2001-02Regular SeasonRound 11
January 16, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 PALAVERDE
Benetton Treviso became the first team in Group A and the second overall in the Euroleague, after Panathinaikos, to clinch a berth in the Top 16 with a commanding 100-71 victory over Alba of Berlin tonight at home in Treviso. Benetton's offense was the story as usual as it stormed through Alba's defense throughout the game. Benetton improves to 9-2 with the win and can now finish no worse than third in its group, which guarantees them a spot in the playoffs. Alba now falls to 3-8 following this defeat and can only act as spoiler in its remaining three games. Tyus Edney returned to the lineup for the Italians and appeared well rested and fresh despite having missed the last Euroleague game. He finished with 16 points in only 17 minutes on the floor as Mario Stojic led Benetton with 19, Bostjan Nachbar added 18 and Massimo Bulleri 12. Dejan Koturovic led Alba with 17 points and Wendell Alexis added 14. The visitors were as close as 48-42 at the half, but Benetton exploded for a 27-10 third quarter that decided everything in one fell swoop.

Wendell Alexis's two three-pointers that kept Alba in the game at 9-8 after a fiery start by Mike D'Antoni's team. Jorg Luctke gave Alba it's first lead at 12-11, but Benetton, which is always on the offensive, was ready to counter despite the poor quality of play on the court. The two teams played entirely different styles of basketball, Berlin always looking for the easy shot, Treviso wanting the best shot as soon as possible. Behind the shooting of Stefano Garris, Alba retook the lead at 20-18 in the ninth minute but that would be its last advantage.

In the second quarter, although Pittis began tightening his defense on Alexis, Alba was still able to circulate the ball very well and work it under the basket, refusing to allow Benetton to escape even after going up 30-22 and 38-30. The lead was still only eight points at halftime, 48-40 as Massimo Bulleri tried to take it to the basket despite being well guarded.

The game took on a completely different tone in the third quarter as Benetton ran away with it. Benetton, whose offense moves at dragster speed, put its scoring machine into high gear for the next 10 minutes. Bostjan Nachbar was unstoppable, Edney was everywhere, and Mario Stojic helped lead Alba into a tunnel of white and green defense that anticipated every pass, and produced many steals (23 by the end of the game). Benetton's swarming defense gave their offense many easy fastbreaks that led to the Italians outscoring their opponents 28-10 in that quarter, putting the game out of reach for the Germans.

In the fourth period Berlin saw the game and its already-slim chance for fourth place in Group A evaporate. The 36th minute of the game saw the widest margin between the two teams with Benetton leading, 93-60.
Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Luigi Maffei, Treviso
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Referees: DE KEYSER, ARMAND (BEL), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO)
Attendance: 2436
By Quarter1234
Benetton Basket24242725
Alba Berlin22181021
End of Quarter1234
Benetton Basket244875100
Alba Berlin22405071
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICOLA, MARCELO 17:00 6   2/4     4 4 5 1 2     1 1 12
5 EDNEY, TYUS 17:00 16 6/7 0/2 4/6 1 1 2 7 2 2     3 4 21
6 STOJIC, MARIO 24:00 19 3/4 4/5 1/2   1 1   1 3     3 2 14
7 PITTIS, RICCARDO 19:00 8 3/4   2/2   3 3 3         2 2 13
8 MARCONATO, DENIS 20:00 9 2/4 1/1 2/2 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 23:00 12 2/2 2/2 2/3 1 3 4 2 3 4     2 2 16
10 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 22:00 4 2/4 0/5         1 1 1       2  
11 TOMIDY, ALAN 6:00 2 1/1       2 2     1         3
12 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 26:00 18 6/7 1/3 3/3 1 3 4 2 3       3 4 25
13 BASEI, FRANCESCO 2:00 1     1/2   2 2 1           1 4
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 24:00 5 2/4 0/2 1/2   7 7 1 7       5 2 12
Team             2 2   4           6
Totals 200:00 100 27/37 10/24 16/22 5 30 35 23 23 14 1 1 20 21 138
        73% 41.7% 72.7%
Head coach: D'ANTONI, MIKE
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 LUTCKE, JORG 28:00 9 3/5 1/4   2 2 4 1 2       4 3 10
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 9:00 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   2 2     2     4 1 -5
7 PESIC, MARKO 30:00 9 1/5 2/5 1/2   1 1 1 1 2 1   2 2 3
8 PHELPS, DERRICK 28:00 5 1/3 1/3 0/2 2 2 4 7 1 5     4 3 5
9 OZTURK, TEOMAN 11:00         1 1 2   2       1 1 4
10 KOTUROVIC, DEJAN 27:00 17 6/13   5/7 1 4 5   2 4   1 2 4 12
11 GARRIS, STEFANO 19:00 7 2/2 1/3   1 1 2     1     2   4
12 ALEXIS, WENDELL 29:00 14 1/4 3/5 3/6   2 2 3   6     1 4 8
14 PAPIC, STIPO 5:00 6 3/3     1 1 2   2           10
15 DEMIREL, MITHAT 14:00 3   1/3             1     1 2 1
Team           1 4 5   4 1         8
Totals 200:00 71 17/36 9/24 10/19 9 20 29 12 14 22 1 1 21 20 60
        47.2% 37.5% 52.6%
Head coach: MUTAPCIC, EMIR
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Head Coaches

D'ANTONI, MIKE
Benetton Basket
"We started the game finding difficulties on offense and witouth confidence, which comes from the last game we played and the low pace of the game. Then we started to score and found our self-confidence, and I hope this will help us for the upcoming games. I know that every team has at least one weakness and ours is probably our slow game. Of course, we prefer to play running but we have also won games walking on the playing floor. Tonight I oserved some players in a better shape, for example Edney, and now we have to get Chikalkin back."
MUTAPCIC, EMIR
Alba Berlin
"The score of the game is fair, and Benetton did big merits to win. The Greens play the best basketball of Group A and it's normal that they are atop the standings. They sealed the game in the third period, when we came back from the locker rooms and quit playing! We missed easy shots, and had a lot of turnovers and they were free to play in the open court scoring many easy lay-ups. After this defeat, all our options to qualify for the Top 16 are almost gone. It was also a problem of concentration. I don¿t have an explanation, we stopped struggling. Of course, you can lose a game by twenty or thirty points but you always have to fight until the end! I¿m really angry with my team for their approach at the last two periods. Our goal for the remaining games has to be fighting during all the forty minutes over every ball and try to win those games and make a miracle happen!"
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