2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 17, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BROSE ARENA

Brose Baskets Bamberg cruises past Sassari

Brose Baskets Bamberg completed the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season in fine fashion with an 86-54 victory at home over Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Nikos Zisis tallied 16 points with Daniel Theis and Janis Strelnieks both scored for 12 points for Bamberg, which snapped a two-game losing streak to finish with a 6-4 record in Group D. Lucca Staiger added 10 points as all 11 Bamberg players who played scored. Sassari got 14 points from Marquez Haynes, but it was not enough for the team’s first victory. Sassari finished at 0-10 in the group - the first time a Euroleague team failed to win a regular season game since Cibona Zagreb went 0-10 during the 2010-11 season.

First quarter: Sassari held scoreless over final 2:45

Bamberg had already secured its spot in the Top 16 and Coach Andrea Trinchieri made four changes to his starting line-up with Brad Wanamaker the only returnee alongside Strelnieks, Patrick Heckmann, Theis and Leon Radosevic in favor of Zisis, Darius Miller, Elias Harris and Nicolo Melli. Sassari coach Marco Calvani meanwhile swapped two players in his first five with Giacomo Devecchi and Brian Sacchetti starting for David Logan and Jarvis Varnado alongside Haynes, Joe Alexander and Christian Eyenga. Radosevic started the scoring for Bamberg by putting back a miss and Strelnieks’s lay-up made it 4-0. Devecchi’s three was Sassari’s first score. Wanamaker followed with a jumper and Theis knocked down a three-pointer as the lead grew to 9-3. Eyenga stole the ball from Wanamaker and Alexander hit a layup before a Haynes jumper and a Devecchi three-pointer gave Sassari its first lead, 9-10. Theis answered with a triple from the right corner, but Matteo Formenti's jumper knotted the game at 12-12 and Alexander’s jumper in the lane put Sassari back ahead 12-14, which prompted Trinchieri to call timeout. Bamberg came out of the break with the answers defensively as Sassari was held scoreless over the final 2:45 minutes of the quarter. Zisis had a basket, an assist and 2 free throws before Miller added free throws as Bamberg went up 20-14 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Bamberg use three-pointers to pull-away

Rok Stipcevic got Sassari going right away in the quarter with a three-pointer from the right corner and Yassin Idbihi scored first for Bamberg with a reverse layup. Devecchi nailed a triple from the right corner to get the guests to within 22-20. But Idbihi’s hook shot was followed by back-to-back threes from Staiger and Strelnieks for the first double-digit lead, 30-20, and a Sassari time out. Eyenga finally got on the scoreboard and then hit a triple from the left wing before a Haynes layup cut the deficit to 32-27. Bamberg was not fazed and Heckmann drained a three-pointer from the left wing, Theis hit a tough layup and Miller knocked down a baseline jumper to build a 41-28 advantage. Stipcevic ended the run with a three from the left wing and it was 41-33 after Alexander free throws. But Zisis and Staiger both hit three-pointers in the final 38 seconds of the second quarter for a 49-33 Bamberg lead at intermission.

Third quarter: Sassari comes alive with 3-14 run

Zisis started the second half with a layup and Radosevic’s put-back had Bamberg ahead by 20 points for the first time, 53-33. Sassari could not find the bottom of the basket in the third quarter and missed its first 7 shots after the break, while Zisis pushed the lead to 57-33 with a three-pointer. Haynes finally got Sassari on the board in the quarter with a three-pointer with 5:34 minutes left. Eyenga and Sacchetti combined for 3 free throws to cut the gap to 57-39. Eyenga’s driving lay-up made it 58-41 and Sassari was within 60-47 after three-pointers from Haynes and Stipcevic. Strelnieks ended the 3-14 Sassari run with 2 free throws and Aleksej Nikolic knocked down a three-pointer to get the margin to 65-47. Strelnieks added 2 more free throws as Bamberg once again led by 20 points, 67-47.

Fourth quarter: Bamberg never slows down

Radosevic opened the quarter with a three-point play with Haynes scoring at the other end to make it 70-49. Zisis scored 4 straight points as the lead hit 25 points for the first time. Haynes answered with a tough jumper with the shot clock running down, but Bamberg kept up the pressure with Miller scoring outside and Theis hitting inside to increase the lead to 78-51 with five minutes left to play. Alexander split free throws for the guests, but Bamberg remained relentless with the next 6 points to increase the advantage to 84-52 with two minutes to play as the local supporters cheered on.

Nikos Zisis - Brose Baskets Bamberg - EB15
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL)
Attendance: 6800
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Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari1419147
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Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari14334754
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 14:47 16 4/6 2/2 2/2   3 3 5 1 2       2 23
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 14:03 3 0/1 1/2           1     1 2 1  
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 18:30 10 2/3 2/4   2 3 5 3             15
10 THEIS, DANIEL 28:21 12 3/4 2/3 0/1   6 6 4 1 2   1 2 2 17
11 WANAMAKER, BRAD 22:31 5 2/4 0/1 1/2   1 1 3 1 1     3 1 3
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 17:38 12 2/3 1/3 5/5   1 1 1 1       1 3 14
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 4:27 2 1/2 0/1     1 1             1 2
21 MILLER, DARIUS 24:09 8 3/4 0/1 2/2   2 2 1 1 2     2 1 7
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 21:42 7 1/1 1/2 2/2   3 3 2   1     4 1 7
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 14:29 4 2/6     1   1     1     3   -3
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 19:23 7 3/5   1/3 5 4 9 1   1     2 3 13
Team           1 6 7               7
Totals 200:00 86 23/39 9/19 13/17 9 30 39 20 6 10 0 2 19 15 105
        59% 47.4% 76.5%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
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
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 28:31 14 4/6 2/5   1 1 2 3   2     1 4 15
5 FORMENTI, MATTEO 15:31 2 1/1       1 1 1   1     2 1 2
7 PELLEGRINO, FRANCESCO 15:21   0/1     1 2 3           3 1  
8 DEVECCHI, GIACOMO 18:57 9 0/2 3/3     1 1 1   1       1 9
9 ALEXANDER, JOE 26:27 8 2/10 0/1 4/6 1   1 1   2 1   3 3 -2
10 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO 19:04   0/1 0/2         2         1 2  
11 MARCONATO, DENIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 23:27 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 2 5 7 1 1       3 3 8
24 STIPCEVIC, ROK 23:50 9 0/2 3/8     1 1 2   2     2 1 2
31 EYENGA, CHRISTIAN 28:52 9 2/5 1/3 2/2   7 7 2 1   1   1 3 17
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 54 10/31 9/23 7/10 5 19 24 13 2 9 2 0 16 19 51
        32.3% 39.1% 70%
Head coach: CALVANI, MARCO

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"All my thoughts go to Elias [Harris, who was injured in the first half]. I cannot focus on anything else. We tried to avoid these things. But things happen. Hopefully he won’t be out very long. About the game, I’m happy that I was able to rotate the whole team. Today the players that usually play less were ready and focused. They played very good. Staiger was excellent because he put together shooting and passing. Also I’m very happy for Nikolic, because he looks like a player. He’s still very young. You put him on the court and he looks like a player. I don’t know how good he will be, but for sure he’ll be a basketball player. "
CALVANI, MARCO
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"We tried to compete in this game against Bamberg. We played tough in the first and third quarters. In the second and fourth quarters we didn’t have the energy. "

Players

RADOSEVIC, LEON
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"I cannot say it was an easy game. It was a tough game, no matter what the score says. It’s hard to play games like this. We want to win every game at home, but the players need to be very focused. These kinds of games are very tricky to play. "
EYENGA, CHRISTIAN
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"They came out really strong and focused. They did everything the coach asked them to do. We came out a little bit soft. Unfortunately we were kind of lazy and not focused and you saw what happened. This is a good team; if you make a lot of mistakes they are going to take advantage of them. "