Regular Season Round 10 - January 14, 2009 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALAIS DES SPORTS JEAN WEILLE

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-7 Regular Season 7-2
2-7 Overall 7-2

Referees

Crew Chief
SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS, Greece
Referee
BULTO, VICENTE, Spain
Umpire
SHULGA, BORIS, Ukraine

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
69.7 Points 81.3
35.0 Rebounds 31.4
11.2 O. Rebounds 10.0
23.8 D. Rebounds 21.4
9.1 Assists 13.2
7.9 Steals 12.4
2.4 Blocks 2.3
15.9 Turnovers 12.6
46.3 % 2PT 52.6 %
29.1 % 3PT 38.6 %
66.3 % FT 77.6 %
61.8 Index 88.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.8 / Greer Points 13.6 / Domercant
7.1 / JULIAN, CYRIL Rebounds 7.7 / Lavrinovic, K.
2.1 / Greer OR 2.1 / Eze
5.3 / JULIAN, CYRIL DR 5.7 / Lavrinovic, K.
2.7 / Greer Assists 3.9 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
1.5 / WILSON, LAMAYNE Steals 2.2 / STONEROOK, SHAUN
0.7 / SAMNICK, VICTOR Blocks 1.0 / Eze
4.8 / Greer Turnovers 2.1 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
60.3 % / JULIAN, CYRIL 2PT 68.8 % / STONEROOK, SHAUN
38.2 % / WILSON, LAMAYNE 3PT 81.8 % / Carraretto
100.0 % / BENSON, ROD FT 100.0 % / FINLEY, MORRIS
16.7 / JULIAN, CYRIL Index 19.1 / Lavrinovic, K.

THE TAKE

The Euroleague regular season comes to an end and a final Top 16 spot in up for grabs in Group B. One of the three teams fighting for that spot, SLUC Nancy, hosts already qualified Montepaschi Siena on Wednesday night. The French champion needs to win and wait for Asseco Prokom and Zalgiris to lose their road games against Panathinaikos and Regal FC Barcelona, respectively, to make it to the Top 16. Meanwhile, Montepaschi is second if it beats Nancy and even if it loses, Panathinaikos wins and the combined difference in that game is not larger than 26 points. Montepaschi is expected to travel to Nancy without backup playmaker Morris Finley and scoring ace Rimantas Kaukenas, as both players are injured. If Finley remains sidelined, All-Euroleague guard Terrell McIntyre will see most of the minutes at point guard, with Arriel McDonald backing him up. McIntyre will have a physical test against Steed Tchicamboud while McDonald is ready to go against John Cox. The key matchup in this game may be between Ricardo Greer of Nancy and Romain Sato of Montepaschi. Ricardo Greer is a tough matchup due to his versatility and creativity, but Sato is the right man to guard him because of his quickness and athleticism. At the same time, Sato can score in many ways and will see most playing time at the wings along with Henry Domercant against the Greer brothers, Ricardo and Jeff. Marco Carrareto of Montepaschi and Michel Morandais of Sluc Nancy are ready to see quality playing time for their respective teams. Nancy has its main frontcourt reference in Cyril Julian, in great shape lately. Julian will get some help from versatile forwards Lamayne Wilson and Victor Samnick, recently-signed center Akin Akingbala and up-and-coming big man Zaki Aboubacar. Julian is ready for a big matchup against Ksistof Lavrinovic. Meanwhile, Ben Eze will test his strengths against Akingbala, while Wilson has a tough matchup against do-it-all forward Shaun Stonerook. Montepaschi will try to be its usual self in offense, looking for the extra pass and finding open shots. Nancy must make the most of its athleticism and use its home court advantage to win the game and wait for other results to get to the next round.

GAME NOTES

SLUC Nancy

  • Swingman Michel Morandais was a teammate of current Montepaschi stars Shaun Stonerook and Rimas Kaukenas during the 2004-05 season at Cantu. In all Morandais spent three seasons in the Italian League for Cantu and Napoli.
  • Point guard Steed Tchicamboud scored a season-high 21 points in last week’s game at Zalgiris.
  • Nine different players have appeared in Nancy’s starting lineup this season and only Ricardo Greer has started in every game.


Montepaschi Siena

  • All-Euroleague playmaker Terrell McIntyre is the only player on the Montepaschi roster to have played in the French League. McIntyre began his European career with BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque back in the 1999-2000 season.He has played since in Germany, the United States and Italy, but has not returned to France since.
  • Reserve guard Marco Carraretto was the hero for Montepaschi last week a Euroleague career-high 15 points on 5-of-5 three-point shooting - a point more than he had totaled in his previous four appearances.
  • Montepaschi leads the league in steals with 12.4 per game this season and has three players in the competition’s top 10 in that category: Shaun Stonerook is second with 2.2 steals per game, Terrell McIntyre is fourth at 2.1 and Romain Sato is sixth at 2 per game.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
"There is no time anymore to evaluate our chances to qualify for the Top 16. It's just time to play and to go hard for the win. We were so close one week ago in Kaunas, this time we have to make it! Of course Siena is a great team, dominating in Italy and performing in Euroleague. But it could even be the best team of the world, we just want to believe that we can do it!"

Players

GREER, RICARDO
SLUC Nancy
"It remains a game against Siena, a very strong team but I hope we’ll be supported as Kaunas players was last Thursday. There was an unbelievable atmosphere, one of the craziest I've ever known. It will be tough but we have our chances: with Pau- Orthez, at home, we had beaten the CSKA which was the European Champions."
Shaun Stonerook - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi Siena secured second place in Group B with a dominating 79-103 road victory at SLUC Nancy, eliminating the French side from the Top 16 in the process. Siena finished 8-2 in the group, behind only Barcelona, and will do no worse than tie for the second-best regular season record. Siena had a 0-12 first-quarter run to grab the upper hand, am 8-21 second-quarter surge to take more control, and a 2-16 third quarter push that was the knock-out punch. Siena made 12 of 25 three-pointers and committed just 10 turnovers as seven players scored in double figures. Shaun Stonerook and Arriel McDonald led the way with 15 points apiece - both hitting 3 three-pointers - while Ksistof Lavrinovic and Henry Domercant each scored 13 points. Romain Sato had 12 points, Tomas Ress added 10 points and Terrell McIntyre collected 12 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists and 3 steals. Jeff Greer totaled 18 points to lead Nancy, which dropped to 2-8 in the group and will watch the remainder of the tournament from home. Cyril Julian added 15 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort. And Ricardo Greer chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Ricardo Greer hit inside to open the scoring for the hosts and Steed Tchicamboud's two foul shots made it 4-0 early on. McIntyre got Siena on the board with a three-pointer and Stonerook followed suit the next trip down the court. While Nancy could not find a basket the Siena big man Stonerook knocked down back-to-back three-point shots to give him 9 straight points and complete a 0-12 run for a 4-12 lead. Julian ended the run with a jumper and then put back an offensive rebound to make it 8-12. Benjamin Eze though was left open in the lane and McIntyre fed him for a dunk before Julian's inside layup had Nancy within 10-14. But Sato came right back down and hit a baseline jumper and Eze got another dunk in the paint as Siena led 10-18. Michel Morandais drained a triple and then Lamayne Wilson drove into the lane for a dunk and Ricardo Greer grabbed a steal and converted a break-away layup to trim the deficit to 17-20, resulting in a Montepaschi time-out. Eze came out of the time-out hitting from the baseline with the shot-clock winding down and then Sato's two foul shots had the lead back to 17-24. And two more Sato free throws left Siena leading 19-26 after one period.

Ricardo Greer - SLUC NancyRicardo Greer opened the second quarter with an inside basket and then the forward picked up a steal and dished to Akin Akingbala, who dunked all alone on the break to make it 23-26. McDonald's jumper got Montepaschi on the board in the second quarter and Marco Carreretto's driving layup made it 23-30. Nancy had a long possession with a couple of offensive rebounds and Siena fouls. But the French side came up empty as Jeff Greer missed two free throws. Akingbala missed two more foul shots as well and then Lavrinovic converted a driving layup on the other end. Siena grabbed a steal and Lavrinovic drained a triple from the wing and the gap grew to 23-35. Jeff Greer's mid-range jumper brought the lead back to 10 points, but McDonald hit two free throws, Ricardo Greer missed two more for Nancy and McIntyre sliced into the lane for a layup and a 25-39 advantage. Tchicamboud's two foul shots trimmed the margin to 28-41 before McIntyre went coast-to-coast for a layup. Jeff Greer would knock down a long ball and the lead was down to 31-43. But Ress was all alone on the wing for a triple for Siena. Ress again was the beneficiary of some fine passing and finished inside to make it 31-48. And then Ress knocked a three-point shot from the top of the key to open a 20-point advantage - 31-51. John Cox made two free throws just before the break as the teams headed to the locker-room with Siena up 33-51.

Domercant started the second half with a layup after some fine Siena passing to re-establish a 20-point advantage. Jeff Greer helped keep alive Nancy's hopes with a three-pointer from the wing. After McIntyre answered with a tough driving layup, Jeff Greer converted a three-point play and the gap was 39-55. Jeff Greer connected from long range and Nancy trailed just 42-56. Domercant hit two jumpers and Ricardo Greer made a free throw as the lead was 45-60. But Siena had taken Nancy's best shot and was about to pull away. McIntyre was given a layup on a goal-tending call and Stonerook tipped in a miss. Sato was then unstoppable in the lane against Ricardo Greer, who was strapped with four fouls. Jeff Greer hit a layup to make it 47-69. But McIntyre found a streaking Lavrinovic for a transition dunk, Lavrinovic hit a tough layup but missed the extra foul shot and Sato converted in transition after a turnover, completing a 2-16 run for a 47-76 lead. Cox stopped the surge with a triple and Wilson made a three-point play but Nancy still trailed 53-81 after three periods.

Cox opened the fourth quarter with a triple but was answered by McDonald from long range. Morandais also hit from deep territory but the veteran McDonald struck again from outside to remain ahead 59-87. Ress's jumper gave Montepaschi a 30-point lead. Julian's put-back trimmed the margin to 62-89 but Domercant hit a jumper and Lavrinovic nailed a long ball as the lead was up to 62-94. McDonald would hit two more free throws and a long ball and Luca Lechthaler was the one who brought Siena into triple digits with an inside layup to make it 62-101 before Zaki Aboubakar dunked to stop the 0-12 run. But the game was way out of reach.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: SPIRIDONOS, LEONIDAS (GRE), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
Attendance: 5210
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SLUC Nancy19142026
Montepaschi Siena26253022
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SLUC Nancy19335379
Montepaschi Siena265181103
Head coach: MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
# 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 COX, JOHN 16:23 8 0/3 2/5 2/2 1   1 3   2     2 4 6
5 MORANDAIS, MICHEL 16:46 6 0/2 2/4     1 1 1   2     2 1 1
6 WILSON, LAMAYNE 29:25 5 2/3 0/7 1/1 1 2 3 1 1 1     5 1 -3
7 JULIAN, CYRIL 23:32 15 7/9   1/4 6 2 8   1 3   1   2 17
8 GREER, JEFF 31:36 18 3/6 3/6 3/7 1 2 3 1   1 1   2 4 14
10 TCHICAMBOUD, STEED 23:36 8 2/3 0/2 4/4 1 2 3 2 1 1     4 3 9
11 ABOUBAKAR ZAKI, AMADOU 8:28 3 1/2   1/2 3 3 6 1   2     1 1 6
12 AKINGBALA, AKIN 18:35 7 3/6   1/3 3 4 7   1     1 1 3 11
14 GREER, RICARDO 31:33 9 4/7 0/1 1/4   5 5 6 3 4   1 4 6 13
16 JACQUES, YOHANN 0:06                              
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 79 22/41 7/25 14/27 17 24 41 15 7 17 1 3 21 25 77
53.7% 28% 51.9%
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: 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 28:47 13 5/10 1/2     2 2   1 2   1 2 1 6
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 22:04 12 4/4 1/3 1/2 1 3 4 11 3 3     3 3 24
6 MCDONALD, ARRIEL 17:39 15 1/2 3/5 4/4   2 2 2 1       3 2 16
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 18:41 7 3/6   1/2 1 3 4   1   3   3 2 10
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 16:09 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 2 1 2     4 1 2
10 SATO, ROMAIN 29:07 12 4/6 0/2 4/5   1 1   1 1     4 5 9
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 20:26 13 3/7 2/3 1/3 3 2 5 1 2         4 18
14 RESS, TOMAS 11:37 10 2/3 2/3     2 2 1         2 1 10
15 METREVELI, NIKA 4:00   0/2 0/1   1   1           1   -3
16 CENTANNI, SIMONE 1:54     0/1                       -1
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 6:14 4 2/3     2   2   1           6
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 23:22 15 1/1 3/4 4/4 2 5 7 3 1 2     3 2 22
Team                                
Totals 200:00 103 26/45 12/25 15/20 10 23 33 20 12 10 3 1 25 21 119
57.8% 48% 75%
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Head Coaches

MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
"First, I want to congratulate the team from Siena. We now know why they are second in the group behind Barcelona. This is really a strong team. At the beginning, we all believed in our chances, but our hopes took off very quickly because of rare and exceptional circumstances. Siena made 4 of 4 three-pointers and we missed 9 consecutive free throws. We put too much pressure on ourselves. To let as many points as we did is unfortunate. In the second half, we tried to come back, we had the opportunity to return to minus-8, but we failed at three-pointers. Then Siena found shots and distanced us again."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We are proud to finish second in the group ahead of Panathinaikos. Tonight, we controlled the ball and displayed good defense. The team showed a good spirit, which can take us far in Euroleague. Now, it is the Top 16, which will be very hard and each game will count."
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