Unicaja Secures Seventh Consecutive Victory in Basketball Champions League
Peristeri Unable to Challenge Unicaja’s Dominance
Unicaja continues its winning streak with a seventh consecutive victory in the Basketball Champions League, defeating Peristeri, a team with some talent but unable to pose a real threat. Even when Peristeri closed the gap to six points in the third quarter, Unicaja quickly regained control, showcasing their superior talent and strength. Djedovic and Sima emerged as the top scorers with 11 points each.
Unicaja’s Early Lead and Dominance
Unicaja wasted no time in taking the lead, applying high pressure defense that stifled Peristeri’s transitions and prevented them from finding their shooters or utilizing their tall players effectively. Vasilis Spanoulis, a basketball legend and newly appointed coach of Greece, called the first timeout after a triple by Alberto extended Unicaja’s lead to 20-13. The first quarter ended with Unicaja comfortably ahead at 26-15, thanks to seven points from Ejim.
Peristeri’s Struggles and Defensive Improvements
Unicaja continued to dominate, extending their lead to 34-19 with a run of 8-4. Peristeri’s players struggled to find a response, even with Spanoulis trying to rally his team. Nine turnovers in just 13 minutes were cause for concern. However, a triple by Barreiro further widened the gap to 37-19. Peristeri’s defense improved with a zone strategy, allowing them to reach halftime with a glimmer of hope at 44-33.
Peristeri’s Comeback and Unicaja’s Defensive Lapses
Peristeri started the third quarter strong, cutting Unicaja’s lead to just four points at 44-38. The game became more dangerous as Peristeri showed resilience, although they were not on the same level as Panathinaikos or Olympiacos. Unicaja’s defense struggled, allowing Peristeri to control the rebounds and narrowing the gap to 50-43 by the 25th minute.
Unicaja’s Strong Finish and Control
Unicaja faced some challenging minutes as they struggled to score, resulting in a tight scoreline of 49-43. However, a three-pointer by Djedovic sparked a 6-0 run that widened the gap to a more comfortable 61-43. Unicaja continued to dominate, ending the third quarter with a significant lead of 64-45 after a triple by Perry. In the final quarter, Unicaja maintained control, playing at a moderate pace and preventing any chance of a comeback from Peristeri.
Unicaja’s Path to Round of 16
With this victory, Unicaja secures their third win in the Basketball Champions League and moves closer to securing a spot in the Round of 16 as group champions. They aim to avoid the cumbersome play-in stage. Despite a brief scare in the third quarter, Unicaja’s dominance and sufficiency ensured a comfortable victory.