Playoffs Round 1 - April 01, 2008 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALAESTRA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-2 Top 16 3-3
10-4 Regular Season 6-8
14-6 Overall 9-11

Referees

Crew Chief
KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS, Greece
Referee
HIERREZUELO, DANI, Spain
Umpire
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.2 Points 79.0
27.7 Rebounds 31.5
7.7 O. Rebounds 9.5
20.0 D. Rebounds 22.1
13.0 Assists 12.2
14.7 Steals 9.3
3.2 Blocks 3.6
11.6 Turnovers 14.1
52.3 % 2PT 52.7 %
39.0 % 3PT 36.9 %
73.5 % FT 67.1 %
85.9 Index 80.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.1 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Points 18.6 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
5.0 / STONEROOK, SHAUN Rebounds 9.3 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
1.5 / Eze OR 2.5 / ASIK, OMER
4.3 / STONEROOK, SHAUN DR 6.5 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
4.6 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 4.1 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
2.6 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Steals 1.8 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
1.1 / Eze Blocks 2.2 / ASIK, OMER
2.5 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Turnovers 3.0 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
61.8 % / Eze 2PT 60.3 % / White
58.1 % / Lavrinovic, K. 3PT 47.2 % / BASAK, RASIM
88.5 % / MCINTYRE, TERRELL FT 100.0 % / MRSIC, DAMIR
14.9 / Lavrinovic, K. Index 19.5 / SOLOMON, WILLIE

THE TAKE

Two teams looking to crash the Final Four in Madrid battle in a best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs series starting Tuesday in Siena, Italy, when Montepaschi hosts Fenerbahce Ulker for Game 1. The second game will take place on Thursday in Istanbul. Montepaschi reached the quarterfinals by winning Top 16 Group D, while Fener advanced by finishing second in Group E. The Italian champs are a well-rounded team with an emphasis on tough defense - they have allowed an average of just 70 points per game all season. The Turkish champs are one of the youngest teams in the competition with five key big men aged 21 or younger. Fenerbahce relied on all of those young bodies to survive the Top 16, but now gets back some serious inside help from Euroleague Basketball’s all-time leading rebounder, Mirsad Turkcan, who returns after missing two-and-a-half months due to a virus. The return of Turkcan brings to a head two issues that could be central to the series: rebounding and bench depth. While Montepaschi used a seven-man rotation in the Top 16 with four players averaging more than 31 minutes per game, Fener head coach Bogdan Tanjevic used 11 players for at least 12 minutes per game - and that’s with Turkcan sidelined. Secondly, Turkcan bolsters a strong Fenerbahce rebounding frontline against Montepaschi, which was second to last in that category in both the regular season and Top 16. Accordingly head coach Simone Pianigiani will need his trio of Ksistof Lavrinovic, Shaun Stonerook and Ben Eze to play strong against Turkcan, Omer Asik, Semih Erden and co. in the paint. One of Montepaschi’s biggest strengths is its ability to steal the ball - a league-leading 14.7 per game this season - which will keep Fener’s backcourt of Willie Solomon, Omer Onan and Tarence Kinsay on its toes. The point guard matchup between Montepaschi’s main man Terrell McIntyre and Solomon should provide fireworks as well, though Bootsy Thornton and Romain Sato have been the hosts’ primary scoring threats. Montepaschi has been a near-perfect 9-1 at home in the Euroleague this season, but Fener has proven to be dangerous on the road, with three wins against eventual Top 16 teams. Montepaschi needs to keep playing defense they way it did all season long, as well as getting Sato and Thornton involved as much as possible due to the lack experience of players like James White and Tarence Kinsey, who never reached this far in European club competitions. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce has the perfect player to stop Lavrinovic, none other than Asik, whose timing and rebounding skills only get better as the season goes by. Even with that, the matchup between Solomon and McIntyre may well be the key not only to this game, but to the entire series.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We are proud to be here. We have done very well so far and now we want to go on. Fenerbahce is a tough team with a big name in every role. But this is normal when you get to this point. Those are the Top 8 and the skill is the highest in Europe. Our plan? We must play our game, counting on our plays. Okay, Fenerbahce is very tough so we'll have to work on mismatches. We managed to finish first our Top 16 group and we'll play in front of our fans the first game of the series. We must take an advantage from this becouse Game 1 is probably the key game to reach the Final Four."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"There's no doubt that Montepaschi is the most regular team of the Euroleague this season together with CSKA Moscow. They missed nothing this season as they had fantastic results. They lost some of the games but those were not important. And naturally, they are the favorites of this series for sure. We need something special to do in this series to move forward. We have the ability to do something nice but to do that, we have to work very hard on the court in both games. We can have a chance only if we challenge well, stay strong for the whole game and respond their defensive resistance at the same level."

Players

STONEROOK, SHAUN
Montepaschi Siena
"We are very excited. Nobody in the summer would have bet on us. But we knew from the start to be a good group. This is our secret: we are a team and we play like a team. We miss two or three games to reach the dream of the Final Four and we have already showed to have the skill to make it. Fenerbahce is one of the most talented teams in Euroleague, with young-tall players. So we must take a high intensity on defense ad execute our plays with patience. I hope that our fans will push us to gain the first step to Madrid."
MRSIC, DAMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We are all believing in each other that we can make another surprise, since the last game of the Top 16. This is how we are feeling right now. We knew that our mission was harder than ever but we created our own chance when we moved to the quarterfinals. And for sure, we will not stop digging for the Final Four until the last second. Of course, we have big respect for Montepaschi Siena. They deserve to be in the quarterfinals with their great performance since than the beginning of the season. They are really a perfect example of the team game and have the advantage of having played together for many years. But we have our own advantages and will try our best for our fans."
Ksistof Lavrinovic - Montepaschi Siena Montepaschi Siena got just one step away from returning to the Final Four after a three-year absence by downing Fenerbahce Ulker 73-66 at home in Game 1 of the best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs series on Tuesday night. Montepaschi has a 1-0 lead in the series, that move now to Istanbul, Turkey for Game 2 on Thursday. Montepaschi will advance to the Final Four with one more win in the series and would host do-or-die Game 3 if Fenerbahce stays alive in Abdi Ipecki this week. Ksistof Lavrinovic led the winners with 16 points. Bootsy Thronton added 14, Terrell McIntyre had 12 while Shaun Stonerook grabbed 7 rebounds and collected 8 steals for Montepaschi. Tarence Kinsey and Semih Erden each had 12 points for Fenerbahce while Emir Preldzic and Willie Solomon added 11 apiece for the guests, that led 46-49 late in the third quarter. Marco Carrareto, McIntyre and Thornton struck from downtown in a game-breaking 15-2 run that gave Montepaschi a 61-51 lead. Stonerook, McIntyre and Lavrinovic allowed Montepaschi to keep a slim yet safe lead until the final buzzer.

Both teams started slows, missing shots until Sato's free throw got Montepaschi going. Solomon answered from downtown for a 1-3 Fenerbahce lead. Benjamin Eze fed McIntyre for an easy layup but Montepaschi kept missing open shots early. Even with that, strong defense and a three-pointer by Lavrinovic gave the hosts a 6-3 edge. Lavrinovic kept pacing his team with a driving layup that capped a 7-0 Montepaschi run. Oguz Savas made a free throw but Thronton provided a highlight with a layup coming off the baseline. Preldzic hit foul shots off a Fener timeout but McIntyre fed Romain Sato for a fastbreak layup. Gasper Vidmar shined with a put-back dunk that Thornton topped with a bomb from downtown for a 15-8 Montepaschi lead. Preldzic and Thornton traded dunks before Stonerook slammed, too, in transition for a nine-point Siena lead, 19-10. Preldzic and Solomon sank respective triples but a basket by Thornton and free throws by McIntyre kept Montepaschi ahead, 23-16, after 10 minutes.

Will Solomon - Fenerbahce UlkerErden dunked for Fenerbahce to start the second quarter but Eze matched him with a turnaround jumper. Kinsey sank a running jumper in transition to get Fenerbahce within 25-20. Montepaschi struggled to score now, missing open shots with Sato and Thornton resting on the bench. Vlado Ilievski stepped up with a driving layup but Damir Mrsic answered from downtown and Kinsey added a triple from the same spot to make the hosts call timeout at 27-26. Another three-pointer by Kinsey gave Fener the lead again, 27-29, to cap a 0-9 run. Sato responded with a driving layup but Mrsic struck again from downtown for a 29-32 Fenerbahce edge. Eze took over with a put-back dunk, igniting a 6-0 Montepaschi run that Stonerook capped with a three-pointer. Vidmar kept the guests close with a tip-in at 35-34. Hector Romero provided a highlight with an acrobatic layup and then matched Solomon's free throws with a power basket for a 39-36 Montepaschi edge at the break.

Asik a huge block on McIntyre early in the third quarter but he got revenge with a layup. Vidmar took over with a two-handed dunk to keep Fenerbahce as close as 41-38. Lavrinovic copied him with a wild slam in the other end. Omer Onan scored in penetration but Lavrinovic answered from downtown for a 46-40 Montepaschi lead. Asik sank free throws that Solomon followed with his third three-pointer to keep Fenerbahce in the game, 46-45, midway through the third quarter. Asik shined with a jump hook to make Fener call timeout at 46-47. Montepaschi opted to power the offensive board with Lavrinovic and Stonerook but its shooters were off-target now. Meanwhile, Erden dunked it for a three-point Fener lead at 46-49, after a 0-9 run. Thornton stepped up with free throws while Lavrinovic beat the guests' 2-3 zone defense with a three-pointer for a 52-49 Montepaschi edge. Erden made free throws but Carrareto answered from downtown to give the hosts a four-point lead, 55-51, after 30 minutes.

Shaun Stonerook - Montepaschi SienaMcIntyre fired in a seven-meter bomb right at the start of the fourth quarter, as Solomon and Fenerbahce did not find in answers now. Thornton sank a three-pointer off the dribble that capped a 9-0 run and gave Montepaschi a double-digit lead, 61-51. Erden dunked it again and Fenerbahce improved its defense right when it needed it most. Even with that, Carrareto shined with a reverse layup to keep the hosts way ahead, 63-53. It was do-or-die for Fenerbahce and Kinsey tried to ignit the guests' comeback with free throws. He didn't find much help around, however, while Stonerook stepped up with a critical basket for a 65-55 Montepaschi lead with less than 4 minutes to go. Erden scored in the low post but McIntyre answered from downtown to make it an 11-point game, 68-57. Kinsey sank a jumper and Mrsic added a triple but Fenerbahce ran out of time, as Montepaschi managed to seal the outcome minutes before the final buzzer.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), HIERREZUELO, DANI (ESP), PUKL,SASA (SLO)
Attendance: 6500
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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 BERTI, SIMONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 32:33 12 2/3 2/8 2/2   2 2 4 3 2   1 2 2 11
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 8:10 5 1/1 1/3             1     1 2 3
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 18:31 4 2/5     2 3 5 1 3 4     3 1 4
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 13:51 6 1/1 1/1 1/2   2 2 2 1         1 11
10 SATO, ROMAIN 30:30 5 2/6 0/2 1/2   3 3 1   2     4 4  
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 30:12 14 3/8 2/4 2/3   3 3 4 2 4   1 3 2 9
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 16:59 16 3/4 3/4 1/3 2 2 4   3 3     4 4 16
14 RESS, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 DIENER, DRAKE 4:44     0/2   2   2           1 1  
19 ROMERO, HECTOR 7:30 4 2/3       1 1               4
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 37:00 7 2/2 1/2     8 8 2 8 1 1   4 3 23
Team           1   1   2         1 4
Totals 200:00 73 18/33 10/26 7/12 7 24 31 14 22 17 1 2 22 21 85
54.5% 38.5% 58.3%
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: TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
# 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 WHITE, JAMES 11:09   0/2 0/1             1     1   -5
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 22:11 11 0/3 3/6 2/2   4 4 1   3     4 4 7
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ONAN, OMER 17:11 2 1/2 0/1           2 1     1    
8 BASAK, RASIM 4:10                         1 1  
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 25:27 12 4/6   4/4   7 7 2 2 2 1   4 2 18
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 18:31 11 1/2 3/4     2 2 2 2 2     1 2 14
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 18:57 7 3/4   1/2 5 2 7     6     5 2 3
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 21:04   0/4 0/1     5 5 1 4 1   1 1 2 4
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 24:50 12 2/4 2/3 2/3   1 1   4 2     2 4 13
24 ASIK, OMER 10:22 4 1/2   2/2 1 2 3 1     1     1 9
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 26:08 7 1/4 1/3 2/3 2 6 8 4 2 2     1 4 16
Team                   1 1          
Totals 200:00 66 13/33 9/19 13/16 8 29 37 11 17 21 2 1 21 22 79
39.4% 47.4% 81.3%
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Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"In a series like this, the most important thing was to win. Now we have a 'match-point' in Istanbul. Otherwise we'll fight again in front of our fans next week. It was a very tough game and we knew it would be. My players were strong on defense and that let us shoot with confidence, despite the 24% from behind the arc after 30 minutes. We tried to isolate Solomon and we succeeded. But at halftime, despite good defense, our advantage was small and it worried me. Then we found some good baskets and we took control of the game. But we have done nothing. In Istanbul it will be another fight."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Our shooting percentages were not good tonight. Especially from the paint and that is not normal for us. That's why we lost the game. 21 turnovers are too much, but Siena is the team in Euroleague that averages the most steals. I think Montepaschi deserved to win, but we are ready to fight in Istanbul. I hope my team will be able to play and execute our game plan better. For sure we'll have to avoid some mistakes."
PRELDZIC, EMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We played very well in the first half. In the second half, we played zone defense to scare them. But they handled our zone, scored some three-pointers and managed to take a 10-point lead. They stole 12 balls just in the first half and that's why they are a great team. Anyway, we will try to win the next game in Istanbul in front of our fans. And we will try to come here to have another chance."
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