2001-02Regular SeasonRound 14
February 14, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 PALAMALAGUTI
The fairytale season of Opel Skyliners has come to an end in Bologna, Italy, this season's destination for basketball dreamers. Defending champions Kinder Bologna defeated their guests from Frankfurt 69-62 to sweep into the Top 16 with a 12-2 record, tying Panathianiakos of Group C for the best regular season mark in the entire Euroleague. Frankfurt fell to 8-6, better than anyone expected, but only good enough for fifth-place as both of the teams it was tied with, Ulker and Union Olimpija, won their final games at home. Antoine Rigaudeau had the game-high for the victors with 15 points followed by David Andersen's 14 and 7 rebounds. Aleksandar Lockhmanchuk led Opel with 14 points followed by Marcus Goree and Chad Austin, who contributed 13 each.

It was an ugly game at the beginning of the first quarter. Both teams were unable to find, let alone maintain, any sort of rhythm. Kinder suffered from Ginobili's foul troubles, while Frankfurt only found points from Austin. Kinder led 7-5 after five minutes but then went on a mini 6-0 run. It was 13-5 for the home team before Lokhmanchuk entered the game. "Loch" sank a three and brought the Skyliners back into the game. Kinder still led by five at the end of the first period, 17-12, thanks to Andersen's and Jaric's points in the closing minutes.

Many mistakes and many turnovers characterized the first half. Kinder was able to go on a mini run to take an 8-point lead at 31-23, but Andersen wasted free throw opportunities and committed many mistakes in the paint. The game was choppy and Goree took advantage and scored twice. Baskets then became about as frequent as goals in soccer, and finally free throws from both Roller and Frosini ended the mistake-filled half with Kinder up by four, 33-29.

It was one of the ugliest third quarters ever seen in Palamalaguti arena. Kinder was held scoreless for five minutes before Frosini scored their first basket of the half. Meanwhile, Lokhmanchuk made two steals and turned them into easy fastbreak points. The Skyliners were able to run the ball thanks to a switch to zone defense. Kinder could not crack the 2-3 called by coach Herbert, while Goree did a great job on the boards. Opel flew by Kinder 33-35, and ended the third quarter up by eight, 42-50.

Kinder was finally able to break through the zone defense and recover thanks to a three by Abbio which fixed the score at 49-51. Kinder still made many mistakes but Frankfurt was unable to exploit them. The game was tied at 57-57 on Andersen's jumper which caused Frankfurt to switch to man-to-man. Although the score was still close, the game felt as it was already over as all the momentum had switched over to Kinder's side. A couple of free throws for the home team gave them a 67-60 lead as Lokhmanchuk and Goree missed last-minute three-point attempts that could have kept them in the game.
Thursday, February 14, 2002
Daniele Baiesi, Bolgona
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS; ROTH, ANDREAS; JANAC, LADISLAV
Attendance: 5620
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Kinder Bologna1716927
Opel Skyliners12172112
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Kinder Bologna17334269
Opel Skyliners12295062
Kinder Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 GINOBILI, EMANUEL 9:00 1 0/3 0/1 1/2       1 1     1 2 1 -4
7 ABBIO, ALESSANDRO 32:00 11 1/1 2/3 3/4 1 4 5   2 2 1   4 6 17
8 BONORA, DAVIDE 14:00   0/2 0/1                   1   -4
12 FROSINI, ALESSANDRO 24:00 10 3/4   4/4 2 3 5     3 1   3 2 11
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 34:00 14 6/14   2/4   7 7   1 2 1   2 5 14
14 RIGAUDEAU, ANTOINE 29:00 15 3/5 1/4 6/6   2 2 1 2 1     2 6 18
17 BRKIC, DAVID 2:00                              
18 SMODIS, MATJAZ 17:00 7 3/5 0/1 1/1 3 3 6   1 3     5 1 4
19 BARLERA, PAOLO 5:00                   1         -1
20 JARIC, MARKO 34:00 11 4/9 0/3 3/5 2 11 13 1 3 2 1   2 5 20
Team             1 1   8           9
Totals 200:00 69 20/43 3/13 20/26 8 31 39 3 18 14 4 1 21 26 84
        46.5% 23.1% 76.9%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
Opel Skyliners
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STANESCU, VIRGIL 19:00 6 1/3   4/4   1 1     2     5 2  
6 DIARRA, IBRAHIM 18:00   0/1 0/1   1 1 2   1 1     3   -3
8 GOREE, MARCUS 32:00 13 4/10 0/6 5/8 3 11 14   3 3   2 2 8 16
10 JANKE, INGMAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ROLLER, PASCAL 31:00 7 1/5 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 2     4 4 4
12 AUSTIN, CHAD 38:00 13 1/3 3/11 2/2   4 4 1 1 3     3 3 6
13 MARAS, ROBERT 27:00 9 4/5   1/2 4 6 10   1 1     4 1 14
14 LUTCKE, NIKLAS 10:00     0/1             1     1   -3
15 LOKHMANCHUK, ALEXANDER 25:00 14 4/7 2/9   1 1 2 1 3   1 2 4 3 8
Team           6 2 8   5 3         10
Totals 200:00 62 15/34 6/32 14/18 16 28 44 3 16 16 1 4 26 21 52
        44.1% 18.8% 77.8%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
Kinder Bologna
"Of course this game was characterized by our lack of motivation, as we were already sure of our first place. We were not fluid enough on the court. This game was useful for us to make our inside players practice against heavy big men. Our desire to bring the game home was the most positive thing."
HERBERT, GORDON
Opel Skyliners
"We played like we wanted to for 30 minutes, we did what we were prepared for. But the situation was very difficult for us, and we paid for the mistakes we made on the court. We finished 8-6, and even if we did not make it to the 2nd round we did great things this season."

Players

GOREE, MARCUS
Opel Skyliners
"We played together for 30 minutes, we did what we had prepared in the last few days. But we missed the chance to make it to the Top 16 in the last three games, most of all with the home loss against Olimpija"
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