2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 10, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALASERRADIMIGNI

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.4 Points 76.0
28.5 Rebounds 34.5
8.1 O. Rebounds 12.9
20.4 D. Rebounds 21.6
14.1 Assists 19.3
6.4 Steals 6.1
3.8 Blocks 2.0
13.4 Turnovers 12.1
47.6 % 2PT 53.8 %
34.8 % 3PT 32.5 %
81.5 % FT 77.2 %
69.3 Index 87.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.9 / Haynes Points 12.9 / Kuzminskas
5.4 / Alexander Rebounds 7.1 / Hendrix
1.9 / Varnado OR 2.7 / Hendrix
4.4 / Alexander DR 4.4 / Hendrix
2.9 / Haynes Assists 5.1 / Markovic
2.1 / Logan Steals 1.0 / Kuzminskas
1.6 / Alexander Blocks 0.6 / Hendrix
3.0 / Logan Turnovers 1.5 / Kuzminskas
66.7 % / Petway 2PT 100.0 % / Diaz
55.6 % / Devecchi 3PT 47.1 % / Diez
100.0 % / Stipcevic FT 100.0 % / Smith
13.4 / Eyenga Index 17.0 / Hendrix


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-8 Regular Season 6-2
0-8 Overall 6-2


Crew Chief

The Take

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari will play its final home game in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season when it hosts Unicaja. The Italian champion will target its first win of the season, while Unicaja – which is already ticketed for the Top 16 – looks for a victory that will allow it to play for first place in Group D next week. Richard Hendrix scored 19 points to lead Unicaja to an 80-62 victory when they met last month in Spain, though he did miss last week’s game. Sassari is tied for the second-most points allowed this season (84.5 ppg.) and ranked among the bottom five in the league in scoring (71.4 ppg.), which is not a recipe for success. Unicaja relies on playmakers Stefan Markovic and Nemanja Nedovic to take care of the ball, which is why the team is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.59). However steals leader David Logan (2.1 spg.) will put pressure on the Unicaja playmakers. Another aspect that could be key to the outcome; Unicaja is the third-best offensive rebounding team (12.9 rpg.), while Sassari is ranked last in defensive rebounds (20.4 rpg.). A handful of extra possessions for Mindaugas Kuzminskas and co. could prove decisive. Jarvis Varnado and Joe Alexander will have to deny Unicaja those extra possessions to help Sassari on its quest to give its fans a victory as a parting gift.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Game Notes

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

David Logan leads the Euroleague lead in steals through Round 8 with an average of 2.14 per game.

Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in 19 consecutive Euroleague games.

Joe Alexander has blocked at least 1 shot in seven straight Euroleague games.

Christian Eyenga has recorded at least 1 steal in nine straight Euroleague games.

Rok Stipcevic has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Stipcevic was a teammate of Unicaja big man Richard Hendrix in the first few months of the 2013-13 season at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.

MarQuez Haynes has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague games; he is shooting 18 for 36 from downtown (50%) over that stretch.

Haynes has scored in double figures in five straight Euroleague games.

Denis Marconato is ranked 10th in competition history in rebounds. He needs 31 more boards to reach the 1,000 milestone for his career.

Marconato needs 4 more offensive rebounds to catch Aleksey Savrasenko for 10th place on the competition’s career charts. Marconato is 12th with 290 offensive rebounds; Erazem Lorbek (291) is 11th.

Unicaja Malaga

Jack Cooley is due to make his Euroleague debut.

Edwin Jackson has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight Euroleague games.

Jackson has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Richard Hendrix has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last 13 Euroleague appearances.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"Unicaja is a solid club playing great basketball and staying on top of Group D for a long part of the regular season. After they lost two games, however, they have to play the last two very good, so we have to expect that Unicaja will be focused and determined to win. About the team, Coach Plaza like to make them play hard in the paint with big men like Hendrix, Thomas and Kuzminskas. They have good skills in the backcourt, too, with Jackson and Smith. For us, this game will be a good test to redeem the bad game against Trento last Sunday. We must grow more, improve our work and find new balance between us."
Unicaja Malaga
"I think Dinamo is a better team than rankings show. They play in a very particular way with the two coaches they had. It's dangerous if we don't respect it. It is an important game for us because I think we deserve to be among the best in the group and it's fair that we compete for it. It's not just another game. All their players have played inimportant teams and they have the capabilities. We must try to play a serious game and keep the good feelings on the court."


Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"Thursday's game will be really important for us to understand what we missed on Sunday at home against Trento in the Italian league. We know that Unicaja is a great team and we want to fight against a big opponent. Round 9 will be a test for us to find the right way, improve our game and send a good message to our fans. We are sorry for Sunday's loss and we want to show them our hard work and respect. Our team is better than that, and all of us want to prove it."
Unicaja Malaga
"This is a game that looks easy but it won't be. In Malaga they put us through some hard times in phases of the game. Their wins column doesn't tell the truth. We must be focused and face the game with all our weapons because if we get overconfident, all will be lost. We are in a good moment now, if we do our thing we will have options to win."

Unicaja Malaga cruises past Sassari

Unicaja Malaga snapped a two-game road losing streak by knocking off Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 65-77 in Group D. Jamar Smith led the way for Unicaja with 20 points and Richard Hendrix added 16 points and 7 rebounds as Unicaja improved to 7-2 and remained alive to take first place in the group. Mindaugas Kuzminskas chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds and Stefan Markovic had 7 points and 4 assists. Sassari is still looking for its first Euroleague victory of the season, dropping to 0-9 despite Joe Alexander’s 19 points. Jarvis Varnado collected 16 points and 5 rebounds and Marquez Haynes had 13 points and 6 assists in the losing effort.

First quarter: Smith three-pointers get Unicaja going

Sassari coach Marco Calvani made two changes to his line-up with David Logan and Alexander playing for Mattero Formenti and Brian Sacchetti alongside Haynes, Christian Eyenga and Varnado. Unicaja boss Joan Plaza left Kuzminskas and Fran Vazquez on the bench in favor of Dani Diez and Hendrix with Edwin Jackson, Nemanja Nedovic and Carlos Suarez. Logan started the game with a layup and Jackson got the guests on the board with a three-pointer from the left wing. The lead switched hands the next three scores with Eyenga making it 6-5 with a layup. It was 8-5 after Varnado free throws. While Nedovic, Jackson and Hendrix scored for Unicaja, Varnado continued his strong first quarter with a dunk off an offensive rebound, a jumper and a reverse layup for a 14-11 advantage. Alexander nailed his first three to increase the cushion to 17-11. Hendrix answered with a dunk and reverse layup, which Alexander answered with another three for a 20-15 lead. Smith came off the bench for Unicaja and nailed a pair of triples on either side of Markovic free throws to put the road team ahead 20-23. Alexander followed with another three to knot the game, but Kuzminskas knocked down a triple of his own to put Unicaja ahead 23-26 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Three-pointers, Hendrix too much for Sassari

Varnado started the second quarter with a driving hook shot to get Sassari to within 1 point. But Smith drained a three from the right side for Unicaja. After an Eyenga jumper, Smith hit a jumper of his own and Markovic followed with a three-pointer to push the cushion to 7. New Unicaja signing Jack Cooley scored his first points in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with a layup inside for a 27-36 cushion. Haynes was able to knock down a pair of three-pointers to pull Sassari to within 35-38. But Markovic free throws and a layup from Diez after a nice pass from Will Thomas had the lead up to 35-42. After a timeout, Formenti trimmed the deficit to 5, but Hendrix put a nice spin move on Alexander for a layup and then put back an offensive rebound and the margin was 37-46. Sacchetti and Smith swapped foul shots and Unicaja was ahead 39-48 at intermission.

Third quarter: Unicaja pushes lead to 18 points

Sassari sputtered offensively to start the second half while Hendrix put in a hook after an offensive rebound, Smith nailed a jumper and Suarez drained a triple from the right wing as the lead swelled to 39-55. Sassari finally got on the scoring board with a Varnado dunk. But Sassari coach Calvani needed a time out after a Kuzminskas three-pointer from the right side which made it 41-58. After a Eyenga lay-up, Kuzminskas dunked over Alexander with an and-one to increase the lead to 18 points - 43-61. Two fouls shots by Jackson had the margin at 45-63 before Alexander hit two layups and Haynes made foul shots to get Sassari within 51-63.

Fourth quarter: Unicaja’s 2-9 surge finishes off home team

Varnado started the fourth with a basket to get the gap down to 10 points. But Alberto Diaz got a layup to go in and Smith nailed a three-pointer late in the shot clock to push the lead to 53-68. After Varnado foul shots, Thomas and Kuzminskas both put back offensive rebounds and the advantage was back out to 17 points. Alexander got a turnaround jumper to fall and then Haynes knocked down a three-pointer and the cushion was down to 60-72. Kuzminskas followed with three foul shots before Giacomo Devecchi nailed a three and Alexander hit free throws to get the deficit to 65-75 with less than two minutes to play. But Smith nailed a jumper and it was decided.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas - Unicaja Malaga - EB15
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Attendance: 2988 (Tentative)
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Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 26:05 13 1/1 3/7 2/2       6 1 2     4 3 13
1 PETWAY, BRENT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 LOGAN, DAVID 24:07 2 1/4 0/6     2 2 3 1 2     2 7 2
5 FORMENTI, MATTEO 18:17 2 1/2           2   1     1   1
7 PELLEGRINO, FRANCESCO 0:46                 1           1
8 DEVECCHI, GIACOMO 17:16 3   1/1         1           1 5
9 ALEXANDER, JOE 32:37 19 3/7 3/7 4/4 2 3 5 1 1   1   2 4 21
10 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO 3:33     0/1     1 1                
14 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 17:59 2     2/2   1 1 1         2 3 5
24 STIPCEVIC, ROK 12:58   0/1 0/4         2 1 2     1   -5
31 EYENGA, CHRISTIAN 21:30 8 4/5       2 2 1   1 1   3 1 8
32 VARNADO, JARVIS 24:52 16 6/7   4/4 2 3 5   1 1 1   5 2 18
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 65 16/27 7/26 12/12 5 15 20 17 6 9 3 0 20 21 73
        59.3% 26.9% 100%
Head coach: CALVANI, MARCO
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 18:26 7 1/1 1/4 2/2   1 1 1   1       3 8
3 UTA, CHISTIAN 0:50                              
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 12:12 2 1/3 0/2             1   1 4 2 -6
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 24:08 16 8/9     4 3 7     3     2 1 18
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 24:32 7   1/1 4/4 1 2 3 4 1 2     2 4 15
10 THOMAS, WILL 27:00 2 1/3 0/2   3 1 4 2   1     1 1 3
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 15:15 2 1/1 0/1   1 1 2 1   2     1   1
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 17:09 3 0/2 1/3   1 3 4 1       1 1   2
15 SMITH, JAMAR 22:01 20 3/5 4/5 2/2   2 2 1 1       2 2 21
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 7:55 2 1/2           3   1     1   2
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 19:52 14 2/4 2/5 4/4 1 4 5 2 1 3   1 4 4 13
45 COOLEY, JACK 10:40 2 1/1   0/2   1 1   1 2     3 3  
Team             5 5               5
Totals 200:00 77 19/31 9/23 12/14 11 23 34 15 4 16 0 3 21 20 82
        61.3% 39.1% 85.7%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"I saw the answers that I would like to see from my players after our last lost in the Italian League. We have to work and set up offensive rebounds. We played physical difference, especially in the mismatches."
Unicaja Malaga
"Big respect for this team and this organization because it's amazing what you're doing in these years and that a small and beautiful reality could be competitive against European monsters. Concerning the game, we prepared each game in the best way, completely respecting the opposing team. I think that we deserved to win this game."


Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"I'm upset to say that we had another defeat in Euroleague. We're in a new system now and every game and week is important for us for making new improvements."
Unicaja Malaga
"Big respect for this team and this organization because it's amazing what you're doing in these years and that a small and beautiful reality could be competitive against European monsters. Concerning the game, we prepared each game in the best way, completely respecting the opposing team. I think that we deserved to win this game."
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