2010-11Last 16Round 6
March 01, 2011 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PALAVERDE
Devin Smith - Benetton Bwin (photo baloncestosevilla)Benetton Bwin became the Last 16 Group L champion by thrashing Cajasol Sevilla 84-68 in Treviso, Italy on Tuesday. Both teams tied atop this group's standings with a 5-1 record, but Benetton finished first with its 16-point win tonight, as Cajasol had preciously downed the Italian powerhouse 66-55 in Seville, Spain earlier on in this phase. As such, Benetton will have the home court advantage in its two-way Quarterfinals series against BG Goettingen while Cajasol faces Last 16 Group J champion Budivelnik. Devin Smith paced the winners with 20 points. Massimo Bulleri and Donatas Motiejunas each added 12 while Brian Skinner and Hrvoje Peric had 10 apiece for Benetton. Skinner addeed 17 rebounds for a double-double. Paul Davis led Cajasol with 20 points. Louis Bullock added 17 while Txemi Urtasun had 12 for the guests, that led 18-20 late in the first quarter. A 20-0 run allowed Benetton to get the lead for good, 38-20. Cajasol managed to get within 43-35 soon after the break but Benetton boosted its margin to 63-45 early in the fourth quarter and cruised to a well-deserved, decisive home win.

Motiejunas got Benetton going with a tip-in and Greg Brunner added a layup for a 4-2 Benetton lead. Motiejunas scored again but a jumper by Bullock and a dunk off a steal by Tariq Kirksay tied it at 6-6. Brunner split free throws and traded baskets with Kirksay to give his team a 9-8 edge. Cajasol kept running its offense through an unstoppable Davis but a three-pointer by Bulleri provided another lead change, 14-13. Davis and Smith exchanged baskets but a jumper by Earl Calloway and a triple by Urtasun gave Cajasol a 18-20 edge. Jakub Wojciechowski took over with a dunk, Bulleri sank a jumper and an easy basket by Skinner gave Benetton a 24-20 lead after 10 minutes. Cajasol kept struggling to score early in the second quarter and a layup by Motiejunas made the guests call timeout at 28-20. Smith shined with a fast break basket and free throws by Motiejunas allowed Benetton to reach its goal, 32-20. Cajasol had been scoreless for more than 9 minutes and free throws by Bulleri capped a mamooth 20-0 run for a 38-20 score. Davis finally found the way to the basket, Tomas Satoransky added an off-balance basket and free throws by Bullock gave Cajasol some fresh air, 38-26. Foul shots by Urtasun and a buzzer-beating triple by Bullock got the guests within 41-31 at halftime.

Bullock made free throws and soon added a jumper to give Cajasol some hope, 43-35, right after the break. Brunner kept pacing Benetton with a three-point play and Motejiunas added a jumper, as the guests could not find the way to the basket. Alessandro Gentile scored off a steal to make it a 13-point game, 51-37. Bullock tried to change things with a jumper but layup by Peric and free throws by Motiejunas kept Benetton way ahead, 55-39. Mindaugas Katelynas and Calloway made free throws but a dunk by Skinner and a layup by Smith allowed Benetton to keep a 59-43 margin after 30 minutes. Both teams now fought for points differential, as Cajasol could afford an 11-point loss and still win the group. Katelynas made free throws but a layup by Smith and a jumper by Skinner boosted the hosts' lead to 63-45. Paul Davis dunked it and Bullock scored again but they didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Smith kept Benetton out of trouble, 67-49, with under 6 minutes left. Smith struck from downtown and by the time Skinner scored in the paint, everything was said and done already. Benetton survived its toughest test this season with a convincing home win while Cajasol must bounce back right away and get ready for its two-way series against Budivelnik.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP; VIATOR, EDDIE; VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Benetton Treviso24415984
Cajasol Sevilla20314368
Benetton Treviso
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CAZZOLATO, NICOLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SMITH, DEVIN 29:31 20 7/12 2/4 0/2 2   2 2 4   2 2 4 2 17
7 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 25:28 2 1/2 0/1     3 3   2 6     2   -3
8 SKINNER, BRIAN 22:40 10 5/8   0/1 7 10 17   3 2 1   2 3 26
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 17:23 12 1/1 1/2 7/8       2 2 1     4 6 15
11 MOTIEJUNAS, DONATAS 23:55 12 4/5 0/1 4/4 1 5 6 1 1 3 1   1 2 17
15 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 26:20 6 2/5 0/3 2/3 1 4 5 3 1 3     4 2 3
17 PERIC, HRVOJE 25:32 10 5/9     1 1 2 1 1 3   1 2 5 9
18 WOJCIECHOWSKI, JAKUB 6:56 4 2/3   0/1         1 2 1   3 1  
19 BRUNNER, GREG 22:15 8 3/4   2/3 1 4 5 4 1     1 5 2 12
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 84 30/49 3/11 15/22 13 28 41 13 16 20 5 4 27 23 97
        61.2% 27.3% 68.2%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
Cajasol Sevilla
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 POPOVIC, BOJAN 3:09       0/2         1 1       3 1
5 TRIGUERO, JUAN JOSE 12:00   0/3     2 2 4     1   1 3   -4
6 CABANAS, MARIO 2:32                   1         -1
8 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 23:08 2 1/5 0/1 0/1 2 5 7 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 5
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 23:26 12 2/5 2/7 2/2 1 1 2   1 2     2 1 4
11 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 12:09 4   0/1 4/4 1   1     1 1   3 2 3
15 SASTRE, JOAN 5:38   0/1             1 1     2   -3
21 KIRKSAY, TARIQ 27:42 9 3/6 0/1 3/4 6 3 9   2 1 2 1 4 3 14
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 27:34 17 5/9 1/6 4/4       1 2 6   1 3 7 8
23 CALLOWAY, EARL 13:43 4 1/2 0/1 2/2 1   1 2 1 2     1 1 4
40 DAVIS, PAUL 30:16 20 6/12 1/1 5/8 2 3 5   1 3     4 4 14
55 IVANOV, KALOYAN 18:43   0/3 0/1   3 3 6   1     1 1 3 4
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 68 18/46 4/19 20/27 19 17 36 4 12 21 4 5 24 26 50
        39.1% 21.1% 74.1%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Benetton Treviso
"After 13 wins and just one loss in the Eurocup this season, I am really happy that we made it to the Quarterfinals.There were two or three things we have not done well but Cajasol is a very dangerous team. They showed it this weekend against Gran Canaria 2014 in the Spanish League, getting a big lead after the first half. I think that it was important for us to stay focused to win for all 40 minutes if we wanted to be first in this round. We played excellent basketball in the first seven minutes of the second quarter but Cajasol had 11 quick points just like that. I want to congratulate my team. We will face Goettingen in the Quarterfinals, a team that deserves a lot of respect."
PLAZA, JOAN
Cajasol Sevilla
"I said a week ago that it was time to go to Treviso and show why we are ranked first in this group. In the first half of the game, especially in the second quarter, we didn't play as we did recently. We were as intense as we usually are but didn't score in the most decisive moments of the game. We would have like to win the game or lose by up to 11 points but it wasn't easy. We missed too many easy shots and played arguably our worst third and fourth quarters in recent games. We did not manage to return to the game and can't allow our opponents to make 61% of its two-pointers. We insisted to shoot from long distance but only hit 21% three-pointers, a low percentage."

Players

GENTILE, ALESSANDRO
Benetton Treviso
"I am happy - mainly because Benetton Basket made it to the Eurocup Quarterfinals. I am sure that we will keep playing to win the competition. Everyone in this team wants to make it to the Eurocup Finals at Palaverde, our home court. I am happy not only because we managed to beat Cajasol Sevilla, but also I will take part in the Italian All-Star Game. I have been playing well in both the Italian League and the Eurocup lately."
KIRKSAY, TARIQ
Cajasol Sevilla
"Even with this loss, I am happy with my team because I know exactly what we are doing to keep growing as a team. We are working very hard and this loss doesn't mean a step backwards. This loss doesn't change the fact that we accumulated 10 consecutive wins in both competitions. This has been a warm-up for the Eurocup Quarterfinals. We won in Sevilla by 11 and were not able to keep that advantage to finish first. We hope to learn our lesson and avoid going through the same situation in the next round."
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