2019-20Regular SeasonRound 1
October 02, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

Adams leads Unicaja to first win in Group D

Unicaja Malaga showed its character by downing Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 83-70 at home in Group D on Wednesday. Volodymyr Herun paced the winners with 19 points in less than 19 minutes and Josh Adams added 15 on 5-of-7 three-point shooting for Unicaja. Scott Bamforth led Buducnost with 19 points and Justin Cobbs added 16. Bamforth had 11 first-quarter points to lead Buducnost to an 18-25 lead after 10 minutes. Carlos Suarez and Jaime Fernandez rescued Unicaja and Adams allowed the hosts to get a 48-42 margin at halftime. Unicaja led throughout the second half and took off midway through the fourth quarter to seal the outcome.

Suad Sehovic got Buducnost going with a three-pointer and a layup by Bamforth soon gave his team a 2-5 lead. Unicaja found a go-to guy in Herun, who singlehandedly gave the hosts their first lead, 9-7. Herun kept pacing Unicaja, scoring 12 points in the opening 6 minutes for a 14-9 margin. Bamforth struck from downtown, igniting a 0-12 run in which Cobbs had 7 points, good for a 14-21 lead. Bamforth remained unstoppable, leading the visitors to an 18-25 margin after 10 minutes. Carlos Suarez and Alberto Diaz each nailed a triple to make it 24-27 early in the second quarter. Nikola Ivanovic and Hassan Martin stepped up for Buducnost, but Frank Elegar, Fernandez and Suarez fueled an 11-0 run that put Unicaja in charge, 35-31. Aleksa Avramovic took over with a backdoor layup and Adams did better with back-to-back three-pointers for a 43-35 Unicaja cushion. Ivanovic and Cobbs tried to change things for Buducnost, but Fernandez and an unstoppable Adams kept Unicaja in charge, 48-42, at halftime. Herun and Fernandez scored around the basket soon after the break and another triple by Adams made it a double-digit game, 55-45. Adams hit his fifth shot from downtown, getting help from Deon Thompson and Diaz to keep Unicaja way ahead, 63-51. Martin and Bamforth brought Buducnost a bit closer, 67-59, after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Danilo Nikolic gave the visitors hope at 69-62 with 7 minutes left. Waczynski answered from downtown, igniting a game-breaking 12-0 run which Herun capped with a layup that sealed the outcome, 81-62, long before the final buzzer.

Pivotal performer

Adams blew up the game with his shots from downtown; he hit 3 of them late in the first half to put Unicaja ahead for good and added 2 more after the break to ignite the crowd. Adams finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 fouls drawn and a performance index rating of 15 - all in his first-ever EuroCup game.

Game-changing moment

Buducnost managed to get within 69-62 with 7 minutes left and Unicaja was struggling on offense. Waczynski and Diaz each hit a three-pointer in a 12-0 run that helped the hosts put the victory on ice. Great fourth-quarter defense made it possible, too - Unicaja allowed 11 points in the final 10 minutes.

Stellar stat

Three-point shots and its overall aggressiveness allowed Unicaja to win the game. Unicaja hit 10 of 29 three-pointers (34.5%) and limited Buducnost to just 4 of 17 (23.5%). Unicaja won in offensive rebounds (12-9), steals (7-3) and blocks (3-2). The game went to the team that wanted it more.

Did you notice?

For the second time in three EuroCup campaigns, Unicaja opened the regular season against Buducnost. Back on October 19, 2016, Unicaja downed Buducnost 62-86 in Podgorica behind 19 points from Jamar Smith. Unicaja went on to win the EuroCup title that season. Suarez, Waczynski and Diaz played that game and are still with the team.

Next game:

Both teams return to EuroCup action on Wednesday, October 9. Unicaja visits Adecco Arka Gdynia in what will be a very special game for Polish swingman Adam Waczynski. Later that evening, Buducnost hosts Dolomiti Energia Trento.

Josh Adams - Unicaja Malaga (photo Unicaja) - EC19
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PASTUSIAK, PIOTR; ROSSI, MICHELE; REITER, MORITZ
Attendance: 5350
By Quarter1234
Unicaja Malaga18301916
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica25171711
End of Quarter1234
Unicaja Malaga18486783
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica25425970
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 THOMPSON, DEON 24:19 6 2/7 0/2 2/2 2 2 4 3     1   1 3 9
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME 21:08 8 3/4 0/3 2/2       6   1 1   4 3 9
4 AVRAMOVIC, ALEKSA 18:09 6 2/5 0/5 2/2   1 1 1 1     1 1 4 3
7 STILMA, MORGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 23:14 8 1/1 2/5     3 3 2   1     3 2 8
14 ADAMS, JOSH 23:51 15   5/7   1 2 3 2   2     3 2 15
15 ELEGAR, FRANK 15:43 7 2/4   3/4 2 4 6   1 1     1 2 11
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 23:52 5 1/2 1/4   1 1 2 1 1 1     2 2 4
22 EJIM, MELVIN 9:46   0/1 0/1         1   2   1 3 1 -6
32 GUERRERO, RUBEN 5:29   0/1       2 2 1             2
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 15:41 9 1/1 2/2 1/2 1 5 6 1 1 1       2 17
52 GERUN, VOLODYMYR 18:48 19 5/8   9/10 1 1 2   3 1 1   2 6 24
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 83 17/34 10/29 19/22 12 22 34 18 7 10 3 2 20 27 101
        50% 34.5% 86.4%
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
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COBBS, JUSTIN 36:21 16 6/11 0/2 4/6   4 4 6 1 2     3 7 20
2 IVANOVIC, NIKOLA 23:04 5 1/2 1/4   1   1     1 1   2 1 1
3 BAMFORTH, SCOTT 34:20 19 6/9 1/5 4/4 2 4 6 3   2   2 3 8 22
4 SEHOVIC, SUAD 14:33 3   1/1     3 3           2   4
9 STAROVLAH, MILIC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MARTIN, HASSAN 25:03 4 2/5 0/1   1 2 3 2 2 1 1   5   2
13 ILIC, ALEKSA 9:59 3 1/2   1/1 2 2 4 2       1 2 1 6
19 NIKOLIC, ZORAN 10:23 7 2/2   3/4   2 2 1   2     2 2 7
30 POPOVIC, PETAR 11:42 2 0/1 0/1 2/2       1   2       1  
33 MEIERS, MARTINS 13:13 6 3/5     1   1     3     5   -3
34 NIKOLIC, DANILO 21:22 5 1/3 1/3     3 3     1     3    
44 ZUGIC, FEDOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 70 22/40 4/17 14/17 9 23 32 15 3 15 2 3 27 20 63
        55% 23.5% 82.4%
Head coach: SUBOTIC , SLOBODAN

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Unicaja Malaga
"I am very happy. It is a very important win for us, the first victory of the season. We played very good defense in the second half, avoiding easy baskets, easy shots and controlling the defensive rebounds. On offense, step by step, we are playing better in every game."
SUBOTIC , SLOBODAN
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"It was a game for us [that we only played for] three quarters. We played only three quarters. I have one excuse for my players, because in our rotation, we miss one player in the position 3-4. We are searching for a player in this position for two weeks, maybe three weeks now, but unfortunately, we couldn't find a good player who will change our team, our offense and defensive rebounds. We lost 12 rebounds and I think this is why we lost the game tonight, the key. After losing those rebounds, especially after some in which we didn't play tough, they scored some threes, took advantage of it, psychologically also, and took the lead. Of course, we only scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, which was really, really low. As I said, I really can't wait to bring one more player to the team to help us, especially in scoring and defensive rebounds."

Players

GERUN, VOLODYMYR
Unicaja Malaga
"I am happy that we got a win and that I was able to play well. I am happy that the team is playing better and better every game. Overall, it is good to have the first win of the season."
NIKOLIC, ZORAN
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
"We had a good start and won the first quarter by 7 points, but in the second quarter, we let them score too many points. We lost our lead and we lost a lot of energy to get back. It's not the start we wanted, but we will do our best to bounce back."
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