2015-16Top 16Round 5
January 29, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MARTIN CARPENA

Team Stats

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75.7 Points 84.9
34.1 Rebounds 36.9
13.1 O. Rebounds 10.9
21.0 D. Rebounds 26.1
17.3 Assists 20.9
6.1 Steals 5.8
2.1 Blocks 3.6
12.9 Turnovers 13.6
53.3 % 2PT 51.3 %
34.1 % 3PT 43.0 %
77.0 % FT 68.5 %
84.1 Index 98.0

Player Stats

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12.9 / Kuzminskas Points 12.6 / Heurtel
6.5 / Hendrix Rebounds 5.4 / Brown
2.5 / Hendrix OR 2.1 / Dunston
4.1 / Hendrix DR 4.1 / Saric
4.9 / Markovic Assists 8.0 / Heurtel
1.0 / Suarez Steals 0.9 / Granger
0.8 / Hendrix Blocks 1.0 / Dunston
1.8 / Kuzminskas Turnovers 2.8 / Heurtel
66.7 % / Diaz 2PT 62.2 % / Dunston
46.4 % / Diez 3PT 51.4 % / Diebler
90.0 % / Diez FT 91.3 % / Saric
13.8 / Hendrix Index 17.4 / Heurtel


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-2 Top 16 2-2
7-3 Regular Season 6-4
9-5 Overall 8-6


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PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

The Take

In what has become a regular Top 16 occurrence, Unicaja hosts Anadolu Efes on Friday. Both teams are looking to bounce back from road losses: Unicaja at Crvena Zvezda and Efes at Cedevita. Unicaja has allowed the fewest points thus far in the Top 16 (71 ppg.) and will need its defense at an elite level against Efes, which tops the league in assists (20.9 apg.) and three-point shooting (43.1%). Much of Efes’s offensive prowess is due to its point guard duo of former Unicaja playmaker Jayson Granger and the league’s assist leader, Thomas Heurtel, as well as ace sharpshooter Jon Diebler. Unicaja will likely shuffle three players on the point guards, while turning to Edwin Jackson and Jamar Smith to bring the points from outside. Perhaps the key to the game may lie in rebounding: While Unicaja leads the league in offensive boards (13.2 orpg.) thanks to the efforts of Richard Hendrix, Will Thomas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Efes ranks second in defensive rebounds (26.1 drpg.). Alex Tyus, Bryant Dunston, Derrick Brown and Dario Saric must all box out to take away the second-chance baskets that have been game-changers for Unicaja. Of their previous eight meetings, six have been decided by 5 points or less and all signs point to another close game this time.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Game Notes

Unicaja Malaga

Unicaja leads the league in offensive rebounding with 13.1 per game.

Edwin Jackson has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Jamar Smith is shooting 46.8% on three-pointers (15 of 32) on the road this season compared to just 30.4 % at home (7 of 23).

Smith has made multiple three-pointers in all three Top 16 games so far and is shooting 10 for 20 from downtown (46.7%) in this stage.

Richard Hendrix was a teammate of Efes forward Derrick Brown at Lokomotiv Kuban for two and a half seasons between January 2013 and last season. Together they led the team to the 2013 Eurocup title.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes leads the league through Round 4 of the Top 16 in both three-point shots made (141) and accuracy (43.0%).

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader – through Round 4 of the Top 16 – in assists with 8.0 per game.

Heurtel has posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his past nine Euroleague games.

Jon Diebler has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Jayson Granger has recorded at least 1 steal in seven consecutive Euroleague games.

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

Dario Saric has made 19 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"One of the challenges for this game will be playing focused. Anadolu Efes is a team with stars, with great players, and they lead in assists, three-point shooting and are second in defensive rebounds. Also third in total rebounds and blocks. This will require our best image and requires playing the game as if it was the decisive one. That's the attitude we must have. It is the one I'd like to always have, but I understand it's difficult. Tomorrow we must play with seriousness and intensity. Like there's no tomorrow. Later, in Istanbul, they might beat us or not, but we have to play this game as if it was the last one in the Top 16. If we play that way, I am not afraid."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Euroleague is a very tough league where each point is very important. We respect the team from Malaga. I think we must have a good game organization. Maybe fastbreaks or rebound controlling can be the key of the game. For that reason, on the pshycological side maybe we have got some advantages. For example we do not have any injuries at the moment. Last week against Cedevita Zagreb we had two. I think that my team is ready to play one good basketball."


Unicaja Malaga
"It will be a tough game because it will be a test for us after not making the Spanish Cup. It can be a trap. We play against a strong rival that signed well in the off-season, and this game will be important because of the balance in wins and losses in the group. Let's hope we play a good game and we take the win. Even if we have said it many times, it remains true: the win must stay at home."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"In the fifth game day of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague we have a tough game against Unicaja Malaga on the road. We must reflect our defense resistance on court for 40 minutes. We must not let our opponent score easy points and we must minimize their offensive rebounds. I hope we can return back home with a victory which we aim."

Granger leads Efes rally on the road in Malaga!

A riveting fight for an upper hand in Group E produced 22 lead changes and 10 ties before Jayson Granger led Anadolu Efes Istanbul to rally past Unicaja Malaga 75-85 on the road Friday. Efes improved to 3-2 as part of a three-way tie for second place with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade. Unicaja dropped to fourth place at 2-3. Unicaja led 59-50 midway through the third quarter before Granger's three-pointer started Efes back and the visitors' defense held the hosts scoreless in the game's last 5 minutes to win going away. Granger had 12 of his game-high 22 points during the comeback. Jon Diebler added 16 points, including 5 in the final 35 seconds, for the winners, while Cedi Osman scored 10. Those three players had 10 of the visitors' 12 three-pointers, as compared to just 7 for Unicaja. Efes withstood having fewer defensive rebounds (18) than Unicaja had on offense (19) and losing the rebounding war 41-29 overall. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Richard Hendrix scored 16 each for Unicaja, while DeMarcus Nelson added 11 and Carlos Suarez 10.

FIRST QUARTER: Back and forth they go!

Kuzminskas made a give-and-go dunk to open the scoring, but Bryant Dunston bettered him at the other end with a basket-plus-free throw combination at 2-3. The lead changed hands as Kuzminskas put back an offensive rebound and Granger drove for a layup. Osman stole and broke away to put Efes up 4-7, but Hendrix responded with back-to-back baskets for Unicaja. Osman hit the game's first triple as Efes led 8-10. Layups by Nelson and Edwin Jackson for Malaga were offset by those of Granger and Osman for Efes as the score kept climbing. Hendrix scored in close for a 14-14 tie that Granger broke by making 1 of 2 free throws. Suarez hit the floor and tipped in a miss for Unicaja, but that lead lasted only until Granger's triple made it 16-18. Nelson got those 3 points back with a shot from the corner at 19-18, but Diebler answered in kind for Efes. Kuzminskas tied it again at the foul line before Alberto Diaz came off Unicaja's bench and hit a running one-hander with 4 seconds left for the 10th lead change in the quarter and a 23-21 edge for the home team.

SECOND QUARTER: Unicaja one step ahead

Diaz started the new quarter with a clean triple from the wing that Derrick Brown answered with a baseline jumper at 26-23. Jackson drove from the corner for a two-hand slam but Dario Saric fed Birkan Batuk at the other end for a triple. Saric then got 3 points the hard way on a monster offensive rebound to seize a new lead for Efes, 28-29. It changed hands on a Diaz-to-Suarez backdoor layup and on a triple from Thomas Heurtel. Nemanja Nedovic tied it twice, with free throws and on a goal-tended reverse layup on either side of a jump shot by Saric. Brown's free throws were answered by Nedovic speeding coast to coast for another tie, 36-36. Out of a timeout, Hendrix scored inside before Dani Diez drilled a three-pointer for a 41-36 advantage for the hosts. Alex Tyus scored 2 in close for Efes that Suarez matched at the free throw line. Diebler hit a tough baseline runner but Hendrix hit his own between two defenders. Granger hit an acrobatic layup, and though he missed the accompanying free throw, the rebound turned into a game-tying corner triple by Diebler at 45-45. Brown's 1 of 2 free throws meant another lead change, however Nelson put back his own miss as Unicaja went ahead again, 47-46, at the half.

THIRD QUARTER: Granger leads Efes rally

Will Thomas powered up his first basket for the hosts and Kuzminskas buried a second-chance triple as Unicaja quickly built a 52-46 advantage. Heurtel landed a long two-pointer for Efes, but Kuzminskas was back with a longer three-pointer at 55-48. Heurtel and Nelson traded baskets, then Thomas fed Hendrix for a reverse to make it 59-50, the biggest lead for Unicaja. Granger steadied Efes with a big triple, then Osman followed him from even deeper to suddenly make it close again, 59-56. Hendrix returned yet another offensive rebound through the basket, but Granger stepped back and drilled another three at 61-59. Kuzminskas changed hands for a nifty layup before Brown tipped in an Efes miss to keep it close, 63-61. Tyus appeared with a block at one end and a game-tying put-back at the other before Granger drove strong and made the and-one foul shot to put Efes in front again, 63-66. Suarez came on and answered from the arc for Unicaja to tie 66-66, which is how the score stood after 30 electric minutes.

FOURTH QUARTER: Efes defense rides to victory!

Granged busted a triple to open the final quarter, while Kuzminskas stormed from the corner to dunk for Unicaja at 68-69. Nedovic's free throws put Unicaja ahead, but Dogus Balbay took it back with a driving layup for Efes. Suarez flipped the scoreboard again with a smooth triple, but Diebler appeared at the other end for his third strike from long range. When Heurtel led Brown with a pass for a two-hand slam, Efes had a 73-76 lead. Nelson made a tough layup drop to get Unicaja close, but after a timeout, Saric drilled an inbounds jumper to make it 75-78 with 4:35 to play. A tense, scoreless 2 minutes and 30 seconds passed before Hendrix was hurt at one end and Unicaja forced to foul Bryant Dunston at the other. He made 2 of 2 free throws to lift Efes ahead 75-80 with 2 minutes left. Every Unicaja shot attempt missed before Diebler stepped forward with a clutch two-pointer near the end of the shot clock with 36 seconds left. He was back before the finish with his fourth three-point strike, giving Efes the game's highest lead as the final score to take home to Istanbul.

Jayson Granger - Anadolu Efes Istanbul - EB15
Friday, January 29, 2016
Attendance: 6431
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Unicaja Malaga2324199
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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
1 JACKSON, EDWIN 23:02 4 2/2 0/3   1 2 3 2   4     1 3 4
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 16:50 5 1/2 1/1         2         4 1 3
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 27:22 16 8/17 0/1   4 4 8 4   1 3   3 1 18
10 THOMAS, WILL 18:31 2 1/3 0/1   3 3 6 1 1       1 1 7
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 10:50 3   1/2   1 3 4           1 1 6
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 23:35 10 1/4 2/4 2/2 1 3 4 2   1     2 2 10
13 KARAHODZIC, KENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 18:17 8 2/5 0/3 4/4       3   2   1 2 5 5
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 3:17                         2   -2
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 25:22 16 4/6 2/4 2/2 4 2 6     2     1 2 17
20 NELSON, DeMARCUS 25:39 11 4/8 1/3   3 1 4 3 1 2   1 2   8
45 COOLEY, JACK 7:15         1 2 3       1   1 1 4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 75 23/47 7/22 8/8 19 22 41 17 2 12 4 2 20 17 83
        48.9% 31.8% 100%
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TYUS, ALEX 12:07 4 2/3     3   3 1     1   1 1 8
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 9:22 2 1/2 0/1                 1 2 1 -2
5 BROWN, DERRICK 28:31 9 3/5   3/4 2 3 5 2   1     1 4 15
6 OSMAN, CEDI 21:29 10 2/2 2/3     2 2 2 4       1   16
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 10:22 3 0/1 1/3                   4   -4
9 SARIC, DARIO 16:44 7 3/5   1/1 1   1 1   2   1 2 2 4
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 31:36 22 4/9 4/8 2/4   3 3 2   1     1 5 19
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 19:30 7 2/6 1/1     1 1 5   3   2 1 2 5
33 DIEBLER, JON 27:41 16 2/2 4/9     3 3 1         1 3 17
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 22:38 5 1/3   3/3 1 4 5 1   1 1   3 2 8
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 85 20/38 12/25 9/12 11 18 29 15 4 9 2 4 17 20 91
        52.6% 48% 75%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

Unicaja Malaga
"We have the feeling of having lost a great opportunity tonight. Nevertheless, we are pleased with some moments of the game where we controlled the scoreboard. But we had errors that prevented us getting the win, such as missed open shots in the pain that had would have allowed us to expand the difference. We have also committed more serious errors in searching for passes that did not exist or our one-on-one defense against some players like Granger or Heurtel that enabled them to reach under the basket with ease. Now we have to see the video to look at all the details. We have to grit our teeth to continue and go for more. In the last quarter alone, we looked for outside shots only and we did not choose our shots well. They increased their intensity on defense and took us to play eight meters from the rim. Against that, we were unable to put the ball inside."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a game with two very different parts. In the first half we had many problems on defense and defensive rebounds and let Unicaja capture 11 offensive rebounds. We knew that these boards are an essential part of the game of Unicaja and Joan Plaza, but we could not stop them in this regard. We also missed easy baskets in the first two quarters. In the second half when Unicaja took the lead on the scoreboard, we were able to change the tempo. in the fourth quarter. We scored 19 points and managed to defend well our basket. We wanted to win away from home: it was very important to us. We had two evenly matched games but lost in the end against Cedevita and Lokomotiv Kuban. I think it will be a very tight group in the Top 16 and think in the end the margins between the teams will be very important. I congratulate my players for the win tonight."


Unicaja Malaga
"It is difficult to talk after a game like tonight. It was important for us to get this win and defend our court, which was one of the goals we set at the beginning of the Top 16. We are saddened by this loss, but this has only just begun. In the first half, we defended badly. In the second, we improved the defense but were unable to score with ease. They took the lead on the scoreboard, but we could not get back in the game despite our efforts. We also had some bad luck at times. If we look at the statistics, we see a very big difference between the two teams in the final score, but I think that's bigger than it was. The difference should have been just four or five points. Tonight we have not been able to stop Granger.We know that players who have been here in Malaga when they come back they are more motivated. And so it has been the same tonight."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a tough game. In the first half they dominated the game with offensive rebounds. Both teams scored easily and we went into halftime with a high score. After the break, we were able to control their offensive rebounds and scoring thanks to our defense and that was the key to the victory. We were 2-2 with two away losses in two matches that were very close. We wanted to win today here in Malaga for this reason. It has been special for me to return to play against Unicaja, my coach and some of my teammates from the last seasons."
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