Regular Season Round 9 - December 19, 2007 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALAESTRA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
6-2 Regular Season 7-1
6-2 Overall 7-1

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Umpire
JERSAN, ANDREJ, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.5 Points 82.9
29.3 Rebounds 29.9
8.1 O. Rebounds 7.1
21.1 D. Rebounds 22.8
12.0 Assists 14.5
13.0 Steals 6.1
3.8 Blocks 2.6
11.1 Turnovers 8.4
50.9 % 2PT 54.7 %
37.2 % 3PT 43.0 %
76.0 % FT 76.7 %
86.4 Index 95.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.8 / Kaukenas Points 12.6 / Andersen
5.4 / STONEROOK, SHAUN Rebounds 5.6 / Andersen
1.5 / Sato OR 1.8 / Goree
4.4 / STONEROOK, SHAUN DR 4.4 / Andersen
4.1 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 3.4 / HOLDEN, J.R.
2.4 / STONEROOK, SHAUN Steals 1.1 / SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
1.6 / Lavrinovic, K. Blocks 1.4 / Goree
2.5 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Turnovers 1.5 / Papaloukas
66.7 % / Ress 2PT 70.0 % / Savrasenko
56.5 % / Lavrinovic, K. 3PT 65.0 % / Andersen
90.0 % / Kaukenas FT 91.7 % / LANGDON, TRAJAN
16.9 / Lavrinovic, K. Index 15.6 / Andersen

THE TAKE

The two giants of Group A square off with first place at stake when Montepaschi hosts CSKA Moscow on Wednesday in Siena, Italy. The Italian champion rides a four-game winning streak into the contest, while CSKA, despite battling numerous injuries, has been victorious in five in a row. The Russian champs held on for a hard-fought 74-70 victory in Moscow when these teams met earlier this season, but it will be without two of its starters from that contest, as both Matjaz Smodis and Aleksey Savrasenko are out with injuries. Smodis led CSKA in that game with 16 points and 7 rebounds. On the other hand, Euroleague MVP Theodoros Papaloukas returned from an ankle injury last week and David Andersen, Marcus Goree and a battery of young prospects have done a fine job of making up for the two starters in the CSKA lineup. Meanwhile Montepaschi’s brand of strong defense and team basketball has seen head coach Simone Pianigiani’s squad remain unbeaten thus far at home, with the likes of point guard Terrell McIntyre, Rimantas Kaukenas and Ksistof Lavrinovic thee team’s top performers thus far. The hosts technically-sound basketball style sets up several interesting head-to-head matchups in this contest. In the paint, Lavrinovic and Andersen are among the only players in Europe with the needed skill set to guard the other. Both players are strong, quick and equally comfortable in the low post or shooting from outside. At point guard, McIntyre and CSKA’s J.R. Holden are savvy floor leaders that organize their teams on both ends of the floor. On the wings, Montepaschi has a complete package between Kaukenas’s scoring, Romain Sato’s athleticism and defense and Bootsy Thornton’s experience and shooting, which will aim to take down sharp-shooting Trajan Langdon and Ramunas Siskauskas. Moreover, the fact that both teams bring some of their prime weapons off the bench – Papaloukas for CSKA and Lavrinovic for Siena – shows that the coaches are prepared to win this game over the long haul. The key to victory may wind up being the play of the team’s inside men. If Andersen or Goree wind up in foul trouble, CSKA will need to turn to the likes of Andrey Vorontsevich or Antoly Kashirov, while Montepaschi needs its other inside performers, Shaun Stonerook and Ben Eze, to carry their weight as well. The game has all the ingredients of a thriller in the making, where no team can truly be considered the favorite, but the viewers are guaranteed a winning experience.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
“We are all excited. It will be a special game for us. We are second behind CSKA, which is considered the best team in Europe. Their execution is almost perfect and the numbers say that Moscow averages only 5 turnovers. So we must play focused and with big energy. It will be a tough game but we are proud to be here and ready to fight. This time the pressure is not on our shoulders. I don't know if this is an advantage but we will be playing with great confidence.”
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"CSKA and Siena played a good game together the first time we met, in Moscow, during the first leg of the reuglar season. Both teams now find themselves at the top of Group A, so this should be another exciting game between them on Wednesday. We will have Theodoros Papaloukas with us again, but of course Alexey Savrasenko and Matjaz Smodis remain out of the roster due to their injuries."

Players

Ramunas Siskauskas - CSKA Moscow Disregarding both injuries and a double-digit second-half deficit, CSKA Moscow rallied on the court of its closest challenger, Montepaschi Siena, to take a 66-69 victory and preserve first place in Group A on Wednesday. CSKA improved to 8-1, tying the best record of the regular season at the end-of-year break, while Montepaschi stays in second place at 6-3. Ramunas Siskauskas was the hero for CSKA, which played again without starters Matjaz Smodis and Alexey Savrasenko. Siskauskas piled up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks, including one of a game-tying three-point attempt on the buzzer by Siena. David Andersen followed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners, while Marcus Goree was right behind him with 12 and 9, respectively. Terrell McIntyre was Siena's sole double-digit scorer, with 13 points. Siena had controlled the game on either side of halftime and led by a high of 52-39 midway through the third quarter, but managed only 9 points in the final one as CSKA's defense proved decisive.

Siskauskas and defense gave CSKA quick early control. He challenged Eze at the rim for a three-point play, stole and went fullcourt for a layup, then posted up an 0-7 start that forced a Siena timeout after just 90 seconds. McIntyre revived the hosts then with a straight-up triple and Bootsy Thornton added 4 points to make it 7-9. Siskauskas reappeared with a layup and fed Andersen for a triple to make it 9-14, but McIntyre matched from the arc. Siskauskas went over 10 points with a jumper to beat the shot clock as CSKA's lead climbed to 12-17. Siena came fully awake, however, finding Eze inside for 5 straight points before Kaukenas drove hard for his team's first lead, 19-17. Langdon tied for CSKA from the lane, Kaukenas drove strong again to put Siena back in front, but a tip-in before the buzzer by Andrey Vorontsevich meant a 21-21 tie after 10 minutes.

Benjamin Eze - Montepaschi SienaTo open the second quarter, Ksystof Larvnivoc and Andersen exchanged baskets in the paint before the lead changed back to Siena on Vlado Ilievski's stop-and-pop triple at 26-25. His jumper from the lane and one from the baseline by Eze gave the hosts their biggest lead yet, 30-25. CKSA could only get to the line then, while Ilievski scored again in the paint downed free throws to make it 34-26. J. R. Holden righted CSKA ship with a stand-alone triple, but after Tomas Ress and Thornton hit mid-range jumpers for Siena, Kaukenas hit a free throw and Lavrinovic tipped in the next one for a huge 41-29 advantage. Lavrinovic reappeared in the final minute to score falling down and preserve a double-digit Siena advantage, 43-33, at the break.

Stonerook kept Siena thriving with a long triple to open the second half, to which Sato soon added a jumper off an offensive rebound to make it 48-34. Siskauskas scored a triple to let CSKA breath again, but Sato stole and hit free throws for a 50-37 score. Andersen scored CSKA's first two-pointer in more than 10 minutes from the baseline, but Kaukenas penetrated for his own seconds later. Goree got loose inside for a tip-in and free throws that came with an offensive rebound, lowering the difference to single digits, 52-43. Andersen kept CSKA going with another jumper, and Siena watched Lavrinovic limp off the floor before Holden struck from downtown for a sudden 52-48 difference. Defenses held forth for awhile until McIntyre's triple all alone was answered with a short jumper by Andersen. Sato and Nikos Zisis traded baskets before Vorontsevich again stepped up with a huge triple that left a 57-56 score after 30 minutes.

Marcus Goree - CSKA MoscowUnexpectedly, Goree set up in the corner to complete CSKA's comeback with a triple to start the last quarter and soon added an inside bank shot to make it 57-61. After a quick timeout, Siena was saved by Thornton's desperation three-pointer off the glass to beat the shot clock at 60-61. Points were hard to come by on both sides now, but as the clock passed under 5 minutes, Holden got off a fall-away three-pointer that went in. He tried another that bounced out, but Goree put it back, and CSKA was clearly in charge now, up 60-66 with 3:20 to play. A minute later, Stonerook stopped Siena's bleeding with a swish from the corner, making it 63-66, and after another minute, Sato copied him from the opposite side for a tie. Every touch of the ball was crucial now, and CSKA ended up getting Siskauskas open with 3.5 seconds left for a triple. He was fouled by Sato and made all 3 free throws for a 66-69 lead. An exchange of turnovers left Montepaschi with the ball and 1.8 seconds left, and when Sato lifted up a three-point try, Siskauskas lifted higher and blocked it, sealing first place for CSKA at the holiday break.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO)
Attendance: 6500
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Montepaschi Siena2122149
CSKA Moscow21122313
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Montepaschi Siena21435766
CSKA Moscow21335669
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 28:30 13 2/4 3/8   2 1 3 1 2 2     1 1 10
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 18:41 7 2/3 1/4     2 2 3           1 9
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 22:43 7 3/7   1/1 3 3 6   2 3 2   4 1 7
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SATO, ROMAIN 25:43 7 1/1 1/2 2/2   5 5   2 2   1 4 3 9
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 18:23 9 2/3 1/2 2/2   1 1     1     2 1 6
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 14:21 6 3/3 0/1   2 1 3   1 1     2   6
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 28:45 9 3/4 0/3 3/4       4 2 2   1 4 3 6
14 RESS, TOMAS 8:48 2 1/2 0/1     2 2       1   1   2
18 COURNOOH, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 34:06 6 0/3 2/6   1 7 8 1 3 1     3 2 9
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 66 17/30 8/27 8/9 8 22 30 9 15 12 3 2 21 12 67
56.7% 29.6% 88.9%
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 7:09 2 0/1   2/2   1 1     3     1 2  
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 20:39 3 1/3   1/2 1 1 2 1         3 3 3
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 30:14 18 5/8 1/3 5/6 1 4 5 1 3   2   2 7 28
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 32:53 9 0/1 3/7     5 5 2 2 4   1 1   7
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 33:40 15 5/8 1/2 2/2 3 5 8 1 3 5       2 20
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 12:20 5 1/1 1/1   2 2 4   1 1     1   8
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 31:56 5 2/5 0/6 1/2   2 2 1 2     1 3 2 -2
22 GOREE, MARCUS 31:09 12 3/7 1/2 3/6 4 5 9 1 1     1 1 5 18
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 69 17/34 7/21 14/20 13 26 39 7 12 14 2 3 12 21 84
50% 33.3% 70%
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Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"The injury to Lavrinovic affected us and at the end of the third quarter, we lost our rhythm. And CSKA punished us. I must say that then in the last quarter, a number of times we has opportunities to swing the game in our favor, but did not take advantage. However my players gave their all. We must look back at this evening with the conviction to get better. Our defense played well, but on the attack we have had some difficulty."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a tough game in a tough place. We started the game well, but after several mistakes got depressed and started to play the kind of game we did not show this year. We let the rival score 82 percent of the two-pointers and we made 7 turnovers. At halftime, I told my players that even if we lose the game, we should do it playing our game. After the break, the team came up feeling the responsibility. We tried to avoid penetration and we were very patient."
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