2015-16Top 16Round 12
March 25, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.9 Points 73.0
36.3 Rebounds 33.9
11.2 O. Rebounds 13.2
25.0 D. Rebounds 20.7
19.0 Assists 17.0
5.5 Steals 5.9
3.6 Blocks 2.0
13.3 Turnovers 13.0
51.5 % 2PT 51.5 %
39.6 % 3PT 32.6 %
69.0 % FT 75.2 %
92.0 Index 79.4

Player Stats

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12.6 / Heurtel Points 12.5 / Kuzminskas
5.4 / Saric Rebounds 6.2 / Hendrix
2.2 / Dunston OR 2.3 / Hendrix
4.0 / Saric DR 3.9 / Hendrix
7.4 / Heurtel Assists 2.6 / Nelson
0.9 / Osman Steals 1.3 / Nelson
1.2 / Dunston Blocks 0.8 / Hendrix
3.1 / Heurtel Turnovers 1.7 / Kuzminskas
59.0 % / Dunston 2PT 57.8 % / Hendrix
48.0 % / Diebler 3PT 42.5 % / Diez
92.3 % / Saric FT 87.5 % / Smith
16.7 / Heurtel Index 12.5 / Kuzminskas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-6 Top 16 3-8
6-4 Regular Season 7-3
11-10 Overall 10-11


Crew Chief

The Take

The hosts could be playing for survival when this game tips off. Efes will know its situation already the night before; if Panathinaikos Athens beats Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, an Efes loss would end its playoff hopes. Since a win keeps Efes alive, the hosts are surely to be highly motivated against a Unicaja team that has been eliminated from playoff contention after dropping seven of eight games, including a 75-85 decision to Efes in Malaga in January. Former Unicaja guard Jayson Granger led Efes that night with 22 points. Efes boasts a formidable attack led by point guards Granger and Thomas Heurtel and forwards Dario Saric, Derrick Brown and Cedi Osman. One key to stopping Unicaja will be for Bryant Dunston and the Efes rebounders to control the boards against Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Jack Cooley and Will Thomas, who help the team lead the league in offensive rebounding (13.6). Guards Nemanja Nedovic, DeMarcus Nelson and Edwin Jackson will try to spark the Unicaja attack to keep pace with Efes, whose 81.9 points per game this season is more than 10 higher than what Unicaja has averaged in the Top 16. Efes may be the favorite, but Unicaja has a lot of players eager to prove themselves.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Coach Dusan Ivkovic has used 12 different players in the starting lineup so far this season.

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader in assists with 7.4 per game; he is also the competition’s all-time leader with 5.38 assists per game, too.

Cedi Osman has made at least 1 three-pointer in four straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Alex Tyus is last in the league among qualified players in free throw accuracy at 43.1%.

Jayson Granger spent the previous two seasons with Unicaja. He played under Coach Joan Plaza and alongside several current Unicaja players.

Unicaja Malaga

Coach Joan Plaza has fielded 13 different players in his starting lineups and used 16 players overall this season; No player has started every game.

Unicaja leads the league in offensive rebounding with 13.2 per game.

Jack Cooley is the league-leader in offensive rebounds on a per-minute basis. He is averaging 6.5 offensive rebounds prorated over 40 minutes.

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

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We have now three games left in Euroleague. I expect my team will be focused into this game. We have a big problem that Balbay and Diebler will not be ready for this game. Unicaja Malaga impressed me very much in the last victories they grabbed on the road in both Euroleague and ACB. In the Cedevita Zagreb game which Unicaja totally dominated and in the Laboral Kutxa game. They play much better. We have to forget our victory in the first half of Top 16 in Malaga. We must concentrate to this game very well and must get the result we want."
Unicaja Malaga
"We want to stay on the same path as in the last weeks. We want to get out of there being a better team, regardless of the score. We want to compete well and stay on our ascending trend. They have many things at stake with this game but we have to be able to play the same way at home or on the road. I would love to have the pressure that Anadolu Efes is probably feeling, but unfortunately we don't. We must be practical and set the right priorities. We have to get people in the fols like Stefan Markovic, who still hasn't done a 20% of a practice. Against Efes we can make him play some minutes and have players with less minutes get some more on the court. We want to take that path but we also want to be competitive."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Another very important game for us. We played some good games recently. But we also know that Unicaja Malaga won the last two games on the road in the Euroleague and in their national league. It is important for us to control the game. Despite being out of the playoffs race, we know that they will fight in all games until the end. Hopefully in front of our crowd we want to grab the victory to keep our hopes alive."
Unicaja Malaga
"Our goal now is to maintain the good work we are doing these last weeks. We want to compete in every game and in the Euroleague we have to maintain the effort and focus that allow us to improve. Playing at Anadolu Efes is not easy, and they are playing for the playoffs, but we want to compete and fight for the game."

Anadolu Efes still alive after Heurtel stars in big win over Unicaja

Anadolu Efes Istanbul led from start to finish to beat Unicaja Malaga 87-67 to keep alive its playoff chances on Friday night at Istanbul’s Abdi Ipekci Arena. It was third straight win for Efes, which improved to 6-6 in the fifth place of Group E, while Unicaja dropped to 3-8 in a three-team share of the sixth place. Led by Thomas Heurtel, the hosts opened the game with a 15-2 run. Unicaja briefly rallied behind DeMarcus Nelson, getting within 5 points, but Efes finished the half with a 16-2 charge to take a 49-30 halftime lead, and never looked back after the break. Heurtel finished with 17 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds, while Dario Saric collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Cedi Osman netted 11 in victory, while Nelson finished as Unicaja’s top scorer with 12 points. Dani Diez had 11, and Edwin Jackson 10 points in the losing effort.

Heurtel and Saric get hosts to a fast start

Saric started the scoring with a put-back and Heurtel dished first to Bryant Dunston for a huge slam, then to Cedi Osman for a corner triple and an 8-0 lead after less than two minutes of play. Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored inside to open Unicaja's account, but Heurtel dished a no-look pass for a Saric three-point play. Heurtel also made a reverse layup after catching a Jayson Granger air-ball, and Dunston scored inside to increase the lead to 15-2. Nelson and Heurtel traded three-pointers, before Will Thomas made a turnaround jumper and Nelson made a put-back dunk to get the visitors within 18-9. But Elijah Johnson knocked down a corner triple assisted by Heurtel, his fifth, before Furkan Korkmaz hit a pair of threes to make it 27-11 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unicaja rallies, but Huertel fuels another Efes run

Fran Vazquez scored inside, before Korkmaz and Dani Diez traded baskets. Jackson hit a jumper and a transition triple on consecutive possessions to get the visitors within 31-20. After an Efes timeout, Thomas and Nelson hit back-to-back threes to cut the deficit to 31-26. Heurtel drove the lane for an easy layup to snap a 0-11 run, but Nelson quickly went the other way for a driving layup of his own, 33-28. After another timeout, Heurtel dished to Tyus for an alley-oop-plus-foul. Heurtel then made a floater in transition to restore a double-digit margin, 39-28. Saric added a pair of free throws and Osman scored a fastbreak layup to cap a 10-0 run. Vazquez snapped the run, but Heurtel, Tyus and Saric scored transition baskets in the final 90 seconds of the quarter that gave Efes a 49-30 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Efes hangs on to big lead

Osman banked in a triple to open a 52-30 margin, but Jackson hit a second chance three and Vazquez followed with a three-point play. Granger made a floater for the hosts, but Jack Cooley scored a layup and a put-back for Unicaja to make it 54-40 midway through the third. Johnson’s free throws and Saric’s three-pointer extended the difference to 19 points, and after Cooley fought his way inside, Heurtel dished his 10th assist on a Granger. Nelson scored a jumper, and after free throws from Cooley and Nemanja Nedovic, a triple from Birkan Batuk made it 65-47.

Fourth quarter: Unicaja shows life, but Efes wins big

Nedovic scored 3 of 4 foul shots in the opening minute of the quarter, but Batuk matched him with a three-pointer and Heurtel’s jumper made it 70-50. Diez scored from close range for the visitors, but Derrick Brown had a tip-in on the other end. Diez scored from close range, and Nedovic drove for a layup in a crowd. Brown banked in a jumper, but quick baskets from Suarez and Diez got Unicaja within 74-61. Suarez added a triple that made it a 10-point affair, as Efes coach Dusan Ivkovic was forced to put back in the game Heurtel and Saric. Heurtel scored a reverse layup, but Diez knocked down a corner triple that cut it to 76-67. After another Efes timeout, Osman hit a three-pointer that put the game away. In the final minute of the contest, Saric and Dunston restored a 20-point margin.

Dario Saric - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB15
Friday, March 25, 2016
Attendance: 2658
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul27221622
Unicaja Malaga11191720
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul27496587
Unicaja Malaga11304767
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON, ELIJAH 15:49 5 0/1 1/1 2/2 1 3 4 1         3 1 7
2 TYUS, ALEX 20:57 6 2/5   2/3   5 5   1 1 3   2 2 10
5 BROWN, DERRICK 16:23 4 2/6 0/2   3 2 5 1   2   2 1 2 1
6 OSMAN, CEDI 25:35 11 1/2 3/5     2 2 1 1 1     2 1 10
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 11:29 6   2/3   1 2 3 1   1     2 1 7
9 SARIC, DARIO 25:03 17 3/5 2/2 5/5 3 8 11     1 1   3 5 28
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 13:16 8 1/2 2/3     1 1     2     2   3
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 27:45 7 1/4 1/4 2/2   2 2 4   3     3 5 6
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 26:06 17 6/6 1/3 2/3 1 4 5 13   4     2 2 28
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 17:37 6 3/4     1 2 3 2     1   2   9
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Totals 200:00 87 19/35 12/23 13/15 10 31 41 23 2 15 5 2 22 19 109
        54.3% 52.2% 86.7%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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 19:13 10 1/4 2/7 2/2   1 1 3 1     1 2 2 6
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 14:54               1         4   -3
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 THOMAS, WILL 17:48 5 1/4 1/2   2 1 3 3 1         1 9
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 24:03 11 4/6 1/3 0/1 2 3 5     2   1   1 9
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 21:14 6 1/3 1/2 1/4 1   1 2   1     5 3  
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 20:47 6 1/5 0/6 4/6 1 1 2 1 2 1     2 6 2
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 25:01 7 3/6   1/1 1 2 3 1 1   1   1 2 11
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 15:57 2 1/5 0/3                 2   2 -5
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 25:06 12 3/4 2/2   1 2 3 1 1 1     2 3 16
45 COOLEY, JACK 15:57 8 3/5   2/2 3 2 5     1 1 1 3 2 9
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 67 18/42 7/25 10/16 13 16 29 12 6 7 2 5 19 22 59
        42.9% 28% 62.5%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We deserved to win this game. Efes was the better team on the court tonight. All Euroleague games are difficult games. This was a very important win for us. And not to forget that in this month, Malaga has played good basketball. They beat Cedevita in Zagreb, and beat Laboral Kutxa by 30 points in the Spanish League. This victory is very important for my team. Our start was great, 27-11 in the first quarter. The communication and game control of my players were very good."
Unicaja Malaga
"There is not too much to say. We followed them one quarter back. On offense, Efes has too much potential. They could have scored 120 today. If you look at the game in the, second, third and fourth quarters, the differences between the two teams are 2 or 3 points. But Efes started very well and they wanted to win this game. We have no chance for the playoffs, but Efes has a small percentage to advance. We played bad tonight."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We played a good game. We started good. We still have small chance to reach the playoffs. We have to play game by game and see what will happen in the future. We felt sad when Darussafaka did not manage to beat Panathinaikos. Now it depends on us and Panathinaikos and other teams. We will think game by game, and will try to win the most games that we can."
Unicaja Malaga
"The outcome was almost clear at the end of the first quarter. It was 27-11, which is a big difference. They executed off our mistakes very well. Efes scored too many points in the paint and also from transition. We let them lead the whole game. We fought to come back, but there was not so many things we could do. The credit we gave them in the first quarter brought Efes the victory. Congrats to Efes. "
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