2001-02Regular SeasonRound 4
October 31, 2001 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA
The ranks of the undefeated got a little thinner on Wednesday as Unicaja Malaga of Spain handed mighty Olympiakos of Greece its first comeuppance in Group A, an 86-79 decision that looked solid even without considering that the winners were missing a key contributor. Malaga had contributors to spare however, with Milan Gurovic putting up 26 points, including a huge three-pointer with just under 3 minutes remaining that sent Malaga through to victory. Alphonso Ford did his unusual scoring and more for Olympiakos, drilling the nets for 34 points that included two late three-pointers that drew the reds within 83-79, but Moustapha Sonko and Chuck Kornegay finished off the victory for Malaga and its 8,500 crazy fans.

A fast-paced first quarter in which the home team got caught up in a run-and-gun contest afforded Olympiakos enough easy chances to take a five-point early lead, 15-10. Ford and Forrest were getting their points. No surprise there. But the open-court atmosphere, fuelled by unexpectedly quick shooting by Malaga, made for layups by the visitors. Lucky for Malaga, Veljko Mrsic got hot with seven points down the stretch. Darren Phillips, active inside from the beginning, stole and dunked to forge a 19-all tie before two Forrest free throws left Olympiakos with a 19-21 lead.

The lead went back and fourth until a four-point play by Milan Gurovic broke Malaga ahead 32-27, tying the biggest lead by Olympiakos. The visitors responded with one-on-one moves by Iñaki De Miguel and Theodore Papaloukas, and then Forrest added two straight buckets to cut the lead to one, 36-35. Mrsic made two free throws for a 38-35 lead, then stopped Ford at the other end, setting up an interesting final possession. Before Mrsic had moved with the rebound, however, Ford slapped the ball loose and put it through, cutting the Malaga advantage to just one, 37-38, at the break.

Malaga took the initiative after halftime as Gurovic and Sonko pushed the Olympiakos defense, stole passes and rebounds, and added to the scoreboard until the hometeam had accumulated a 54-45 lead. But every time Malaga got away, Ford brought them back, scoring with poise despite one of the best defenses in Europe being directed against him. He held Olympiakos close at 57-51 and in the final minutes Stephane Risacher made a flip-in and a three-pointer to cut the lead after three quarters to 62-58.
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Referees: COELHO, ANTONIO (POR), FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), AITCHESON, DALE (ENG)
Attendance: 8511
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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 CORTABERRIA, JON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 RODRIGUEZ, BERNI 27:58 8 3/6 0/2 2/5 1 1 2 5 2       2 3 10
6 MRSIC, VELJKO 20:51 13 3/3 1/3 4/4   3 3     3     2 3 12
7 PHILLIP, DARREN 16:17 6 3/4 0/1   2   2   1 1     4   2
9 VAZQUEZ, PACO 9:14 2 1/2 0/1                   1 1  
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 14:41 4 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 2       3 7
11 GUROVIC, MILAN 25:33 26 3/7 5/8 5/5 3 4 7         1 2 3 26
12 KORNEGAY, CHARLES 26:48 8 3/4 0/1 2/3 1 2 3 1 2 4 2   4 3 8
13 WEIS, FREDERIC 29:24 5 2/5   1/2 3 2 5 2   2     3 2 5
14 SONKO, MOUSTAPHA 29:14 14 1/5 1/4 9/10 1 4 5 5 3 2   1 2 6 20
15 VAZQUEZ, FRAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 86 20/40 7/21 25/31 12 18 30 14 10 14 2 2 20 24 90
        50% 33.3% 80.6%
Head coach: MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
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
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOUNTOURIS, NIKOLAOS 2:46     0/1                   1   -2
5 JELIC, DUSAN 3:04                              
6 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 31:25 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 2 2 4 2 3 4     5 2 7
7 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 15:39 3 1/2 0/1 1/1       3   1     2 1 2
8 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 31:50 4 2/3   0/2 3 6 9 1   1 2   1 3 14
9 RISACHER, STEPHANE 24:52 10 3/4 1/2 1/2   1 1 1         4 2 7
10 FORD, ALPHONSO 38:54 34 9/16 4/6 4/6 1 2 3 2 1 6   1 2 4 24
11 TOMITS, MILAN 9:17     0/2   1 1 2 2 1 1     2 1 1
12 NIKAGBATSE, MISAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 EKIM, EMRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FORREST, JAMES 26:05 14 4/10 0/1 6/6 3 4 7   2 2   1 3 4 14
15 DE MIGUEL, IGNACIO 16:08 6 2/7   2/2   2 2   1       4 3 3
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 24/47 5/14 16/21 10 18 28 11 8 15 2 2 24 20 70
        51.1% 35.7% 76.2%
Head coach: ZOUROS, ILIAS
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