2007-08Regular SeasonRound 5
November 21, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAESTRA
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
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), SUDEK, PETR (SVK), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO)
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Montepaschi Siena16241327
Virtus VidiVici12212412
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Montepaschi Siena16405380
Virtus VidiVici12335769
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
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%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
Virtus VidiVici
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
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, DONNIE 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%
Head coach: PILLASTRINI, STEFANO

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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