2012-13Top 16Round 6
January 31, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.5 Points 85.0
34.2 Rebounds 32.3
9.0 O. Rebounds 9.9
25.2 D. Rebounds 22.4
15.5 Assists 16.6
7.1 Steals 4.7
3.9 Blocks 2.7
12.9 Turnovers 11.5
57.2 % 2PT 49.0 %
34.9 % 3PT 41.2 %
76.2 % FT 81.0 %
92.7 Index 90.2

Player Stats

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12.3 / Navarro Points 20.5 / Brown
5.9 / Tomic Rebounds 6.1 / Sanikidze
1.4 / Tomic OR 2.3 / Sanikidze
4.5 / Tomic DR 3.8 / Sanikidze
3.0 / Huertas Assists 5.5 / Brown
1.2 / Mickeal Steals 1.2 / Hackett
1.5 / Tomic Blocks 1.3 / Ress
1.8 / Huertas Turnovers 2.5 / Brown
78.6 % / Rabaseda 2PT 70.0 % / Carraretto
57.1 % / Lorbek 3PT 100.0 % / Eze
100.0 % / Jasikevicius FT 100.0 % / Rasic
14.8 / Tomic Index 19.9 / Brown


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-1 Top 16 5-0
9-1 Regular Season 5-5
13-2 Overall 10-5


Crew Chief

The Take

A battle of giants in Top 16 Group F is expected at Palau Blaugrana, Spain on Thursday, as FC Barcelona Regal takes on Montepaschi Siena. Montepaschi leads Group F with a 5-0 record, led by bwin MVP for January Bobby Brown. Barcelona is right behind at 4-1. These teams have faced each other in the last four seasons, but their previous Top 16 showdown came in the 2003-04 season. Barcelona has a 5-2 home record against Montepaschi, whose last win at Palau Blaugrana came in 2005.

Juan Carlos Navarro is out indefinitely and Victor Sada is questionable, so Barcelona will have limited perimeter options in this game. Marcelinho Huertas will be his team's first option at point guard, with four-time Euroleague champion Sarunas Jasikevicius ready to back him up. Both Huertas and Jasikevicius offer creativity, range and free throw accuracy. Huertas and Jasikevicius will have to be ready for a key matchup against Brown, whose range, one-on-one skills and unlimited trust from his teammates and coach make him a very dangerous player. Brown is the Euroleague's leading scorer (20.5 ppg.). Montepaschi has its own injury problems, as power forward Tomas Ress is unavailable due to injury. Benjamin Eze will be the guests' main option under the baskets, where he gets plenty of help from defensive center Luca Lechtaler and mobile power forwards Viktor Sanikidze and Kristjan Kangur. Eze must use his size and power against Nate Jawai, in one of the most interesting matchups in this game. Lechtaler may see extended playing time to work against Ante Tomic, who has been in great shape so far in the Top 16. Sanikidze and Kangur must play tough and aggressive against All-Euroleague big man Erazem Lorbek, whose shooting range and post moves could make the difference in any game. C.J. Wallace could be Barcelona's X-factor due to his deep shooting range, aggressive play and rebounding skills. With Navarro sidelined, Pete Mickeal and Joe Ingles will be the hosts' main reference at the wings. Xavi Rabaseda and Alex Abrines will see extended playing time off the bench and young Mario Hezonja may feature in Barcelona's lineup too. Mickeal and Ingles must play aggressive against two tough players like David Moss and Daniel Hackett. Matt Janning will provide the fireworks from downtown and Marco Carrareto will offer aggressiveness and character. The matchup between Moss and Mickeal is a critical one in this showdown. Mickeal comes off an excellent game in Vitoria, but Moss is a hard-nosed defender ready to stop anyone, anywhere.

Barcelona must run its offense through Jasikevicius and Mickeal, make the most out of its size advantage in the paint by getting Lorbek, Tomic and Jawai involved, and it needs to find the way to stop Brown, as Montepaschi's offense flows through him. Montepaschi needs a good game from Brown, Moss and Sanikidze, to keep Eze out of foul trouble while limiting Tomic, as well as setting the right game tempo and circulating the ball well, with patience, to find open shots.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Game Notes


FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 66.5 points allowed per game.

With his next three-pointer, Juan Carlos Navarro will overtake former teammate Gianluca Basile to become the Euroleague career leader in three-pointers made. Entering the game, Navarro and Basile each have 421 career triples.

Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 20 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Marcelinho Huertas has made 13 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Nate Jawai has made 10 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Pete Mickeal has scored in double figures in each of his last 10 home games.

In his last two games against Montepaschi Siena, Erazem Lorbek has averaged 19.5 points with an averaged performance index rating of 24.5.

Erazem Lorbek recorded two of his career highs against Montepaschi. He grabbed 12 rebounds while playing for CSKA Moscow on February 25, 2009 and with FCB Regal he collected 5 assists on November 26, 2009.


Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (85.0 ppg.), three-pointers made (172), free throws made (243), free-throw percentage (81.0%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.45 assists per turnover) this season.

Brown leads the Euroleague in scoring (20.5 ppg.) and is ranked third in assists (5.5 apg.).

Brown has scored at least 10 points and made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Kristjan Kangur’s streak of games with at least 1 three-pointer made came to an end last week at 11.

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.

Ress was a teammate of Erazem Lorbek at Fortitudo Bologna during the 2005-06 season.

Matt Janning has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Daniel Hackett was a teammate of Barcelona forward C.J. Wallace during the 2009-10 season at Benetton Treviso.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"Montepaschi Siena is a complicated opponent because they open the court a lot and they can score in complicated situations against good defense. They are powerful in outside shooting and all the players can score. They have also proven how to play in close endings. Bobby Brown is a complete player, knows how to use both hands and has great use of spaces to generate game. It won't be easy to bring Montepaschi's scoring down. We are not expecting to have Navarro available and Sada might play depending on his condition in the last practice."
Montepaschi Siena
"The game against Barcelona presents clear difficulties due to the terrific strength of our opponents, but still we will have to enjoy the fact that we will be playing for the lead in the group. They have an incredible intensity on both sides of the court therefore we will have to raise the level of our efficiency in order to match a team which is deservedly considered one of the favorites for the European title."


FC Barcelona Regal
"It will be a hard game against a hard opponent. Montepaschi Siena is a team that plays really well. They are not your typical team, that roster is stuffed with versatile players. They know how to play and show it, all their new signings for the season were spot on. Now it is important for us to win at home. Road wins are only good if you back them up with home wins."
Montepaschi Siena
"It will be a really tough game, like always in Barcelona. We have to fight like we have done until know and stay focused on what we have to do to go there and try to get the win."

Barcelona hands Montepaschi first Top 16 loss

FC Barcelona Regal grabbed its fourth consecutive Top 16 Group F victory by topping previously undefeated Montepaschi Siena 85-66 at home on Thursday. The two teams are now tied atop the group's standings, each with a 5-1 record. Caja Laboral Vitoria has the chance to join them if it beats BC Khimki Moscow Region on Friday. The Italian champs hung around early, but reserve Xavi Rabaseda reeled off 10 second-quarter points and got plenty of help from Ante Tomic and an outstanding Marcelinho Huertas as the hosts grabbed 48-29 halftime lead and never looked back. Tomic led the winners with 20 points and 5 assists, Rabaseda finished with 16 points, Nate Jawai netted 11 and Marcelinho Huertas tallied 10 points and 5 assists. Bobby Brown paced Siena with 19 points and 4 assists, Daniel Hackett scored 14 and Benjamin Eze 12.

First quarter: Early run puts Barcelona ahead

Kristjan Kangur fed Benjamin Eze for a dunk that got Montepaschi going. Marcelinho Huertas hit a running jumper and a backdoor layup by Joe Ingles soon gave Barcelona its first lead, 4-2. Huertas kept pushing Barcelona with a three-point play, which capped a 7-0 run. Eze split free throws, Ante Tomic scored down low, but a long jumper by Bobby Brown kept Montepaschi within 9-5. Tomic and David Moss traded baskets, as Barcelona tried to get its big men involved. Huertas fed Tomic for an easy layup. Barcelona held Montepaschi scoreless for more than three minutes. Meanwhile, Huertas downed his trademark running jumper to cause the guests to call timeout at 15-7. Eze returned to the floor and immediately delivered with a close basket. He soon found Brown for a wide open three-pointer that brought Montepaschi within 15-12. After Sarunas Jasikevicius swished a five-meter jumper, Eze and Nate Jawai traded free throws. A layup by Pete Mickeal gave Barcelona a 20-13 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Barca takes off behind big baskets by Rabaseda

Jawai made free throws early in the second quarter, as Montepaschi struggled to find the way to the basket. Barcelona tried twin point guards with Jasikevicius and Victor Sada together on court, as Jawai kept pacing the hosts with a put-back layup that made it a double-digit game, 24-13. Aleksandar Rasic struck from downtown. Tomic hit a jump hook, but Daniel Hackett followed a driving layup with free throws to keep Montepaschi within 26-20. Xavi Rabaseda downed a three-pointer. Kangur shined with a high-flying tip-in. A three-point play by Lorbek boosted the hosts' lead to 32-22. Rabaseda and Moss exchanged triples and a close basket by Ante Tomic kept Barcelona way ahead, 37-25. Rabaseda ignited the crowd with an alley-oop slam and soon added a fast break layup that broke the game open, 41-25. Mickeal made free throws and Huertas swished a seven-meter bomb, but Brown kept Montepaschi within 46-29. A layup by Lorbek fixed the halftime score at 48-29.

Third quarter: Tomic, Wallace keep the hosts way ahead

Kangur tried to ignite a Montepaschi comeback with a fast break layup just after the break. Tomic stepped up with a basket inside, which Hackett erased with a reverse layup. Tomic stayed unstoppable with a jump hook and matched Eze's four-meter jumper with yet another basket, good for a 54-35 Barcelona lead. The hosts started to use longer possessions, trying to find open shots or to feed Tomic down low. C.J. Wallace struck from downtown and erased Hackett's acrobatic layup with a baseline jumper. Mickeal and Hackett scored in penetration, as Barcelona kept powering the offensive boards and running the game clock down. Mickeal added a wild driving layup off the baseline. Brown made free throws and a three-point play by Jasikevicius gave Barcelona a 25-point lead. Matt Janning nailed a jumper, Hackett made free throws and a layup by Viktor Sanikidze brought Montepaschi within 66-47. Free throws by Tomic created a 68-47 Barcelona lead after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Barcelona seals big home win

Brown took over with a left-handed floating layup early in the fourth quarter, as Barcelona kept trying to find Tomic and Lorbek around the basket. Jasikevicius nailed a catch-and-shoot three-pointer, but Rasic answered from downtown to make it 71-51. Tomic scored again and Montepaschi called timeout at 73-52 with seven minutes to go. The outcome was already clear, but both teams kept fighting for point difference, which could be a critical issue later on. Janning scored around the basket, Rabaseda buried a triple and Eze kept the guests within 76-56. Brown downed a rainbow three-pointer, but when Rabaseda answered from downtown, everything was said and done. Barcelona had added a big home win and Montepaschi saw its winning streak disappear.

Pete Mickeal - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Attendance: 5972
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FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 12:38   0/2       1 1 4 1 3     1    
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 25:30 10 3/4 1/2 1/1   3 3 5   2   1 1 2 14
10 ABRINES, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 16:42 8 2/2 1/2 1/1   1 1 2   1 1   2 1 9
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 21:40 5 1/2 1/2     4 4 3   2     3 1 6
20 INGLES, JOE 23:18 2 1/2 0/1     1 1     1     1   -1
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 17:55 16 2/2 4/4     4 4     2     3   15
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 18:19 5 2/4   1/1   4 4 1   1     2 2 7
32 JAWAI, NATE 14:28 11 4/6   3/4 2 1 3     2     3 4 10
33 MICKEAL, PETE 23:58 8 3/6 0/2 2/2   4 4 1 1     1 2 2 8
44 TOMIC, ANTE 25:32 20 9/12   2/4 2 3 5 5         1 4 28
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 85 27/42 7/13 10/13 4 29 33 21 2 14 1 2 19 16 99
        64.3% 53.8% 76.9%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
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 31:37 19 2/6 3/8 6/6       4 1 1     1 7 20
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 21:56 12 5/9   2/4           2 1 1 2 3 5
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 17:46 6 0/1 2/2   1   1 1 1           8
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 28:19 4 2/2 0/3   1 5 6 2 3 1     1 1 11
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 14:41 2 1/3 0/1 0/2 2 2 4   2 1     2 2 2
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 15:04   0/1     1 1 2 1         3   -1
22 JANNING, MATT 23:45 4 2/5 0/2   1 2 3 1   1     3 1  
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 26:38 14 5/9 0/1 4/4   4 4 3 1 2     2 5 18
34 MOSS, DAVID 20:14 5 1/3 1/4   1 3 4 1   2 1   2   2
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 200:00 66 18/39 6/21 12/16 8 18 26 13 8 12 2 1 16 19 65
        46.2% 28.6% 75%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"We are very happy with this win. We had a really solid game in all aspects and managed to make Montepaschi score less than they have lately, so I have to give my team credit for that. We worked very well and were able to stop most of their important players. We had some sort of control on the boards, played at a high rhythm and managed to run. We knew that they switch on defense to protect their big men. We managed to work against that really well and being honest, in general terms, we played really well tonight. I think that Bobby Brown is an outstanding player. He scored 19 points tonight despite our very good defense on him, especially in one-on-one situations. He is a player with unusual scoring abilities at the '1' position in Europe. We managed to slow him a bit, but even when we played good defense, he scored 19 points, which is a lot for a point guard. Xavi Rabaseda played really well, was really active. We hope that he managed to play with more continuity. He is a very important player for us. He played his role really well and I am happy for him."
Montepaschi Siena
"It was a difficult game for us. We arrived not in the best physical or mental condition. We have several injured players, come off a loss against Brindisi, which was not very good for us, and played against an opponent that showed organization, strength and motivation. As for the game, it is difficult to contain Barcelona's strength, especially around the basket, where we struggled. We switched from man-to-man to zone defense to try to set the game rhythm, but our game is linked to a good shooting percentage. We didn't hit outside shots and I have to give Barcelona credit for that. They played defense with great intensity and made it hard for us. We played a bad second quarter but fortunately, we managed to compete in the second half, without allowing Barcelona to extend its lead, because this loss has a lot of impact in the future. We knew that our team is new and had a lot of players without much Euroleague experience. It is a difficult yet stimulating season. We have to learn from this loss and raise our playing level in future games. Congratulations to Barcelona for the way they played tonight and especially to Xavi Rabaseda. It is great for any coach to have a young player that makes the most out of an opportunity. I hope this is good for his future, but not when he plays in Siena, please!"


FC Barcelona Regal
"Our defense was the key. They are dangerous on the fast break, and they have the leading scorer, Bobby Brown. They are a versatile team, so we did a good job of stopping them from penetrating and stopping their three-point shot. Tomic is our starting center and he is playing well. I am just coming in to back up and pick up the job where he left off, give him some rest. We are playing good right now, we are working hard and it is paying off. We tried to win by as much as we can because going to Siena is going to be tough, it is a hard place to play. We have an advantage of 19 points in fighting for the first spot, but we will have to go to their home and fight for a win."
FC Barcelona Regal
"Siena was missing some key players, I think Ress is one of their best players right now. So, we had to use this opportunity and take advantage of them being a little weaker than usual and win by as many points as we can because we know when we go to Siena it is going to be very difficult. I think we are now tied for the first place, and now we just got to keep looking forward. Our big guys played great, especially Ante Tomic and Nate Jawai. More than points they scored, they played great defense. That was the key. Siena is really talented offensively, but our big guys did a pretty good job against them."
Montepaschi Siena
"We lost by 20 points, we did not play like we used to play this season. We were missing some players, maybe that is one of the reasons we could not play this game with a high level of intensity. We must improve in the next games. Every game is important, every win and every loss means a lot. We must approach every game as it is a final, and try to win it by as much as possible."
Montepaschi Siena
"They were aggressive, and we were not. They had a lot of energy and aggressiveness in their home court, we were struggling under their pressure and that is the difference of 20 points. We have to forget this result fast, learn from this, make some changes. The next game is soon, we cannot think about this game much."
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