Regular Season Round 8 - December 16, 2009 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALAESTRA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
6-1 Regular Season 3-4
6-1 Overall 3-4

Referees

Crew Chief
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Referee
MARICIC,SASA, Serbia
Umpire
LUCIS, OSKARS, Latvia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.3 Points 67.3
30.0 Rebounds 29.9
8.3 O. Rebounds 7.1
21.7 D. Rebounds 22.7
15.9 Assists 13.3
9.4 Steals 6.9
1.4 Blocks 2.4
10.9 Turnovers 15.7
52.2 % 2PT 56.0 %
44.4 % 3PT 31.5 %
79.1 % FT 74.3 %
92.9 Index 64.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.1 / Sato Points 14.3 / Traore
4.9 / Sato Rebounds 5.6 / Traore
1.7 / Eze OR 1.8 / FOFANA, BANGALY
3.3 / Sato DR 4.3 / Traore
6.3 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 3.4 / Dixon
2.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Steals 2.7 / Lukauskis
0.7 / Eze Blocks 0.7 / Traore
3.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Turnovers 2.9 / Traore
65.9 % / Sato 2PT 62.5 % / DEWAR, BENJAMIN
61.5 % / Lavrinovic, K. 3PT 50.0 % / Kangur
100.0 % / Domercant FT 100.0 % / DEWAR, BENJAMIN
18.1 / Sato Index 12.7 / Traore

THE TAKE

Two domestic champions face each other in a pivotal game in Group A when Montepaschi welcomes Asvel Basket to Siena, Italy, on Wednesday. Montepaschi has already reached the Top 16, but can assure itself at least second place if it wins and Fenerbahce Ulker loses in Zagreb. Meanwhile, Asvel will clinch a Top 16 spot if it steals a road win in Siena and FB Ulker beats Cibona. Asvel has won three in a row, but Montepaschi has only lost a handful of home games - to Barcelona, CSKA and twice against Panathinaikos- in the last three years. Asvel will be once again without Curtis Borchardt, so it will have to opt for a smaller, more dynamic lineup in which Ali Traore and Victor Samnick play a major role around the baskets. Asvel has a very deep frontcourt, with Bangaly Fofana offering size and defense, Eric Campbell ready to provide shooting range and post skills and Kristjan Kangur adding versatility and determination. Traore has the tough mission to face Ksistof Lavrinovic, who will try to open the court with his three-point shooting. Campbell has a key matchup against Shaun Stonerook, another experienced big man with soft touch and high basketball IQ. Samnick has to use his physical skills and athleticism against Benjamin Eze. Asvel's main concern, however, will be stopping two-time All-Euroleague point guard Terrell McIntyre, who already led his team to rally from a 21-point deficit to beat the French champs in Lyon. McIntyre and Nikos Zisis are ready to share the point guard duties against Bobby Dixon and Aymeric Jeanneau. It takes a team effort to stop McIntyre. Romain Sato earned Week 3 MVP honors against Asvel and is ready to keep playing physical and aggressive against Ben Dewar and Laurent Foirest. Sato will share playing time at the wings with David Hawkins and sharpshooter Henry Domercant. Sato, however, is set to face a new defender, swingman Rawle Marshall, who has led the guests on their current winning streak. Hawkins faces a tough defender in Mindaugas Lukauskis, while Domercant is set to test his shooting skills against Foirest. Asvel must keep playing hard and try to run the floor with Dixon, Lukauskis and Marshall together on court. Meanwhile, Montepaschi must run its offense through McIntyre and use its outstanding defense and ball circulation against Asvel. Montepaschi is always the favorite at home, but you can expect a red-hot Asvel to fight for 40 minutes with hopes of an upset.

REFEREES: Srdan Dozai, Sasa Maricic, Oskars Lucis


GAME NOTES

Montepaschi Siena

Henry Domercant has made 36 consecutive free throws over his past 20 Euroleague games.

Ben Eze needs just 1 more block to crack the top 10 on the Euroleague’s career shot-blocking charts. He is now tied with Real Madrid’s Jorge Garbajosa for 11th place with 79 career blocks. Marcus Haislip sits in 10th place.

All-Euroleague point guard Terrell McIntyre has drilled at least one three-pointer in 23 consecutive Euroleague games.

Romain Sato was named the Week 3 MVP after scoring a career-high 33 points in a win over Asvel Basket. Sato also had 6 rebounds and 2 steals for a 37 index

David Hawkins scored a season-high 20 points last week at Zalgiris.

Asvel Basket

Mindaugas Lukauskas was a teammate of Montepaschi big man Ksistof Lavrinovic on the Lithuanian national team at EuroBasket 2009 this summer.

Lukauskis has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last nine Euroleague appearances.

Bobby Dixon scored a season-high 20 points in a Week 3 loss against Montepaschi.

Aymeric Jeanneau dished a season-high 5 assists off the bench against Montepaschi in Week 3.

Kristjan Kangur scored a season-high 16 points last week in a road win at Fenerbahce Ulker.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"Asvel is certainly on good form lately, and has positioned itself to grab a place among the top four teams in Group A, and therefore reach the next round. In their last Euroleague game, Asvel won at Fenerbahce Ulker, demonstrating that their team is also dangerous outside their home court. We are aware of how difficult this game we'll be, because for them it is a big game for the qualification and - who knows? - maybe even for third place in the group, which they now share with Fenerbahce. We also remember how much trouble they put us in the first time we played them, in Villeurbanne. They went out very fast and it was everything we could do to come back and win that game. Besides winning three games since then, they have signed a major player in Rawle Marshall, a gifted talent who has raised the team's level. So, we know it will be a tough match and we have to plan."
COLLET, VINCENT
Asvel Basket
"Montepaschi Siena is one of the best five or six teams in Europe. We are going to play well and disciplined and look for a result, even though our chances are small. We caused them difficulties at times in the first game and we’ll try to be even better on Wednesday evening."

Players

LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF
Montepaschi Siena
"It's a tough game for us, because Asvel is a good team. We want to win because we want to try to fight for first place in our group, even if we lost at home against Barcelona. So we are very focused on this game. I am in good shape right now. I had an injury that stopped me, but now I am better and I hope to improve day by day."
TRAORE, ALI
Asvel Basket
"To qualify for the Top 16, we have to win. We are not going to Siena for fun but to win, though we know it is going to be a tough game. Siena has a very structured game, its major players have played there for three or four years now. It is today considered one of the best European teams."
Ksistof Lavrinovic - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi Siena earned the right to finish first or second in regular season Group A by edging Asvel Basket 83-74 at home on Wednesday. Montepaschi is second in Group A with a 7-1 record and locked at least second place due to its lead against Asvel and Fenerbahce Ulker, that tied for third place each with a 3-5 record. Asvel faces a pivotal home game against Regal FC Barcelona right after the holiday break in its race to make it to the Top 16. Ksistof Lavrinovic led the winners with 16 points. Terrell McIntyre added 13, Henry Domercant had 12 while Romain Sato got 11 for Montepaschi. Mindaugas Lukauskis led Asvel with 20 points Rawle Marshall added 18 while Ali Traore and Victor Samnick each had 10 for the guests. Lukauskis allowed Asvel to get an early 11-18 lead but Lavrinovic, Nikos Zisis and Domercant fueled a 14-1 run that allowed Montepaschi to get a four-point lead, 36-32, at halftime. Asvel trailed all the way in the second half but managed to get within 57-56 late in the third quarter. Lavrinovic led a 12-0 run that broke the game open, 69-56. Asvel mananged to get within 78-74 with a minute left but a three-pointer by Lavrinovic sealed the outcome down the stretch.

Both teams struggled to score in the early going, as a free throw by Benjamin Eze followed a free throw with a big basket in the low post for a 3-2 Montepaschi lead. Eze blocked a shot and raced downcourt for an easy dunk that Lukauskis matched with free throws. Sato found his first points on a jumper but Marshall followed a driving layup with free throws and Lukauskis downed a triple for a 7-11 Asvel edge. Eric Campbell and Sato traded layups, as Montepaschi slowly adjusted its man-to-man defense. David Hawkins sank free throws but the hosts kept missing open shots. Marshall scored in transition, as the hosts tried to open the court with Lavrinovic and Tomas Ress together on court. Asvel kept collecting steals and free throws by Bobby Dixon and Lukauskis boosted the guests' lead to 11-18. Domercant and Lavrinovic made foul shots to bring Montepaschi back to life, 15-18, after 10 minutes.

Lavrinovic scored inside early in the second quarter but Marshall quickly answered with a driving basket. Montepaschi tried to play more aggressive with Marco Carrareto and Domercant at both wings. Asvel struggled to score now but kept excelling in defense. Traore took over with a layup-plus-foul but a driving layup by Zisis kept the hosts as close as 19-23. Ress downed an open triple to make Asvel call timeout at 22-23. Carrareto joined the three-point shootout and even when Asvel switched to a 2-3 zone defense, Domercant struck from downtown for a 28-24 Montepaschi lead. Zisis hit a free throw while a second-chance layup by Shaun Stonerook capped a 14-1 Montepaschi run. Asvel did not panic, however, as Lukauskis and Marshall drilled back-to-back three-pointers to bring the guests within 31-30. Dixon shined with an off-balance basket but free throws by Carrareto and a buzzer-beating layup by Hawkins gave the hosts at 36-32 edge at halftime.

Ali Traore - Asvel BasketMcIntyre returned to the floor after the break to improve his team's ball circulation. Traore buried his trademark left-handed hook shot that Sato bettered with a three-pointer. Asvel could not find the way to the basket until Traore shined with an acrobatic layup to keep the guests within 39-37. Sato sank an off-balance jumper that Lukauskis erased with a quick basket. Sato kept pacing Montepaschi with free throws that Samnick matched in the other end. McIntyre took over with a his trademark three-pointer from the key that Stonerook followed with foul shots to get Montepaschi out of trouble at 47-41. McIntyre hit free throws and fed Denis Marconato for an easy jumper to boost the hosts' lead to 52-43. Samnick tried to change things with a layup-plus-foul, Marshall added free throws and Kristjan Kangur downed an open triple to bring Asvel within 52-51. McIntyre rescued Montepaschi with a triple that Marshall erased with a layup-plus-foul. McIntyre and Ben Dewar traded free throws and a layup by Lavrinovic fixed the score at 59-56 after 30 minutes.

Domercant buried a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and Lavrinovic added a free throw to make it a seven-point game, 63-56. Asvel struggled to score right when it mattered and an off-balance driving layup by Domercant made the guests call timeout at 65-56. Domercant scored again in penetration and a free throw by Ress capped a game-breaking 12-0 Montepaschi run. Asvel had been scoreless for 4 minutes until Dixon downed a three-pointer. Ress shined with a put-back dunk and Lavrinovic added an acrobatic layup for a 73-61 score. Samnick hit a jump hook and a three-pointer by Lukauskis gave Asvel some hope at 73-66. Marshall shined with a driving layup but Asvel had entered the foul bonus and the hosts made the most out of it. Stonerook and Lavrinovic made free throws but a floating jumper by Lukauskis brought Asvel within 75-71 with 2 minutes to go. McIntyre and Kangur traded three-pointers but Lavrinovic also struck from downtown to seal the outcome, 81-74. Asvel kept trying but Montepaschi had cruised to a well-deserved home win.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Referees: DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), MARICIC,SASA (SRB), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT)
Attendance: 3782
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Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# 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 DOMERCANT, HENRY 17:04 12 2/4 2/5 2/2         1       2 1 7
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 24:05 13 0/6 3/7 4/4 1 2 3 3 1 2     2 5 11
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 16:46 3 1/4   1/2 2   2 2 1 1     3 3 3
7 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 18:41 5 2/3   1/2 2 3 5   2       1 2 11
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 13:08 5   1/2 2/2       1   1     2 1 3
10 SATO, ROMAIN 26:52 11 3/5 1/2 2/3 2 1 3 3 4       4 3 16
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 24:06 16 3/4 1/3 7/8   3 3     1     2 7 19
14 RESS, TOMAS 14:29 6 1/2 1/1 1/2 2 6 8   1 1 1     2 15
18 MARCONATO, DENIS 1:52 2 1/1               1     3   -2
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 20:52 5 1/2   3/4 2 1 3 2 2 4     4 1 3
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 22:05 5 1/3 0/1 3/4 1   1 1 1 2     1 4 5
Team           2 2 4           1   3
Totals 200:00 83 15/34 9/21 26/33 14 18 32 12 13 13 1 0 25 29 94
44.1% 42.9% 78.8%
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: COLLET, VINCENT
Asvel Basket
# 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 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 32:12 20 2/2 3/4 7/8   1 1 2 2 4     3 7 23
6 LACOMBE, PAUL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JEANNEAU, AYMERIC 11:26         1 1 2 1   1     1   1
10 DEWAR, BEN 11:29 2   0/1 2/2   1 1           1   1
11 PARKER, TERENCE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 TRAORE, ALI 14:46 10 4/8   2/3 1 2 3 1   1   1 5 2 4
13 CAMPBELL, ERIC 22:51 2 1/2 0/1   1 2 3 2 2 1     5 1 2
14 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 17:46 6 0/1 2/2   1 1 2     3     2 1 3
16 FOFANA, BANGALY 7:20               1         4   -3
17 MARSHALL, RAWLE 36:19 18 5/9 1/4 5/5 1 2 3 1 2 3     1 6 19
20 DIXON, BOBBY 29:49 6 1/4 1/4 1/2 1 2 3   2 5     2 3  
21 SAMNICK, VICTOR 16:02 10 3/5   4/7 1 5 6   1 1     5 4 10
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 74 16/31 7/16 21/27 7 20 27 8 9 19 0 1 29 24 63
51.6% 43.8% 77.8%
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Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"Playing in Europe is always difficult and you have to stay focused for all 40 minutes, so I'm happy for what we did tonight. It was an important win against a team that is getting better game-by-game that came here to try to win the match and advance to the next round."
COLLET, VINCENT
Asvel Basket
"We played a good game, except for the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the last, and those were fatal for us. We remained very close to Siena despite losing many balls, and those turnovers made the difference at the end. They played very aggressive defense but with more attention we could have won this game."

Players

DOMERCANT, HENRY
Montepaschi Siena
"Villeurbanne showed itself again to be a very good team and we're very happy for the win we got. We were focused in the last quarter to take the decisive advantage, playing at our best."
LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS
Asvel Basket
"We lost too many balls. We were not focused with any consistency. Also, under the boards we lost rebounds. I'm happy for my game but I'm disappointed because our team did not win. Normally, I don't take many shots, helping the team in other ways, but tonight I had more chances than usual."
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