Regular Season Round 6 - November 28, 2007 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALALOTTOMATICA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-4 Regular Season 3-2
1-4 Overall 3-2

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
CASTANO, ANIBAL, France
Umpire
LOVSIN, ANDREJ, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.8 Points 76.2
28.0 Rebounds 30.6
8.6 O. Rebounds 9.8
19.4 D. Rebounds 20.8
13.4 Assists 15.8
8.2 Steals 7.8
2.8 Blocks 2.2
12.8 Turnovers 12.6
51.8 % 2PT 56.1 %
36.0 % 3PT 29.1 %
74.3 % FT 69.3 %
75.2 Index 80.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.6 / Lorbek Points 15.4 / Lakovic
6.0 / Lorbek Rebounds 4.4 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
1.8 / Lorbek OR 2.2 / Kasun
4.2 / Lorbek DR 3.4 / Lakovic
4.4 / Ukic Assists 4.6 / SANCHEZ, PEPE
1.6 / Hawkins Steals 2.0 / SANCHEZ, PEPE
1.6 / Lorbek Blocks 0.6 / Kasun
2.4 / GABINI, ROBERTO Turnovers 2.4 / Kasun
66.0 % / Lorbek 2PT 71.4 % / MARCONATO, DENIS
50.0 % / Lorbek 3PT 60.0 % / Grimau
100.0 % / Ukic FT 100.0 % / Basile
19.2 / Lorbek Index 20.6 / Lakovic

THE TAKE

Lottomatica Roma returns home Wednesday to host AXA FC Barcelona in a crucial Group C encounter. Roma is only 1-4 and tied for sixth place in the group standings, but it has played only one home game all season, which it won by 24 points. Head coach Jasmin Repesa's charges will now play four of their next five at home knowing that every win will help the club climb higher in the standings. Meanwhile Barcelona arrives after a rewarding victory over arch rival Real Madrid, which saw the team's record improve to 3-2, good for third place in the group. Guard Jaka Lakovic was once again the star for Barca in that game with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Roma has benefited from three players having breakout starts to the season at three key positions: Erazem Lorbek in the paint, Jon Stefansson on the perimeter and Roko-Leni Ukic at point guard. Ukic will also look to prove something after spending last season in a reserve role at Barcelona. Roma's other weapons are the experience and long arms of Gregor Fucka, who won the 2003 Euroleague with Barcelona, and the tough defense led by David Hawkins and Roberto Gabini, which has resulted in the second most fouls committed in the league this season. Lottomatica also has power forward Erik Daniels available for the first time this season after recovering from a hand injury. Lakovic has been joined by center Mario Kasun and forward Jordi Trias as the top performers for Barcelona so far this season, but the club is among the deepest in the competition with at least two experienced players at every position. In fact, 10 players are averaging more than 10 minutes per game and Lakovic and Trias are the only Barca guys averaging more than 25. Playmaker Pepe Sanchez and Lakovic lead one of league's best passing attacks, though the team has suffered with poor perimeter shooting. The backcourt matchups in this game promise to provide excitement with the likes of Ukic, Hawkins, Stefansson and Allan Ray competing against Sanchez, Lakovic, Gianluca Basile and Alex Acker, but the battle in the paint could prove to be the crucial aspect. With Daniels injured, Roma had been starting the 1.98-meter Gabini at power forward, but Barcelona has six players standing 2.06 meters or taller at the big man spots. If Kasun, Trias, Fran Vazquez and co. can control the paint, it will be a big boost for the visiting side. However with Daniels available, he could help Lorbek and Fucka for the challenge, and then Ukic, Stefansson and Hawkins could use their home rims to pile up points as Roma chases a much-needed home win.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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Quotes Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"We have to train well and prepare in the best possible way for this game against Barca, which is important. With all the problems that we have had and having had to play four of our five games on the road, I am not disappointed with the performance or with our current position in the standings. The important thing is for the team to be ready."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
AXA FC Barcelona
“Lottomatica has lost four games in the Euroleague so far, but they deserve a better record. They are quite a balanced team that play very good defense, especially in one-on-one situations. Moreover, their pressing style gives them a lot of steals. Lottomatica is a team that loves to run the fastbreak when possible and all their players are able to play that way, because they have many fast players. It will be important for us to prevent them from getting to these kind of situations. This is a very tactical team and they can make a lot of different plays throughout the game".

Players

TONOLLI, ALESSANDRO
Lottomatica Roma
"Barcelona is a good team. They are doing well in the Euroleague and we respect them, but we cannot be afraid of them. We have to play a great game in order to have a chance to win. We are in good condition, we have won two games in a row in the Lega A against Milano and Cantu, and that is encouraging. We are recovering some key players like Erik Daniels and Simone Bagnoli and that is important for us. The support of our fans will be crucial."
BASILE, GIANLUCA
AXA FC Barcelona
"It's always a pleasure for me going back to Italy and play a game there. Now I'm used to playing in my country, and in the beginning it was something weird. We'll meet some players that we know very well, like Roko-Leni Ukic or Gregor Fucka. They are both the kind of players who can decide a game by their own. Ukic is getting a lot of playing time this season in Rome and when he has an important role he can be a key player in a game. It will be important to stop Stefansson, because he's their best scorer and has a long range. Lorbek is right now in a good shape as well".
Gianluca Basile - AXA FC Barcelona AXA F.C. Barcelona won its first road game this season and moved nearer the Group C leaders by rolling past Lottomatica Roma 65-74 on Thursday in the Italian capital. Barcelona improved to 4-2 and could share second place before the week ends. Roma fell to 1-5 and now shares last place with Brose Baskets Bamberg. A virtuoso first-half performance from guard Gianluca Basile helped build a lead that Barcelona would not surrender thereafter. He made a pair of three-pointers on his way to 14 points by halftime and 15 for the game. Mario Kasun led Barcelona in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Jaka Lakovic added 11 points for Barcelona, which outrebounded Roma 37-23, while Jordi Trias came off the bench for 10 points and a game-high 9 rebounds. Erazem Lorbek led Roma with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Barcelona went on a 1-9 run to open the game and was up 5-13 by the time that Basile had drilled his second jump shot, this one from three-point range. After Roberto Gabini scored to close the gap to 13-7 for Roma, Kasun and Lorbek traded baskets. Barcelona then finished the quarter on a 0-7 run with Pepe Sanchez and Alex Acker scoring inside the arc and Basile burying his second three-pointer for a 9-22 lead at the end of one quarter.

Erazem Lorbek - Lottomatica RomaIt got worse for Roma at the start of the second quarter, with Sanchez connecting from long range and Basile hitting a jumper as the visitors seemed fully in command at 11-27. Then, Gregor Fucka entered the game for the hosts and helped trigger a revival. He scored down low and Erik Daniels followed with a three-point play to make it 16-27. The outstanding Basile, a former player of Roma head coach Jasmin Repesa, nailed another jump shot and Kasun followed with a score down low to restore the 15-point Barcelona lead. Another Basile jumper and a tap-in by Fran Vazquez stretched the Barcelona lead to 35-18. Roma, buoyed by a 10,000-strong home crowd, turned up the intensity and finished the second quarter stronger. Fucka, also going up against his former team, hit Roma's first three-pointer with in the game's 16th minute to spark an 8-0 run. After he split a pair of free throws, Lorbek scored down low with a hook shot and Roko Leni-Ukic, another former Barcelona player, went in for a layup. Barcelona could get nothing going offensively, while Lorbek's three-pointer extended the surge to 11 unanswered points to pull Roma within 31-37 at the half.

Jon Stefansson started the second half for the hosts by draining a wide-open three-pointer, cutting the difference to 34-37. Kasun grabbed an Acker miss and dunked, then added free throws. Barcelona widened the gap further by converting a steal with Jordi Trias scoring down low. Jaka Lakovic and Ukic traded three-pointers as Barcelona's lead held at 39-46. Acker banked in a one-handed runner and then Kasun, after picking off a pass, went to the other end and scored to make it 39-51 and provoke a Roma timeout. When play resumed, Lakovic hit another three-ball, but Lorbek scored and then came up with a steal and passed ahead to Hawkins for a slam dunk to cut the difference to 45-53. Trias, playing valuable minutes, tapped in a missed three-pointer and scored inside before a jumper by Vazquez pushed the lead into double digits at 45-59. Allan Ray hit a three-pointer and Ukic dished to a cutting Lorbek for the final points of the third quarter, but Barcelona still commanded a 50-60 advantage.

Jordi Trias - AXA FC BarcelonaRay started the final quarter with a triple from the corner, but a Lakovic one-handed runner ended the Roma run and took the Barcelona lead to 53-64. Stefansson came up with a loose offensive rebound and connected from the baseline for Roma before Jacopo Giachetti checked into the game and hit a jumper to close the gap to 58-65 and prompt Barcelona coach Dusan Ivkovic to call a timeout. Roma had a chance to draw closer, but Ukic penetrated into the lane and had the ball knocked away. Barcelona punished that with Kasun scoring off a Trias miss for a 66-57 lead. Ukic drove hard to the basket and scored with a left-handed lay-up in traffic to draw his team within 7 points with 2:30 remaining, but Lakovic went to the other end and with the shot clock winding down, hit another three-pointer for a 10-point lead. Roma didn't give up. After two Giachetti free throws and a miss by Barcelona, Fucka's baseline jumper made it 63-69. With an opportunity to make it even closer, Stefansson was off target and Barcelona rebounded and held on for victory.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Cindy Garcia, Rome
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), CASTANO, ANIBAL (FRA), LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO)
Attendance: 4803
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AXA FC Barcelona22152314
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AXA FC Barcelona22376074
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
# 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 GIACHETTI, JACOPO 8:52 4 1/2   2/2       1           1 5
7 FUCKA, GREGOR 18:04 12 4/7 1/1 1/2 1 1 2 1   1     3 1 8
8 TONOLLI, ALESSANDRO 9:15           1 1           1 2 2
9 STEFANSSON, JON 33:36 8 2/3 1/5 1/2   4 4 1 3       3 2 9
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 33:59 13 5/10 1/4 0/1 3 3 6 1 3 1   2 1 2 12
15 RAY, ALLAN 22:11 6 0/4 2/3   1 3 4 2 1 4   2 4 2  
20 UKIC, ROKO 31:23 9 3/8 1/2     2 2 2 1 2   1 2 4 7
22 GABINI, ROBERTO 11:56 2 1/2 0/3   2   2   1 1   1 2   -3
29 BAGNOLI, SIMONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 DANIELS, ERIK 6:02 3 1/2   1/1         1 1   1 1 1 1
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 24:42 8 3/4 0/1 2/2   1 1   4 1     2 4 12
Team             1 1   2           3
Totals 200:00 65 20/42 6/19 7/10 7 16 23 8 16 11 0 7 19 19 56
47.6% 31.6% 70%
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: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
AXA 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 32:59 15 4/7 2/3 1/2 1 4 5   1 1     2 2 15
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE 19:26 5 1/1 1/3     2 2 4 1 2     3 2 7
8 TRIAS, JORDI 34:42 10 4/8   2/2 1 8 9 2 1   2   1 2 21
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 3:30                   1     1   -2
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 24:46 11 1/3 3/6     2 2 4 1 4     2 4 11
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 12:40 4 2/4     1 3 4 1 1   1   2 1 8
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 MONCASI, ALBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 MORANDAIS, MICHEL 2:25                              
34 ACKER, ALEX 28:13 6 2/4 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 1   4     1 2 3
41 KASUN, MARIO 28:24 18 7/8   4/6 3 1 4 1 2 3 2   3 3 21
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 17:25 5 0/1 0/2 5/6 2 6 8   2 2 1   4 3 9
Team                     1         -1
Totals 204:30 74 21/36 6/16 14/18 9 28 37 13 9 18 6 0 19 19 92
58.3% 37.5% 77.8%
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Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"Congratulations to Barcelona, they have won, they have controlled the game in both defense and offense for 40 minutes. We have lost the battle of the boards tonight, we have also made many turnovers and we allowed them to score too many easy baskets. Now each game is crucial for us, we have to start winning if we want to qualify to the Top 16."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
AXA FC Barcelona
"This was an important win for us because Roma are a good side whose aim like ours is to be in the Top 16. I think we have defended really well. We had a stage in the game were we made too many turnovers and allowed Roma to get back in the game. It's our first victory on the road and this is just the start: there are many games left to play. In order to win a game away from home in the Euroleague you need to play really well."

Players

UKIC, ROKO
Lottomatica Roma
"It was a tough game for us. Barcelona is a very good team and we knew it was going to be a difficult game. We are in a tough group and our chances right now are not looking good. We hope to improve in the second round as we started the tournament with a very complicated schedule."
KASUN, MARIO
AXA FC Barcelona
"I am happy with my performance but even happier with the result. It was very important for us to win tonight. I think that the key to our victory was our defense. Roma are a good team but we played great defense tonight. The fact that I know coach Jasmin Repesa's tactics from the Croatian national team did help a little bit. Our goal in this competition is to go to the Final Four and we still have work to do."
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