2019-20Regular SeasonRound 5
October 30, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO DE DEPORTES JOSE MARIA MARTIN CARPENA

Unicaja takes comfortable home win against Trento

Unicaja Malaga bounced back from its last defeat by dominating Dolomiti Energia Trento, 93-74, to remain atop of the 7DAYS Eurocup Group D standings at 4-1. Trento dropped to 2-3 with its first road loss. The hosts broke the game in the early going and finished the first quarter with an 18-point lead to never look back. Josh Adams registered a Eurocup career-high 21 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting and added 5 assists to lead the winners. Deon Thompson, Melvin Ejim and Axel Toupane posted 11 apiece, followed by Aleksa Avramovic with 10 points of his own for Unicaja. Alessandro Gentile recorded 18 points as the top scorer for Trento, while Justin Knox chipped in 14 points and Aaron Craft had 10 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in defeat.

Unicaja started the game at full-speed boosted by Adams and Thompson, who combined for 10 points in a 12-2 run in the early going. The hosts kept a safe double-digit margin throughout the first quarter, extending it to 28-10 thanks to a late 8-0 run behind 6 points of Avramovic. Jaime Fernandez made it a 20-point game right after the second quarter started, but Knox came to the rescue for the visitors and scored 10 points on a 5-16 run to bring his team within 35-26 midway through the second quarter. Adams and Melvin Ejim showed up from deep with back-to-back triples, though, and returned a comfortable margin for the hosts, 44-28, with 2 minutes to go in the half. Gentile took over and posted the following 6 points for Trento, but it wasn’t enough to threaten Unicaja’s 48-34 halftime lead. Thompson opened fire in the third, followed by a three by Adam Waczynski to boost the hosts again, 53-34, while another triple by Adams and an inside basket by Frank Elegar allowed Unicaja to surpass the 20-point barrier, 63-42. With only Gentile and Knox regularly contributing in offense Trento seemed powerless against the hosts, who entered the last quarter with a reduced, but still unaffordable difference, 69-53. With the outcome in no doubt, Unicaja reached a game-high 25-point margin, 90-65, good enough for coach Casimiro to send 2002-born point-guard Pablo Sánchez to take the court with 4 minutes to go and make his European debut.

The eleventh

Unicaja Malaga returned to its home court, where it had won its last 10 EuroCup regular-season games. Trento became the 11th victim of the Spaniards, who took advantage of a strong first-quarter performance to give another win to their fans.

Playing time for everyone

Coach Luis Casimiro had one of the more comfortable nights so far this season and took advantage of it to grant some playing time to all his players including Pablo Sanchez, who made his European debut at the age of 16.

Dead on arrival

Trento was behind from the very beginning. Right after Aaron Craft tied it 2-2 after 2 minutes, Unicaja turned the game into a nightmare for the visitors, who allowed a 10-2 run and trailed as much as by 25 points later in the game

Next games

In Round 6 next week, Dolomiti Energia Trento will play on the road again, this time against Galatasary Doga Sigorta (4-1) in Istanbul. The day after Unicaja will visit Podgorica to face last-placed Buducnost VOLI (0-5).

Josh Adams - Unicaja Malaga (photo Mariano Pozo - Unicaja) EC19
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LATISEVS, OLEGS; NEDOVIC, MILAN; GELLER, RENAUD
Attendance: 5525
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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 THOMPSON, DEON 22:11 11 3/3 1/2 2/2 2 3 5 2 2 1       1 19
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME 9:49 7 2/2 1/1     2 2 5 1 2     4 1 10
4 AVRAMOVIC, ALEKSA 20:00 10 2/4 1/4 3/4 2 4 6     2   1 3 3 7
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 21:09 11 3/5 1/2 2/2   5 5 3   1     1 1 15
14 ADAMS, JOSH 29:27 21 3/5 4/7 3/4 1 1 2 5   4     3 3 18
15 ELEGAR, FRANK 12:51 4 2/2     1 3 4     1     1 2 8
16 SANCHEZ, PABLO 4:19                   1         -1
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 16:25 5 1/2 1/3     3 3 1   2       5 9
22 EJIM, MELVIN 18:51 11 3/4 0/2 5/5 1 1 2           3 5 12
32 GUERRERO, RUBEN 11:38 2 1/2       2 2     2     1    
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 17:49 6 0/1 2/3   2 3 5 3 1 1     1 1 12
52 GERUN, VOLODYMYR 15:31 5 2/4   1/2   3 3 1   2 1   2 1 4
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 93 22/34 11/24 16/19 10 30 40 20 4 19 1 1 19 23 114
        64.7% 45.8% 84.2%
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
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KELLY, RASHARD 29:11 6 3/7 0/1 0/1 1 4 5 4 2 2 1 1 1 3 11
1 BLACKMON, JAMES 18:41 5 2/3 0/5 1/2   2 2 3   1     2 3 3
4 CRAFT, AARON 33:16 10 5/5 0/2     4 4 6 4 2     2 4 22
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 29:25 18 7/13 0/1 4/6 1 2 3 2 2 1     3 4 16
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE 3:29   0/1                         -1
9 MIAN, FABIO 13:35 8 1/2 1/2 3/3 1   1           4 1 4
10 FORRAY, TOTO 15:02 7 2/5 1/3   2 1 3 1 1 2     2 3 6
13 KNOX, JUSTIN 28:18 14 6/10   2/2 2 1 3   1 1     5 1 9
14 MEZZANOTTE, ANDREA 16:45 3 0/1 1/2         1 1 1     1   1
24 KING, GEORGE 12:18 3 0/1 1/1             2     3   -3
25 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 74 26/48 4/17 10/14 8 14 22 17 11 12 1 1 23 19 69
        54.2% 23.5% 71.4%
Head coach: BRIENZA, NICOLA

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Unicaja Malaga
"Winning again is important, but the most important thing is the next game. We played very well tonight in so many aspects of the game. We played good offense, good defense, we were good at rebounding, we had more rhythm than in previous games and we were also successful from the three-point line, so I’m happy."
BRIENZA, NICOLA
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"Congratulations to Unicaja, they started the game very well and decided the game in the first quarter. If we want to have an opportunity to play a solid game, we cannot start the game 28-10. After that result, everything became difficult and they continued to play very well. We had a problem trying to open the game. We came to minus-10, but would make a stupid mistake on offense or defense and they immediately would put us behind 14 or 15 points."

Players

ADAMS, JOSH
Unicaja Malaga
"Yeah, I’m happy, absolutely. But most of all I’m happy with how our team executed offensively. We kind of got away from the last two games, today we ran our stuff perfectly and we executed well, so we got the win."
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