With a little more suffering than expected, the Unibox got add the first victory in the Basketball Champions League. It was not a brilliant match win against Dinamo Sassari (76-87), but it allows us to continue laying the foundations of a project that has not had much time to continue construction in the meantime. The conclusions improved with the passing of the minutes, but the most important thing is that this team continues to add up at the start of the season.
The victory was not only important for start the second campaign in the BCL on the right foot. Unicaja, after a very important reconstruction, needs to certify with victories the steps it must take forward. Baskonia lowered expectations to a certain extent, with Gran Canaria it was shown that this team has recovered its grit and competitive gene, and against Sassari it became clear how decisive Ibon’s wardrobe can be under the command of the.
There was a certain expectation for what it could generate Chinanu Onuaku. He was the great offensive reference for the Italians and behaved as such with 20 points and 8 rebounds. His free kick with the spoon technique was one of the many curiosities surrounding the American, but who was to say, the real leader of the painting and the party was David Kravish on a night in which he set the scene with a multitude of movements (19 points and 7 rebounds) and great moments on defense.
Ibon Navarro tried to give the team a different face from the beginning, but it went wrong and he had to turn to those who had been starters until now to redirect the course in Sardinia. And that’s the best news. In this “new” Unicaja the bench is synonymous with guarantees and Kalinoski and Osetkowski demonstrated it in a brilliant and saving night from the triple.
The beginning of the first quarter was a real disaster. The first unit -Perry, Brizuela, Barreiro, Osetkowski and Lima- went to throw their hands to their heads. The reality is that Unicaja came to lose 21-6 (min. 5), but the exit of the refreshment players was at least presentable. Djedovic and Kravish in attack, and Alberto in defense kept the people of Malaga alive with a partial 0-11 to give air to the compositors. Better result than sensations (23-19), but the perspective was already different.
The sensations, thanks to the success of the shot, got better with the passing of the minutes. Sassari stopped scoring too easily. Carter leveled the score for the first time in the 15th minute (28-28) and, from then on, the scoring in both teams was continuous. However, it was the people from Malaga who broke the rhythm with a triple. 6 points from Kalinoski and another 6 from Osetkowski They gave Ibon Navarro’s men the advantage to reach the break (41-47).
If it seemed that some calm was going to come with that difference of +6, the reality was going to be different. At least, in the first part of a third period in which Onuaku put the Italians ahead again (57-56, min. 25). But it was not going to last long. Kravish and the success of Osetkowski’s triple were going to be the great saviors of a night in which the victory was going to come with a lot of determination (63-69).
The typesetter irregularity, present throughout the match, was not going to be absent in the most decisive moments. A local run of 6-0 in just 2 minutes equalized the match again, but the streaks were not only going to be Italian. As quickly as one arrived, another landed. A 1-11 for the people of Malaga placed a score of 70-80 much more reassuring. Dinamo Sassari went into despair and there, with a Unicaja who knew how to keep their heads, everything was directed towards a victory that was both suffered and meritorious.
Now it’s time to rest because Real Madrid arrives on Sunday.