Regular Season Round 3 - November 06, 2008 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
2-0 Regular Season 2-0
2-0 Overall 2-0

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Umpire
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
86.5 Points 86.0
31.5 Rebounds 39.5
10.0 O. Rebounds 9.5
21.5 D. Rebounds 30.0
16.5 Assists 18.0
10.0 Steals 5.5
4.0 Blocks 3.5
9.0 Turnovers 10.5
58.4 % 2PT 59.0 %
41.5 % 3PT 40.5 %
77.3 % FT 78.4 %
106.5 Index 105.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
20.0 / Kaukenas Points 16.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
8.5 / Lavrinovic, K. Rebounds 9.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
3.0 / Eze OR 3.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
6.5 / Lavrinovic, K. DR 6.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN
5.5 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 4.0 / Navarro
2.0 / Domercant Steals 1.0 / Basile
2.0 / Lavrinovic, K. Blocks 2.0 / Vazquez
2.0 / FINLEY, MORRIS Turnovers 2.0 / Andersen
83.3 % / Sato 2PT 100.0 % / Barton
66.7 % / Lavrinovic, K. 3PT 80.0 % / Lakovic
100.0 % / Lavrinovic, K. FT 100.0 % / Basile
24.0 / Lavrinovic, K. Index 22.0 / ILYASOVA, ERSAN

THE TAKE

A high-profile showdown between two Euroleague powerhouses will take place in Siena, Italy, where Montepaschi hosts Regal FC Barcelona on Thursday evening. Both teams are tied for first place in Group B with 2-0 records, so the winner in this game will take a major step forwards to become a top-seeded team in the Top 16 Draw. Montepaschi and Regal FCB are also tied for first place in the respective domestic competitions, showing great form, so expect nothing but a stellar game in Siena. Barcelona forward Ersan Ilyasova has become the Euroleague October MVP, after averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds in just 22 minutes per game. And the visitors should be at full strength, since Fran Vazquez, who sat out this weekend’s Spanish League game with gastric problems, is expected to play against Montepaschi, offering intensity, shooting range and blocked shots. Former All-Euroleague center David Andersen, defensive ace Jordi Trias and big man Daniel Santiago round a deep, versatile Regal FCB frontcourt. Andersen and Ilyasova will have a tough test against Shaun Stonerook and Benjamin Eze. Meanwhile, Santiago and Vazquez are ready to battle All-Euroleague second team selection Ksistof Lavrinovic, one of the most unguardable players in the competition due to his combination of size, experience, shooting skills and quickness. Stonerook is ready to create mismatches, too, thanks to his high basketball IQ and all-around game. Barcelona is quite deep at point guard, which is important when you face Morris Finley and All-Euroleague playmaker Terrell McIntyre. Victor Sada is a top-level defensive stopper, who should put pressure on McIntyre, while Andre Barrett and combo guard Jaka Lakovic will be ready to pull the trigger from downtown. At the same time, Montepaschi has different combinations at the wing spots, with three elite players in Romain Sato, Rimantas Kaukenas and last year's ULEB Cup MVP Henry Domercant. Kaukenas is set to test his scoring skills against former two-time All-Euroleague guard Juan Carlos Navarro, a superb shooter with creativity and unlimited range. Sato is ready to face a similar player in Lubos Barton, who hopes to bounce back from a slow start of the season. Meanwhile, Roger Grimau has a key matchup against Domercant. Gianluca Basile is just another elite shooter ready to pull the trigger from downtown, giving Barcelona even more options. Montepaschi needs to be its usual self in offense, getting everybody involved with outstanding ball circulation. Barcelona will try to play uptempo and get its froncourt involved. If Vazquez, Ilyasova and Andersen feel comfortable, few teams can look Barcelona in the eyes, but Montepaschi has the home-court advantage and a group of stars used to playing together. Expect nothing but a top game, as Euroleague Basketball rarely gets better than this.

GAME QUOTES

Montepaschi Siena
  • Swingman Henry Domercant recorded the best individual performance of his Euroleague career against Barcelona. In November 2005, Domercant scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and picked up 3 steals for a 31 index as he led his team at the time, Efes Pilsen, to a 66-63 win.
  • Small forward Romain Sato reinforced Barcelona for the 2006 Spanish League playoffs. He was a teammate of four current Barcelona players: Juan Carlos Navarro, Jordi Trias, Gianluca Basile and Roger Grimau. This will be Sato’s first meeting with Barcelona since he left.
  • All-Euroleague point guard Terrell McIntyre has a streak of dishing at least 4 assists in his last 12 Euroleague games.
  • Montepaschi is ranked second in the league in scoring (86.5 ppg.) and assists (16.5 apg.) through two games.
Regal FC Barcelona
  • Guard Juan Carlos Navarro enters his team’s Week 2 game needing only 1 more three-pointer to reach 250 for his Euroleague Basketball career. He is currently sixth on the all-time list.
  • Center Xavi Rey’s first appearance this season will also be his Euroleague Basketball debut.
  • Forward Jordi Trias enters his team’s Week 3 game needing just 3 blocked shots to reach 50 for his Euroleague career.
  • Center David Andersen played for his team’s Week 3 opponent, Montepaschi Siena, during the 2003-04 season. Andersen helped Montepaschi reach the Euroleague Basketball Final Four in Tel Aviv and win the Italian League title. Andersen has been back to Siena twice since then, winning both times.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"The core of their team is the same as last year's. That means they have some things automated that other teams do not have. We are talking about one of the five or six solid candidates to be in the Berlin Final Four. It will be an attractive game both for them and for us. Their style is similar to ours. We have to try to cut their fast ball circulation. That's why we must be tough on defense. In offense we will have to try to look for easy baskets, even though we know that it is really difficult in Euroleague road games, and most of all against a team with good defensive weapons."

Players

Romain Sato - Montepaschi Siena Montepaschi Siena survived a tough test and became the undefeated Group B leader by downing previously undefeated Regal FC Barcelona 71-61 at home on Thursday behind an outstanding Henry Domercant. Montepaschi improved to 3-0 and joins Tau Ceramica, Cibona and CSKA Moscow as the only undefeated teams left in the Euroleague - the four regular season group leaders. Meanwhile, Barcelona dropped to 2-1 and is tied with Panathinaikos and Asseco Prokom for second place in the group. Domercant paced the winners with 19 points, stealing the show in the fourth quarter with impossible three-pointers to single-handedly win it for Montepaschi. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 12, Romain Sato had 11 while Terrell McIntyre got 10 for the hosts. Ersan Ilyasova led Barcelona with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Jaka Lakovic added 12 points while a Fran Vazquez had 11 for the guests, who led 45-51 after 30 minutes. A reverse layup by Rimantas Kaukenas ignited an 11-0 run that put Montepaschi ahead for good, 56-51. Domercant made sure to keep the hosts in the driver's seat all the way until the final buzzer.

Ilyasova opened the scoring for the guests with a three-pointer. And the early gap was 2-8 after Jaka Lakovic hit a three-ball and another basket. Ilyasova made it 4-10 before Domercant nailed a long ball and would later make 2 foul shots in a 9-0 run for a 13-10 lead. Barcelona scored the next 5 points to pull back ahead, but McIntyre converted a three-point play and Siena led 18-16 after one period.

Ersan Ilyasova - Regal FC Barcelona Andre Barrett’s free throws to open the second evened the game and Vazquez gave the guests the lead. Morris Finley then knocked down a triple, but Gianluca Basile did as well for Barca and Vazquez scored again to make it 21-25. The lead was 23-27 when Sato drained a long ball. But Lubos Barton hit a three as well to keep Barcelona ahead 26-32. Siena was within 32-34 at the break after 4 last minute points by Jaka Lavrinovic.

Barcelona came out of the locker room the better team and Ilyasova’s basket finished off a 0-6 run for a 32-40 lead. Lavrinovic responded with back-to-back three-pointers and the gap was only 41-42 after McIntrye’s three-point play. Lakovic answered with a triple and David Andersen made two baskets in a 2-9 Barca surge for a 43-51 advantage, which was 45-51 after three periods.

Kaukenas opened the fourth for Montepaschi and Domercant followed with a three-pointer and a lay-up in an 11-0 run for a 56-51 lead four minutes into the final period. Juan Carlos Navarro stopped the drought, but Finley and Domercant scored to make it 60-53. Ilyasova’s foul shots made it 64-59 with about two minutes left, but Domercant hit another triple to push the lead to 8. Vazquez scored to make it 67-61, but Barcelona would not score the rest of the game.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 6113
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Montepaschi Siena18141326
Regal FC Barcelona16181710
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Montepaschi Siena18324571
Regal FC Barcelona16345161
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 27:43 19 4/6 3/9 2/2   1 1 1 1       1 1 14
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 27:16 10 4/5 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 3 2 4     2 3 12
7 FINLEY, MORRIS 13:47 9 2/3 1/3 2/2                   2 8
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 12:26 2 1/2       2 2   1   1   3   2
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SATO, ROMAIN 27:50 11 2/3 1/3 4/4 1 2 3   6   1   2 5 21
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 30:01 12 2/5 2/4 2/2 1 6 7     1     3 3 13
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 27:51 8 4/10 0/1   3 5 8 2   1   2 1 3 10
14 RESS, TOMAS 5:57     0/1             1     1   -3
15 METREVELI, NIKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 3:39   0/1       1 1         1 1   -2
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 23:30   0/1       7 7 1 2 2   1 5 1 2
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 71 19/36 7/23 12/12 6 27 33 7 12 9 2 4 19 18 78
52.8% 30.4% 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: PASCUAL, XAVIER
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 24:49 3 0/1 1/4     3 3 2 1 1         4
6 BARRETT, ANDRE 11:27 2 0/1   2/2   1 1 1         1 1 3
8 TRIAS, JORDI 2:52           1 1               1
9 BARTON, LUBOS 20:59 5 1/1 1/1             1     3   1
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 28:44 12 2/4 2/4 2/2       3 2 1     1 3 14
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 23:15 7 3/6 0/1 1/2       3 1 3     2 3 4
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 22:07 7 3/10 0/2 1/2 2 3 5 2   2   1 1 1 1
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 19:56 11 4/5   3/6 2 6 8 1   4 4   3 3 16
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 27:47 14 3/8 1/2 5/6 1 9 10     2   1 4 7 17
24 SADA, VICTOR 11:50     0/1   1 1 2   1       2    
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 6:03   0/1       1 1             1 1
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 0:11                         1   -1
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 61 16/37 5/15 14/20 7 26 33 12 5 14 4 2 18 19 63
43.2% 33.3% 70%
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