|Two teams fighting to survive in Group D face each other in Gdynia, Poland, where Asseco Prokom welcomes Armani Jeans Milano on Wednesday at 20:15 CET. Prokom (0-2) is only team in Group D still looking for its first win while Milano (1-1) downed EWE Baskets last week, bouncing back from its initial loss against defending champion Panathinaikos. AJ Milano may be without Massimo Bulleri and Joey Beard, who did not play against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian League this weekend. It will be a special game for Prokom center Pape Sow, who played for Milano last season. Sow is set to play the most minutes around the baskets with Ronnie Burrell, who is in great shape recently. They will get support from Jan Jagla, who offers deep range and mobility off the bench, while center Adam Hrycaniuk brings defense and strength. Burrell has a tough matchup against reigning Eurocup MVP Marius Petravicius, who is in the prime of his career. Meanwhile, Sow is set for a big battle under the boards against rebounding ace Mason Rocca while Jagla will test his outside shooting against Mike Hall. If Bulleri stays sidelined, Morris Finley will be his team's reference against Prokom as its floor general. Finley has an interesting matchup against Tyrone Brazelton and Daniel Ewing, who are set to share the point guard duties for Prokom. Milano's main concern, however, will be slowing David Logan and especially Qyntel Woods, who ranks fourth among all Euroleague scorers (22.5 ppg.) and is tied for first in rebounds (10 rpg.). Logan is a natural-born scorer able to create his own shot while Woods simply has the complete package and is set for a career-best season. Jonas Maciulis seems to be the right man to stop Woods due to his quick first step, experience and aggressiveness. Maciulis is also a mismatch due to his strength and quickness. Stefano Mancinelli may see some minutes against Woods, too. Meanwhile, Alex Acker will test his defensive skills against Logan, with Marco Mordente ready to offer determination, court sense and deep range off the bench. Milano must play aggressive and keep Logan and Woods in check in order to have a chance to go back home with a win. Prokom must play up-tempo and feed its two superstars in one-on-one situations. Above all, expect a big game in Gdynia this week.
REFEREES: Jose Ramon Garcia Ortiz, Spiros Gkontas, Oskars Lucis
Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Forward Qyntel Woods scored a Euroleague career-high 23 points in last season’s Top 16 finale on the road against Armani Jeans. Prokom won that game 72-96.
Center Pape Sow played for his team’s Week 3 opponent, Armani Jeans Milano, last season under head coach Piero Bucchi and alongside five of its current players.
Guard David Logan has scored in double figures in 13 straight Euroleague games. He has also made at least one three-pointer in 13 straight games.
Logan has picked up at least 1 steal in all 17 Euroleague games in which he has played.
Armani Jeans Milano
Jonas Maciulis recorded the 100th steal of his Euroleague career last week.
Only 9 players on Milano have seen action in the first two games, which ties it for the fewest contributors so far, along with EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009