2017-18Regular SeasonRound 4
October 26, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

Theodore helps AX Milan to first win

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan outlasted FC Barcelona Lassa to gain its first win of the season with a 78-74 triumph at Mediolanum Forum, leaving both teams with 1-3 records. Barcelona was up by 15 after a powerful second-quarter charge sparked by Juan Carlos Navarro, but Milan responded quickly to level by halftime, and the hosts surged clear in the fourth quarter to establish a lead big enough to withstand a late Barcelona flurry. Point guard Jordan Theodore was the stand-out performer with 19 points and 7 assists, while big man Kaleb Tarczewski combined 11 points with 8 rebounds. Mantas Kalnietis scored 14 points, and 11 rebounds from Arturas Gudaitis helped the hosts win the battle of the boards 38-30. For Barcelona, Thomas Heurtel had 13 points and 7 assists, with Navarro also scoring 13 and Pau Ribas netting 12.

The early stages went back and forth, with Ribas and Sasha Vezenkov both scoring 4 early points as Barcelona went 7-10 ahead midway through the first. Vladimir Micov and Dairis Bertans sank triples for Milan as Kevin Seraphin got into his stride with two consecutive baskets for the visitors, before Adrien Moerman’s buzzer-beating triple saw the first quarter end with Barcelona leading 17-22. Navarro entered the action by scoring 8 points in less than two minutes, as his team enjoyed a 2-12 run to establish a commanding lead. Another Navarro triple made it 23-37, but Milan then rallied with a thrilling 12-0 run including a three-point play from Bertans and a driving lay-up by Theodore, who then teed up an alley-oop for Tarczewski and produced another layup to make it 39-39 at halftime.

Both teams struggled for offensive rhythm in a third quarter containing seven lead changes, and Milan led by 1 point as the final quarter got underway. The same pattern resumed early in the fourth with both offenses struggling and the game staying close, until a 7-0 run featuring two layups from Kalnietis gave Milan some breathing room, and another layup from Theodore made it 65-60 with four minutes remaining. A Navarro-style finish from Petteri Koponen reduced the deficit, but Barcelona suffered a blow as Seraphin fouled out with more than three minutes to play. The irrepressible Theodore’s floater made it a 6-point game, and two tip-ins from Gudaitis appeared to have put the game beyond Barcelona’s reach. Back-to-back triples from Moerman and Ribas made it 74-71, but Pierre Oriola missed a tough alley-oop lay-up and Kalnietis hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Jordan Theodore - AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan - EB17
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), BALAK, AMIT (ISR), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO)
Attendance: 7345
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AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan17395478
FC Barcelona Lassa22395374
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 31:14 6 1/7 1/2 1/2 1 4 5 1   3   2   5 4
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 18:48 14 6/9   2/2   3 3 3 1       3 1 16
13 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE 0:03                              
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 22:18 11 3/5   5/6 2 6 8 1         5 3 15
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 10:50 4 2/5       1 1 1 1       3   1
22 CUSIN, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 ABASS, AWUDU 0:55                              
24 M'BAYE, AMATH 24:52 8 1/4 2/2   1   1 1 1 1     2 1 6
25 THEODORE, JORDAN 33:45 19 8/16 0/1 3/4 2 3 5 7 2 1     3 5 24
34 JEFFERSON, CORY 5:08   0/1                       1  
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 34:25 9 1/5 2/5 1/1 1 3 4 2   3 1   3 4 7
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 17:42 7 3/6   1/4 4 7 11 1           2 15
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 78 25/58 5/10 13/19 12 29 41 17 5 10 1 2 19 22 89
        43.1% 50% 68.4%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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 Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN 15:48 6 3/8           1   1     5 3 -1
5 RIBAS, PAU 19:21 12 3/4 2/6     2 2 1 1 1     1 1 10
8 PRESSEY, PHIL 12:02 2 1/1           3 1 1     1   4
9 HANGA, ADAM 29:20 5 2/5 0/1 1/2 2 5 7 3 1   2   3 2 12
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 16:27 13 2/3 2/4 3/3   1 1 2 1 2       3 15
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS 27:58 13 3/7 2/4 1/2   2 2 7 2 1   1 2 3 16
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 16:42 6 2/2 0/1 2/2 2 3 5           1 1 10
17 KURUCS, RODIONS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 5:57 2 0/1   2/2       1         1 1 2
25 KOPONEN, PETTERI 14:52 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 1   1     2 1  
44 TOMIC, ANTE 18:15 7 3/7   1/2   3 3           1 4 8
45 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 23:18 6 0/2 2/3     9 9     3     5   4
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 74 20/42 8/20 10/13 4 28 32 19 6 10 2 1 22 19 82
        47.6% 40% 76.9%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"It’s a great feeling, I’m so happy for the players, they deserve it. We played great in the first three EuroLeague games, we are a new team and we know we’re a work in progress, but this first victory is so special for them. For many of the players it’s their first year in EuroLeague, and we have many injuries, so this kind of victory is special and means we can come into work tomorrow with a better feeling. I’m so proud of my players. We know that nothing changes in the ranking, but the victory will give us confidence. I like my players and I’m happy for them and the club. It’s a great victory for everybody… I have total confidence in Jordan, it’s his first year in EuroLeague so it’s important for him to play with confidence and the desire to show something more every night. He has room to be better and better, because he’s always taken one step more throughout his career. Tonight he found the solution by attacking their point guards in the right way."
ALONSO, SITO
FC Barcelona Lassa
"It’s a great feeling, I’m so happy for the players, they deserve it. We played great in the first three EuroLeague games, we are a new team and we know we’re a work in progress, but this first victory is so special for them. For many of the players it’s their first year in EuroLeague, and we have many injuries, so this kind of victory is special and means we can come into work tomorrow with a better feeling. I’m so proud of my players. We know that nothing changes in the ranking, but the victory will give us confidence. I like my players and I’m happy for them and the club. It’s a great victory for everybody… I have total confidence in Jordan, it’s his first year in EuroLeague so it’s important for him to play with confidence and the desire to show something more every night. He has room to be better and better, because he’s always taken one step more throughout his career. Tonight he found the solution by attacking their point guards in the right way."

Players

THEODORE, JORDAN
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"I’m just happy we got the win. We’ve been working really hard, we fought hard to the end in our previous games but just didn’t get the win. We wanted to play hard in front of our home crowd. The game was tough, it came down to the wire but we just wanted it a little bit more."
NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We threw away a 15-point lead in the second quarter. We gave them confidence and in the second half, they did better and we didn't play well in certain moments. We have to win the next game no matter what, because we have lost our last four games. The team is feeling bad right now and have to improve right away, no matter what. We have the team to do that; we were playing well a week ago and now it seems that everything is wrong. We have to bounce back and that starts by winning in the Spanish League on Sunday."