10.02.2009 · 00:00
EL Top 16:BC Partizan–CB Unicaja, Wednesday 20.45
Euroleague Top16, week 3, match: BC Partizan-CB Unicaja Málaga, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 with the start at 20.45 CET in 'Hala Pionir'. Club Baloncesto Málaga, more commonly referred to by its sponsorship name of Unicaja Málaga, is a professional basketball team, founded in 1992 and plays in Spain's top league, the ACB and in the Euroleague. Unicaja has won three big trophies in their short history: Spanish Championship in 2005/06 Copa del Rey de Baloncesto in 2004/05 and Korać Cup in 2000/01 Unicaja team plays in Martin Carpena Arena (capacity: 10,500). Head coach of Málaga team is Aito Garcia Reneses well known by rotation systems in which he uses complete squad in each game and he avoids potential injuries of his players that way. American Marcus Haislip, Brittish Robert Archibald and Boniface N'Dong from Senegal are powerful trio of the team with 33 points and 15 rebounds per match. Americans Omar Cook with five assists and Thomas Kelati with12.4 points per match are most important outside players. The bench rotation consists of: Carlos Cabezas (8.1 p), Czech Jiří Welsch (8 p, 3 rebs.), French Joseph Gomis (6 p, 2 rebs), American Paul Shirley and captain of the team is Berni Rodríguez. Unicaja plays agressive attacks with a lot of defensive switch plays. Málaga team made the longest winning streak in Euroleague this season. After beating Le Mans (84:79) and loosing two in a row against Olympiacos (83:72) and Avelino (72:70), they made a fabulous series against Cibona (77:67), Maccabi (80:73), Le Mans (87:55), Olympiacos (60:56), Avelino (72:68), Cibona (77:76) and Maccabi (92:69), and hit the first place in their Euroleague group. Partizan and Unicaja played Euroleague matches four times in seasons 2005/2006 and 2006/2007, and Spain team won all the matches. Club Baloncesto Málaga has one win and one loss after first two Euroleague Top 16 clashes. They beat Lottomatica 88:75 and lost to Panathinaikos 81:69. Last weekend Unicaja Málaga beat Juventude 79:70 in ACB league as a guest team.