2012-13Top 16Round 13
March 29, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAESTRA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.0 Points 80.6
31.8 Rebounds 35.1
9.6 O. Rebounds 8.8
22.2 D. Rebounds 26.3
16.0 Assists 17.1
5.2 Steals 6.2
2.5 Blocks 3.5
11.5 Turnovers 13.1
48.7 % 2PT 57.8 %
39.6 % 3PT 37.8 %
79.8 % FT 75.8 %
84.8 Index 95.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
18.8 / Brown Points 12.3 / Navarro
5.2 / Sanikidze Rebounds 5.9 / Tomic
1.8 / Sanikidze OR 1.5 / Jawai
3.4 / Sanikidze DR 4.5 / Tomic
5.3 / Brown Assists 3.6 / Huertas
1.0 / Hackett Steals 1.1 / Mickeal
1.1 / Ress Blocks 1.3 / Tomic
2.5 / Brown Turnovers 1.7 / Huertas
62.0 % / Ortner 2PT 80.0 % / Rabaseda
100.0 % / Eze 3PT 53.6 % / Lorbek
100.0 % / Rasic FT 96.8 % / Huertas
17.9 / Brown Index 16.2 / Tomic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-5 Top 16 11-1
5-5 Regular Season 9-1
12-10 Overall 20-2

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
RADOVIC, SRETEN, Croatia
Umpire
BISSANG, JOSEPH, France

The Take

The latest duel between rivals Montepaschi Siena and Barcelona Regal takes place Friday in Italy. The Italian champs, 7-6, are in a crucial situation in Group F as part of a four-way tie for second place. Barcelona, 11-1, has reeled off 10 consecutive wins to already wrap up first place in the group. However Coach Xavi Pascual’s men will also be dealing with the loss of leader Pete Mickeal to a career- and life-threatening injury. Barca cruised to an 85-66 victory over Siena when they last met in January thanks to a 20-point, 5-assist effort from Ante Tomic.

The game is a battle of the most prolific offense in the league against its best defense. Bobby Brown leads Siena’s high-powered attack, but even Siena will have to be at its best to put up big numbers against Coach Xavi Pascual’s men. Brown, Matt Janning and Daniel Hackett are the main pieces in Coach Luca Banchi’s backcourt and all are strong shooters and scorers. Barca can turn Victor Sada loose to try and contain Brown, but the Spanish champs’ are most dangerous because of their great discipline and system, which allows them to stop opponents on defense, while the likes of scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro, playmaker Marcelinho Huertas and veteran offensive maestro Sarunas Jasikevicius take care of things at the other end. Montepaschi may get most of its points from its guards, but do-it-all forward David Moss, sharpshooter Kristjan Kanjur and high flyer Viktor Sanikidze play important roles too. Benjamin Eze and Benjamin Ortner will need to have their ‘A’games on defense against Barca big men Ante Tomic and Nate Jawai at center and Erazem Lorbek and C.J. Wallace at power forward. The latter’s ability to stretch the floor with his shooting – a tactic Siena uses well on the attack – could play a big role as it limits Siena’s ability to double-team Tomic in the post. Without Mickeal, young Alex Abrines, Xavi Rabaseda and Joe Ingles will get chances for more playing time to fill the void at small forward.

Siena has home-court advantage as well as the great significance of the game working in its favor. Barcelona could be a tough team to predict with the loss of Mickeal coupling with the fact that it has sealed the top spot in the group coming together to allow Coach Pascual to experiment. Nevertheless, the players fighting for extra minutes will be as determined as ever, adding to the expected drama to be on display in Siena.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

MONTEPACHI SIENA

Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (81.0 ppg.), three-pointers made (235) and free-throw percentage (79.8%) 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 (18.8 ppg.) and is fourth in assists (5.3 apg.).

Brown has scored at least 10 points in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

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

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

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

FC BARCELONA REGAL

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 67.4 points allowed and 60.0 performance index rating allowed per game. Barcelona also tops the league in performance index rating with an average of 95.8 per game.

Sarunas Jasikevicius is 4 points behind Gianluca Basile for 10th place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Saras enters this week’s game with 2,159 points in his 11 seasons in the Euroleague.

Marcelinho Huertas is due to make his 100th career Euroleague appearance this week.

Marcelinho Huertas is the Euroleague leader in free-throw shooting this season at 96.8%. Huertas has made 16 straight free throws in Euroleague action and 30 of 31 attempts this season.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in 13 straight Euroleague games.

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.

C.J. Wallace scored a season-high 13 points on perfect shooting in last week’s victory over Caja Laboral.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Jawai, Ingles lead Barcelona to 11th straight win

FC Barcelona Regal rallied from an early 15-point deficit to down Montepaschi Siena 69-77 on Friday night in Siena. The victory extended Barcelona’s winning streak to 11 games and improved its record to 12-1 atop Top 16 Group F, while Siena dropped its fourth consecutive game and now sits in a three-way tie for fourth place in the group at 7-6. Siena stormed in front 21-6 to open the game but Barcelona, which played without its top three scorers - Juan Carlos Navarro, Ante Tomic and Pete Mickeal – made a 2-17 run at the end of the first and a 4-11 run to start the second quarter to go up 29-24 and take the lead for good. The margin reached 48-61 near the end of the third quarter, and when Siena managed to come within 69-72, Marcelinho Huertas sealed the deal. Nate Jawai amassed career-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Barcelona in victory. Joe Ingles netted 20 points, and Huertas finished with 14 points plus 6 assists. Bobby Brown had 15 points and 6 assists for the hosts, while David Moss scored 12. Tomas Ress had all of his 10 points in the first half, and Kristjan Kangur also scored 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Hosts take big lead, Barca catches up

Siena stormed out of the gate as Ress nailed a three-pointer to start things before Brown hit a jumper and David Moss sank a three for a 10-0 lead in little over two minutes of play. After a timeout, Ingles opened Barcelona's account, but Aleksandar Rasic hit a triple and Ress followed it up with another one of his own to make it 16-2. After Jawai and Ingles scored more inside, Brown hit Siena's fifth shot from downtown for the biggest margin, 21-6. Barcelona, however, answered with back-to-back three-pointers from Huertas and Alex Abrines, as well as Jawai's follow dunk. The run continued when Ingles hit a triple, then Huertas and Ingles scored fastbreak layups on back-to-back possessions to tie it at 23-23 before Rasic made a driving layup to make it 25-23 after the first quarter.

Second quarter: Ingles, Jawai put Barcelona in front

Barcelona’s streak continued at the start of the second quarter. Abrines hit back-to-back jumpers, giving the visitors a 25-28 lead, and even though Moss hit a jumper and Benjamin Eze made an uncontested dunk for Siena, Ingles and Huertas hit back-to-back three-pointers for 29-34. The hosts tied the game at 36-36 with a triple from the left corner from Brown and a monster dunk from Viktor Sanikidze, but Jawai made basket-plus-free throw and a fastbreak two-handed slam to keep Barcelona in front. After Ress split free throws, Jawai muscled his way inside for another dunk and 40-45 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Barcelona extends the margin to double figures

Jawai made couple of dunks to start the third quarter before Moss and Victor Sada traded triples for 43-52. Sanikidze kept Siena within range with his offensive rebounding that produced a couple of put-backs, but Jawai answered with two easy baskets of his own after brilliant assists from Sada and Sarunas Jasikevicius. A jump shot from Jasikevicius and an awkward runner from Ingles made it 48-61, before Brown quickly answered with couple of layups. Benjamin Ortner converted a basket-plus-free throw to cut the deficit back into single digits, but Erazem Lorbek hit a shot, making it 55-66 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Huertas and Jawai seal the deal for Barcelona

A dunk from Moss and a triple from Kristjan Kangur cut it to 60-67 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but a tough baseline jumper from Sada kept the hosts at bay. Despite being in a comfortable situation, the visitors never stopped hustling for loose balls and controlling the glass. But Kangur’s three-pointer sparked the hosts’ run, and with a runner from Rasic and a pair of foul shots from Kangur cut it to 69-72. Huertas made a floater and Jawai grabbed a key offensive rebound with 32 seconds to go. Huertas sank both free throws to seal the deal and keep Barcelona’s winning streak alive.

Nathan Jawai - Barcelona Regal
Friday, March 29, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA)
Attendance: 5065
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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 30:44 15 3/11 2/5 3/4       6   4   3 3 2 1
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 14:15 2 1/1     3 2 5     1     1 1 6
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 19:49   0/1 0/3         3 1       4 1 -3
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 29:57 9 2/3 1/4 2/2   4 4 1   4     2 3 7
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 23:18 10 0/1 2/6 4/4   2 2           4 3 6
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 18:28 8 4/6 0/1 0/1 4 1 5 1     1   1 1 11
14 RESS, TOMAS 14:45 10   2/3 4/6 1 2 3 1         3 4 12
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 10:30 3 1/3   1/1   2 2 1   1     1 1 3
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 MOSS, DAVID 38:14 12 3/3 2/8     5 5 2 2 2     3 1 11
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 69 14/29 9/30 14/18 11 21 32 15 3 12 1 3 22 17 60
        48.3% 30% 77.8%
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
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 20:27 5 1/2 1/2   1 2 3 1         3 3 7
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 24:37 14 3/5 2/6 2/2   2 2 6 1 2     2 3 16
10 ABRINES, ALEX 19:09 7 2/2 1/4                   3   1
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 18:21 3 1/3 0/2 1/2   1 1 1   3     1 1 -3
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 14:13 1 0/2   1/2   5 5 1   2 1 1   1 3
18 WALLACE, C.J. 21:17           4 4 2 1 1     2 1 5
20 INGLES, JOE 35:17 20 4/8 2/3 6/8   2 2 1 1 1     1 3 18
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 1:39                           1 1
24 MBAYE, PAPA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 17:46 5 1/5 0/1 3/4 1   1   1       1 4 4
31 PEREZ, JOSEP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 JAWAI, NATE 27:14 22 9/10   4/5 6 6 12 1   2 2   4 5 34
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 77 21/37 6/18 17/23 11 24 35 13 4 11 3 1 17 22 91
        56.8% 33.3% 73.9%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"Our approach to the game honored the great fans that were here tonight and one more time this team showed its big character. They were able to come back in the game with the big their consistency in offense and in defense. We didn’t give up and we played 40 minutes with big intensity believing in the game until the end."

Players

RESS, TOMAS
Montepaschi Siena
"We played against maybe the best team in Europe, we played without some important players and also they missed some players. We faced them as best we could, we made mistakes, but they played well and finally won. We are happy with what we have done on court. "
CARRARETTO, MARCO
Montepaschi Siena
"We tried and fought as best we could, but unfortunately, we could not win. We started in a very positive way, but later we suffered from their size. We tried to do our best, but Barcelona is a very big team."
JAWAI, NATE
FC Barcelona Regal
"It was a great game. We won without one of our main guys. It was hard to come here and I think we had a bad start, but came back and competed hard. Everybody in the team put in a lot of hard work. We came up with a win and I hope we can keep it going and finish the Top 16 with a win against Maccabi before the playoffs."
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