Regular Season Round 7 - December 11, 2008 CET: 21:15 Local time: 21:15 - PALAU OLÍMPIC DE BADALONA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
3-3 Regular Season 5-1
3-3 Overall 5-1

Referees

Crew Chief
PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Umpire
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.3 Points 77.5
32.7 Rebounds 32.3
13.5 O. Rebounds 9.3
19.2 D. Rebounds 23.0
12.5 Assists 11.7
9.8 Steals 7.3
3.7 Blocks 1.7
12.5 Turnovers 12.7
49.1 % 2PT 50.8 %
35.0 % 3PT 38.3 %
82.1 % FT 79.6 %
83.2 Index 79.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.8 / Wright Points 13.8 / HUTSON, ANDRE
4.5 / HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU Rebounds 5.5 / HUTSON, ANDRE
2.3 / HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU OR 3.2 / Brezec
2.2 / HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU DR 4.5 / DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO
5.0 / Mallet Assists 4.2 / BECIROVIC, SANI
1.5 / Ribas Steals 1.2 / Jaaber
0.8 / Jagla Blocks 0.8 / Gigli
2.8 / Mallet Turnovers 2.2 / BECIROVIC, SANI
71.4 % / Bogdanovic 2PT 75.0 % / GABINI, ROBERTO
83.3 % / Tomas 3PT 66.7 % / BECIROVIC, SANI
100.0 % / Mallet FT 88.9 % / JENNINGS, BRANDON
13.0 / HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU Index 19.8 / BECIROVIC, SANI

THE TAKE

A highly-anticipated showdown is ready to happen in Badalona, Spain, where DKV Joventut hosts Lottomatica Roma on Thursday at 21:15 CET. Joventut just registered its first road win this season and ties for third place at 3-3, so a win would get the hosts way closer to the next round. Lottomatica leads Group C with a 5-1 record and is on a five-game winning streak. Above all, it is the big showdown of two of the top young basketball talents in the planet: Ricky Rubio of DKV Joventut against Brandon Jennings of Lottomatica Roma. Rubio is questionable for this game, however, as he comes off a wrist injury. Jennings returns to the Lottomatica lineup, too, as he missed a game because of the flu. If Rubio is finally sidelined or plays limited game like he did last week against Union Olimpija, Demond Mallet and Pau Ribas will keep sharing the point guard duties. Lottomatica is really deep at point guard, as it can offer Ibby Jaaber, Jacopo Giachhetti, Allan Ray or Jennings and is easy to see the team with twin playmakers on court. In fact, star guard Sani Becirovic can take the playmaker duties in the fourth quarter when the going gets tough. His matchup against Joventut scoring ace Bracey Wright will be one of the keys to this game. Joventut is really deep at both wings with defensive ace Ferran Laviña, up-and-coming talented Christian Eyenga and Pere Tomas, as well as small forward Simas Jasaitis. Laviña will test his defense against Becirovic while Rodrigo De La Fuente may battle against Jasaitis. Luigi Datome is also back and ready to shine at small forward against Jasaitis and Tomas. Andre Hutson will lead Lottomatica's frontcourt, that also include aggressive forward Roberto Gabini, center Primoz Brezec and little-used shooter Alessandro Tonolli. Brezec is ready to battle against Joventut big man Edu Hernandez-Sonseca, in great shape recently. Meanwhile, Hutson may have an advantage against three-point specialists Jan Jagla and Luka Bogdanovic, so expect Henk Norel to see extended playing time on court. Joventut must play with the same rhythm it did in its last home game against Tau Ceramica. Lottomatica must stay focused in offense and keep playing up-tempo. Expect nothing but a big showdown at Palau Olimpic this week.

GAME QUOTES

DKV Joventut
  • Point guard Demond Mallet has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 consecutive Euroleague appearances dating back to November 2006, when he played for Rheinenegie Cologne. He finished the 2006-07 season with a three in 10 straight games and has made 1 in each game this season with DKV Joventut.
  • In last week’s win at Union Olimpija, DKV Joventut's reserves outscored the starters 46-40, had 7 assists to the starters' 3 and 7 steals to the starters' 4.
  • Star guard Ricky Rubio made his first appearance of the season last week at Union Olimpija. He picked up 1 steal in three minutes and now has a steal in six straight Euroleague appearances. Rubio led the 2006-07 season in steals with 3.2 steals per game.
Lottomatica Roma
  • Interim head coach Nando Gentile will guide a team for the first time in a Euroleague game against DKV Joventut.
  • Guard Jacopo Giachetti played 18 minutes last week, the most since his season-ending knee injury last year. He scored 9 points and dished 4 assists in the win against Berlin.
  • This game will feature two of the top teenage point guards in the world as Brandon Jennings will duel with Ricky Rubio in a much-anticipated matchup.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

GENTILE, NANDO
Lottomatica Roma
"It will be a difficult game, because Badalona is a team that is playing very well and they just won in Ljubljana. They are strong in transition, and now that Mensah-Bonsu is no longer in the team, they are even stronger. They will even have Rubio coming back, who is one of the greatest talents in Europe."

Players

DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO
Lottomatica Roma
"It's an important game for us, and even difficult because we have some injured players and because they are playing very well expecially at home. We must start well and try to control the rhythm of the game from the beginning."
Bracey Wright - DKV JoventutAnother would-be Top 16 qualifier was denied in Week 7 when DKV Joventut defeated Lottomatica Roma 97-93 in an offensive thriller in Badalona, Spain on Thursday. Joventut improved to 4-3 and took over third place in Group C, while Roma dropped to 5-2 and a first-place tie with Tau Ceramica. Roma, which lost its head coach on Monday, gave interim bench boss Nando Gentile a great effort, but Joventut's all-court energy wore down the guests in the final 5 minutes. The first half was an up-and-down scoring show that ended 48-48. Even when Joventut lifted off like a rocket to a 15-point lead in the third quarter, 71-56, Roma was far from done. The visitors rallied to within 78-75 in the final quarter, but Joventut's final surge was a little too much for Roma. Bracey Wright led the winners with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Luka Bogdanovic added 15 points, including a killer triple late, while Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca had 14 and Demond Mallet 12. Roma got 22 points and 8 rebounds from Andre Hutson. Sani Becirovic added 14, Brandon Jennings added 12 each, Rodrigo De la Fuente and Ibrahim Jaaber 11 each.

Bogdanovic who got the scoreboard going with a triple from the corner for Joventut. Hutson got Roma on the board with free throws, but Henk Noral went inside for a basket-plus-free throw and Ferran Laviña hit 2 from the line to make it 6-2. Roberto Gabini answered with Roma's first triple, and as Norel went down with a whack to the nose, Rodrigo De la Fuente hit from the arc, too, for an 8-8 tie. Laviña drove untouched for a layup, but Hutson tied again at the foul line. Ricky Rubio entered and forced a turnover in seconds, getting Wright to the foul line to make it 12-10, but Joventut slept as Jennings got behind the press for a layup. Jennings went through the Joventut defense for the go-ahead layup. Hernandez-Sonseca entered and executed a three-point play to retake the lead for the hosts, After a turnover, Roma needed timeout, but got quick baskets from Primoz Brezec and Jaaber immediately to go up 15-18. Simas Jasaitis and Jabber traded layups before Jan Jagla's 3 free throws in 4 tries tied it up again. It was still tied when Rubio passed fullcourt to Laviña for a go-ahead layup at 26-24 on the first-quarter buzzer.

Andre Hutson - Lottomatica RomaTo start the second quarter, Hernandez-Sonseca's scored on a hook-and-free throw and then a layup fed to him by Rubio, but Roma answered with a Jennings layup and Brezec three-point play in the paint. When Jaaber tipped in a miss, Roma had tied it up again, 31-31, but Rubio and Mallet fed Bogdanovic consecutive alley-oops. When Wright struck from downtown, Joventut's lead had cliimbed to 38-33. Hutson answered inside, but next Jagla fired from deep to make it 41-35. After another timeout, Jaaber brought Roma back with a smooth triple, then fed De la Fuente twice inside, for a backdoor layup and a trip to the foul line and a 43-42 scoreboard. Joventut needed the timeout now, but Jacopo Giachetti raced coast-to-coast with the go-ahead layup for Roma. Joventut took it back on a second-chance rainbow shot by Wright. Hutson tied it with a free throw before Pau Ribas blasted a triple that Luigi Datome matched at 48-48, ending a thriller of a first half.

Norel returned with a mask to down his first shot right after halftime, but Gabini put Roma ahead 50-51 with a rocket from the corner. Bagdonavic answered with a layup to which Ribas added a steal and dunk as Joventut took the lead again, 54-51. After a Roma timeout, it was Bogdanovic again, dunking and hitting a free throw as Joventut's defense ruled, but the home team suffered a downer as Norel went off with an ankle injury on an intentional foul by Hutson. Mallet made 1 of 2 free throws and Jasaitis waltzed for a layup. Gabini and Mallett fired up dueling triples to make it 63-54 before De la Fuente and Wright traded free throws, the latter's on an intentional foul. Wright completed the possession with a huge triple, then stole and fed Mallet in the same spot. When his shot went down, too, it was 71-56 and the Badalona crowd was hitting the roof. After a timeout, Becirovic calmed the visitors, who now set up a zone defense, with a bank shot. Two Joventut turnovers and 5 points by Hutson later, it was 71-63 and Joventut was calling timeout. As soon as it was over, Gentile was tagged with a technical foul, Wright downed both free throws, but Htuson got a third-chance basket and a fastbreak dunk to make it 73-67. Jagla came off the bench and buried a triple to lift Joventut's spirits, but Becirovic dampened them again with a steal and layup for a 76-69 score after 30 minutes.

Roma's resurgence continued with Hutson and Jennings scoring in close to open the fourth quarter, making it a whole new ballgame at 77-73 after a 6-17 run. Norel got to the line and sank 1 of 2 for Joventut, whose pressure didn't prevent Jabber from getting a layup at 78-75. The ball ricocheted around the court without going through the basket for what seemed like an eternity, for this game, until Rubio found Wright for a two-point jumper and Ribas downed 1 of 2 free throws to make it 81-75 with under 6 mintes left. Hernandez-Sonseca dunked alone on a pass from Wright, and after Roma's 20th turnover, Mallet appeared in the corner for a high-arcing triple that brought down the house and brought back a double-digit lead, 86-75. When Laviña shot alone from the arc moments later, it was 91-77 and the visitors were down to gunning at a chance to rally. Hutson got it back to single digits with 4 points in a row at 91-83 with still more than 2 minutes left. Becirovic scored next to quiet the crowd at 91-85, but Bogdanovic stepped up with a big corner triple to almost settle the matter. In the last minute, however, Roma's zone held Joventut to a single free throw scoreless as De la Fuente, Brezec and Becirovic combined for 8 points to make it 95-93 with 17 seconds left. The next foul, on Becirovic, was called intentional, giving Ribas 2 free throws and Joventut the ball and th win. Joventut moved up in the standings and Roma must wait on Top 16 qualification.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 5035
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Lottomatica Roma24242124
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DKV Joventut26487697
Lottomatica Roma24486993
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO
DKV Joventut
# 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
00 MALLET, DEMOND 24:42 12 0/2 3/11 3/4       5 2 3   1 2 2 4
4 RIBAS, PAU 21:22 8 1/3 1/5 3/4 1   1 5 2       4 4 9
6 WRIGHT, BRACEY 32:12 19 3/6 2/4 7/8 1 6 7 3 2 1     2 5 27
9 RUBIO, RICKY 8:34           1 1 3 1 3       1 3
10 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 28:37 15 4/6 2/5 1/1 1 2 3 1   2   1   2 13
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 14:08 4 2/2 0/3                   2 1  
14 JAGLA, JAN 17:29 9 0/1 2/5 3/4 1 3 4   2   1   4 2 9
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 22:45 14 5/8   4/4 1 3 4 1 2 2 1 1 5 3 14
17 NOREL, HENK 8:08 7 2/3   3/3                 1 3 8
18 LAVIÑA, FERRAN 18:24 9 2/2 1/1 2/2 1   1 2         5 2 9
19 TOMAS, PERE 3:39                              
Team           3 1 4   1           5
Totals 200:00 97 19/33 11/34 26/30 9 16 25 20 12 11 2 3 25 25 101
57.6% 32.4% 86.7%
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: GENTILE, NANDO
Lottomatica Roma
# 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 GIACHETTI, JACOPO 9:46 2 1/1 0/1         1 1       2   1
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 17:19 14 4/7 0/1 6/6   3 3 5 2 4   1 4 7 18
8 TONOLLI, ALESSANDRO 2:34         1   1           1    
9 HUTSON, ANDRE 30:02 22 7/9   8/10 5 3 8   1 3 1   2 7 30
11 JENNINGS, BRANDON 22:54 12 5/8 0/2 2/2       2         3 1 7
12 BREZEC, PRIMOZ 17:37 9 4/7   1/1 2 2 4     2 1   3 1 7
13 DATOME, LUIGI 15:48 3 0/2 1/3   2 4 6 1   2   1 3 1 1
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 31:28 11 1/3 1/3 6/6 2 4 6     1     3 4 13
21 JAABER, IBRAHIM 32:40 11 4/6 1/4 0/2 1 6 7 4 1 5     1 4 14
22 GABINI, ROBERTO 19:52 9 0/1 3/4     2 2 4 1 3 1   3   9
Team           1 1 2     2     1   -1
Totals 200:00 93 26/44 6/18 23/27 14 25 39 17 6 22 3 2 26 25 99
59.1% 33.3% 85.2%
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Head Coaches

ALONSO, SITO
DKV Joventut
"I would like to thank first the players. Maybe sometimes we forget how hard it is to beat a great team like Roma, even at home, with everything that is happening to us. We though Edu Sonseca-Hernandez might miss the game, but in no way did we expect he could play 22 minutes. Then, early in the first quarter, Henk Norel probably broke his nose, and when he came back later, got hit in the knee and couldn't play anymore. I think all the players worked to overcome some of those difficult situations. We had some brilliant moments on offense and then they stopped us with a zone press, followed up by the halfcourt zone, that took a lot of seconds away from our attack. Without big guys, we couldn't defend as well our basket and didn't have them to help us inside on offense. And we haven't had the defensive level to win against any team, except for short periods during thuis game. We have to remember who we are defensively. So, we haven't been great at the end of this game, but yes, we were better than some other times."
GENTILE, NANDO
Lottomatica Roma
"We had a strange week with the resignation of Jasmin Repesa as coach. It has been mentally tough and worrisome for us, just a very difficult week altogether. We came here for a game against a team that is playing really well right now, as their 20-point win in Ljlubljana last week showed. We knew it wasn't going to be easy, and it hasn't been, but I have to say that we fought for 40 minutes together, even though at the end the victory escaped from us. So I can only be satisfied that my players have shown this character and fought the whole game in such a tough place to play."

Players

WRIGHT, BRACEY
DKV Joventut
"It has been a good game, a very good game. Roma is a very good team that came here as one of the top two teams in our group. It was a physically tough game, fun to play but tough. We made the key plays when we needed them and got the victory. They went to the zone late and maybe we settled for three-point shots too early in our possessions. We knew from the last time we played them how they were capable of making a run. But we play comfortable here at home in front of our crowd, and them being behind us made a difference. This one was especially important because we dropped a home game here in our group earlier. We've had a couple games now that have been kind to us here, so if we can pick one up on the road, we can try to qualify soon."
BECIROVIC, SANI
Lottomatica Roma
"The most important thing is that we stayed together and had a chance to win after a tough week for us. We lost our coach and it was not so much his fault, all our losses in the Italian Leauge. The players had their responsibility, too. But after this game, I'd say we just have to continue this way with the attitude we showed here. We gave everything we had and in the last seconds we were still fighting for the win. Joventut is a tough team and very hard to beat at home. They have a great crowd and they like to run here. We did our best, it wasn't enough, but we'll keep going strong next week."
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