Regular Season Round 8 - December 17, 2008 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALAU BLAUGRANA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
6-1 Regular Season 6-1
6-1 Overall 6-1

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Umpire
RADOVIC, SRETEN, Croatia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.0 Points 84.1
34.9 Rebounds 32.1
8.3 O. Rebounds 10.1
26.6 D. Rebounds 22.0
15.1 Assists 14.6
7.0 Steals 11.9
3.9 Blocks 2.4
12.4 Turnovers 10.6
56.4 % 2PT 54.5 %
37.1 % 3PT 39.0 %
82.2 % FT 76.8 %
92.7 Index 94.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.7 / Navarro Points 15.1 / Kaukenas
7.7 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN Rebounds 8.0 / Lavrinovic, K.
1.9 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN OR 2.3 / Eze
5.9 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN DR 6.0 / Lavrinovic, K.
4.1 / Navarro Assists 4.4 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
1.3 / Basile Steals 2.1 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
1.4 / Vazquez Blocks 1.0 / Lavrinovic, K.
2.4 / Navarro Turnovers 1.7 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
100.0 % / TRIAS, JORDI 2PT 69.7 % / Sato
54.5 % / Lakovic 3PT 55.6 % / Domercant
100.0 % / Basile FT 100.0 % / FINLEY, MORRIS
14.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN Index 20.4 / Lavrinovic, K.

THE TAKE

A direct showdown to take pole position in Group B is set to take place in Barcelona, Spain, where Regal FCB hosts Montepaschi Siena on Wednesday night. Both teams are tied atop the Group B standings with a 6-1 record, so the winner will take a step forwards in the Top 16 race. Montepaschi downed Barcelona 71-61 in Siena earlier this season and a 2-0 record against the Spanish powerhouse would be critical for the outcome of this group. Barcelona is injury-free for this game, as Victor Sada rejoined Barcelona last week. Sada is set to offer physical and passing skills, sharing the point guard duties with Andre Barrett and Jaka Lakovic. Meanwhile, Montepaschi may be without backup point guard Morris Finley, who missed his team's last two games. If Finley is sidelined, All-Euroleague guard Terrell McIntyre will see extended playing time, so Sada's defensive work on him may well become the key to this game. Marco Carrareto, however, will be ready to come off the bench to provide intensity and defense. Montepaschi has a little advantage at both wings, as it features shooting ace Rimantas Kaukenas, physical forward and former Barcelona player Romain Sato and all-around scorer Henry Domercant. Kaukenas will have an advantage in offense if coach Xavi Pascual opts to play with Juan Carlos Navarro or Lakovic at off-guard. Both players are natural-born miss-matches, however, with unlimited range, quickness and experience. Lubos Barton is ready for a key matchup against Sato, while Roger Grimau will have to work hard against Domercant. The battle in the paint will be equally interesting, as Barcelona is more athletic inside with Ersan Ilyasova, Fran Vazquez and former Montepaschi center David Andersen. Vazquez and Andersen will be most focused on stopping Ksistof Lavrinovic, who has been unstoppable lately. Ilyasova will test his game knowledge and shooting range against Shaun Stonerook, while Benjamin Eze is ready for a big battle in the paint against Daniel Santiago. Barcelona needs to get Navarro involved and stop McIntyre, who gets the guests' run-and-gun, extra pass offense going. Meanwhile, Montepaschi must make the most out of its physical advantage at shooting guard and small forward, with Kaukenas and Domercant playing a major role. Intensity and passion will be high in this high-stakes clash between two of the best teams on the continent.

GAME QUOTES

Regal FC Barcelona
  • Teammates David Andersen and Gianluca Basile can become the leaders for the most career appearances in the competition this decade when they take the floor Wednesday. They enter the game tied with former Barca player Denis Marconato with 165 Euroleague Basketball appearances, but will both overtake him when they check in.
  • Center David Andersen played for his team’s Week 8 opponent, Montepaschi Siena, during the 2003-04 season. Andersen helped Montepaschi reach the Euroleague Basketball Final Four in Tel Aviv and win the Italian League title.
  • Forward Jordi Trias needs just 1 more blocked shot to reach 50 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
  • Guard Juan Carlos Navarro is best known for his scoring ability, but he has recorded at least 5 assists in the last three games and at least 2 assists in 11 consecutive Euroleague games.
Montepaschi Siena
  • Shooting guard Henry Domercant has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 consecutive Euroleague appearances.
  • Domercant recorded the best individual performance of his Euroleague career against Barcelona. In November 2005, Domercant scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and picked up 3 steals for a 31 index as he led his team at the time, Efes Pilsen, to a 66-63 win.
  • Forward Shaun Stonerook has made at least 1 steal in 23 consecutive Euroleague appearances.
  • Small forward Romain Sato reinforced Barcelona for the 2006 Spanish League playoffs. He was a teammate of four current Barcelona players: Juan Carlos Navarro, Jordi Trias, Gianluca Basile and Roger Grimau. This will be Sato’s first meeting with Barcelona since he left.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We must try to win this game. The most important thing is to play from the first second to the last one. It is clear that we are not in one of the best moments of our season, but we can find in this game some extra motivation that everyone can have. We can find the energy and try to resist in a court like Palau Blaugrana, one of the most difficult in Europe. Barcelona, with CSKA Moscow, is the favorite to win the Euroleague final. They know it and after losing to Siena in the first leg, they will give a demonstration of strength on their court, after the the victory in Athens last week. We are aware of this and the quality of game that we should do."

Players

Juan Carlos Navarro - Regal FC BarcelonaRegal FC Barcelona took a critical step to win Group B and become a top-seeded team in the upcoming Top 16 Draw by downing Montepaschi Siena 87-61 at home on Wednesday night. Barcelona is now the exclusive leader in Group B with a 7-1 record, while Montepaschi Siena ties with Panathinaikos for second place at 6-2. Since Barcelona has the tie-break advantage against both teams, added to the fact that Montepaschi and Panathinaikos face each other in Week 9, Barcelona will need just one more win to clinch first place in this group. Juan Carlos Navarro paced the winners with 17 points despite being questionable for this game. Daniel Santiago added 14, Gianluca Basile had 13 while Lubos Barton and David Andersen each got 10 for Barcelona. Henry Domercant had 13 points for Montepaschi but nobody else in his team scored in double digits. Barcelona made Montepaschi go scoreless in the opening 7 minutes, in which Santiago had 8 points in a 15-0 opening run. Andersen and Navarro boosted the hosts' margin to 25-3, a new defensive record for less points allowed in the first quarter in a Euroleague game since the competition started in 2000. Andersen and Barton kept pacing Barcelona to make the hosts keep a 44-24 halftime margin. Nothing changed after the break, as Barcelona cruised to an important home win.

Henry Domercant - Montepaschi SienaBoth teams struggled to score in the opening 2 minutes until Santiago stepped up with a jump hook and a alleyoop dunk for a 4-0 margin. Montepaschi did not succeed on trying to get Romain Sato and Benjamin Eze while the hosts keep feeding Santiago down low. He shined with a power layup for a 6-0 run. Montepaschi had been scoreless for 4 minutes and called a much-needed timeout. Victor Sada got the crowd involved with an alleyoop layup, Navarro fired in a corner three-pointer while Barton dunked it for a 13-0 lead. Santiago capped a 15-0 opening run with a layup, as Darjus Lavrinovic struck from downtown to finally get Montepaschi going. Ersan Ilyasova answered from downtown to restore a 15-point Barcelona lead, 18-3. Navarro sank free throws while Basile provided a highlight with a 10-meter bomb to make it a 20-point game, 23-3. Andersen sank a four-meter jumper to fix the score at 25-3 after 10 minutes.

Domercant sank free throws right at the start of the season quarter while Basile and Rimantas Kaukenas traded easy baskets for a 29-7 score. Domercant paced Montepaschi with more foul shots as the guests slowly improved their offense through a more active Terrell McIntyre and without Sada on court. Andersen stepped up with a layup, however, while free throws by Navarro kept Barcelona way ahead, 34-11. Montepaschi kept missing open shots and even when Lavrinovic scored inside, Andersen nailed a big triple for a 37-13 score. Lavrinovic tried to change things with free throws but Barcelona dominated the game with its outstanding defense, trying to double-team Kaukenas, the guests' occasional point guard with McIntyre resting on the bench. Kaukenas stepped up with a driving layup that Vazquez matched with a dunk. Barton nailed a triple but a power layup by Eze and a three-pointer by Romain Sato got Montepaschi within 44-24 at halftime.

Daniel Santiago - Regal FC BarcelonaDomercant tried to ignite the guests' comeback with a driving layup right after the break but Navarro quickly struck from beyond the arc. McIntyre answered from downtown - his first points tonight - but an outstanding Navarro scored off a steal to keep Barcelona out of trouble, 50-29. Domercant buried a six-meter shot but Navarro - who else? - matched it with free throws and nailed a big triple. Shaun Stonerook dunked it coming off the baseline but Barton gave Barcelona a 27-point lead, 60-33. Montepaschi finally found its go-to guy in McIntyre, who made free throws, fed Kaukenas for a jumper and added a fast break layup for a 60-39 deficit. Andersen scored down low while Basile sank his trademark triple to restore a 65-39 margin. Santiago shined with a fast break layup while Jordi Trias capped a 9-0 run with free throws. Free throws by Lavrinovic while a buzzer-beating floating layup by Andre Barrett fixed the score at 71-41 after 30 minutes.

The outcome was clear already and Montepaschi tried at least to get the tie-break advantage, as it had beaten by 10 in Siena. Barcelona stayed focused, however, as Santiago scored in the middle and had a big block on Kaukenas. Domercant nailed a jumper but he didn't find much help around. Barcelona kept scoring fluently in transition and already started to run the game clock down. Basile fired in a seven-meter bomb for a 34-point margin, 77-43. Everything was said and done up to that point but Barcelona kept rolling. Basile sank an incredible jumper while Santiago scored again. Nothing changed in the last 5 minutes, as Barcelona ends 2008 as the Group B leader while Montepaschi must regroup for its decisive showdown against Panathinaikos right after the holiday break.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Euroleague.net
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO)
Attendance: 5478
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Montepaschi Siena3211720
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Montepaschi Siena3244161
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
Regal FC Barcelona
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 16:20 13 2/2 3/3     1 1 1 2 1     2   14
6 BARRETT, ANDRE 19:44 4 2/3 0/3   1 1 2 2 2 1       2 7
8 TRIAS, JORDI 11:56 7 2/3   3/4 1 3 4 2     1     2 14
9 BARTON, LUBOS 24:48 10 2/2 2/6   2 8 10       1   2 1 16
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 17:13 17 1/4 3/3 6/6       2 2 3       2 17
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 14:52 10 3/6 1/1 1/2   4 4 1         2 2 11
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 22:43 5 2/4   1/2 2 3 5 1 1   2   2 1 10
20 DJEDOVIC, NIHAD 4:18   0/1 0/1     1 1     1         -2
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 12:08 3 0/1 1/2         2   1 1   1   2
24 SADA, VICTOR 20:16 4 1/1   2/2   3 3 6 2 1     1 1 14
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 17:17 14 7/8   0/1 1 3 4 1 1 3 1   4 3 15
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 18:25   0/4 0/2     2 2   2 1   2 3 2 -6
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 87 22/39 10/21 13/17 8 29 37 18 12 14 6 2 17 16 111
56.4% 47.6% 76.5%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 DOMERCANT, HENRY 29:06 13 3/7 0/4 7/7 2 3 5 3 3 1   1 3 6 17
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 24:51 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   2 2   1 3     1 1 5
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 22:24 8 3/6   2/5 1 3 4     2 2 1 4 4 5
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 11:56 6 0/2 2/3   1 2 3 2 1           9
10 SATO, ROMAIN 21:55 3 0/6 1/1     3 3   1     1 2   -2
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 28:18 9 1/2 1/4 4/4 1 4 5   1 4   1 2 4 8
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 32:12 8 4/11 0/1             3   2 1   -6
14 RESS, TOMAS 3:07           2 2               2
15 METREVELI, NIKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 CENTANNI, SIMONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 3:37 2 1/1           1           1 4
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 22:34 5 1/1 1/4     2 2 2   4     3 1  
Team           3 1 4   2       1   5
Totals 200:00 61 14/37 6/20 15/18 8 22 30 8 9 17 2 6 17 17 47
37.8% 30% 83.3%
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Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Regal FC Barcelona
"Today we saw an incredible defensive game by our team and at times also in offense. We played intelligently and everyone played with intensity. This intensity was the key to the game, allowing us to grab more rebounds than Siena, force turnovers and get transition points to dominate the game. The team continues to grow. We have to learn how to win when we are not playing so well. I was happy with my players' concentration, despite being 20 and 30 up, they were always focused on the game."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"Congratulations to Barcelona for a well-deserved win tonight. It is the team that is in the ebst form in Europe right now. For the last 10 days we have been playing poorly and lacking energy. I believe our first quarter was terrible and the game was already over then. It was very hard for my players to get their heads back into the game and play our brand of basketball. Having said that, the final result was dignified and we did not get blown out. We must remember that Panathinaikos also came here and lost by 20. Luckily, we now have some time off, play only in the Italian League, so we can recover some of our players physically. The fact that Finley was missing did not change anything. We have been in a slump for a few days. Today was tough for all of the team."

Players

ANDERSEN, DAVID
Regal FC Barcelona
"We have a lot of talent and good depth but most importantly, the team chemistry is very good. All of the players were very focused tonight. That is made us secure first place in this group. Being first is not the be-all and end-all. Every day we go step by step. We are always trying to win every single night, game by game. We are a very active team defensively, rotating and jumping in. Montepaschi is a team whose big guys can shoot, so our game plan to attack Kaukenas and disrupt their flow."
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