Regular Season Round 2 - November 10, 2005 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - RHENUS SPORT

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia
Referee
JERSAN, ANDREJ, Slovenia
Umpire
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.0 Points 76.0
37.0 Rebounds 32.0
10.0 O. Rebounds 6.0
27.0 D. Rebounds 26.0
14.0 Assists 9.0
3.0 Steals 14.0
3.0 Blocks 4.0
15.0 Turnovers 7.0
58.8 % 2PT 64.3 %
30.8 % 3PT 17.6 %
65.5 % FT 59.1 %
85.0 Index 97.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / WESSON, K. Points 16.0 / Goree
9.0 / Greer Rebounds 11.0 / Goree
2.0 / WESSON, K. OR 3.0 / Goree
7.0 / Greer DR 8.0 / Goree
4.0 / JEANNEAU, AYMERIC Assists 3.0 / Zisis
1.0 / JEANNEAU, AYMERIC Steals 5.0 / Goree
2.0 / WESSON, K. Blocks 3.0 / Goree
4.0 / WESSON, K. Turnovers 2.0 / Goree
100.0 % / STAROSTA, O. 2PT 80.0 % / Nicholas
66.7 % / YOUNG, A. 3PT 50.0 % / GIOVANNONI, G.
100.0 % / JACKSON, STANLEY FT 100.0 % / Zisis
19.0 / WESSON, K. Index 31.0 / Goree

THE TAKE

After a nail-biting defeat in its opening game on the road, Strasbourg will shoot for its first Euroleague win at home against Benetton Treviso in a Group A matchup on Thursday. Strasbourg's Euroleague debut against AEK seemed set for overtime before Ioannis Kalampokis converted a pair of free throws with 3 seconds left to give the hosts a 73-71 win. Power forward K'Zell Wesson led the French champs with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Alvin Young added 11 points. Showing that its confidence was strong, Strasbourg then bounced back with a key domestic victory at Le Mans, riding Jeff Greer's three-point shooting to an 75-86 decision. For Benetton, it is a second game against a Euroleague newcomer in as many weeks. Benetton overcame Bamberg 76-68 in their opener thanks to a blowout first quarter. Power forward Marcus Goree was huge for Benetton, with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks. Center Petar Popovic and guard Ramunas Siskaukas added 14 points each, while Nikos Zisis had 11. Benetton continues to play well in Italy, too, currently holding second place after another victory over the weekend. Thursday's matchup is the first-ever meeting between Bamberg and Benetton. There is no doubt that this game features a prime matchup at power forward. Few players can match the combination of speed and power that Wesson and Goree possess. But both teams will need more than that to win. Strasbourg may turn to 2.18-meter Ondrej Starosta, who played only 4 minutes last week, to stop Popovic from taking over in the paint. Otherwis, the French side will need Crawford Palmer to step up and control the inside. Both sides go deep in the backcourt. Strasbourg will hope that Greer's shooting remains hot while it looks to Young and Ricardo Greer to help the perimeter attack. The most important guards should be Young and Zisis, who will be responsible not only for making shots, but also for creating for others. Their match-up may ultimately determine the winning side in a game that could go either way.
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
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Benetton survived a real thriller to stay unbeaten in Group A by outlasting Strasbourg 76-78 on the road in overtime on Wednesday. Benetton improved to 2-0 and shares the top spot in the Group A standings, while Strasbourg dropped to 0-2 despite having big chances to win. Marco Mordente led the winners with 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting before fouling out in the final seconds of regulation time. Drew Nicholas had 14 points, Nikos Zisis and Marcus Goree each scored 12 while Matteo Soragna added 11 for Benetton. Zelly Wesson posted a double-double for Strasbourg with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ricardo Greer had 12 points, John McCord 11 and Jeff Greer 10 for the hosts, while Aymeric Jeanneau dished 11 assists. Mordente had 18 of his 20 points in the final 14 minutes of regulation time, including 2 free throws which sent the game to overtime, 69-69. It all came down to final play in the extra period, but Jeff Greer missed a game-winning three-point attempt and Benetton, despite playing without star scorer Rimaunus Siskauskas, escaped with a valuable road win.

Strasbourg tried to look inside for Wesson early, but Benetton's defense took control of the game. Meanwhile, Goree opened fire with a bank shot and Petar Popovic added free throws for a 0-4 Benetton lead. Strasbourg went scoreless for more than 2 minutes until Young combined a corner three-pointer with a driving layup to give the hosts their first lead, 5-4. Soragna answered from downtown - twice - for Benetton, and offset Ricardo Greer's tip-in for Strasbourg to give the guests a 7-10 lead. It didn't last long. It was Strasbourg's turn to play physical defense while Wesson scored a three-pointer among his 5 points in a 7-0 run that sent the hosts in front, 14-10. Zizis and Goree came to the rescue for Benetton, splitting the points in a 0-10 response that helped pushed Benetton in front by 16-22 after 10 minutes.

While Strasbourg tried a matchup zone early in the second quarter, guard Aymeric Jeanneau came on to nail triple and bring the hosts within 19-22. Soragna fueled the Benetton offense with a long two-pointer, but John McCord scored in the paint and Wesson added a tip-in to make it 23-24. Benetton now struggled, going scoreless for more than 3 minutes, while a coast-to-coast layup by McCord gave Strasbourg a new lead, 25-24. After Benetton also switched to a zone defense, Nicholas buried a three-pointer off the dribble, putting the guests in front again, 25-27. After Goree and Andrea Bargnani blocked shots for Benetton, Nicholas buried yet another triple for his personal 0-8 run and a 25-32 Benetton lead. Wesson tried to rescue Strasbourg with a short hook but Zisis stepped up with a three-point play that kept Benetton up 29-36 at halftime.

Palmer opened the second half with a basket inside while Wesson followed his trademark jump hook with a fastbreak layup putting Strasbourg as close as 35-36. Soragna woke up Benetton with his third three-pointer and Popovic scored in the paint to make it 37-41 score. Strasbourg was confident, however, and Palmer's layup ignited a 8-0 run in which scored again, giving the hosts a 45-41 lead. After a Benetton timeout, Mordente became the guests' go-to guy with a big triple from the top. Even when a red-hot Palmer made another jumper, Mordente found a corner triple to tie 47-47. Ricardo Greer answered with a long two-pointer for Strasbourg, while Wesson's free throws and Young's floating jumper left the hosts ahead 55-52 after three quarters.

McCord shined early in the final period with a driving layup, a high-flying rebound and a tough fallaway jumper to keep Strasbourg in charge, 59-54. But then Goree and Mordente combined to tie 59-59, and Strasbourg needed a timeout to organized its offense. Jeff Greer followed McCord's free throw with a two-handed dunk to restore a 62-59 edge, but Mordente with an easy layup and Nicholas with a three-pointer took the lead back for Benetton, 63-64. Jeff Greer answered them from the arc, while Wesson gave Strasbourg a 68-64 edge inside with less than 3 minutes remaining. Goree's 3 points kept Benetton alive at 69-67, then Mordente grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to tie, 69-69, with 1:16 remaining. The best chance after that saw McCord miss 2 free throws with 23.6 seconds left, while Nicholas had a big block on Ricardo Greer, sending the game to overtime.

McCord scored in the paint to open the extra period, but Zisis matched that with a running layup. Wesson worked for a reverse layup and Ricardo Greer copied him as Strasbourg shot ahead 75-71. After Zisis drew a foul and sank both free throws, however, Jeanneau and Ricardo Greer missed 3 of 4 for the hosts. When Nicholas made his pair at th eline, Benetton was within 76-75. Uros Slokar stepped up with the go-ahead basket in the paint, making it 76-77 Benetton with 40 seconds remaining. Zisis drew a key offensive foul, but Nicholas missed 1 of 2 free throws, giving Strasbourg a chance, but Jeff Greer's game-winning three-point try at the buzzer missed, sending Benetton home the winner.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), SLEDZ, ULI (GER)
Attendance: 0
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Strasbourg161326147
Benetton Basket221416179
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Strasbourg1629556976
Benetton Basket2236526978
Head coach: GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
# 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 WESSON, K´ZELL 38:00 20 7/14 1/2 3/6 5 7 12   2 2 1 2 4 5 21
5 MENDY, ELSON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GREER, RICARDO 32:30 12 4/5 0/1 4/6 2 2 4 2   2   1 1 6 16
8 GREER, JEFF 33:45 10 2/6 1/4 3/6 1 2 3 1 2     1 1 3 7
9 JEANNEAU, AYMERIC 30:30 3 0/1 1/2 0/2   3 3 11 2 2     5 1 9
12 McCORD, JOHN 21:45 11 5/5   1/5   3 3     1     3 4 10
14 PALMER, CRAWFORD 16:45 10 5/8     2 3 5 1 1 1   2 3 1 9
20 YOUNG, ALVIN 19:00 7 2/7 1/3   1   1     3     1 1 -2
23 JACKSON, STANLEY 14:00 3 0/1 0/2 3/4 1 3 4 3 1       2 3 8
31 GIFFA, SANYA 15:15   0/2 0/1   1 2 3 1   1 1   1    
33 STAROSTA, ONDREJ 3:30                       1 1   -2
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 225:00 76 25/49 4/15 14/29 16 29 45 19 8 12 2 7 22 24 83
51% 26.7% 48.3%
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: BLATT, DAVID
Benetton Basket
# 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 KALVE, ERNESTS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 41:30 12 3/5 0/4 6/6 1 1 2 5 1 2     1 6 17
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 29:45 11 1/2 3/7   1 2 3     1     3 1 6
8 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 21:45 20 5/5 3/4 1/2 2 1 3 1   1     5 1 17
10 SLOKAR, UROS 9:45 2 1/1       2 2           1   3
11 BARGNANI, ANDREA 15:15 1   0/3 1/2   3 3     2 3 1 5 2 -3
12 NICHOLAS, DREW 36:00 14 1/5 3/7 3/4       3 4 1 1   2 6 16
16 SOTTANA, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GOREE, MARCUS 40:30 12 4/7 1/2 1/2 2 5 7 3 2 3 3 1 1 4 21
19 POPOVIC, PETAR 18:00 6 1/5   4/4 1 1 2 2         5 2 3
20 GIOVANNONI, GUILHERME 12:30   0/1 0/2     5 5     1     1    
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 225:00 78 16/31 10/29 16/20 8 23 31 14 7 11 7 2 24 22 84
51.6% 34.5% 80%
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Head Coaches

GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"The only reproach I can address to my players tonight is their lack of accuracy regarding free throws. Free throws are part of the game: a few days ago we won a French League game because of our accuracy. Tonight, we missed the chance for another big victory because of free throws. The players who were on the court at the end of the game were there because they deserved it for having brought a positive dynamism. We're disappointed, but still, it was a good game. The refereeing was really good."
BLATT, DAVID
Benetton Basket
"It was really a tough game and I respect Coach Girard and Strasbourg's team a great deal. That game was winnable by both sides. The ball fell for us a little bit at the end and that was the difference, but it was an extremely hard-played game. We played really well for a road game in the first half and Strasbourg played extremely well for a home game in the second. At the end of the game, the two rebounds we got have been really important, because they gave us shot opportunities. I'm sorry for Strasbourg, it's not easy to be on the other side right now, but it was a good game and I'm really happy we won."

Players

WESSON, K´ZELL
Strasbourg
"We have to learn to win very close games. Anytime you play a close game and you had an opportunity to win, it's always tough because after you can look at the statistics and you can look at the video and you can pinpoint one little thing, or two or three, that would have given you the chance to win. But we just didn't have enough to win. We have big objectives for the team, so these kinds of games are like tests to gain experience. I think we're on the right track but we have a lot of work to do. I don't regret anything; we're gaining experience for the future. It is our first Euroleague experience at home. Tonight we showed that we're at this level but we need to get better as a team."
SLOKAR, UROS
Benetton Basket
"First of all, I'm really happy that we won. We started the game very good in the first half and then in the second half Strasbourg came back. We didn't really expect that they would have come back so hard. That was shown by the game going to overtime. I think a lot of guys showed what they can do and we played a very good game. I hope we just will keep going on like that in the Euroleague because it is a competitive competition. Every basket we made was a winning basket."
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