2012-13Top 16Round 11
March 15, 2013 CET: 19:45

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.6 Points 74.1
36.9 Rebounds 36.3
12.4 O. Rebounds 11.5
24.5 D. Rebounds 24.8
15.5 Assists 13.5
6.9 Steals 5.5
3.4 Blocks 3.0
11.4 Turnovers 12.6
52.0 % 2PT 47.3 %
32.6 % 3PT 35.4 %
76.0 % FT 73.9 %
89.4 Index 76.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.2 / Fernandez Points 11.9 / Zoric
5.4 / Mirotic Rebounds 4.9 / Zoric
1.9 / Reyes OR 2.0 / Zoric
3.8 / Mirotic DR 2.9 / Zoric
3.7 / Llull Assists 3.5 / Williams
1.4 / Fernandez Steals 1.3 / Calloway
0.9 / Slaughter Blocks 1.0 / Zoric
1.8 / Llull Turnovers 1.7 / Simon
58.3 % / Mirotic 2PT 56.2 % / Zoric
50.0 % / Hettsheimeir 3PT 45.3 % / Calloway
100.0 % / Pocius FT 90.9 % / Simon
15.8 / Fernandez Index 13.0 / Zoric


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
9-1 Top 16 5-5
7-3 Regular Season 8-2
16-4 Overall 13-7


Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

The Take

Two teams that know each other well meet again in the Spanish capital, where Real Madrid hosts Unicaja Malaga on Friday. Madrid leads Top 16 Group E with a 9-1 record and will qualify to the next round with a win. Unicaja ranks fifth at 5-5 and keep to keep its momentum going - it is on a three-game road winning streak. Madrid defeated Unicaja 64-72 in Top 16 Game 4 behind 15 points from Rudy Fernandez. Madrid has a 3-0 home record against Unicaja in European club competitions.

Unicaja must be ready to stop power forward Nikola Mirotic, who comes off a career-best performance against Zalgiris Kaunas last week. Mirotic offers talent, deep range and free throw accuracy (18-of-18 last week, a new Euroleague record) to a deep, solid frontcourt that also features Mirza Begic, Rafa Hettsheimeir, Marcus Slaughter and above all, Felipe reyes, a key piece for coach Pablo Laso because of his experience, rebounding skills and winning mentality. Begic faces a big test against big-sized center Kosta Perovic. Mirotic will not have it easy against Luka Zoric, who has been Unicaja's first option on offense due to his power, strength and effectiveness. Augusto Lima and Fran Vazquez are athletic big man able to change shots and play above the rim while Andy Panko can make the difference for Unicaja with his deep range, ballhandling and experience. Unicaja is deep at the wings, with sharp shooter Txemi Urtasun, experienced swingman Sergi Vidal, slashing ace Zoran Dragic and savvy scorer Krunoslav Simon, whose post skills and deep jumpers make him a hard-to-guard option. Urtasun must do his best on defense to guard Fernandez in what promises to be a very exciting matchup. Vidal must use his speed and mobility against a taller and stronger Carlos Suarez, Simon will test his scoring skills against elite bomber Jaycee Carroll, in what promises to be an exciting matchup. Unicaja relies on elite scorer Marcus Williams to make the difference in this game - just like he did against Panathinaikos last week. Earl Calloway offers court sense and determination at point guard. Williams will test his scoring skills against Sergio Llull. Madrid has other great options at point guard, such as creative playmaker Sergio Rodriguez and former Eurocup MVP Dontaye Draper.

Madrid must run its offense through Mirotic and Fernandez, use its depth at point guard to play with high intensity against Calloway and Williams, as well as locking the defensive board to run the floor and play in transition. Unicaja must try to slow down the game tempo, looking for Simon and Zoric to make the difference on offense. It needs to power the offensive board for second-chance points, using its bigger athleticism around the baskets.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Game Notes


Real Madrid has won 11 consecutive Euroleague home games dating back to the opener of last season’s Top 16.

Real Madrid leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 36.9 rebounds per game and in offensive rebounding with 12.4 per game.

Rudy Fernandez has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Fernandez needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his career.

Nikola Mirotic set a Euroleague record for most free throws made in a game by going 18 for 18 from the line last week. He has made 23 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Mirotic was the Top 16 Week 10 bwin MVP after racking up 31 points, 11 rebounds and a performance index rating of 37 in last week’s overtime road win at Zalgiris.

Mirotic dropped in a frantic shot with 0.5 seconds remaining to give Real Madrid a thrilling 80-81 victory over Unicaja in last season’s Top 16 opener.

Mirotic led Madrid to an 86-65 home victory over Unicaja with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Top 16 last season.

Mirza Begic is ranked 10th on the all-time shots blocked list with 109. Former teammate D’Or Fischer sits in ninth place with 112 blocks. 

Felipe Reyes needs 9 more rebounds to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career. He will become the fifth player in competition history to accomplish that feat.

Sergio Llull has recorded at least 1 steal in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague appearances.

Pablo Laso coached Unicaja forward Andy Panko at Lagun Aro GBC between 2009 and 2011.


Twelve different players have appeared in Unicaja’s starting lineup this season, but no player has started every game.

Unicaja is 7-0 this season when Marcus Williams has made at least 3 three-pointers in a game. Williams made 3 in the closing minutes last week to lead Unicaja past Panathinaikos.

Krunoslav Simon has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Fran Vazquez has made 16 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Vazquez, the Euroleague’s career leader in blocked shots, needs 4 more to become the first player to reach the 200 milestone.

Sergi Vidal played two seasons at Real Madrid between 2009 and 2011. He helped the club reach the 2011 Euroleague Final Four. He teamed with Carlos Suarez, Felipe Reyes, Sergio Llull, Sergio Rodriguez and Mirza Begic during that span.

Txemi Urtasun and Real Madrid forward Carlos Suarez were teammates at Estudiantes Madrid during the 2007-08 season.

Luka Zoric dominated with 32 points and 10 rebounds in an 80-81 loss to Real Madrid at the buzzer in the Top 16 opener last season.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"The game against Unicaja is very important for us because it can grant us mathematical qualification for the playoffs and also consolidate one of the two first places in our group. We are entering money time to decide the final standings. Unicaja is a team that, when playing fast, is very dangerous. When they control rebounds they have players like Williams, Calloway, Urtasun or Vidal, who can run and can be very dangerous when open. Also, the arrival of Panko allowed the team to play a bit more open and Zoric is having a great season. When we can see Unicaja's best version, they are a very dangerous team and they still have options to advance, so it's a key game for them. They are a team that we know very well but the three games that we have won against them this season are of no use now. The most important game is always the next one. When you face a team several times you can think you know it very well and that can make you relax too much. But they deserve all the respect and they managed to beat Panathinaikos last week in a game that was practically lost for them in the last three minutes. I am sure we will have to play really well to win."
Unicaja Malaga
"We have still four more games to go in the Top 16 and if we want to be in the playoffs, each one of them will almost be our last chance. So we are ready for this game as if, indeed, it was the last chance. We will go to Madrid to give everything needed to win the game. Real Madrid has a great team and it is a tough arena, but we just don't have any other options."


Real Madrid
"It will be a hard game against Unicaja because they are fighting to make the playoffs plus they know us pretty well by this point. It will be difficult to surprise one another so I am expecting a close battle. From Unicaja, despite having a great roster, I would highlight Williams, a great guard who we will have to keep an eye on. I played with him in high school and I know what he is capable of. We will all have to chip in in defending him. We must come out strong and focused and start the game well in order to reduce Unicaja's confidence at the start. We are undefeated at home this season in the Euroleague and we have an exciting game in front of us, so I hope our fans come to the gym to support us."
Unicaja Malaga
"We arrive to this game in a good moment after an important home win against Panathinaikos, but we won't settle for that. We have chances to be in the playoffs and we will fight for that. The first duel is against Real Madrid and we go there with all the ambition. They aer great players that form a solid block, we have seen it in the other games we have played against them this season. It's a difficult challenge but we have already racked a couple big road wins this season like at CSKA Moscow or Maccabi, for instance. If we play tough and intense we will have our chances to win. I believe in our chances."

Unicaja scalps Madrid for fourth straight road win

Unicaja Malaga shook things up in Top 16 Group E with a 74-77 victory over Real Madrid at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace in the Spanish capital. Luka Zoric went wild with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks to lead Unicaja to its fourth straight road win and to deny – at least for another week – a playoff berth for both Madrid and Anadolu Efes. Unicaja improved to 6-5 and sits in fifth place in Group E – one win behind Panathinaikos Athens for the fourth ticket to the playoffs from the group. Madrid slipped to 9-2 and into a tie for first place with Anadolu Efes Istanbul. The hosts took control with a 15-2 first quarter run and led 40-32 at halftime, but Unicaja rallied back with 13 unanswered points in the third quarter. Madrid clawed its way back to within 1 late in the fourth. Down the stretch, Zoric and Fran Vazquez came up with big plays on defense and Krunoslav Simon and Zoric sealed the win with clutch free throws. Simon tallied 18 points for the winners and Vazquez added 10 points. Sergio Rodriguez paced Madrid with 17 points and 6 assists, Nikola Mirotic added 12 points and 8 rebounds and Jaycee Carroll netted 10 in defeat. Madrid was without Rudy Fernandez due to back spasms.

First quarter: Llull, Rodriguez fuel 15-2 Madrid march

Zoric started strong with a baseline jumper and after Rafael Hettsheimeir made free throws, a Zoric slam made it 2-6. Mirza Begic threw in a hook, but Krunoslav Simon heated up with a triple and a turnaround jumper to make it 4-11. Madrid stayed close thanks to a Sergio Llull drive and a bucket by Hettsheimeir. Begic completed the comeback through Begic to go up 12-11, but on the ensuing play, Zoric came through with a basket-plus-foul. Llull continued to rally the hosts with a big three-pointer before Hettsheimeir added a jumper for a 4-point lead. Sergio Rodriguez in transition completed a 15-2 Madrid run. Simon ended the Unicaja drought, but Rodriguez drilled a jumper for a 21-15 lead through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Carroll, Slaughter extend hosts’ lead

Txemi Urtasun opened the scoring for Unicaja in the second quarter, but Felipe Reyes inside and Nikola Mirotic with a fine three-point play kept the momentum white. Rodriguez and Marcus Slaughter connected to take the hosts’ lead to double figures. First Rodriguez found the big man for a pretty alley-oop slam, then Slaughter’s block led to a Rodriguez layup and a 30-18 advantage. Kosta Perovic muscled his way to a three-point play inside, but the visitors had trouble stringing points together. Dontaye Draper found Slaughter for another alley-oop. After a Perovic tip-in, Carroll got on the scoreboard with a triple. Remained strong at both ends and Earl Calloway made it 35-27 from the line. Carroll twice re-extended the lead to 10, but Unicaja refused to quit. Urtasun fed Fran Vazquez for an alley-oop inside the final minute, which left the scoreboard showing 40-32 at the break.

Third quarter: Unicaja reels off 13 straight points to move ahead

Malaga picked up the pace to start the second half and after a Simon triple and Zoric free throws, it was a one-possession game. Zoric went through Begic to make it 42-41. A Zoric rejection led to a Simon three-pointer for Unicaja’s first lead since the first quarter. Then a Zoric steal resulted in an Andy Panko triple, making it 11 unanswered points for a 42-47 lead. Despite a timeout, Madrid remained cold on offense, but tightened up its defense. Calloway added a basket before Carroll ended a six-plus-minute scoring drought with a much-needed three-pointer. Slaughter and Zoran Dragic exchanged words and received technical fouls. Zoric and Mirotic traded points from the line before Calloway fed Zoric for a vicious two-handed slam and foul. Mirotic responded with a basket on the offensive glass, but it wasn;t long before Calloway drained a triple from the corner for a 9-point Unicaja lead. Llull trimmed the gap to 53-60 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Zoric steps up and Unicaja holds on

Mirotic got the crowd involved with the first basket of the fourth quarter, however Simon and Zoric answered back. A Zoric slam made it 55-66 and caused Madrid coach Pablo Laso to call for an urgent timeout. Felipe Reys came through with a mid-range jumper and Rodriguez drained a long jumper. Rodriguez remained sharp as he carved up the Unicaja defense twice to bring his team within 3 midway through the fourth quarter. As the tension grew, so did the amount of turnovers. Some slick passing led to a Vazquez layup and a 63-68 Unicaja edge. Panko fouled out. With three-and-a-half minutes to go, Rodriguez nailed a pull-up three-pointer to make it 67-68. Marcus Williams stepped up with his first points, a clutch triples, then Zoric rose to block Rodriguez and protect the lead. Rodriguez came back with 2 free throws to make it a 1-point game. But Madrid missed twice and Williams broke the Madrid defense with a laser pass to Vazquez for a 69-73 lead with 38 seconds remaining. Carroll missed a runner and Zoric claimed the rebound. Reyes fouled out for Madrid, Williams missed twice. Rodriguez fed Slaughter to trim the deficit to 2 with 18.5 seconds left. This time Madrid fouled Simon, who went to the line and sank 2. After Vazquez blocked Rodriguez, Zoric sealed a big win with 2 from the line.

Earl Calloway - Unicaja Malaga - EB12
Friday, March 15, 2013
Attendance: 7946 (Tentative)
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Real Madrid21191321
Unicaja Malaga15172817
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Real Madrid21405374
Unicaja Malaga15326077
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 13:05   0/1 0/2         1         1   -3
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 18:39 3 1/1 0/2 1/2   3 3 1 1       1 2 6
9 REYES, FELIPE 18:50 6 2/7   2/2 1 3 4   1       5 5 6
11 MARTIN, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 25:02 12 3/4 1/6 3/3 2 6 8 1   2     1 4 16
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 27:22 17 6/12 1/4 2/2   3 3 6 2 1   3 4 3 14
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 13:30 6 2/2 0/1 2/2   2 2   1 2     2 1 5
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 11:04 4 2/3     2 2 4 1         1   7
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 19:34 10 1/2 2/5 2/2 1   1 1   1     3 1 5
23 LLULL, SERGIO 28:32 9 3/5 1/3     1 1 1   3     3 3 4
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 24:22 7 3/3   1/2 2 1 3   2 1 2   3 4 13
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 74 23/40 5/23 13/15 9 22 31 12 7 10 2 3 24 23 75
        57.5% 21.7% 86.7%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
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
4 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 30:06 18 3/5 3/6 3/4   5 5 2 2 3     2 3 19
6 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 20:21 3 0/4 1/2 0/2   1 1 2   1   1 3 2 -4
7 LIMA, AUGUSTO CESAR 5:46 2 1/2                       1 2
8 PANKO, ANDY 18:30 3 0/1 1/3   1   1 1   1     5 1 -3
9 VIDAL, SERGI 15:39     0/1   1   1 2   3     1 1 -1
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 16:54 4 1/2 0/1 2/4       2         1 5 6
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 26:48 9 2/4 1/2 2/2 1   1 2 1 4     3 2 5
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 5:25 7 3/3   1/1 1 2 3     1       2 11
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 15:40 10 5/6       2 2       1   3   9
19 DIAZ, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZORIC, LUKA 34:24 21 7/10   7/8   12 12   2 2 2 1 3 6 33
22 DRAGIC, ZORAN 10:27     0/3   1   1           3   -5
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 77 22/37 6/18 15/21 8 25 33 11 5 15 3 2 24 23 78
        59.5% 33.3% 71.4%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"First of all, congratulations to Unicaja for its win. Our third quarter was not good and allowed Unicaja to get a good lead. Unicaja handled that lead very well during the rest of the game. Even so, we reached the final minutes with chances to win the game, but both teams know each other very well already and we were not intense all 40 minutes long. Like I said, Unicaja handled its lead very well and won the game."
Unicaja Malaga
"It was a make-or-break game for us - just like all the games remaining. This win is very important. We didn't play well in the first half and I believe it was because we have faced Madrid three times this season and it was hard for us to get into the game. We were lucky to be trailing by just 8 points at halftime. Everything changed after the break; we had six very good minutes in which Madrid was scoreless. Their zone defense gave us a lot of problems, as we had done well in offense before that. We managed to get the win, which is very important. We were not consistent all 40 minutes, but managed to win the game."


Real Madrid
"We had a good first half; we played the right way in the opening 20 minutes. We struggled throughout the third quarter and that cost us the game. We tried to change things in the fourth quarter, but trailed all the way. Unicaja had a high confidence and made some key shots. We have to be more consistent for 40 minutes. This was an important game for us - we have Efes right behind us and CSKA not too far away. Our goal is to get the home-court advantage in the playoffs and this game was important to achieve that goal. There are three games left, two of them at home, and we can win them all. Our fans were great; they helped us to return to the game."
Real Madrid
"Unicaja was the best team tonight. We have to play at the level we did two and three weeks ago so that games like this are not that difficult for us. It is a tough loss, but we will fight to win the next game. It is a shame to lose at home for the first time this season. We are in a good place, but we will see what we did wrong in practice and this will make us a better team. It hurts, but we must keep fighting to get the home-court advantage in the playoffs. This cannot happen again. We have some home games and have to make the most out of them."
Unicaja Malaga
"After three losses against Real Madrid, we finally managed to beat them. The key to this win were the points we scored through open shots and the great defense that we had at times. We played a horrible first half, but managed to win the game in the second with great defense, giving 100% effort and intensity. Our future is a bit brighter than before the game. We have options to reach the playoffs, but need to go game by game. This team needs more games like this to make it to the playoffs."
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