2008-09Regular SeasonRound 2
December 02, 2008 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALADOZZA
Pamesa Valencia put itself at the top of Group G and Fortitudo in trouble by holding onto a 71-77 road victory in Bologna, Italy on Tuesday with help from a former hero on the same court. Pamesa is now 2-0 and alone in first place, while Fortitudo joins BC FMP and Artland Dragons at 1-1 each. A recent Fortitudo hero, Ruben Douglas, paced the winners from Valencia with 20 points and captured 6 steals as well. Kosta Perovic follwed him with 16 pointsa nd 8 rebounds, while Shammond Williams added 13 points and Albert Oliver 11. Gregor Fucka was Fortitudo's leader with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Qyntel Woods added 16 points for the hosts, D.J. Strawberry 14 and Uros Slokar 10. Pamesa took its first solid leads in the second quarter and stayed one step ahead the rest of the way thanks to solid 21-for-24 free throw shooting.

After the fans gave a splendid welcome-back to Ruben Douglas, whose buzzer-beater won the Italian League in 2005 for Fortitudo, the hosts got on the board first with Slokar converting a pretty fed from Gordon. Mancinelli, from the arc, and Fucka combined for an early 7-2 Fortitudo advantage, but a couple of turnovers later, Pamesa was within one. A reverse layup by Gordon and Fucka's jump shot restored a five-point edge for the hosts. Pamesa insisted inside with Perovic dominating Slokar, drawing fouls and sending him on the bench at 13-12 after 8 minutes. Fucka was working hard inside, too, and combined foul shots with a dunk right after the first triple by Douglas, letting Fortitudo win the first quarter, 17-15. The second quarter started spectacularly, with a Perovic throw-down and Woods beating the shot clock. Nielsen scored the last basket preceding a three-minute scoring drought at 19-19. Douglas broke the silence from the foul line and added two more baskets from turnovers to give Pamesa a 21-25 lead, forcing a timeout from Fortitudo head coach Dragan Sakota. Alessandro Cittadini reacted with a three-point play for the hsots before Williams and Woods exchanged triples at 27-28. A technical foul on Coach Sakota cost his team 5 points on free throws by Williams and a triple from Rafa Martinez that made it 27-33 Pamesa. Next, visiting head coach Neven Spahlja had his own technical, and after those free throws were all missed, Strawberry drilled from long-range to get Fortitudo within 31-35 at the half.

Marcelinho Huertas of Fortitudo and Williams exchanged lovely floaters to open the half. Fucka picked up where he left off, with a basket-plus-free throw to which Strawberry added a hang-time basket that brought Bologna within 38-39. However, a Perovic tap-in dunk and a lucky bounce on a jumper by Williams got Pamesa back ahead by 38-43. Douglas took over with a splendid catch-and-shoot triple and a jumper while Fucka tried to keep the hosts close. Soon, it was Slokar taking over. He converted an alley-oop assist from Marcelinho, 2 free throws and a spectacular alley-oop jumper to beat the clock and get Fortitudo back within 49-50. Just as quickly, however, Oliver and Ermal Kuqo hit free throws and Albert Miralles a jumper as Pamesa went to the final quarter with a 55-50 lead. Foul shots by Mancinelli and Woods brought Fortitudo within 53-55 again, but Douglas remembered his good times in Basket City and scored the next 4 points on free throws and a steal for a 53-59 score. Woods nailed the triple that charged up the home crowd, but Oliver copied him to silence them. That's when Perovic gave his team its biggest lead with a put-back dunk at 56-64. Strawberry showed his energy once more but Oliver added to Fortitudo's misery with another triple, forcing Sakota to gather his players at 58-67 with less than 5 minutes left. Woods tried to spur his team on with consecutive baskets but Fortitudo never got closer than 7 points until Strawberry hit a triple 22 seconds from time to give Bologna some hope. Oliver did not falter from the line, however, consolidating Pamesa's status of group favourite with a valuable away win.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Fabrice Turmel, Bologna
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Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA), OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT)
Attendance: 4264
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Fortitudo Bologna17141921
Pamesa Valencia15202022
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Fortitudo Bologna17315071
Pamesa Valencia15355577
Fortitudo Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 30:30 3 1/3   1/2 2 2 4 2   5     3 2  
5 GORDON, JAMONT 16:29 3 1/3 0/2 1/4   1 1 1 2 2     3 3 -2
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 32:42 5 0/4 1/3 2/4 1 5 6 2 3   1 2 1 2 8
7 CITTADINI, ALESSANDRO 8:14 3 1/2   1/1 1 1 2   1 1     2 1 3
8 MALAVENTURA, MATTEO 5:27     0/1                   1   -2
10 SLOKAR, UROS 23:30 10 4/4 0/1 2/2 1 4 5     1     4 2 11
12 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 33:06 14 4/11 2/5 0/1 1 2 3 1 1 2     3 3 6
14 FRATINI, GIANANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 FUCKA, GREGOR 26:44 17 6/8   5/7 3 5 8 2 2   1   3 7 30
19 SANGUINETTI, GIACOMO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ACHARA, KIERON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 WOODS, QYNTEL 23:18 16 2/6 3/6 3/4 2 2 4 3   5     3 3 10
Team                   1       1    
Totals 200:00 71 19/41 6/18 15/25 11 22 33 11 10 16 2 2 24 23 64
        46.3% 33.3% 60%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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
Pamesa Valencia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 23:04 11   2/4 5/6 1 3 4 2   1     1 3 15
5 DOUGLAS, RUBEN 33:14 20 4/6 2/9 6/6 1 5 6   6       3 3 23
7 PEROVIC, KOSTA 25:03 16 7/12   2/2 3 5 8   1 4 1   3 6 20
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 9:26                              
10 WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND 26:34 13 3/7 1/2 4/4   1 1 2 1 3     1 2 10
12 KUQO, ERMAL 14:56 6 2/3   2/2   2 2           3 2 6
13 MIRALLES, ALBERT 18:43 2 1/7     1 3 4   2     2 4 3 -1
14 AVDALOVIC, VULE 12:04     0/2     1 1 1   1     1   -2
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 16:25 4   1/3 1/2       1 2 1     2 2 3
20 PIETRUS, FLORENT 6:23               1     1   2    
44 NIELSEN, MATT 14:08 5 2/2   1/2   2 2 1   3     3 2 3
Team                     1     1   -2
Totals 200:00 77 19/37 6/20 21/24 6 22 28 8 12 14 2 2 24 23 75
        51.4% 30% 87.5%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN

Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Fortitudo Bologna
"We tried, we knew it was going to be a tough game given our situation. I always believe that against big teams details are important. We had bad percentages on free throws, which is not our main skill. 16 turnovers is better than the 29 of the last game but still too many. And then we failed to finish a couple of fastbreaks. All in all, those are details that decide the game. We believe it is still positive for the future because we played against some players who played together for years, you could see it on their fastbreak. You can never be happy with a loss but we can take something positive from the way we tried. And if we had had cover on the point guard position, we could have avoided a couple of tunrovers and we might have gone even closer."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Pamesa Valencia
"We won a very tough game, a little bit more with our defense than our offense. I think we can play better, it's a shame to concede 11 offensive rebounds but we will be able to resolve some aspects of our game. I am confident my team can improve."

Players

SLOKAR, UROS
Fortitudo Bologna
"I injured my little finger as I caught it in somebody. I'll see the doctor tomorrow. I think we were very competitive until the end of the third quarter. I think we're working much better on defense and offense now. The coach is encouraging us a lot, and in practice we work together because we see that when we play together we are successful. I don't think we had a bad performance tonight, everybody fought hard."
CLAVER, VICTOR
Pamesa Valencia
"I torn my ankle a bit and did not want to take any risks. I think the difference in the end was the free throws and the concentration. We’ll do our best to go to the Final Eight and then see what happens."
OLIVER, ALBERT
Pamesa Valencia
"We played very well in the final minutes and managed to get an important win. We bounced back from our Spanish League loss against Tau Ceramica. Winning on the road is crucial for us and especially against Fortitudo here in Italy. This is a very difficult place to steal a road win. This is a historical court and the way they treated a former player like Ruben Douglas says it all. Their fans did not stop supporting their team."
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