Regular Season Round 2 - December 02, 2008 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALADOZZA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
0-1 Regular Season 1-0
0-1 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Referee
CHAMBON, DAVID, France
Umpire
OZOLS, ARNIS, Latvia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.0 Points 83.0
28.0 Rebounds 30.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 8.0
19.0 D. Rebounds 22.0
16.0 Assists 17.0
12.0 Steals 13.0
5.0 Blocks 6.0
13.0 Turnovers 12.0
52.8 % 2PT 57.5 %
32.0 % 3PT 33.3 %
84.2 % FT 76.0 %
89.0 Index 100.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
29.0 / Strawberry Points 16.0 / Perovic
7.0 / FUCKA, GREGOR Rebounds 11.0 / Perovic
2.0 / Achara OR 4.0 / Perovic
6.0 / FUCKA, GREGOR DR 7.0 / Perovic
5.0 / Huertas Assists 6.0 / Oliver
2.0 / FUCKA, GREGOR Steals 3.0 / Pietrus
2.0 / Gordon Blocks 2.0 / CLAVER, VICTOR
7.0 / Gordon Turnovers 4.0 / Kuqo
100.0 % / LAMMA, DAVIDE 2PT 100.0 % / Miralles
50.0 % / Strawberry 3PT 50.0 % / Martinez
100.0 % / Strawberry FT 100.0 % / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND
28.0 / Strawberry Index 32.0 / Perovic

THE TAKE

Fortitudo Bologna goes searching for its first victory in Group G as it welcomes Pamesa Valencia. Head coach Dragan Sakota's side dropped its opener on the road, 87-78 at Artland Dragons. Fortitudo allowed Artland to shoot 51% for the game, including a torrid 12 of 19 (63%) from long range, while getting outrebounded 34-28. Sakota cannot have been happy about his starting five. Guard Jamont Gordon had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots. But he also committed 7 turnovers. And the other four starters combined for just 13 points. The only reason Fortitudo was leading the game after three quarters was the play of guard D.J. Strawberry, who poured in 29 points off the bench, and reserve guard Davide Lamma, who had 11 points and 4 assists. Sakota may be well served to insert Strawberry into the starting lineup. But the veteran coach definitely must do something to kick-start his team, which faces a very stiff opponent and does not want to drop to 0-2 in the group. Head coach Neven Spahija's Pamesa side cruised to an opening victory at home, 83-58 over FMP. The Spanish club shot 50% for the game and held FMP to just 33% from the floor, including 3 of 20 (15%) from long range. And the Pamesa defense also forced 27 turnovers against the inexperienced FMP team. Spahija used his entire bench as every player played at least 13 minutes and scored at least 4 points, while all but one grabbed at least 1 rebound. Leading the way was center Kosta Perovic, who collected 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Guard Shammond Williams added 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals while reserve center Ermal Kuqo chipped in 13 points and guard Rafa Martinez had 10 points off the bench. But Spahija is sure to tell his troops that things will not be as easy at Fortitudo. Still, the coach brought in more reinforcements for the low post by signing big man Matt Nielsen away from Lietuvos Rytas. Valencia strengthened itself greatly with the signing and now must work Nielsen into the lineup - starting against Bologna.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Eurocupbasketball.com

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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
Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA), OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT)
Attendance: 4264
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Pamesa Valencia15355577
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Fortitudo Bologna
# 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 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, DARRYL 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%
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: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Pamesa Valencia
# 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 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%
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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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