2015-16Regular SeasonRound 6
November 20, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BROSE ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.2 Points 83.2
32.0 Rebounds 33.8
8.2 O. Rebounds 13.8
23.8 D. Rebounds 20.0
18.8 Assists 22.2
6.0 Steals 6.4
2.4 Blocks 2.2
14.2 Turnovers 10.2
58.3 % 2PT 58.4 %
41.2 % 3PT 35.8 %
73.3 % FT 75.8 %
88.4 Index 98.8

Player Stats

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14.6 / Wanamaker Points 16.6 / Kuzminskas
6.8 / Melli Rebounds 6.4 / Hendrix
1.6 / Melli OR 2.8 / Hendrix
5.2 / Melli DR 3.6 / Hendrix
4.4 / Wanamaker Assists 6.8 / Markovic
2.4 / Wanamaker Steals 1.2 / Kuzminskas
1.0 / Miller Blocks 0.8 / Kuzminskas
3.6 / Wanamaker Turnovers 1.8 / Smith
100.0 % / Staiger 2PT 80.0 % / Markovic
57.1 % / Melli 3PT 58.3 % / Diez
100.0 % / Olaseni FT 100.0 % / Smith
20.2 / Melli Index 20.4 / Kuzminskas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
3-2 Regular Season 5-0
3-2 Overall 5-0


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The Take

Undefeated Unicaja sill try to become the first team this season to clinch a Top 16 berth, though it will need some help the night before. If Unicaja wins and Maccabi FOX falls at home to CSKA, Unicaja’s Top 16 ticket will be punched. However Bamberg, which is undefeated at home and has won three of its last four games to climb into third place in the group, will have something to say. Unicaja held on for a 5-point win when these teams met on opening night thanks to another big game from forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas. A look at Unicaja’s production this season explains why its record is unblemished; the team is third in performance index rating, fifth in scoring (83.2 ppg.) and atop the standings in assists, offensive rebounds and fewest turnovers. Bamberg will need its big men, Round 5 MVP Nicolo Melli, Daniel Theis, Gabe Olaseni and recently signed Leon Radosevic to double down on the boards against Fran Vazquez, Richard Hendrix, will Thomas and Carlos Suarez, especially with the German champs ranked bottom four this season in rebounds. However, thanks to the superb passing of point guard Bradley Wanamaker and great shooting from Edwin Jackson, Jamar Smith and Kuzminskas, Bamberg’s true-shooting percentage of 53.4% is second in the competition. The defense of Unicaja playmakers Stefan Markovic and Nemanja Nedovic and Wanamaker and Nikos Zisis could prove decisive on Friday.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Game Notes

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Bradley Wanamaker has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in every Euroleague game this season.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in six straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Nicolo Melli was a teammate of Unicaja big man Richard Hendrix during the 2012-13 season at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.

Melli was Round 5 MVP after recording career highs of 26 points and a performance index rating of 37 in a victory over Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari.

Melli has recorded a performance index rating in the double digits in each of the last five Euroleague games.

Unicaja Malaga

Unicaja and Bamberg have a history of close games between them. Unicaja leads the all-time series 5-2, but won four of those games by a combined 11 points. One of Bamberg’s two wins came by a single basket, too. Five of the previous seven games between the teams went to the visiting team.

Richard Hendrix has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last 11 Euroleague appearances.

Edwin Jackson has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.

Jackson has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Jamar Smith made his Euroleague debut with Bamberg during the 2013-14 season. Only Elias Harris remains from Smith’s time at the club.

Carlos Suarez had one of the best games of his Euroleague career – without even registering an official field goal attempt – against Brose Baskets Bamberg. Suarez started and led Real Madrid to an 83-81 overtime win over Bamberg in November 2010 with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. He compiled a performance index rating of 26; Suarez drew 6 fouls that night and all of his points came from free throws.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Whatever we did until now, won’t be enough. Malaga is the only undefeated team in the whole Euroleague. That means they are the best team right now. The key for the game on Friday will be our defense against their three-point shooting, our transition against their fastbreaks. The rebounds will be the tactical key of the game. We have to tie down their energetic basketball. Because they play with great energy on both ends of the court."
Unicaja Malaga
"The team travels to Bamberg knowing that we play against a team that has not lost at home yet this season, and that made things difficult for its rivals. They are also adding new players to the mix and they have a couple of guards that is the best one in Germany with Wanamaker and Zisis, plus they have Melli who is playing excellent in the paint. They are a well-balanced team and it will be hard for us to remain unbeaten. That's not our goal per se, but winning the games is, as well as playing good games to show that we are the only unbeaten team for a reason. Bamberg has that great pair of guards that complement each other, has players in the perimeter that can kill you and now they signed a big man who knows the German League. They also play tough defense at 7 meters and they have a great motivator: beating the only unbeaten team in the Euroleague. They will want to secure their Top 16 passage so we must be ready for a tough game and we must activate from tip-off."


Brose Baskets Bamberg
"They're leaders of the group, but for sure, we want to play to win, we want to protect our home court. Of course, we know the strength of Malaga. It’s a very balanced team with very good centers and power forwards. Furthermore they can shoot very well from downtown. We have to try to control the tempo and play our game, not theirs."
Unicaja Malaga
"We are facing this game like we did on the first leg: we must fight for 40 minutes, be ourselves in defense and offense and then keep adding wins. It was hard for us to beat Brose Baskets at home in Malaga, so in Bamberg it will be even harder because at home they are strong. Also, they have signed a new big man for their team, Radosevic, and this will make it even harder for us. They will want to be more aggressive and neutralize us. We must stay focused and try to play our game."

Brose Baskets hands Unicaja its first loss

Brose Baskets Bamberg took over midway through the second quarter and never looked back en route to an impressive 73-53 victory over previously unbeaten Unicaja Malaga at Brose Arena on Friday evening. The German champs outscored Unicaja 46-20 in the middle two quarters to improve to 4-2 in Group D. Unicaja, which would have been the first team to clinch a Top 16 berth had it won, fell to 5-1, but remains atop the group standings. The hosts outrebounded Unicaja 36-26 and made 10 of 22 three-pointers (45.5%), while the visitors only sank 4 of 26 from downtown (15.4%). Janis Strelnieks paced the victors with 14 points and 6 assists, while Brad Wanamaker added 13 points and Darius Miller 11. Edwin Jackson, Alberto Diaz and German Gabriel were Unicaja’s top scorers with 9 points apiece.

First quarter: Jackson pushes Unicaja to early lead

Richard Hendrix got a lucky roll on a running shot in the lane for the first basket of the game. Defense was the name of the game early as the hosts were held scoreless for nearly four minutes. In that time, Jackson nailed his first triple. Wanamaker got the Bamberg going with a three from the top of the key, but Jackson responded with another triple. Elias Harris dunked home a missed Wanamaker layup. The hosts were soon without Miller, who committed a second foul and was then called for a technical for arguing. Jackson and Hendrix stretched the lead to 6 with free throws. Wanamaker drove for a layup and Strelnieks did the same to get Bamberg within 9-11. After Jackson and Wanamaker traded free throws, Jamar Smith spotted a cutting Fran Vazquez for a slam. A Strelnieks three from the corner drew Bamberg within 14-15. Vazquez rose high to reject Nicolo Melli and later came in behind after Alberto Diaz stole the ball from Wanamaker to deliver a slam that ended the quarter with the visitors up 14-17.

Second quarter: Radosevic, Strelnieks help Bamberg turn it around

Patrick Heckmann blew by his defender for a one-handed slam and Daniel Theis used his leaping ability to put Bamberg ahead 18-17. Dani Diez responded with a layup on the next play and soon a Jamar Smith triple had the visitors up 4. Strelnieks pulled up on the break for a triple to bring hit team within 1. New signing Leon Radosevic came in and sank a reverse layup to give Bamberg the lead. Nikos Zisis connected on a jumper with his feet on the three-point line. Zisis split free throws and Melli buried a jumper to cap a 10-0 run for a 28-22 advantage. Suarez split free throws and German Gabriel scored inside to bring Unicaja within 3. Melli placed a perfect pass to Radosevic for a layup. Then Strelnieks nailed a three from the elbow and Radosevic sank a baseline jumper to set a double-digit lead, 35-25. Melli’s jumper ended runs of 9-0 and 19-3. Hendrix tried to revive the visitors with free throws, but Wanamaker nailed a three for a 13-point advantage. A free throw each by Vazquez and Diaz made 40-29 at the break.

Third quarter: Bamberg’s defense shuts down the visitors

Miller buried a three from the corner to get back in the swing of things. Mindaugas Kuzminskas managed his first points of the game. Though the Unicaja defense was successful in limiting the hosts’ attack, the visitors had only scored once in the first three minutes of the half. Alberto Diaz was awarded a basket via goaltending, but Bamberg responded with a triple from Wanamaker. Smith hit a long jumper and Miller answered with a turn-around shot. Theis made it 50-35 with a pair of free throws. Will Thomas knocked down free throws for Unicaja, but Melli responded with a layup. Miller made it an 18-point lead with a three from the corner. The difference grew to 20 with Zisis free throws. After a timeout, Strelnieks’s penetration and free throw capped a 10-0 run to end the quarter at 60-37.

Fourth quarter: Difference peaks at 29 as hosts cruise

Hendrix scored down low, but Bamberg was cruising. Zisis hit a three and Theis added a baseline jumper. Diaz connected on a three from the top of the key, but Radosevic sank a long jumper. Radosevic showed off with a chasedown block of Smith, which turned into a Miller three. Theis added free throws to stretch the difference to 72-43. Gabriel and Diaz teamed for 8 straight Unicaja points in the closing minutes, but the game was long decided by that point as the Bamberg faithful celebrated an impressive victory.

Darius Miller - Brose Baskets Bamberg celebrates - EB15
Friday, November 20, 2015
Attendance: 6800
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Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 25:55 6 3/6 0/1   1 7 8 3   2   1 4 1 7
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 21:31 8 1/1 1/2 3/4   3 3 4   4     3 3 9
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 3:28           1 1 1   2     1   -1
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 5:32     0/3                       -3
10 THEIS, DANIEL 21:14 8 2/3   4/4 1 4 5     1     2 6 15
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 26:02 13 1/4 3/4 2/2   4 4 1 1 3     2 6 16
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 24:07 14 2/2 3/6 1/2 1 2 3 6   2     3 2 16
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 3:43 2 1/2     1 1 2           1   2
21 MILLER, DARIUS 21:54 11 1/1 3/5     1 1 1   1     4   6
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 21:05 3 1/2 0/1 1/2   4 4 4 2 3     4 1 4
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 6:42           1 1               1
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 18:47 8 4/4       3 3 1   1 1   2   10
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 73 16/25 10/22 11/14 4 32 36 21 3 19 1 1 26 19 83
        64% 45.5% 78.6%
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 19:01 9   2/5 3/3       1   1       4 10
4 DIAZ, ALBERTO 19:46 9 2/2 1/3 2/3   2 2 2 4 4     4 5 11
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 18:10 8 2/4   4/4 3 3 6 2 1 1       4 18
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 15:10     0/3         2         2 1 -2
10 THOMAS, WILL 17:59 2 0/1 0/3 2/2 1 3 4     2     2 2  
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 21:41 2 1/3 0/1   2 2 4   1       2   2
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS 16:00 2   0/3 2/4 1 3 4   2 2     1 4 4
14 GABRIEL, GERMAN 8:36 9 3/5 0/1 3/4                 1 2 6
15 SMITH, JAMAR 25:59 5 1/5 1/3         5 2 2   1 2   1
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 7:00   0/3 0/1                   2   -6
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 18:15 5 2/4   1/2   3 3   1   1   3 2 6
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 12:23 2 1/1 0/3     2 2     1       1 1
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 53 12/28 4/26 17/22 8 18 26 12 11 14 1 1 19 25 51
        42.9% 15.4% 77.3%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Brose Baskets Bamberg
"The best thing we did tonight was, after the first quarter, when we had foul troubles, it could have inhibited our aggressiveness, and we didn't let that happen. We kept grinding, grinding, grinding on defense, had a great team effort. Everybody was focused and everybody helped on defense. And when you keep Malaga to 50-something points, that's a good job. Leon Radosevic is a good fit for us. He's young, but experienced. He knows the game. And I believe he has very good teammates who help the process of a new player coming to the team. It's a step toward the Top 16. I don't know if it's a big or small step. I was taught then when you are in hell, all you can do is keep walking. So we made another step."
Unicaja Malaga
"Congratulations to Bamberg. They played with more hunger and desire. They really wanted to win the game and we didn’t have that. We know that we can lose any game. We know that anything can happen. We thought that we would be more competitive. We need to learn about the situations, losing the rebounding battle and their high number of assists. That means we are playing a really bad game. We accept that, we have to accept it when we lose just like when we win."


Brose Baskets Bamberg
"It was for sure a big win for us. We knew that Unicaja is a very athletic team. Coach mentioned the last two or three days the thing is to try to not let them have more possessions than us; that means offensive rebounds and turnovers. We turned the ball over a lot for our system and our guards - myself included. But I think in the second half we found a good balance on offense. And obviously the key was our defense. They feed off their energy. It was big that Kuzminskas was out of the game. He is a main, main player for them. And we competed on offensive rebounds. It wasn’t like in Malaga, where they killed us completely. "
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"It's a little too early to say about the Top 16. There are still a lot of games. Everything can happen, but we have to be focused and do our job and we'll be all right. Holding a team that was undefeated to 53 points, I think that's really good defense. Leon Radosevic is young, but he has a lot of experience in the Euroleague for good teams. For him it wasn't hard to adjust to our team. We helped him, too. He's our new teammate."
Unicaja Malaga
"We didn’t play well. We started off the game strong, but we have to play all 40 minutes strong. They came out aggressive. They play well at home, they’re undefeated at home. We have to have much better focus if we play them again. We have to play harder. "
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