2006-07Top 16Round 1
February 15, 2007 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA
Carlos Jimenez - Unicaja Unicaja showed it is ready to battle hard to reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs by thrashing Benetton Treviso 75-61 in Malaga, Spain on Thursday, in the opening game for both teams in Top 16 Group G. Unicaja ties atop the Group G standings with a 1-0 record and hosts Aris TT Bank next week, while Benetton dropped to 0-1 and welcomes Dynamo Moscow next week. Carlos Jimenez led the winners with 14 points without missing a shot. Daniel Santiago added 13 while Berni Rodriguez had 12 for Unicaja.  Marcus Goree had 24 points for Benetton while Marco Mordente added 11. Jimenez and Santiago fueled a 16-2 opening run for Unicaja, that extended its lead to 27-10 after 10 minutes and then again to 53-28 midway through the third period, enough to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.

Jimenez needed just 20 seconds to bury a corner triple and but Goree answered with a six-meter jumper. Jimenez insisted from downtown and soon banked it a short shot in a 13-0 run that Carlos Cabezas highlighted with a stop-and-pop three-pointer. Benetton had already called timeout but Santiago shined with a jump hook for a 16-2 Unicaja lead. The guests missed 8 consecutive shots until Erazem Lorbek stepped up with a reverse layup. Rodriguez scored in penetration while Goree dunked it for a 18-6 Benetton deficit. Unicaja kept looking for Santiago in the paint, as he scored inside and followed Cabezas' free throws with a fast break dunk for a 18-point Unicaja margin, 24-6. Spencer Nelson shined with a driving layup but Welsch did better with a basket-plus-foul before Terrell Lyday fixed the score at 27-10 after 10 minutes.

Marcus Goree - Benetton TrevisoPreston Shumpert scored in the low post early in the second quarter and even when Welsch stroke from downtown, he followed that with a floating layup to get Benetton within 30-14. Unicaja called timeout to fix its offense, as Benetton had improved their intensity in both ends now. Goree banked in a short jumper while Marcus Faison finally beat the guests' zone defense with a third-chance layup. Goree kept pacing Benetton with a put-back basket, as Unicaja kept struggling to score. Marko Tusek found answers with a corner three-pointer and Iñaki De Miguel added a power layup to make it a 19-point game, 37-18. Shumpert made free throws and Zisis added a driving layup to find his first basket. De Miguel and Lorbek traded easy baskets while Angelo Gigli fired in a three-pointer to give Benetton some hope, 39-26, at halftime.

Just like in the opening half, Jimenez was first to score with an easy layup and free throws. Benetton went scoreless for more than 3 minutes, while Santiago took over with a tip-in and Rodriguez capped a 9-0 opening run in this quarter with a corner triple, good for a 48-26 Unicaja lead. Gigli finally got Benetton going with a power layup, but Rodriguez buried another bomb from downtown and Cabezas added a fast break layup to make the guests call timeout at 53-28. Mordente stepped up with a floating jumper that Santiago matched with a dunk. Goree fired in consecutive triples but only brought Benetton within 55-36. Jimenez and Mordente exchanged free throws while Goree nailed another one from downtown to get his team within 57-41. Santiago got the crowd involved with a dunk-plus-foul to give Unicaja a 60-43 margin after three quarters.

Berni Rodriguez - UnicajaBenetton needed a quick comeback to keep its chance alive, but Florent Pietrus had a big block on Zisis and Unicaja kept dominating the game now with a very effective zone defense. Goree flew high for a tip-in but Faison answered from downtown for a 63-45 Unicaja margin. Mordente hit a mid-range jumper but Pepe Sanzchez took over with a huge turnaround shot in the low post. The outcome was now clear and Benetton tried to reduce its deficit to avoid troubles in any tie-break situations with both teams involved. Free throws by Lyday and a triple by Mordente got Benetton within 67-53 with 5 minutes to go. Goree and Zisis brought the guests even closer, 70-59. Sanchez followed free throws with a big triple that allowed Unicaja to seal a big win in style.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), PUKL,SASA (SLO), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA)
Attendance: 9450
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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 SANCHEZ, PEPE 19:15 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   4 4 2   2     3 1 8
5 RODRIGUEZ, BERNI 25:15 12 2/7 2/3 2/4   6 6 3   6 1 2 2 2 6
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 4:15           1 1             2 3
9 WELSCH, JIRI 30:30 8 1/3 1/2 3/3 2 6 8 3 3 3     1 3 18
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 24:00 7 1/1 1/4 2/2       2 1 1     1 2 7
11 PIETRUS, FLORENT 13:00 2 0/2   2/2 3   3   1 1 3   3 1 4
15 DE MIGUEL, IGNACIO 5:00 4 2/3     2 1 3         1 1   4
17 TUSEK, MARKO 10:00 3 0/1 1/1         2       1     3
20 JIMENEZ, CARLOS 29:00 14 2/2 2/2 4/4   3 3 3   2 1   3 5 21
22 SANCHEZ, ALFONSO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 FAISON, MARCUS 17:00 5 1/5 1/4   1   1     3   1 2 1 -6
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 22:45 13 6/10   1/1 2 5 7 4 2 1 2   3 3 23
Team           3   3   1 2         2
Totals 200:00 75 16/36 9/17 16/18 13 26 39 19 8 21 7 5 19 20 93
        44.4% 52.9% 88.9%
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
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 29:00 5 1/7 0/4 3/4 2 3 5 1 1 2   1 4 3 -3
5 SMITH, BRYANT 9:15               1   1          
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 28:45 4 2/8 0/1   1   1 3 3 4   3 3   -6
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 6:00   0/1 0/1                 1 1   -4
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 26:15 11 2/6 1/5 4/4 2 2 4 2   1   1 2 5 10
10 LORBEK, ERAZEM 17:00 4 2/4       2 2 1 3 1 2   2 2 9
15 GIGLI, ANGELO 11:00 5 1/4 1/2 0/1 2   2   1     1 1 2 3
16 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 20:45 5 2/2 0/3 1/2 1 2 3 1 1 2     3 3 4
17 NELSON, SPENCER 21:00 3 1/6   1/2 4 1 5 3   1     1 1 4
18 GOREE, MARCUS 31:00 24 6/8 4/6   3 4 7 1 4   3   3 3 35
20 CUCCAROLO, GINO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 1 4   2           6
Totals 200:00 61 17/46 6/22 9/13 18 15 33 13 15 12 5 7 20 19 58
        37% 27.3% 69.2%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Unicaja
"I thinked that overall we attacked well against a very difficult team, because this team is strategically atypical. We managed to play well inside with Jimenez and Santiago. The point-difference is good for us because it can be really important at the end. I was worried of how we woukd react after the disappointment in the cup, but we did OK."
BLATT, DAVID
Benetton Basket
"Congratulations to Unicaja and coach Scariolo. They played a good game with a great start that marked the outsome of the duel. We trailed for forty minutes but we never gave up as we tried to catch them. I think we were a little tired after a few games this weekend in the cup, but there are no excuses."

Players

SANTIAGO, DANIEL
Unicaja
"The game was vitally important for us. Benetton is a strong team with talent. This win was crucial for us after the disappointment of the cup. Now we are ready to face Aris, I think if we beat them we will be on our good way to the quarterfinals."
RODRIGUEZ, BERNI
Unicaja
"It was a good game for us. It was important because we played against a direct rival to make the playoffs. The point-difference can be crucial in a balanced group like ours."
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