2015-16Regular SeasonRound 4
November 05, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.3 Points 74.0
32.7 Rebounds 36.0
8.7 O. Rebounds 13.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 23.0
16.7 Assists 14.7
5.7 Steals 5.0
1.7 Blocks 1.3
13.0 Turnovers 13.7
43.5 % 2PT 48.8 %
37.5 % 3PT 27.3 %
80.4 % FT 84.6 %
72.7 Index 70.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.3 / Gentile Points 19.0 / Pullen
5.0 / Macvan Rebounds 7.7 / Bilan
2.3 / Macvan OR 4.0 / Bilan
4.3 / Gentile DR 4.5 / Zubcic
5.7 / Gentile Assists 3.0 / Pullen
1.7 / Jenkins Steals 1.3 / Babic
0.7 / Lawal Blocks 0.7 / White
2.7 / Simon Turnovers 3.0 / Pullen
55.9 % / Gentile 2PT 100.0 % / Musa
100.0 % / Cinciarini 3PT 40.0 % / Pilepic
100.0 % / McLean FT 100.0 % / Zganec
21.3 / Gentile Index 17.7 / Bilan


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-2 Regular Season 1-2
1-2 Overall 1-2


Crew Chief
PUTENKO, ILYA, Russian Federation

The Take

Two teams in the bottom half of the group standings seek a vital victory. It will be an interesting clash for Milan head coach Jasmin Repesa, who spent the previous two seasons on the Cedevita bench. To start the season, Alessandro Gentile and Milan Macvan have stood out for the home team; Gentile has been among the competition’s top scorers and big man Macvan has stood tall among the interior players. Center Miro Bilan and point guard Jacob Pullen have led Cedevita thus far. Young Marko Arapovic joins Bilan in the paint, where they will challenge Macvan, Jamel McLean, Stanko Barac and Robbie Hummel. Oliver Lafayette, Charles Jenkins and Kruno Simon will play major roles for Repesa on the perimeter; guards Pullen, Nemanja Gordic and Luka Babic and small forwards James White and Fran Pilepic ensure that the visiting squad has a shot for a road win. Cedevita must improve its three-point shooting to have a real shot at the road win, while Milan will need to limit the visitors on the offensive glass to better its chances.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Game Notes

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Milan swept two games against Cedevita during the 2012-13 Euroleague season. They had not met before nor have they since.

Jasmin Repesa coached Cedevita Zagreb during the previous two seasons. He led the team to back-to-back Croatian League and Cup doubles. He coached several members of the current Cedevita squad.

Stanko Barac played for Cedevita last season, too.

Repesa also coached Luka Zoric and Luka Babic on the Croatian national team.

Repesa also coached Luka Zoric at Unicaja Malaga during the 2012-13 season. Milan swingman Kruno Simon was also a member of that squad.

Alessandro Gentile has scored in double figures in 13 straight Euroleague appearances.

Jamel McLean created problems for Cedevita in a pair of games last season. He averaged 18 points on 77.8% shooting plus 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3 steals for an average performance index rating of 28. However, his team ALBA Berlin, only won one of those games.

Cedevita Zagreb

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 14 for 14 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Luka Babic has made at least one three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in each of his last eight Euroleague games.

Nemanja Gordic has recorded at least 1 steal in 13 consecutive Euroleague games.

Luka Zoric was a teammate of EA7 Milan swingman Kruno Simon at Unicaja Malaga during the 2012-13 season.

Zoric and Bilan have been teammates of Simon on the Croatian national team, including most-recently at EuroBasket 2015.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We need to approach this game correctly because it's almost a do-or-die situation for us. We cannot afford another home loss. Cedevita is a team I know well, they're dangerous because they have been playing together for the last couple of seasons, they run well to prevent fastbreak points and they're a good transition team. We have to be better than them in those areas."
Cedevita Zagreb
"My players are doing a good job in practice. They have worked very hard right from the start of the season. Because of injuries of Luka Zoric and Toni Katic, we currently have only 10 players on our roster. Four of them are younger than 20 years, but we will not wave a white flag. We want to play our best and the important thing for us is to follow our game plan. If my players execute the things we talked about in practice properly, I will be happy. I don’t know if that will be enough for a win because that will also depend on the way Milano will play in that game."


EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"This is the most important game for us so far in the season. They are young and talented. Our first goal is to play tough defense and everything will be fine."
Cedevita Zagreb
"After winning two games in a row, we are now in a much better rhythm. We hit the lowest point when we lost for games in a row before the win against Anadolu Efes, but everything is better now and we must use this moment to keep getting better. When playing in guests against stronger opponents it is very important to use even the smallest opportunity. We know most of their players and their coach Repesa knows our team. It will be a very interesting game. Our task is to give our best. We will try to win this game and we need to be brave."

Cedevita seizes second straight road win, 68-77 at Milan!

Cedevita Zagreb sent a message around the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with its second consecutive road win of the season on Thursday, a resourceful 68-77 decision against host EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. Cedevita moved to 2-2 in Group B a week after it shocked Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, while Milan dropped to 1-3. Cedevita lost all of a double-digit lead after halfitme, but came back to dominate the final quarter. Miro Bilan ruled inside with 16 points, James White did it all with 15 more and Luka Babic scored 11 of his 13 in the final 10 minutes for the winners, who also got 11 points and 6 rebounds from teenager Marko Arapovic. Cedevita went up by 9-19 early but Milan fought its way back to tie and retake leads through the second half. The last tie was at 61-61 with just over 5 minutes left, after which Babic led a 2-13 game-winning break by Cedevita. Alessandro Gentile scored 19, Krunoslav Simon 16 and Oliver Lafayette 14, but poor 39.5% two-point and 29% threr-point shooting spoiled the comeback the hosts had mounted in the middle quarters and Cedevita was able to beat its ex-coach, Jasmin Repesa, on his new home floor.

FIRST QUARTER: Gordic leads visitors out of the gate

Defense prevailed until Lafayette sent a touch pass to Jamel McLean for slam dunk and a 2-0 Milan lead. Nemanja Gordic matched that with a nifty up-and-under layup. The teams were stuck on 2-2 through the game's fourth minute, when Gordic knocked down a jumper. But Lafayette answered from longer-range with the first triple of the game as Milan went up 5-4. Arapovic downed free throws and Bilan nailed a running hook as Cedevita went back in front, 5-8. Gentile got to the free throw line to make 2 of 2 for the hosts, but Bilan answered with a nifty reverse and Gordic fed White for a fastbreak layup at 7-12. When Arapovic measured off Cedevita's first triple, Milan needed another timeout, out of which Robbie Hummel found Stanko Barac for a slam. But White answered with a short shot and Babic raced the other way with a steal as the Cedevita's lead reached double digits at 9-19. Hummel hit a jumper from the baseline before White found Bilan for an easy layup that was good for an 11-21 advantage for the visitors after 10 minutes.

SECOND QUARTER: Milan cuts the difference

Fran Pilepic walked on court and buried his first shot for a lead of 11-23, Cedevita's highest of the game. Simon was left open and buried a corner triple that Jacob Pullen answered with a two-point jumper at 14-25. Milan Macvan assisted Barac for a close-in basket before Barac pulled an offensive rebound and assisted an open triple by Charles Jenkins at 19-25. Macvan kept the momentum going for Milan with an unusual shot while crossing the lane, but Bilan stopped it with an open pick-and-roll dunk. Pilepic was left open in the corner and restored Cedevita's edge to 21-30. After a Milan timeout, Simon stuck with his miss, put it down and added a free throw. Gentile made a slicing layup to cut the difference to 26-30. An offensive rebound sent White for one layup and he took it himself for another at 26-34. Lafayette revived Milan with a wing triple. Karlo Zganec added a free throw for Cedevita before McLean did the same to pull Milan within 30-35 at halfitme.

THIRD QUARTER: Gentile, Simon put hosts back in front

McLean made a power move off a rebound and got the basket and a free throw to open the second-half scoring. Bilan answered in close for Cedevita and Arapovic added a foul-line jumper to put the visitors up 33-39. Gentile stepped up for a sweet jumper before Simon drove for a lefty layup and the hosts were within 37-39. Gentile followed up McLean's miss with a tip-in to tie it up and force a Cedevita timeout. Good hustle started a break that Gentile finished as Milan's comeback was complete with a 41-39 lead. Arapovic answered with hook shot, and after Gentile made 1 of 3 free throws, Pullen drove strong to put Cedevita back in front, 42-43. Simon took the lead back for Milan with a big triple from the corner, but Arapovic's tip-in tied it up again, 45-45. Pilepic returned for a step-back jumper and then Arapovic fed White back-door for a dunk at 45-49. Cedevita was on the break when a turnover sent Lafayette the opposite way for a layup, foul and free throw to keep Milan close at 48-49. Simon broke for the rim and finished there with the last shot of the third quarter to give the hosts the edge back at 50-49 after 30 minutes.

FOURTH QUARTER: Babic leads Cedevita charge to victory!

Babic made a running hook to open the fourth quarter for Cedevita, but Simon was waiting with a triple to take the lead back at 53-51 for Milan. Karlo Zganec whipped a back-door pass to Babic to tie it up again. Barac cleaned up a miss before a steal by Jenkins led to Lafayette's triple giving Milan its biggest lead of the game, 58-53. Bilan took 2 points back with a deft tip-in and Babic hit 2 free throws at 58-57. Then Bilan did the honors on the break of putting Cedevita back in front, 58-59, with 6:30 to play. After a Milan timeout, Zganec popped from the baseline to make it 58-61, whereupon Gentile lined up a triple from the corner for another tie game, 61-61. White flew in from the corner for a tip-in and Bilan was left wide open for a layup as Cedevita surged ahead again 61-65. Babic added a runner to the visitors lead that Gentile matched, but then Babic was back from the three-point line to raise the visitors' lead to 63-70. After a Milan timeout, great ball movement got 2 points for Zganec and a 63-72 lead for Cedevita. Milan needed points, but instead it was White drilling a corner triple that Gentile matched, but it was too little too late for Milan as the victory was already on its way back to Zagreb.

Protect Humanity - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan vs. Cedevita Zagreb - EB15
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Attendance: 7174
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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 21:55 6 2/7   2/3 6 4 10   1 2   1 2 3 9
3 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 30:05 14 2/2 3/11 1/1   1 1 2   1     3 3 8
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 33:36 19 5/12 2/5 3/5 1 1 2 2 1 1 1   2 6 16
6 AMATO, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 8:49   0/1 0/1   1   1               -1
13 MACVAN, MILAN 15:39 2 1/5 0/2   1 1 2 1 1 1     1 1 -1
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 21:28 3 0/1 1/3   1 1 2 1 1 1     2   1
24 HUMMEL, ROBBIE 24:28 2 1/5 0/2     3 3 4   3     1 1  
27 BARAC, STANKO 14:24 6 3/3     3 1 4 3     1   3   11
31 LAWAL, GANI 3:34   0/1     1 3 4   1 1     3    
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 26:02 16 3/6 3/7 1/1 1 3 4 2 1 2     1 4 17
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 68 17/43 9/31 7/10 19 21 40 15 6 12 2 1 18 18 67
        39.5% 29% 70%
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 24:29 6 2/4 0/3 2/2   1 1 4   3       2 5
4 WHITE, JAMES 31:22 15 6/8 1/4   2 5 7 3 1 2     4   15
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 16:17 7 2/2 1/1     2 2 1 1 2 1   1 1 10
9 BABIC, LUKA 27:59 13 4/5 1/6 2/2 1 4 5 5 1 1     3 2 16
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 22:30 5 2/4   1/2   4 4 1       1 2 5 9
13 MUSA, DZANAN 1:13                              
15 BILAN, MIRO 27:25 16 8/12   0/2 1 5 6 1 2       4 5 20
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO 1:44                         1   -1
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 18:14 4 2/4 0/3     1 1 2 1 1   1 1 2 2
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 28:47 11 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 5 6 1   1     2 1 14
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 77 29/43 4/19 7/10 8 29 37 18 6 10 1 2 18 18 95
        67.4% 21.1% 70%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"It was very important. I was afraid of this game, because after we won in Istanbul, we expected Milan to prepare good for us, and they did, but we executed our game plan excellent. Only in the beginning of the third quarter, we had problems. All game we suffered on defensive rebounds, but fortunately for us we won the game."
Cedevita Zagreb
"This is amazing. We got so much confidence after the win in Istanbul, and now we are continuing with great games. And that's it. We played tactically well in defense and in offense, and we have to play like this in the next games. The key of the game is team chemistry I think, playing all together."
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