2015-16Top 16Round 8
February 25, 2016 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.5 Points 74.0
33.6 Rebounds 34.4
10.2 O. Rebounds 13.5
23.4 D. Rebounds 20.9
16.0 Assists 17.1
6.6 Steals 5.9
3.1 Blocks 2.1
14.5 Turnovers 12.8
49.2 % 2PT 51.4 %
34.1 % 3PT 33.4 %
66.1 % FT 76.4 %
75.5 Index 80.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
9.9 / Harangody Points 12.8 / Kuzminskas
5.3 / Erden Rebounds 6.6 / Hendrix
1.7 / Erden OR 2.6 / Hendrix
3.6 / Erden DR 4.1 / Hendrix
3.6 / Gordon Assists 4.9 / Markovic
1.5 / Gordon Steals 0.9 / Suarez
0.9 / Slaughter Blocks 0.9 / Hendrix
2.0 / Gordon Turnovers 1.7 / Kuzminskas
66.7 % / Arslan 2PT 59.8 % / Hendrix
45.7 % / Harangody 3PT 45.5 % / Diez
81.3 % / Gordon FT 90.0 % / Diez
11.9 / Erden Index 14.1 / Hendrix

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-6 Top 16 2-5
4-6 Regular Season 7-3
5-12 Overall 9-8

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia
Umpire
KOWALSKI, MARCIN, Poland

The Take

These teams meet for the fourth time this season and the home side has taken all three victories so far. Both teams are in desperate need of wins to keep their shrinking playoff hopes alive. Much of the game could be decided in the paint, where Semih Erden has played some of his best basketball recently for Darussafaka. He is joined by Luke Harangody, Marcus Slaughter and Emir Preldzic on a versatile frontline, but they face a Unicaja side, which is the best offensive rebounding team in the league with 13.5 per game and 14.7 in the Top 16. Fran Vazquez, Will Thomas and Richard Hendrix anchor the Unicaja frontcourt, though versatile forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas may be Coach Plaza’s most important player. However, the injury to Jamar Smith puts more responsibility on the shoulders of Edwin Jackson and Dani Diez to score. For the hosts, Reggie Redding and Manuchar Markoishvili play big roles on the wings. Scottie Wilbekin and Jamon Gordon share time at point guard for Darussafaka and they will counter DeMarcus Nelson and Alberto Diaz. Both teams enter the game well-rested and prepared for what could be a springboard forward for the winner.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Game Notes

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul

Semih Erden is 4 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Emir Preldzic is 7 assists away from becoming the 19th player in competition history to reach 500 assists.

Oguz Savas has made 11 free throws in a row in Euroleague games.

Manuchar Markoishvii needs 3 more steals to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Scottie Wilbekin has made three-pointers in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Marcus Slaughter needs 5 more steals to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Milko Bjelica had one of the best games of his Euroleague career against Unicaja back in the 2009-10 season. He recorded a performance index rating of 24 on the strength of 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a 71-73 loss.

Unicaja Malaga

Coach Joan Plaza has fielded 12 different players in his starting lineups so far and used 16 players overall this season; no player has started every game.

Unicaja leads the league in offensive rebounding with 13.5 per game.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Carlos Suarez’s next three-pointer will be the 100th of his Euroleague career.

Nemanja Nedovic was a teammate of Darussafaka forward Luke Harangody last season in Valencia.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Quotes Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"It will be our fourth game of the season against Unicaja Malaga. We managed to beat them at home during the regular season. In our last few games, particularly in Turkish cup games, we leveled up our defense. Therefore that gives us easier options in offense. We hope to produce that sort of play in all 40 minutes against Malaga."
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"As the end of the competition draws nearer, games are more expensive. We must try to win the three home games we have left and try to snatch up a road win. It's true that Darussafaka has competed well in the national Cup and that they were built to win titles, with a big budget and great players. However, we travel convinced that we will work hard and will compete for the win. We are happy with the practices we have had lately in order to adjust for the second part of the season and we hope that it works out for us."

Players

ALDEMIR, FURKAN
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We now start the second part of our Top 16 campaign. We couldn’t manage to get the best results during the first half. We already played three games with Unicaja Malaga and we both know each other very well. We raised of our level of game in Turkish Cup games. We can win this week if we keep on playing with that sort of defensive toughness."
KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS
Unicaja Malaga
"After these ten days we hope to be more prepared for the game against Darussafaka. I think we have worked hard and we have improved our game, not only for this game but also for the rest of the season. When you play a team three times or more it's harder every time because both know each other well. They play well at home with great fans, and for us it's almost a last chance to be in the playoffs, so we want to win. I don't know how losing the Cup final could have affected them. We don't think much about the opponents, but more about ourselves."

Harangody leads Darussafaka to second win in Group E

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul grabbed its second consecutive home win by downing Unicaja Malaga 78-55 in Group E at home on Thursday. Darussafaka improved to 2-6 and now has the same record as Unicaja, which suffered its fifth consecutive loss. Luke Harangody led the winners with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Mehmet Yagmur added 12 points and Marcus Slaughter scored 11 for Darussafaka. Fran Vazquez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas led Unicaja with 12 points apiece. Kuzminskas shined early and a jumper by Vazquez gave Unicaja a 7-11 lead. Semih Erden and Yagmur fueled an 8-0 run, which allowed Darussafaka to take a 19-16 lead after 10 minutes. The hosts improved their defense in the second quarter and found a new go-to guy in Harangody. A buzzer-beating layup by Scottie Wilbekin gave Darussafaka a 37-28 margin at halftime. Harangody and Yagmur kept pacing Darussafaka after the break and a tip-in by Slaughter made it a 14-point game at the end of the third quarter. Nothing changed after that, as Slaughter led a 9-0 run that sealed the outcome, 68-49, long before the final buzzer.

First quarter: Yagmur puts Darussafaka ahead

Mindaugas Kuzminskas needed just 3 seconds to get Unicaja going with a two-handed dunk, which Fran Vazquez followed with a six-meter jumper for a 0-4 lead. Mehmet Yagmur downed a three-pointer and matched Kuzminskas's reverse layup off the baseline with a jumper to keep Darussafaka within 5-6. Yagmur kept pacing Darussafaka with a driving layup, but a red-hot Kuzminskas did better with a bomb from downtown for a 7-9 Unicaja lead. Vazquez hit a one-handed jumper in the lane and Kuzminskas scored down low, but Reggie Redding kept Darussafaka within 11-13. Yagmur shined with a layup off a steal and a monster dunk by Semih Erden put the hosts back ahead, 15-13. Erden hit a jump hook to cap an 8-0 run before Richard Hendrix stepped up for the guests with free throws. Marcus Slaughter hit a close jumper and a free throw by Hendrix kept Unicaja within 19-16 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Superb defense keeps hosts in charge

Slaughter scored around the basket early in the quarter and soon split free throws to boost Darussafaka's lead to 22-16. DeMarcus Nelson tried to change things with a driving layup and Edwin Jackson added foul shots to bring Unicaja within 2. Darussafaka struggled to score until Manuchar Markoishvili stepped up with a six-meter jumper. Unicaja tried to rush its offense by using shorter possessions, but its shots did not fall. Redding and Alberto Diaz exchanged free throws and Luke Harangody hit a jump hook in the low post to boost the hosts' lead to 28-22. Diaz found Vazquez for a backdoor slam, but a free throw by Erden restored a 29-24 Darussafaka lead. Vazquez hit another mid-range jumper, but Harangody followed a close basket with foul shots for a 33-26 advantage. Will Thomas hit a jump hook before free throws by Jamon Gordon and a driving layup by Scottie Wilbekin gave Darussafaka a 37-28 cushion at halftime.

Third quarter: Darussafaka makes its move

Vazquez took over with an alley-oop slam immediately after the break, but Erden erased it with a catch-and-shoot layup and soon scored again in the low post to make it a double-digit game, 41-30. Nelson tried to change things with a driving basket, which Thomas followed with a fast break slam. Erden found Harangody for a backdoor layup, which Nelson matched with a stop-and-pop jumper. Yagmur buried a corner three and Harangody bettered Vazquez's jump hook with his own shot from downtown for a 49-38 Darussafaka advantage. Nelson finished a three-chance Unicaja offense with a tip-in, which Harangody matched with a layup. Kuzminskas buried a three-pointer, which Markoishvili matched with a layup-plus-foul. Thomas made free throws, but Wilbekin beat the guests' zone defense with a three-pointer and Slaughter added a second-chance tip-in to break the game open at 59-45.

Fourth quarter: Slaughter shines to seal outcome early

Dani Diez took over with a fast break layup off a steal early in the quarter. Hendrix soon added a backdoor layup to give Unicaja hope at 59-49 with eight minutes left. Darussafaka was held scoreless for almost four minutes and Unicaja missed a couple of shots that would have pushed the visitors back in the game. Slaughter rescued the hosts with a power layup and a three-pointer by Harangody boosted the lead to 64-49. Unicaja called timeout, but a two-handed dunk by Slaughter sealed the outcome at 66-49 with four minutes left. Markoishvili scored around the basket and Unicaja called another timeout after a 9-0 run. Carlos Suarez struck from downtown, but so did Wilbekin as Darussafaka cruised to a well-deserved home win.

Semih Erden - Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul - EB15
Thursday, February 25, 2016
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 21:16 8 1/2 2/4     2 2 2   4   1 2 1 3
4 YAGMUR, MEHMET 14:48 12 3/4 2/3     1 1 2 2 1     1   13
5 REDDING, REGGIE 25:17 6 2/4   2/2   3 3 6 1 2 1   2 1 12
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 19:29 9 4/4   1/2 1 3 4 2   1     2 3 14
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 26:34 9 4/5 0/2 1/1   1 1 3   1     2 1 8
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GORDON, JAMON 17:22 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   1 1 4 1 2     1 2 5
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 3:56                              
42 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 20:31 11 5/6   1/3 1 5 6 1     1   2 4 18
44 HARANGODY, LUKE 31:36 21 5/9 3/3 2/2   8 8 2         3 2 26
51 BJELICA, MILKO 8:24   0/3               1     4   -8
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 10:47   0/1     1 1 2 3   3     2 2 1
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 78 24/39 7/13 9/12 4 28 32 25 4 16 2 1 21 16 95
        61.5% 53.8% 75%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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 23:46 2 0/1 0/5 2/2 1 1 2 2   4     1 3 -2
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 17:54 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   1 1 2 1       4 2 1
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 14:33 5 1/3   3/6 1 3 4   1 2     3 4 4
10 THOMAS, WILL 22:12 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 1   1 2   1       1 6
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 19:47 2 1/1 0/2     2 2   2       2 1 3
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 17:48 5 1/2 1/2   1 2 3   1 2       3 8
13 KARAHODZIC, KENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 16:49   0/1 0/2         2       1 1 1 -2
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 19:29 12 6/7       3 3     2     1   11
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 20:13 12 3/6 2/3 0/1 2 4 6 1   2     2 3 13
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 21:31 8 4/8 0/3 0/1 1   1 4 3 2 1   2 2 7
45 COOLEY, JACK 5:58 1 0/1   1/2 1   1     1   1   1 -1
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 55 18/35 3/20 10/16 10 18 28 13 8 16 1 2 16 21 52
        51.4% 15% 62.5%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"It's not easy to say anything negative after a 23-point win in the Euroleague. You never expect such a gap in a tough Euroleague game like that. We controlled the game from the start to the end. During our last few games in the league and cup we somehow managed to play tough on defense and somehow tonight we kept on playing like that. We used that energy on defense to share to ball on offense. There was one bad part in our game: turnovers. We turned the ball over 17 times, which is quite a lot for a Euroleague game."
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"It was a terrible game for us. We only scored 3 out of 20 on three-pointers while Darussafaka had made 54%, which means they made one of every two field goals. We even scored more than them in the first four minutes of fourth quarter, then we didn't just miss three-pointers, but easy layups on fastbreak, as well, in the crucial moments of that quarter. And we laid down our arms in the final five minutes."

Players

HARANGODY, LUKE
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We used our energy on defense to force Malaga to make many turnovers and we got many good easy shots thanks to that effort. We shared well the ball on offense. We hope to keep on playing like that for the rest of the games."
KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS
Unicaja Malaga
"First of all, I'd like to congratulate Darussafaka Dogus for their win. We didn't play a good game. But we were not as bad as the 23-point gap shows at the end of the game. We made too many turnovers and let them to get a 54% three-point percentage, which is very high. We fought until the fourth quarter, but we just couldn't cut the gap and lost."
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