2011-12Regular SeasonRound 7
December 01, 2011 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ARENA STOZICE

Montepaschi Siena held on to beat Union Olimpija 57-63

Montepaschi Siena advanced to the Top 16 on Thursday evening thanks to a thrilling win over hosting Union Olimpija by 57-63. Despite a starting 0-10 for the guests, Olimpija regrouped and thanks to smothering defense, even managed to jump ahead. However, a final 2 of 19 from the arc was too much for the hosts to bear and Montepaschi sealed the win with free throws. The win allows Montepaschi to improve to 5-2 in Group D and advances to the Top 16. This win also allows Unics, an earlier winner over Galatasaray, advance to the Toop 16 as well with a 5-1 record in its debut season. Union Olimpija is now 1-6 and has little options to advance now. Bo McCalebb led the way for the winners with 16 points, Igor Rakocevic added 14, David Moss 13 and David Andersen had 10 for the winners. For Olimpija, Ben Woodside had 11 points and three players added 10 apiece - Deon Thompson, Danny Green and Damir Markota -. Markota also pulled 15 rebounds for the hosts.

Montepaschi Siena started the game like a steamroller as it soon was up to 0-10. One three by Bo McCalebb and then five straight points by David Moss, including his own three, sparked a run capped by Igor Rakocevic. It took Union Olimpija three minutes and 20 seconds to score its first points through Ratko Varda. Danny Green was soon joining the party and between these two players, they allowed the hosts to pull within 9-13 after Varda's three. The Olimpija defense was starting to work smoother and Montepaschi was finding more problems now to score, 11-15 after Sasu Salin's jumper. A couple David Andersen's trademark spins in the paint, scored around Damir Markota's tip in, allowed Siena to seat in the driver's seat after 10 minutes, 15-21.

Things looked brighter for Olimpija at the start of the second quarter. The good defense of the hosts was keeping Montepaschi from putting the ball in the basket while, on the other end, Ben Woodside hit the jumper and later Deon Thompson slammed to make it 19-21. Olimpija was also starting to pull offensive boards and that forced a timeout by Siena. The momentum of Olimpija went on as they first tied the game and then Salin, from the line, put the hosts ahead for the first time, 25-23, capping a 10-2 run. McCalebb and Ben Woodside traded threes and then Varda had his basket plus foul to put Olimpija four points ahead, 30-26. The fans were also helping Olimpija increase its morale but then came Marco Carraretto and Rakocevic with consecutive threes to put Siena back in command, 30-32. Thanks to free throws, the hosts restored their lead but Siena's third straight three, in the hands of Moss, and a final swirl of McCalebb in the paint on the halftime buzzer allowed the guests to hit the lockerrooms with a 33-37 edge.

The pace of the game was still high in the third period. Moss, with a jumper, and Woodside with a drive and layup opened fire for Siena and Olimpija respectively. The guests had a cold head now against the defensive alternatives of the hosts. Green had an acrobatic bucket and Rakocevic replied with a three for 39-43. Siena was always maintaining a small cushion thanks to its individual talent with McCalebb and Andersen, while the will of Olimpija alllowed them to stay in the game, 43-47 after Woodside free throws. Moss, in a good scoring night, blasted a new three while Markota tipped in his second offensive rebound, 45-50. The 11 turnovers for Siena at this point were a factor for the hosts staying in the game because the 2 of 12 threes of Olimpija were becoming a big burden as the clock advanced. In the last minute of the third period Markota was going on with his big performance but a new offensive rebound for Andersen allowed him to close the third quarter with a 49-53 Montepaschi edge.

The mercury was rising in Ljubljana for the start of the last period. A huge block by Green allowed Thompson for an easy jumper in the other end, and when Capin hit a jumper to tie the game again, 53-53, almost 150 seconds had passed and Montepaschi was completely shut off by Olimpija's defense. The hosts worked extra hard in the defensive end and then Green hit a long floater to put Olimpija back ahead, making it a 6-0 run. McCalebb finally scored for the guests 4:35 minutes into the quarter. A few good defensive plays on both sides forcing turnovers allowed the clock to move forward fast again until McCalebb scored again for Siena. Whe Carraretto put an offensive rebound back in closing Siena's own 0-6 burst for 55-59, the hosts had to call a timeout because there were only 2:45 minutes left in the game. Olimpija kept trying threes that didn't go in and McCalebb made things clearer for the guests with two free throws, 55-61 and 28 seconds left. Woodside had a quick layup but two free throws by Rakocevic sealed the deal and put Montepaschi in the Top 16, along with Unics.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR)
Attendance: 5949
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana1518168
Montepaschi Siena21161610
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana15334957
Montepaschi Siena21375363
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 CAPIN, ALEKSANDAR 15:16 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 4 1       1 1 6
7 ROTHBART, BORIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 BLAZIC, JAKA 2:49 1     1/2                 1 1  
9 THOMPSON, DEON 19:31 10 5/11   0/2 3 3 6     1 1 2 3 2 5
10 WOODSIDE, BEN 24:44 11 3/8 1/1 2/2 2 1 3 2 1 1     3 4 12
11 MURIC, DINO 12:50         2 1 3   2       2 2 5
13 SALIN, SASU 24:21 6 2/3 0/4 2/2   1 1 2 1 3     2 3 3
14 GREEN, DANNY 30:57 10 4/8 0/3 2/2 2 4 6   4   2   2 4 17
21 VARDA, RATKO 20:01 7 2/9 1/3 0/1   1 1   1       1 1 -1
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 36:31 10 3/4 0/5 4/4 7 8 15 5   4     2 2 20
24 BERTANS, DAVIS 13:00   0/1 0/2     1 1 1         3   -4
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 57 20/46 2/19 11/15 18 21 39 14 10 9 3 2 20 20 65
        43.5% 10.5% 73.3%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO
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 MCCALEBB, BO 27:16 16 3/6 2/4 4/4 1 1 2 1   3   1 2 5 13
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 14:57 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 1   1 1 1     1 2 2 -1
7 ANDERSEN, DAVID 26:13 10 5/11 0/2   2 6 8   1 1 1   1 4 14
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 29:20 14 2/3 2/5 4/6 2 4 6     3     3 5 13
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 11:22 7 2/3 1/3   2 1 3     1     2   4
14 RESS, TOMAS 12:19   0/1       2 2   1 1     1    
15 MICHELORI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 13:35 2 0/1   2/4 1 5 6 1   2 1 1 2 2 4
19 UDOM, MATTIA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 27:41     0/1     7 7 1 2 1     1 2 9
21 ARADORI, PIETRO 10:40     0/1             1     2   -4
34 MOSS, DAVID 26:37 13 2/5 3/4     1 1   1 2     4   5
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 14/32 8/21 11/16 11 29 40 4 6 15 2 3 20 20 61
        43.8% 38.1% 68.8%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

FILIPOVSKI, SASO
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"We were close, but didn't select our shots well in the decisive minutes. Montepaschi punished us and got a well-deserved win. Even though we lost, I have to say I am satisfied with the game my team played. Despite all the problems in the club, my players played with energy and motivation. This is the only way we can look forward and wait for better days for our fans."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We had a goal - reaching the Top 16 - and managed to achieve it. We managed to reach our second goal our club had this season - winning the Italian SuperCup and now getting to the Euroleague Top 16. I am satisfied with how my players reacted after some bad results in the last weeks and after all the injuries we had. We had a good start, stayed focused and did a very good job on defense in the final minutes."

Players

MARKOTA, DAMIR
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"The difference of talent was seen in the final minutes. We did our best to upset Montepaschi and keep fighting to get to the Top 16, but ran out of luck this time. Some of the shots that usually go in did not fall in this time."
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