2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 16, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

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The Take

Two classic Euroleague clubs open the season against one another in the fashion capital. Both EA7 Emporio Armani Milan and Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz come into the season with new head coaches and shaken up rosters. Milan coach Jasmin Repesa will lean on star swingman Alessandro Gentile and Laboral coach Velimir Perasovic has a dynamite guard trio of Mike James, Darius Adams and Fabien Causuer. With Oliver Lafayette doubtful for Milan, Repesa will turn to Andrea Cinciarini, Charles Jenkins and Bruno Cerella to team with Gentile in the backcourt. Kruno Simon gives Milan another scoring threat. Laboral will be without forward Toko Shengelia, which will open up minutes for Kim Tillie at power forward alongside centers Ioannis Bourousis and Darko Planinic. Milan can go old school inside with Stanko Barac and Gani Lawal, but will also turn often to the mobile Milan Macvan and mighty Jamel McLean. Milan power forward Robbie Hummel is an inside-outside threat, who could be a game-changer. Milan comes off an active preseason, which saw it travel to the United States as part of the Euroleague Basketball World Tour 2015. While the journey was tiring, it also helped the team build chemistry. Though they did not face each other last season, Milan and Laboral squared off in each of the previous three seasons and split the six games between them.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Game Notes

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Andrea Amato, Robbie Hummel and Daniele Magro are due to make their Euroleague debuts.

Alessandro Gentile has scored in double figures in 10 straight Euroleague appearances.

Gentile enjoyed the best game of his Euroleague career last season against Laboral Kutxa. He set a career-high with 29 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, plus 7 rebounds and 4 assists for a performance index rating of 30 in a 99-85 victory in the Top 16.

Stanko Barac debuted in the Euroleague with Tau Ceramica – now Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz – during the 2008-09 season. He played a total of three seasons with the club and with it won the 2009 Spanish King’s Cup and the 2010 Spanish League crown.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Alberto Corbacho and Mamdou Diop are poised to make their respective Euroleague debuts.

Ioannis Bourousis played for EA7 Emporio Armani Milan for two seasons between 2011 and 2013. He was a teammate there of Milan’s current captain Alessandro Gentile.

Bourousis is ranked fourth in competition history with 152 career blocked shots. He needs 8 more rejections to catch Stephane Lasme for third place.

Velimir Perasovic coached Milan guard Oliver Lafayette during the 2013-14 season at Valencia Basket. Together they captured the Eurocup trophy.

Fabiean Causeur has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague games.

Causuer has had a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last nine Euroleague appearances.

Mike James has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"As a team we are working on ball movement and to improve the things we still don't execute well defensively. We need time to stay and work together because we didn't enjoy much practice time because of our schedule during the last three weeks. Vitoria has been together a little more, I watched them in the Moscow tournament and appreciated what they did against Estudiantes last Sunday. It was a no-contest: they were up by 30 in the first half. We know they like to run and run so we need to control the boards and to limit their fastberak and transition game. If we do that we are one step closer to win a game we absolutely want to win."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It would be very important to start with a road win in the competition. Especially to show our level first and then to have some tranquility later. We start the season with all the good expectations there are. Milan is a team with two experienced players on each position, they are physical and they base their roster on that fact. Their centers are athletic. We will have to start strong since the beginning."


EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"I know this is a very physical competition, more physical than the Italian league, so we need to adjust once more because we know Vitoria is a team with a lot of size. My personal goal is to be as versatile as possible, trying to figure out what the team needs to win. I'm trying to help with my scoring, rebounding the ball, playing good defense, helping overall."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Having won a road game in domestic competition has boosted our confidence, but in Milan and the Euroleague we will have to take it one step further. Milan is a very physical team which has also changed a lot. They play tough and even more so at home, so that's why it's important that we start aggressive and with a good defense."

EA7 Milan holds on after late Laboral push

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan nearly wasted a 20-point fourth quarter lead, but held on to beat Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 78-76 to start the 2015-16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Jamel McLean’s 13 points paced five Milan players in double-figures as the Italian club improved to 1-0 in Group B despite seeing a 20-point cushion shrink to 2 late. Milan made 6 of 6 free throws in the final 32 seconds to secure the victory. Alessandro Gentile had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners, while Krunoslav Simon added 12 points and Charles Jenkins and Robbie Hummel both chipped in 10. Milan made all of its 21 free throws, while Laboral converted on 15 of 17 (88 percent). Ioannis Bourousis came off the bench for 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Mike Adams had 13 points and 5 assists. Darius Adams also scored 11 points in defeat.

First quarter: James and Adams give Laboral the lead

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan’s starting five was Andrea Cinciarini, Charles Jenkins, Gentile, McLean and Milan Macvan, while Laboral sent Adams, Fabien Causeur, Adam Hanga, Kim Tillie and Darko Planinic as the first five. Adams started the game for the guests with a three-pointer. Gentile got the home side on the scoreboard with a driving layup. Laboral struggled with turnovers early, losing three balls and Milan turning them into four points on a Gentile dunk and a layup from Jenkins for a 6-3 lead. Tillie knotted the game with a triple and Causeur’s long ball pushed the Spanish team ahead 8-9. The gap was 8-13 after a jumper from Kristjan Kangur. Gentile knocked down two foul shots and then Hummel’s baseline jumper had Milan to within 12-14. Kangur came back down to tip in a miss before Adams stole a ball and put in a layup to make it 12-19. Hummel continued his strong Euroleague debut with a putback and a three-pointer from the right wing as Milan pulled to within 17-21. But Laboral scored the final four points of the quarter with James converting a fast break layup and two Bourousis free throws for a 17-23 gap after 10 minutes.

Second: Bourousis helps build lead, but Milan up at break

Kuxta scored first in the second quarter as Bourousis found Causeur with a nice pass for an easy layup for 17-25. Simon came off the bench for Milan with a three-pointer and Oliver Lafayette’s jumper trimmed the gap to 22-25 - forcing a Laboral time out. Bourousis was unstoppable in the block as the big Greek center tipped in a miss to re-establish a five-point lead. After Gentile’s layup cut the deficit to one point, Bourousis was at it again, putting back an offensive rebound. And Laboral led 26-31 as Causeur fed Ilimane Diop for an alley-oop. Hummel responded with a three-pointer and then McLean converted a three-point play and two free throws to give Milan a 34-31 advantage. After Planinic converted a three-point play to knot the game, McLean and Lafayette both made two foul shots to make it 38-34. James provided for the half-time score with a jumper for 38-36.

Third quarter: Milan begin to pull away with long ball

Gentile started the second half with a driving layup and the hosts turned defense into offense with a dunk by McLean. After four Macvan points, Gentile dribbled around the Laboral defense for a layup and a 48-36 advantage. After Laboral missed its first three shots and committed four turnovers, the guests finally scored in the second half on James’ layup with 6:13 minutes left. Diop’s foul line jumper trimmed the deficit to single digits at 48-40. But Jenkins nailed a three-pointer and followed a Macvan jumper with another three-pointer for a 56-42 lead and a Laboral time out. Simon came out of the break with a three-pointer from the corner to build the advantage to 59-42. Adams and Blazic were able to score for the guests but Stanko Barac’s baseline jumper had EA7 Emporio Armani Milan up 61-46 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Milan streak ahead by 20 points, survive from the line

After Jenkins opened the fourth quarter with a jumper, James and Planinic scored to trim the deficit to 63-50. Gentile came up with some fine passing, finding Barac inside and Cinciarini for a corner three and Simon’s jumper in the lane pushed the Milan cushion to 70-50 with just 4:15 minutes left to play. Laboral refused to give up as James started the comeback with a three-pointer. James assisted on a fast break layup by Blazic and Hanga knocked down a triple after a block to cut the gap to 70-60 with 2:39 minutes remaining. Blazic followed with a three-pointer of his own to make it 70-63. McLean stopped the 0-13 Laboral run but Blazic came up with four free throws and James’ steal and layup made it a one-possession game at 72-69 with 41 seconds to play. Laboral sent Simon to the line and the Croatian made both of his foul shots. Bourousis again made it a three-point game with a lay-up. After Lafayette added two free throws with 15 seconds remaining, Bourousis went 2-for-2 from the line as well with 7.3 seconds left. Laboral nearly stole the in-bounds pass but it ended up going out of bounds. Lafayette would end up icing the victory with his free throws with 3.9 seconds on the clock. But Bourousis drained a three-pointer at the buzzer in hopes of possibly impacting point difference later in the competition.

Charles Jenkins - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - EB15
Friday, October 16, 2015
Attendance: 7208
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan17212317
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz23131030
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan17386178
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz23364676
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 McLEAN, JAMEL 18:12 13 3/3 0/1 7/7 1 1 2 1 1       2 5 19
3 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 22:31 8 1/3 0/4 6/6   2 2 3   3   1 1 3 5
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 26:13 12 5/12 0/1 2/2   6 6 6   1     5 4 14
6 AMATO, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 3:26           1 1     1     1 1  
13 MACVAN, MILAN 13:17 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 2 1     1 1 1 8
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 17:29 3 0/1 1/1     2 2 2 3 2     3 1 5
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 26:20 10 2/3 2/3         2 2       2 1 11
24 HUMMEL, ROBBIE 26:55 10 2/4 2/5   1 7 8   1 2     1 3 14
27 BARAC, STANKO 13:56 4 2/3       1 1 1 1 2     2 1 3
31 LAWAL, GANI 7:40   0/1             1 1     2   -3
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 24:01 12 1/1 2/5 4/4   3 3     3 1   1 2 11
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 18/34 7/22 21/21 3 27 30 17 10 15 1 2 21 22 89
        52.9% 31.8% 100%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 26:21 13 5/10 1/9   2 1 3 5 1 1     3 1 6
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 30:54 6 1/2 1/3 1/2   3 3 4 2 1     1 3 12
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 10:07 6 2/5   2/3 1   1     1     2 2 2
8 HANGA, ADAM 25:40 5 0/1 1/4 2/2 1 3 4       1   2 3 7
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 24:05 13 3/6 1/3 4/4 3 5 8 1   3   1 1 3 15
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 14:56 11 2/4 1/4 4/4 1 2 3 1 1 1     1 2 11
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 12:55 8 3/3   2/2 1 1 2           5 1 6
14 TILLIE, KIM 14:35 3 0/1 1/1     4 4 2 1 2     3   4
15 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 12:41 4 2/2 0/1   2   2     1     1 2 5
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 19:32 7 2/3 1/5     4 4   1 3     1 3 6
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 8:14     0/2   1   1           2 1 -2
Team           2 2 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 76 20/37 7/32 15/17 14 25 39 13 6 15 2 1 22 21 75
        54.1% 21.9% 88.2%

Head Coaches

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"It’s hard to understand why we stopped playing. We had a big chance to win by more than 20, but we stopped attacking when they pressed us. But this is an important message for us in the future. The game is 40 minutes and we cannot stop before that."


EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We were confused by their press defense. We had a big lead, still we are playing with a lot of differences in our game. We have to fix it before the next two games because the teams are getting stronger, Efes and Olympiacos, so we have to get ready for those two teams. We had good moments, but we had too many turnovers when they started pressing us, so that’s one of the key things for us right now. "
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