2015-16Top 16Round 9
March 03, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MARTIN CARPENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.9 Points 74.9
34.1 Rebounds 33.8
13.3 O. Rebounds 9.4
20.7 D. Rebounds 24.4
16.8 Assists 19.4
6.0 Steals 7.5
2.0 Blocks 2.2
12.9 Turnovers 13.9
51.4 % 2PT 52.7 %
32.6 % 3PT 35.4 %
75.6 % FT 70.8 %
79.2 Index 84.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.7 / Kuzminskas Points 13.0 / Raduljica
6.5 / Hendrix Rebounds 4.4 / Gist
2.5 / Hendrix OR 1.9 / Kuzmic
4.0 / Hendrix DR 3.6 / Calathes
4.9 / Markovic Assists 6.4 / Calathes
0.9 / Suarez Steals 1.9 / Calathes
0.9 / Hendrix Blocks 0.6 / Gist
1.7 / Kuzminskas Turnovers 2.8 / Calathes
59.0 % / Hendrix 2PT 64.4 % / Jankovic
42.9 % / Diez 3PT 46.9 % / Fotsis
90.0 % / Diez FT 80.9 % / Raduljica
13.4 / Hendrix Index 14.6 / Raduljica


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-6 Top 16 5-3
7-3 Regular Season 6-4
9-9 Overall 11-7


Crew Chief

The Take

On the heels off five straight losses, Unicaja seeks to save its season against red-hot Panathinaikos, which handed Fenerbahce Istanbul its first Top 16 loss last week. That marked the Greens’ fourth consecutive victory. Panathinaikos introduced two new players last week in scorer Elliot Williams and combo-guard Marquez Haynes, which gives Coach Djordjevic a seemingly unlimited supply of players for any given game. Recently-signed big man Vince Hunter could join the fray this week to help Panathinaikos against Unicaja, which is the top offensive rebounding team in the league with 14.1 per game. Miroslav Raduljica has starred inside for Panathinaikos with James Gist and Antonis Fotsis alongside at power forward. Unicaja has a strong frontline to counter with led by Richard Hendrix, Fran Vazquez and Will Thomas. Unicaja’s permanent mismatch, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, will face Williams and Vladimir Jankovic at small forward, but where the hosts must be at their best to find success is in the backcourt. The Greens rely mostly on Nick Calathes, Dimitris Diamantidis and now Haynes, while Unicaja has many different looks with Alberto Diaz, DeMarcus Nelson and Edwin Jackson among them. Panathinaikos won by 2 in a game that came down to the final shot when they met in January, so despite the two teams’ momentums, a road win for the Greens will still be a tough tasks.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Game Notes

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 13.3 per game.

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

DeMarcus Nelson has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight Euroleague games.

Nelson played for Panathinaikos last season and helped the club win the Greek Cup.

Panathinaikos Athens

Nick Calathes leads the league in steals with 1.94 per game.

Calathes has recorded at least 1 steal in 14 straight Euroleague games.

Dimitris Diamantidis needs 22 points to catch the retired Nikola Vujcic for sixth place on the Euroleague career scoring charts. Diamantidis enters this game with 2,416 career points.

Antonis Fotsis is 5 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

James Feldeine has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games.

Marquez Haynes has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

James Gist is 6 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Gist arrived to Panathinaikos in a rare Euroleague trade from Unicaja in December 2012. He was sent from Malaga to Athens in a deal for Andy Panko. Gist averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 10 Euroleague games for Unicaja before the deal. Fran Vazquez and Alberto Diaz are the only remaining Unicaja players from Gist’s time at the club.

Ognjen Kuzmic signed with Unicaja in the summer of 2011, but spent much of his two seasons associated with the club on loan elsewhere.

Vince Hunter could make his Euroleague debut this week.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"Panathinaikos is a team that is on a roll to make the playoffs and they are talented. We played a good game the first time we met them, so good that we did things you could teach in a summer clinic and we even had the game in our hands. Now we are in a strange situation and we want to play a serious game so we can gain some confidence back. We will have to alter some of our tactics due to Nedovic's absence, but we have to compete to the best of our abilities."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It is always difficult to play in Malaga. They are good, they are playing with tension and energy especially at home, and they like to run. We must be ready to react, play hard and smart and give our best for our fifth consecutive win in the Top 16."


Unicaja Malaga
"Panathinaikos is a great opponent and they in ascending trajectory right now. It will be a tough game but at home we have to step up. We won't have more chances and we have to give our best to fight for a game that will be complicated. We almost stole the win in OAKA. Why not win now so we can get some confidence for the next game? I think we can make it and that's what we plan to do."
Panathinaikos Athens
"For sure, we must have our eyes open for 40 minutes because if we permit them to run, they have the ability to open the score. Especially at home, they like to run and shoot a lot of threes. They are really good and we must play very well on both sides of the court."

Panathinaikos starts strong in Malaga, cruises to fifth straight win

Panathinaikos Athens recorded its fifth consecutive win in Group E by downing Unicaja Malaga 58-76 on the road on Thursday. Panathinaikos improved to 6-3 while Unicaja dropped to 2-7. Elliot Williams paced the winners with 16 points, Miroslav Raduljica added 12 while James Gist and Nick Calathes each had 10 for Panathinaikos. Calathes added 10 assists for a double-double. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led Unicaja with 15 points and Edwin Jackson added 13 for the hosts. Panathinaikos opened the game with great defense and used a 2-18 run, which Calathes capped with a fast break layup to get a 4-20 lead. Three-pointers by Antonis Fotsis and MarQuez Haynes boosted the Greens' margin to 7-26 after 10 minutes. Kuzminskas singlehandedly brought Unciaja within 21-32, but Williams and Calathes stepped up for Panathinaikos and gave their team a 27-42 margin at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Panathinaikos boosted its margin to 46-64 after three quarters and cruised to a well-deserved win.

First quarter: Great defense puts Greens in charge

Both teams struggled to score early until Williams stepped up for Panathinaikos with a reverse layup. Fran Vazquez got Unicaja going with an alley-oop dunk, which Ognjen Kuzmic erased with a put-back slam. Calathes followed a driving layup with a mid-range jumper to boost the Greens' lead to 2-8. Vazquez banked in a close shot, but Sasha Pavlovic copied him at the other end and added a fast break slam to put Panathinaikos ahead 4-12. Unicaja called timeout, but free throws by Kuzmic made it a double-digit game. Raduljica banked in a jump hook and followed that with a layup, as Unicaja kept struggling to score. A fast break layup by Nick Calathes made it a 16-point game. Kuzminskas struck from downtown, but Antonis Fotsis also hit one from beyond the arc. Haynes joined the three-point shootout to give the Greens a 7-26 margin after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unicaja tries, but Panathinaikos keeps safe lead

Jackson nailed a triple early in the quarter and free throws by Kuzminskas gave Unicaja hope at 12-26. Raduljica scored around the basket, but Kuzminskas shined with a big basket off a spin move. Dimitris Diamantidis added a driving layup, which Carlos Suarez matched with free throws to make it 16-30. Nelson and Pavlovic exchanged power layups and a three-pointer by Kuzminskas brought Unicaja even closer at 21-32. Williams swished a five-meter jumper and added an off-balance basket. Suarez hit foul shots and Jackson added a catch-and-shoot jumper that brought the hosts within 11. After Diamantidis found Calathes for a backdoor layup, Kuzminskas and James Gist exchanged baskets and an acrobatic jumper by Haynes boosted his team's lead to 27-42 at the break.

Third quarter: Williams, Calathes give Panathinaikos full control

Calathes nailed a one-handed jumper in the lane soon after the break, which Gist followed with a layup to break the game open at 27-46 soon after the break. Williams shocked the crowd with a two-handed dunk and Raduljica added his own slam to make it a 23-point game, capping a 0-12 run. Nelson tried to change things with a three-pointer and Kuzminskas also struck from downtown to bring Unicaja within 33-50. After Pavlovic joined the three-point shootout, Jack Cooley and Gist exchanged free throws. Jackson brought the hosts a bit closer, 38-55. Diamantidis struck from downtown and a huge dunk by Gist boosted the Greens' lead to 38-60. Richard Hendrix split free throws and added a layup, but Raduljica kept Panathinaikos way ahead, 41-62. Jackson shined with a fast break layup and bettered Williams's free throws with a bomb from downtown to make it 46-64.

Fourth quarter: Greens seal big road win

Williams shined with a driving layup early in the quarter. Dani Diez split free throws, but Williams took over with another big slam, good for a 47-68 Panathinaikos advantage. Nelson scored in penetration, but didn't find much help. Raduljica shined with a jump hook in the paint that practically sealed the outcome at 49-70 with six minutes left. Cooley scored down low and matched Williams's power layup with a tip-in. Diez buried a three-pointer, but everything was said and done already; Panathinaikos kept its winning streak going and returned home with a valuable road win.

Miroslav Raduljica - Panathinaikos Athens - EB15
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Attendance: 5469
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Panathinaikos Athens26426476
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 31:33 13 2/2 3/8     3 3 4   2     2 2 13
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 26:40   0/2 0/1     2 2 2 1 3     2   -3
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 13:11 3 1/4   1/4   2 2 1   3     3 3 -3
8 BELEMENE, ROMARIC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 THOMAS, WILL 18:46 2 1/3 0/3     3 3             1 1
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 21:19 4 0/1 1/2 1/2 1 1 2 2   1       2 6
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 21:14 4   0/3 4/4 2 2 4 3 1 1 2   1 6 15
13 KARAHODZIC, KENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 10:31 4 2/6       1 1       1   2    
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 22:32 15 2/5 3/4 2/2 2 1 3 2   1     2 2 15
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 17:56 7 2/4 1/5     2 2 2   2       1 4
45 COOLEY, JACK 16:18 6 2/5   2/2 3 2 5 1 1 2     4 1 5
Team           5 3 8     3         5
Totals 200:00 58 12/32 8/26 10/14 13 22 35 17 3 18 3 0 16 18 58
        37.5% 30.8% 71.4%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 15:02 5 1/1 1/4     2 2 1   1     1   3
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 14:38 9 3/6 1/3 0/1   2 2 1         2 1 5
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 8:36   0/1     1 1 2 2 1 1     2   1
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 13:18 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 1 1       1 1 7
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 24:01 12 5/11   2/2 1 2 3     3   1 1 4 8
12 FELDEINE, JAMES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 21:16 5 1/1 1/1   1 2 3 4   2     3   7
14 GIST, JAMES 28:13 10 4/5 0/1 2/4 1 2 3 3 4 2     2 4 16
15 CALATHES, NICK 30:56 10 5/6 0/1 0/2   5 5 10 4 2     4 1 20
19 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 14:28 4 1/2   2/2 3 2 5             2 10
22 WILLIAMS, ELLIOT 29:32 16 7/11 0/2 2/3   3 3 1   1   2 2 3 11
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 76 28/45 4/14 8/14 8 24 32 23 10 13 0 3 18 16 90
        62.2% 28.6% 57.1%

Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"When you play any sport and do so with a backpack full of anxiety, nerves, distrust ... it is very difficult to make things right. With this baggage it is hard to quietly do things at your skill level. When people ask us if we are competing for every ball as if it were the last, that is our job, to do the limit of our possibilities, always. We have to bring back our injured players, but we have to do it slowly. There are players injured, like Markovic, who gives us that peace of mind in the game that right now we are in need of. To play almost two months with injured players is very difficult. Talking about the game, we had bad percentages in two-point shots and we tried to change the rhythm by changing defenses. "
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very tough game for us. We played with consistency throughout the game. We were ready to play against all the weapons that Unicaja has and we did well. We knew they had problems with the staff, but Unicaja is always a dangerous team. We controlled one of their main weapons, offensive rebounds; they always get second chances. Now we have to continue working for the next game and to continue to compete in this Top 16. "


Unicaja Malaga
"The first quarter was horrible. We left the court with a lot of anxiety and it was a quarter to forget. That quarter was the key to the final result. In the other quarters we competed, but those first 10 minutes were the key. We are very anxious and need to gain confidence and feel good playing, especially on defense."
Unicaja Malaga
"Right now, we have to improve everything - our mentality and the way we are playing. Personally, I need a big change because I am not helping my team on the court. It all happened in the first quarter and at the end of it, we were almost 20 down. We lost our intensity and saw it was very difficult to come back to the game."
Panathinaikos Athens
"The main key was playing really good defensively. This is a hard, defensive team that we were facing, very talented and we had to take care of the ball, offensively, and play solid defense if we wanted to come out with a win. Our coaching staff did a great job scouting and the players did a good job coming out and playing hard, so we got the win. My teammates are helping me with plays. I have only been here for a week and a half but the coaching staff and the players have done an unbelievable job preparing me. I am trying to come out and play as hard as I can."
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