Unpredictable Unicaja fall in the Canaries

Díez tries to break through against Planinic, Paulí and Báez.
Díez tries to break through against Planinic, Paulí and Báez. / Agencia LOF
  • In a match that should have propelled their season, the Malaga side succumbed to a defeat that was entirely avoidable

After three consecutive league victories and progressing to the quarter finals of the EuroCup, Unicaja was more showed their unpredictability by falling to a disappointing 76-71 defeat to Gran Canaria on Saturday night.

The visitors were not outclassed on the day, nor was victory ever out of reach, but their downfall was by their own doing gifting possession to their direct rivals on 16 occasions in the first half alone.

In fact, at the end of the first half, Unicaja were counting their blessings as Gran Canaria had only opened up a 35-31 lead, in spite of the away side's wastefulness and a period of nearly seven minutes without scoring a single point during the bridge from the first to the second quarter.

The break helped Unicaja to regather and in the third quarter, Musli helped his side to retain possession better and supplied Waczynski and Nedovic who put points on the board. The problem, however, was stopping points at the other end. As a result, the difference didn't stray too far from three or four points for the rest of the game, going into the final quarter at 57-54.

It was the combination of MacCalebb and Pasecniks, though, that helped Gran Canaria, who were generally more solid, over the line.