Top 16 Round 3 - February 11, 2009 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALAESTRA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-1 Top 16 2-0
8-2 Regular Season 7-3
9-3 Overall 9-3

Referees

Crew Chief
KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS, Greece
Referee
ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Umpire
HERCEG, SINISA, Croatia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.6 Points 77.3
30.8 Rebounds 31.3
9.3 O. Rebounds 9.2
21.5 D. Rebounds 22.2
13.7 Assists 15.4
12.3 Steals 6.8
2.4 Blocks 4.2
13.1 Turnovers 11.2
53.6 % 2PT 53.8 %
39.2 % 3PT 45.3 %
79.9 % FT 74.5 %
91.0 Index 92.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.7 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Points 11.8 / LANGDON, TRAJAN
7.3 / Lavrinovic, K. Rebounds 5.4 / Lorbek
2.0 / Lavrinovic, K. OR 2.6 / Lorbek
5.3 / Lavrinovic, K. DR 3.7 / Khryapa
4.7 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 2.7 / Zisis
2.3 / STONEROOK, SHAUN Steals 1.2 / Khryapa
1.1 / Eze Blocks 1.4 / MORRIS, TERENCE
2.3 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Turnovers 1.7 / Khryapa
64.3 % / MCINTYRE, TERRELL 2PT 68.4 % / Khryapa
69.2 % / Carraretto 3PT 66.7 % / Lorbek
88.9 % / MCINTYRE, TERRELL FT 92.3 % / Zisis
18.6 / Lavrinovic, K. Index 13.9 / Lorbek

THE TAKE

All eyes will be on Siena, Italy, on Wednesday when two of the top three teams from the 2008 season square off. Italian champion Montepaschi Siena, which placed third in the Euroleague last season hosts reigning Euroleague CSKA Moscow in a game that will have major implications on the outcome of Top 16 Group H. Montpeaschi started the Top 16 with a loss at Cibona, but bounced back by ripping Fenerbahce Ulker last week behind 24 points and 6 assists from All-Euroleague playmaker Terrell McIntyre. CSKA has been in top form in the Top 16 so far with a pair of blowout wins in which it has limited its opponents to an average of 54.5 points per game. The two teams were among the early season favorites to return to the Final Four and this battle could be a preview of an even bigger clash down the road. Both teams are known for their clever and efficient play, which promises to make this a game of the highest level. A number of key matchups stand out, including seeing McIntyre against CSKA veteran J.R. Holden. Big men Ksistof Lavrinovic of Montepaschi and Terence Morris of CSKA – both All-Euroleague picks last season – also bring mouth-watering skills to the floor, while Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas and Trajan Langdon star on the CSKA wings, where they’ll face Romain Sato and Henry Domercant. Despite the star power of these teams, the keys could actually be found with the role players. Veteran Arriel McDonald, who started the season in Moscow with CSKA rival Dynamo, and Rimas Kaukenas are Montepaschi’s main backcourt weapons off the bench. Nikos Zisis and Zoran Planinic play those same roles for CSKA. Blue-collar center Ben Eze starts for the hosts and sets the tone inside, where he’ll need to contain Erazem Lorbek. And each captain, power forwards Shaun Stonerook of Siena and Matjaz Smodis of Moscow, will use their skills and intelligence to better their respective teams. Montepaschi brings a 12-game home-court winning streak into the game – but its last home loss was against the same CSKA, a 66-69 decision in December 2007 when Siskauskas netted 18. That shows two things: That Montepaschi is dominant at home and that CSKA can win anywhere. The pressure will be high as both teams seek victory in a game that could set the tone for the rest of the season.

GAME NOTES

Montepaschi Siena
  • Montepaschi Siena has won 12 straight and 16 of its last 17 Euroleague home games dating back to the start of last season. Its last home loss came in December 2007 against its next opponent, CSKA Moscow.
  • All-Euroleague playmaker Terrell McIntyre has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight appearances.
  • Montepaschi finished the regular season as the Euroleague leader in steals with 12.4 per game this season and had three players in the competition’s top 10 in that category: McIntyre was tied for first with 2.2 steals per game, Shaun Stonerook was fifth with 2.1 and Romain Sato eighth at 1.9 per game.
  • Guard Henry Domercant needs just 12 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.
CSKA Moscow
  • Center Erazem Lorbek is 1 steal away from reaching 100 for his Euroleague career.
  • Guard Trajan Langdon was teammates with Montepaschi big man Ksistof Lavrinovic and point guard Arriel McDonald during the 2004-05 season at Dynamo Moscow.
  • Big man Terence Morris recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds against Montepaschi Siena in the Final Four semifinals in Madrid last season with Maccabi.
  • Big man Erazem Lorbek was a teammate of Montepaschi center Tomas Ress during the 2005-06 season at Fortitudo Bologna.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"It will be the most difficult game of the season. We hope to stay in the match till the end, which is not easy with the reigning champs of CSKA. It doesn't happen often. It could be a great game if we are able to stay with them until the end by trying to play at our best.It could be an exrtraordinary night for all Italian basketball. We hope also to have a decisive push from our fans as we try to reach an amazing achievement."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"Siena is one of the biggest favorites to win the Euroleague this year. Their strength is obvious – you should just look at the results in the Italian league. So to win this game is very important for both teams. And the key will be defense and ball movement."

Players

MCDONALD, ARRIEL
Montepaschi Siena
"CSKA is a great team, so for this reason we have to go on the court very quiet, knowing we can beat them playing focused and using at our best our main tools like the transition game and the pick-and-roll. McIntyre is a master at these parts of the game, and we also have to involve our big men, Stonerook, Lavrinovic and Eze. They are fast and play well in those situations. Our coach prepared this challenge well, like all the others, not in a special way. A game like this against the reigning champs doesn't need a particular preparation, because everybody has extra motivations to face them. We have the tools for doing it and take a pivotal success for our season."
MORRIS, TERENCE
CSKA Moscow
"This game is not very different from other Top 16 games. The only thing is that it is on the road. If we win this game, we will have won three in a row and that would be good, but… We lost to Siena in the preseason. Though it was in the preparation period, we know that they play very good at home. If we execute well, if we will limit Terrell McIntyre from the paint, limit his three-point shots and try to make the other guys to beat us, we will have a good chance to win."
 Terrell McIntyre - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi Siena sent a message that echoed all around the Euroleague by downing defending champion CSKA Moscow 74-56 at home in Group H on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied for first place in Group H with 2-1 records after Montepaschi registered its 13th consecutive Euroleague home win – and its 31st straight triumph in Siena also counting Italian League games – since it last loss came against CSKA on December 19, 2007. Montepaschi handed CSKA its worst loss in the Euroleague this decade. CSKA had not registered an 18-point loss since going down 83-63 on the road at PAOK on October 6, 1999. Terrell McIntyre led the winners with 21 points. Rimantas Kaukenas added 18 and Benjamin Eze had 15 for Montepaschi. Terence Morris had 10 points for CSKA, but nobody else scored in double digits for the guests. Montepaschi overcame a slow start as McIntyre, Eze and Shaun Stonerook gave the hosts a 24-16 margin. CSKA got within 27-22 at halftime. McIntyre stayed an unstoppable and got some help from Eze and Morris Finley to break the game open, 53-37, after 30 minutes. CSKA did not recover as the Montepaschi fans celebrated a well-deserved and pivotal home win.

Erazem Lorbek - CSKA MoscowKhryapa got CSKA going with an easy layup as the visitors powered the offensive boards early in the game. Montepaschi was off-target in the opening two minutes, missing three times from downtown. Meanwhile, a put-back layup by Morris gave CSKA a 0-4 margin. The hosts remained scoreless for almost four minutes until McIntyre sank a stop-and-pop jumper. Trajan Langdon nailed a smooth step-back shot, as CSKA kept excelling in defense, forcing Montepaschi to take tough shots in each and every possession. A wild reverse dunk by an outstanding Khryapa caused Montepaschi to call timeout at 2-8. McIntyre struck from downtown, as Montepaschi managed to lock the defensive boards with Stonerook on court. Matjaz Smodis dunked it, as Montepaschi did not find answers on offense. Rimas Kaukenas stepped up with free throws and McIntyre added a driving layup to bring the hosts back to life, 9-10. Kaukenas shined with a driving basket to give Montepaschi its first lead, 11-10, after 10 minutes.

Kaukenas kept pacing Montepaschi with a big basket right at the start of the second quarter that capped an 8-0 run. Zoran Planinic stepped up with a driving layup, but Romain Sato answered from downtown for a 16-12 Montepaschi lead. Montepaschi dominated the game in defense, while McIntyre sank free throws and fed Ben Eze for an outstanding alley-oop dunk to cause the guests to call timeout at 20-12. J.R. Holden scored in transition, but Kaukenas answered with a long jumper. Erazem Lorbek took over with a power layup, but foul shots by Stonerook kept Montepaschi way ahead, 24-16. Lorbek shined with a big basket in the low post that Eze erased with a four-meter jumper. Planinic tried to bring CSKA back to life with a three-point play, but he did not find much help around. Both teams struggled to score in the final two minutes of the period, as Eze and Morris traded free throws to fix the halftime score at 27-22.

Shaun Stonerook - Montepaschi SienaRomain Sato buried an off-balance jumper immediately after the break before Kaukenas added a driving layup to make it a 9-point game. Khryapa tried to change things with a driving basket, but Montepaschi improved its defense through McIntyre. Darjus Lavrinovic took over with a put-back turnaround jumper and McIntyre sank a three-pointer off the dribble to break the game open, 36-24. Smodis shined with a left-handed layup that Morris followed with a reverse basket to bring CSKA within single digits. Siskauskas capped a 0-6 CSKA run with free throws, but Eze scored down low to keep his team ahead 38-30. McIntyre fired in a six-meter jumper off the dribble and added free throws to restore a 42-30 margin. Holden nailed a triple and soon added free throws, but a big triple by Finley kept the hosts way ahead, 47-35. Domercant scored in penetration but Morris found space for an uncontested dunk. Free throws by Eze and a fast break layup by Finley boosted the hosts' lead to 53-37 after 30 minutes.

CSKA needed a quick comeback to return to the game, but Montepaschi stayed simply unstoppable in defense. Meanwhile, Eze sank a jumper for a 55-37 margin. Morris tried to change things with a layup-plus-foul, but Eze shined again with a tip-in to seal the outcome, 57-40, with eight minutes to go. Both teams were already starting to fight for points differential, a critical issue to qualify to the playoffs and even to win this Top 16 group. Lorbek scored inside, as Montepaschi tried to slow down the game tempo without finding good shots now. Kaukenas got the crowd involved with a power layup that Eze followed with a put-back basket. Kaukenas scored again in penetration to make it 63-42. Langdon nailed a three-pointer and even though CSKA kept trying, everything was said and done already. Montepaschi rejoined the race to win Group H while CSKA must improve right away, as both teams meet again in Moscow on February 25.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO)
Attendance: 6238
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CSKA Moscow10121519
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CSKA Moscow10223756
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# 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 DOMERCANT, HENRY 20:55 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 1   2     2 3 1
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 30:45 21 3/4 3/4 6/6 1 1 2 1 1 5     1 6 23
7 FINLEY, MORRIS 5:39 5 1/1 1/2           1         1 6
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 27:43 15 6/6   3/4 2 1 3   3 4 1   2 2 17
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 6:13   0/1       2 2               1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 30:38 5 1/4 1/3   3 3 6 1 3 1   1 4 2 6
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 24:52 4 1/3 0/4 2/2 2 6 8   4 1     3 1 7
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 22:14 18 6/8 0/2 6/7 1   1 2   1   1 3 5 16
14 RESS, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 MCDONALD, ARRIEL 3:36   0/1       1 1     1     1   -2
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 27:25 4   0/1 4/8 1 7 8 2 1 3     4 5 8
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 74 19/30 5/17 21/27 11 22 33 7 13 20 1 2 20 25 82
63.3% 29.4% 77.8%
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: MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
# 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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 23:04 4 2/2 0/1     2 2 1 2 2     4 1 3
7 KEYRU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 15:39 4 2/4 0/1     2 2     2     2 1  
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 34:12 2 0/3 0/3 2/2 1 2 3   4 1     1 6 7
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 29:09 7 1/4 1/2 2/2   1 1 2 1 3     2 1 3
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 15:52 8 3/6 0/1 2/2   1 1   1 2     2 3 5
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 16:26 5 1/3 1/1   1 1 2 2 2 3     5   1
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 25:33 7 3/4 0/1 1/2   3 3   1 4 2   5 1 2
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 17:09 9 2/5 0/1 5/5   1 1   1       4 4 7
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 22:56 10 4/7   2/5 6 2 8 1 2     1 1 3 16
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 56 18/38 2/11 14/18 8 15 23 6 14 18 2 1 26 20 43
47.4% 18.2% 77.8%
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Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"It was a beautiful game. I am very happy because we played great. We had great continuity throughout the 40 minutes, from the beginning, when we took good shots but did not score on them. I was already satisfied with variety of things we were doing, then in the second half we continued step by step to make our progress very carefully. It has been another great night of basketball and I am very happy for the general public, who today came to support us and witnessed another beautiful evening of basketball."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to Siena, which has played an exceptional game and it was superior from all points of view. We were outplayed technically, mentally and physically. That is the saddest aspect of the loss. We were like two times slower than our opponents. Now, we go back home with the feeling that we are not at the level to beat the opponent. And I think that is the first time for me in CSKA. We should work to restore our togetherness, our confidence."

Players

EZE, BENJAMIN
Montepaschi Siena
"I am very happy, this was an important game for us. They are a great team but this is our home court and we must win every game in here. I can do better than what you saw tonight. My personal goal is to go one step higher. Defense is always one of our strengths, while we have to follow our systems in offense. We have not done anything exceptional. We now go to Moscow with the goal to do well. We know that it will be a very difficult game but we want to win."
SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
CSKA Moscow
"We did not expect this kind of game even when we were well-prepared for it. Montepaschi had a great game while we have not been able to find our rhythm in offense. We have not played a bad game in defense, the real problem was that we did not score a lot. We must now beat Montepaschi at home to stay first in this Top 16 group. It is not clear yet which two teams will make it to the playoffs."
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