Regular Season Round 5 - November 21, 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
2-2 Regular Season 1-3
2-2 Overall 1-3

Referees

Crew Chief
ANKARALI, RECEP, Turkey
Referee
SUDEK, PETR, Slovakia
Umpire
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.0 Points 75.8
28.3 Rebounds 32.0
6.3 O. Rebounds 13.0
22.0 D. Rebounds 19.0
13.3 Assists 10.0
13.8 Steals 10.0
3.3 Blocks 3.8
10.0 Turnovers 14.8
50.0 % 2PT 44.1 %
35.1 % 3PT 36.1 %
65.7 % FT 67.1 %
81.5 Index 65.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.8 / Kaukenas Points 22.3 / HOLLAND, DELONTE
5.3 / Sato Rebounds 7.3 / HOLLAND, DELONTE
1.3 / Ress OR 4.0 / HOLLAND, DELONTE
4.5 / Sato DR 3.8 / GIOVANNONI, G.
4.3 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 3.8 / CONROY, WILL
3.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Steals 2.0 / GIOVANNONI, G.
1.8 / Lavrinovic, K. Blocks 2.0 / Crosariol
2.3 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Turnovers 2.8 / CONROY, WILL
66.7 % / Ress 2PT 57.9 % / Crosariol
63.6 % / Lavrinovic, K. 3PT 50.0 % / SPENCER, DEWARICK
83.3 % / Kaukenas FT 100.0 % / SPENCER, DEWARICK
16.8 / Lavrinovic, K. Index 20.0 / HOLLAND, DELONTE

THE TAKE

Montepaschi Siena hosts Virtus VidiVici Bologna on Wednesday in a rematch of last season's Italian League finals. The game could be a turning point for both teams in Group A. Montepaschi comes off a poor performance in a 15-point loss at Tau Ceramica last week, in which it dropped to 2-2. However the Italian champion has won its two home games so far by an average of 26.5 points. Meanwhile, Bologna has dropped three in a row since beating Zalgiris in Week 1. The two teams have never met before in European competition, however Montepaschi has dominated their recent meetings in Italy. Montepaschi has win six straight against Bologna, including a sweep in last season's Italian League finals. Moreover, Montepaschi recorded a 78-94 win in Bologna less than two weeks ago as Terrell McIntyre went off for 17 points and 9 assists. Montepaschi presents a well-rounded squad, whose strengths so far have been the play of Ksistof Lavrinovic inside and Rimantas Kaukenas and McIntyre. Accordingly, Montepaschi leads the Euroleague in steals and is among the leaders in fewest turnovers per game. VidiVici's top players thus far have been its trio of swingmen, Delonte Holland, Dewarick Spencer and Alan Anderson. The team's reliance on its perimeter game sees it ranked among the worst two-point shooting teams and the team with the fewest fouls drawn in the competition, but among the best on the offensive glass. Unfortunately for VidiVici, with Kaukenas, Romain Sato and Bootsy Thornton, the hosts may have the depth to match them on the wings. A more important matchup for Bologna is at the point, where rookie Will Conroy, who is still learning his way, will go up against the likes of veterans McIntyre and Vlado Ilievski. Lavrinovic teams with Shaun Stonerook and Ben Eze to form a formidable frontline that will look to have its way against former Siena man Roberto Chiacig as well as Guilherme Giovannoni and defensive presence Andrea Crosariol. If Montepaschi is to remain in the hunt for a spot among the best teams in Group A, it must continue to protect its home floor at all costs. However, VidiVici – which is already tied for last place in the group – cannot afford many more losses if it plans to make a run at the Top 16. A key for VidiVici will be to find a way to neutralize Lavrinovic, while Montepaschi may look to attack Conroy and disrupt the visitors' attack. This game means everything for the two teams involved and it should be an exciting one for fans everywhere.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"Virtus Bologna is a tough opponent. Just ten days ago we played against them on the road in the Italian champioship, and in the first half we suffered a lot, especially on defense. They scored 45 points, collecting many rebounds. So we must be ready to face a very difficult game. It is too early to look at the standings: we have only to think game by game. To reach the Top 16 you can not lose at home."
PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
Virtus VidiVici
"It's an important week for us because we want to keep improving and confirm our progress after winning a key game in the Italian league. We snapped a six-game losing streak, but we don't want to deceive ourselves. Our challenge is to be consisten and every day more solid. We must not collapse in front of the first difficulty. I stopped thinking about what I expect from the upcoming games. I am focused on working during practice and then we'll see what our reaction on the court will be. We know Siena very well and we are aware that they won't underestimate us. We want to make further improvements. I have great consideration of Siena. I don't see any team playing better than them right now. Tau Ceramica played an extraordinary game last week, but I am sure that Siena can do it, too."

Players

KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS
Montepaschi Siena
"In Vitoria, we missed too many easy shots. And in the last five minutes, Tau found the break to close the game up by 15. This is important to understand: that we must keep our concentration high throughout the whole game. We have already played in Bologna and we have won. But this does not mean that it will be the same game. Only playing focused can you win in the Euroleague."
DA ROS, MATTEO
Virtus VidiVici
"We played Siena only 10 days ago and we did half a job, doing very good things in the first half. Then, they improved their play and outscored us. They're in a big race in the Italian League, but I am sure they can go far in the Euroleague too, maybe up to the Final Four. Playing in the Euroleague is a great opportunity for me. It's a way to know each other better and, for me, matching up against players that I had always seen only on TV. In our group, Olympiacos impressed me a lot. They didn't play a great game against us, but they won by 30 anyway. I think Tau Ceramica, CSKA and Montepaschi are on the same level."
Kristof Lavrinovic - Montepaschi Siena Montepaschi Siena used a torrid fourth quarter run to defeat Virtus VidiVici 80-69 Bologna in a battle that was closer than the final score would indicate on Wednesday night. The Italian champions finished the game on a 19-5 run led by Vlado Ilievski to storm back and remain undefeated at home. Montepaschi improved to 3-2 and remain in a tie for third place in Group A. Next up for Montepaschi is a trip to Polish champion Prokom Trefl next week. Meanwhile VidiVici drpped its fourth in a row and fell to 1-4 in the standings, sharing last place with Prokom. Up next for the team is a home contest against Union Olimpija. Ksistof Lavrinovic led Montepaschi with 24 points in 24 minutes – including an impressive 4-for-6 three-point shooting display. Terrell McIntyre also shined with 15 points and 6 assists, including a 6-point attack off an unsportsmanlike foul in the final minute that sealed the game. Rimantas Kaukenas added 14 points and fourth-quarter hero Ilievski had 13. Delonte Holland led VidiVici with 18 points, Dewarick Spencer had 17 and Will Conroy 11 in defeat.

Kaukenas broke the ice with the game's first two baskets before Roberto Chiacig got VidiVici on the board with a basket on the offensive glass. The Bologna big man then tied the game from the line as Montepaschi got cold from outside. Spencer took an early seat after committing his second foul, resulting newcomer Donnie McGrath making his Euroleague debut. McIntyre pulled up for a triple to make it 8-4, but Holland quickly matched him. The game had a nice flow to it, but the same could not be said for their shooting. Holland finally netted a jumper to give the visitors a narrow lead. Luca Garri came in and soon drew a foul from Lavrinovic, which resulted in a free throw, but Lavrinovic drained a three to restore the hosts' lead. McGrath slashed for a score, but Lavrinovic answered from the line. The Montepaschi big man would add another triple before the period ended with the hosts ahead 16-12.

Will Conroy - Virtus VidiViciAlan Anderson got Bologna going in the second period before Bootsy Thornton hit for Siena. McGrath looked sharp with a triple only to see Kaukenas cut the VidiVici defense for a nice layup. Lavrinovic impressed with a twisting layup only to see Spencer's tripe make it 24-23. The tide of the game started to turn as triples from Ilievski and McIntyre combined with a big block by Ben Eze on the other end put Montepaschi up 9. VidiVici kept coming back with Holland hitting from outside and Guilherme Giovannoni working inside. However another Ilievski triple made it 37-29. Conroy scored on a nifty left-handed drive, but Marco Carraretto's three kept Montepaschi in control, 40-33, at halftime.

Conroy showed signs of life for VidiVici, but after Garri failed to convert inside, McIntyre came back with a three. Conroy refused to let his team fall apart and stepped up with a three-pointer and a floater to make it 45-41. Anderson cut into the deficit and then tied it with free throws on successive plays. Thornton stopped the Siena drought with a triple, but Spencer answered him in suit. Garri put Bologna ahead from the line to step up the visitors' challenge. Lavrinovic's free throws were matched by Spencer, and then Anderson hit from downtown and then Spencer made a free throws and a basket in transition to stretch the Bologna lead to 7. Lavrinovic came through with a clutch three to get the hosts within 53-57 heading into the fourth quarter.

Ilievski took control at the start of the fourth quarter, but a Spencer three-point play off the inbounds pass kept the visitors in front. Lavrinovic drew Giovannoni's fourth foul and hit the resulting free throws. Kaukenas then added a bucket in transition and when Ilievski drpped a three-point bomb, the score was tied at 64-64. Ilievski then restored the home side's lead with a basket-plus-foul as VidiVici had cooled down offensively. However mistakes set in for Montepaschi with a pair of turnovers, while Spencer tied the game with an off-balance triple. Holland then slammed home Garri's miss to put Bologna ahead, but Lavrinovic drained one from downtown as the excitement continued. McIntyre tried to add the lead from beyond the arc and even though he missed, a clutch offensive rebound allowed him to set Lavrinovic up inside for a 3-point lead and less than to minutes remaining. Bologna lost its cool and a missd shot led to a Lavrinovic slam in transition. Then Giovannoni committed his fifth foul by pushing a driving McIntyre, resulting in an unsportsmanlike whistle, 4 McIntyre free throws and the ball, which McIntyre turned into a layup to seal the Montepaschi win.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), SUDEK, PETR (SVK), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO)
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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 31:38 15 1/3 3/6 4/4   2 2 6 2 4     2 1 15
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 25:32 13 3/5 2/2 1/1       2 3 1     2 2 15
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 18:32 3 1/5   1/2 2 7 9   2   3     1 13
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 4:36 3 0/1 1/2                   2   -1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 17:00 3 0/2 0/2 3/4 2 3 5   1 2     3 3 2
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 15:49 5 1/2 1/3     4 4     1     1 1 5
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 23:53 24 3/5 4/6 6/6 2 1 3 1 1 1 2   3 5 28
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 30:09 14 6/10 0/3 2/2 3 2 5 1 2   1 1 2 4 17
14 RESS, TOMAS 9:23                              
18 GALLI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 23:28   0/1 0/3     4 4   3 1     3 3 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 80 15/34 11/27 17/19 9 23 32 10 14 10 6 1 18 20 96
44.1% 40.7% 89.5%
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: PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
Virtus VidiVici
# 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 HOLLAND, DELONTE 29:54 18 6/8 2/5   2 3 5 1   2   2 2 3 16
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 27:11 17 3/8 2/4 5/7 2 1 3   3 3   2 3 4 10
8 CONROY, WILL 29:50 11 4/6 1/4   1 1 2 1 1 6   1 1 1 3
9 ANDERSON, ALAN 24:37 9 1/5 1/1 4/4 2 2 4         1 1 2 9
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 16:37           1 1   1       2    
12 GIOVANNONI, GUILHERME 24:42 2 1/2 0/4     10 10       1   5 1 4
14 CHIACIG, ROBERTO 6:31 4 1/2   2/2 1 4 5     1       1 8
16 DI BELLA, FABIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 CANELO, JEAN CARLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LESTINI, FEDERICO 4:48                         1 1  
20 GARRI, LUCA 21:47 3 0/5 0/1 3/6 3 2 5   4 1     1 5 6
21 McGRATH, DONALD 14:03 5 1/1 1/3     3 3 1 1 1     4   3
Team                                
Totals 200:00 69 17/37 7/22 14/19 11 27 38 3 10 14 1 6 20 18 59
45.9% 31.8% 73.7%
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Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We played a good game tonight. I told the players before the game to get ready for a big showdown and this is exactly what happened. Being able to have five players on court who can hold our opponents under the 70-point barrier is not easy. Virtus has improved its offense and one more player would help them ever more, because when it's as if Will Conroy plays all the time, everything is more difficult. As far as this evening, some situations affected our game rhythm and our self-confidence. Our team is a well-built one when it comes to rotations and when we face this situations we can lose our rhythm and struggle. We are still in the Euroleague race and doing well, even when we must try to keep winning games. I am happy tonight because our fans were great and this is very important for us."
PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
Virtus VidiVici
"Montepaschi Siena is an extraordinary team, but we deserve credit tonight for taking them into trouble. We lost the game, but my team has taken a step forwards, improving our offense and ball circulation. We did not manage to be effective in the fourth quarter when they improved their defense. When Montepaschi plays good defense, you are in trouble. Once I said that, some factors conditioned the game. We were unlucky in some situations. Even with that, we took the right step and we hope to keep playing this way. We hope we can learn from this loss. Siena did the right things to win the game, more than us doing wrong things to lose."
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