2012-13Top 16Round 14
April 04, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.8 Points 80.5
32.7 Rebounds 31.8
10.3 O. Rebounds 9.7
22.4 D. Rebounds 22.1
15.7 Assists 15.9
5.7 Steals 5.1
2.2 Blocks 2.5
12.7 Turnovers 11.6
51.6 % 2PT 48.7 %
36.3 % 3PT 39.2 %
77.3 % FT 79.7 %
80.2 Index 83.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.8 / Lampe Points 18.6 / Brown
6.0 / Lampe Rebounds 5.2 / Sanikidze
1.9 / Lampe OR 1.9 / Sanikidze
4.1 / Lampe DR 3.3 / Sanikidze
4.5 / Heurtel Assists 5.3 / Brown
1.2 / Cook Steals 1.0 / Hackett
0.6 / Pleiss Blocks 1.0 / Ress
2.2 / Heurtel Turnovers 2.5 / Brown
75.0 % / Cabezas 2PT 60.4 % / Ortner
50.0 % / Oleson 3PT 100.0 % / Eze
95.5 % / Cabezas FT 100.0 % / Rasic
13.4 / Lampe Index 17.2 / Brown


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-6 Top 16 7-6
4-6 Regular Season 5-5
11-12 Overall 12-11


Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal

The Take

A critical game for both games in Top 16 Group F takes place in Vitoria, Spain, where Caja Laboral hosts Montepaschi Siena on Thursday. The loser will be out of chances to get to the playoffs - but the winner doesn't have a guaranteed spot in the next round, either! If Olympiacos beats Khimki, however, this game’s winner will reach the playoffs. Otherwise, Vitoria will be eliminated if it wins, Maccabi wins and Khimki wins by less than 13 points. Montepaschi can also be out with a win, too, if Barcelona wins and Khimki wins by less than 20 or if its own victory is by less than 31 points, Maccabi wins and Khimki wins by exactly 4 points. Vitoria even has a chance to finish third with a victory if Barcelona also wins and Khimki wins by at least 11 points. First and foremost, both teams need a win, as the loser will be out no matter what.

With Daniel Hackett still sidelined, Marco Carraretto will see most playing time at shooting guard for Siena against his former team. David Moss will try to use his top-class defensive skills to make the difference in this critical game. Versatile forward Kristjan Kangur and sharp shooter Matt Janning give coach Luca Banchi a lot of depth at both wings. Carraretto will go against aggressive swingman Fabien Causeur and three-point threat David Jelinek. Moss must give his best on defense against former All-Euroleague forwards Andres Nocioni and Fernando San Emeterio, two veteran swingmen with tons of big-game experience. Vitoria's main concern will be stopping Bobby Brown, the Euroleague's top scorer. Brown can change every game with his unlimited shooting range, driving ability and great court sense, since he ranks fourth in assists, too. Aleksandar Rasic will offer sharp shooting and experience off the bench. Laboral relies on pass-first playmaker Omar Cook and electric point guard Thomas Heurtel to stop Brown in this critical game. 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 and shooting power forward Kangur, a key player for head coach Luca Banchi. Eze and Ortner must work hard on defense against Maciej Lampe, who can use his outside shooting to open the floor and his post skills to fill the basket from the paint. Blue-collar big man Milko Bjelica, versatile inside-outside talent Nemanja Bjelica and defensive anchor Tibor Pleiss round out the hosts' frontcourt, which will be key to any success for Vitoria.

Vitoria needs a big game from Lampe and Nemanja Bjelica, to control the game rhythm through Heurtel and especially Cook, to play with great aggressiveness and to see its most-experienced players, San Emeterio and Nocioni, take over at both wings. Montepaschi needs a big game from Brown and Moss, to play under control all 40 minutes, to share the ball and find open shots and to power the offensive glass through Sanikidze, Ortner and Eze. Expect a great battle at Fernando Buesa Arena!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Game Notes


Maciej Lampe has scored in double figures in 11 straight Euroleague games.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Andres Nocioni scored a season-high 24 points in last week’s crucial win at BC Khimki. Nocioni has averaged 17.3 points on 12-of-20 three-point shooting (60%) over his last four games.

Nocioni needs just 23 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his Euroleague career.

Omar Cook dished a season-high 11 assists in last week’s road win at Caja Laboral.


Montepaschi Siena is tied for the Euroleague lead in scoring (80.5 ppg.) and leads the league in three-pointers made (244) and free-throw percentage (79.7%) 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 (18.6 ppg.) and is fourth in assists (5.3 apg.).

Brown has scored at least a dozen points in 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Aleksandar Rasic has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Matt Janning matched his season high with 16 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting against Caja Laboral Vitoria when they met in February.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"These are games that decide a lot, and for that reason, we have to play to the limit. We cannot relax even for a moment. Montepaschi is an unpredictable team, with lots of talent playing one-on-one, and very dependent on its perimeter players. On a good day, it's a team that can do anything it wants, so it's a question of time before it gets back to winning games. We have to be very aware, because Siena always begins games very tough and concentrated. Our team is very motivated and very concentrated. It will be a great prize if we can win and the other results fall in our favor. We deserve the prize of reaching the next round."
Montepaschi Siena
"We are about to face an extremely important game affected by a continuous situation of emergency despite this we have the firm determination to play on equal terms against such a strong team like Caja Laboral. Our opponents are going through a period of good shape in fact they have improved during these last games of the Top 16 thanks to a long bench and to a system that allows them to stay at the top spots also in the Spanish championship."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We are playing a final at home and we have to do what we have to do: win. What happens in other games doesn't depend on us. For Siena, it's also a final, so we have to expect they will be at their best. It will be very difficult if we don't concentrate fully because they have a very talented team that is experienced in this type of game. I have no doubt that our fans will respond and get us going. I hope it will be one of those nights they enjoy and together we can advance to the playoffs."
Montepaschi Siena
"We are going to face a great team such as Caja Laboral, with talent and big size players in the paint, but also in the guards and small forward. We know that if we want to try to win on their court we have to play a big game for 40 minutes. They have a great home court, and play in their arena is never easy."

Caja Laboral marches into playoffs, KOs Siena

Caja Laboral Vitoria advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs from Top 16 Group F by downing Montepaschi Siena 76-64 in a do-or-die battle on Thursday. Vitoria finished Group F in fourth place with an 8-5 record. It will face Group E champion CSKA Moscow in the upcoming playoffs. Montepaschi was sixth at 7-7 and now out of the competition. Maciej Lampe paced the winners with 27 points on 12-of-19 two-point shooting and 9 rebounds. Andres Nocioni and Fernando San Emeterio each scored 13 points for Vitoria. Nocioni added 13 rebounds for a double-double. Bobby Brown led Montepaschi with 24 points but none of his teammates scored in double digits. Montepaschi used a strong start to get a 4-8 lead. It didn't last long, however, as Nocioni and Lampe fueled a 19-3 run which gave Vitoria its first double-digit lead, 23-11, early in the second quarter. An outstanding Lampe soon made it a 16-point game, but Brown and Eze brought Montepaschi within 39-27 at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as a wild triple by San Emeterio gave Vitoria a 57-42 lead after 30 minutes, which the hosts extended to 69-45 to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.

First quarter: Nocioni takes over as Vitoria grabs lead

Benjamin Eze got Montepaschi going with a two-handed dunk and an off-balance jumper by Bobby Brown gave the guests a 0-4 lead. Omar Cook stepped up with a six-meter jumper, which David Moss matched at the other end. A free throw by Kristjan Kangur soon caused the Vitoria fans to start to wonder at 2-7. The hosts kept struggled to score until a huge block by Nocioni sent Lampe to dunk at the other end. Eze split free throws off a timeout and Lampe scored down low to bring Vitoria a bit closer, 6-8. Lampe kept pacing Vitoria with a layup-plus-foul, which gave the hosts their first lead, 9-8. Brown took over with his own three-point play, which Nocioni erased with a triple. Montepaschi started to miss open shots and could not get Brown involved. Nocioni insisted from downtown to ignite the crowd, 15-11, at the end of a very intense first quarter.

Second quarter: Lampe leads Laboral to big margin

Lampe finished a five-chance Vitoria offense with a put-back layup and a fast break slam by Nemanja Bjelica soon caused the guests to call timeout at 19-11. Nemanja Bjelica scored in penetration and a two-handed dunk by Lampe broke the game open, 23-11, after an 11-0 run. Marco Carraretto tried to change things with a layup and a dunk by Viktor Sanikidze gave Montepaschi some hope at 23-15. Sanikidze scored again to cap a 0-6 run and force Coach Zan Tabak to call timeout at 23-17. Nocioni stepped up with another three-pointer and a stop-and-pop jumper by Fernando San Emeterio restored a double-digit Vitoria margin, 28-17. San Emeterio struck from downtown and Lampe added a jump hook that made it a 16-point game. Brown nailed a triple; Lampe scored in the paint. A jump hook by Eze kept Montepaschi within 35-22. San Emeterio scored in penetration before Matt Janning and Fabien Causeur traded layups. A buzzing-beater triple by Brown fixed the halftime score at 39-27.

Third quarter: Siena tries, but hosts remain far ahead

Daniel Hackett downed a corner three-pointer immediately after the break to bring Montepaschi within single digits, 39-30. Lampe stepped up with a huge slam which he followed with free throws for a 43-30 Vitoria lead. Lampe scored again, as Montepaschi kept missing open shots from beyond the arc. An unstoppable Lampe sank a jump hook and a jumper by Nocioni forced the guests to stop the game at 49-30, after a 10-0 run. Eze tried to ignite his team's comeback with a baseline jumper, which Tibor Pleiss erased with free throws. Moss shined with a corner three-pointer, but didn't find much help around. Vitoria, however, struggled to score without Lampe on the floor. Brown made foul shots that Cook improved on with a bomb from downtown. Sanikidze joined the three-point shootout and a floating layup by Brown gave Montepaschi some hope at 54-42. A wild buzzer-beating triple by San Emeterio ignited the crowd, 57-42, through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Hosts seal win early, start to celebrate

An unstoppable San Emeterio scored again early in the fourth quarter and an acrobatic fast break layup by Thomas Heurtel made it a 19-point game. Montepaschi kept struggling to score when it mattered most. Meanwhile, a free throw by Pleiss and a three-pointer by Causeur sealed the outcome, 65-42, with over seven minutes to go. Hackett struck from downtown, but a put-back basket by Causeur and an alley-oop layup by Lampe boosted the hosts' lead to 69-45. Vitoria kept an eye on other courts, as wins by Khimki and Maccabi could leave the hosts out of the playoffs. Brown followed free throws with a three-pointer and a dunk by Benjamin Ortner brought Montepaschi within 69-52. A three-pointer by Janning capped a 0-10 Montepaschi run, as Lampe stepped up with a slam. Brown scored off a steal and a seven-meter bomb by Janning made it 71-60 with over two minutes left. Brown nailed a jumper but it proved to be too little, too late for the guests, as Vitoria cruised to a big win which sent it to the playoffs!

Caja Laboral celebrates - EB12
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Attendance: 13870
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Montepaschi Siena11161522
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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 21:32 5 1/1 1/3     1 1 1 1       1 2 7
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 30:36 13 2/9 3/7 0/3 5 8 13 1 1 3 2   3 5 15
11 BJELICA, MILKO 13:29   0/1       1 1   1 1   1 1 1 -1
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 28:13 13 3/6 2/5 1/2 1 1 2 5   1     2 1 11
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 12:52 3 0/3   3/4 2 2 4     1 1 1 1 2 3
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 18:51 2 1/2 0/2     1 1 8 3 3     1 1 8
25 JELINEK, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 27:08 27 12/19 0/1 3/3 7 2 9   1 1 1   3 4 30
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 26:31 6 2/5 0/3 2/2 1 6 7 3 1 1     2 3 11
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 20:48 7 2/4 1/3   2 2 4 1 1   1 1 4   5
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 23/50 7/24 9/14 22 25 47 19 9 11 5 3 18 19 94
        46% 29.2% 64.3%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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 37:04 24 5/8 3/8 5/5   3 3 6 2 5   2 2 4 22
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 25:34 7 3/5   1/4 3 3 6 3 1   2 2 3 2 11
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 16:04 2 1/1 0/2   1   1           2   -1
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 15:45   0/1 0/2     1 1 2   2   1 2 1 -4
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 22:46 1 0/2 0/2 1/2   4 4 1   1     5 2 -3
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 19:01 7 2/2 1/3   1 2 3   1 1 1   1 1 9
14 RESS, TOMAS 8:18     0/2                       -2
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 6:08 4 2/3                         3
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT 9:35 8 1/1 2/5                       5
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 17:36 6 0/1 2/3           1 3     2 6 6
34 MOSS, DAVID 22:09 5 1/2 1/2     2 2 1   2     2 2 4
Team           3 5 8               8
Totals 200:00 64 15/26 9/29 7/11 8 20 28 13 5 14 3 5 19 18 58
        57.7% 31% 63.6%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"When you play do-or-die games like this and you win them like we did tonight, sometimes people tend to think that it was an easy task. It wasn’t. We just need to remind what they did to us in their home court. We managed to keep them at only 64 points. We didn’t win because our offense or better shooting percentages. We won because of a good defensive job, because of an extra effort on rebounding. In offense we worked hard to overcome their switching defenses. I don’t want to think about our playoff series against CSKA, because we have a domestic competition game this weekend. We were all looking at our mobile phones in the lockerroom, and even some players called friends or family that attended the other games live to know what was going on in the more immediate manner. You can imagine how happy the players were, as many of them are very young and this is the first time they have the opportunity of celebrating an achievement like this. It was a great night overall, especially because we felt a great support from the fans, they rewarded our effort."
Montepaschi Siena
"First of all I want to congratulate Caja Laboral for the qualification to the playoffs, but I want also congratulate my team for its Euroleague season even though we fell short in the last moment. It has been a very intense journey for this team, we got a lot of new players in the roster, some of them with no experience in the competition. We noticed that in some games of the regular season and also in the Top 16, and we couldn’t resist a so long season, with 24 games so far. But despite of being eliminated I feel that it has been a good season for us in terms of maintaining the credibility of this club, while we also managed to clinch the Cup title midway through the Top 16. Talking about the game, Caja Laboral played a great game, with a tough defense that we couldn’t handle. We were unable to build good shooting situations to get high percentage. When Lampe took the court the game changed, as their intensity increased and made the difference. Another key moment was when we managed to reduce the margin to single digits after two fast-breaks and we received an immediate answer from them with a big run. That finished with our confidence and our chances, but I’m satisfied that the players showed competitive spirit till the end."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"The team seized the opportunity, we did what we had to do, leaving Siena chanceless and waiting for the other results in Barcelona and Moscow. It’s a great feeling. This is why I came back to Europe after two seasons in the NBA with few chances to play. I prepared myself for this for a long time, waiting for the opportunity of joining a winning team and doing things like this. It was a challenge, personally speaking, so I am pretty happy for this achievement. I think we have chances against CSKA. They are a great team, of course, but if we play defense like we did tonight, few teams in Europe will feel comfortable against us. In the big games this team always responds, we showed attitude and personality. Maybe it’s a very particular personality, but we have personality. It would be a sin to lose an opportunity like this, to try to make it to the Final Four again, because we don’t know when in the future we will be in a situation like this. We made many miracles this year, so why not another one?"
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a magic night for all of us. We did what we were expected to do and the other results were also good for us. Now it’s time for celebration, we have to enjoy this moment because what we achieved tonight was not easy at all."
Montepaschi Siena
"All the players in this team feel disappointed tonight. But it’s not only because we lost this game, but for the chances we lost in games like the one we lost against Olympiacos at home and the last rout in Istanbul against Besiktas. We cannot dig that hole before this game. But we must take this like men and move forward. This year the Euroleague was different, it was longer, tougher, and even though the team could feel tired – also because of the injuries – we cannot take that as excuses. It’s over now, so we must focus on what remains ahead of us. It’s true that there were many players that were new to the team and the competition, but it doesn’t count now as we are eliminated. We could have done a lot better, but now we have to look for winning the championship in the Italian League."
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