2013-14Top 16Round 14
April 11, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MARTIN CARPENA

Unicaja beats Milan to finish season on high note

Unicaja Malaga snapped a four-game losing streak to finish its Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign as a winner by beating playoff-bound EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 95-85 on Friday night at Martin Carpena Arena. The game was tied midway through the second quarter, but Unicaja used an 8-0 run to take a promising halftime advantage and pulled away with an 11-0 third-quarter charge. The win gave Unicaja a 6-8 record in Top 16 Group E, which placed it fifth. Milan dropped to 10-4, but had already clinched second place in the group. Vladimir Stimac paced the Unicaja attack with 16 points, Mindaugas Kuzminskas tallied 13 points and 9 rebounds, Zoran Dragic and Txemi Urtasun added 11 points apiece and Fran Vazquez scored 10. Unicaja outrebounded Milan 42-23, including 18 offensive rebounds to just 6 for the visitors. Keith Langford returned to the Milan lineup after missing three games due to injury and paced his team’s attack with 22 points. Gani Lawal added 16 points and 3 blocks, while Curtis Jerrells netted 13 points in defeat.

First quarter: Unicaja gets off to solid start

Unicaja started well as Dragic got to the line for 2 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored in the offensive glass. C.J. Wallace opened the scoring for Milan with a jumper before tying the game at 4-4. Earl Calloway’s pass to a cutting Nik Caner-Medley helped the hosts keep a slim lead. Langford scored on the offensive glass for his first points of the game, but a long jumper by Calloway gave Unicaja an 11-8 advantage. Milan stormed back through a Samardo Samuels slam and a Kristjan Kangur triple to take its first lead, 12-13. Unicaja rallied back through Caner-Medley free throws and Ryan Toolson’s fast break layup. Stimac found a cutting Domas Sabonis to make it 18-13. Kangur converted a three-point play and Toolson free throws finished the quarter at 22-18.

Second quarter: Urtasun highlights hosts’ 8-0 charge

Bruno Cerella nailed a three for the visitors. Stimac wowed the fans with a strong move for a basket-plus-foul, but Lawal powered his way to a three-point play at the other end. Cerella split free throws to tie the game at 25-25. Unicaja went ahead on a Jayson Granger floater and a pair of Fran Vazquez scores at the rim. Five points over two possessions from Lawal tied the game at 33-33. Carlos Suarez and Cerella traded baskets. A technical foul on the Milan bench ignited an 8-0 Unicaja run in which Urtasun scored half the points. Jerrells was fouled shooting a three and made a pair of the resulting free throws. Calloway gave Unicaja a boost with a triple and a layup sandwiched, but Jerrells stayed strong and kept Milan within 48-41 at the break.

Third quarter: Unicaja dominates the proceedings as lead reaches 20s

Langford scored on the break to start the second half, but Dragic answered from downtown before a Stimac slam gave Unicaja a double-digit lead for the first time. After Samuels scored, layups by Stimac and Dragic boosted Unicaja to 59-45 and prompted a Milan timeout. Jerrells waltzed to a layup, but Unicaja remained in control. Granger assisted to Sabonis and Kuzminskas on consecutive possessions. He soon made free throws to extend the difference to 20. A Sabonis jumper and Stimac free throw extended to run to 11 unanswered points before Samuels scored in the paint. Wallace connected from downtown for his first points since the opening minutes. Urtasun responded with a second-chance triple. David Moss got his first points for Milan, but Stimac’s slam and Urtasun’s free throws allowed Unicaja to coast to a 77-54 advantage. A Cerella triple made it a 20-point game through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Despite Toolson ejection, Milan’s rally falls short

Determined to not go down without a fight, Milan went inside to Lawal for a score and soon got a three-point play from Langford. Laway split free throws and added a steal and slam before Langford drilled a triple. Unicaja called timeout, but the momentum remained with Milan as Langford’s steal resulted in a Lawal dunk that cut the difference to 79-70. Vazquez scored on the glass and Granger drove for a tough layup as Unicaja regained its composure. Langford flashed another tough bucket only to see Vazquez score in the paint. Vazquez and Kuzminskas slams practically ensured a Unicaja victory. Jerrells connected from behind the arc and Lawal registered an impressive block of Kuzminskas. Kangur scored next, but time was running out for Milan. A late Toolson ejection allowed Langford to rack up 3 free throws and a three-pointer, but a Kuzminskas basket with 30 seconds left ended any doubts about the outcome.

Jayson Granger - Unicaja Malaga - EB13
Friday, April 11, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), MARICIC,SASA (SRB)
Attendance: 3512 (Tentative)
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Unicaja Malaga22262918
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan18231628
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Unicaja Malaga22487795
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan18415785
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SABONIS, DOMANTAS 15:20 6 3/5     2 2 4 1   1     2   6
9 VIDAL, SERGI 7:58     0/2                   1 1 -2
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 14:22 11 1/4 2/3 3/3 1 2 3 1   1     3 2 9
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 17:13 7 2/4 1/1     1 1 2         3   5
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 20:33 2 1/2 0/1 0/2 1 4 5 2   2 1   1 1 4
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 21:16 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   1 1 7 3 3     1 3 13
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 14:51 10 5/7     3 4 7     2 2   4   11
19 TOOLSON, RYAN 17:01 8 3/4   2/2   1 1     1     4 2 5
21 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 30:10 13 6/9 0/1 1/2 6 3 9 3 2 2   1   2 21
22 DRAGIC, ZORAN 8:37 11 2/4 1/2 4/4 1 1 2 2 2       3 5 16
33 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 7:30 5 1/1 0/1 3/4 1   1     1       2 5
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 25:09 16 6/12   4/6 2 2 4 3 1     2   4 18
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 95 32/56 4/12 19/25 18 24 42 21 8 13 3 3 22 22 115
        57.1% 33.3% 76%
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
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 27:49 9 1/3 2/2 1/2 1 3 4 3 2 2       2 15
9 MELLI, NICOLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 HACKETT, DANIEL 19:57 2 1/4 0/1         5         2 2 3
14 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 24:16 8 2/2 1/4 1/1   1 1 1       1 3 1 4
23 LANGFORD, KEITH 31:43 22 4/8 2/6 8/8 1   1 2 1 3   1 3 6 17
24 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 20:00 6 3/6               3     2   -2
30 WALLACE, C.J. 15:44 7 2/3 1/2   1 3 4     1     3 1 6
31 LAWAL, GANI 20:00 16 5/8   6/8 2 1 3 1 1   3 1 4 5 19
34 MOSS, DAVID 16:06 2 1/1 0/1     5 5     1     3 1 3
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 24:25 13 4/5 1/4 2/3 1 1 2 3 1 4     2 2 10
Team             3 3     1     1   1
Totals 200:00 85 23/40 7/20 18/22 6 17 23 15 5 15 3 3 23 20 76
        57.5% 35% 81.8%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
2We have made a great end to the Top 16. We have been very close to qualifying for the playoff. To be in the top ten in Europe is fine, especially seeing where we came from. We have also competed to the end in one of the hardest groups in the history of this competition. On the game, we have been very good in assists, rebounding and we had five players to have scored more than ten points. I want to thank the fans support they have given us in every game we have played here in Malaga. We hope to do better next year."
BANCHI, LUCA
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"I want to congratulate Unicaja because they have achieved their sixth win and have been very close to qualifying for the next round. We are very happy to have finished second in as complicated as this group. Now we must forget to face a tough playoff. I'm not happy with the game today, but we were tired. Unicaja has taken every mistake we made. Our next goal is Maccabi."

Players

STIMAC, VLADIMIR
Unicaja Malaga
"We are very happy with the win. We wanted to end up winning in the Euroleague. We competed very well in a very difficult group with very important teams like Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Milan or Barcelona. Today the match has not been easy. To break the scoring has been very even. In the third quarter we defended better and we have achieved an advantage on the scoreboard. At the end they have had success and have been close and the final tie was exciting."
LANGFORD, KEITH
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We came to Malaga with the knowledge that it is a difficult gym. Unicaja has had chances of qualifying for the playoffs almost to the end. It's never nice to lose but now we have to be concentrated in the playoff, which is the next step. We had chances to win, but in the third quarter we have come out with low intensity and they have used to get an income on the net. In the end we had chances but we failed."