Regular Season Round 2 - October 29, 2009 CET: 21:00 Local time: 21:00 - PALAESTRA

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANI, Spain
Referee
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal
Umpire
KOROMILAS, ELIAS, Greece

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.0 Points 71.0
32.0 Rebounds 37.0
5.0 O. Rebounds 11.0
27.0 D. Rebounds 26.0
21.0 Assists 14.0
19.0 Steals 9.0
2.0 Blocks 2.0
14.0 Turnovers 13.0
51.4 % 2PT 44.8 %
38.1 % 3PT 32.1 %
86.2 % FT 69.2 %
115.0 Index 76.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
26.0 / Lavrinovic, K. Points 17.0 / Kalnietis
8.0 / Lavrinovic, K. Rebounds 14.0 / WATSON, TRAVIS
1.0 / MARCONATO, DENIS OR 3.0 / Pocius
7.0 / Lavrinovic, K. DR 12.0 / WATSON, TRAVIS
11.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 3.0 / Pocius
7.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Steals 2.0 / Pocius
1.0 / MARCONATO, DENIS Blocks 2.0 / Kalnietis
4.0 / Lavrinovic, K. Turnovers 5.0 / Kalnietis
66.7 % / Eze 2PT 100.0 % / Kalnietis
80.0 % / Lavrinovic, K. 3PT 50.0 % / Pocius
100.0 % / Sato FT 100.0 % / BROWN, MARCUS
34.0 / Lavrinovic, K. Index 18.0 / WATSON, TRAVIS

THE TAKE

Montepaschi Siena hosts Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday in a clash of Week 1 winners looking to stay atop Group A. Montepaschi crushed Cibona Zagreb 40-85 in its opener, setting a defensive record in the process for fewest points scored by a home team. While the whole team shined on defense, former All-Euroleague big man Ksistof Lavrinovic dominated with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals to pace the Montepaschi attack. Meanwhile Zalgiris routed Asvel Basket 72-51 in its opener behind 49 points from a trio of guards. While Mantas Kalnietis’s 17 points and career scoring leader Marcus Brown’s 16 were not big surprises, the 16 that rookie Marty Pocius netted off the bench in his debut helped lift Zalgiris to an easy win. The Zalgiris guards won’t have it that easy this time facing the pesky Montepaschi backcourt led by All-Euroleague playmaker Terrell McIntyre, Nikos Zisis, David Hawkins and Henry Domercant. With all four known for their play at both ends of the floor, Zalgiris’s guards must be at the top of their game to score like they did last week again. At small forward Zalgiris will line up veteran Dainius Salenga against Romain Sato. The hosts feature Lavrinovic, Shaun Stonerook and Ben Eze as their top players in the paint. They will battle Zalgiris’s former rebounding king Travis Watson and center Mirza Begic plus backups Povilas Cukinas and Tadas Klimavicius. Montepaschi’s trademark ball-hawking defense and its depth in addition to the home-court advantage mean that Zalgiris must play error-free to escape from Siena with a win. Added pressure will be on the likes of Brown, Watson and Salenga as the team elders to keep the rest of the roster composed. History does not shine brightly on Zalgiris’s chances. The team has dropped nine straight Euroleague road games, last winning away from home in January 2008. And Montepaschi is 18-3 at home over the past two seasons with its only losses coming against teams that would go on to win the Euroleague that season. That being said, another hot night from Pocius supporting Brown and Kalnietis could shake things up and give Zalgiris a chance at a big upset.

REFEREES: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Luis Lopes, Elias Koromilas


GAME NOTES

Montepaschi Siena

Henry Domercant scored a season-high 21 points against Zalgiris last season. He was 4 for 4 from downtown as Montepaschi won 100-93.

Ben Eze recorded the first of his two career double-doubles at Zalgiris in January 2008. Eze posted 10 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-69 loss.

Guard Nikos Zisis had one of the best games of his career against Zalgiris in December 2006 when he played for Benetton Treviso. Zisis scored 16, dished 11 assists and picked up 2 steals for a career-high 29 index as Benetton won 76-86.

All-Euroleague point guard Terrell McIntyre has drilled at least one three-pointer in 17 consecutive Euroleague games.

Center Ben Eze has a chance to move up on the Euroleague career shot-blocking charts. He is now tied for 14th place with 74 career blocks, needing just 6 more to crack the top 10.

Center Denis Marconato needs just 2 more offensive rebounds to reach Luis Scola for third place on the career list. Marconato has 274 offensive boards in his career.

Henry Domercant needs just 5 more three-pointers to crack the Euroleague career top 20. Domercant has made 161 triples.

Domercant has made 30 consecutive free throws over his past 14 Euroleague games.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris has dropped nine straight Euroleague road games, last winning away from home in January 2008. Zalgiris beat Union Olimpija in that game. Four current Zalgiris players were at that game: Marcus Brown, Dainius Salenga and Mantas Kalnietis for Zalgiris and Mirza Begic for Olimpija.

Dainius Salenga needs just 5 more three-pointers to reach 100 for his Euroleague career.

Vytenis Cizauskas and Povilas Butkevicius are set to make their Euroleague debuts this season.

Former rebounding champ Travis Watson has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in each of his last four Euroleague appearances.

Marcus Brown and Montepaschi center Denis Marconato were teammates during the 2000-01 season at Benetton Treviso.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"Everybody knows how important is to win at home, especially for us because this is the only home-game in the first four weeks. We are happy because we have our first victory on the road and now it’s important to keep also our advantage at home. After Cibona we’ll be playing against another club of great tradition, with some experienced Euroleague players and young and very interesting guys. Zalgiris is a team that understands very well the tactical situation and they will be ready coming here. Of course we want to maintain our tradition at home that is very important in our league and in the Euroleague too. We haven't had the possibility to practice with the complete group, but we know that this can happen during the season, so everybody has to give his best."
KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris
"If a team wins its first game by 45 points, as Siena did vs. Cibona, it shows that they are really powerful. The question is: can Siena play like that every game? They probably can if we allow them to play their game, to shoot open shots, to penetrate easily, to rebound and to make three-pointers. Then, of course, it will incredibly hard to match up to such a team. We have a huge job in front of us, but we believe in ourselves. If we didn't, then what would be the point of making the trip to Siena? We could just send the score by e-mail. Ksystof Lavrinovic had a wonderful first game, but if we emphasize defense on him too much, Siena will use other players to score a lot of points, because they have very deep roster. Our players will have team defense duties and fulfilling them will be main thing in this game."

Players

STONEROOK, SHAUN
Montepaschi Siena
"We have to come in with the right attitude. It will be a very tough game, our first Euroleague game at home, so it will be nice. We are looking forward to that and we are looking to continue to improve. Our biggest skills are on defense. If we can play defense with the same aggressiveness as we played the third quarter in the first game, we’ll be okay. For us defense and rebounds are the most important skills."
SALENGA, DAINIUS
Zalgiris
"To play such team as Siena on the road is always tough. Even Euroleague champions struggle against Montepaschi in Siena. We have to play at the maximum of our possibilities, only then can we have a chance to take home the victory. The key would be to lower over turnovers and to give 100-percent effort on defense. Also, we have to stay focused from the very first seconds of the game. If Siena takes the early lead, it is almost impossible to catch them. We will try to make their life hard from the start of the game and hopefully we can finish it off later on."
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
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANI (ESP), LOPES, LUIS (POR), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE)
Attendance: 4892
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Montepaschi Siena23251719
Zalgiris2191420
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Zalgiris21304464
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# 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 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%
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: KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris
# 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 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%
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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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