2005-06Regular SeasonRound 11
January 18, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
Armani Jeans held onto a slim chance to make it to the Euroleague Top 16 from Group B when it downed visiting Cibona 84-64 in Milan, Italy on Wednesday. Milano broke a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-8 in the Group B standings, two wins away from Cibona and Olympiacos, who share the decisive fifth place in the standings. Milano will likely need to win all its remaining games to think about qualifying to the next round. Preston Shumpert led the winners with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting, while Giacomo Galanda and Tyrone Grant each had 12 points. Grant doubled up with 13 rebounds, while Joseph Blair also had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Dante Calabria scored 11 points and Massimo Bulleri added 10 for Milano. Marino Bazdaric had 12 points for Cibona while Damir Markota and Bennett Davison each had 10 for the guests.

Milano started the game with twin point guards, Bulleri and Alejandro Montecchia. Galanda shined early, scoring 5 quick points to give the hosts a 7-2 margin. Calabria fired in a three which Grant followed with a reverse layup, as Cibona called timeout at 12-4 to adjust its defense. Bulleri soon added a triple for a 15-4 Milano lead, as Davison broke 4 scoreless minutes for Cibona from the free throw line. Galanda hit his second three, but free throws by Scoonie Penn and a follow-up layup by Davison brought Cibona within 19-11. Blair stepped up with back-to-back baskets for a 10-point Milano margin at 23-13. Markota beat the shot clock with a three but Sven Schultze answered from downtown. Davor Marcelic came off the bench and immediately hit a corner three against Milano's 3-2 zone defense while Markota fixed the score at 30-20 after 10 minutes.

Shumpert canned a turnaround jumper to keep Milano in charge then Blair boosted the hosts to 35-20 with an easy basket in the paint. Markota made two from the foul line for the first points for Cibona in this quarter. Milano kept shining from downtown, as back-to-back threes by Mario Gigena and Shumpert made it a 17-point game at 41-24. Penn scored its first basket on an acrobatic layup after missing his 6 opening shots and Ivan Perincic followed it with a big three to bring Cibona within 41-29. Both teams exchanged baskets for a while until Cibona improved its defense in the final 2 minutes of the half. Marcelic hit a mid-range jumper, igniting a 0-8 run in which Bazdaric hit a pull-up jumper and Davison added a layup to bring Cibona within 45-39 at halftime.

Bulleri fed Grant for an easy layup right after the break, but Bazdaric answered from downtown to cut the guests' deficit to 47-42. Penn erased another point from the foul line, while Bazdaric nailed another corner three to make it a one-point game, 47-46. It didn't last long, however, as Bulleri and Grant pushed the hosts' lead to 51-46 midway through this period. Cibona lost its momentum with back-to-back turnovers, while Galanda scored in the low post to force the guests' timeout with Armani Jeans leading 53-46. Bazdaric - who else? - fired in another triple and Penn hit a short jumper to bring Cibona within 55-51. Calabria came to the rescue with a three, igniting a 12-2 run in which Shumpert scored 7 unanswered points. Even when Markota stepped up with a put-back layup, Claudio Coldebella hit a short jumper to give Milano a 67-53 margin after 30 minutes.

Davor Kus hit a three to get Cibona within 67-56, but Shumpert stole a ball to feed Calabria for an easy layup which restored a 13-point lead, 69-56, for Milano. Shumpert fired in a mid-range jumper while Bulleri copied him soon after that and added one from downtown against Cibona's 2-3 zone defense to boost the hosts' margin to 76-58. Grant and Blair kept dominating in the middle, allowing Milano to seal the outcome. Grant followed a layup with a long jumper, while Blair took over with a tip-in which made it a 20-point game, 82-62, already in the final minute, allowing all Milano fans in the standings that their team is back on track to keep their Euroleague dreams alive.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Romano Petitti, Milan
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), CAMBROSIO, GIAMPIERO (SUI)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 VUKCEVIC, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 8:15 3 0/1 1/1     1 1 1   1     2   1
7 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 20:00 16 4/6 2/2 2/2   6 6 1 2       1 1 23
8 COLDEBELLA, CLAUDIO 18:15 4 2/5     1 3 4   1       1 1 6
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 32:30 10 2/5 2/4     1 1 3 2 2   1   2 10
10 GALANDA, GIACOMO 23:00 12 3/8 2/2 0/1 3 3 6   1 2     2 2 11
11 PRIULI, ALESSANDRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 GRANT, TYRONE 24:15 12 5/9   2/4 5 8 13 2 1 3 1   4 5 21
15 BLAIR, JOSEPH 24:30 11 4/8   3/5 3 8 11   3 4 1   1 4 19
17 CALABRIA, DANTE 21:15 11 1/3 2/6 3/4 1 3 4 1 1 1     2 7 14
18 GIGENA, MARIO 15:45 5 1/2 1/4                   1    
20 MONTECCHIA, ALEJANDRO 12:15     0/1     1 1           3   -3
Team           3   3   1 2         2
Totals 200:00 84 22/47 10/20 10/16 16 34 50 8 12 15 2 1 17 22 104
        46.8% 50% 62.5%
Head coach: LARDO, LINO
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
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PENN, SCOONIE 34:30 7 2/12 0/2 3/4       2 1 2   2 1 4 -4
5 KUS, DAVOR 30:00 3 0/2 1/3     3 3 1 1       3 1 2
6 SKELIN, MATE 20:00 6 3/4   0/1   4 4   1 2     4 2 5
7 DAVISON, BENETT 22:30 10 3/6   4/4 1 4 5 1 2 1     2 2 14
9 RANCIC, DAMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BAZDARIC, MARINO 26:00 12 1/4 3/5 1/2 2 1 3 1 1 4     3 2 6
11 MARCELIC, DAVOR 21:30 5 1/2 1/3     1 1 1   1     1 1 3
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 5:00 2 1/1   0/1         1       2 1 1
14 TREPALOVAC, ALEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ROZIC, MARIN 8:00   0/2     1   1   1 1     3 2 -2
22 PERINCIC, IVAN 16:45 9 3/5 1/2   1 3 4     1     3   6
52 MARKOTA, DAMIR 15:45 10 2/2 1/5 3/4 3 4 7       1     2 15
Team             1 1   7           8
Totals 200:00 64 16/40 7/20 11/16 8 21 29 6 15 12 1 2 22 17 54
        40% 35% 68.8%
Head coach: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
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LARDO, LINO
AJ Milano
"I asked to my team to win this game first of all because we are still alive and can reach the Top 16, math gives us chances, we need a miracle to go ahead, but we have to fight until the last breath. Then we showed to improve in building our new team chemistry after the arrivals of Montecchia and Grant, and we won tonight starting from defense, and we had good plays in the fastbreak. Grant I think is a good addition because he can gives us a big hand under the glass, and tonight we overwhelmed then 50-29 and he did a great job."
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