Regular Season Round 6 - December 04, 2008 CET: 21:00 Local time: 21:00 - PALAU BLAUGRANA

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
SABETTA, ENRICO, Italy
Umpire
CIULIN, MARIUS, Romania

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.4 Points 63.6
36.4 Rebounds 33.2
9.0 O. Rebounds 9.8
27.4 D. Rebounds 23.4
13.4 Assists 8.4
6.4 Steals 7.6
4.6 Blocks 1.6
13.0 Turnovers 16.8
53.7 % 2PT 43.1 %
36.3 % 3PT 29.7 %
78.8 % FT 67.0 %
87.0 Index 55.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.4 / Navarro Points 13.6 / WILSON, LAMAYNE
7.6 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN Rebounds 6.3 / JULIAN, CYRIL
2.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN OR 1.8 / Greer
5.6 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN DR 5.0 / JULIAN, CYRIL
3.6 / Navarro Assists 2.4 / Tchicamboud
1.2 / Basile Steals 1.4 / WILSON, LAMAYNE
2.0 / Vazquez Blocks 0.6 / ABOUBAKAR ZAKI, A.
2.0 / Navarro Turnovers 5.4 / Greer
100.0 % / TRIAS, JORDI 2PT 66.7 % / JULIAN, CYRIL
78.6 % / Lakovic 3PT 45.5 % / Tchicamboud
100.0 % / Basile FT 100.0 % / BENSON, ROD
13.6 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN Index 14.3 / JULIAN, CYRIL

THE TAKE

Two teams waiting for different goals are ready to battle in Barcelona, Spain, where Regal FCB faces SLUC Nancy on Thursday night. Barcelona comes into the game holding a share of first place in Group C and could essentially clinch a spot in the Top 16 with a win, since it has already beaten the French League champion on the road. Barcelona playmaker Victor Sada remains sidelined, but combo guard Jaka Lakovic is not only back in action, but had 22 points on 5-for-5 three-point shooting against Zalgiris in Lithuania last week. Lakovic will share the point guard duties with Andre Barrett, with Roger Grimau ready to offer a helping hand, too. Lakovic will have a physical test against Serge Tchicamboud, a pleasant surprise for Nancy this season. Meanwhile, Barrett will matchup against John Cox, while Grimau will guard Nancy’s star swingman Ricardo Greer. Nancy must worry about Barcelona's battery of elite shooters, featuring Juan Carlos Navarro, Gianluca Basile and Lubos Barton. Navarro will have a tough matchup against Jeff Greer, while Basile and Barton will also have to take care of Ricardo Greer and former Barcelona small forward Michel Morandais. Both teams are really deep around the baskets, in what could be the biggest key to this game. Barcelona faces some troubles, as former All-Euroleague center David Andersen missed a Spanish League game this weekend due to stomach issues. If Andersen is not 100% recovered, expect Daniel Santiago and Euroleague October MVP Ersan Ilyasova to see extended playing time, with defensive aces Fran Vazquez and Jordi Trias ready to come off the bench. Ilyasova will test his aggressiveness and three-point shooting skills against Lamayn Wilson. Meanwhile, Vazquez and Santiago are ready to guard Cyril Julian, who is in great shape recently. Zaki Aboubacar and Rod Benson are seeing limited playing time, so expect Victor Samnick to see minutes at power forward, too. Barcelona needs to get Navarro, Lakovic and Ilyasoba involved and to stay strong in defense. Meanwhile, Nancy needs a big game from the Greer brothers and to cut down on its turnovers to win on the road. Barcelona has now won six straight Euroleague contests at home and remains the favorite to add another.

GAME QUOTES

Regal FC Barcelona
  • Guard Jaka Lakovic became just the fourth player in Euroleague Basketball history to score 2,000 career points last week. Lakovic shot 5 for 5 from downtown in that game and now leads the competition this season with a 78.6% success rate (11 for 14) from behind the arc.
  • Teammates David Andersen and Gianluca Basile can both move within 1 appearance of matching former Barca player Denis Marconato for the most career appearances in the competition this decade. Marconato made 165 Euroleague Basketball appearances, including 68 with Barcelona. Injured CSKA Moscow guard J.R. Holden is currently second with 164 appearances, while Andersen and Basile will make their respective 164th appearance this week.
  • Forward Jordi Trias needs just 2 more blocked shots to reach 50 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
SLUC Nancy
  • Big man Cyril Julian scored a career-high 21 points in the loss last week at Montepaschi. Julian is averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds on the road this season, but only 5 points and 4.5 rebounds at home.
  • Swingman Michel Morandais returns to Barcelona this week, which is where he began last season. Morandais played six Euroleague games and 10 Spanish League games with Barcelona and was a teammate of six current Barca players.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Regal FC Barcelona
"The first game in Nancy was the first Euroleague game and it had strange circumstances for us. We were just arriving from Los Angeles but everyone was focused on not letting that trip affect us. We did a very good job and we won by almost 30 points. Now we will be in front of a different game. They have only won one game but at the same time, they are only one win away from Top 16 spots right now, so for Nancy this second leg is do or die every game. They have to start winning and of course, their first chance will be here in Barcelona. We must focus again and not think that everything is done before tip-off. Every game is a story, and we cannot think about what is in the past."
MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
"The first leg was the first Euroleague game ever for Nancy, and we stayed in the game during the first half. But at the end, the win of Barcelona was large. Are we able to do better this time as we are on the road and with an important player missing? It will be a real challenge."

Players

Daniel Santiago - Regal FC BarcelonaRegal FC Barcelona dominated SLUC Nancy 91-68 as it became one of the first teams to clinch a berth in the Top 16. With the win, head coach Xavi Pascual's men improved to 5-1 and remain tied with Montepaschi Siena and Panathinaikos for the top spot in Group B. Montepaschi, which is the only team to have beaten Barca this season, also clinched a Top 16 spot. At least one of those teams will fall next week when Barca visits the Greens. Barca beat Nancy for the second time this season using a well-balanced team effort. Six different players scored during an 18-2 run the bridged the third in fourth quarters as the hosts put the game away. Nancy hung tough for 25 minutes and tied the game at 49-49 in the third quarter, but had no answer for the home team's big charge. Nancy fell to 1-5 and faces a must-win contest if it hopes to reach the Top 16 when it hosts Asseco Prokom next week. Daniel Santiago led Barcelona with a season-high 20 points, David Andersen added followed with 16 points and 8 rebounds, which were also season highs, while Juan Carlos Navarro added 13 points and 6 assists, Ersan Ilyasova had 11 points and 8 rebounds, Lubos Barton scored 11 and Roger Grimau 10. Veteran big man Cyril Julian was the lone bright spot for Nancy with 17 points and 7 rebounds.

Nancy raced out to the lead on baskets by Steed Tchicambud and Ricardo Greer, but the hosts quickly regrouped. Santiago made his presence felt inside with three baskets on the next four possessions and Ilyasova added a triple for a 9-0 run. Ricardo Greer and Julian with a basket-plus-foul tied the game as Nancy dug in. Grimau and Ricardo Greer traded baskets, before Barca responded with a strong run. Grimau and Fran Vazquez scored inside to put the hosts ahead and Navarro extended the lead first with a pair of free throws and then with his trademark floater. Andersen added a bucket in the paint to complete a 10-0 charge that made it 23-14. Tchicambud and Navarro traded scores until Victor Samnick triple found himself open for a three that made it 25-19 after 10 minutes.

Cyril Julian - SLUC NancyAndersen fired in a long jumper to open the second period, but Amadou Aboukar Zaki’s follow-up slam sent a message that Nancy's confidence was growing. Samnick added a mid-range pull-up and Aboukar Zaki positioned himself for another bucket as the gap closed to 2 points. Led by a fresh Barton, Barcelona increased its defensive intensity and came away with a pair of fastbreak layups. John Cox came in for the Cougars to reset the attack and scored to make it 31-28. Andersen and Barton increased the lead to 8 despite a Jeff Greer steal and layup. Navarro and Jeff Greer traded threes, before Julian cut the Nancy deficit to 4 on the offensive glass. However Barton capped a strong second period with a three-point play to make it 44-37 at halftime.

Michel Morandais scored for Nancy as the second half began, but Barton came right back for a three for the hosts. Julian and Santiago traded hoops inside, but Julain continued to battle and with the aid of Samnick closed the gap to 2. Then Morandais hit a long jumper to cap a 0-8 push that knotted the game at 49-49. Navarro floated in for a basket to put the hosts back on top, but Nancy’s spirit was keeping it in the game. Santiago stuffed an offensive rebound through the hoop and Ilyasova made his presence felt on the defensive end as Barcelona slowly rebuilt its lead. Julian stepped outside for a long jumper, but Andersen matched him and Victor Sada went coast-to-coast for a circus shot that put the hosts up 5. And Grimau beat the buzzer for a triple that gave Barcelona its first double-digit lead, 62-51, heading into the fourth quarter.

Barcelona looked to put the game away as Ilyasova converted a three-point play and Navarro added a score to cap an 18-2 charge that made it 67-51. Cox tried to ignite something for Nancy, but Barca was in cruise control. Andersen scored on back-to-back possessions as the lead hit 18 and after a nice move by Samnick, Ilyasova hit from downtown and Santiago scored inside to make it push it further. Andersen brought the lead to 80-57 with a pair of free throws and it would later peak at 27 on a Gianluca Basile three as the closing minutes became extended garbage time with the final result a foregone conclusion.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), SABETTA, ENRICO (ITA), CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM)
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Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
Regal FC Barcelona
# 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 BASILE, GIANLUCA 13:46 3   1/2     1 1 2 2       2   5
6 BARRETT, ANDRE 7:24 2   0/1 2/2   1 1             1 3
8 TRIAS, JORDI 7:49           2 2 1     1   1   3
9 BARTON, LUBOS 18:12 11 2/2 2/3 1/1 1 2 3   2 2       1 14
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 17:55     0/3         2   2     1   -4
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 28:11 13 4/7 1/5 2/2   1 1 6 2 3   1   5 16
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 20:40 16 6/8   4/4   8 8   1   1 1   2 25
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 10:28 2 1/2                   1 1   -1
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 20:24 11 2/5 2/4 1/1 1 8 9 1 1   1   1 1 18
24 SADA, VICTOR 15:45 3 1/1   1/1   2 2 2         3 3 7
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 18:32 20 9/11   2/2 1   1     4 1   4 2 14
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 20:54 10 4/7 0/1 2/2   1 1 2   1     4 2 6
Team             1 1   3           4
Totals 200:00 91 29/43 6/19 15/15 3 27 30 16 11 12 4 3 17 17 110
67.4% 31.6% 100%
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: 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 13:14 6 3/7 0/1   1 1 2     1     2    
5 MORANDAIS, MICHEL 26:35 8 3/4 0/2 2/2   1 1 1 3   1   3 2 10
7 JULIAN, CYRIL 32:15 18 8/13   2/2 3 4 7   2 2 1 1   3 23
8 GREER, JEFF 20:49 7 2/2 1/1   1   1 1 2       1   10
10 TCHICAMBOUD, STEED 27:50 9 4/7 0/1 1/3 1 5 6 2 2 6     3 4 8
11 ABOUBAKAR ZAKI, AMADOU 10:17 4 2/3   0/1 1 1 2       1   1 2 6
12 BENSON, ROD 3:25         1   1     1     1 1  
13 SAMNICK, VICTOR 32:59 9 3/11 1/1   3 5 8 1   3   1 4 2 4
14 GREER, RICARDO 32:36 7 3/11 0/2 1/2   4 4 2   4   2 2 3 -3
15 NJOYA, SAIDOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     3          
Totals 200:00 68 28/58 2/8 6/10 12 23 35 7 9 20 3 4 17 17 58
48.3% 25% 60%
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Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Regal FC Barcelona
"When you win a game by 23 points, everything looks easy and there are many reasons to be satisfied. If you look at the stats, however, you can see that I cannot be toally satisfied, especially when it comes to defensive rebounds and turnovers. We had a cold start of the game, entered the court very relaxed. It is also true that my players showed their character in the second half. Lubos Barton change the game rhythm with his speed and I also would to point out that David Andersen just had the flu and has played a good all-around game. Our initial goal, making it to the Top 16m, is already reached. Now we must fight with Panathinaikos and Montepaschi Siena to finish as high as possible. This is a strong group and the next game against Panathinaikos will be a good test for us."
MONSCHAU, JEAN-LUC
SLUC Nancy
"First of all, I want to congratulate Barcelona for this win. I think that this game can be looked at in two very different ways. First of all, Barcelona played really well in the first game in Nancy and we wanted to show our best game in Barcelona tonight. I think we managed to do it. Second, we had a chance to win the game, even though many could be shocked with this comment. I think we had our chance. Barcelona is simply a better team, with a deeper bench and far more experienced. Most of my players are in their Euroleague debut season. For some players in Barcelona, playing a Euroleague game is something as natural as having breakfast. It is something they do every day."

Players

SANTIAGO, DANIEL
Regal FC Barcelona
"We reached our goal, which was winning the game, but we must improve the way we entered the games in which in paper we are the favorites. You cannot relax at any time against any opponent. We improved a lot in the second half and I am happy that we learned from our mistakes. It was my turn to score 20 points tonight, but I will have a different role in other games, too."
JULIAN, CYRIL
SLUC Nancy
"We played a high-level game in the first half and also for some minutes in the third quarter, but we could not follow their rhythm, as Barcelona has a good number of top players. We committed some turnovers at 49-49, in the key moment. We couldn't keep up with their rhythm but I am proud of my teammates. I played a good game, but team is what goes first."
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