Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 29, 2011 CET: 18:00 Local time: 18:00 - RTL SPIROU DOME

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Qualifying Round 0-0
0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
HERCEG, SINISA, Croatia
Umpire
RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO, Montenegro

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 OR 0
0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

THE TAKE

Alba Berlin
VEF Riga
RECORDS
6-0 (First place, Group H)
Eurocup
Regular season 2010-11
2-4 (Fourth place, Group G)
Eurocup
1-5 (Fourth place, Group L)
Last 16, 2010-11
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PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

Already one of the best teams in the Eurocup in recent seasons, Alba’s only chance to reach the highest level of European basketball this season is to win three games in Charleroi. VEF Riga is a giant in Latvian basketball, but has never gotten its chance in the Euroleague before.

INJURIES

VEF center Kaspars Berzins has not yet fully recovered from knee surgery, but has taken part in preseason games and could be available.

THE TAKE

Both teams are loaded in the backcourt with scorers and shooters. DaShaun Wood figures to be Berlin’s go-to guy, while Dairis Bertans carries that tag for Riga. The two team’s ability to stop the opponent’s star, with Riga’s Curtis Millage trying to handle Wood and Alba’s Kyle Weaver out to stop Bertans, could be what decides the outcome after 40 minutes.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Luigi Lamonica
Luigi Lamonica

Italy
Sinisa Herceg
Sinisa Herceg
Croatia
Zdravko Rutesic
Zdravko Rutesic
Montenegro
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Lucca Staiger - Alba BerlinGerman powerhouse Alba Berlin pulled away strongly to an easy 82-60 victory over VEF Riga of Latvia on Thursday to get the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds going in Charleroi, Belgium. Alba will face the winner of host club Belgacom Spirou vs. BC Donetsk of Ukraine in the Charleroi semifinal on Saturday. Berlin looked in complete control as it won the middle quarters 40-25 and never looked back on its way to victory. Lucca Staiger hit 4 of 7 three-pointers and led five Alba double-digit scorers with 15 points. Dashaun Wood had 13, while Derrick Allen, Marko Simonovic and Kyle Weaver scored 11 each. Alba enjoyed a 16-7 advantage in assists, 6 of those by Weaver. For Riga, only Kaspars Berzins cracked double figures, and that with only 10 points after having 6 of those the game’s first 5 minutes. Sandis Valters followed with 8 points.

Woods got the scoring started for Alba, while Riga's first lead came at 3-4 on Tyler Cain's basket. That was met by a three-pointer by Staiger that Berzins answered with his own. A nifty underhand layup by Staiger left Berlin in front, but Berzin's second triple in a row put Riga up 8-10. Berlin followed Woods and Staiger to the game's biggest lead yet, 15-11, before Yassin Ibdihi joined them to make it an 11-3 run for an even bigger advantage, 19-13. Marko Simonovic added to Berlin's lead before Kyle Weaver's twisting layup made it a double-digit advantage, 24-14. But Dairis Bertans and Curtis Millage scored a three-point play each for Riga as Berlin's lead was cut in half, to 25-20, after one quarter.

Defenses took charge again to open the second quarter, until Heiko Schaffartzik's triple and 1 of 2 free throws had Berlin ahead by 29-22. Berzins and Cain got Riga to within 29-25 before Berlin took off again behind 4 points in a row by Allen and a killer triple from Stainer that made it 36-25. Valters answered from downtown for Riga, but soon Simonovic madeit 40-28 for Berlin on the way to the same advantage at halftime, 44-32.

A scoreless first couple of minutes after halftime ended with Kristaps Janicenoks hitting a pair of baskets, but they were split by Staiger's third three-pointer. Soon, with a 6-0 run on points by Weaver and Wood, Berlin was running away at 53-36. After a timeout, Riga got a triple from Valters, but Berlin gave little more scoring space as its lead reached a new high, 65-45 on Bryce Taylor's basket to finish the third quarter.

Berlin refused to lose focus in the final quarter, and worked to get all players involved, with a reverse by Torin Francis making it 72-54 midway through the quarter and Schaffartzik burying his second triple in as many tries later. Riga tried to shoot its way back into things, but Berlin was not looking ahead and finished its work strong before worrying about Saturday.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 3000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Alba Berlin25192117
VEF Riga20121315
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Alba Berlin25446582
VEF Riga20324560
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
Alba Berlin
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 STAIGER, LUCCA 27:04 15 1/1 4/7 1/2   1 1 1 1 1     1 5 17
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 5:00           1 1           1    
7 NEY, JOEY 1:38                              
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 14:18 7   2/2 1/2   1 1     2     2 1 4
15 ALLEN, DERRICK 25:12 11 3/5   5/8   6 6     1     3 5 13
21 FRANCIS, TORIN 10:57 2 1/6     3 2 5     2   1 5   -6
22 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 22:22 11 5/5 0/4 1/2 1 8 9 1 1       3 1 15
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 34:09 13 4/9 1/2 2/2 2 1 3 4 1 1       2 16
25 WEAVER, KYLE 25:25 11 2/4 0/1 7/9   3 3 6 2 3     2 6 18
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 17:59 6 3/5   0/1 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 1 4 1 6
44 TAYLOR, BRYCE 15:56 6 3/4 0/1     3 3 2   1     3 2 7
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 22/39 7/17 17/26 9 30 39 16 6 12 1 2 24 23 93
56.4% 41.2% 65.4%
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
Head coach: BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
VEF Riga
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 PERRY, MARQUE 20:50 4 2/5 0/1   1 2 3 2             5
5 KAUFMANIS, JANIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JAHOVICS, GATIS 19:13 1 0/3 0/2 1/2 2 1 3             1 -1
10 VALTERS, SANDIS 22:46 10 0/1 2/5 4/4   3 3 1   2     4 4 8
12 JANICENOKS, KRISTAPS 33:58 12 3/9 1/4 3/4 1   1 3 1 1     4 3 5
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 8:55 10   2/3 4/6 2 1 3           4 4 10
21 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 15:04 4 2/6   0/1   3 3   1 2     4 3  
24 MILLAGE, CURTIS 19:05 7 3/6 0/2 1/1 1 1 2 1 2 1   1 3 4 6
32 CAIN, TYLER 31:47 4 2/7     3 5 8     2 2   1 1 7
33 BERZINS, JANIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 SIMS, COURTNEY 5:01 3 1/4   1/1 1 1 2             1 3
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 23:21 5 2/3 0/2 1/1 1   1     4     3 2 -2
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 60 15/44 5/19 15/20 12 18 30 7 4 12 2 1 23 23 42
34.1% 26.3% 75%
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Head Coaches

HERBERT, GORDON
Alba Berlin
“We had a lot of ups and downs during the preseason. Now the players know what they can and can’t do. I liked the way we competed, we worked hard. We struggled for consistency on defending and rebounding in the preseason and we improved on that today. But there are still a lot of things to improve on. We’ll need to play better on Saturday and then better again on Sunday if we want to go through. This is only step one.”
BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
VEF Riga
“First of all I want to congratulate Alba. They played very well, they played some tough defense, which is why we scored only 60 points. We did not have control of the game, Berlin had it during the whole 40 minutes. We played terrible team defense, especially on pick-and-roll. But we did what we could as a team. We are glad to take part in the Eurocup. There are 8 to 10 teams in the Eurocup which would deserve to be in the Euroleague so this is a good and tough competition to play in.”

Players

STAIGER, LUCCA
Alba Berlin
“The plan was obviously to come out hard, we knew that and the coach made it even clearer before the game. In a way, this was a final. It’s definitely tough to have to win three games like that at the early stage of the season, but I’m just thinking that everyone is in the same situation. It was a good game for me, it’s great to play alongside a point-guard like Deshaun Wood; he’s got a great ability to find the open man, it’s really fun to play with him, he makes your life a lot easier.”
ALLEN, DERRICK
Alba Berlin
“We did well for a first game of the season, playing against a tough team. We were extremely motivated to advance. I thought we did a good job on defense, we managed to contain their shooters. And we also did well as a team. The coach always insists on sharing the basketball and trusting your teammates and that’s what we did tonight.”
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