2012-13Regular SeasonRound 1
October 12, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAESTRA

Alba impresses with road win at Montepaschi

Alba Berlin stunned Montepaschi Siena 82-92 at the Palaestra on Friday in the visitors’ first Turkish Airlines Euroleague appearance in more than three years. At what is traditionally one of the toughest away venues in the Euroleague, the Berliners snapped a seven-game Euroleague losing streak by taking control of the game with a 0-11 run in the second quarter and using a 0-15 charge in the third to race to a 16-point lead and Siena never really threatened after that. DaShaun Wood led six Alba scorers in double figures with 15 points. Vule Avdalovic and Nihad Djedovic scored 14 apiece, Yassin Idbihi added 13 and Albert Miralles and Deon Thompson each scored 10. Siena lost their opening game for the first time in six years despite David Moss being game’s highest scorer with 17 points. Kristjan Kangur scored 13 and Bobby Brown had 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Offensive rhapsody

Albert Miralles scored a layup to start the scoring before Deon Thompson and DaShaun Wood added a layup each, but David Moss and Marco Carrratero hit shots from behind the arc for the hosts to set an early 6-6 tie. Zach Morley scored inside for Alba before Moss’s basket-plus-foul gave Siena its first lead of the game, 9-8. Vule Avdalovic answered with Alba's first triple, and the same player added a layup to make it 9-13 after only four minutes. Carratero cut the lead with another three-pointer, while Miralles and Benjamina Eze continued the early offensive rhapsody with baskets inside. What followed was a three-pointer plus a long jumper from Avdalovic and Wood, respectively, that gave Alba 14-20 advantage. Yassin Idbihi’s put-back made it an 8-point game. Eze muscled in for a basket-plus-foul to cut the deficit and Daniel Hackett free throws plus a layup and dunk from Victor Sanikidze after some nifty inside passing put Siena back up 23-22. Yassini snapped that 8-0 run, before Sanikidze and Brian Randle made it 25-25 at the end of first quarter.

Second quarter: Alba takes control with 0-11 run

After a Morley layup, Bobby Brown hit a triple and scored on a drive to give Montepaschi a 30-27 advantage. The hosts mixed some man-to-man and zone defenses in trying to slow down Alba’s offense, and Matt Janning and Kristjan Kangour hit back-to-back threes to go up 37-31, but Thompson, Miralles and Nihad Djedovic scored with ease from close range, and Miralles’s tip-in gave Alba a 37-39 lead with less than three minutes left in the half. Siena’s scoring draught forced head coach Luca Banchi to call another timeout. Djedovic drained a wide open triple to give Alba 5-point lead. A pair of free throws from Aleksandar Rasic snapped Berlin’s 0-11 run and cut it to 39-42, which proved to be the halftime result.

Third quarter: Visitors extend lead to double figures

Eze fought hard inside to start the second half for Siena on the right foot. Avdalovic answered with a runner and Moss kept hosts within 1 point with a back door cut. Nonetheless, Idbihi’s uncontested layup and basket-plus-foul gave Alba a 6-point lead and started a run of 15 unanswered points. The visitors dominated on the offensive glass in the third quarter and that gave Thompson and Idbihi the chance to score inside, then Wood first added a jumper on a fast-break and then a driving layup as well, while Miralles wrapped up a 0-15 run with a dunk for a 43-59 lead after midway through the quarter. A Janning three-pointer ended Siena’s drought but Morley, Idbihi and Djedovic protected Alba’s double-digit advantage. Mario Kasun’s put-back and Kangour’s triple cut the deficit to 10 points in the final 60 seconds of the quarter, and Alba took 59-69 lead into the final 10 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Berlin hangs on and seals the deal

David Moss cut the deficit to 63-69 in less than a minute with 2 free throws and a long jumper to start the fourth quarter. With Siena’s defense increasingly aggressive, Wood hit an important triple to give the visitors a breath of fresh air. Kasun free throws and a Rasic jumper kept Siena within 7, but a Schaffartzik three-pointer gave Alba a 67-77 lead. Kangur answered with a triple, however Thompson grabbed an offensive rebound and blocked Brown’s three-point attempt. Free throws by Djedovic and Avdalovic made it 70-81 and essentially sealed the deal. Djedovic extended the lead to 72-86 with minute and a half to go. Moss and Brown hit back-to-back threes in an attempt to trim down the all-important point difference, but Alba went 6 for 6 from the charity stripe to win by 10.

Dashaun Wood - Alba Berlin - EB12-13
Friday, October 12, 2012
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Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 3112 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Montepaschi Siena25142023
Alba Berlin25172723
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Montepaschi Siena25395982
Alba Berlin25426992
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KASUN, MARIO 17:09 6 1/4   4/6 3 4 7 1 1   1 1 1 7 16
6 BROWN, BOBBY 26:28 10 2/5 2/6     2 2 2   2   2 2 2 3
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 15:23 7 3/6   1/1 3 1 4 2   2     2 1 7
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 10:20 6   2/2     1 1     1     1   5
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 10:38 4 1/1 0/1 2/2       1         2 1 3
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 22:25 13   3/6 4/4 1   1 1   1     3 2 10
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 17:12 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   1 1 1 1     1 2 1 4
14 RESS, TOMAS 7:51 3 0/1 0/1 3/4   1 1 1         2 2 2
21 KEMP, MARCELUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT 14:56 6 0/2 2/3     1 1 1   2     2   1
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 24:14 4 1/1 0/2 2/4 1 3 4 2 2 2     4 6 8
34 MOSS, DAVID 33:24 17 3/5 2/5 5/5   3 3 3 1 2   1 4 5 17
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 82 13/29 11/27 23/28 9 18 27 15 5 12 1 5 25 27 78
        44.8% 40.7% 82.1%
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
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 AVDALOVIC, VULE 26:14 14 2/6 2/4 4/4   1 1 2   2     4 5 10
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 23:48 7 1/3 1/2 2/2       3   2     2 2 5
9 THOMPSON, DEON 31:28 10 4/5   2/2 1 4 5       2   2 2 16
10 FULLE, SEBASTIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 21:14 14 3/6 1/2 5/6   3 3   1 2     4 5 12
15 RANDLE, BRIAN 9:56 1 0/1   1/2 1   1     1     2 2 -1
19 MIRALLES, ALBERT 20:25 10 5/6     3 2 5 1   1 2   4 1 13
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 27:13 15 4/8 1/2 4/5   3 3 2 1 1   1 2 4 15
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 14:46 13 6/7   1/1 2 2 4 1     1   5 2 15
44 MORLEY, ZACH 24:56 8 2/4 0/1 4/4 2 4 6 6   3     2 2 14
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 92 27/46 5/11 23/26 10 22 32 15 2 12 5 1 27 25 103
        58.7% 45.5% 88.5%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"It was a tough game, but we knew it would be before the game. Berlin played really well, but I liked the way we tried to compete with them, especially in the first part of the game. We had more precision in shooting and we also could have had a bigger advantage. In the third quarter, Berlin took a very important gap and for us was impossible to recover, even if my team tried to come back in the game with energy, but we didn't have enough precision to reduce the gap and play a close finish."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
Alba Berlin
"That was a great win for us, because we are back in the Euroleague and we have seven players who are their first time in the Euroleague, but also because this is one of the most difficult places to play, because of the atmosphere. I’m very satisfied with the way we played. It was a great win. "

Players

KANGUR, KRISTJAN
Montepaschi Siena
"We had to win this game, but we didn’t play a good game. We hope to do better in the future. We lost for many reasons; we were not so aggressive on defense and they made a lot of shots and also we made lot of fouls and they scored free throws."
MOSS, DAVID
Montepaschi Siena
"We started to play aggressive too late in the game. We have to play always with energy and not only in the last minutes. We hope to learn from this and play better in the next games."
DEDOVIC, NIHAD
Alba Berlin
"It was a very important win for us, especially because we are a new team in the Euroleague and Siena’s tradition in this court is very important and to come and win here is always really difficult. We played very well and we are happy for our start in the Euroleague."
MORLEY, ZACH
Alba Berlin
"It was a great win for us. We started on the right foot this season, because winning here in Siena is never easy for anybody, and we did it. They have great tradition, a great atmosphere and to come here and win as a team is very important."