2020-21Regular SeasonRound 4
October 21, 2020 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MARTIN CARPENA
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Records

2-1 Regular Season 1-2
2-1 Overall 1-2

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS
Umpire 1
NEDOVIC, MILAN
Umpire 2
CELIK, HUSEYIN

The Take

In what could prove to be a pivotal game in Group B, Unicaja Malaga hosts Germani Brescia on Wednesday evening. Unicaja rallied past Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 91-87 in Round 3 for its 10th consecutive home win. Francis Alonso drained 6 three-pointers in scoring 21 points in the win. Brescia was blasted 95-76 last week by Mornar Bar for its fifth straight road loss. Christian Burns and Brian Sacchetti each scored 13 in the loss. Will those streaks hold after this game? 

Marquee matchup

 Small forward Axel Bouteille is Unicaja's leading scorer this season with 13.7 points per game. Brescia will likely guard him with former Italian League MVP, Drew Crawford who makes his biggest impact for Brescia by doing a little bit of everything while averaging 10.0 points scored per game. Their head-to-head matchup will be interesting to see. If Crawford can contain Bouteille, it could change to course of the game. 

Keys to victory: Unicaja

 This is a mouth-watering matchup in some ways for Unicaja, which ranks third in the EuroCup in scoring with 89.0 points per game and is facing a Brescia squad that has allowed the third-most points, 90.7 per game. One area Unicaja must beware of is rebounding, as its 31.3 per game are among the fewest in the league and it has outrebounded an opponent only once this season. A strong performance on the glass and continued offensive excellence could be the recipe for another home win.  

 Keys to victory: Brescia

 Brescia's woes can be summed up by two statistics: its 28.6% three-point shooting is worst in the EuroCup and its 90.7 points allowed are third-most. Both of those numbers are somewhat surprising given the quality of outside shooters the team has with Kenny Chery, Tyler Kalinoski and Luca Vitali, among others. A strong shooting night and improved defense could put Brescia in position for a big road win. 

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Unicaja Malaga
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 THOMPSON, DEON C 2.04 32
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME G 1.86 27
6 SANTOS, RAFA G 1.87 16
7 SENE, PIERRE G 1.99 17
8 BRIZUELA, DARIO G 1.87 25
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO G 1.88 26
10 ALONSO, FRANCIS G 1.93 24
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN F 1.98 31
16 SANCHEZ, PABLO G 1.89 18
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM F 1.99 31
23 ABROMAITIS, TIM F 2.03 31
32 GUERRERO, RUBEN C 2.13 24
33 NZOSA, YANNICK F 2.06 16
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS F 2.03 34
52 GERUN, VOLODYMYR C 2.08 26
83 BOUTEILLE, AXEL F 2.01 25
99 MEKEL, GAL G 1.92 32
Germani Brescia
# Player Pos. H. Age
5 BERTINI, ALESSANDRO G 1.88 17
6 CLINE, TJ F 2.03 26
7 VITALI, LUCA G 2.01 34
8 PARRILLO, SALVATORE G 1.92 27
11 CHERY, KENNY G 1.80 28
12 BORTOLANI, GIORDANO G 1.93 19
21 RISTIC, DUSAN C 2.14 24
22 CRAWFORD, DREW F 1.96 30
23 BURNS, CHRISTIAN C 2.03 35
24 KALINOSKI, TYLER G 1.93 27
34 MOSS, DAVID G 1.96 37
41 SACCHETTI, BRIAN F 2.00 34
45 ANCELLOTTI, ANDREA C 2.12 32

Player Stats

Bouteille, A. / 13.7 Alonso, F. / 13.3 Brizuela, D. / 12.7
Chery, K. / 13.3 Burns, C. / 13.0 Ristic, D. / 11.0
Crawford, D. / 6.3 Ristic, D. / 5.0 Burns, C. / 5.0
Diaz, A. / 7.0 Mekel, G. / 4.0 Brizuela, D. / 2.3
Vitali, L. / 4.0 Chery, K. / 3.3 Crawford, D. / 2.7
Diaz, A. / 3.0 Bouteille, A. / 1.0 Nzosa, Y. / 1.0
Crawford, D. / 1.0 Cline, TJ / 0.7 Vitali, L. / 0.7
Burns, C. / 0.7 Kalinoski, T. / 0.5 Ristic, D. / 0.3
2PT
Guerrero, R. / 75.0% Thompson, D. / 68.4% Brizuela, D. / 62.5%
Kalinoski, T. / 100.0% Parrillo, S. / 100.0% Sacchetti, B. / 75.0%
3PT
Abromaitis, T. / 57.1% Alonso, F. / 52.4% Diaz, A. / 38.5%
Ancellotti, A. / 100.0% Sacchetti, B. / 50.0% Ristic, D. / 50.0%
FT
Thompson, D. / 100.0% Brizuela, D. / 100.0% Mekel, G. / 90.9%
Bortolani, G. / 100.0% Sacchetti, B. / 100.0% Chery, K. / 93.8%
PIR
Diaz, A. / 15.0 Brizuela, D. / 13.7 Mekel, G. / 11.5
Ristic, D. / 12.3 Sacchetti, B. / 12.0 Burns, C. / 12.0

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
89.0 Points 81.3
31.3 Rebounds 36.7
10.3 O. Rebounds 10.0
21.0 D. Rebounds 26.7
17.7 Assists 20.3
7.7 Steals 4.0
1.3 Blocks 1.7
52.1% 2PT 52.3%
39.3% 3PT 28.6%
75.0% FT 75.4%
95.3 PIR 83.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
88.3 Points 90.7
32.0 Rebounds 37.7
6.3 O. Rebounds 9.7
25.7 D. Rebounds 28.0
17.7 Assists 16.0
4.0 Steals 5.7
1.7 Blocks 2.0
56.4% 2PT 51.7%
51.3% 3PT 37.3%
85.7% FT 83.5%
96.7 PIR 103.3

Head Coaches

ESPOSITO, VINCENZO
Germani Brescia
"The game against Malaga is going to be really tough, just as every EuroCup game. Unicaja is a dynamic and young team, built to reach the first eight positions in the tournament. We'll have to play according to our game rhythm, managing the rebounds and controlling the possessions, in order to avoid their three-point shots and their fast break."

Players

BORTOLANI, GIORDANO
Germani Brescia
"It will be a tough game, because Malaga is a really good team and, moreover, we'll play abroad. After the defeat of the last EuroCup game against Mornar Bar, we'll have to react as we did in the Italian championship."

Unicaja Malaga vs. Germani Brescia

· This will be the first time that these two teams meet in the EuroCup.

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Unicaja Malaga

Streaks
Gal Mekel has dished at least 3 assists in his last 6 EuroCup games.

Player Records
Dario Brizuela posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 3 for Unicaja against Buducnost on October 14, 2020.
Dario Brizuela posted his career high in assists with 4 for Unicaja against Buducnost on October 14, 2020.
Alberto Diaz posted his career high in assists with 11 for Unicaja against Buducnost on October 14, 2020.
Alberto Diaz posted his career high in minutes with 31 for Unicaja against Buducnost on October 14, 2020.
New Record, Alberto Diaz of Unicaja recorded 11 assists in EuroCup play this century, against Buducnost on October 14, 2020.
Matched Record, Francis Alonso of Unicaja recorded 6 3-pointers made in EuroCup play this century, against Buducnost on October 14, 2020.
Alberto Diaz of Unicaja recorded 5 steals in EuroCup play this century, against Buducnost on November 23, 2016.

Season Rankings
Alberto Diaz is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 420.0% .
Diaz is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with 7.0 per game.
Diaz is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with 3.0 per game.
Axel Bouteille is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 5.0 per game.
Bouteille is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with 6.0 per game.
Deon Thompson is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 100.% .
Francis Alonso is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 3.6 per game.
Gal Mekel is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 5.0 per game.
Ruben Guerrero is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 100.% .

All-Time Rankings
Alberto Diaz ranks sixth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 261.9% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.
Gal Mekel ranks 15th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 235.6% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.

Germani Brescia

Streaks
Kenny Chery has scored at least 11 points in all his 11 EuroCup games.
Chery has hit at least one three-pointer in all his 11 EuroCup games.
Chery has converted his last 12 free throw attempts in the EuroCup.
Christian Burns has scored at least 10 points in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Burns has racked up a PIR of at least 10 in his last 6 EuroCup games.

Season Rankings
Andrea Ancellotti is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 100.% .
Brian Sacchetti is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 700.0% .
Drew Crawford is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 2.6 per game.
Dusan Ristic is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 5.0 per game.
Giordano Bortolani is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with 100.% .
Kenny Chery is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with 5.0 per game.
Luca Vitali is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with 600.0% .
Tyler Kalinoski is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 100.% .

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Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.