2012-13Regular SeasonRound 6
November 15, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 O2 WORLD

Montepaschi survives thriller in Berlin

What looked like a blowout turned into a last-shot thriller on Thursday night in Berlin as Montepaschi Siena survived Alba with a 73-75 road win in Group B. Siena managed to build 14-point leads midway through the game, but Alba regrouped with good defense and patience in offense to trim the deficit down little by little and even managed to jump ahead by three points at 67-64. Baskets by Tomas Ress and Daniel Hackett allowed Siena to jump ahead for good, as in thelast play Zach Morley missed the chance to send the game into overtime. The win allows Montepaschi to improve to 3-3 while Alba drops to 2-4, even though the German team retains the point differential in its favor. Bobby Brown led the winners with his 21 points, Kristjan Kangur added 13 behind 3 of 3 triples and Hackett bagged 12. For Alba, Deon Thompson led the way with 20 points, Vule Avdalovic contributed 13, Yassin Idbihi 12 and Nihad Djedovic 10. Despite starting poorly in that aspect, Montepaschi finished the game with 11 of 20 three-pointers and that proved to be a factor despite losing the rebounding battle to Alba by 35-22.

First quarter: The guards set up a high tempo

The first steps of the game saw Montepaschi Siena getting a slim margin thanks to a fast pace. Bobby Brown was marking the rhythm as Matt Janning and Brown himself went for baskets. Alba Berlin was staying in the game as Deon Thompson emerged to make it 6-8. Vule Avdalovic tied it at 8-8 with a long stop and pop, and Thompson went for his sixth inside point to put Alba ahead, 10-8. The guards on both teams kept pushing for a fast tempo and inside Ben Ortner and Thompson traded fast baskets for a new tie, 12-12. Avdalovic blasted the first three of the night to counterstrike four unanswered Siena points, but Kristjan Kangur nailed his own three to make it 15-19 for the visitors. Siena was very active in defense, and in offense it was also active for the offensive rebound. Thompson was too lonely in the paint for Alba, and it was him again, for his 10th point, to make it 17-21 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Alba regroups after Siena's initial blow

David Moss blasted a new three to open the second quarter over Albert Miralles to force Alba's first timeout in the quarter. Kangur's fadeaway jumper despite Alba's willing defense allowed Siena to pull away at 17-26. Avdalovic replied fast with a three to keep things calm, but Kangur was on fire and hed his own three again to reply Alba's three. Both defenses were trying really hard but both sides were showing resources on offense almost every time as Avdalovic fed Miralles through the paint for 26-31 as Alba was slowly recovering. Avdalovic hit his third three but, again, Daniel Hackett copied him on Siena's side. When Zach Morley hit a three-point play to trim the deficit down to 32-36 the stands at the O2 World started to get back to temperature. The helps in defense allowed Alba to keep Siena struggling in offense and Yassin Idbihi tipped in a ball for a 2-point game, 34-36. Moss found a quick reply to score the last basket of the quarter from the arc, 34-39.

Third quarter: Bobby Brown wants the third straight MVP

Brown stepped up at the start of the second half for Siena with 5 points of hisown, including a three, for a fast 34-44 Siena edge after only one minute in the quarter. Nihad Djedovic woke Alba Berlin up with his reply but Brown was leading the avalanche of the visitors with a couple new threes for 38-52. Alba's problem was that it was progressing on the scoreboard through free throws. But thanks to patience in offense and hard work in defense, the hosts got on the right track again. Thompson and Miralles combined for four unanswered point to make it a 7-point game, 45-52. Hackett stopped the bleeding for Siena with a three-point play, and then Jenning blasted it from downtown to keep the guests at a safe distance. Dashaun Wood appeared for Alba in the last moments of the third quarter with five straight points of his own, to close the quarter at 52-60.

Fourth quarter: Everything comes down to the last play

Idbihi opened fire in the last period for Alba and Djedovic soon joined him to make it a 4-point game all of a sudden, 56-60. The atmosphere at the gym was getting hotter by the minute, and when Alba's defense forced a new Siena turnover that gave way for Djedivic's three, the stands exploded with the 59-60 as the guests had to call a timeout. Brown was now back on the court after some rest, but a good offensive combination between Djedovic and Idbihi allowed Alba to jump ahead for the first time since the first quarter, 61-60. Brown stopped the bleeding with two free throws, and it became a Brown - Idbihi deal for a while as the score progressed to 63-64 with 5 minutes to go. Points came in scarce now because the nerves started to appear, but Alba was playing with patience and self-confidence while Montepaschi wis kind of following up. Alba's lead improved to 67-64 with Thompson free throws. Tomas Ress and Kangur kept Siena in the loop, but Wood's speed was driving Siena's defense crazy. It was Ress, with a three no less, that tied the game at 73-73 with 100 seconds to go. Alba missed its chance to jump ahead again and it had to be Hackett, with a long jumper, who hit it for 73-75 and 14 seconds to go. After two timeouts, Alba had the final possession, but when Wood drove to the basket he fumbled the ball, but Morley caught it for a last chance but it was no good as Montepaschi players and coaches celebrated a difficult win.

Bobby Brown - Montepaschi Siena - EB12
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), OBRADOVIC, PETAR (BIH), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 8278 (Tentative)
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Alba Berlin17171821
Montepaschi Siena21182115
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Montepaschi Siena21396075
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 30:59 13 1/2 3/6 2/2   2 2 4 1 1     2 5 18
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 19:59 2   0/2 2/2   1 1 4   3     2 3 3
9 THOMPSON, DEON 35:22 20 9/11   2/2 4 4 8     4 2   3 3 24
10 FULLE, SEBASTIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MONSE, STEVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 28:40 10 2/8 1/3 3/4   10 10 3 2 1     3 2 14
19 MIRALLES, ALBERT 11:32 4 2/2     2   2 2   2     3 1 4
21 HERWIG, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 29:05 9 3/6 1/2         1   2     3 3 4
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 22:53 12 5/9   2/2 2 2 4 1       1 2 1 11
44 MORLEY, ZACH 21:30 3 1/6   1/1 2 4 6 1       1 4 2 2
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 73 23/44 5/13 12/13 11 24 35 16 3 13 2 2 22 20 82
        52.3% 38.5% 92.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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
4 KASUN, MARIO 3:12 2     2/2           1     1 1 1
6 BROWN, BOBBY 26:46 21 4/5 3/6 4/4 1 2 3 6   4     4 3 21
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 8:52     0/1         1         2 1 -1
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 3:39     0/1                       -1
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 25:27 13 1/1 3/3 2/2   1 1 3 2       3 3 19
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 8:59   0/2     1 1 2     1   1   1 -1
14 RESS, TOMAS 23:02 6 0/4 1/1 3/4 1 3 4     1     1 3 6
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 19:20 8 3/5   2/2 1 1 2       2   4 1 7
22 JANNING, MATT 12:34 5 1/3 1/2   1   1           1   2
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 30:31 12 4/10 1/2 1/1 2 3 5 2 2 2     2 6 16
34 MOSS, DAVID 37:38 8 1/5 2/4     3 3 3       1 2 3 8
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 75 14/35 11/20 14/15 7 15 22 15 4 9 2 2 20 22 78
        40% 55% 93.3%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
Alba Berlin
"For us it is frustrating to lose one more game in almost the same way. First, we were not concrete in offense, were making certain tactical mistakes in defense. We fought back, but again were not calm enough to resolve the game. On the other hand, Siena scored their points more easily from different positions, mostly from outside, which is not easy to defend. It is really bad to see that one game after another you have the chance to beat big opponents, but to spoil it just in a couple of seconds. But okay, we don't live in the past. We will have a next game, where I want to see a good reaction of my players on this loss."
BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"We are very happy that our team is showing a clear identity and a very strong desire to get better every day. Tonight's game was a clear example. We were able to overcome the Berlin pressure. We avoided the ups and downs we usually show in our games. Every player gave a great contribution to run our game plan. Unfortunately Alba came back suddenly after a couple of mistakes in our defense. But we did not lose our confidence about that and continued to have the key plays in defense and rebounded well. Although at the end we played without centers we gained a big win, which we deserved after such a solid game."

Players

AVDALOVIC, VULE
Alba Berlin
"It was a very tough game from the beginning. I don't know why we struggled so much in the first half. We found our rhythm too late and Siena overall was better and deserved the win."
BROWN, BOBBY
Montepaschi Siena
"This was a great win, the third in a row. It was a tough road game against a team which beat us at home, but it was great team effort tonight and we made the shots we needed to win this game."