2011-12Regular SeasonRound 1
November 15, 2011 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 AUDI DOME
Despite a huge comeback by the hosts in the final quarter, Alba Berlin escaped Belgium with a road win on Tuesday night by 74-78 against Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The guests were leading 51-67 entering the fourth quarter, but an amazing 18-0 burst which kept Alba scoreless for almost 9 minutes allowed Mons to jump ahead, 69-67 with 90 seconds remaining. The cold head of the guests and a turnover by Justin Cage were all that Alba needed to secure a thrilling win that had looked easier 10 minutes earlier. The win puts Alba with a 1-0 record in Group H while Mons starts with a 0-1. Dashaun Wood and Kyle Weaver led the winners with 17 points each, Yassin Idbihi added 10, and so did Torin Francis together with 10 boards for the double-double. For Mons, Ahmad Nivins led the way with 20 points, Ronell Taylor added 16 and AJ Slaughter posted 15.

The hosts had a strong opening with an 8-0 in two minutes that was only broken by Francis Torin with his layup. But it was only a mirage because Dexia Mons was still commanding the game with good criteria in offense and soon was up to 12-2 with Sean Singletary's slam. After timeout, Alba managed to come to again and had a 2-8 run capped by Kyle Weaver that made it 14-10. It was then when Mons replied with its own 8-0 burst capped by Warren Carter's layup to make it 22-10. Heiko Schaffartzik's three put an end to the first quarter with a 24-17 Mons edge that still left things open. AJ Slaughter and Shan Foster teamed up to make it a 12-point game with their five straight points, but the problem was that they remained the only producers for Mons in a few minutes and Alba used that to come back thanks to Lucca Steiger's sparking three. Soon, the guests were up to 33-32 as Yassin Idbihi shined with four straight points. Finaly, Dashaun Wood's three put Alba in the driver's seat, 35-37, but Mons didn't back off as the hosts tied the game a couple more times until Weaver's new three allowed Alba to hit the lockerroom with a 41-43 lead despite its lonely steal against 9 turnovers.

Weaver and Wood combined efforts to boost Alba to a 41-51 lead in less than three minutes while keeping Mons scoreless during that period. Carter stopped the bleeding with a free throw for the hosts but Torin emerged as the main man in offense for the guests now as he kept scoring for a 46-60. Alba was up to 12 turnovers now against Mons' 8, but the 7 of 13 from the arc was proving a key factor for Alba. Foster and Wood traded threes to keep things the same and then Wood scored a new bucket to make it 49-67 before Slaughter closed the period with a 51-67 for Alba. Things changed in thelast period however as a hurricane called Dexia Mons took the court with a slamming 16-0 burst to completely disarm the Alba offense and defense and tie the score, 67-67. An effort started by Slaughter and followed by Ronell Taylor put the hosts back in the game and not only that, but they jumped ahead when the run was extended to 18-0 for the 69-67. Marko Simonovic finally broke the spell for Alba with a three 8:30 into the last period, so a new whole game was practically starting. With 44 second to go, Slaughter blasted a three to tie the game once more, 72-72. Wood hit free throws for Alba and Simonovic did the same to keep the guests ahead, 73-76 with 19 seconds left. A timeout by Mons planned the final play but Justin Cage turned the ball over and Wood's layup broke the game open for the 73-78 that saved Alba from a win that looked way easier in minute 30.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; LEFWERTH, OSCAR; KOLAR, ROMAN
Attendance: 1960 (Tentative)
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Belfius Mons-Hainaut24171023
Alba Berlin17262411
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Belfius Mons-Hainaut24415174
Alba Berlin17436778
Belfius Mons-Hainaut
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FOSTER, SHAN 24:18 10 1/3 2/5 2/2   2 2   1       5 1 4
5 LIBERT, ALEX 1:49                              
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 26:28 15 5/7 1/7 2/4   3 3 2 4 2     1 2 13
7 TAYLOR, RONELL 32:12 16 6/13   4/5 3 2 5 5 2 2 2   5 3 18
8 CAGE, JUSTIN 16:52     0/1   1   1     1     1   -2
9 GIANCATERINO, LORENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SCHWARTZ, LOIC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 CARTER, WARREN 34:50 7 3/5 0/1 1/3   5 5     1       1 7
12 NIVINS, AHMAD 30:11 20 9/13   2/4 4 3 7     1     3 1 18
13 GORGEMANS, AMAURY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 BELLIN, SEBASTIEN 5:09     0/3                 1 2   -6
15 SINGLETARY, SEAN 28:11 6 3/6 0/1   2 1 3 3 2 5     4 1 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 27/47 3/18 11/18 10 16 26 10 9 12 2 1 21 9 54
        57.4% 16.7% 61.1%
Head coach: SHIVEK, ARIE
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
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 STAIGER, LUCCA 3:08 3   1/1             1         2
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 8:58           2 2     1         1
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 25:52 8 1/4 2/5   1 1 2 1 1 2     1 1 4
15 ALLEN, DERRICK 21:41   0/3     1 1 2 1 1 1     3   -3
21 FRANCIS, TORIN 25:04 10 5/6     4 6 10     3     5 1 12
22 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 21:43 9 1/2 1/1 4/4 1 6 7   1 1       3 18
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 31:47 17 4/8 2/6 3/3   2 2 3 2 4     3 2 11
25 WEAVER, KYLE 28:18 17 4/6 2/6 3/3 1 6 7 3   2   1 1 3 20
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 13:07 10 4/5   2/2   2 2     2 1   3 1 8
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 20:22 4 2/3 0/1   1   1     1     1   1
Team                                
Totals 200:00 78 21/37 8/20 12/12 9 26 35 8 5 18 1 1 17 11 74
        56.8% 40% 100%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON

Head Coaches

SHIVEK, ARIE
Belfius Mons-Hainaut
"It's always a pity to lose after such a last quarter, but I'm disappointed by the way we lost. My players disobeyed the orders in the second quarter and the lead got thinner every minute. In the second half, I didn't find the fighting spirit. I was waiting, and after a few minutes, we made a comeback. But we made bad choices on our shots in the last two minutes. My players knew the strengths of the opponents and where it was possible to cause them problems, but despite a fantastic last quarter, turnovers at the bad moments cost us a win. It's impossible to win a game with a very bad three-points percentage and we missed also too many free throws."
HERBERT, GORDON
Alba Berlin
"It was important for us to win in Mons because we knew our hosts were very good in the league and as we already played against Charleroi for the qualifying round of the Euroleague, my players knew that the Belgian opponents were very difficult to play. It's quite difficult to explain the different faces of my team, because the first quarter wasn't easy in the last ten minutes, we were ahead by 18 points and suddenly, we lost the control of the game, allowing Mons to come back. We stayed more than eight minutes without scoring, but we were saved by 3 points at the right moment."

Players

NIVINS, AHMAD
Belfius Mons-Hainaut
"We began the game as the coach wanted, but after I'm unable to explain what happened! Berlin played very hard in defense and we became complicated with bad choices or mistakes... In the last quarter we chanced it, telling ourselves ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained,’ but once again we missed easy things at the moments we couldn’t afford to. It's a pity to lose the first game at home, but everything is still possible."
WEAVER, KYLE
Alba Berlin
"It was a game with a lot of ups and downs as far as the two teams were concerned. It's impossible to say what happened when we were leading by 18 points in the third quarter, but we made many mistakes, lost a lot of balls, and finally we won. It's a great thing to succeed! Maybe it will be a good lesson for the future and the other games that are waiting for us this month."
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