Regular Season Round 14 - January 30, 2008 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALAMALAGUTI

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-11 Regular Season 11-2
2-11 Overall 11-2

Referees

Crew Chief
GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON, Spain
Referee
VOJINOVIC, MILIJA, Serbia
Umpire
MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.3 Points 79.3
29.6 Rebounds 31.4
10.4 O. Rebounds 8.1
19.2 D. Rebounds 23.3
8.9 Assists 13.8
10.2 Steals 6.2
3.2 Blocks 2.5
14.8 Turnovers 9.5
44.6 % 2PT 53.7 %
36.7 % 3PT 40.5 %
72.7 % FT 76.1 %
66.3 Index 90.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.9 / SPENCER, DEWARICK Points 14.4 / Andersen
4.7 / GIOVANNONI, G. Rebounds 6.5 / Andersen
1.8 / CHIACIG, ROBERTO OR 2.5 / Goree
3.5 / GIOVANNONI, G. DR 4.8 / Andersen
1.8 / McGrath Assists 3.5 / HOLDEN, J.R.
1.9 / DI BELLA, FABIO Steals 1.3 / SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
1.5 / Crosariol Blocks 1.0 / Goree
2.7 / DI BELLA, FABIO Turnovers 1.7 / Papaloukas
55.1 % / Crosariol 2PT 66.7 % / Vorontsevich
53.8 % / LESTINI, FEDERICO 3PT 58.1 % / Andersen
100.0 % / McGrath FT 91.2 % / Andersen
18.4 / HOLLAND, DELONTE Index 16.9 / Andersen

THE TAKE

The two teams on the opposite ends of the Group C standings meet to close out the regular season on Wednesday when Virtus VidiVici hosts CSKA Moscow in Bologna, Italy. CSKA, boasting an 11-2 record, has already wrapped up first place in the group and a top seed in the Top 16 draw, while Virtus, at 2-11, cannot advance on to the next stage. The game sees CSKA head coach Ettore Messina return to the team that he achieved his first great successes with. In two stints with Virtus between 1989 and 2002, Messina led Virtus to two Euroleague crowns and three Italian championships. CSKA big man David Andersen was also on Messina’s 2001 championship side at Virtus. The game figures to see both had coaches give extended playing time to reserves in a game that is essentially for protocol only. Ramunas Siskauskas scored 16 to lead six CSKA scorers in double figures as the Russian champs cruised to an easy 79-53 win when these teams met earlier this season. Since CSKA was already facing a number of injuries in that game, some of its up-and-coming players like Anatoly Kashirov, Andrey Vorontsevich and Alexey Shved got some playing time. Those players could all get more this week, although Messina is sure to use his big guns like Andersen, Trajan Langdon, Siskauskas and Theo Papaloukas plenty as well. Meanwhile Virtus, which will have new head coach Renato Pasquali on the sidelines for the second time, has been splitting the minutes among its next generation of players for weeks now and this game should be no different with guys like Stevan Stojkov, Jean Carlos Canelo and Matteo DaRos all likely to feature. On the other hand, the new boss will also want to experiment with his senior lineup in a game that doesn’t matter for ti much and will surely give plenty of minutes to the likes of Donnie McGrath, Guilherme Giovannoni, Andrea Crosariol and chief scorers Dewarick Spencer and Alan Anderson. The light atmosphere surrounding the game could make for some exciting basketball with not only many bright young talents on display, but players eager to make an impact looking to create highlights before the night is over.
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Quotes Head Coaches

PASQUALI, RENATO
Virtus VidiVici
"This game doesn’t count for us, but it will be a part of our development process. We expect to use this game as a chance to get to know each other better, trying to understand where we have to improve and what we have to modify. I just arrived, but I think this was a really hard Euroleague group. There are teams that could aspire to the Final Four, and they will have the advantage of avoiding meeting the others in the Top 16. For the teams that didn’t qualify, this has been a chance to play good games and make experience against historic teams, while the crowds enjoyed too. However, it will be a really strange game. There is an historic character who came back to this arena [Ettore Messina] and that’s a reason for a festive atmosphere. It will be a sensational scene, and that’s right, especially for the crowd that will also welcome back historic players. We will try to honor this game as much as we can, aware of the absence of an important player like Travis Best. But the most important thing is to avoid injuries. The way to do it is playing with much intensity. If you play soft, you risk to lose concentration and get hurt. I want to avoid that. I want to face the game with all the respect for the opponents and our crowd."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It will be a good game. It is always special for me to play in Bologna and I think David Andersen and Matjaz Smodis [who will not travel with us] have the same feeling. We want to show a good game in order to be ready to the next important matches. I am happy so far to finish the regular season in this way."

Players

McGRATH, DONNIE
Virtus VidiVici
"In this game against CSKA, we just want to try to get better. We have the chance to play against one of the top teams in Europe and to take steps forward in the understanding of the new set. I think Pasquali is pretty good and already did a good job so far. Everybody is working really hard and he’s trying to put his set into the offense and defense. I think once we spend time together, we’ll have a better feel for each other. We have regrets about the Euroleague. We could have played better and had chances to qualify for the Top 16. But we can’t look back now. The only thing we can do is to look forward, get better and prepare ourselves for the Italian League. Anyway, it was a good experience for me. Since I’ve been here, this is the best moment for us, because everybody is getting healthy now, we have the whole team together and the coach brings discipline and hard-work into practices every day. I think everybody has a good mind now. Everybody’s feeling good and we know that we have to start winning a lot of games in this second half of the season. I also think we are ready to do it."
LANGDON, TRAJAN
CSKA Moscow
"The game in Bologna is an opportunity for us to get better as a team, to improve our level and to get ready for the important games in the Russian Superleague and in the Russian Cup finals. CSKA is on the top of Group A, but we should prove our quality in every game. This one will not be an exception."
David Andersen - CSKA Moscow Having already won its group, CSKA Moscow gave itself a chance to tie for the regular season's best record by taking care of business early in a 68-92 road win at last-place Virtus VidiVici Bologna on Wednesday. CSKA closed the regular season with a Group A record of 12-2, which will either be first- or second-best of all teams depending on what last season's champion, Panathinaikos, does in its last Group C game. Bologna finished 2-12 and in Group A's last place in its return to the Euroleague after a four-season absence. CSKA raced to a 3-19 lead to erase all suspense at the outset, letting the home fans admire the work that favorite son Ettore Messina does as head coach of CSKA Moscow. They stayed to the end and stood to applaud him when the game finished. In the interim, David Andersen led the winners with 15 points, while Nikos Zisis added 14, Marcus Goree 12 and Nikita Kurbanov 10. For Bologna, Dewarick Spencer finished with 20 points, Alan Anderson 19 and Fabio DiBella 10.

Goree got CSKAgoing with a bucket-plus-free throw and then stepped out for three-point single shot to fill most of an 1-8 opening run for the guests. The first Bologna basket - a put-back by Anderson - didn't arrive until almost 4 minutes were played, and didn't deter CSKA from continuing in its tracks as Trajan Langdon, Goree and Theo Papaloukas quickly made it a 12-point game at 3-15. While Bologna's offense struggled even to take a shot, a five-meter jumper by Andersen and foul shots by Langdon and Nikos Zisis ballooned the gap to 3-19. Anderson supplied a second basket for Bologna now, but Andersen hit another jumper for CSKA and Nikita Kourbanov's free throws gave the visitors a high lead of 5-24 advantage after 10 minutes.

Alan Anderson - Virtus VidiVici Goree remained unstoppable under Bologna's rim as his layup made it 5-26 to start the second quarter. After 3 free throws by Donnie McGrath, CSKA posted another 0-9 run that Goree and Nikos Zisis capped with layups, making it 8-35. The hosts started then to fight for rebounds and were able to convert several possessions into opportunities for Anderson, who scored free throws, jumpers and layups to lower the deficity below 20 points at 20-38. CSKA tightened its defense once again, while Andersen kept rebounding and hitting jumpers on the other end. A corner three-pointer by Alexey Shved welcomed CSKA's youngsters to the game as Artem Zabelin closed the half with a huge dunk giving the guests a new 27-point lead, 24-51.

Di Bella jumper to open the third quarter, the first bucket by a non-American Bologna player in the game. After Anderson hit another shot, Di Bella's steal and fastbreak made it 30-53 after 22 minutes. Zisis and Andersen re-established a 27-point margin for CSKA at 30-57, but Anderson's passing skills and a three-pointer by Spencer - the Bologna's first - brought the hosts within 35-58. On the offensive end, CSKA kept running its give-and-go plays as layups by Zisis and Kourbanov were followed by a triple from Langdon for a new high lead, 37-65. Spencer's back-to-back three-pointers helped Bologna to get some oxygen but Papaloukas couldn't be handled by the hosts' defense as he fed Zabelin for another dunk. Luca Garri, however, hit another three-pointer as Virtus came a little closer, 48-72 score after 30 minutes.

Nikos Zisis - CSKA Moscow CSKA made it a 30-point game to start the final quarter after Anatoly Kashirov scored 4 points and Ramunas Siskauskas a basket on the way to 48-78. Later, back-to-back three-pointers by Kourbanov and Shved enlarged the gap to 33 points, 53-86. It would remain CSKA's highest lead of the night as Bologna let its players padded their stats and give minutes to the younger ones. Saying goodbye to the Euroleague, the host crowd finally ended with a standing-ovation tribute to Messina, Bologna's historic head coach who now led CSKA to another first place in a Euroleague regular season group.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Marco Martelli, Bologna
Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA)
Attendance: 4256
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Virtus VidiVici5192420
CSKA Moscow24272120
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Virtus VidiVici5244868
CSKA Moscow24517292
Head coach: PASQUALI, RENATO
Virtus VidiVici
# 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
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 32:20 20 2/4 5/10 1/2   3 3   1     1 3 1 13
9 ANDERSON, ALAN 31:34 19 7/13 0/2 5/5 4   4 3 3 2 1 1 4 8 23
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 12:51 2 1/3     4 4 8     1     4   3
12 GIOVANNONI, GUILHERME 14:20   0/2 0/2   2 2 4   1 2     2   -3
14 CHIACIG, ROBERTO 17:59 4 2/4     1 2 3     2   1 3 1  
15 MICHELORI, ANDREA 16:40     0/1     3 3     3     2 3  
16 DI BELLA, FABIO 22:04 10 4/7 0/1 2/3   2 2 2 3 1       2 13
17 CANELO, JEAN CARLOS 9:21 2 1/2       1 1     4     1   -3
18 LESTINI, FEDERICO 3:10                   1     1   -2
19 DA ROS, MATTEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GARRI, LUCA 18:10 8 2/4 1/1 1/2 1 4 5   1 1   1 2 3 10
21 McGRATH, DONNIE 21:31 3 0/1 0/5 3/3   1 1     2     1 1 -4
Team                                
Totals 200:00 68 19/40 6/22 12/15 12 22 34 5 9 19 1 4 23 19 50
47.5% 27.3% 80%
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: MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
# 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 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 18:45 6 2/3   2/4   2 2 4 4       2 5 16
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 18:32 9 2/2 1/2 2/2   3 3   2 2     2 2 11
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 28:25 12 4/6 0/4 4/5   2 2 4 3 3   1 3 3 10
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 6:50 6 3/3       2 2   1   1   1 2 11
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 18:39 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 3 2 5 1   1     1 2 11
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 12:24     0/2     1 1 2             1
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 11:26 2 1/1   0/1 1   1 2 2 2     2 1 3
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 22:33 15 4/9 2/2 1/1   3 3 3 2   1   2 4 21
15 ZABELIN, ARTEM 9:21 4 2/2       1 1     2 1   2   2
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 14:22 10 1/1 2/3 2/2   4 4 1         1 2 15
22 GOREE, MARCUS 21:26 12 4/5 1/2 1/1 1 3 4 1 2   1   3 2 17
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 17:17 8 1/3 2/4                       4
Team             2 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 92 27/40 8/20 14/18 5 25 30 18 17 10 4 1 19 23 125
67.5% 40% 77.8%
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Head Coaches

PASQUALI, RENATO
Virtus VidiVici
"I am aware that playing against CSKA is not the best thing in the days of a coaching change. In this moment, we are not well-structured and we don't even have big motivations in this competition as we played taking care of not getting hurt. When you see an opponent in a higher gear, it's natural to stop yourself. Our process will take time, patience, and this game didn't mark any break in that. We had good things by the American players, maybe too much. Our Italian players have to contribute more."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It's been a very special night. I thank again everybody for the welcome; each time it is touching and embarrassing. I am happy for my team, because we played a serious game and a kind basketball that everybody in the arena enjoyed. For Virtus, but for all the teams, it is very difficult to play us if we all are concentrated like at the beginning of this game. But in the second half, Virtus found what it was searching for and this is a good presage for the future."

Players

DI BELLA, FABIO
Virtus VidiVici
"I think in the beginning of the game we were a bit distracted as we felt this festive atmosphere for a big team like CSKA and an historic coach like Ettore Messina. In the second half, we reacted after having struggled a lot. There, we loosened up and we played with conviction for the entire half. We made many mistakes, and against a team like CSKA you pay for them. We reacted, however, and the crowd understood it."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
CSKA Moscow
"It was a great emotion to come back here after all the successes we had and I thank the crowd for their cheers. We are trying to play at our level and in the last games we were able to do it. Tonight, we did everything very good since the first possession and we finished without problems. We are aware of our goals and we have to keep going on this trend. It's clear that we aim for the Final Four, but the key is to think game by game - and we are doing it."
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