2015-16Top 16Round 11
March 18, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MARTIN CARPENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.1 Points 77.1
34.0 Rebounds 34.2
13.3 O. Rebounds 10.9
20.7 D. Rebounds 23.3
17.2 Assists 16.9
5.8 Steals 6.7
2.0 Blocks 3.1
13.1 Turnovers 14.7
51.3 % 2PT 52.1 %
32.9 % 3PT 35.8 %
75.1 % FT 74.0 %
79.5 Index 79.6

Player Stats

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12.7 / Kuzminskas Points 14.7 / Miller
6.2 / Hendrix Rebounds 6.5 / Zirbes
2.3 / Hendrix OR 2.6 / Zirbes
3.9 / Hendrix DR 4.8 / Miller
2.4 / Smith Assists 6.4 / Jovic
0.9 / Suarez Steals 1.4 / Jovic
0.8 / Hendrix Blocks 1.6 / Miller
1.7 / Kuzminskas Turnovers 2.2 / Zirbes
57.8 % / Hendrix 2PT 66.7 % / Dangubic
44.7 % / Diez 3PT 53.8 % / Dangubic
87.5 % / Smith FT 100.0 % / Dangubic
12.7 / Kuzminskas Index 15.8 / Zirbes


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-7 Top 16 6-4
7-3 Regular Season 5-5
10-10 Overall 11-9


Crew Chief

The Take

Other results will dictate the immediate stakes here, but the bottom line is Unicaja must stave off early elimination while Zvezda will know by halftime if victory can mean its first, historic playoff berth. Unicaja has lost three in a row at home, while Zvezda has won six of its last eight, but remains just 2-7 on the road this season. Zvezda beat Unicaja 87-73 in Belgrade, triggering a six-game losing streak that the Spanish team finally ended last week. One change was big men Jack Cooley and Fran Vazquez stepping up for the departed Richard Hendrix to combine for 30 points and 19 rebounds while making 12 of 14 two-pointers in that road win over Cedevita Zagreb. It was a welcome offensive boost for the Top 16's lowest-scoring team (70.1 ppg.), even though Unicaja continues to rank first offensive rebounding (13.9). All that and more might be necessary against a confident Zvezda team led by frontline talents Quincy Miller (13.5 ppg.) and Maik Zirbes (11.6 ppg., 6.8 rpg.), although they only needed to score 17 points between them in the earlier win over Unicaja. Marko Simonovic hit 4 three-pointers in that game, while Stefan Jovic and Marko Guduric combined for 28 points. Tarence Kinsey has since scored 12 per game, making Zvezda less dependent on its big men. Unicaja will take heart in its 23 assists last week, its highest total in four months, with Edwin Jackson, Nemanja Nedovic, DeMarcus Nelson and Alberto Diaz all getting 4 or 5 each. With that kind of ball movement and its usual tenacity under the boards, Unicaja can try to prove to its fans that it can keep fighting to stay alive.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Game Notes

Unicaja Malaga

Coach Joan Plaza has fielded 13 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.

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

Fran Vazquez became the fourth player to reach 250 Euroleague games last week against Cedevita Zagreb.

Fran Vazquez is only 4 blocks away from becoming the first Euroleague player to reach 250.

Fran Vazquez needs 16 index points to become 25th player to reach a total of 2,000 for his Euroleague career.

Jack Cooley is the league-leader among qualified players in offensive rebounds on a per-minute basis. He is averaging 6.4 offensive rebounds prorated over 40 minutes

Nemanja Nedovic is a product of the Crvena Zvezda junior system and played for the senior squad from 2008 through 2012. He played there alongside current Zvezda players Vladimir Stimac and Branko Lazic.

Stefan Markovic played alongside Zvezda big men Vladimir Stimac and Marko Simonovic and point guard Stefan Jovic on the Serbian national team at the 2014 World Cup, where they collected silver medals.

Stefan Markovic and Nemanja Nedovic were teammates of Zvezda forward Marko Simonovic on the Serbian national team at EuroBasket 2015 last summer.

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Vladimir Stimac spent the 2013-14 season with Unicaja, where he played under Coach Joan Plaza and alongside Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Carlos Suarez and Fran Vazquez.

Tarence Kinsey finished the 2012-13 season with Unicaja. He joined the club in April and appeared in only five games.

Kinsey has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Nineteen different players have played for Crvena Zvezda already this season and 14 different players have started games: no player has started every game.

Quincy Miller has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Nemanja Dangubic has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"A very difficult period is in front of our team, very tough matches ahead of us. The first one, in Malaga with a very good team who played great in the first part of season, before a series of injuries. Now they are in a good status, a good win for them in Zagreb last week and after that also in the Spanish league. Malaga is a very tough court, with good supporters and atmosphere in stands. This game is big challenge for us, but we are complete. Tarence Kinsey, despite some problems with an injury, will be ready."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We have a difficult time in front of us. We play Unicaja and then the semifinals of the ABA League in Zagreb against Cedevita, then a new trip to Russia to play Lokomotiv. And all that in just a week! We must be prepared for this. I know the Unicaja team, the fans, the coach, the team... I played there. Everything there is great and this game will be a tough challenge for us. They will try to win despite their slim chances to make the playoffs. We walso want the win however, and we also want to be in the next round."

Zvezda rallies from 19 down to beat Unicaja on the road!

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade rallied from a 19-point third quarter deficit on the road to beat Unicaja Malaga 72-78 on Friday night and get a step closer to the playoffs for the first time . Zvezda’'s biggest comeback of the year improves its record 7-4 as a share of second place in Group E with Panathinaikos Athens and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Zvezda needs one win – or one Anadolu Efes Istanbul loss – in the last three Top 16 games to clinch its first-ever playoff spot. The loss dropped Unicaja to 3-8 and eliminated it from playoff contention. Unicaja got it going from the start, with Nemanja Nedovic scored 16 points as the hosts built 43-27 halftime lead. The margin reached 49-30 early in the third quarter before Marko Guduric sparked Zvezda's resurgence. An 2-11 run helped cut the deficit to 55-51 late in the third, and Zvezda dominated in the fourth. Marko Simonovic hit 4 three-pointers during a 7-23 spurt that started the final quarter as Zvezda opened 67-76 lead and never looked back. Stefan Jovic led Zvezda with 16 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Simonovic scored all his 12 points in the key fourth-quarter run, Guduric also scored 12, while Quincy Miller had 11 points and 7 rebounds in victory. Nedovic finished with 22 points for Unicaja, Will Thomas had 13 points, and Jack Cooley 11 in defeat.

First quarter: Unicaja takes control from the start

Cooley hit a mid-range jumper and Edwin Jackson a three-pointer for a 5-0 Unicaja start. Tarence Kinsey made a baseline jumper to open Zvezda's account, and after Thomas nailed a long jumper for the hosts, Jovic glided for a layup at 7-4. Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored from way downtown, and after Maik Zirbes did so inside for Zvezda, Alberto Diaz hit a jumper to make it 12-6. The hosts extended the lead with Nedovic making a runner in traffic. Both team made free throws, and Miller scored a close-range basket for Zvezda, but Nedovic and Kuzminskas had fastbreak dunks in the final 50 seconds to keep Unicaja strong at 20-12 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unicaja rolling behind Nedovic

Vladimir Stimac battled inside for the visitors and Jovic hit from long distance to make it 20-17. Nedovic answered with a triple, and after he traded baskets with Marko Guduric, struck from long range again, making it 28-21. Dani Diez had a basket-plus-free throw that made for a double-digit difference, 32-21, and forced a Zvezda timeout. Kinsey hit a pair of jumpers, and DeMarcus Nelson and Zirbes traded put-backs to make it 36-27. But Thomas answered by scoring inside, then Nedovic capped a great effort play from his teammates with a three-pointer. When Thomas made a put-back in the waning seconds, Unicaja was in control, 43-27, at halftime.

Third quarter: Zvezda rallies behind Guduric

Cooley scored twice inside early in the third quarter, with Guduric making a power-drive in between. Thomas drove the lane for a dunk extending the difference to 49-30, before Jovic converted for a three-point play. Thomas hit a long jumper, but Guduric answered with a triple for Zvezda. Branko Lazic followed with a corner triple, before Miller finished a fastbreak with a big dunk for a 51-41 scoreboard midway through the third. After a Unicaja timeout, Nedovic made a runner and Miller a corner jumper. After Nedovic's foul shots, Guduric nailed another triple and Vladimir Micic continued Zvezda's run with a layup-plus-free throw. When Guduric scored a fastbreak layup, the visitors were 55-51 after a 6-21 run. Nedovic made a couple more free throws for Unicaja, and after Stimac scored inside, Diaz beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to make it 60-53 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Simonovic hits four threes to complete comeback

A driving layup from Jovic, and a corner triple in transition from Marko Simonovic cut the deficit to 60-58 early in the fourth. Another triple from Simonovic put Zvezda in front for the first time on the night, 60-61 with 7:18 to go. After a timeout, Jackson and Jovic traded triples, before Cooley's put-back had Unicaja in front again, 65-64. But Zvezda had another run coming, sparked by a fastbreak dunk from Nemanja Dangubic, which Zirbes followed by scoring inside to make it 65-70. After another Unicaja timeout, Thomas scored from close range for the hosts, but Simonovic hit back-to-back triples to open a 67-76 lead with 1:51 to go. Thomas kept Unicaja's hopes alive, but Zirbes sealed it from close range with 45 seconds to go. Jackson’s triple at the buzzer only rounded out the scoring, with Zvezda already celebrating a huge road win.

Friday, March 18, 2016
Attendance: 5856
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Unicaja Malaga20231712
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade12152625
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade12275378
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 24:32 9   3/5   1 5 6 4   2     1 2 16
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 14:49 5 1/1 1/5     1 1 1   1     3 3 2
10 THOMAS, WILL 33:17 13 6/9 0/2 1/2 1 5 6 1 2     1 1 2 16
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 17:07 3 1/1 0/2 1/1 2 3 5             1 7
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 11:36     0/1         2         3   -2
13 KARAHODZIC, KENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 20:22 22 4/7 3/8 5/6       1 1 4   1 2 7 15
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 11:39   0/1     1   1   1       3   -2
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 25:00 7 2/5 1/3   1 3 4 3   2 1 1   1 8
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 20:17 2 1/3 0/2   1 1 2 2 2 1     1 1 3
45 COOLEY, JACK 21:21 11 4/7   3/4 4 2 6 1 1 1 1   3 4 16
Team                     2         -2
Totals 200:00 72 19/34 8/28 10/13 11 20 31 15 7 13 2 3 17 21 77
        55.9% 28.6% 76.9%
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 KINSEY, TARENCE 11:43 6 3/6             1     1     3
4 REBIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 15:30 2 1/1 0/1     3 3     2     3   -1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 21:08 3   1/2           1 1     4 1 -1
13 MICIC, VASILIJE 20:14 3 1/3   1/1   3 3 8 1 2 1 1 3 1 9
15 TEJIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 17:41 12   4/7                   2   7
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 18:17 12 3/3 2/3     1 1     3     2 2 9
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 29:46 16 3/6 2/4 4/6 2 3 5 7 1 1     2 5 24
30 MILLER, QUINCY 25:41 11 3/3 0/4 5/8   7 7 2 1       1 5 18
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 21:54 9 4/8   1/2 3 4 7   1 4 1   3 2 8
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 18:06 4 2/3       5 5 2     1   1 1 11
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 20/33 9/21 11/17 6 27 33 19 6 13 3 2 21 17 89
        60.6% 42.9% 64.7%

Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"We are very sad about losing a game in which we had two very good quarters despite the situation in which we find ourselves, with injured players. We knew they were going to play physical and aggressive, almost at the limit of the personal foul. We moved away from the basket in the second half. We made bad decisions on offense, shooting three times more three-pointers than two-pointers and sometimes playing one against five. We had bad shot selection and passes. We also had a physical problem in the second half and our defensive level has not been as in the first half of the game. We defended worse and they scored easy baskets. We did not understood that what was keeping us in the game was our defense. In the first half, Zvezda had got a few points but in the second they had much more success. We have lacked calm and patience in the key moments of the game to look for better options, like putting the ball inside, where we were shooting better percentage-wise than from outside. The remaining games in this Top P16, we have to use to be better, both individually and collectively."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"I want to congratulate the players, and thank the fans who have come long way to Malaga to support us. We are the only team in Europe that has a chance to make the playoffs, while currently playing Euroleague-level games in the domestic competition. We had a tough match against Cedevita Zagreb in the Adriatic League three days ago, and we knew it will be a hard trip to Malaga, and we have prepared the game in a specific situation. Because of that, you could feel from the start we had poor focus, we made lots of mistakes on offense and on defense. Unicaja played excellent, Nedovic was causing many problems, and with his quality role in the first half he enabled Unicaja to build a big margin. In the second half, in the beginning, it looked like Unicaja will continued doing what it did in the first half, and beat us easily. But we improved our defense, we were excellent in rebounding, and built our confidence with few fast breaks and easy baskets. We continued playing good defense the rest of the second half, we played smart on offense, hit some big, important shots, and grabbed a great win of us."


Unicaja Malaga
"We played two quarters and nearly three very well. After the break we were losing confidence gradually in our attack and on defense we allowed them many baskets in transition and fastbreaks."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
“It is great for us because we needed this. Now we need one more win to qualify for sure to the playoffs. For us it is a big victory, because there is always great atmosphere in Malaga and it is hard to play here. I congratulate Unicaja, I love them, this is my ex-team. But when we go on the court, we have to play and we have to win games. It is great every time you win, so this is perfect. At halftime our coach told us we are not that bad, we are better than what we played. We have to look at ourselves and think what we want. And that is what we did. We started playing good defense, and won.”
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