2012-13Top 16Round 11
March 14, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAESTRA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.3 Points 78.2
31.6 Rebounds 35.3
9.7 O. Rebounds 10.3
22.0 D. Rebounds 25.0
16.2 Assists 15.5
5.0 Steals 5.7
2.6 Blocks 3.1
11.8 Turnovers 12.9
48.8 % 2PT 51.2 %
40.6 % 3PT 35.6 %
80.9 % FT 74.2 %
85.9 Index 85.4

Player Stats

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19.3 / Brown Points 15.9 / Spanoulis
5.4 / Sanikidze Rebounds 5.8 / Hines
2.0 / Sanikidze OR 2.6 / Hines
3.4 / Sanikidze DR 3.2 / Hines
5.2 / Brown Assists 5.4 / Spanoulis
1.1 / Hackett Steals 1.0 / Spanoulis
1.1 / Ress Blocks 1.0 / Hines
2.7 / Brown Turnovers 3.5 / Spanoulis
57.8 % / Ortner 2PT 60.3 % / Hines
100.0 % / Eze 3PT 60.9 % / Sloukas
100.0 % / Ortner FT 85.7 % / Sloukas
18.0 / Brown Index 16.7 / Spanoulis


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-3 Top 16 6-4
5-5 Regular Season 8-2
12-8 Overall 14-6


Crew Chief

The Take

In a critical game in the fight to reach the playoffs in Top 16 Group F, Montepaschi Siena hosts Olympiacos Pireaus on Friday. Montepaschi ranks second in Group F at 7-3 and Olympiacos ties for third place at 6-4. None of the teams has chances to advance this week but obviously, the winner will greatly improve its chances to seal its ticket to the next round. Montepaschi edged the Reds 72-74 in Top 16 Game 4 on a go-ahead layup by Bobby Brown.

Brown, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's top scorer, will be the player to watch for the Olympiacos defense, as Siena runs its offense through him, making the most out of his one-on-one skills. Brown will see most minutes at point guard, with sharpshooter Aleksandar Rasic backing him up. Daniel Hackett is doubtful for this game, so both Rasic and Brown may share playing time on court. Brown will not have it easy against elite defensive stopper Doron Perkins. Meanwhile, Rasic must use his size and deep range against aggressive playmaker Acie Law. At the same time, Montepaschi must be ready to stop Vassilis Spanoulis, the defending champs' go-to guy. Spanoulis, a natural-born mismatch due to his high basketball IQ, will get plenty of help at both wings from small forward Kostas Papanikolaou, two-time Euroleague champ Stratos Perperoglou and clutch shooter Kostas Sloukas. Spanoulis will not have it easy against a good on-the-ball defender like Marco Carraretto. Papanikolaou faces a critical matchup against David Moss and Sloukas is ready to test his shooting skills against scoring ace Matt Janning. Montepaschi faces severe injury problems around the basket, as Benjamin Eze and Tomas Ress are questionable against Olympiacos. If so, Benjamin Ortner and Viktor Sanikidze will see extended playing time, Luca Lechthaler will offer size and intensity as backup center, and Kristjan Kangur will be Montepaschi's main option at power forward. Olympiacos has more depth around the baskets, led by Kyle Hines but this time, the team won't count on Giorgios Printezis, out due to back injury. Josh Powell, Giorgi Shermadini and Pero Antic add size, power and rebounding skills.

Olympiacos must use its size advantage in the paint, power the boards to get easy points, and try to set a high game tempo, running its offense through Spanoulis and using Perkins and Law to stop Brown. Siena needs a big game from Brown and Moss, with Kangur needed to make the difference at power forward. Siena must use its great ball circulation to find open shots and rely on its outstanding fans to give them an extra boost in a very important game for both teams.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Game Notes


Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (82.3 ppg.), three-pointers made (219) and free-throw percentage (80.9%) this season.

David Moss and Bobby Brown are the only Montepaschi players to start every Euroleague game this season. In total, Coach Luca Banchi has used 13 different players in the starting lineup this season.

Brown leads the Euroleague in scoring (19.3 ppg.) and is fourth in assists (5.2 apg.).

Brown has scored at least 10 points in 12 straight and 19 of his last 20 Euroleague games.

Daniel Hackett has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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



Olympiacos ousted Montepaschi 3-1 in the playoffs last season en route to winning the title. Kyle Hines averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks – including a career high 4 on the deciding game – to lead the Reds.

 Vassilis Spanoulis had the only double-digit assist game of his career against Montepaschi in the 2009 playoffs. Spanoulis, then with Panathinaikos, led the Greens to a series clinching 84-91 Game 4 win with 11 points, 10 assists and 3 steals. 

Eleven different Olympiacos players have appeared in the starting lineup this season. Vassilis Spanoulis is the only player to start every game.

Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 22 of his last 23 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis leads the league lead in fouls drawn with 112.

Kostas Papanikolaou was the regular season leader in three-point accuracy at 59.4%.

Kostas Sloukas has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.6 per game.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Montepaschi Siena
"We will face this important matchup against Olympiacos with pride and awareness, with the respect for a rival with great values, but against which we will try to play with maximum resistance. We must not pay attention to outer difficulties and just be aware that we have to play with head and together as a team against such a good team."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We don't see it as a final. It is just one more game that we want to win to get closer to the qualification. If we win Siena we will not qualify for sure but we will make a step for the second place. But then we will need more wins. Printezis is injured and he will not play and this is a very important absence for us."


Montepaschi Siena
"It is going to be a crucial game for us against Olympiacos. They are a great team, with big names and if they play good basketball they can beat anybody. We still have our home court undefeated in Top 16 and we want to maintain it undefeated until Top 16 finish."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I believe that every game is very important till the end of the Top 16. Now we have to face Siena and I believe that it is a very difficult game. The key for the win is to play our game. This means that we have to play strong in defense, we have to stop them and not let them take the game to their rhythm and also we have to run at the fastbreak."

Hines, Olympiacos rally past Montepaschi for pivotal win

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by edging Montepaschi Siena 67-68 on the road on Thursday. The two teams are now tied for second place in Group F, each with a 7-4 record. Kostas Papanikolaou and Kostas Sloukas paced the winners with 11 points apiece. Kyle Hines and Vassilis Spanoulis each scored 10 for Olympiacos. Hines added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangur led Montepaschi with 14 points apiece. David Moss added 11 for the hosts. Acie Law shined early to give Olympiacos a 4-12 margin. Montepaschi improved its defense and a triple by Janning gave the hosts their first lead, 18-17, after 10 minutes. Janning kept pushing Montepaschi and a layup by Benjamin Eze made it a double-digit game, 36-26. Pero Antic and Spanoulis brought Olympiacos as close as 37-36 at halftime. Outstanding defense allowed Montepaschi to grab a 53-44 edge late in the first quarter. Papanikolaou and Spanoulis struck from downtown in a 1-12 run that put Olympiacos back ahead, 54-56. A layup-plus-foul by Spanoulis seemed to seal the outcome, 61-68, but three-pointers by Janning and Moss brought Montepaschi within 67-68 already in the final minute. Montepaschi had a chance to win the game but did not get a shot up in the final seconds, allowing Olympiacos to celebrate a big win.

First quarter: Janning, Montepaschi overcome early deficit

Papanikolaou got Olympiacos going with a power layup off the baseline. Janning beat Spanoulis in the low post, but the champs' superstar took revenge with free throws. A fast break layup by Law soon gave Olympiacos a 2-6 lead. Montepaschi could not find the way to the basket and Law scored again to cause the hosts to call timeout at 2-8. Janning shined with a driving layup, but Giorgi Shermadini erased it with free throws and added a put-back slam to boost the Reds' margin to 4-12. Kristjan Kangur stepped up with a three-pointer and a close basket by Moss ignited the crowd at 9-12. Kangur kept pacing Montepaschi with free throws, which Papanikolaou improved on with a triple, good for an 11-15 Olympiacos edge. Bobby Brown took over with a driving basket, Shermadini made foul shots and Benjamin Ortner kept the hosts within 15-17. A three-pointer by Janning gave Montepaschi its first lead, 18-17, at the end of the first quarter.

Second quarter: Antic sparks Reds' rally

Kostas Sloukas took over with a second-chance layup early in the second quarter. Kangur made free throws, as Montepaschi had adjusted its defense with him and Viktor Sanikidze under the baskets. Stratos Perperoglou made foul shots, but Kangur buried a three-pointer from the top of the key and Sanikidze dunked for a 25-21 Montepaschi lead. Hines provided a highlight with a high-flying slam, but Daniel Hackett did even better with a bomb from downtown. Hines finished a great Olympiacos offense with a layup only to see Marco Carraretto find space for a wide open three-pointer. Olympiacos could not get Spanoulis involved due to Janning's outstanding defense. Law split foul shots, Janning struck from downtown and a third-chance layup by Eze made it a double-digit game, 36-26. Pero Antic nailed a corner triple and a put-back layup by Hines caused the hosts stop the game at 36-31. Janning split free throws, Antic nailed another three-pointer and a jumper by Spanoulis brought the guests within 37-36 at halftime.

Third quarter: Strong defense keeps Siena ahead

Both teams struggled to score after the break until Eze stepped up with a power layup - and the free throw that came with it. Antic shined with his third three-pointer, as Olympiacos couldn't get Spanoulis to play one-on-one. Brown hit a floating layup and Eze made it a four-point game. Spanoulis returned to the bench with 3 fouls and the Reds' offense collapsed. Meanwhile, Kangur scored down low and a long jumper by Brown forced the Reds to stop the game, 47-39. Sloukas nailed a big triple, but he didn't find much help around. Moss stepped up with a corner three-pointer and a put-back layup by Shermadini gave Olympiacos some hope at 50-44. Brown and Ortner made free throws. Spanoulis returned to the floor late in the third quarter. He fed Papanikolaou for a three-pointer and a fast break layup by Law kept Olympiacos within 54-49 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Down to the last shot

Hines scored around the basket early in the fourth quarter. Montepaschi was held scoreless for more than two minutes and another layup by Hines forced the guests to call timeout at 54-53. Spanoulis buried a three-pointer to complete his team's comeback, 54-56, but he had picked up his fourth foul on the previous play. Hackett fed Ortner for an easy basket, but a jumper by Sloukas put the guests back ahead, 56-58, with six minutes left. Papanikolaou nailed a triple that hit the rim, went up and fell down. Kangur rescued the hosts with a put-back basket, but no more points were added in the next two minutes. Spanoulis found Sloukas for a backdoor layup and a three-pointer by Moss kept Montepaschi within 61-63. Sloukas made free throws and Spanoulis finished a long, two-chance Olympiacos offense with a layup-plus-foul that gave the Reds a 61-68 lead with less than two minutes to go. Janning struck from downtown and Moss copied him from the left corner to make it a 67-68 with 31.8 seconds left. Law missed from beyond the arc, but Montepaschi could not get a shot up in the game's final possession and Olympiacos walked away victorious.

Kyle Hines - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Attendance: 4678
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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 33:41 8 3/8 0/5 2/2   4 4 4         1 4 9
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 19:57 6 2/9   2/3 4 5 9   1 1 1 3 3 3 5
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 9:17 3   1/2     1 1 1         1 1 4
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 28:32 14 2/3 2/5 4/4 3 3 6 1 1 3     5 4 14
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 17:22 2 1/1 0/1     5 5 1   1 1   3   4
14 RESS, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 11:20 5 2/2   1/2 2 1 3     2     3 1 3
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT 32:06 14 2/6 3/6 1/2   4 4 4   1 1   2 2 14
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 17:15 4 0/2 1/2 1/2   1 1 2 1 1     1 2 4
34 MOSS, DAVID 30:30 11 1/6 3/8   2 4 6 1 1       2 4 11
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 67 13/37 10/29 11/15 14 29 43 14 4 11 3 3 21 21 70
        35.1% 34.5% 73.3%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HINES, KYLE 22:59 10 5/9     6 5 11 1 1 3 1   2 3 18
5 LAW, ACIE 27:44 7 3/7 0/3 1/4 1 1 2 1 1 1     1 3 2
6 ANTIC, PERO 19:45 9 0/2 3/7     4 4 1         1 1 8
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 29:20 10 2/7 1/4 3/3       5   1   2 4 3 3
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:50 2 0/2 0/4 2/2 1   1   1 1     5 1 -7
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 13:14 8 2/4   4/4 3 1 4     2     2 3 9
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 24:22 11 3/6 1/5 2/2 1 4 5 1   2   1   3 10
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 POWELL, JOSH 3:47           2 2           3   -1
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PERKINS, DORON 4:40               1         1 1 1
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 37:19 11 1/2 3/6   1 6 7 2 2   2   2 3 21
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 68 16/39 8/29 12/15 16 27 43 12 5 10 3 3 21 21 71
        41% 27.6% 80%

Head Coaches

Montepaschi Siena
"The last quarter was not so good for us, also because we were really tired. But we have to be proud of our team, which tonight competed against a very big team like Olympiacos. Now we have to try to win in Istanbul, obviously the game tonight makes me look with confidence to the future."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a tough game. It was the step that we wanted in the Top 16. We want to go as far as we can in this competition and it was a very crucial win in this very difficult court. Our defense in the third and fourth quarters was excellent. We lost Printezis in practice and that means changing something in our way to play, but we took a very important win. "


Montepaschi Siena
"The key moment in the game came in the fourth quarter, when they started to make some shots and we went from up 5 to down 6 and in situations like that is very tough to come back. Now in Besiktas is another key game for us and we have to try to win on the road to move on."
Montepaschi Siena
"This loss is really bad for us, but there is nothing we can do now and we have to think about the future. I think that we had some problems in offense, but also we gave too many offensive rebounds to our opponents."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a very tough place to play, especially because they play really well here. We were down by 10, but we came back fighting and we got the win."
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