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Unicaja relegate rivals Betis in final game of the regular season

Nedovic's imperious display saw him score 21 points in a comfortable victory for Unicaja.
Nedovic's imperious display saw him score 21 points in a comfortable victory for Unicaja. / Ñito Salas
  • Joan Plaza's side confirmed a top-four finish with a 98-89 victory which guaranteed a home first leg in the play-off quarter-final against Tenerife

A combined 43 points from Nemanja Nedović and Kyle Fogg ensured Unicaja will go into the play-off quarter-final against Iberostar Tenerife full of confidence after confirming relegation for Andalusian rivals Real Betis Energía Plus in a 98-89 win.

The duo scored 16 three-pointers altogether, a new record at the Martín Carpena, to destroy Betis' slim chances of Liga Endesa survival.

Fogg began the onslaught by scoring 11 points in just five minutes to give Unicaja an 18-14 lead, before Nedović halted a mini Betis revival by scoring 11 points at the beginning of the second quarter to make it 46-30.

Betis believed they had a sniff when they brought the game back to 81-70 in the 34th minute, but Plaza reverted back to a trio of Nedović, Fogg and Jamar Smith who consequently settled the game once and for all.

The victory confirmed that the Malaga side would finish fourth in the table, a position that has guaranteed Unicaja a home first leg in the play-off quarter-final against Iberostar Tenerife on Sunday. The return leg takes place five days later in Tenerife.