2013-14Regular SeasonRound 2
October 25, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

Caner-Medley shines as Unicaja dominates

Unicaja Malaga led from start to finish, downing newcomer Stelmet Zielona Gora 101-68 on Friday night in Martin Carpena Arena. The hosts picked up their first win of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign in Group C, while Zielona Gora dropped to 0-2. Paced by a career-night from Nik Caner-Medley, Unicaja pulled away in the second quarter, using a full-court press, forcing turnovers and getting easy baskets. A 25-5 spurt helped it open up 55-27 margin just before halftime, and the hosts cruised after that. Caner-Medley had career-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Mindaugas Kuzminskas finished with 15, Zoran Dragic scored 12, Fran Vazquez added 11 points, while Jayson Granger netted 10. Earl Calloway had 9 points and 9 assists in victory. Vladimir Dragicevic was the visitors’ bright spot with 20 points, and Przemyslaw Zamojski scored 11 in defeat.

First quarter: Hosts in control after 11 points from Caner-Medley

Unicaja started the game with Calloway running the show, and finding Rafael Hettsheimer and Dragic for layups. Aaron Cel opened visitors' account, before Caner-Medley strung together 7 points, including a triple for 11-4. Dragicevic scored a put-back for Zielona Gora, but Calloway stole the ball and raced for an uncontested layup and a 15-6 midway through the first quarter. Dragicevic kept the visitors in range with baskets from close range, before David Barlow nailed a three-pointer for 18-13. But Caner-Medley was the first player in the double digits after sinking a jumper, and Vazquez made a basket-plus-foul, helping extend the margin to 24-13. Baskets inside from Adam Hrycaniuk and Barlow helped the visitors get closer, however, before Erwin Walker beat the buzzer from close range, cutting it to 24-19 at the end of the first.

Second quarter: Unicaja dominates to a 23-point halftime lead

Unicaja opened the second quarter dominating on the offensive boards, and Vladimir Stimac scored his first points of the night, tipping in Sergi Vidal's pass. Dragicevic made a basket-plus-foul and a layup for Zielona Gora, but Granger hit from close range, then back-to-back from long range, to make it 36-24. Dragic added one of his from downtown, and Caner-Medley made a two-handed slam for 41-24. Przemyslaw Zamojski went coast-to-coast for the visitors, but what followed was a 13-0 run. Mindaugas Kuzminskas sparked it with a triple, then assisted Calloway for a fastbreak layup. After a timeout, Calloway sank a triple, then stole the ball and assisted Dragic for a layup as the margin reached 28 points. Marcin Sroka snapped the run with a put-back, and Barlow hit a three-pointer, making it 55-32 at halftime.

Third quarter: Offenses pick up, the hosts cruise

Caner-Medley scored a layup to start the third quarter, and Dragicevic continued to be an offensive presence for the visitors with another basket-plus-foul. A put-back from Vazquez was followed with buckets inside from Christian Eyenga and Dragicevic, but Caner-Medley hit from downtown for 65-40. The two sides kept trading baskets, with Craig Brackins and Zamojski adding to Zielona Gora’s tally, while Vazquez had an easy two-handed slam and Vidal nailed a triple for Unicaja. The fast pace continued as Caner-Medley made another dunk, but a layup from Dragicevic, and a basket-plus foul from Sroka cut it 74-52. Suarez sank a triple on the other end, before a couple of defensive stops started changing the pace of the game that looked to be all but decided. Unicaja did not allow a point in the final three minutes of the quarter, and Calloway hit a long jumper just before the buzzer for an 80-52 lead at the end of three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Unicaja hits a century mark

Things slowed down in the fourth quarter. The hosts extended the margin to 30 on a layup from Vazquez, but did not stop there. Vazquez followed it with a tip-in, before Dragicevic hit another basket. A layup from Stimac, and a tip-in by Kuzminskas extended the lead even more. Kamil Chanas hit a triple for the visitors, but more baskets from Kuzminskas helped make it 96-61, the biggest lead of the night. Zamojski scored 5 more points for Zielona Gora, including a shot from behind the arc, but the hosts did not stop running, hitting the century mark on a fastbreak layup by Vidal in the final seconds. Chanas rounded out the scoring with a layup, as the hosts celebrated big victory.

Nik Caner-Medley - Unicaja Malaga - EB13
Friday, October 25, 2013
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Referees: TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE)
Attendance: 4900 (Tentative)
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Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TODOROVIC, DEJAN 1:39     0/1     1 1 1             1
8 SABONIS, DOMANTAS 16:25 2 1/3     2 3 5 1   3     2 1 2
9 VIDAL, SERGI 19:49 7   1/3 4/5       4 2       2 2 10
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 19:50 9 3/4 1/4   1   1 9 2 1     1 2 17
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 18:36 5 1/2 1/4   3 2 5 1   1   1 3 3 5
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 18:31 10 2/5 2/3   1 1 2 6         2   12
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 13:21 11 4/6   3/5 2 1 3   1       4 3 10
21 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 21:24 15 4/7 1/2 4/6 2   2 1 1 1   1 1 3 13
22 DRAGIC, ZORAN 20:11 12 3/6 1/3 3/5   2 2 2         1 6 14
30 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 17:43 4 2/3       2 2   1 1     4 2 3
33 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 19:46 20 7/8 2/3   2 8 10 1 1 1         29
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 12:45 6 2/4   2/4 1   1             2 5
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 101 29/48 9/23 16/25 18 23 41 26 8 8 0 2 20 24 128
        60.4% 39.1% 64%
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
Stelmet Zielona Gora
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CEL, AARON 8:32 2 1/3     1   1     2     2   -3
11 WALKER, ERVING 19:00 2 1/3 0/3 0/2   1 1 5   3     2 4  
12 BARLOW, DAVID 26:17 8 1/2 2/6   2 4 6 3         1   11
13 CHANAS, KAMIL 6:25 5 1/1 1/1                   1   4
14 HRYCANIUK, ADAM 11:19 4 2/2   0/4   2 2     2     2 3 1
17 EYENGA, CHRISTIAN 19:32 6 2/7   2/4   2 2 1   1 1   1 3 4
18 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 27:02 20 9/11   2/3 4 1 5 2   1 1   3 5 26
20 KUCHAREK, MACIEJ 6:45                   2     1   -3
21 BRACKINS, CRAIG 10:23 2 1/1     1   1     1       1 3
31 SROKA, MARCIN 11:39 5 2/3 0/1 1/1 3   3     1     4 3 4
35 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 26:03 11 4/6 1/7   2 1 3     4     3   -1
55 KOSZAREK, LUKASZ 27:03 3 0/1 1/2     4 4 6   2     4 1 6
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 68 24/40 5/20 5/14 13 16 29 17 0 19 2 0 24 20 53
        60% 25% 35.7%
Head coach: UVALIN, MIHAILO

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"What we take away from this game is the will to keep improving and competing by winning all four quarters. We worked really well in both ends of the floor. Everyone put a great effort out there despite the risk of getting injured. I treasure a lot that my players kept competing at the maximum level. I am very happy with the work Earl Calloway did tonight. We didn't slow down tonight. My players keep fighting for this project and to keep getting better. Our fans have to understand that investing in Unicaja means investing in fun."
UVALIN, MIHAILO
Stelmet Zielona Gora
"First of all, I want to congratulate the home team, Unicaja. It had a great game. We were limited by its defense tonight. We picked up a lot of turnovers. It was a very difficult game for us. We knew it was going to be like that tonight."

Players

STIMAC, VLADIMIR
Unicaja Malaga
"It has been a good win, based on a good defensive work. We all helped and really had a very good game. We have to be strong at home, with the help of our fans, to make it to the next round. Our fans helped us a lot and we have to keep them making happy. I feel good, ready to help like I did today so that we can reach our goals."