2012-13Top 16Round 7
February 15, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAESTRA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.8 Points 76.6
31.9 Rebounds 33.0
9.8 O. Rebounds 10.9
22.1 D. Rebounds 22.1
16.4 Assists 14.3
4.9 Steals 5.8
2.6 Blocks 2.3
11.5 Turnovers 12.3
48.8 % 2PT 49.6 %
40.6 % 3PT 36.0 %
80.7 % FT 78.1 %
88.6 Index 79.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
20.4 / Brown Points 12.6 / Lampe
5.9 / Sanikidze Rebounds 6.0 / Lampe
2.3 / Sanikidze OR 2.0 / Bjelica, N.
3.7 / Sanikidze DR 4.1 / Lampe
5.4 / Brown Assists 4.1 / Heurtel
1.2 / Hackett Steals 0.9 / Bjelica, N.
1.3 / Ress Blocks 0.6 / Pleiss
2.4 / Brown Turnovers 2.3 / Heurtel
70.0 % / Carraretto 2PT 75.0 % / Cabezas
100.0 % / Eze 3PT 50.0 % / Oleson
100.0 % / Rasic FT 95.5 % / Cabezas
19.9 / Brown Index 13.5 / Lampe


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-1 Top 16 4-2
5-5 Regular Season 4-6
10-6 Overall 8-8


Crew Chief

The Take

A battle atop Top 16 Group F is expected in Italy, where Montepaschi Siena hosts Caja Laboral Vitoria on Friday. Montepaschi ties with FC Barcelona Regal for first place in Group F, each with a 5-1 record, with Vitoria and BC Khimki Moscow Region right behind at 4-2 apiece. Both teams meet for the first time since the 2008 Final Four's third place game. Montepaschi leads the all-time series 3-2 and is undefeated at home against Vitoria.

Caja Laboral has a new rotation at both wings in which aggressive swingman Fabien Causeur is seeing extended playing time to make the most out of his intensity, scoring skills and determination. Andres Nocioni will be Vitoria's main option at small forward, offering size, power and experience while Fernando San Emeterio will, as always, do a little bit of everything to make his team win. With Marco Carraretto sidelined, Coppa Italia MVP Daniel Hackett will see most playing time at shooting guard against Causeur and San Emeterio. David Moss will try to use his top-class defensive skills against Nocioni, in a critical matchup in this game. Versatile forward Kristjan Kangur and sharp shooter Matt Janning give coach Luca Banchi a lot of depth at both wings. Laboral's main concern will be stopping Bobby Brown, the Euroleague's top scorer. Brown can change every game with his unlimited range, ability to read the double team - he ranks third in assists, too - and great court sense. Aleksandar Rasic will offer sharp shooting and experience off the bench. Laboral relies on Omar Cook, Thomas Heurtel and Carlos Cabezas to stop Brown, as the guests will have plenty of fouls to give and experienced players to go against him. Tomas Ress is back to Montepaschi's lineup, leading a frontcourt that also features rock-solid big men ben Eze and Benjamin Ortner, as well as athletic rebounder Viktor Sanikidze. Ress must use his experience and deep range against Nemanja Bjelica, whose ballhandling, size and high basketball IQ can be decisive against anyone. Eze and Ortner must work hard on defense against December bwin MVP Maciej Lampe, who can use his outside shooting to open the floor. Blue-collar big man Milko Bjelica and defensive anchor Tibor Pleiss round the guests' frontcourt.

Vitoria needs to stop Brown to dominate the game tempo, run its offense through Nocioni and Lampe, expect Nemanja Bjelica to make the difference at power forward and power the offensive board to prevent Montepaschi from running. Montepaschi needs a good game from Brown and Moss, make the most out of his bigger depth at both wings and circulate the ball like it did until now - with enough patience to find open shots especially for Janning, Ress and Hackett.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Game Notes


Montepaschi Siena and Caja Laboral have not met since the third-place game at the 2008 Euroleague Final Four in Madrid, Spain. Siena won that game 97-93 after overtime as Terrell McIntyre tallied 16 points and 12 assists. Three current Siena players – Benjamin Eze, Marco Carraretto and Tomas Ress – played in that game.

Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (83.8 ppg.), three-pointers made (178), three-point percentage (40.6%), free throws made (255), free-throw percentage (80.7%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.42 assists per turnover) this season.

Brown leads the Euroleague in scoring (20.4 ppg.) and is ranked third in assists (5.4 apg.). He is tied with Zalgiris guard Marko Popovic for the Top 16 lead in three-pointers made with 17.

Brown has scored at least 10 points and made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague 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.

Daniel Hackett has recorded at least 1 steal in seven straight Euroleague games.


Maciej Lampe and Thomas Heurtel are the only Caja aboral players to start every Euroleague game this season.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight consecutive Euroleague games.

Fernando San Emeterio needs 7 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his career.

Maciej Lampe has scored in double figures in four straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Montepaschi Siena
"The end of the first round of the Top 16 reveals a particularly tough game against a team which has been able to collect some incredible successes after changing its coach. We want to play a solid and bold game in order to bridge our gaps since our opponents are very strong either physically and technically. We will have to stand off and guard the second position and hopefully we will be able to create the appropriate environment in order to keep our court undefeated in the Top 16."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Winning in Siena would be a great boost in our goal of making the Playoffs. Montepaschi is one of the few Euroleague teams with five players who can play outside the arc. They don't have much inside game but the long range threat is always there, and they are difficult to defend at the one on one. Bobby Brown is really hurting the rivals and our guards will have to make an extra effort to stop him."


Montepaschi Siena
"This Top 16 round is very long and we have to play many games. We want to try to win all the home games and do the best also on the road. It should be very important to start in the right way after the break, with a win against a strong team such as Caja Laboral."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We must push a little more. We already had the luxury of losing two straight games and now we have two straight road games, so we must try to get, at least, one win. That's our goal. We can lose some games, but the important thing is to maintain our level. We are not at our top level and it's normal that some doubts appear, but we must keep working and improving. Montepaschi is a very competitive and athletic team. They defend well and they just won the Italian Cup. It will be a difficult game for us."

Montepaschi outshoots Vitoria to keep share of first place

Montepaschi Siena hit 15 three-pointers on 26 attempts en route to an 85-74 victory over Caja Laboral Vitoria on Friday night. The win improved Siena’s record to 6-1 and a share of first place in Top 16 Group F alongside FC Barcelona Regal, while Caja Laboral dropped its third straight game and now has a 4-3 record. After trailing 35-39 early in the third quarter, the Italian champions went on an 18-4 run to take the lead for good. Siena hit 6 threes in the third quarter and 4 more early in the fourth to grab full control of the game and cruise to victory. Bobby Brown led the way with 18 points and 5 assists, while Matt Janning scored 16 points on 4-for-5 three-point shooting. Daniel Hackett also finished with 16, Benjamin Eze had 10 points and David Moss grabbed 11 rebounds along with his 9 points. For Caja Laboral, Maciej Lampe scored 17 points, Nemanja Bjelica collected 15 points plus 7 rebounds and Andres Nocioni had 10 points in defeat.

First quarter: Visitors overcome Siena’s triples to go in front

Lampe opened the scoring from close range, but it was Siena that got it going first, and it was from long range. Brown sank a wide-open triple before Kristjan Kangur and Janning hit back-to-back three-pointers for an 11-6 lead. Vitoria found success in the paint, with Thomas Heurtel running the show and Lampe punishing the hosts inside, but Brown’s triple and Benjamin Eze’s put-back made it 18-12. The visitors answered with a triple and a layup-plus-foul from Fernando San Emeterio, before Fabien Causeur beat the buzzer with a fastbreak layup for a 22-23 edge after the first quarter.

Second quarter: Defenses step up, Vitoria stays in front

Hackett made a layup at the start of the second quarter, but Laboral quickly regained the lead as San Emeterio hustled for a put-back-plus-free throw. Tibor Pleiss and Nemanja Bjelica added close-range buckets to keep the visitors in front. The Vitoria interior defense also stepped up, forcing the hosts to take tough shots from the outside. But Aleksandar Rasic hit a long jumper from one corner and a triple from the other. Eze added a couple of monster dunks to keep Siena within a single possession. Causeur and Nocioni helped the visitors go into the break holding a 35-37 lead.

Third quarter: Siena pulls away with an 18-4 run

Lampe and Brown traded jump shots at the beginning of the third quarter before Siena regained the lead with a triple from Janning, followed with back-to-back three-pointers from Moss for 48-41. The hosts’ decision to switch to zone defense disrupted Laboral’s rhythm, while Janning hit his third three-pointer as the margin swelled to 10 points. Nemanja Bjelica scored from downtown to snap an 18-4 run, but Siena scored 8 more unanswered points as Kangur and Moss sunk back-to-back threes to make it 61-46. On the other end, Lampe scored in the paint and Nemanja Bjelica finished the scoring in the quarter with a spectacular dunk over Eze, 61-50.

Fourth quarter: Hosts cruise as they drain more threes

Nemanja Bjelica and Eze traded buckets inside to start the fourth quarter before Hackett and Tomas Ress hit triples making it 71-54. After a timeout, Nocioni and Omar Cook scored from downtown to bring Laboral within 73-62, but more threes from Janning and Hackett maintained Siena’s double-digit advantage. Before the end, Lampe strung together 6 points to help the visitors cut it to 83-74 and Brown made a pair from the foul line to round out the scoring.

Matt Janning - Montepaschi Siena - EB12
Friday, February 15, 2013
Attendance: 4315
By Quarter1234
Montepaschi Siena22132624
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria23141324
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Montepaschi Siena22356185
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria23375074
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 33:28 18 3/8 2/5 6/6   2 2 5   6 1   1 6 17
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 28:46 10 5/7   0/1 2 4 6     1 2   1 2 15
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 8:41 5 1/2 1/2           1       1   3
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 33:52 8 1/3 2/4   1 3 4 4     1   3 3 13
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 6:08     0/1   1   1           1   -1
14 RESS, TOMAS 6:50 3 0/1 1/2                   2 1  
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 4:24   0/1                         -1
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT 25:45 16 1/1 4/5 2/2       4 2       3 2 20
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 19:10 16 3/4 2/4 4/4   2 2 2   1     2 2 16
34 MOSS, DAVID 32:56 9 0/9 3/3   2 9 11 1 1     1 1 2 13
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 85 14/36 15/26 12/13 7 24 31 16 4 8 4 1 15 18 100
        38.9% 57.7% 92.3%
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 20:21 3 0/2 1/2     1 1 5         3   3
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 21:58 10 2/6 1/3 3/4   4 4     1 1 1 2 6 10
11 BJELICA, MILKO 11:01 4 1/2   2/2 1 1 2 2       1 2 1 5
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 28:33 9 2/5 1/2 2/2 2 2 4 2         1 3 13
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 15:37 6 2/2   2/2 1 1 2     1     2 1 6
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 28:34 6 2/6 0/3 2/3   4 4 8   1   1 1 3 10
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 24:23 17 8/12 0/1 1/2 1 4 5 1   4   1 1 1 12
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 28:36 15 6/6 1/2   2 5 7 2 3 3     5   18
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 20:57 4 2/4 0/3   1 3 4 2         2   3
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 74 25/45 4/16 12/15 10 26 36 22 3 10 1 4 19 15 83
        55.6% 25% 80%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

Montepaschi Siena
"It was a very nice night for us. Since the beginning I had the perception of a very tough game, against a great team that lost the Spanish Cup at home and also the last two Euroleague games. Our third quarter was great as far as strength, intensity and aggressiveness."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"The key to the game was the third quarter. We missed easy shots when Siena was playing zone defense and we couldn’t defend on the pick-and-roll played by Siena. "


Montepaschi Siena
"We wanted start well after the break for the Cup. The coaching staff talked to us about the importance of this game. We started a little bit slow, but then in second half we came back with more energy and that’s the reason for our win. "
Montepaschi Siena
"It was a very important win for us against a great team such as Caja Laboral. We started very good, but then in the second quarter Caja played great defense and it was tough for us to find good shots. Then, at halftime we adjusted some details, and we played a great second half offensively and defensively. "
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a close game. In the third quarter they scored lot of threes and they made the break. That was the key moment of the game."
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