2006-07Regular SeasonRound 7
December 06, 2006 CET: 19:45
Local time: 19:45 PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA
Kostas Vasiliadis - Unicaja Unicaja got back to the race for a Top 16 slot from Group B by beating Partizan Belgrade 66-58 at home in Malaga, Spain on Wednesday night. Both teams are now tied for the decisive fifth place at 3-4, but Cibona, DKV Joventut and Lottomatica Roma could have the same record depending on their Thursday results. Berni Rodriguez led the winners with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Carlos Cabezas, Carlos Jimenez and Kostas Vasileadis each added 12 points for Unicaja. Vonteego Cummings led Partizan with 16 points, Nikola Pekovic added 10 while Kosta Perovic grabbed 10 rebounds for the guests. Jiri Welsch and Rodriguez fueled a 15-5 opening run that saw Unicaja take a 22-16 lead after one quarter. Another 10-0 led by Pepe Sanchez's 5 points boosted Unicaja's lead to 34-20, but Partizan cut the deficit to 49-39 at halftime and down to 59-55 midway through the fourth quarter. However, Vasileadis and Cabezas scored from downtown during a 7-0 Unicaja run, which allowed the home fans to celebrate the win long before the final buzzer.

Rodriguez needed just 12 seconds to draw a foul and make a free throw in an aggresive start that set the tone for what was to come. Partizan tried to look for Predrag Drobnjak in the early going, but it was Daniel Santiago who shined on the other end for Unicaja with a put-back dunk. Cummings answered with a layup for an early 3-3 tie. Welsch followed an alley-oop layup with a fast break dunk and Jimenez added a coast-to-coast basket, forzing a Partizan timeout at 9-3. Unicaja stayed focused on defense, while Rodriguez buried a triple that capped a 9-0 run. Cummings came to the rescue with a fallaway jumper, as Partizan tried to get things going on the other end with a zone defense. Cabezas punished the zone with a triple from the corner to give Unicaja its first double-digit margin, 15-5. Dusan Kecman stepped up with back-to-back layups, but Santiago matched it with a short jumper and free throws. Pekovic came off the bench and shined with a dunk and a put-back layup, before a mid-range jumper by Petar Bozic brought Partizan within 22-16 after 10 minutes.

Vonteego Cummings - PartizanCummings scored off a steal and Perovic added a second-chance basket to get Partizan within 24-20. Unicaja did not panic, however, as Erazem Lorbek buried a three-pointer and Sanchez nailed a jumper to keep the hosts out of trouble. Partizan had trouble scoring, while Vasileadis fired in a triple that caused the guests call timeout at 32-20. Sanchez remained hot and hit an off-balance jumper, which capped a 10-0 Unicaja run to make it a 14-point game. Petar Bozic tried to change things with a three-pointer and then Vasileadis and Pekovic traded free throws, but Vasileiadis buried another triple. Drobnjak erased it with a layup-plus-foul. Another put-back basket by Pekovic brought Partizan within 39-29 at halftime.

Rodriguez fired in a three-pointer to start the second half in style. Drobnjak scored inside and Kecman added a coast-to-coast for a 0-6 Partizan run, which Pekovic capped with free throws. Cabezas rescued his team with foul shots after a timeout, but Uros Tripkovic answered from downtown to get Partizan even closer, 44-38. Jimenez followed a three-pointer with a fast break layup to extend the hosts' lead to 49-38. Kecman scored again, but Partizan had entered the foul bonus. Rodriguez and Jimenez made free throws and even after Cummings scored with a driving layup, Rodriguez copied him in the other end for a 55-42 Unicaja margin. Milenko Tepic and Cummings fueled a 0-5 Partizan run. Cabezas hit a jumper, but Tepic buried a three-pointer off the dribble to get Partizan within 57-51. Vasileadis drove baseline for a dunk to give Unicaja a 59-51 lead after three quarters.

Tripkovic fouled out early in the final period and Unicaja improved its defense when it mattered most. Points came the hard way, as both teams exchanged missed shots and turnovers, while Florent Pietrus had a huge block on Pekovic. Cummings hit one from downtown to get the guests within 59-55, but Vasileadis answered from downtown to give Unicaja some fresh air. Partizan kept trying to attack the basket without much success, while Jimenez made a free throw for a 63-55 Unicaja lead with over 4 minutes to go. Cabezas buried a three-pointer that capped a 7-0 run, which sealed the outcome, 66-55. Cummings stepped up with a three-point play but it was too little, too late for Partizan. Unicaja was already using long possessions and ran out the clock on an important win.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS; MOUZAKIS, COSTAS; BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Attendance: 9100
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Unicaja2217207
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Unicaja22395966
Partizan16295158
Unicaja
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SANCHEZ, PEPE 13:15 4 2/2       3 3 1 1 4       1 6
5 RODRIGUEZ, BERNI 31:45 15 3/5 2/3 3/4   3 3 4 1 4   1 4 6 16
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 22:15 12 1/2 3/6 1/2 2 4 6     3     1 3 12
8 CHYLINSKI, MICHAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WELSCH, JIRI 17:45 2 1/2       1 1 1 1 2     4 1 -1
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 35:00 12 1/3 2/3 4/6   4 4 3 1 3     2 4 14
11 PIETRUS, FLORENT 22:15   0/1     2 2 4   1 1 3 1 3 1 3
15 DE MIGUEL, IGNACIO 2:15                         1   -1
20 JIMENEZ, CARLOS 27:00 12 2/5 1/4 5/6 1 3 4 1 1 2   1 2 4 10
21 LORBEK, ERAZEM 10:45 3 0/1 1/2     2 2       2   1 1 5
22 SANCHEZ, ALFONSO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 17:45 6 2/6   2/2 1 2 3 1 1 1 1   4 5 8
Team             2 2   1 1         2
Totals 200:00 66 12/27 9/18 15/20 6 26 32 11 8 21 6 3 22 26 74
        44.4% 50% 75%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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
Partizan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 17:15 5 0/5 1/2 2/2 1   1   3     2 4 3  
5 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 14:15 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 2 3 5           2 1 2
7 KECMAN, DUSAN 28:30 9 4/9 0/4 1/2 2 5 7 1 3 1   1 4 2 6
10 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 10:30 3 0/1 1/2             1   1 5 2 -4
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 7:15 1 0/1   1/2 1 3 4             1 4
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 20:00 2 1/8   0/2 5 5 10 1   4 2   2 2 2
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 20:00 10 3/6   4/6 3   3   1 3   1 5 4 4
15 DJURKOVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 DROBNJAK, PREDRAG 29:45 6 2/9 0/1 2/3 3 1 4 1 3 3 1 1 1 5 6
20 BOZIC, PETAR 14:30 5 1/1 1/3                       3
25 CUMMINGS, VONTEEGO 38:00 16 6/12 1/3 1/1 1 1 2 1 2 3     3 2 9
Team           3 2 5   1           6
Totals 200:00 58 17/53 4/16 12/20 21 20 41 4 13 15 3 6 26 22 38
        32.1% 25% 60%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
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Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Unicaja
"As we expected, it was a a difficult game against a very talented opponent which had beaten Maccabi and Cibona before, as well as being close to defeat Panathinaikos, too. I am sure that we would not have won the game in we did not play exceptional defense throughout the entire game. We come off two slow games in the Spanish League, in which we had decreased out attitude and effort, but we got a big win today due to our outstanding defense. Our only problem was defensive rebounds but we fixed it a bit in the second half. Carlos Jimenez had a great game fighting against Predrag Drobnjak and Kosta Perovic. We managed to stop them with the help of Florent Pietrus, too. We will get to know about Marcus Brown's status tomorrow."
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"We tried to change the game rhythm with our defensive switches, but we didn't managed to do it because Unicaja did really well. We did not have a good game when it came to outside shooting. Nikola Pekovic was our only dangerous player around the basket in this game. Both teams looked for points differential once the outcome was clear, as it can be important for future tie-break situations. We have a lot of young players, born in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and who play a lot of minutes. The lack of experience is important when you play games at this level."
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