Regular Season Round 3 - October 31, 2014 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - MARTIN CARPENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
2-0 Regular Season 1-1
2-0 Overall 1-1

Referees

Crew Chief
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Referee
HERCEG, SINISA, Croatia
Umpire
MAJKIC, MARIO , Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.5 Points 73.5
36.5 Rebounds 40.5
12.0 O. Rebounds 15.5
24.5 D. Rebounds 25.0
21.5 Assists 16.0
3.0 Steals 8.0
1.0 Blocks 3.0
16.5 Turnovers 12.5
60.0 % 2PT 48.1 %
41.0 % 3PT 28.3 %
70.2 % FT 68.6 %
103.0 Index 82.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.5 / Toolson Points 13.0 / Batista
6.5 / Thomas Rebounds 8.0 / Moerman
2.5 / Thomas OR 2.5 / Moerman
4.0 / Thomas DR 5.5 / Moerman
5.0 / Toolson Assists 4.5 / Westermann
1.0 / Kuzminskas Steals 2.0 / Westermann
0.5 / Kuzminskas Blocks 1.0 / Plaisted
3.5 / Markovic Turnovers 2.5 / Westermann
100.0 % / Green 2PT 66.7 % / Zerbo
75.0 % / Thomas 3PT 50.0 % / Moerman
100.0 % / Vazquez FT 100.0 % / Boungou-Colo
18.0 / Toolson Index 16.0 / Moerman

THE TAKE

It is a rematch of the 2000 Korac Cup finals which Limoges won; these teams have not faced each other since. Unicaja has a deep frontcourt in which Fran Vazquez, Vladimir Golubovic, Will Thomas and Caleb Green are equally important. Adrien Moerman and JP Batista see most of the minutes for Limoges around the basket, but Trent Plaisted and Frejus Zerbo offer hustle and athleticism against Vazquez and Golubovic. Limoges relies on Ramel Curry, Jamar Smith and Nobel Boungou-Colo to make the difference at the wings. Curry will test his scoring skills against Ryan Toolson in an interesting matchup. Boungou-Colo will not have it easy against the active Mindaugas Kuzminskas. Jayson Granger and Stefan Markovic must be ready to play strong defense against Leo Westermann, as he can make the difference at point guard. Expect high intensity and a lot of action in Malaga.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Quotes Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"Markovic and Stefansson are doubtful for the game. We might try to get them on court but for now, it's not in our plans. Getting the third win would put us well on our way to the Top 16. However, I have always said that when you have a winning streak the problem is your team, because there are players that can think the opponents will then come with a white flag, and that is simply not the truth. We have had good practices these days despite the problems we had. Limoges is an athletic team and with talented players. They play well in the rebounds as they are averaging 16 offensive rebounds per game. They like to force turnovers, so it will be a tough game both physically and mentally."

Players

Game Notes

Unicaja Malaga
Kostas Vasileiadis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 straight and 26 of his last 27 Euroleague games.
Vasileiadis was a teammate of Limoges forward Adrien Moerman during the 2012-13 season at Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. They helped the club reach the Eurocup title game.
Fran Vazquez is 17 offensive rebounds away from a spot in the Euroleague’s career top 10 in that category. Vazquez is currently 13th all-time with 272 offensive boards. His former teammate Denis Marconato (289) sits in 10th place. Next on the list is Luis Scola (276).
Ryan Toolson was a teammate of Limoges big man Trent Plaisted during the 2011-12 season at Turkish side Aliaga Petkim.

Limoges CSP
Limoges’s only previous meetings with Unicaja came in the 2000 Korac Cup finals. Limoges won the opening leg 80-58 and then coasted to the title despite losing 60-51 in Game 2. Marcus Brown, who later played for Unicaja, leg Limoges with 49 points in the two-game series.
Trent Plaisted and Unicaja forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas were teammates during the second half of the 2010-11 season at Zalgiris Kaunas. Together they helped the club win the Baltic League and the Lithuanian League and Cup double.
Jamar Smith’s streak of Turkish Airlines Euroleague games with at least 1 three-pointer made came to an end last week at 11.
Leo Westermann has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague appearances.
Nobel Boungou-Colo is the league’s best free throw-shooter this season with 8 made in as many tries.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Unicaja outlasts Limoges to stay undefeated


In the teams' first matchup since the 2000 Korac Cup finals, Unicaja Malaga remained undefeated in Group C by downing Limoges 75-69 at home on Friday. Unicaja improved to 3-0, while Limoges dropped to 1-2. Fran Vazquez led the winners with 13 points. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Vladimir Golubovic each added 11 for Unicaja. Jamar Smith led Limoges with 14 points. Nobel Boungou-Colo added 11 while Leo Westemann had 10 for the guests. Golubovic took over in the first quarter to put Unicaja ahead 20-19 after 10 minutes. Three-pointers by Westermann and Pape-Philippe Amagou gave Limoges a 35-36 edge, but Stefan Markovic answered from downtown for a 38-36 Unicaja lead at halftime. Limoges took a 38-44 lead right after the break, but Caleb Green, Vazquez and Kuzminskas fueled a 23-2 run that broke the game open, 61-46. Limoges managed to get within 67-62 but Jayson Granger and Markovic kept the hosts out of trouble until the final buzzer.

First quarter: Golubovic puts Unicaja ahead

Kostas Vasileadis got Unicaja going with a three-pointer and soon matched Frejus Zerbo's layup with a jumper for a 5-2 advantage. Limoges struggled to score open shots in the early going but Zerbo scored again around the basket. Westermann's steal and layup put Limoges ahead for the first time, 5-6, but Vazquez returned the favor with a put-back. Back and forth they went, with Moermann drilling a jumper at 7-8 to force a Unicaja timeout. Defenses ruled until Golubovic stepped up with an off-balance jumper – and the free throw that came with it. Golubovic scored again, but Limoges found a go-to guy in Nobel Boungou-Colo, who struck from downtown and added back-to-back two-handed slams to keep Limoges within 16-15. Golubovic and Caleb Green scored around the basket, but JP Batista and Ramel Curry kept Limoges within 20-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Intensity rules

Batista kept pushing Limoges with back-to-back baskets early in the second quarter, enough for Limoges to take the lead, 22-23. Will Thomas stepped up with a jumper and Golubovic rolled off a pick to hit a mid-range shot for a 26-23 Unicaja advantage. Jamar Smith found space for an open three-pointer, but an unstoppable Golubovic scored again to put Unicaja back ahead, 28-26. Curry provided a highlight with a coast-to-coast basket, which Kuzminskas matched with an off-balance layup. Vazquez made 3-of-4 free throws, but Boungou-Colo and a three-pointer by Westermann tied the game again, 33-33. Vazquez stayed on fire with a layup, which Pape Philippe Amagou improved with a three-pointer that restored a 35-36 Limoges edge. Stefan Markovic nailed one from beyond the arc in transition to put Unicaja back ahead, 38-36, at the break.

Caleb Green - Unicaja Malaga - EB14

Third quarter: Unicaja reels off 23-2 charge

Smith followed 3 free throws with a backdoor layup to push Limoges to 38-41 after the break. Unicaja struggled to score and a wide open three-pointer by Westermann boosted the guests' lead to 38-44. Vazquez scored around the basket and Mindaugas Kuzminskas hit a triple to get the crowd involved at 43-44. Granger fed Vazquez for a big dunk that Zerbo erased with a layup. Kuzminskas made free throws and added a wild driving layup to give Unicaja fresh air at 49-46. Ryan Toolson, who had been scoreless until now, struck from downtown. Toolson soon added a fast break layup and free throws by Kuzminskas made it a double-digit game, 56-46. Green found Thomas for a three-point play, as Limoges had been held scoreless for five minutes already. Green followed free throws with a power layup that capped a mammoth 23-2 Unicaja charge. Ousmane Camara followed free throws with a jumper to bring the visitors within 63-50.

Fourth quarter: Unicaja stops Limoges's rally

Amagou nailed a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter, as Limoges improved its defense. A jumper by Batista soon brought the guests within single digits, 63-55. Camara scored around the basket, as Unicaja struggled to score for almost three minutes until Thomas stepped up with a layup. Smith answered from downtown to close to within 65-60. Granger made free throws and a jumper by Westermann gave the guests hope at 67-62. The visitors had entered the foul penalty, however, and Unicaja took full advantage of it. Granger hit foul shots, as the hosts started to run the clock down with longer possessions. A dunk by Vazquez sealed the outcome, 71-62, with over two minutes left. Limoges never gave up, but Unicaja kept full control of the game and cruised to a well-deserved win.
Friday, October 31, 2014
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Referees: DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 5540 (Tentative)
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Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 21:02 6   2/2     2 2 4         4 1 9
6 SOLUADE, MORAYONINUOLUWA 0:34     0/1                       -1
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 16:08 5 1/2 1/4         1   1   1 2   -2
9 TOOLSON, RYAN 24:15 5 1/4 1/3     2 2 5 1 1     1 4 10
10 THOMAS, WILL 27:40 8 3/5 0/3 2/3 1 8 9 1 1 2     1 3 13
14 KARAHODZIC, KENAN 1:32                   1         -1
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 28:54 4 0/2 0/2 4/6   5 5 8   3       5 13
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 24:23 13 5/9   3/4 1 3 4 1   1 2   2 2 14
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 22:07 11 2/4 1/3 4/4 2 3 5 2 2 2     1 4 17
20 STEFANSSON, JON 5:28 4 2/2           1           1 6
30 GREEN, CALEB 15:50 8 3/3 0/2 2/4 1   1 1   2     3 4 5
32 GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR 12:07 11 5/8   1/2 1   1         1 1 2 8
Team           3 1 4           1   3
Totals 200:00 75 22/39 5/20 16/23 9 24 33 24 4 13 2 2 16 26 94
56.4% 25% 69.6%
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
Head coach: DUPRAZ, JEAN-MARC
Limoges CSP
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 SMITH, JAMAR 23:48 14 1/3 3/6 3/3   4 4 5   2   1 2 3 16
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 24:36 10 2/5 2/4     5 5 9 3 2 1 1 4 1 17
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 12:57 6 2/4   2/2 2   2   1   1   3 2 7
13 BATISTA, JOAO PAULO 21:17 8 4/8       5 5 4   1     2 1 11
17 AMAGOU, PAPE PHILIPPE 18:16 6 0/2 2/2   1 1 2           3 2 5
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 27:03 4 2/4 0/2     4 4 1   2     3 2 2
25 CURRY, RAMEL 18:18 4 2/2 0/2 0/1   3 3   1 4       2 3
31 SOUTHERLAND, JAMES 6:34   0/1 0/2     1 1     1     3   -6
41 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 28:28 11 4/8 1/4   2 1 3 3   3     2 1 6
44 PLAISTED, TRENT 3:35         1 2 3           2 1 2
50 KANTE, LAMINE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 15:08 6 3/4     1 1 2   1       2   6
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 69 20/41 8/22 5/6 9 27 36 22 6 16 2 2 26 15 70
48.8% 36.4% 83.3%
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Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"Limoges is a good team. They break your systems and always stay in the game. Despite the problems we had with some injuries, the team is not backing down. We were up and down today and did not make the right choices in some play in the third and fourth quarters. It is obvious that we can play better and must keep taking steps forward to do that. We all would have agreed to be 3-0 before facing CSKA and Maccabi. These wins don't guarantee anything; we have difficult games ahead of us. We cannot look for excuses for being without this or that player. We will play with the players we have."
DUPRAZ, JEAN-MARC
Limoges CSP
"I am proud of my players, because they fought hard until the end of the game. We played well despite the turnovers we had in the final minutes of the game."

Players

KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS
Unicaja Malaga
"We are excited by our third win in Euroleague. Winning our home games is very important in this competition and we are still unbeaten in our court. The team worked well. Limoges made ​​things difficult for us in the first hafd. In the third quarter the team left the locker room with more energy and got the lead. The last quarter has been very intense. They played better defense and gradually reduced their deficit. In the end we managed to stay calm and scored a major victory. We expect a very tough game in Moscow."
VAZQUEZ, FRAN
Unicaja Malaga
"We played as a team tonight, with strong defense against a difficult team. We beat ALBA in the final minutes and tonight we had a 15-point lead and they rallied. The most important thing is that we won and that is very important. We are 3-0 and now face the toughest teams in the group, Maccabi and CSKA, which will be tough games."
SMITH, JAMAR
Limoges CSP
"We came to Malaga in order to get our second Euroleague win but have not succeeded. We knew Unicaja plays very well in their house and was going to be a tough game. We competed for 40 minutes and had chances to win until the end. In the third quarter they got a wide lead and we could not tie the game. We knew that winning in here would be complicated, but we have given our best. The team has worked hard against a very tough opponent. Now we have to keep working hard to get the second victory in the competition."
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