2006-07Regular SeasonRound 13
January 24, 2007 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA
Daniel Santiago - Unicaja There was only one team standing after an intense 40-minute battle that went down to the wire in Malaga, Spain, and that was Unicaja, which took a huge step toward the Top 16 from Group B by edging Lottomatica Roma 68-66 on Wednesday night. Unicaja improved to 6-7 and joins a three-way tie with Partizan and Cibona for fourth place in the group standings. Partizan hosts Unicaja in the regular season finale in a make-or-break showdown in which the winner will have a Top 16 berth guaranteed. Meanwhile, Lottomatica dropped to 5-8 and will carry on fighting to make the Top 16, but it needs to win its final regular season game against Cibona in order to keep its chances alive. Florent Pietrus became the game hero by scoring the game-winning layup at the buzzer. Daniel Santiago had 13 points for Unicaja, Jiri Welsch added 12, Carlos Cabezas 11 and Marko Tusek 10 against his former team. Dejan Bodiroga had 17 points for Roma, David Hawkins added 15, Ognjen Askrabic 12 and Mire Chatman 10. The game went down to the wire and saw as many as 11 lead changed before Chatman tied it at 66-66. Hawkins missed an off-balanced shot, while Pepe Sanchez fed Pietrus for a left-handed reverse layup at the buzzer.

Chatman needed just 15 seconds to bury the first three-pointer of the game, but Carlos Jimenez immediately answered with a layup. Unicaja tried to run its offense through Santiago, as he hit a free throw and added a layup for a 5-3 Unicaja edge. Roma struggled to score and soon entered the foul bonus. Meanwhile, Berni Rodriguez scored in transition and Cabezas capped a 9-0 run with a driving layup. Roma did not give up, as Alessandro Tonolli buried a long two-pointer, Chatman added a fast break layup and Hawkins threw down a dunk. Bodiroga banked in a short jumper and added a three-point play for a 10-14 Roma lead, endingg a 1-11 run. Rodriguez hit free throws, but Hawkins erased them with a fast break layup and Chatman added a layup for a 12-18 Roma lead. Unicaja called timeout and Cabezas shined with a breakaway dunk and added foul shots. Welsch beat the buzzer with a driving layup for a 19-18 Unicaja edge after 10 minutes

Dejan Bodiroga - Lottomatica RomaAskrabic buried one from downtown early in the second quarter and soon added a free throw for a 19-22 Roma edge. Unicaja went scoreless for almost three minutes, during which Askrabic nailed another triple. Iñaki De Miguel fired in a mid-range jumper and Pepe Sanchez buried an off-balanced rainbow jumper that got the crowd back into the game. Roma struggled to score now, as Unicaja excelled on defense, not allowing any easy shots. Tusek stepped up with a second-chance basket, good for a 25-25 tie. Bodiroga scored inside, but a motivated Tusek struck from downtown to put Unicaja back ahead. Hawkins hit free throws, but Sanchez scored against Chatman in the low post for a 30-28 Unicaja edge. Hawkins shined with a big dunk and free throw that came with it, while free throws by De Miguel, Bodiroga and Tusek fixed the halftime score at 34-33.

Santiago had a huge block on Loukas Mavrokefalidis to keep Unicaja focused in defense after the break. He followed a free throw with a tip-in to give his team a 37-33 edge. Luca Garri shined with an acrobatic basket that Santiago erased with foul shots. Garri scored again, but Welsch answered from downtown for a 5-point Unicaja lead. It didn't last long, as Askrabic followed Bodiroga's triple with a basket inside to tie the game at 42-42. Unicaja switched to a 2-3 zone defense, but Hawkins broke it with a bomb from downtown, good for a 43-45 Roma lead. Jimenez scored in penetration, but Bodiroga hit another triple. Welsch and Jimenez scored back-to-back layups, and even when Garri hit a jumper, Santiago made free throws for a 51-50 Unicaja edge. Cabezas fired in one from downtown, but Jacopo Giachetti replied with a short jumper. Welsch dunked it and matched Hawkins's free throws with a buzzer-beating layup, good for a 59-54 Unicaja lead after three quarters.

Rodriguez scored in penetration right at the start of the final period, as Roma kept struggling to score. Tonolli rescued the guests with a jumper and Askrabic fired in his third three-pointer to cause Unicaja to call timeout at 61-59. The hosts were scoreless for more than four minutes, missing 7 consecutive shots. Meanwhile, Bodiroga showed all his talent with a driving layup that tied the game at 61-61 midway through the fourth quarter. Santiago scored in the paint and Tusek fired in a crucial three-pointer, leading to Roma calling timeout at 66-61. Hawkins hit free throws and Chatman drew an unsportsmanlike foul and fired in a jumper off the dribble to tie it at 66-66 with less than two minutes to go. Both teams traded turnovers in crunch time and Lottomatica got the ball back with 29 seconds remaining. Hawkins missed a shot and Sanchez fed Pietrus for a reverse left-handed layup right at the buzzer, enough for all Unicaja fans in the stands to explode with joy. It was his only basket in this game, but it was worth a huge step towards reaching the Top 16.
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS (GRE), CASTANO, ANIBAL (FRA)
Attendance: 9450
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Unicaja
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SANCHEZ, PEPE 27:00 4 2/4 0/2   2 2 4 8 2 2       3 15
5 RODRIGUEZ, BERNI 23:15 6 2/3   2/2   2 2 3 1 3     4 3 7
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 9:00     0/2     2 2             2 2
8 CHYLINSKI, MICHAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WELSCH, JIRI 31:00 12 4/5 1/3 1/3 2 2 4     2     2 2 9
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 29:45 11 2/4 1/4 4/6 5 3 8 1 1 3     3 3 11
11 PIETRUS, FLORENT 13:30 2 1/1 0/2     1 1       1   3   -1
15 DE MIGUEL, IGNACIO 9:15 4 1/1   2/2       1 1       1 2 7
17 TUSEK, MARKO 16:15 10 1/4 2/5 2/2 2 2 4     1 1 1 2 1 6
20 JIMENEZ, CARLOS 17:00 6 3/5 0/4   1 6 7 3   2   1 4 1 4
22 SANCHEZ, ALFONSO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 24:00 13 3/6   7/10 1 1 2   1 2 2   4 9 15
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 68 19/33 4/22 18/25 14 25 39 16 6 15 4 2 23 26 80
        57.6% 18.2% 72%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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
Lottomatica Roma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIACHETTI, JACOPO 10:00 2 1/2           1 1       1   2
8 TONOLLI, ALESSANDRO 21:00 4 2/3                 1   5 1  
9 RIGHETTI, ALEX 10:15   0/1 0/2             1     4   -8
10 BODIROGA, DEJAN 32:45 17 4/8 2/2 3/4   3 3 4 2 4     3 4 18
11 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 11:00   0/5     1 1 2     3   3 2 1 -10
12 MARMARINOS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GARRI, LUCA 19:00 6 3/3 0/2   1 4 5 1 1       3 5 13
14 CINCIARINI, DANIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 PORCARO, YURI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ASKRABIC, OGNJEN 29:15 12 1/4 3/4 1/2 2 4 6 3   2   1 3 3 13
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 33:00 10 3/6 1/3 1/2 2 6 8 3 3 1     2 2 17
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 33:45 15 3/8 1/2 6/9 2 2 4 1 2 1 1   3 7 17
Team             1 1   1           2
Totals 200:00 66 17/40 7/15 11/17 8 21 29 13 10 12 2 4 26 23 64
        42.5% 46.7% 64.7%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Unicaja
"We had an important win tonight. It was tough. It was also a technical game in which we had to look for an exit in each and every possession of the game. We were ahead most of the game but we never dominated it. Pepe Sanchez's defense and the pass in the last pick and roll play allowed us to win the game. We have recovered after a slow start, we have defeated important teams. I want to congratulate my team for these tough games. We only have to think about the win in Belgrade. We will go there full of confidence."
REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"We had a great chance tonight to take a game against such a big team as Unicaja. Or mayve even just send it to overtime. But that's the greatness of basketball. I am sorry we lost but I have to congratulate both teams for such a good game. Now we are in a tough situation but wehave to remain optimistic against Cibona."

Players

RODRIGUEZ, BERNI
Unicaja
"When you win this kind of games the morale of the team goes up. They were a tough rival tonight and they have improved a lot since we last met. The next game will be hard, we are visiting a hot court but we have to get there knowing that we depend on ourselves to make it."
PIETRUS, FLORENT
Unicaja
"It was a big team effort and we won a very important game. I think we deserved it. About Pepe's pass, I didn't even look at it. I know him very well, I know how he plays and I admire him. I knew the ball would be there."
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