2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 22, 2015 CET: 20:05

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
69.0 Points 76.0
27.0 Rebounds 32.0
8.0 O. Rebounds 17.0
19.0 D. Rebounds 15.0
13.0 Assists 19.0
4.0 Steals 6.0
3.0 Blocks 3.0
10.0 Turnovers 9.0
44.2 % 2PT 63.9 %
44.4 % 3PT 23.3 %
43.8 % FT 52.9 %
53.0 Index 87.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.0 / Farmar Points 18.0 / Kuzminskas
7.0 / Onuaku Rebounds 6.0 / Vazquez
3.0 / Mbakwe OR 3.0 / Kuzminskas
6.0 / Smith DR 3.0 / Vazquez
3.0 / Farmar Assists 7.0 / Markovic
2.0 / Ohayon Steals 1.0 / Nedovic
1.0 / Bender Blocks 2.0 / Kuzminskas
2.0 / Smith Turnovers 2.0 / Markovic
100.0 % / Landesberg 2PT 100.0 % / Smith
100.0 % / Rochestie 3PT 100.0 % / Diez
100.0 % / Ohayon FT 75.0 % / Thomas
17.0 / Farmar Index 24.0 / Kuzminskas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-1 Regular Season 1-0
0-1 Overall 1-0


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

It is a classic showdown in the competition in recent years. Maccabi has a 5-4 home record against Unicaja, whose last win in Tel Aviv came in the 2012-13 regular season, 62-64. Vitor Faverani, who grew up with Unicaja, faces his former team, as does Richard Hendrix, who played for Maccabi from 2010 to 2012. Faverani will get plenty of help in the paint from Arinze Onuaku, Trevor Mbawke and Dragan Bender, who will see extended playing time if Brian Randle remains sidelined. Hendrix and Fran Vazquez face a physical test at the center position while Will Thomas and Carlos Suarez but step up against Faverani and Bender. Stopping Jordan Farmar and Devin Smith will be critical for Unicaja. Stefan Markovic and Nemanja Nedovic will battle hard against Farmar and Taylor Rochestie while Smith will not have it easy against Mindaugas Kuzminskas, in a critical matchup in this game. Jamar Smith and Edwin Jackson can make the difference for Unicaja with their outside shooting, just as experienced Yogev Ohayon and Guy Pnini can be the X-factor for Maccabi in this great game.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Game Notes

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Taylor Rochestie was the 2015 Ford Trophy winner after leading the Euroleague in scoring with 18.9 points per game.

Rochestie has scored in double figures in each of his last 22 Euroleague games.

Rochestie has made at least 1 three-pointer in 21 of his last 22 Euroleague games.

Brian Randle has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Devin Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Smith enters this game with 99 career Euroleague starts. If he starts this game, he will become the 41st player in competition history to start 100 Euroleague games.

Vitor Faverani came from Brazil to join the Unicaja junior program and played a number of games for the senior club too, including seven in the 2008-09 Euroleague season.

Faverani was a teammate of Unicaja guard Stefan Markovic at Valencia for two seasons between 2011 and 2013.

Unicaja Malaga

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

Hendrix spent two seasons with Maccabi between 2010 and 2012. He helped the team reach the 2011 Euroleague Championship Game and win back-to-back Israeli League and Cup doubles plus the 2012 Adriatic League. He was a teammate of current Maccabi players Jordan Farmar, Guy Pnini, Yogev Ohayon and Devin Smith; Maccabi head coach Guy Goodes was an assistant on those teams.

Stefan Markovic was a teammate of Maccabi forward Devin Smith during the 2010-11 season with Benetton Treviso. They helped Benetton reach that season’s Eurocup Finals.

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

Vazquez recorded his career high in rebounds with 13 against Maccabi in a 2008 playoff game. Vazquez, who at the time played for Barcelona at the time, posted 15 points, 2 steals and 2 blocks for a performance index rating of 25 that night in Tel Aviv, but Maccabi won the game and series.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This is our first home Euroleague game of the season, in front of our fans. We're playing a team that is in great form; just two weeks ago they beat Real Madrid by 20 points. We know them well, they're incredibly tough and aggressive. We'll need to emphasize boxing them out on rebounds, and get them playing at our pace, a faster pace. And we're going to need to deal with their big men: Hendrix, Vazquez, and Thomas. We're going to have to give our best."
Unicaja Malaga
"Maccabi would already be a dangerous rival if it was in a normal situation. We know the value of the Euroleague for teams like Maccabi or Zalgiris, it's almost everything for them. If on top of that, they come from losing by 30, we are expecting a wounded rival that will want to make up for those 30 points and will take it on us. It's a difficult trip, but we go there with the same mentality as always: we want to compete, win the game and show that we have more will and presence than in previous years. I have been lucky enough to have won in Tel Aviv before, but what I want is that my team shows an improved image. We started okay, we are on our way, but we have two tough tests this week and they will put us in our place. In the game against Maccabi we must be careful, but we have to keep being ourselves. I don't want us ever to stop doing that. If we want to succeed in Tel Aviv, we have to be mature enough."


Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"For the last week we've been working on improving our defensive game and on match-ups on defense. The players who have been here for a while are helping the new guys get used to the system, and I hope we'll see an improvement on defense tomorrow. Home games are very important to us, not just for our fans but for qualifying for the next round. The levels of positive energy and readiness are very high, which is as it should be."
Unicaja Malaga
"I hope that the loss of their first game affects them negatively because we want to keep winning. HOnestly, I don't know if alarms sound anywhere after a big loss on Euroleague opeining week. I do not worry about what they did in opening game, for me it's more important what I can control, beingready for Game 2 and be focused on my team to maintain the advantage in our group. Farmar and Rochestie will make things hard for us, they are talented players. They can hurt you in many ways, but we also have a talented team. We don't have to focus only on them, but we have to stop them as a team and try to win the game. That should be our only worry."

Kuzminskas leads Unicaja Malaga to victory in Tel Aviv

Mindaugas scored a career-high 23 points, most of which came at crucial times, to lead Unicaja Malaga to an impressive 82-93 road win over Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv at Menora Mivtachim Arena on Thursday. Unicaja jumped to the top of the Group D standings with a 2-0 record, while leaving the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champs winless. Kuzminskas gave Unicaja a 7-17 first-quarter lead after his first three-pointer. Maccabi used a big second quarter to come back and briefly lead before heading into halftime with the score ties at 47-47. Kuzminskas started the second half with a three as Unicaja regained control. However when Maccabi rallied to within 80-82 late, Kuzminskas sparked a 0-9 game-clinching run with a triple and a dunk. Jamar Smith added 17 points, Nemanja Nedovic scored 13 and Richard Hendrix posted 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists against his former team. Taylor Rochestie paced the Maccabi attack with 18 points and 7 assists, Trevor Mbakwe scored 17, Devin Smith posted 13 points and 8 rebounds and Jordan Farmar scored 13 in defeat. Before the game, Maccabi held a ceremony in memory of former center Nate Huffman, who passed away last week. His No. 7 jersey was raised to the rafters.

First quarter: Kuzminskas stakes Unicaha to 10-point lead

Jamar Smith opened the scoring with a three-pointer from the top of the key. Hendrix made is 0-5 before Devin Smith’s floater got the hosts going. Unicaja’s defense frustrated the hosts early, while a triple by Stefan Markovic and a Zuzminskas layup made it 2-10. Farmar used the pick-and-roll to create space for Mbakwe for a slam. Hendrix survived a block by Smith to score a reverse layup before Farmar buried a triple. Kuzminskas heated up with 2 free throws and a triple for a 7-17 advantage. Devin Smith and Hendrix traded buckets. Farmar added a layup, but Will Thomas dunked at the other end. Farmar used a nifty move to create space for a triple, but Markovic’s second three made it 16-24. After free throws by Smith, Sylven Landesberg hit a three from the wing to bring the hosts within 21-24 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Rochestie, Mbakwe lead Maccabi back

Yogev Ohayon drove for a tough layup, but Nedovic shined with a deep three and then made another on the next play to establish a 25-30 Unicaja lead. Rochestie drove through the Unicaja defense for a layup. Landesberg’s jumper made it a 1-point game. Carlos Suarez and Fran Vazquez kept the visitors in front. Mbakwe free throws made it 33-34 midway through the quarter. Jamar Smith netted a jumper only to see Rochestie match him. After another Jamar Smith shot, Rochestie came back from a timeout to tie the game at 38-38 with a three-pointer. Kuzminskas scored underneath and Jamar Smith stayed hot with a layup and a triple, though Mbakwe scored in between. Dragan Bender used his speed for a dunk in transition and Farmar’s third three tied the game again. Mbakwe gave Maccabi its first elad with 2 free throws, but Kuzminskas left things even, 47-47, at the break.

Third quarter: Kuzminsas keeps visitors ahead

Kuzminskas came out for the second half and buried a three-pointer. Thomas increased the difference with free throws before Kuzminskas capped a 0-7 spurt with a layup. Rochestie got Maccabi’s first basket of the half. Jamar Smith was called for an unsportsmanlike foul when he stopped Devin Smith in transition and the attacker made the 2 free throws. Thomas set up Kuzminskas for a layup on the break before Rochestie countered with a long jumper. Jamar Smith’s triple made it 53-59 midway through the quarter. Mbakwe countered at the other end with a basket-plus-foul and then soared to tip in Devin Smith’s missed layup. Hendrix scored on the offensive glass. Unicaja added to the lead with free throws from Suarez and Hendrix. Farmar drove for a nifty finger roll, but Edwin Jackson’s triple made it 60-68. A great shot by Rochestie and a Guy Pnini free throw ended the quarter at 63-68.

Fourth quarter: Maccabi gets within 2, but Unicaja answers with 0-9 run

Ohayon’s layup got the crowd involved, before Nedovic and Pnini traded threes. Suarez’s put-back and a Dani Diez triple gave the visitors a 68-76 cushion. But Pnini added a second three. Nedovic sandwiched a tough layup and a pull-up jumper around a Rochestie three. Devin Smith added a long jumper that was nearly a three. Thomas made a tough fadeaway jumper at the other end. Devin Smith scored again and Mbakwe added free throws to draw the hosts within 80-82. Kuzminskas came to Unicaja’s rescue with a triple and a fast break slam on the ensuing play. Jamar Smith buried a jumper off an inbounds pass to silence the arena. Kuzminskas rejected Mbakwe before a Markovic layup all but sealed the outcome at 80-91 with less than two minutes to go. Devin Smith impressed with a put-back of Farmer’s missed three, but Hendrix sealed the outcome with a slam with 30 seconds left as Unicaja celebrated an important road win.

Daniel Diez - Unicaja Malaga - EB15
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Attendance: 11060
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv21261619
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv21476382
Unicaja Malaga24476893
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 FARMAR, JORDAN 28:46 13 2/3 3/8         5   2     2 1 9
3 BENDER, DRAGAN 12:59 2 1/2 0/1   1 1 2   1       2 1 2
6 SMITH, DEVIN 28:06 14 5/9 0/2 4/4 3 5 8   1 3 1 1 3 4 15
8 YIVZORI, DAGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 19:17 7 0/1 2/2 1/2         1 1       1 6
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 16:51 4 2/3 0/3     2 2 1   1   1 3   -2
13 FAVERANI, VITOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 18:07 7 2/3 1/4   1   1 1   1   1 2   1
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 35:54 18 6/11 2/2   1 1 2 7   4     1 2 19
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 32:52 17 5/6   7/7 3 3 6 1   2 2 1 2 5 25
33 ONUAKU, ARINZE 7:08   0/2     2 2 4         1 2 1  
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 23/40 8/22 12/13 13 15 28 15 3 14 3 5 17 15 78
        57.5% 36.4% 92.3%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY
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
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 16:45 4 0/1 1/4 1/2       1         1 2 1
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 6:21     0/1   1   1 1         1 1 1
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 23:41 12 5/7   2/2 3 3 6 6 3 1 1 2 2 3 24
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 23:13 8 1/1 2/3     3 3 5   2       1 14
10 THOMAS, WILL 20:55 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 4   2     2 1 7
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 19:05 3 0/1 1/2   1 2 3 2             6
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 19:05 5 2/4 0/2 1/2 2 3 5 4         3 2 8
14 GABRIEL, GERMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SMITH, JAMAR 23:28 17 4/7 3/5   1 1 2 2 1 2     2 2 15
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 10:26 13 2/3 3/4             1 1 1     10
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 16:06 2 1/6     1   1     1 1   1 1 -2
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 20:55 23 6/6 3/5 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 3 2   3 4 25
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 93 23/39 13/28 8/10 15 17 32 26 5 12 5 3 15 17 115
        59% 46.4% 80%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This was a painful loss at home. We knew it would be a tough game; we worried about rebounds, and as it turned out, we were right. We also had too many turnovers, and we need to tighten up our defense. To give up 100 points last week and 93 tonight is just too much. The game just got away from us. We need to learn from this game and move on to the next."
Unicaja Malaga
"We dominated the game from the beginning. Maccabi got closer, but we deserved to win. We showed great bench depth and my team knows the kind of game it wants to play, what it needs to do. We made many mistakes, but also had character and were ambitious. We wanted to win. We want to win anywhere, against any team, and to be in the Euroleague. It was an important game for us. During the summer, we thought about bringing in players who wanted to take a step forwards, to give our team more character and compete in every court we play at. If we are able to compete against such a big team as Maccabi, it means we are on the right track."
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