2007-08Regular SeasonRound 14
January 31, 2008 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA
Marcus Haislip - Unicaja Unicaja wrapped up third place and a second-level seed for Monday’s Top 16 Draw with an 87-77 win over Efes Pilsen on Thursday at the Martin Carpena Arena in Malaga, Spain. With the victory, Unicaja finishes the regular season with 10-4 record, the best among the third placed teams in the competition. Meanwhile Efes slipped to 8-6, but finished the season in fourth place and will be a level three seed at the draw. The victory was Unicaja’s 15 consecutive Euroleague home win. Marcus Haislip led Unicaja with a season-high 23 points, Carlos Cabezas added 14 and Boniface NDong had 11. Andre Hutson paced Efes with 17 points, Ermal Kuqo and Kerem Gonlum scored 13 apiece and Kenny Gregory had 10. Efes started strong and Hutson helped the visitors finish the first quarter up 22-24. However the hosts found the answers for Efes’s defense by the second period, outscoring its opponents 32-14 to take control for good. The lead reached 20 early in the fourth quarter and Unicaja coasted the rest of the way. Efes managed to get within 10 late in the game, but Cabezas took charge to ensure the hosts of victory.

Loren dunked on the first attack off a nice assist from Scoonie Penn, but a Daniel Santiago layup gave the first sign of a real good challenge. Carlos Jimenez’s 3 free throws gave the hosts a 7-4 edge only for Gonlum and Kuqo to balance the game for Efes. Haislip pushed the home side forward, eventually pushing his team out to 18-16 with a layup. Efes was trying to surprise Unicaja with the different styles of defense, turning from match-up zone suddenly to man-to-man, but the home team stayed strong inside. Four points from Hutson gave Efes an 18-22 advantage, but Jiri Welsch and Cabezas points ended the first quarter at 22-24

Kerem Gonlum - Efes Pilsen Haislip scored 9 points just in the first 191 seconds of the second period, including a three-pointer, to give Unicaja a 31-27 lead. The Unicaja defense also was getting stronger, while Efes started to make mistakes on offence. Bojan Popovic and Davor Kus joined the game to better the hosts’ offensive production with good organization. Meanwhile foul problems sidelined Kuqo and Efes’s defensive problems were getting bigger. A Kus triple, followed by a NDong layup, made it 41-29 as the host took control. Drew Nicholas and Gregory hit three-pointers showed signs of life from the visitors, but Unicaja still strengthened the lead until the end of the first half. Melvin Sanders’s three pointer made it 51-38 and then German Gabriel hit another from downtown to end the first half with a comfortable lead for Unicaja, 54-38.

Unicaja increased its lead to 20 points early in the third period. Cabezas stole the ball from Penn for a layup and made another one in the same minute to extend the lead to 60-40. Then Efes had 0-7 spurt in the next three minutes to cut the lead to 13 with a Kuqo layup. Hutson made it 61-49 as Efes started using zone pressure and tried to stop Unicaja from scoring more. But small mistakes in offence kept Efes from coming closer. A Kus layup ended the third quarter at 67-53 for Unicaja.

Kus opened the score in the last period to extend the Unicaja lead to 16 points again. The visitors tried hard to get back in the game, but Unicaja used its advantage very well. Gregory got Efes within 75-63, but Gabriel and Cabezas worked well to keep Unicaja in charge. A Gonlum layup made it 77-65, but Cabezas penetrated inside. The Gonlum-Cabezas duel kept going, but it didn’t allow Efes to get any closer. Gonlum had a layup-plus-foul to get Efes to 83-73, but Unicaja stayed resistant on defense the rest of the way to seal the win.

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Gokhan Ture, Malaga
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 9050
By Quarter1234
Unicaja22321320
Efes Pilsen24141524
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Unicaja22546787
Efes Pilsen24385377
Unicaja
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 POPOVIC, BOJAN 15:07 2 1/1       2 2 3   1     1 3 8
7 KUS, DAVOR 21:27 7 2/3 1/4   1 1 2 1   1 1     2 8
8 CHYLINSKI, MICHAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WELSCH, JIRI 25:09 2 1/2 0/2   1   1   3 1     3 2 1
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 23:44 14 5/6 0/4 4/4         2 2     1 2 10
12 NDONG, BONIFACE 21:07 11 5/7   1/1 2 2 4   1 1     1 1 13
13 GABRIEL, GERMAN 11:25 8 1/1 2/3   1 1 2           1 1 9
16 PRESTES, PAULO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 JIMENEZ, CARLOS 18:56 7   0/1 7/7 1 3 4 2 1 1 1   2 3 14
24 HAISLIP, MARCUS 32:21 23 10/18 1/3     5 5 1   2   1 5 1 12
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 14:44 6 2/2   2/6 2 2 4   1       3 6 10
34 SANDERS, MELVIN 16:00 7 0/1 1/2 4/4   2 2 1 1 1     1 2 9
Team                                
Totals 200:00 87 27/41 5/19 18/22 8 18 26 8 9 10 2 1 18 23 94
        65.9% 26.3% 81.8%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICHOLAS, DREW 21:19 6 2/5 0/3 2/2       4 1 3     3 1  
5 PENN, SCOONIE 26:23 4 2/3 0/2     2 2 2 1 2   1 3 1 1
6 WOODS, LOREN 12:10 6 1/3   4/4 2   2 1         3 2 6
9 GREGORY, KENNY 31:15 10 2/6 2/3   3 5 8 1 1 2       1 14
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 10:25           1 1 1             2
11 PACUN, BORA HUN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GONLUM, KEREM 19:42 13 5/6   3/6 1 2 3   3 2     2 5 16
13 WRIGHT, RASHAD 15:34 3 1/1 0/1 1/2 2 1 3     1     4 3 2
23 KUQO, ERMAL 19:18 13 4/7 1/3 2/2 2 3 5 1   4     3 2 9
32 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 15:12 5 1/4 1/1     2 2 1         1   4
34 HUTSON, ANDRE 28:42 17 7/12   3/5 4 2 6 4   3 1 1 4 3 16
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 77 25/47 4/13 15/21 14 19 33 15 6 17 1 2 23 18 71
        53.2% 30.8% 71.4%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Unicaja
"First of all, congratulations to Unicaja for this win. They had an outstanding second quarter, but it is difficult to see a a team winning three quarters and losing the game. Unicaja is a very talented team and its third place in this group is well-deserved. We played two balanced games and we shared deserving home wins."
BLATT, DAVID
Efes Pilsen
"First of all, congratulations to Unicaja for this win. They had an outstanding second quarter, but it is difficult to see a a team winning three quarters and losing the game. Unicaja is a very talented team and its third place in this group is well-deserved. We played two balanced games and we shared deserving home wins."

Players

SANTIAGO, DANIEL
Unicaja
"I am finding my rhythm. I played 15 minutes tonight and felt good, but I still need to improve. This is a very important win for us, because we finished the regular season at a good level and we hope to do also well from now on."
CABEZAS, CARLOS
Unicaja
"We could not finish second in this group or become a top-seeded team, but we played a good game tonight, showing that we can compete with any team. We have to wait for the Top 16 Draw and our goal is to repeat what we did last season: go to the Final Four."
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