2018-19Regular SeasonRound 10
December 19, 2018 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

Unicaja sets three-point record to overcome Turin

Unicaja Malaga overturned a double-digit deficit to comfortably defeat Fiat Turin 89-68, moving into the Top 16 on a high note while Turin finishes its 7DAYS EuroCup campaign without a win. Unicaja set a new club record for three-pointers with 18, led by Adam Waczynski with 4 triples in his total of 14 points. Jaime Fernandez also scored 14 and added 6 assists, while Sasu Salin netted 13 and Kyle Wiltjer scored 11. Dallas Moore led all scorers for Turin with 24 points, and Darlington Hobson had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. A 26-point burst in the second quarter sent Turin ahead, but Unicaja dominated the second half and eventually pulled away with ease.

A big slam from Jamil Wilson and a corner three for Marco Portannese were the early highlights as Turin confidently moved into a 10-16 lead, but Fernandez inspired Unicaja with 7 points and an assist in 90 seconds, including an unusual dribble through the defenders legs to score. Salin made a pair of three-pointers for a 26-21 lead after the first quarter, and then added another to stretch the lead at the start of the second. Carlos Suarez tipped in for a double-digit advantage to complete a 19-3 run, but Turin came back with a 0-13 run featuring a triple and a pair of transition layups from Moore. The visiting team continued to pile on the points as Moore scored 5 more in another 0-9 run, helping to make it 41-47 at the interval. Unicaja raced back in front with a 10-2 run early in the third as Wiltjer struck a trio of three pointers, and Turin was held scoreless for nearly five minutes as the home team surged further ahead with deep strikes from Waczynski and Suarez. It was 67-57 at the end of the third, and the lead grew as Waczynski again netted from deep. Waczynski and Roberts completed the long-range barrage as Turin ran out of steam.

Unicaja sets three-point scoring record

Unicaja set a new club record for three-pointers, making 18-of-44 attempts from long-range – beating the previous EuroCup high of 16 triples made against the same opponent earlier in the season. It also sets a new overall European record for Unicaja, overtaking the club’s previous EuroLeague best of 17 three-pointers, recorded in 2009 against Panathinaikos.

Scoring in bunches

This was a game of dominant runs for both teams, starting when Unicaja went on a 19-3 tear to take a double-digit lead. Turin came back with second quarter runs of 0-13 and 0-9, but Unicaja responded once again with a burst of 15-2 in the third quarter, and finished the job by recording a 9-1 run at the end of the game.

Moore continues to shine

Turin’s top scorer Dallas Moore has only played two games in the EuroCup, and he is making an almighty impression. In his debut, the former Pesaro and Hapoel Tel Aviv guard netted 26 points against Rytas Vilnius, and this week he nearly matched that in the first half alone by scoring 20 by the break. Moore slowed down in the second half but still ended up with 24 points, and Turin will only wish he had been with them a couple of months earlier.

Next round

Unicaja advances into an exciting Top 16 group alongside Valencia, Crvena Zvezda and Limoges. A draw will be held to determine the calendar for the Top 16, which opens play on January 2.

Sasu Salin - Unicaja Malaga (photo Unicaja) - EC18
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: KOWALSKI, MARCIN; MANTYLA, PETRI; SUKYS, ARTURAS
Attendance: 6015
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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
2 OKOUO, VINY 2:08           2 2 1         2   1
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME 27:24 14 3/5 2/5 2/2 1 3 4 6 1 3     1 4 20
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 16:18         3   3 6 2 1       1 11
10 SALIN, SASU 12:45 13 2/2 3/8     1 1 1   1     2   7
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 7:41 3   1/4     3 3 1             4
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 19:03 6 0/4 2/4   2 2 4 1 1       3 1 4
17 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 18:00 9 3/6   3/3 2 4 6     1     3 3 11
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 18:48 14 1/1 4/9   2 1 3 3 2 1     1 1 16
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 21:32 8 1/1 2/3   1 1 2   1 2     2   6
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 19:52 6 3/7     2 4 6 2 1 2 3   1 2 13
33 WILTJER, KYLE 17:55 11 0/2 3/8 2/2 1 4 5     2     1 1 7
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 18:34 5 1/2 1/3   3 5 8 1   1     1 1 10
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 89 14/30 18/44 7/7 17 31 48 22 8 14 3 0 17 14 111
        46.7% 40.9% 100%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS
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
Fiat Turin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WILSON, JAMIL 35:14 4 2/5 0/5     5 5 4         2 2 5
3 ANUMBA, SIMON 14:39 4 2/3       2 2   2 1     1   5
5 HOBSON, DARINGTON 36:04 12 1/5 2/4 4/6 3 10 13 4 2 5       6 24
6 GUAIANA, VINCENZO 1:18     0/1   1   1                
8 POETA, GIUSEPPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 DELFINO, CARLOS 7:38 2 1/1 0/1   1 1 2           1 1 3
12 CUSIN, MARCO 18:02 4 2/5       1 1 2   1     3    
14 MCADOO, JAMES 25:12 8 3/6 0/1 2/2   1 1 1 1     2 3 2 4
22 PORTANNESE, MARCO 23:34 10 1/4 2/2 2/2   1 1 2 3 1     2 3 13
23 MOORE, DALLAS 38:19 24 8/15 1/4 5/5 1 3 4 4   5   1 2 3 17
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 68 20/44 5/18 13/15 7 24 31 17 8 14 0 3 14 17 71
        45.5% 27.8% 86.7%
Head coach: BROWN, LARRY

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Unicaja Malaga
"We are happy with the qualification for the next round. We have a very difficult group, Red Star, Limoges and Valencia. Defense was the key today. In the second half we played intense, pressed the ball, rebounded and ran fastbreaks. I’m happy.”
BROWN, LARRY
Fiat Turin
“I think we lost to a great team. They have 11 or 12 players that make a positive contribution. They’re very unselfish, they defend and as deep as they are, every time they make a substitution somebody comes in to give the team a lift. My team played a great first half, but we lost Carlos Delfino and we already had a bunch of injuries so that really hurt us. At the end of the day they just wore us down. We didn’t win a game in the cup so I have a lot of respect for the players and teams we played against. The level of play is very, very good. We played some EuroLeague teams but I think Kazan and Unicaja are every bit as good as them. I came to Europe because I’ve always been impressed with the way the game’s been played here, and since I’ve been here my respect and admiration has only grown. They play the right way – they share the ball, they defend, and I have to figure out a way we can get our team to build on that. I love this style of play, because I think everybody accepts their roles. I think the game is meant to have five guys playing together on defense and offense, and what I’ve found in Europe is that all the teams emphasise that. I came here to teach but I’m the one who’s learning. I’m disappointed with the way the season has gone, but I’m encouraged with what I’ve seen from our team in the last eight or ten days.”

Players

LESSORT, MATHIAS
Unicaja Malaga
"The first half was difficult for us. We didn't play good defense and the opponent used fastbreaks. In the second half however we played better defense and in the third quarter they had only 10 points. When we defend like that, it's very difficult to win here at Martin Carpena."
WACZYNSKI, ADAM
Unicaja Malaga
“It’s going to be a tough group in the Top 16 but we are ready and prepared. Today we played so-so in the first half, but in the second half we played like we’re supposed to. It wasn’t easy, we knew Turin would come here wanting to win at least once, so it was a tough game but we’re happy.”