Regular Season Round 11 - January 18, 2006 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - MEDIOLANUM FORUM

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
2-8 Overall 5-5

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain
Umpire
CONDE, ANTONIO, Spain

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
70.6 Points 66.6
33.4 Rebounds 32.7
10.3 O. Rebounds 9.2
23.1 D. Rebounds 23.5
11.5 Assists 8.7
13.5 Steals 9.4
1.0 Blocks 1.8
15.8 Turnovers 12.7
48.3 % 2PT 44.4 %
33.5 % 3PT 32.8 %
67.8 % FT 69.3 %
72.0 Index 63.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.9 / BULLERI, MASSIMO Points 14.0 / PENN, SCOONIE
5.2 / GALANDA, GIACOMO Rebounds 6.7 / DAVISON, BENETT
2.7 / BLAIR, JOSEPH OR 2.9 / DAVISON, BENETT
3.9 / CALABRIA, D. DR 4.3 / Markota
3.1 / BULLERI, MASSIMO Assists 2.4 / PENN, SCOONIE
2.4 / CALABRIA, D. Steals 2.4 / PENN, SCOONIE
0.4 / GALANDA, GIACOMO Blocks 0.8 / DAVISON, BENETT
4.0 / BULLERI, MASSIMO Turnovers 2.2 / SKELIN, MATE
60.0 % / GALANDA, GIACOMO 2PT 62.5 % / Markota
51.9 % / GALANDA, GIACOMO 3PT 43.8 % / Markota
93.3 % / GALANDA, GIACOMO FT 100.0 % / MARCELIC, DAVOR
13.8 / CALABRIA, D. Index 14.3 / PENN, SCOONIE

THE TAKE

Armani Jeans has its back to the wall in Group B when it hosts Cibona Zagreb on Wednesday in Milan, Italy. After its four consecutive losses in the the group, Milano (2-8) cannot afford a home defeat without seeing its hopes of qualifying for the Top 16 end. Meanwhile, Cibona (5-5) is at the heart of the race, tied currently for fourth place, and any road win would be a welcome boost for its own Top 16 ambitions. When these teams last met in November, Damir Markota came off the bench for a season-high 17 points to lead Cibona to a 67-60 victory. Diego Fajardo had his best game of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Milano in defeat. This time, however, Milano (2-8) will have to overcome the absence of Fajardo (7.9 ppg.), who broke a bone in his hand last week. Cibona has several players nursing injuries, the most questionable of them Bennett Davison, with shoulder trouble. Although he and teammates Scoonie Penn, Mrkota and Davor Marcelic all will travel, it is unclear who among them will play or how much. This game doesn't promise many points, as Milano averages 70.6 and Cibona 66.6 points per game, the second-fewest in the league. However, both defenses have been known to give up points in bunches. In half of each team's games, opponents have scored at least 80 points: Milano and Cibona lost in all of those game. Cibona's (5-5) key to winning will be keeping Milano below that 80-point threshold. For that, it will need strong defensive efforts in the paint from Davison (10 ppg., 6.7 rpg.) and youngsters Markota (9.2 ppg.) and Luksa Andric against Milan's veteran inside crew with Joseph Blair (7 ppg., 7.1 rpg.), Giacomo Galanda (10.4 ppg.) and Sven Schultze. New addition Tyrone Grant, who had 6 points and 8 boards in his debut last week, could also play a factor for the hosts. Massimo Bulleri (12.9 ppg., 3.1 apg.) leads the Milano attack from outside with Dante Calabria (12 ppg.) and Preston Shumpert (8.6 ppg.), who scored a season-high 18 last time versus Cibona in Zagreb. Bulleri will have a tough time in his head-to-head duel with Penn (14 ppg., 2.4 spg.) and Davor Kus (9.7 ppg.), who shares the point and often plays alongside Penn. The key for the visitors side will be on defense, and especially around the basket. If Cibona can make it even under the rim, the game might come down to the guards with the ball in their hands. A standout performance by either Penn or Bulleri could seal a victory for his respective team.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Euroleague.net

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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
Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), CAMBROSIO, GIAMPIERO (SUI)
Attendance: 0
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Head coach: LARDO, LINO
AJ Milano
# 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 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%
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: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Cibona VIP
# 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 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%
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Head Coaches

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."
ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Cibona VIP
"Congratulations to Milano they played an excellent game tonight, while we continue to have many injury problems with our players, and we could not follow Milano in a high-paced game. We played better during the second and the third quarters, but after Shumpert and Calabria scored triples on 55-51 we were unable to come back in the game. We struggled with our shooting and our defense was not so effective."

Players

BULLERI, MASSIMO
AJ Milano
"We are still in the running to reach the Top 16, and tonight we wanted to get this win and also with a big margin to come back from the seven-point loss in Zagreb and we did it, playing better together. Now we want to do our best in the remaining games and at the end do the count and watch if we will advance. We are trying to build a new team chemistry and tonight we took steps forward, and this win will give us back a lot of confidence."
PENN, SCOONIE
Cibona VIP
"We played a bad game, missing too many easy shots, but also our defense was not so good, and you cannot win in the Euroleague playing in this way. It is a negaitve moment but we have to change as soon as possible our attitude and approach to the games, because our qualification to the Top 16 is not yet sure."
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