04 October, 2022
14 May, 2023
8 Dario Brizuela (UNI)
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Unicaja become first team through to Final Four

MURCIA (Spain) - Unicaja are the first team able to celebrate a spot in the 2023 Final Four, as they're on their way to their first Semi-Finals in the Basketball Champions League after sweeping the all-Spanish series against UCAM Murcia, 96-74 on the road.

This is the first time that Murcia have lost back-to-back BCL games since 2018 when they lost four in a row, and Murcia's 16-game home winning streak in the competition also came to an end with the loss.

Unicaja, meanwhile, have now won six of their seven road games this season in the BCL after winning only two of their seven road games in 2021-22.

Turning point: 
Murcia's 15-4 run to close out the first 10 minutes gave them a four-point advantage. As the 12 first half lead changes would indicate, the game was as close as it could be. Neither team led by more than seven points through 20 minutes.

The lead changes stopped there, as the second half is where the game turned in Unicaja's favor. Seven of Unicaja's 12 total made three-pointers came in the final two quarters as they outscored the hosts 56-34 over the final 20 minutes to secure a convincing 22-point victory, Murcia's largest ever defeat in the competition.

Game heroes: David Kravish finished with a game-high efficiency of 21 after putting up 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while only missing two shots in the game (8-of-10 FG).

In both games of this series, Dario Brizuela led Unicaja in scoring, tonight doing so with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range. He also added 4 assists for good measure.

Stats don't lie: It's never a good sign if you have more turnovers than assists, and that was Murcia in this game. Unicaja had a 22-10 advantage in assists and scored 19 points off Murcia's 15 turnovers.

Bottom line: Unicaja are through to their first BCL Semi-Finals after a 2-0 sweep over Murcia in their best-of-three Quarter-Finals series.


Murcia's bench carried them with 52 of the team's 74 points. James Anderson (12 points), Sadiel Rojas (10 points) and Travis Trice (10 points) combined for 32 of those points off the bench.

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