2008-09Regular SeasonRound 5
January 06, 2009 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 PALADOZZA
Adam Hess - Artland DragonsArtland Dragons made a major move to try to qualify for the Top 16 from Group G on Tuesday by upsetting Fortitudo 89-93 on the road in Fortitudo, Italy. The two teams now have 2-3 records and are tied for second place. Since Artland has now won twice against Fortitudo, however, the German team would advance if with another victory in the last week of the regular season. Artland hosts last-place FMP next week while Fortitudo visits first-place Pamesa Valencia. Tuesday's coup in Fortitudo had a star turn, that of forward Adam Hess, who led Artland with 27 points without missing a shot all night. Hess made 5 of 5 two-poiners, 4 of 4 triples and 5 of 5 free throws for the winners. Darren Fenn followed with 22 points, Lamont McIntosh 19 and Drew Nieitzel 10 for Artland. Fortitudo got 20 points from Qyntel Woods, 17 from Marcelinho Huertas, 12 each from D.J. Strawberry and Stefano Mancinelli, and 11 from Kieron Achara. The difference proved to be Artland's 12-for-26 accuracy from downtown (46%) as compared to 6 for 20 (30%) by Fortitudo.

Woods used opened the scoring with a layup for Fortitudo, but Artland soon blasted ahead 2-8 thanks to 6 points from Pruitt. After a Fortitudo timeout, Hess made it a 0-10 run for Artland before drives from Huertas and Woods got Fortitudo tied at 12-12. Blalock lifted the guests with a three-pointer to which Pruitt added his second from the arc as Artland zoomed ahead again, 14-18. Huertas sank a beautiful floater for Fortitudo, but Hess shined in as the teams exchanged quick baskets en route to a 24-28 score after one quarter. Tyray Pearson opened the second quarter by adding to Artland's lead. Gregor Fucka ended 2 scoreless minutes for Fortitudo with a hook shot, but a put-back by McIntosh kept the visitors up 28-33. Woods took over again with a drive, steal and block that put Fortitudo within a point, at 32-33. Another pair of triples by Hess restored a four-point gap, 41-45, for Artland at the end of the first half. Mancinelli opened the second half with Fortitudo's first triple of the game, but Hess immediately matched it while putting Artland further ahead, 44-52, despite a Fortitudo timeout. After Fenn upped the difference to double digits, a second timeout in a row called by angry Fortitudo boss Cesare Pancotto was followed by McIntosh and Hess again hitting triples for the guests, good for a 46-60 score. Achara limited the damage with a buzzer-beater triple but McIntosh had another in him, too, as Artland remained in control, 53-65, after 30 minutes. Artland spent the early fourth quarter using the 24-second clock to the fullest. McIntosh scored what seemed a killer triple but Achara was rallying Fortitudo with a put-back. Strawberry reduced the gap to single digits with a brilliant reverse and Huertas scored a triple to get the crowd excited again at 64-70 with 5 minutes to play. The fans were soon silenced, however, as the Artland re-established a double-figure lead. Mancinelli and Strawberry then combined for 6 points from the arc before Pruitt sank his free throws. Woods added 4 points but McIntosh was left unmarked in the corner again and he punished Fortitudo, making it 75-82 with 1:32 to play. Gordon dunked to get Fortitudo closer but an offensive foul by Woods stopped that momentum and Artland wrapped up a valuable away win that kept its hopes of qualification alive.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Fabrice Turmel, Bologna
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS (GRE), ARAÑA, FRANCISCO (ESP)
Attendance: 4577
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Fortitudo Bologna24171236
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Fortitudo Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 29:43 17 4/5 1/2 6/6 2 1 3 5 4 2     3 6 28
5 GORDON, JAMONT 19:19 8 4/7 0/2 0/2 2 2 4 4     2     1 12
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 28:38 12 2/5 2/3 2/4 1 3 4 1 3 1 1   2 3 15
7 CITTADINI, ALESSANDRO 2:27                         1   -1
8 MALAVENTURA, MATTEO 10:19     0/1 0/1   1 1     1         -2
11 BAGARIC, DALIBOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 STRAWBERRY, DJ 28:07 12 3/7 2/5     2 2   1 3     4 2 3
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 21:00 5 2/3   1/2 3 1 4           2 2 7
15 FUCKA, GREGOR 10:07 4 2/2   0/3 4 3 7   2 1     2 4 11
19 SANGUINETTI, GIACOMO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ACHARA, KIERON 17:01 11 3/5 1/1 2/2 1   1           4 1 7
24 WOODS, QYNTEL 33:19 20 7/12 0/6 6/7 1 4 5 3 2 2 1   4 4 17
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 89 27/46 6/20 17/27 14 17 31 13 13 10 4 0 22 23 98
        58.7% 30% 63%
Head coach: PANCOTTO, CESARE
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
Artland Dragons
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STUCKEMANN, FLAVIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PEARSON, TYRAY 12:49 4 2/4     2 3 5     1   1 2 1 4
8 MCINTOSH, LAMONT 23:23 19 0/1 5/7 4/4   1 1 1       1 1 3 19
9 JOHNSON, PAUL 34:20     0/3     7 7 3   3     3 1 2
10 ROHDEWALD, JAN 8:10   0/1 0/1     2 2         1     -1
12 NEITZEL, DREW 24:45 10 3/3 0/3 4/6   1 1 8 2 2     2 3 15
13 PREWITT, CHAD 16:32 8   2/4 2/2 1 1 2     3     3 1 3
16 HESS, ADAM 33:28 27 5/5 4/4 5/5 1 2 3   1 1     5 3 28
20 MADRICH, DIRK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 BLALOCK, WILL 15:15 3   1/2         3         4 2 3
24 FENN, DARREN 31:18 22 7/10 0/2 8/10 1 6 7 2 2 6   1 3 8 24
25 WHITING, ZACK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 93 17/24 12/26 23/27 5 23 28 17 5 17 0 4 23 22 96
        70.8% 46.2% 85.2%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN

Head Coaches

PANCOTTO, CESARE
Fortitudo Bologna
"The first thing I want to say is that we have absolutely no excuses. We are all responsible, we have problems under pressure and to rectify this we have to pull together. The stats do not matter at all tonight, it's all about intensity. The coach as well as all the players are responsible. People have to prove on the court they are stars. We all have to put our shirt and fight on the court. No need for punishment, we need to get together with our flaws and try to become a team in order to win. If we had a strong character and the spirit to fight we could play the whole game and not in the end when the game is gone as well as the pressure. We have to find our personality, not talk to much and work like lions."
LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Artland Dragons
"First of all, I'm really satisfied with the great performance from my team today against one of the best Eurocup teams this season. This was very important for us after two defeats in the German league and also because we have now got a chance to qualify."

Players

ACHARA, KIERON
Fortitudo Bologna
"I just feel we're making a lot of mistakes. They score one basket and we put our heads down, we have to be stronger. We'll have to keep working and stick together. We're missing free throws, open shots and we drop our heads. If you want to be a successful basketball team you have to play consistently the whole game and we're not doing that. We're not gelling as a team as much as we should be. Valencia away next? Any game on the road is a big game, we know what we have to do, we have to play the game we can play and hopefully the best will happen."
MCINTOSH, LAMONT
Artland Dragons
"Yes the three-pointers proved to be the difference tonight. I haven't been shooting very well so far so I was glad to knock them down and find my rhythm tonight. We qualified as well at the last game last year so I think we have a pretty resiliant team and that we can do it again this year."
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