2011-12Regular SeasonRound 4
November 09, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA

Unicaja bested KK Zagreb CO 99-85

Unicaja will move into a tie for second place in Group B after a 99-85 win over KK Zagreb CO on Wednesday at Martin Carpena Arena in Malaga, Spain. Unicaja improved to 3-1 and will join the loser of Thursday’s Panathinaikos vs. CSKA duel in second place, one win behind the winner and group leader. The visitors got off to a 0-9 start and led throughout the first quarter, but Jorge Garbajosa and EJ Rowland keyed a 16-0 blitz as the hosts took control midway through the second quarter, led 49-41 at the half and never looked back. The lead reached 21 in the fourth quarter as Unicaja cruised to the win. Luka Zoric paced six Unicaja scorers in double figures with 14 against his former team, Joel Freeland added 13, Garbajosa and Rowland scored 12 each, Berni Rodriguez 11 and Saul Blanco 10. Mario Kasun led Zagreb with 23 points, Damir Mulaomerovic tallied 13 points and 10 assists, Krunoslav Simon scored 10 as did Sean May before fouling out early. Zagreb dropped to 0-4 with the loss.

Zagreb took charge at the start as May sank a triple, Kasun went inside for a basket-plus-foul and May hit from downtown to leave the stunned crowd at Martin Carpena Arena silenced at 0-9. Kristaps Valters got Unicaja going with a three-point play and then a dish to Freeland for a wicked one-handed slam to get to 5-11. Valters knocked down another triple, but the hard work of Dario Saric and Kasun inside kept the Ants on top 8-17. Rowland came in and set up Zoric for a jumper. The visitors continued to lead as Josh Heytvelt beat the 24-second clock with a triple and Ante Masic added another to make it 14-25. A Blanco triple helped Unicaja close within 19-27 after 10 minutes.

Rowland and Garbajosa rallied Unicaja in the second quarter. The former opened the scoring, then dished to Garbajosa for a tough layup in which he took a knock in the face and then the big man sank a big triple to bring his team within 26-27. Nedzad Sinanovic got to the line and gave Unicaja its first lead of the game. Another Garbajosa triple started the crowd singing and capped a 16-0 run that made it 33-27. Heytvelt got to the line for Zagreb’s first points of the quarter, but another Garajosa three-pointer and a Rowland jumper lifted the lead to 7. Alex Abrines was next to connect and put Unicaja up by double figures. Damir Mulaomerovic did not quit and came through with 2 free throws and then a three-pointer. Simon narrowed the gap to 42-37. Zoric dunked on the break to keep the hosts in control and Rowland soared through the paint to drop in a score at the buzzer and leave the hosts ahead 49-41.

May started the second half strong with a jumper and then a move on Freeland. But Tremmell Darden and Zoric – the latter with a vicious slam – kept Unicaja ahead by 8. May’s night ended early when he committed his fourth foul less than three minutes into the second half and then was slapped with a technical for arguing. Berni Rodriguez missed the resulting free throws and Simon narrowed the Zagreb deficit to 4. Damir Rancic got involved for the visitors. Soon Unicaja regrouped through Freeland, who highlighted a 6-0 push by going coast-to-coast for a slam as the hosts went back up by 10. Zoric made it 65-51 as Unicaja started to pull away. Heytvelt became the visitors’ main offensive reference and provided a highlight with a behind-the-back pass to Papa Diasse for a two-handed slam. However a deep Berni triple and then a free throw with seconds left made it 73-57 with one quarter to go.

Sinanovic extended the Unicaja cushion to 20 early in the fourth quarter. Kasun dunked on Sinanovic at the other end, but Hrvoje Peric countered with a baseline drive and slam to bring the crowd to its feet. Kasun continued to produce inside, but Unicaja’s lead was never questioned. The hosts got as far ahead as 21 before Masic and Heytvelt helped narrow the gap in the end.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), LOPES, LUIS (POR), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL)
Attendance: 7350 (Tentative)
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Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FITCH, GERALD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 RODRIGUEZ, BERNI 21:26 11 1/1 2/4 3/6 1 2 3 4   2     2 4 13
6 ROWLAND, EARL 23:08 12 6/8       5 5 4   2     2 4 19
9 VALTERS, KRISTAPS 15:51 6 1/1 1/5 1/1 1 3 4 2 2       3 3 10
10 PERIC, HRVOJE 20:13 6 3/5 0/1   3 3 6 3         2 3 13
12 DARDEN, TREMMELL 17:07 4 2/4       1 1     1     1   1
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 21:11 12 3/4 2/5             1     2 1 6
16 ABRINES, ALEX 8:09 3 0/1 1/2               1   1   1
19 FREELAND, JOEL 18:49 13 6/9 0/1 1/3 2 4 6     4     1 3 11
21 ZORIC, LUKA 22:32 14 7/11       3 3     2 1 1 3 1 9
22 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD 17:28 8 1/4   6/6   4 4       1   3 4 11
34 BLANCO, SAUL 14:06 10 2/3 2/2   1 1 2 2   1         12
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 99 32/51 8/20 11/16 11 27 38 15 2 13 3 1 20 23 110
        62.7% 40% 68.8%
Head coach: MATEO, CHUS
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
KK Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MULAOMEROVIC, DAMIR 35:41 13 2/7 1/3 6/6   1 1 10   3   2 2 4 14
5 MASIC, ANTE 16:41 8 1/1 2/5     2 2 1         3 1 6
7 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 25:16 10 4/6 0/1 2/2   3 3 1   5     4 3 5
9 BABIC, PETAR 0:07                              
10 KASUN, MARIO 28:54 23 9/16 0/1 5/5 2 5 7 1   1 1 1 4 6 24
12 DIA, PAPA 12:03 6 2/2   2/2 1 1 2     1       2 9
14 MAY, SEAN GREGORY 12:45 10 2/5 2/3   1 2 3 1 1 2     5   4
22 RANCIC, DAMIR 12:01 4 2/4 0/3   1 1 2           2 1  
24 PROSTRAN, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 OZBOLT, SASO 19:22 1   0/1 1/2 1   1 1         2 2 1
35 SARIC, DARIO 10:52 2 1/3 0/1   1 1 2 1   1         1
42 HEYTVELT, JOSH 26:18 8 2/3 1/4 1/2 1 4 5 1         2 1 8
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 85 25/47 6/22 17/19 10 22 32 17 1 13 1 3 24 20 76
        53.2% 27.3% 89.5%
Head coach: ANDROIC, VLADIMIR

Head Coaches

MATEO, CHUS
Unicaja Malaga
"We could have played with more intensity but I am happy with this win. I think we have been doing very well in both competitions so far this season. We are entering a tough part of the season in both the Spanish League and the Euroleague. Having three wins so far in this competition makes me very happy. We know we are having trouble in the beginning of some games. We have seen the problem and I know we will make adjustments in the near future. We have talked about togetherness and commitment from the very beginning of the season. Every player knows his role and everyone contributes. We are a team and that's being shown on the floor."
ANDROIC, VLADIMIR
KK Zagreb
"Tonight's game gives us hope to keep on working. It was our best Euroleague game so far this season. We have shown that we can compete at this level. Our big men had foul troubles and our best players missed some shots, and that prevented us from having a chance to win the game. Unicaja deserved to win, but it is very good for us to know that we can be competitive. That gives us hope for the future."

Players

ABRINES, ALEX
Unicaja Malaga
"When I hit the three-pointer, I got the ball and didn't think much about it. I am not satisfied with the playing time I am getting, but I have to keep working. Our regular season group isn't easy, but if we keep playing like this we can go to the Top 16."
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