2015-16Regular SeasonRound 5
November 13, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 USH CSKA

Unicaja Malaga beats CSKA in Moscow to become lone unbeaten team at 5-0

Unicaja Malaga sent a message that was heard all around Europe with a 78-86 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital on Friday evening. Edwin Jackson and Mindaugas Kuzminskas starred for Unicaja, which improved to 5-0 to secure the best record in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague at the midway point in the regular season. CSKA fell to 4-1 in Group D. After a close first half, CSKA started the third quarter strong and led by as many as 9, but Unicaja rallied to close the gap and then took over with a big fourth quarter to pull away. Edwin Jackson made 6 of 8 three-pointers and finished with 24 points, while Kuzminskas only missed 3 shots in accruing 22 points plus 3 assist and 3 steals. Stefan Markovic added 10 points and 7 assists for the winners, who outrebounded CSKA 23-35. Cory Higgins paced the CSKA attack with 17 points, Nando De Colo added 14, Kyle Hines scored 13, Nikita Kurbanov 12 and Milos Teodosic recorded 10 points and 7 assists.

First quarter: Despite fantastic start for Kuzminskas, CSKA claims narrow lead

Kuzminskas attacked the rim for a basket and foul and then dunked on the break thanks to a great pass from Carlos Suarez in a 0-5 start. Kurbanov opened the CSKA scoring with a jumper and De Colo followed with a lefty layup. After Jamar Smith free throws, Andrey Vorontsevich tied the game at 7-7 with a triple. After misses on both ends, Nemanja Nedovic and Kurbanov traded triples. After Kuzmisnkas scored on the offensive glass, he traded threes with De Colo for a 13-15 lead at the TV timeout. The Unicaja forward already had 10 points in less than six minutes! Teodosic came off the bench and soon netted 2 free throws and Aaron Jackson dished to Kyle Hines for a fast break slam as CSKA grabbed a 17-15 lead. Markovic drew a foul attempting a triple and made 2 of the resulting free throws. Teodosic converted on a pretty drive and later split free throws to leave the hosts up 20-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Higgins makes an instant impact for the hosts

Higgins’s steal led to a Demetris Nichols triple, but Edwin Jackson connected twice from downtown to tie the game. A Will Thomas tip-in capped a 0-8 run that gave Unicaja a 23-25 lead. However Higgins responded with a basket-plus-foul. De Colo’s jumper briefly put CSKA ahead, but Fran Vazquez followed up his own miss to tie it again. A Teodosic triple from the corner was matched by Markovic from the elbow to make it 30-30. Higgins drove the baseline for a layup, but a red-hot Markovic downed another triple. The lead switched hands as De Colo made a layup and Richard Hendrix netted a jump hook. After Markovic bounced an inbounds pass off Teodosic’s backside and scored himself, a De Colo triple tied things at 37-37. Unicaja put together a brilliant sequence that saw Hendrix block Teodosic’s shot to trigger a fast break that Edwin Jackson finished with a three-pointer. However Higgins stepped up with a pair of threes to put the hosts in front. Hendrix scored in the lane to bring the visitors within 43-42 at the break.

Third quarter: Unicaja stays hot on CSKA’s tail

Teodosic found an open Kubanov for a jumper and then netted free throws. Vorontsevich split free throws before canning a triple to cap an 8-0 start to the half. Hendrix took an alley-oop pass from Markovic for a layup and muscled his way to another score, but Hines responded with a monster slam that made it 53-46. Markovic found a cutting Kuzminskas, but Higgins scored quickly. A Vazquez layup was met by a Kurbanov three. Vazquez split free throws and then finished an alley-oop pass from Markovic with a slam. Edwin Jackson made it 58-53 with a three-pointer. Hines countered with a three-point play at the other end. Edwin Jackson sank a pair of free throws and after a De Colo layup, Edwin Jackson drained his fifth three to keep the visitors within 2. But Hines muscled his way to a bucket inside to end the quarter at 65-61.

Fourth quarter: Edwin Jackson and Kuzminskas finish CSKA off

Kuzminskas stepped into the passing lanes for a steal that led directly to an Edwin Jackson slam. Nichols scored inside for CSKA before Edwin Jackson’s alley-oop layup made it 67-65. Kuzminskas made a runner in the lane to tie it and then put Unicaja up with a three-pointer, which prompted a CSKA timeout. Hines overpowered his defenders for a slam to end the Unicaja run. Edwin Jackson provided a highlight; his jumper was blocked by Nichols, but Jackson grabbed the loose ball and quickly fired in a deep three before the 24-second clock expired. De Colo placed a perfect pass to Hines to bring the hosts within 71-73, but Suarez countered with a triple. Kuzminskas’s two-handed jam after a three-quarters-court pass from Nedovic put the visitors up 7. Suarez’s second triple made it 71-81 with four minutes to play. Higgins’s triple was matched by Kuzminskas. Higgins added a tough layup only to see Dedovic drive through the CSKA defense to keep the difference at double figures. Unicaja started using longer possessions to kill the clock and every missed CSKA shot brought the visitors closer to their goal. CSKA scored only once in the final two and a half minutes as Unicaja secured a spectacular win.

Edwin Jackson - Unicaja Malaga - EB15
Friday, November 13, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), PETEK, SASO (SLO)
Attendance: 4863
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CSKA Moscow20232213
Unicaja Malaga17251925
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CSKA Moscow20436578
Unicaja Malaga17426186
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 28:38 14 4/5 2/7   1 2 3 4 2 4     1 5 17
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 25:15 10 1/3 1/5 5/6       7 2 2   1 2 4 11
7 FRIDZON, VITALY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 14:05 5 1/3 1/1             1 1       3
9 JACKSON, AARON 22:29     0/1     3 3 5         1 4 10
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 6:02                         2   -2
15 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 1:16                              
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 26:47 7   2/3 1/2 2 5 7 1 2 2     2 1 12
22 HIGGINS, CORY 23:42 17 4/7 3/4 0/1   1 1 1 1 1     1 2 15
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 19:10 12 3/3 2/4     2 2   1 2     3 1 9
42 HINES, KYLE 32:36 13 6/7   1/3 1 3 4 1   1     2 2 14
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 78 19/28 11/25 7/12 5 18 23 19 8 14 1 1 14 19 91
        67.9% 44% 58.3%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
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 25:45 24 2/4 6/8 2/2 1 1 2 2 1 1   1 2 1 22
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 0:31                         1   -1
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 15:08 8 4/8     4 5 9     1 1   2 1 12
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 22:39 10 1/1 2/4 2/3 1 1 2 7 1 2     2 4 17
10 THOMAS, WILL 24:56 2 1/3 0/2   3 3 6   1       1 3 7
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 8:05     0/1     1 1     1         -1
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 24:38 6   2/3   1 3 4 1 1 1     2   8
14 GABRIEL, GERMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SMITH, JAMAR 14:15 2 0/4 0/3 2/2   1 1     3     1 1 -7
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 18:45 5 1/1 1/4     1 1 6   1     3   5
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 13:23 7 3/9   1/2 1 2 3 1 1 1     3 1 2
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 31:55 22 6/7 3/5 1/1 2 2 4 3 3       2 3 30
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 86 18/37 14/30 8/10 14 21 35 20 8 11 1 1 19 14 96
        48.6% 46.7% 80%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to Malaga, they played better, had better mindset, they were more decisive, made some big shots and deserved to win. Unicaja is 5-0 and they are the favorite not only because of that but because of the way they play on the court, of hard work, of continuation. A lot of hard work in front of us. We got a good lesson. We have to watch the film and play smarter. And we will play smarter. I said before two days ago this was a game of possessions. And Unicaja had 13 more possessions than us. We had more turnovers and less rebounds. I think that was the first game of the season when we lost rebounding battle. This was a good bell for us. We have to go on the court with different attitude, better mindset to win games. When something doesn't kill you it makes you better. We will rise up and play better. We must."
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"We knew before coming here that it would be tough. We lost four times to CSKA last year; some close, some with a clear difference. But we expected it to be tough here where they have been scoring almost 100 points a game at home. They have players who can score in any way, inside, outside, with three pointers. But we were consistent and don't give up. And we were able to get to the fourth quarter and change the game with our defense. We got lucky with some shots, but were there and we were consistent and we held CSKA to 78 points with good defense, and that is why we won."

Players

HIGGINS, CORY
CSKA Moscow
"Our biggest mistake today was giving them opportunities to take too many offensive rebounds. We let them have too many possessions. We just should not let that happen. And it's hard to win playing like that."
KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS
Unicaja Malaga
"It was a nice game, I think. Of course, we are happy to win on this court. I never did it before in the Euroleague. I beat CSKA once in the VTB, but never in the Euroleague. And right now, after the first round, we are undefeated and excited for that. But it's just the first round and we have lots of things to do. So we are excited, but you know we are not going to stop here."