2009-10Regular SeasonRound 2
October 29, 2009 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAESTRA
Benjamin Eze - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi Siena improved to 2-0 in Group A by routing Zalgiris Kaunas 84-64 before a delighted home crowd on Thursday night. Zalgiris came in looking for the upset and played hard during the first half, but the Italian champs proved to be too much on both ends of the court and confirmed they will be a major force this year in the Euroleague. The key to Montepaschi’s big victory was a 13-0 run to close out the first half after Zalgiris had fought back to within 5 points. Benjamin Eze led the winners with 16 points. Henry Domercant and Romain Sato added 15 and 13, respectively while Terrell McIntrye scored 9 points and dished out 7 assists. Marcus Brown had a game-high 17 points for Zalgiris. Dainius Salenga scored 13 and Travis Watson 10 in the losing effort.

The game opened with both teams firing away. Watson opened the scoring by working inside for the layup. McIntyre fed Eze for a dunk, but Brown sliced in for a floater off the glass. McIntrye responded by nailing a deep three. Watson bracketed a rim-rattling slam by Sato with two moves in the low post for 4 hard-earned points. But McIntyre slipped a no-look pass to Eze for a layup and David Hawkins opened up an 18-12 lead on a three-pointer from the wing. Zalgiris called timeout, but Domercent added another triple to push the advantage to 9. The visitors responded however. Salenga hit 2 free throws, Martynas Pocius drained a three-pointer and Mirza Begic scored a layup to cut the lead to 23-21 going into the second quarter.

Nikos Zisis worked his way to the basket for his first 2 points in the opening moments of the second quarter, but Salenga kept Zalgiris close with another three-pointer. Sato scored inside, Marco Carrareto added a field goal, and Denis Marconato hit a wide-open jumper to cap a 12-3 run by Siena. Begic stopped the bleeding with a layup to get the deficit under 10 points and Watson added 2 free throws seconds later. Zalgiris tightened its defense, but Watson came up empty on two straight possessions after working for position in the post. The Zalgiris big man then went outside and assisted to a cutting Mantas Kalnietis on a give-and-go for 2 points to make it 35-30. Sato banged home an offensive board and Eze hit 2 from the line to stymie the Zalgiris surge. Eze took over under the his goal with back-to-back blocks, and Montepaschi pushed out to a 48-30 advantage at halftime on three consecutive three-pointers by Tomas Ress, Domercant, and McIntyre that brought the home crowd to its their feet.

Dainius Salenga - ZalgirisMontepaschi, with the contest well in hand, came out looking to lower the frantic rhythm of the first half and slow the game down. But after Begic made a free throw and an open jumper in the lane and Brown swished a three-pointer from the wing, Siena turned the attack back on full force. Eze scored inside and Domercant finished off a fastbreak with a layup to put the hosts ahead 54-36. Brown slid into the lane for a short jumper, but Salenga followed with a shot from the baseline. Domercant answered with a turnaround, and, after a quiet spell from both sides, Shaun Stonerook hit a three-pointer to make it 59-30. Brown made 2 from the line, but Hawkins and Eze made a pair of layups to break the 30-point barrier. Pocius got a dunk off a fastbreak, but Zisis gave his team a 63-44 lead by banking in a floater as time expired in the third period.

Both teams entered the final 10 minutes knowing that the game was out of hand for the visitors. Ress nailed an open three-pointer from the top of the key and Eze added a field goal. After a series of empty trips, Sato made a three-pointer to put the scoreboard at 73-44. Zalgiris could not find the bottom of the bucket till Arturas Milkanis finally hit a three-pointer with 6:30 left in the game. Brown made another triple moments later, but Montepaschi began to party when Ress hit Eze for a thunderous alley-oop dunk. Zalgiris outscored Siena 7-12 over the final minutes to cut the final difference down to 20 points. Adas Juskevicius made an athletic reverse layup and Tadas Klimavicius notched a three-pointer in Zalgiris’s last gasp.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), LOPES, LUIS (POR), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE)
Attendance: 4892
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Montepaschi Siena23251719
Zalgiris2191420
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Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DOMERCANT, HENRY 19:15 15 3/7 3/5   2 2 4     1   2 4   6
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 21:21 8 0/1 2/5 2/2   1 1 7 1 4     2 1 8
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 19:29 8 3/6 0/1 2/2       1 1 1   1   3 7
7 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 29:14 16 7/12   2/2 1 1 2   1 2 2 2 2 1 11
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 13:52 2 1/1 0/2     3 3 1 1       2   3
10 SATO, ROMAIN 25:06 13 5/8 1/4   3 7 10 1 3 1   1 2 4 21
14 RESS, TOMAS 15:40 8 1/3 2/2     2 2 1 1     1 1   8
15 METREVELI, NIKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MARCONATO, DENIS 10:46 2 1/1       1 1     1       1 3
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 24:20 3   1/3     3 3 2 2   1   2 3 10
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 20:57 9 3/6 1/2   3   3 3 2     1 3 3 12
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 84 24/45 10/24 6/6 9 23 32 16 12 10 3 8 18 16 92
        53.3% 41.7% 100%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VASILIAUSKAS, SARUNAS 1:13                         1   -1
5 BROWN, MARCUS 22:44 17 2/3 3/3 4/4       2 1   1   3 3 20
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 16:27 5 1/4 1/1 0/2         1 5   1 2 4 -3
8 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 4:46 2 1/1                         2
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 31:16 4 2/2 0/2     2 2 4 1 4     2 1 4
12 KLIMAVICIUS, TADAS 24:06 3 0/3 1/2 0/2   5 5     2 4   2 3 5
15 BEGIC, MIRZA 23:37 7 3/7   1/2 2 2 4 2   1 2 2   2 9
20 SALENGA, DAINIUS 31:34 13 2/5 2/4 3/4 1 3 4 1 2 2     1 3 14
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 12:00 3   1/2     2 2   1 1     1 1 4
32 CUKINAS, POVILAS 5:00           1 1     1          
35 WATSON, TRAVIS 27:17 10 4/10   2/2 4 2 6 3 2 4     4 1 8
Team           1 6 7               7
Totals 200:00 64 15/35 8/14 10/16 8 23 31 12 8 20 7 3 16 18 69
        42.9% 57.1% 62.5%
Head coach: KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS

Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris
"Congratulations to the Montepaschi on an excellent game. Last night I warned my players that to remain in the game against this opponent, you had to stay focused for 40 minutes. But in the third quarter we allowed Montepaschi to play its game and the gap widened. Siena proved that it is one of the strongest teams in Europe. Its players and coaches strive for perfection. Even without Lavrinovic, they knew what to do and played well. Montepaschi and Barcelona will fight till the end for first place in our group. We and the other teams aim for third place."

Players

STONEROOK, SHAUN
Montepaschi Siena
"We played a good game. Every time you win in the Euroleague it is always good. We played very good defense, but we must continue to improve. Our goal is to finish first. We want to win every home game and will try to do the same in the away games. Barcelona is very strong, but we will try to compete with them. We know after last year that it is important to place high in the regular season. Our philosophy is take things one game at a time and now we will focus on our league game in Milano. There are no easy games in Italy or in Europe."
BROWN, MARCUS
Zalgiris
"We played very badly in the second quarter when we conceded too many points to Montepaschi. There are no secrets about Montepaschi. This is a very strong team with great quality and with players who have been together for five or six years. For us in the end it was a pretty good game. As for the group is too early to look at the table. We will try to win every game. At home we can play better, but we must improve in our away games."
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