2008-09Regular SeasonRound 3
November 05, 2008 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALA DEL MAURO
Chris Warren - Air Avellino Air Avellino registered its first-ever Euroleague win by edging Unicaja 72-70 at home in Group A on Wednesday night. Both teams are now tied in the Group A standings, each with a 1-2 record. Avellino rallied in the final five minutes to win the game on a layup by Eric Williams with 1.9 seconds remaining. Chris Warren paced the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Tamar Slay added 13 while Williams had 12 for Avellino. Marcus Haislip had 14 points for Unicaja and Boni Ndong added 13 for the guests, who led 30-38 at halftime. A layup by Robert Archibald seemed to seal the outcome, 58-65, with five minutes remaining. Warren and Drake Diener took over to tie the game at 70-70 with a minute to go and Slay fed Williams for the game-winner. Unicaja had the chance to inbound twice due to an incredible turnover by Williams, who walked away with the ball thinking that the game was over, but the guests did not manage to get a shot up in the game's final second.

Haislip got Unicaja going with a layup, but free throws by Williams and a six-meter jumper by Travis Best gave Avellino a 4-2 edge. Both teams struggled to score in the early going, but Archibald stepped up with a power basket, which Williams matched with a layup in the other end. Unicaja was struggling to score, however, while a layup by Warren kept Avellino ahead, 8-5. Joseph Gomis and Slay traded baskets, but Haislip strick from downtown to tie it at 10-10. Unicaja was now way more aggressive on defense. Meanwhile, Jiri Welsch and Ndong gave the guests their first lead, 12-14. Avellino called timeout, but free throws by Ndong made it a 4-point game. Unicaja did not allow any easy shots now, as Avellino only managed free throws by Warren. Meanwhile, Ndong shined again with a put-back layup and a running jumper by Gomis and free throws by Carlos Jimenez allowed Unicaja to grab a 15-23 edge after 10 minutes.

Boniface Ndong - Unicaja Avellino could not find the way to basket, but improved its defense early in the second quarter. As such, both teams went scoreless for more than two minutes until Ndong took over with another put-back basket. Vitor Faverani copied him soon after that to force Avellino call a much-needed timeout at 15-27. Avellino found a go-to guy in Slay, who stepped up with consecutive baskets. Warren soon added a dunk coming off the baseline to bring the hosts back to life at 21-27. Haislip silenced the crowd with an outstanding dunk, which Marko Tusek bettered with a three-pointer. Warren soon added free throws to get Avellino even closer, 26-29. Archibald took over with a jump hook and Carlos Cabezas added his trademark turnaround jumper to give Unicaja some fresh air at 27-33. Unicaja was now its usual self on defense while Haislip shined with an acrobatic jumper - and the free throw that came with in. A put-back dunk by Faverani and an off-balance jumper by Daniele Cinciarini fixed the halftime score at 30-38.

Tusek tried to get the crowd involved with a layup and Drake Diener added a driving basket to bring the hosts back to life. Haislip scored again, but a big block by Andrea Crosariol allowed Slay to score at the other end to bring Avellino within 36-40. Diener took over with a six-meter jumper to cause Unicaja to call timeout at 38-40. The guests improved their defense, not allowing open shots now. Ndong dunked it to give Unicaja a 38-42 edge. Best struck from downtown and even when Welsch stepped up with a layup, Slay scored again to get within 43-44. Ndong stayed unstoppable with consecutive baskets, making the hosts call timeout at 43-48. Slay stepped up again with a jumper while Nikola Radulovic sank a three-pointer to tie the game at 48-48. Jimenez answered from downtown, but Warren sank a jumper to keep Avellino as close as 50-51. Thomas Kelati buried a running shot and free throws by Omar Cook and a buzzer-beating jumper by Gomis gave Unicaja a 53-57 edge after 30 minutes.

Unicaja slowed the game tempo and improved its defense early in the fourth quarter. Avellino stayed fully focused, however, and a layup by Williams got the hosts within 2 with eight minutes to go. Haislip dunked in traffic while a left-handed layup by Archibald caused Avellino to call timeout at 55-61. Warren took over with an outstanding three-pointer off the dribble, but free throws by Cook and another layup by Archibald made it a 7-point game. Slay stepped up with a big basket in the low post and Warren added a put-back layup to get Avellino within 62-65. Kelati provided a highlight with a key three-pointer, but Warren immediately answered from downtown and Williams added a layup for a 67-68 score with three minutes remaining. Unicaja called timeout and Cabezas shined with a floating layup, but Diener sank a triple to tie it at 70-70, with 58 seconds to go. Cabezas missed from downtown, but Slay missed a shot with 15 seconds to go. Jimenez, however, touched the ball out of bounds and the ball went back to the hosts. Slay fed Williams for a layup, good for a 72-70 Avellino edge with 1.9 seconds to go. Unicaja tried to feed Haislip for an alley-oop. Williams intercepted the ball, but started to run and was called for a traveling violation, giving Unicaja the ball back with a second remaining. But the visitors could not capitalize as Ndong was unable to even catch the ball, allowing all Avellino fans to enjoy the club's first-ever Euroleague win.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Referees: DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR (UKR), LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO), CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM)
Attendance: 2580
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Air Avellino
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WARREN, CHRIS 35:14 24 6/9 2/7 6/8 4 5 9 4 1 3       4 29
5 RADULOVIC, NIKOLA 17:48 4 0/1 1/6 1/2   1 1 2 1 1     4 3 -1
6 PORTA, ANTONIO 15:25   0/1     1   1   1       1 2 2
8 BEST, TRAVIS 24:35 5 1/4 1/2     1 1 3 1 1   1 4 2 2
10 CINCIARINI, DANIELE 3:26 2 1/1 0/1   1   1     1       1 2
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 11:03   0/1     1 2 3 1 1   1   3 1 3
12 LISICKY, PETER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SLAY, TAMAR 32:25 13 6/11 0/3 1/2 2 4 6 2 3 2     2 2 13
17 TUSEK, MARKO 19:48 5 1/2 1/5     4 4 1 1 1     1   4
20 WILLIAMS, ERIC 17:53 12 5/6   2/4 3 4 7   2 1     4 2 15
21 DIENER, DRAKE 22:23 7 2/2 1/4   1 1 2 2         3   5
30 NARDI, MIKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 72 22/38 6/28 10/16 14 23 37 15 11 11 1 1 22 17 75
        57.9% 21.4% 62.5%
Head coach: MARKOVSKI, ZARE
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 20:26 4 0/4 0/2 4/4 1 2 3 3 1 1     3 3 4
4 GOMIS, JOSEPH 29:27 8 3/6 0/2 2/4 1 1 2 3   3   1 1 4 5
8 CORTABERRIA, JON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WELSCH, JIRI 20:35 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   3 3 1         5 4 5
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 20:29 4 2/7 0/3   2 2 4   1 3     1   -3
12 NDONG, BONIFACE 18:38 13 5/6   3/6 2 7 9   1 1     2 3 19
15 FAVERANI, VITOR 9:18 4 2/3 0/1   2   2     1         3
20 JIMENEZ, CARLOS 23:10 5   1/2 2/2   1 1     2     1 2 4
21 ARCHIBALD, ROBERT 21:22 8 4/4       2 2   1 2     1 5 13
23 KELATI, THOMAS 9:48 5 1/2 1/2           2           5
24 HAISLIP, MARCUS 26:47 14 5/6 1/4 1/1 1 4 5 1   2     3 1 12
Team           1 1 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 70 24/41 3/17 13/19 10 23 33 8 7 15 0 1 17 22 70
        58.5% 17.6% 68.4%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

MARKOVSKI, ZARE
Air Avellino
WWe played good basketball tonight, and I'm very happy because my guys fought on defense and played hard. We were able to compete with Unicaja Malaga on the same level. For our organization, it is a special night, as we got our first victory in the Euroleague. Especially Slay had a good game, he got 13 points. Williams gave his support too. We had to win to keep on going."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Unicaja
"Avellino played a good game. They belived in getting the victory and won with their heart. They played with maximum concentration. To win on this court will be very difficult for all teams. Now, we must work out to keep on improving and we hope to get to the Top 16. We are still ready to fight for victories and that will not change in Avellino."

Players

DIENER, DRAKE
Air Avellino
"Chris Warren gave me a really good pass and it was kind of mixed up, they weren't really guarding me. I didn't shoot the ball as good I can tonight but in a moment like that, with your team down by 3, I don't mind if I was 0-for-10 or 10-for-10. It is a great win and I think we really deserved it. We want to advance to the Top 16 and a 0-3 situation would have been really bad for us. Unicaja is a tough team and I think we were physical enough to compete against them tonight. In the previous two games we had a chance to compete against both teams, but we didn't play with the intensity we needed against bigger, stronger opponents."
GOMIS, JOSEPH
Unicaja
"We didn't play good basketball. Avellino was able to defend hard. They competed with our team at the same level. Now we have to improve and try to win the next game. For me, the key of the game was Avellino's defense. We are ready to fight next week to take an important victory."
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