2001-02Regular SeasonRound 9
December 20, 2001 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 LA COUPULE
Unicaja Malaga took hold of fourth place in Group A on Thursday with a hard-fought 75-77 road win at Charleroi in Belgium. The victory lifted Unicaja's record to 5-4 and helped lessen the effect of a last-minute loss at home last week to co-leader Benetton Treviso. This time, Unicaja knew how to finish off what it started, but just barely. It took two free throws by Milan Gurovic down the stretch to let the visitors breathe easily. Charleroi, meanwhile, missed a chance to possible climb out of last place. Instead, its record dropped to 2-7. Veljko Mrsic led the winners iwth 17 points and 8 rebounds, the latter spearheading a 35-24 advantage on the boards for Malaga. Danya Abrams added 12 points and Gurovic 10. Charleroi got 19 ponts each from reserve John Jerome and Roger Huggins, 14 from Luis Rowe and 10 from Jacques Stas.

The game started with a big battle for control of the rebounds as both teams searched to impose themselves inside, which explained the poor score after five minuts: 6-4. Malaga broke that open behind Gurovic and Abrams to an early gap of 8-20. Dominated, Charleroi was forcing and so loosing its collective play, even if Rowe scored 8 points in the first quarter to pull his team withing 14-23.

Malkjovic then subbed Moustapha Sonko in place of Carlos Cabezas, who had been excellent, and the change seemed to disturb Malaga. With better team play on offense, Charleroi managed to come back to within 22-27 after 16 minutes. But when feeling the danger, Malaga accelerated. And as Charleroi was unable to score easy shots, it was enough to go away to a 26-40 halftime lead, based on 7 points from Mrsic and 9 from Abrams.

If Charleroi wanted to come back, it had no other way than to balance out the rebounding (11-24 till then) and to rise its shooting accuracy (8 for 26 FG). That is exactly what happened, little by little: 36-48, 47-58 and then 52-62 after the third quarter; Charleroi chipped away and Malaga seemed to have more difficulties, especially against Rowe, who scored a pair of three-pointers, and Huggins, who scored 8 of his points in the quarter. On the other hand, each time the danger became closer, Mrsic, Frederic Weis or Berni Rodriguez reacted. So the gap was still 10 points, 62-52, after three quarters.

But Charleroi didn't stop fighting. On the contrary, Jerome seemed now hot and Stas gave him the help he needed to cut the deficit to 59-64. Malaga was now doubting and couldn't anymore impose its physical power. Jerome (11 points in the last quarter) and Huggins brought Charleroi, who missed some lay-ups, till 2 points from its opponent. But Malaga resisted till the end. But Charleroi didn't stop to fight. On the contrary, Jerome seemed now hot and Stas gave him the help he needed: 59-64. Malaga was now doubting more and imposing its physical power less. Jerome (11 points in the last quarter) and Huggins brought Charleroi, who missed some layups, within two points from its opponent. But Malaga resisted until the end.
Thursday, December 20, 2001
Stephane Druart, Charleroi
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Referees: NOWICKI, MAREK (POL), PIMENTEL, ANTONIO (POR), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL)
Attendance: 3700
By Quarter1234
Spirou Basket14122623
Unicaja23172215
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Spirou Basket14265275
Unicaja23406277
Spirou Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ELLIS, RONALD 31:01 7 2/2 1/4 0/2 2 3 5 1 1 1     2 2 8
5 ROWE, LOUIS 37:42 14 4/12 2/6   1   1 1   1 1   4 2 2
7 JEROME, JOHN 24:39 19 4/9 3/3 2/2 4 2 6   2       4 6 24
8 VAN DE VONDEL, THOMAS 9:30                   1     2   -3
9 TISON, STEPHEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 DEFOSSE, JULIEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 HUGGINS, ROGER 30:02 19 5/11   9/14   3 3     1 1   5 11 17
12 VUJIC, IVAN 2:35   0/1   0/2                 1 1 -3
13 STAS, JACQUES 32:46 10 0/2 1/4 7/7   1 1 1 1 1     5 4 6
14 POTTER, JIM 16:32 4 2/4 0/2   1 1 2   2   1   2   3
15 ENGELLANT, DARREN 15:13 2 1/1     2 4 6 1 1 1 2   5 1 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 75 18/42 7/19 18/27 10 14 24 4 7 6 5 0 30 27 61
        42.9% 36.8% 66.7%
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RODRIGUEZ, BERNI 23:53 8 2/2 1/3 1/3   1 1 2 2 1     3 2 7
6 MRSIC, VELJKO 30:56 17 2/4 3/4 4/4 3 5 8 2         2 6 28
7 PHILLIP, DARREN 19:56 7 3/4   1/4 2 3 5           3 3 8
8 ABRAMS, DANYA 22:20 12 3/5 1/3 3/4   4 4     1     5 3 8
9 VAZQUEZ, PACO 6:34 2 1/1 0/1                   1    
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 15:10 3     3/4 1 3 4 2 1       1 4 12
11 GUROVIC, MILAN 21:46 10 1/5 0/5 8/8   3 3 1   1       6 10
12 KORNEGAY, CHARLES 13:36 7 3/3   1/1 1 3 4     1     4 2 8
13 WEIS, FREDERIC 21:25 6 2/5   2/2 2 4 6 1   2 1   5 2 6
14 SONKO, MOUSTAPHA 24:24 5 0/2 1/5 2/2       1   3     3 2 -4
Team                                
Totals 200:00 77 17/31 6/21 25/32 9 26 35 9 3 9 1 0 27 30 83
        54.8% 28.6% 78.1%
Head coach: MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
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Head Coaches

BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Spirou Basket
"I mainly will remember our fantastic reaction after having had 17 points against us. We came back by working against one of the best European teams. It's a pity that we started the game too slowly and that we missed some easy shoots but this the basketball and at this level even the littlest mistake can be crucial."
MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
Unicaja
"We have just had two very short defeats behind us. So it wasn't easy to keep our head cool. We still miss experience at this level and we don't still get the respect from the referees."

Players

HUGGINS, ROGER
Spirou Basket
"We had nothing to lose, so it was an advantage when we started to believe in our chances during second half. I have been impressed by the discipline of Malaga. They do the right thing at the right moment. But we still improve, which is the most important for us to get benefits in our domestic league. "
WEIS, FREDERIC
Unicaja
"We haven't play well since four games ago. Each time, we dominate and our opponent comes back. Charleroi succeeded in taking its chance. So it's normal we had some doubts. But today we managed to win and it could provide a psychological edge for the future. " w
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