ANDl Unicaja secured first place in the second group stage of the BCL. Ibon Navarro’s team had to fight on a packed pitch until the last minute of the match. In the end, the 10-point lead of 65-75 helps Malaga play in the Top 8 with the Carpena factor in their favour. It wasn’t easy, but the team’s defensive level in the last quarter unbalanced the game along with Tyson Carter’s offensive game with Brizuela and Will Thomas’ experience in specific moments.

Datasheet

  • 65 – AEK (15+23+17+10): Flonis (4), Petropuolos (0), Jankovic (9), Oriola 6), Mitchell (14) -starting five-, Lemar (12), Miles (7) , Papadakis (5), Gontikas (2), Koniaris (0) and Xanthopuolos (5).
  • 75 – Unicaja (21+18+20+16): Perry (1), Brizuela (13), Barreiro (3), Sima (10), Kravish (9) -starting five-, Díaz (3), Kalinoski (5) ), Ejim (0), Carter (15), Thomas (9) and Osetkowski (7).
  • Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (Bosnia), Wojciech Liszka (Poland) and Martins Kozlovskis (Latvia).
  • Incidents: Match on the sixth and final day of the second round of the FIBA ​​Champions League played at the Ano Liossia Olympic Hall in Athens.

The Los Guindos box started with fifth gear. The typographers started with a partial zero through seven that was a statement of intent. The duo formed by Kravish and Brizuela led Unicaja’s attack and punished the mistakes of the Greeks. The local team was looking for the inner game to stop the momentum of Ibon Navarro’s men with Akil Mitchell and Pierre Oriola as protagonists. Unicaja pulled the B unit with Tyson Carter scoring and replacing Brizuela to close the first act with advantage (15 to 21).

AEK Athens would make things difficult in what was the worst quarter for Unicaja. The Olympic Pavilion overturned with theirs and the Greeks really squeezed the balls in the Los Guindos team. Lias Kantzouris led the team behind Isaiah Miles, who stood out as the absolute top scorer of the Hellenic team. Unicaja easily lost possession of the ball and AEK came very close to the scoreboard, but did not get ahead thanks to a timeout by the setter and some offensive actions by Brizuela. The break came with 38 to 39 on electronics.

The rest suited the people of Malaga very well. Alberto Díaz and Brizuela threw their teammates on their shoulders. Seven points ahead of the Costa del Sol team, which short-circuited the Greeks. AEK called a timeout and rejoined the game with Mitchell and Lemar. It was time for Badalona MVP to take action. Carter hit the track like a hurricane that gave the typographers air. The blow left the score at 55 to 59 at the gates of the final stretch.

The key to the last act was on defense. Unicaja was passing some of the intensity, so they soon gave the bonus to AEK. There were many minutes to go and the Malaga team was already being punished for free kicks. The rebounds were fundamental with 14 points in second-chance actions well taken advantage of by Kalinoski, Carter and Brizuela. Between Osetkowski and Kravish they finished the match and the leadership of group K of the Top 16 went to Malaga. In this way, Unicaja avoids some of the competition’s bogeymen and guarantees the Carpena factor, key in any competition, (65-75).