2008-09Top 16Round 6
March 12, 2009 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
Tyrone Brazelton - Asseco ProkomAsseco Prokom captured its first victory in the Euroleague Top 16 and ended a 12-game losing streak by cruising past Armani Jeans Milano 72-96. Both teams had already been eliminated from contention for the Quarterfinal Playoffs coming into the game. Prokom finished its Group E campaign with a 1-5 record while Milano was 2-4. The guests used a 4-16 run at the end of the first quarter to take control of the game. And the surge was 6-23 spanning the first two periods. Prokom then went on a 0-13 spurt in the second quarter before a 14-6 Milano answer before the break. The hosts would come within 8 points midway through the third period, but Prokom pulled away again and ended all doubts with a 0-11 run in the fourth quarter. Qyntel Woods paced Prokom with 23 points while Pat Burke had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Ronnie Burrell added 14 points, Daniel Ewing and David Logan both had 13 points and Tyrone Brazelton chipped in 10 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Milano was led by 22 points from Jobey Thomas and Pape Sow added 18 points.

Pape Sow - AJ MilanoBurrell started the game with a free throw for the guests. Mike Hall hit the first basket of the game – a long three-pointer to make it 3-1. Burrell then knotted the game with a layup in the lane after a fine pass and Prokom jumped ahead on Ewing’s steal and fast break dunk. Sow’s bank shot off the glass evened things again before Ewing drained a three-ball. Ewing would then convert a layup off the window and Burke’s mid-range jumper gave the guests a 7-12 advantage. Luca Vitali cut that to 2 points with a long ball and 2 Sow foul shots had the hosts trailing 12-14. That’s when Prokom began pulling away. Burke threw down a dunk and Burrell followed with a follow dunk to push the lead to 6 points. Sow was the only thing working for Milano, but he was not enough as Logan drained a triple from the left wing. Burrell then hit a layup and was followed by Burke’s jumper and layup before Logan slashed into the lane to make it 16-30 after one period.

Burke continued his fine game at the start of the second quarter with a lay-in down low and Woods’s turn-around jumper pushed the gap to 16-34. Yohann Sangare’s 2 free throws got the hosts on the scoreboard before Woods knocked down a triple from the left wing for an 18-37 lead. Sangare responded with a three-ball and then Thomas hit a triple from the left corner following a steal as Milano pulled within 24-37. Prokom boss Tomas Pacesas immediately called a timeout to stop the hosts’ surge. Woods and Brazelton however responded with back-to-back three-balls before Burrell hit a tough layup and converted the three-point play. Prokom continued its push with Brazelton going coast to coast with a steal and dunk and then Brazelton fed Burrell with a no-look pass for a Burrell dunk to make it 24-50 to complete the 0-13 run. Thomas stopped the push with a three-ball from the right wing to start a Milano answer. Thomas also hit a tough layup and another three-pointer before Mindaugas Katelynas and Thomas finished fast breaks with layups to bring the margin to 34-56. After a Prokom timeout, Sow’s 2 foul shots made it 38-54 and complete the 14-6 run. And Filip Dylewicz’s offensive rebound put-back sent the teams to the intermission with the guests leading 38-56.

David Logan - Asseco ProkomBurrell opened the second half with a mid-range jumper to reestablish a 20-point lead, 38-58. Hollis Price and Thomas answered with back-to-back triples to trim the gap to 44-58, forcing Pacesas to call another timeout. Both teams struggled with turnovers and offensive execution through Sow threw down a dunk to make it a 12-point game, 46-58. Logan made 2 free throws after an unsportsmanlike foul by Thomas and then Dylewicz made it a 4-point possession with a hook shot for a 46-62 cushion. The hosts, however, continued to chip away with Sow sandwiching 2 foul shots and a mid-range jumper around a Katelynas triple from the top of the key. Sow then found Thomas for a reverse layup to get the game into single digits at 55-64. The Milano big man had to go to the bench with his fourth foul and Burke’s long two-pointer made it a double-digit lead again. But another Katelynas triple had Milano within 58-66. Logan answered with a drive and layup and Woods made 2 free throws and the lead was 58-70. Milano hit the final basket of the third quarter with Vitali giving a fine no-look pass in the paint to Maurice Taylor for a dunk to make it 60-70 going into the fourth.

Brazelton started the fourth with a driving layup and converted the three-point play for a 60-73 advantage. Vitali brought the margin back to 10 points with a triple, 63-73. But Woods took over. He was the beneficiary of a fine pass by Brazelton for a layup and then Woods knocked down a triple and the lead was back to 63-78. Woods hit 2 more free throws and an inside baskets as the lead grew back to 63-84 – completing a 0-11 run. Thomas’s jumper in the lane stopped the run and Sangare’s triple made it 68-86. But Woods hit a baseline jumper to make it a 20-point game again. And Logan, Przemyslaw Zamojski and Ewing finished the game with foul shots down the stretch.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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Referees: SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS (GRE), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM)
Attendance: 2042
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AJ Milano
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 FILLOY, ARIEL 7:49 2 1/3 0/1         1 1       1 1 1
7 HALL, MIKE 27:12 3 0/1 1/3     4 4     1     1 2 4
8 SOW, PAPE 18:34 18 5/8   8/8 2 1 3 1     1   4 6 22
10 VITALI, LUCA 21:56 6   2/4     2 2 4   2     3   5
11 THOMAS, JOBEY 34:03 22 5/7 4/8         2 1 4   1 4 2 12
13 PRICE, HOLLIS 23:40 3 0/2 1/3     1 1 3   2     2   -1
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 20:12 8 1/3 2/4   2   2 1 1 1     2 1 6
19 BEARD, JOEY 3:41           2 2           1   1
20 SANGARE, YOHANN 22:02 8 0/3 2/6 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 2   1 2 1 1
23 TAYLOR, MAURICE 17:46 2 1/4 0/1   1   1     1         -2
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 3:05                              
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 72 13/31 12/30 10/10 9 14 23 13 4 13 1 2 20 13 55
        41.9% 40% 100%
Head coach: BUCCHI, PIERO
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
Asseco Prokom
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BRAZELTON, TYRONE 16:34 10 2/2 1/2 3/3 1 2 3 5 2 1 1     3 22
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 18:01 4 2/2 0/1 0/2 2   2 2   2       1 4
12 LOGAN, DAVID 32:26 13 2/8 1/4 6/6 1 2 3 3 1   1   1 4 15
16 LAPETA, ADAM 12:54   0/1 0/1   2 1 3           4   -3
17 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 7:34 2   0/1 2/2           3     1 1 -2
20 SZCZOTKA, PIOTR 14:26 2 1/1     1 2 3           2 1 4
24 WOODS, QYNTEL 25:34 23 5/7 3/4 4/4 2 3 5     2     2 2 23
30 BURRELL, RONNIE 24:15 14 6/6 0/1 2/3 1 3 4 1   1     2 2 16
31 BURKE, PAT 24:50 15 7/11   1/2 2 7 9 1   2   1 1 3 19
32 EWING, DANIEL 23:26 13 3/5 1/3 4/4 1 1 2 4 2         3 20
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 96 28/43 6/17 22/26 14 26 40 16 5 11 2 1 13 20 124
        65.1% 35.3% 84.6%
Head coach: PACESAS, TOMAS

Head Coaches

BUCCHI, PIERO
AJ Milano
"Sopot put more energy into this game tonight, they really wanted to catch their first victory in the Top 16. We didn't take any risks with our players. I chose to give some rest to the injured guys, thinking about the next games in the Italian League. I'm very happy about Jobey Thomas's performance: he had a chance to prove his skills tonight, and he did a very nice job."
PACESAS, TOMAS
Asseco Prokom
"It's a little revenge after our first confrontation against Milan. We are a better team than that game, and we showed it tonight. We controlled the turnovers, and we played very good basketball here. We are getting better as a team, we have played a lot of tough teams and we needed time to build a chemistry with our new players, but we did a pretty good job in the regular season, we are happy with the team we are building. Woods is a very good player and a nice guy, he help us a lot because we need this kind of player in our team. He came to us out of shape, but he's getting better game after game."

Players

THOMAS, JOBEY
AJ Milano
"Anytime you play it's important, even if it's not important for the standings. Honestly, we didn't do anything to play a good game tonight. We started strong in this Top 16, we had a chance to qualify for the playoffs. Overall we can say that we had a good Euroleague run, especially after starting 0-4 in the competition."
WOODS, QYNTEL
Asseco Prokom
"We just came out to play hard tonight. Playing again in Italy was not such a special motivation for me after being cut from Bologna. I just look forward and try not to think about the past. I think we are working good and getting better as a team. That will help us for the end of the Polish League."
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