2017-18Regular SeasonRound 14
December 22, 2017 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

Late rally lifts Unicaja over Milan

Unicaja Malaga registered its third consecutive win, edging AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 74-71 on Friday night. Unicaja improved to 6-8 on the season, while Milan dropped to 4-10. The teams traded blows for the entire night, and neither team had a lead bigger than 8 points throughout the 40 minutes. The visitors seemed to have control and held a 60-66 lead in the fourth quarter, but Unicaja made a series of defensive stops, which led to a 9-0 run that turned things around, as the hosts took the lead for good. Jeff Brooks led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Nemanja Nedovic also scored 15 points in victory. Andrew Goudelock had 18 points for Milan, but shot 0-for-6 from three-point range. Jordan Theodore netted 14, and Dairis Bertans scored 13 points in defeat.

James Augustine and Brooks got Unicaja going early with long jumpers, opening a 12-2 lead. But the visitors scored the next 8 points, as Goudelock and Kaleb Tarczewski had a three-point play apiece. Ray McCallum flew for a layup, before Theodore and Vladimir Micov each hit a three-pointer to help tie it at 20-20. But Unicaja scored the final 6 points of the quarter, including an insane fastbreak dunk-plus-foul by Brooks. Sasu Salin’s triple early in the second opened a 29-22 lead, but then Bertans got hot. He scored 8 points, including back-to-back triples, within just 64 seconds, and with help from Micov and Goudelock it was the visitors who opened a 33-40 advantage. Carlos Suarez snapped a 4-18 run, but Goudelock made sure Milan took a 35-42 lead into halftime.

Unicaja scored the first 7 points of the second half, with Adam Waczynski hitting a corner three and Nedovic laying it up on a breakaway to tie it at 42-42. Amath M’Baye snapped a 3-minute scoring drought for the visitors with a three-point dagger, but Waczynski nailed another one from long range. The teams traded blows as Theodore’s floater made it 50-53, but McCallum had a three-point play, and Salin banked in a runner to make it 55-53 after 30 minutes. Theodore and Bertans hit back-to-back triples that gave Milan a 55-59 lead early in the fourth. After Salin knocked one down at the other end, a dunk by Tarczewski and another triple by Theodore opened a 60-66 advantage midway through the fourth. But Brooks had a three-point play and Alberto Diaz hit a tough three-pointer as Unicaja regained the lead, before Nedovic drove for a layup to make it 69-66 entering the final minute. Goudelock made a pair of free throws, but Augustine came up with a big offensive rebound and a put-back with 27 seconds to go, giving Unicaja a 71-68 lead it managed to keep until the final buzzer.

Jeff Brooks celebrates - Unicaja Malaga - EB17
Friday, December 22, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: LATISEVS, OLEGS; KOROMILAS, ELIAS; HORDOV, TOMISLAV
Attendance: 6260
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AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan20221118
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AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan20425371
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 3:41 2     2/2                   1 3
3 MCCALLUM, RAY 21:36 8 3/5 0/1 2/3   2 2 4 2 1     3 4 12
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 18:44 5 0/1 1/1 2/2   3 3 3 1       1 2 12
10 SALIN, SASU 13:41 8 1/4 2/6   1 1 2     1     2 1 1
11 DIEZ, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 19:09   0/2 0/1   2 2 4           2   -1
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 27:06 15 3/7 1/6 6/8   1 1 1 1 3     3 7 8
17 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 14:33 4 2/8 0/1 0/1 2 3 5           3 1 -1
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 19:44 6 0/1 2/5   3 2 5 3       1 1 1 9
23 BROOKS, JEFF 30:20 15 6/9 0/1 3/4 4 7 11 1 1   1 1   3 26
40 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 18:24 9 3/6   3/4 2 2 4 1 1   2   3 2 12
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 13:02 2 0/3   2/2 1   1           1 1  
Team             5 5               5
Totals 200:00 74 18/46 6/22 20/26 15 28 43 13 6 5 3 2 19 23 86
        39.1% 27.3% 76.9%
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
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 28:51 18 6/13 0/6 6/6   4 4 1       1 1 5 13
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 23:04 9 3/6 1/3     3 3 1   1       1 8
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 8:02   0/1 0/2     1 1         1     -3
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 19:33 5 2/3   1/1 3 4 7 1   1 1   5 2 9
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 7:02 2 1/1       1 1 1   1     1   2
23 ABASS, AWUDU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 M'BAYE, AMATH 26:45 7 2/2 1/2     5 5 3   1     4 1 10
25 THEODORE, JORDAN 30:00 14 2/4 3/5 1/2 1 3 4 5   2   1 1 4 18
34 JEFFERSON, CORY 3:34   0/1                         -1
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 23:01 13 1/1 3/6 2/2 1 2 3           4 2 11
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 10:13     0/4     1 1 2   1     3 1 -4
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 19:55 3 1/1   1/2 1 4 5 1   4 1   4 2 3
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 71 18/33 8/28 11/13 7 30 37 15 0 11 2 3 23 18 69
        54.5% 28.6% 84.6%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga

“One of the goals tonight was to consolidate our road win in Barcelona. Of course we are happy for the team, for the team, and for our season-ticket holders. It shows we are in a positive rhythm, and on the rise. We played with some tired players, which meant we had some bad shooting percentages, but we compensated that with some other things. In the first half Milan had excellent percentages. But we got better in the second half, we improved all our lines on defense. They scored 11 in the third, and 18 in the fourth quarter. We stopped their big men who usually score a lot more. But their two centers scored only 8 points together, so they had to depend on their outside game. We also played well in transition. I am happy for the whole group, but I am especially happy for Alberto Diaz who made a key shot for us. He missed a shot in the Spanish League game in the similar circumstances, and I am happy he had the confidence to take and make that decisive shot.”

“When you play as many games as we did, there are some kind of breaks and streaks. You are losing and winning games in a row. We need to use this rhythm to get wins at home, with one road win in Barcelona in between. Right now we need to grow game by game. We have Maccabi in front of us, we need to prepare for this road game as best we can. We can begin to dream [about the playoffs], but we know how tough it is in this EuroLeague.”

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"One more time this season we had physical problems. We were leading the game, and except at the beginning, we played good defense in the right way. But on offense, we missed easy one-on-one solutions with our best scorer. And we had unlucky situations, with one of their air-balls that turned into an offensive rebound in the final minute, and [before that] allowing them one basket-plus-foul by Jeff Brooks. Goudelock came back in the last 10 days and he was tired playing 48 hours after the last game. We tried to finish, we needed points, my players fought, but we lost in this way. Not the first time, unfortunately.”

Players

BROOKS, JEFF
Unicaja Malaga
“There are no easy games in this league. Everybody made a step up in the second half. We knew they were stopping us from running our transition, as well as playing their game. And we were out of rhythm. We continued to play hard, and the best thing we did was step it up on defense. That’s where we get our heart, that’s where we get our spirit. And that’s what happened in the second half for us to win the game. The crowd got into it, we got some big stops, and we ended up winning the game. That’s a good team there, they did what they were supposed to do, but we did what we were supposed to do to win this big game.”