2012-13Top 16Round 5
January 25, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAESTRA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
86.6 Points 67.7
32.1 Rebounds 32.7
9.7 O. Rebounds 10.8
22.4 D. Rebounds 21.9
16.9 Assists 12.4
4.7 Steals 6.3
2.8 Blocks 3.3
11.4 Turnovers 13.8
48.8 % 2PT 47.9 %
42.2 % 3PT 33.0 %
81.3 % FT 65.8 %
91.6 Index 65.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
21.0 / Brown Points 14.8 / Jerrells
6.1 / Sanikidze Rebounds 5.5 / Markota
2.4 / Sanikidze OR 2.3 / Falker
3.8 / Sanikidze DR 4.1 / Markota
5.6 / Brown Assists 2.8 / Jerrells
1.2 / Hackett Steals 0.9 / Markota
1.3 / Ress Blocks 1.3 / Vidmar
2.3 / Brown Turnovers 2.2 / Jerrells
70.0 % / Carraretto 2PT 60.9 % / Vidmar
66.7 % / Carraretto 3PT 39.3 % / Jerrells
100.0 % / Rasic FT 100.0 % / Akin
20.3 / Brown Index 14.1 / Jerrells

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-0 Top 16 0-4
5-5 Regular Season 5-5
9-5 Overall 5-9

Referees

Crew Chief
RYZHYK, BORYS, Ukraine
Referee
CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK, Poland
Umpire
PEREA, OSCAR, Spain

The Take

A game that could have a major impact on Group F features two teams at opposite ends of the standings. Undefeated group co-leader Montepaschi Siena hosts Besiktas JK Istanbul on Friday night in a game that on paper seems one-sided. The Italian champs are in stellar form coming off an exciting road win at defending champion Olympiacos. Besiktas meanwhile is winless in the Top 16 and has lost both its road games by large margins. Thus on paper the outcome seems obvious. However the game is also a last ditch effort for the Turkish champs to save their season, while a home loss for Montepaschi would serve as a blow to Siena’s confidence.

Whenever Montepaschi takes the floor, all eyes are on Bobby Brown, whose brilliant campaign seems to get better from week to week. Besiktas coach Erman Kunter will look to his battery of guards to keep the ball out of Brown’s hands. Starter Curtis Jerrells, Dan Ewing and even Muratcan Guler could all see time against Brown, who has proven quite dangerous when double teamed due to his excellent passing ability. That skill has been maximized by Siena’s great shooters, forwards David Moss and Kristjan Kangur. Matt Janning and Daniel Hackett play opposite Brown in the backcourt and this week will need to contend with streaky scorer Patrick Christopher, who has three games with at least 20 points this season and two games in which he has been held scoreless. Besiktas sharpshooter Serhat Cetin will duel Moss at small forward. Inside Gasper Vidmar and Damir Markota will challenge Siena’s Thomas Ress, who is in the midst of a breakout season, and the power forward duo of Kangur and Viktor Sanikidze. Vidmar returned from injury last week and was dominant early before fading. Markota’s inside-outside skills make him a formidable matchup for his Montepaschi counterparts.

Based on their respective runs of form now, Montepaschi is the obvious favorite this week, though that may not have been the case just a month ago. If Besiktas can recapture its better shooting and tough defense from the regular season, the Turkish champs could pose a threat in Siena. The key for Coach Kunter’s men will be maximizing Jerrells’s penetrations and finding the balance between feeding Vidmar inside and the shooter’s on the wings. Siena could also be susceptible to a poor shooting night and given that it relies so heavily on the long ball, anything could happen.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Game Notes

MONTEPACHI SIENA

Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (86.6 ppg.), three-pointers made (167), three-point percentage (42.2%), free throws made (235) and free-throw percentage (81.3%) this season.

Brown leads the Euroleague in scoring (21.0 ppg.) and is ranked third in assists (5.6 apg.).

Brown has made 29 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Brown has scored at least 10 points and made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Brown was a teammate of Besiktas guard Dan Ewing during the start of the 2010-11 season at Asseco Prokom in Poland. Brown left midway through the season.

Kristjan Kangur has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 consecutive games.

Aleksandar Rasic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tomas Ress has blocked at least 1 shot in seven of his last eight games. He is the Top 16 leader in blocked shots with an average of 2.3 rejections per game.

Ress is averaging double his previous best seasons in scoring and blocked shots with 9.6 points and 1.3 blocks per game this season.

Matt Janning has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine straight Euroleague games.

David Moss has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Viktor Sanikidze is the Top 16 leader in offensive rebounding with 3.3 per game.

BESIKTAS JK ISTANBUL

Gasper Vidmar has blocked at least 1 shot in eight straight Euroleague games.

Serhat Cetin has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine consecutive Euroleague games.

Curtis Jerrells has scored in double figures in six straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Jerrells is averaging career highs in scoring (14.8 ppg.) and three-point shooting (39.3%) in this, his third Euroleague season.

Damir Markota had one of his best Euroleague games against Montepaschi Siena last season when he scored 10 points and tallied career-highs of 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Despite his effort, Siena beat his team at the time, Union Olimpija, 57-63.

Monday, January 21, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Montepaschi still perfect after downing Besiktas

Montepaschi Siena kept its perfect Top 16 record intact by holding off Besiktas JK Istanbul 63-57 and taking sole possession of first place in Group F. The win improved Siena’s record to 5-0, while Besiktas dropped to 0-5 at the bottom of the group. The hosts, who played without Tomas Ress, controlled the first half as their lead reached 14 points several times, but Besiktas opened the third quarter with a 0-11 run, and by holding Siena to only 2 field goals in the quarter, took a 43-45 advantage entering the final 10 minutes. However, Siena’s defense held its own down the stretch and the hosts pulled out the victory with Bobby Brown and Viktor Sanikidze scoring key baskets. Sanikidze finished with 14 points, and Brown had 13. Matt Janning chipped in with 10 points, while Kristjan Kangur grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. For Besiktas, Curtis Jerrells scored 16 points. Gasper Vidmar added 14 points plus 6 rebounds and Damir Markota had 12 points plus 8 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Siena takes control early

Benjamin Eze started things with a baseline jumper, and even though Patrick Christopher answered with a triple for Besiktas, the hosts took control from the start as Siena converted its first four possessions. A mid-range jumper from David Moss, a triple from Brown and a monster slam from Eze made it 9-3. Vidmar scored a jump-hook on the other end before Jerrells raced for a fastbreak layup, but Siena stepped it up on defense while one-handed slam by Eze and a basket-plus-foul from Moss gave the hosts a 14-7 advantage. After Vidmar’s jump-hook, Jerrells drove for a dunk to get the visitors within 3 points, but Eze hit another jump shot and Daniel Hackett sank a three-pointer for 19-11. Markota answered with a long jumper, but a dunk from Luca Lechthaler gave Siena a 22-13 lead, and that held up at the end of the first quarter.

Second quarter: Hosts stretch lead to 14

Siena continued with defensive dominance at the start of the second quarter, while Kristjan Kangur grabbed a loose ball and converted it into a layup for the first double-digit lead of the game. That turned out to be the only basket in the opening two minutes of the second quarter until Markota made a put-back to snap Besiktas’s run of five and a half minutes without points. The hosts pushed the margin back to double figures again as Janning hit a triple and a jumper, and Brown added a jumper of his own as the lead reached 31-17. Daniel Ewing drove to the hoop and Cevher Ozer scored from downtown to cut the deficit, but Sanikidze scored inside three times in a row to restore a 14-point lead, before a triple from Jerrells made it 37-26 at halftime.

Third quarter: Besiktas starts with 0-11 run, turns things around

Vidmar inside and Markota with a triple gave Besiktas a quick start to the second half, and an easy layin from Jerrells cut it to 37-33 in only 90 seconds. Baskets inside from Jerrells and Vidmar extended the run to 0-11 and tied the game, while Siena needed almost six minutes before scoring its first points of the quarter when Janning sank a triple for 40-37. Jerrells stayed hot and hit another shot from long range. Cetin added a baseline jumper to make it 41-42. Siena briefly restored its lead after Janning muscled his way in for a layup, but Markota hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer that put Besiktas up 43-45 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Sanikidze holds off Besiktas

Brown scored from downtown to open the scoring in the fourth quarter before Vidmar and Sanikidze traded buckets inside. Christopher’s drive and Sanikidze’s baseline jumper continued the see-saw battle before Hackett’s layup-plus-foul made it 53-49. Hackett added a pair of free throws for a 6-point lead, and Siena maintained the advantage with defense that did not allow a field goal for more than three minutes. But put-backs from Vidmar and Christopher snapped Besiktas’s drought and brought them within 55-53. Brown kept Siena in front with a long floater, before Sanikidze restored a 6-point lead by going coast-to-coast for a two-handed dunk. After a timeout, Vidmar’s dunk kept Besiktas’s hopes alive, but Sanikidze made a put-back with 41 seconds to go for a 61-55 that essentially sealed the outcome.

Daniel Hackett - Montepaschi Siena - EB12
Friday, January 25, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), PEREA, OSCAR (ESP)
Attendance: 3942
By Quarter1234
Montepaschi Siena2215620
Besiktas JK Istanbul13131912
End of Quarter1234
Montepaschi Siena22374363
Besiktas JK Istanbul13264557
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BROWN, BOBBY 32:30 13 2/5 2/5 3/4   3 3 4 1 5       5 14
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 15:46 8 4/7     2 5 7       1 1 2   10
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 11:00                 1       1 1 1
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 2:16                              
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 27:41 2 1/2 0/3   3 7 10 2 1       4 5 12
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 22:58 14 7/10 0/1 0/1 1 4 5     1     3 2 12
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 13:12 2 1/2       1 1     1     1    
21 BIANCHI, CAMILLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT 18:50 10 2/4 2/6         1             5
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 23:26 9 1/4 1/2 4/5 1 1 2 5 1 1     2 4 13
34 MOSS, DAVID 32:21 5 2/4 0/4 1/1 2 1 3   1 2   1 1 3 2
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 63 20/38 5/21 8/11 12 23 35 12 5 12 1 2 14 20 71
        52.6% 23.8% 72.7%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA
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
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 23:45 2 1/3 0/5     2 2 1 1 1     3   -5
7 YATAGAN, MEHMET ALI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 16:15   0/1 0/1     2 2 1         4   -3
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 25:13 14 7/10     3 3 6     4   1 2 6 16
14 FALKER, RANDAL 10:27 1     1/2   2 2     1 1     1 3
15 CETIN, SERHAT 19:20 2 1/1 0/4     1 1     1 1   3   -4
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 31:48 12 2/4 2/3 2/2 2 6 8 1   2     3 1 14
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 25:58 7 2/4 1/4   1   1 1         1   3
25 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 NALGA, CEMAL 4:20               1             1
41 OZER, CEVHER 7:49 3   1/4     1 1     1     1 1  
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 35:05 16 5/7 2/6 0/2 1 4 5 3 2 1     3 5 19
Team           2 2 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 57 18/30 6/27 3/6 9 23 32 8 3 13 2 1 20 14 46
        60% 22.2% 50%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"The game was what we expected, against a team that has great defensive athleticism and that forces you to play not really well. We had bad shooting percentages all game, but the bigger problem was our third quarter in which we didn’t have the right approach, we missed two dunks and they scored easy baskets. Then in the fourth quarter we improved our defense and with our consistency we won the game."
KUNTER, ERMAN
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We did a good job, but we made too many stupid mistakes. We were able to cut the lead, but then we missed some open shots. It was a good day for us, but it wasn’t enough."

Players

SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR
Montepaschi Siena
"We expected a really tough game, because they had no pressure. In the beginning we played well, then in second half we probably relaxed a little bit and they came back. Fortunately, in the last quarter we made good plays and we won a very important game for us. "
JANNING, MATT
Montepaschi Siena
"It is a very important game, really tough, because they were 0-4 and they played with no pressure. It was a great win and we are really happy to be 5-0 in our group."
FALKER, RANDAL
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We played good defense, but we missed open shots and we had too many turnovers. This made the difference in the game. I think we are improving. We need to adjust and play for 40 minutes starting from the next game at home. "
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