2015-16Top 16Round 10
March 10, 2016 CET: 19:00

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.8 Points 72.2
33.7 Rebounds 34.1
10.3 O. Rebounds 13.3
23.4 D. Rebounds 20.8
15.5 Assists 16.8
4.9 Steals 5.8
1.2 Blocks 2.1
13.4 Turnovers 13.2
50.9 % 2PT 50.7 %
32.5 % 3PT 32.5 %
74.5 % FT 75.4 %
74.2 Index 78.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.3 / Pullen Points 12.8 / Kuzminskas
6.2 / Bilan Rebounds 6.2 / Hendrix
2.4 / Bilan OR 2.3 / Hendrix
4.5 / Babic DR 3.9 / Hendrix
3.1 / Pullen Assists 4.9 / Markovic
0.8 / White Steals 0.9 / Suarez
0.3 / Zoric Blocks 0.8 / Hendrix
2.5 / Pullen Turnovers 1.7 / Jackson
55.4 % / Arapovic 2PT 58.5 % / Jackson
48.1 % / Pilepic 3PT 43.2 % / Diez
100.0 % / Pilepic FT 87.5 % / Smith
15.3 / Bilan Index 12.9 / Kuzminskas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-7 Top 16 2-7
4-6 Regular Season 7-3
6-13 Overall 9-10


Crew Chief

The Take

After respective losses last week, both teams are running out chances to revive their seasons. Cedevita has not lost five in a row, while Unicaja has dropped six straight since beating Cedevita to start the Top 16 with a 2-1 record. Cedevita will turn to Miro Bilan inside to carry some of the load, while point guard Jacob Pullen and swingmen Luka Babic and James White also fill key roles. Versatile forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas has been Unicaja’s top player, while Richard Hendrix and will Thomas shore up the frontline and Danie Diez and Carlos Suarez help on the perimeter. In their last meeting, every Unicaja player scored and it outrebounded Cedevita by 20. Now at home, Coach Mrsic’s men will fight hard to turn the tables, starting with Marko Arapovic and former Unicaja player Luka Zoric inside. Unicaja has struggled to find consistently good guard play, but scorer Edwin Jackson and playmakers DeMarcus Nelson and Alberto Diaz will get their shots again. Despite their records, these teams are only three wins out of playoff spot, so there is a lot to play for.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Game Notes

Cedevita Zagreb

Coach Veljko Mrsic played three seasons for Unicaja between 1999 and 2002 and was a part of its Korac-Cup winning squad in 2001.

Miro Bilan and James White are among the 11 players that have started every Euroleague game for their team this season.

Jacob Pullen has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague appearances.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 20 for 20 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Henry Walker has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games. He is shooting 8 for 17 from downtown in that stretch.

Miro Bilan recorded the first double double of his Euroleague career with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Unicaja on opening night 2014.

Luka Zoric has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Zoric spent two seasons from 2011 and 2013 at Unicaja. He was a teammate there of current Unicaja players Fran Vazquez and Albert Diaz.

Unicaja Malaga

Unicaja swept Cedevita in a pair of regular season matchups last season; they were the first two games ever between the clubs.

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 10 Euroleague appearances.

Carlos Suarez has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Suarez has recorded at least 1 steal in four straight and seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Fran Vazquez is only 4 blocks away from becoming the first Euroleague player ever to reach the 250-block mark. He is averaging almost one block per game this season.

Fran Vazquez is due to play the 250th game of his Euroleague career this week. He will become the fourth player to reach the feat.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Cedevita Zagreb
"I think that this will be a very interesting game. Unicaja have lost five games in a row, but they played very well against Barcelona last Sunday. Compared to our previous game against Unicaja, they are now without injured Jamar Smith. The most important thing for us is to keep improving our game and to give our best. We must play tough and then we will se if that will be enough for a win."
Unicaja Malaga
"Cedevita is a team against whom we played a good game in Malaga. At home they are tough and difficult to beat. They have talented players and lots of points in their hands. We want to get out of there being a better team and getting ready for upcoming games."


Cedevita Zagreb
"I think we play much better now than we did 10 days ago. We played much more aggressive in our previous ABA League game against MZT and we need to use the game against Unicaja to get ourselves ready for ABA League playoffs. Of course we think about our upcoming games in ABA League playoffs, but Euroleague is a great competition and we will approach the game against Unicaja with a lot of respect."
Unicaja Malaga
"We are going to Zagreb with the idea of a win in mind. A win that would give us some confidence and the confirmation of the better image we offered in Barcelona this weekend. We know it won't be an easy game, they have talented players that can be dangerous. We mus think about doing our job, worry about ourselves and try to avoid mistakes. We go there with the will to get a win that would confirm a change of pace in the team."

Unicaja snaps losing streak with win at Cedevita

Unicaja Malaga snapped its six-game losing streak by topping Cedevita Zagreb 78-91in the Croatian capital on Thursday. The result improved Unicaja to 3-7 in Group E, while Cedevita lost its sixth consecutive game and dropped to 2-8 and last place in the standings. Cedevita led early, but Unicaja used a 2-12 run to take the lead and the visitors never trailed again. Nemanja Nedovic and Will Thomas led the charge in the first half and Unicaja held a 42-48 halftime advantage. The visitors then quickly opened a double-digit margin after the break. Cedevita never came closer than 8 points the rest of the way, and the margin was as big as 18 in the fourth quarter. Nedovic finished with 15 points and 5 assists and Jack Cooley was all over the boards for 16 points and 10 rebounds. Fran Vazquez posted 14 points plus 9 rebounds and Thomas also scored 14. Mindaugas Kuzminskas chipped in with 11 points and DeMarcus Nelson with 10 in the winning effort. James White paced Cedevita with 16 points and Jacob Pullen scored 15, Marko Arapovic 12 and Miro Bilan collected 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3.

First quarter: Teams find rhythm, hit 8 triples

Bilan got things started with a soft touch inside, before White and Arapovic scored fastbreak layups to make it 6-0. Cooley opened Unicaja's account, but Arapovic had a dunk for the hosts. Nelson and Nemanja Gordic each hit a triple, before a three from Thomas cut it to 11-8. Bilan scored twice inside to open a 15-8 lead and force an Unicaja timeout. But things changed as the teams came out back on the floor. Vazquez scored three times in a row for Unicaja, including an alley-oop dunk after a pass from Nedovic to make it 15-14. A Luka Zoric dunk snapped a 0-6 run, but Thomas and Nedovic hit back-to-back triples to give the visitors a 17-20 lead. After a Cedevita timeout, Henry Walker tied it with a three-pointer. Nedovic answered with a step-back three, Unicaja’s fifth of the quarter, but Pullen nailed one from way downtown for Cedevita to tie it. On the final possession of the quarter, Nedovic made a runner just before the buzzer to give Unicaja a 23-25 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unicaja keeps slim advantage

Zoric opened the quarter with a dunk, but Nedovic answered with a runner and Alberto Diaz hit a jumper to make it 25-29. Pullen scored twice, with Cooley scoring a basket in between for the visitors. Nedovic’s three-pointer opened a 5-point cushion. Gordic made a pair of foul shots, which were the game’s first free throws after more than three minutes gone in the second quarter. After a put-back from Cooley, White and Carlos Suarez traded corner triples to make it 34-40. Gordic had a basket for the hosts, and after a series of free throws, White went baseline for a layup that helped Cedevita get within 42-44. But in the last minute of the half, Thomas hit fadeaway shot and then banked in tough baseline drive just before the buzzer, giving Unicaja a 42-48 advantage at halftime.

Third quarter: Visitors open a double-digit margin

Vazquez made a long jumper for Unicaja, and after a fastbreak layup by Arapovic, Vazquez scored again, this time from close range to make it 44-52. Bilan dished to Arapovic for a slam and Babic scored on a breakaway for the hosts. But Unicaja answered by stringing together 6 points, including back-to-back fastbreak baskets from Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Nedovic that opened the first double-digit lead of the game, 48-58. After a timeout, Arapovic had a put-back, but Nelson made a floater and a fastbreak layup for the visitors to open a 12-point gap. Walker fought his way for a put-back, and White made a tip-in for the hosts, but Unicaja kept the margin in double figures with Cooley’s free throws for a 54-65 lead.

Fourth quarter: Unicaja eases to victory

Zoric battled to score inside, but Nelson’s easy dunk and a put-back on a fastbreak by Kuzminskas gave the visitors a 56-69 advantage. An alley-oop layup from Vazquez and a put-back dunk by Kuzminskas opened a 17-point margin. Pullen made free throws and White scored from close range to snap a 1-9 run, but Vazquez made an easy layup to keep Cedevita at bay. Bilan and Kuzminskas traded tough baskets, before White’s layup-plus-foul cut it to 66-79. Cooley and Babic traded baskets, before Dani Diez hit a three and a baseline jumper to make it 68-86, sealing the deal. After a timeout, Pullen and Thomas traded triples. White scored from close range, but Cooley had a put-back. Arapovic’s layup, and Pullen’s transition triple rounded out the scoring.

Will Thomas - Unicaja Malaga - EB15
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Attendance: 3777
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Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 24:34 15 2/5 3/5 2/2       1   1     1 3 12
4 WHITE, JAMES 30:38 16 6/7 1/3 1/1 1 3 4 3 1 1     3 3 20
6 KATIC, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 10:11     0/2         1   1     2   -4
9 BABIC, LUKA 31:45 4 2/3 0/1     1 1 5   2     1   5
11 ZGANEC, KARLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 WALKER, HENRY 15:05 7 1/2 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 1     1   4 2 6
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 24:53 10 4/7   2/2 1 8 9 3 1 1     2 2 19
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 22:52 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   1 1 4   3     1 1 6
21 ZORIC, LUKA 15:07 7 3/4   1/2   1 1           3 4 7
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 24:55 12 6/8 0/1   3 1 4 2 1 3     2 1 12
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 78 25/38 6/19 10/11 8 18 26 20 3 13 1 0 19 16 85
        65.8% 31.6% 90.9%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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 19:39 1 0/1 0/5 1/1       5              
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 18:08 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 4 1 1     1 1 5
10 THOMAS, WILL 25:33 14 2/4 3/4 1/2 1 1 2 1         1 2 14
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 14:39 5 1/2 1/1         1   1     1 1 4
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 13:20 3   1/1   1 2 3 1   1     4 2 4
13 KARAHODZIC, KENAN 1:07     0/1                       -1
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 20:21 15 3/5 3/6         5 1 2     1 1 14
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 19:51 14 7/7     2 7 9 1         4 1 21
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 25:21 11 4/8 0/2 3/4 3   3 1   2     1 4 9
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 21:52 10 3/7 1/1 1/2   2 2 4 2 2   1 2 1 9
45 COOLEY, JACK 20:09 16 5/7   6/8 6 4 10   1 1     2 5 25
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 91 26/43 9/22 12/17 13 19 32 23 5 10 0 1 17 18 106
        60.5% 40.9% 70.6%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Cedevita Zagreb
"Unicaja deserved the win. We started the game well, but we opened the second quarter with 5 or 6 turnovers. The guests were shooting really well tonight. We also had some good opportunities on offense, but we missed too many open three-pointers in the second half. We had problems with their offensive rebounds, but I think we didn’t play bad tonight and we would probably have defeated Darussafaka in our previous Euroleague game if we played like that."
Unicaja Malaga
"We finished the game with six players scoring in double figures and this is important because when we play like that, we don’t depend on just one player. This was a good win for our team because we lost in Barcelona after playing well for three quarters. We will do everything we can to raise our level of play and until the end of Top 16 we will try to win every game."


Cedevita Zagreb
"Unicaja deserved the win. We started the game well, but we opened the second quarter with 5 or 6 turnovers. The guests were shooting really well tonight. We also had some good opportunities on offense, but we missed too many open three-pointers in the second half. We had problems with their offensive rebounds, but I think we didn’t play bad tonight and we would probably have defeated Darussafaka in our previous Euroleague game if we played like that."
Unicaja Malaga
"I thought tonight’s game was a great team effort on our part. We played together and when every player does his role we are a good team. We committed 8 turnovers in the first half, but we had only 2 in the second and we played really good today."
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