Regular Season Round 13 - January 24, 2007 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
5-7 Overall 5-7

Referees

Crew Chief
ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS, Greece
Umpire
CASTANO, ANIBAL, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
69.9 Points 73.3
31.5 Rebounds 33.0
8.5 O. Rebounds 12.2
23.0 D. Rebounds 20.8
11.9 Assists 10.6
10.3 Steals 16.0
2.7 Blocks 2.5
18.1 Turnovers 12.8
51.5 % 2PT 45.6 %
32.4 % 3PT 31.2 %
66.8 % FT 75.4 %
71.8 Index 74.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.3 / Rodriguez Points 13.8 / BODIROGA, DEJAN
4.8 / JIMENEZ, CARLOS Rebounds 5.4 / Mavrokefalidis
1.7 / Pietrus OR 2.2 / Mavrokefalidis
3.7 / JIMENEZ, CARLOS DR 3.4 / BODIROGA, DEJAN
2.8 / Rodriguez Assists 2.6 / BODIROGA, DEJAN
1.6 / Welsch Steals 2.9 / Hawkins
0.8 / Pietrus Blocks 0.8 / ASKRABIC, O.
2.8 / Welsch Turnovers 2.3 / Hawkins
66.7 % / Pietrus 2PT 53.2 % / BODIROGA, DEJAN
39.5 % / Vasileiadis 3PT 41.7 % / ASKRABIC, O.
80.4 % / Rodriguez FT 93.9 % / Righetti
13.3 / SANTIAGO, DANIEL Index 15.8 / BODIROGA, DEJAN

THE TAKE

Survival will be the theme on Wednesday in Group B when Unicaja hosts Lottomatica Roma at the Martin Carpena Arena in Malaga, Spain. Both teams are tied with Cibona Zagreb and Partizan Belgrade with 5-7 records, good for fourth place in the standings, and know that a win in this head-to-head matchup will bolster their chances of earning a trip to the Top 16. Unicaja is coming off of an uplifting 67-61 home win over previously undefeated Panathinaikos, in which center Daniel Santiago shined with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The Spanish champs have now won four of their last five games at home. Meanwhile, Roma scored a big 72-83 road win at DKV Joventut thanks to a season-high 25 points from David Hawkins and 18 by Mire Chatman. Roma will need some more big nights from its backcourt to spread the floor for Dejan Bodiroga and the rest of the Roma players. Unicaja topped Roma 65-71 earlier this season in the Italian capital for the team's lone road win this season. Berni Rodriguez matched his Euroleague career-high with 20 that night. These teams match up well against each other, at least on paper. Unicaja brings a deep backcourt consisting of Rodriguez (12.3 ppg., 2.8 apg.), Pepe Sanchez (6 ppg., 2.9 apg.), Carlos Cabezas (9.1 ppg.) and swingman Jiri Welsch (9.4 ppg.) that will challenge Chatman (10.5 ppg., 2.5 apg., 2.5 spg.), Hawkins (14.3 ppg., 2.9 spg.) and sharp-shooting reserve Alex Righetti (8.8 ppg.). As always, a key matchup will take place wherever Bodiroga is (13.8 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 2.6 apg.), with Rodriguez, Carlos Jimenez and perhaps even ex-Roma teammate Marko Tusek among those that will take a shot at guarding him. In the paint, Santiago (11.3 ppg., 4.8 rpg.) will look for help from Florent Pietrus and Tusek against Roma's center tandem of Ognjen Askrabic (7.7 ppg., 5.1 rpg.) and Loukas Mavrokefalides (7.5 ppg., 5.4 rpg.). Sweet-shooting big man Luca Garri could also see good minutes off the bench for the visiting side. Unicaja may have an advantage against Bodiroga, with Tusek, his teammate for all of last year, and Sanchez, who won the 2002 Euroleague title alongside Bodiroga at Panathinaikos, both able to help the team's forwards to prepare for him. The possibility of shutting down the Euroleague legend would go a long way to helping Unicaja get in position to win. On the other hand, the recent scoring performances of Hawkins and Chatman indicate that the Roma guards have finally found their stride, which could spell trouble for anyone in their path. Follow those matchups to have an idea about which direction this game - and possibly a ticket to the Top 16 - is headed.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Unicaja
"We face a rival who is playing great right now, as their latest results show, and has a quality coach and roster. It's a very different team from the one we played in Rome in the first round. They play very athletic, aggressive and intense basketball now. We are well aware of the importance of the game and I am sure that our fans are, too. We know it will be an intense game, one of the last ones that will decide final positions, and we trust we'll have the concentration necessary to make good decisions in the last minutes, which I believe will be decisive."
REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"Destiny is in our hands. We are well aware that we face a very difficult game in Malaga. There will be 9,000 fans supporting their team and going against us. It's an important game for both teams and we will have to try to show the same energy we did in our victory at DKV Joventut. If we have won at Badalona, I see no reason why we cannot win in Malaga."

Players

TUSEK, MARKO
Unicaja
"The game against Lottomatica will be very important for us considering what it couldmean in the standings and because we are playing a good team. Also, for me it will be a special game because I played there for four years and they still have several players from my time there. In fact, those who lead the group are the same ones, so I'll run into many acquaintances. We have to play well to win this game. They have lifted their playing level lately, so it will be a hard game. We have to be ready and play good defense to have a chance for the victory."
GIACHETTI, JACOPO
Lottomatica Roma
"Unlike Unicaja, we are going through a positive run. We really want to progress to the Top 16 in the Euroleague and we are going to Malaga determined to show that we deserve a spot in the next round. The pressure will be on Unicaja and we will have to make sure to get a good start in the game and make them feel that pressure and hopefully take advantage. We are all in good condition, ready to prove our value in Malaga. This game is just as important to them as it is to us, so it's going to be a battle."
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. IƱaki 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.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS (GRE), CASTANO, ANIBAL (FRA)
Attendance: 9450
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Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Unicaja
# 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 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%
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: REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
# 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 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%
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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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