2013-14Regular SeasonRound 10
December 19, 2013 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 NELSON MANDELA FORUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
68.0 Points 76.9
33.7 Rebounds 36.0
9.7 O. Rebounds 14.4
24.0 D. Rebounds 21.6
13.0 Assists 16.3
5.0 Steals 5.9
2.3 Blocks 2.6
10.0 Turnovers 11.2
43.9 % 2PT 51.9 %
35.4 % 3PT 31.3 %
73.5 % FT 72.1 %
64.7 Index 88.6

Player Stats

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14.3 / Hackett Points 15.4 / Caner-Medley
6.9 / Hunter Rebounds 5.4 / Caner-Medley
2.4 / Hunter OR 2.6 / Vazquez
4.4 / Hunter DR 4.1 / Caner-Medley
5.8 / Hackett Assists 4.0 / Calloway
0.9 / Hackett Steals 1.0 / Calloway
1.1 / Hunter Blocks 0.9 / Vazquez
2.6 / Hackett Turnovers 1.7 / Granger
57.7 % / Viggiano 2PT 77.8 % / Vidal
42.9 % / Hackett 3PT 40.0 % / Caner-Medley
85.7 % / Rochestie FT 91.7 % / Calloway
20.6 / Hackett Index 17.4 / Caner-Medley


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
3-6 Regular Season 4-5
3-6 Overall 4-5


Crew Chief

The Take

It’s in essence a do-or-die game. For the Italian champs, it is that simple: win and advance to the Top 16 from third place. Lose and go home. Unicaja will be third if it wins, but could still survive if it loses and gets some help from Galatasaray. The biggest question surrounding Montepaschi is the health of star guard Daniel Hackett, who missed last week’s game in Piraeus, though rookie Erick Green stepped up to take on extra responsibility. If Siena has Hackett and Green, it will look to attack Earl Calloway and Zoran Dragic. Unicaja has a bigger team in the paint, while power forward Nik Caner-Medley, who can operate near and far from the basket, has emerged as its go-to guy. Expect Siena to try Thomas Ress, Othello Hunter and Spencer Nelson against Caner-Medley it what may prove to be the game’s – and for these teams perhaps the season’s – deciding factor.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Game Notes

Montepaschi Siena
Coach Marco Crespi has used 10 different players in his starting lineups so far this season. No player has started every game.
Daniel Hackett leads the Euroleague in fouls drown this season with 65.
Hackett leads the Euroleague in minutes played this season with an average of 34:11 per game.
Jeff Viggiano hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to lead Siena to a 73-75 win over Unicaja in Malaga when they met last month.
Spencer Nelson boasts a streak of 14 consecutive free throws made in Euroleague action, which dates back to the 2006-07 season when he played for Benetton Basket Treviso.
Ben Ortner set a Euroleague career high in scoring with 12 points against Unicaja on November 30, 2012. Montepaschi won that game 91-72.
Erick Green comes off a career-high scoring performance. He tallied 28 points last week against Olympiacos.

Unicaja Malaga
Coach Joan Plaza has used 11 different players in his team’s starting lineups this season. No player has started every game.
Earl Calloway has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.
Nik Caner-Medley has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague appearances. He is 19 for 40 from downtown (47.5%) in that span.
Caner-Medley has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague appearances.
Carlos Suarez has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Montepaschi Siena
"Last Regular Season game and we’ll play a final against Unicaja Malaga to get to the Top 16. When you play a Final it is something positive. And when you play a Final enjoyng it rather than feeling the pressure it is even better. Tonight, our goal against a great team should be to play serious, but also a bit foolish."
Unicaja Malaga
"We have to value the fact that we were second or third during 90 percent of this regular season, we only lost two games at home, one of them against the European champ and anodue to a last-second basket against Montepaschi. And now we are fifth in the point differential ranking which means that we have been among the five best in this regular season and that we have always competed. And what I mean by that is that we deserve to play a good game tomorrow. I think that we have earned being in the Top 16 but we have to seal that on the court and not only through words. I only hope my team will give 100 percent. I am not expecting 110 percent, 100 is enough because we have worked well despite the injuries. And we are in a psoition where we deserve to win this game."


Montepaschi Siena
"It will be an important game. It will be a very difficult game and it’s very important how we’ll prepare for it and give everything we have. Unicaja is a very good team, they have very good players and a great organization. It will be a very tough game, they have a lot of talent, skills and abilities. It will be a big challenge."
Unicaja Malaga
"The truth is that the game against Montepaschi is like a final to us, but we are practicing well. We must focus on the last minutes we did against FC Bayern in which we showed our character. This game against Montepaschi is a game in which we have to be united to take the win home. We don't even think about not being in the Top 16. We have to be aware that it was us who put ourselves in this situation but the good thing is that we depend on ourselves. We just have to follow our plan and play like we practice, which I'd say is better than when we actually play."

Granger's buzzer-beater sends Unicaja to Top 16!

In a finish that will long be remembered by Euroleague fans everywhere, Unicaja Malaga edged Montepaschi Siena 62-64 in Florence, Italy, on Jayson Granger’s one-handed, off-the-glass buzzer-beater to advance to the Top 16. Unicaja finished third in Group C with a 5-5 record, while Montepaschi Siena finished fifth at 3-7. Montepaschi will resume its continental season in the Eurocup Last 32. Nik Caner-Medley paced the winners with 20 points. Granger and Earl Calloway each added 13 for Unicaja. Othello Hunter and Josh Carter led Montepaschi with 14 points apiece. Erick Green added 12 for the hosts. An outstanding Caner-Medley allowed Unicaja to get a 22-32 lead at halftime. Montepaschi missed its first 18 shots from downtown but made the next 5 for a 51-48 lead already in the fourth quarter. It all came down to the final minute. Ryan Toolson beat the shot clock with a big three-pointer and Hunter tied the game at 62-62 with 3.9 seconds left. Granger collected the inbounds pass and hit an unbelievable shot that sent Unicaja – and Bayern Munich – into the Top 16 and took Montepaschi out of the competition and into the Eurocup Last 32.

First quarter: Caner-Medley puts Unicaja ahead

Both teams struggled to score early until Caner-Medley stepped up with a layup in transition. Hunter answered with a put-back basket, as Unicaja struggled to get Toolson and Carlos Suarez involved. Meanwhile, a tip-in by Green gave Montepaschi its first lead, 4-2. Hunter kept pacing the hosts with a close jumper that Green followed with an off-balance layup for an 8-2 lead, after an 8-0 Montepaschi run. Calloway tried to change things with a layup that Caner-Medley followed with free throws to bring Unicaja within 2. A three-pointer by Suarez put Unicaja back ahead. Daniel Hackett sank a fade-away jumper and Granger took over with a driving layup, but Unicaja lacked concentration, committing turnovers off defensive rebounds. Montepaschi kept missing open shots, however, and a jumper by Caner-Medley gave the guests a 10-13 lead. Free throws by David Cournooh and a layup by Caner-Medley fixed the score at 12-15 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unicaja improves defense, pulls away

Granger hit a close jumper early in the second quarter, good for a 12-17 Unicaja lead. Montepaschi struggled to beat Unicaja's zone defense until Taylor Rochestie came off the bench and nailed a five-meter jumper, but Caner-Medley improved on that with a corner triple. Spencer Nelson and Caner-Medley exchanged baskets and an acrobatic layup by Granger boosted the guests to 16-24. Montepaschi could not get Hackett involved, three-point shots did not go in and its offense collapsed. Meanwhile, Caner-Medley gave Unicaja its first double-digit lead, 16-26. Carter made free throws, but he didn't find much help around, as Montepaschi kept taking, but not making, shots from downtown. Fran Vazquez sank a jump hook and erased Hunter's layup with a tip-in that restored a 20-30 Unicaja lead. Vazquez kept pacing Unicaja with another jump hook, but a buzzer-beating jumper by Green brought Montepaschi within 22-32 at halftime.

Third quarter: Montepaschi uses defense to rally

Hackett took over with a driving layup right after the break, as Unicaja was held scoreless for more than two minutes. Hackett fed Hunter for an easy layup that gave Montepaschi hope at 26-32. Caner-Medley rescued Unicaja with a three-pointer. Montepaschi kept missing three-point shots and could not get its big men involved due to Unicaja's excellent defense on the pick and roll. Montepaschi forced a 24-second turnover, which allowed Carter to hit the hosts' first three-pointer tonight – after 18 missed attempts. Green soon added a layup off a steal to make it 31-35. Hunter ignited the crowd with a high-flying put-back slam. Vazquez scored down low off a timeout but Carter bettered that with a triple to bring the hosts even closer, 36-37. Vladimir Stimac shined with a tip-in, Hackett quickly answered with a driving basket. A three-pointer by Calloway gave Unicaja some fresh air, 38-42, through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Granger is the hero

Cournooh struck from downtown early in the fourth quarter. Caner-Medley stepped up with a layup in transition, but a red-hot Cournooh buried another three-pointer to tie the game at 44-44. Calloway shined with a high-flying driving layup that Jeff Viggiano matched at the other end. Stimac scored in the low post and a driving basket by Green tied it again, 48-48, with over six minutes left. Carter buried a seven-meter bomb that completed the hosts' comeback, 51-48. Calloway answered from downtown and fed Granger for a corner triple that put Unicaja back ahead, 51-54. Calloway insisted from downtown to cap a 0-9 Unicaja run. Nelson scored down low and a driving layup by Green kept Montepaschi as close as 55-57 with less than three minutes left. Granger scored in penetration, but Carter bettered that with a triple and Hunter scored in the low post for a 60-59 Montepaschi edge with 44.6 seconds remaining. Toolson beat the shot clock with an off-balance three-pointer that rattled in, good for a 60-62 Unicaja edge with 14.1 seconds to go. Hunter found space for an uncontested layup that tied the game, 62-62, with 3.9 seconds left. Granger grabbed the inbound pass, raced downcourt and banked in a one-handed, off-balance shot that sent Unicaja to the Top 16!

Jayson Granger - Unicaja Malaga - EB13_53068
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Attendance: 5521 (Tentative)
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Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VIGGIANO, JEFF 20:45 2 1/4 0/3     5 5 1 1       3 1 1
6 HUNTER, OTHELLO 34:20 14 7/10     3 2 5     2 1   2   13
7 COURNOOH, DAVID 13:10 8   2/3 2/2                   2 9
10 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 5:58 2 1/1           1 1           4
11 CARTER, JOSH 32:24 14 0/2 4/7 2/3 3   3 3   3 1   3 2 11
14 RESS, TOMAS 14:58   0/3 0/3     2 2 1         1 2 -2
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 5:40                              
17 NELSON, SPENCER 12:40 4 2/4 0/4   2   2 1 1 1   1   1 1
22 UDOM, MATTIA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 28:52 6 3/6 0/1     2 2 6 2 2   1 4 5 10
24 CAPPELLETTI, ALESSANDRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GREEN, ERICK 31:13 12 6/10 0/4   2 2 4 2 2 1   1 2   8
Team           5 5 10               10
Totals 200:00 62 20/40 6/25 4/5 15 18 33 15 7 9 2 3 15 13 65
        50% 24% 80%
Head coach: CRESPI, 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
8 SABONIS, DOMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VIDAL, SERGI 20:00   0/1 0/1   1 3 4 1         1   2
10 URTASUN, TXEMI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 27:00 13 2/5 3/3     2 2 4   3 1   2 5 17
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 32:01 3 0/2 1/3     2 2 1   3   1 1 3  
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 18:41 13 5/6 1/3     6 6 2   1     1 2 18
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 23:02 8 4/5     1 2 3 1   2 1   3   7
19 TOOLSON, RYAN 20:44 3   1/3                       1
21 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 4:46           1 1           1    
30 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 7:13     0/1     1 1       1   2   -1
33 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 36:51 20 5/9 2/4 4/5 1 5 6   1 4   1 2 5 18
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 9:42 4 2/2     1   1 1             6
Team             1 1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 64 18/30 8/18 4/5 4 23 27 10 1 15 3 2 13 15 67
        60% 44.4% 80%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Montepaschi Siena
"When the game ends with a shot that is not a defeat. The team played with pride onthe court and I told the players to play as simple as possible. Nothing to reproach to my players "
Unicaja Malaga
"Congratulations to Siena for the beautiful game and executions they did. They knew that the game would be fought point by point, like in the first leg. It was the most difficult group of the regular season."


Montepaschi Siena
"There is disappointment and anger, but we must look at and keep the good things done today. We paid the poor shooting percentage and they were good at playing the game where they wanted."
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