we will have one of the favorites to win the Euroleague in front of us, but we are ready to face a tough game."
CSKA Moscow
"It will be a very difficult game. Unicaja won in Madrid last week and earned some extra confidence. They are still fighting for the spot in the quarterfinals, they have hopes and this particular game will be very important for them. Unicaja has great shooters and it is very good on offensive rebounds so we have to take care about that. We also struggled against their zone defense in Moscow and we will be better prepared this time."


Unicaja Malaga
"Beating CSKA Moscow twice the same season is not easy but we will try that, no doubt about it. It is an encouraging game for us, to enjoy, to dream and we will surely make things hard for them. We will try to go for the W. We have an eye on Panathinaikos Athens now regarding the standings, but it is true that if we beat CSKA again, with the point differential, we will be only one game away from them. I think they will come to Malaga aware of that and I am sure they will prepare the game well and come with their best intentions to win also. In Moscow we had a good night but I don't really think it will be the same kind of game. We must try to match their physical condition and intensity on court, and I think it will be a game with less scoring than the one in Moscow."
CSKA Moscow
"In the first game we just did not defend properly, we were not ready. But we improved a lot, we defend better now and we play much better as a team. I think we are good enough to win the game."

CSKA Moscow books playoff spot with clutch win at Unicaja

CSKA Moscow booked its place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs with a 66-70 victory over Unicaja Malaga on Thursday night. A tight game was only decided in the final minute of the fourth quarter, thanks to a clutch play from Sonny Weems. The pace was frenetic and Unicaja looked capable of defeating CSKA for the second time this season, but the visitors proved just too strong at the end. Sasha Kaun took CSKA through some tough moments and led the scoring with 16 points. Milos Teodosic and Weems added 13 points apiece – Teodosic also dished 5 assists – and Zoran Erceg scored 10. For Unicaja, Marcus Williams netted 12 points, including 3 three-pointers on 50% shooting. Earl Calloway, Zoran Dragic and Krunoslav Simon all contributed 10 points each.

First quarter: Dunks, triples and tight defense open the drama

CSKA showed what its intentions were with a slick passing move to open the scoring, dunked in by Viktor Khryapa. Weems put the lead to 0-5 with a three-pointer, matched by Unicaja’s Sergi Vidal. When a highlight reel dunk was put in by Kaun, it was clear that the fans at the Palacio de los Deportes were in for a treat. A fast break layup from Weems was his second contribution of the night, responded to by Calloway for Unicaja with a shot from downtown. In contrast to the first meeting between the two sides, in the early going CSKA’s defense was tight and solid. Forcing misses from the normally-consistent Luka Zoric inside, the Russian champs were running a relentless pace and pressure. Past the halfway mark in the quarter, Unicaja was trailing CSKA by 8-12. Simon hit a three-pointer to put the host just a single point behind, until Teodosic re-extended the lead with an audacious assist for Kaun to put in with an alley-oop. Unicaja eventually went ahead, however, with a great running jumper from Dragic. Dragic’s follow-up steal and lay-up was the last Unicaja basket of the quarter, but Nenad Krstic opened his account with 4 seconds remaining to make it 17-16 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Lead changes hands as relentless pace continues

Erceg and Williams traded three-pointers for CSKA and Unicaja, respectively, in a series of scoring that also saw the lead exchanged. As in the first quarter, things quickly got crazy. Zoric made a huge block on Krstic in the paint, before the CSKA center went straight back to put in a tough shot over Andy Panko. A third Dragic steal and fast break boosted his tally for Unicaja, tying the game at 26-26 as he kept his team’s momentum going. Another Calloway triple from deep showed that there were still players capable of scoring, however, drawing the game level at 30-30 going into the final minute of the half. To finish off, a massive block from Augusto Cesar Lima on Khryapa led to a Calloway layup, ending the half with Unicaja 34-30 ahead.

Third quarter: Intensity continues and Dragic levels things up

Khryapa’s slam off an inbounds play started the second half for CSKA, sparking off a series of awesome plays. A tough layup for Lima was followed up by a huge slam from the Unicaja player, sending the crowd to its feet. Kaun kept on firing back from alongside the basket, continuing an impressive game for the big man. He scored 6 points in quick succession as the high pace continued, and it was fittingly from his next basket –a spectacular dunk – that CSKA regained the lead, 41-42. Two free throws and a shot-clock-beating Erceg three put CSKA further ahead. Zoric’s points and blocks clawed the deficit back for Unicaja, but its opposition had plenty more ideas; Teodosic’s sublime backdoor pass to Khryapa was his fifth assist of the night, approaching the final minute of the quarter. Despite CSKA looking like it would extend its advantage, Dragic pulled things back level after 2 rebounds and a buzzer-beating layup. At 52-52, the final quarter promised drama all the way.

Fourth quarter: Teodosic and Weems combine in clutch finale

Teodosic edged CSKA in front to open the crucial final period, as the visitors looked to their leader to pull it through. The response was emphatic from his opposite number, Williams, who put in a big three-pointer to get Unicaja going. Another from him, from an even more difficult spot and fading away, left Unicaja up 60-54. Continuing the trend of the game, the scoreline was soon level, however, when CSKA’s Vladimir Micov put in a three-pointer from the corner. The pendulum kept on swinging from one side to the other, taking in Simon hook shots and Teodosic efforts from downtown along the way. The latter hit his third triple of the night to make it 62-66, heading into the final two minutes. Two important drives into the paint from Panko made it a 2-point game with 45 seconds remaining, setting up a spectacular finish. Weems decided things in CSKA’s favor with a devastating drive, and CSKA ran down possession to win 66-70 and confirm a playoff spot.

Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow - EB12
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Attendance: 8550 (Tentative)
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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
4 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 33:42 10 1/4 2/4 2/2   2 2 1   4     3 1 2
6 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 20:46 12 1/3 3/6 1/2   1 1 1   3   1 1 3 6
7 LIMA, AUGUSTO CESAR 8:42 4 2/2       3 3       1       8
8 PANKO, ANDY 27:17 7 3/8 0/2 1/2 2 5 7 1       1 4 3 5
9 VIDAL, SERGI 17:21 5 0/1 1/1 2/2   2 2 1 1 1     1 1 7
10 URTASUN, TXEMI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 20:52 10 2/3 2/5     3 3 2 2 1     1 2 13
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 13:55 2 0/4   2/2 1 4 5   1 2     4 1 -1
19 DIAZ, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZORIC, LUKA 30:06 6 3/7     4 3 7 1   3 2   2 4 11
22 DRAGIC, ZORAN 27:19 10 5/6 0/2 0/1 2 7 9 1 3 1     1 2 19
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 66 17/38 8/20 8/11 9 31 40 8 7 16 3 2 17 17 70
        44.7% 40% 72.7%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 34:52 13 2/2 3/6     2 2 5 1 4     2 3 15
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 20:46 5 1/5 1/2     3 3 1 1 1         4
7 JACKSON, AARON 15:14   0/1 0/2     1 1 1 1       2 1 -1
11 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 19:42 7 3/6   1/1   7 7 1   1   1 1 4 13
13 WEEMS, SONNY 33:27 13 5/10 1/6 0/2   2 2 3 1 1   1 3 3 5
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 19:33 10 2/3 2/5   3 3 6   2       3 2 13
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 0:50                              
24 KAUN, SASHA 23:52 16 7/8   2/4 1   1 1   1 2   2 3 17
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 24:37 6 3/7 0/2   2 6 8 2 2 4   1 2 1 6
33 PONKRASHOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 7:07           2 2     1     2   -1
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 70 23/42 7/23 3/7 9 27 36 14 8 13 2 3 17 17 75
        54.8% 30.4% 42.9%

Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"Even though we lost the game, I can only give compliments to my players for what they did tonight. Unfortunately, we lost the game, but that's life. We have to walk away from this loss with our heads up and mentally stronger. We don't have so much time to think about it before we play again. We are determined to compete until the end, whether we have a chance or don't have a chance, to win as many possible games."
CSKA Moscow
"It has been a very difficult game. We let it get complicated after a good start, because we committed a lot of turnovers in the first half, which Unicaja took advantage of with fastbreaks to get a lead at the end of the first half. For us, it was key to play with our taller five-man rotation, using Khyrapa as a small forward. Later, we played at the end with Krstic and Kaun together, because that helped us to protect the zone better defensively. At the end, like many games, this one was decided by big plays made by players like Teodosic and Weems, another important one by Micov. We were able to make some big three-pointers after having missed some earlier and in the end we got a very important victory."


Unicaja Malaga
"It's a shame. We fought but go back home sad. Losing a game like this hurts a lot. I am angry. Let's see what happens. I guess the club will have its say. We tried and have to keep fighting because we still have chances to make it to the quarterfinals, even though it is much more difficult now. The team had a good game against a great team. We beat them in Moscow and had the chance to beat them here."
CSKA Moscow
"It feels good. We played very well and competed well. It’s not easy play to play here in Malaga, it’s always hard and they have great fans. We tried not to look at the last game between us, because Unicaja played good in that one and we played badly. We knew we had to play good defense and do easy things. This game wasn’t going so good for us. There were lots of turnovers, especially in the first three quarters. It really hurt us, but we hung in there, we battled and we came out with the win. Home court advantage is something that is very important at this stage. The next two games will be crucial and we don’t want to be satisfied with this, we’ve still got a big game coming up next week against Real Madrid and we’re looking forward to it."
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