Regular Season Round 10 - January 04, 2007 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALALOTTOMATICA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 1-1
3-6 Overall 6-3

Referees

Crew Chief
KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS, Greece
Referee
AMOROS, XAVIER, Spain
Umpire
VOJINOVIC, MILIJA, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.1 Points 90.6
32.2 Rebounds 35.8
11.7 O. Rebounds 9.3
20.6 D. Rebounds 26.4
10.2 Assists 15.4
15.6 Steals 11.1
2.3 Blocks 2.4
12.6 Turnovers 13.9
44.9 % 2PT 52.4 %
30.2 % 3PT 42.1 %
75.3 % FT 81.6 %
71.1 Index 102.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.6 / BODIROGA, DEJAN Points 14.8 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
6.0 / Mavrokefalidis Rebounds 7.8 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
2.4 / Mavrokefalidis OR 1.9 / Eliyahu
3.6 / Mavrokefalidis DR 6.3 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
2.4 / BODIROGA, DEJAN Assists 4.0 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
2.7 / Hawkins Steals 1.8 / BYNUM, W.
0.7 / ASKRABIC, O. Blocks 1.0 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
2.3 / Hawkins Turnovers 3.7 / BYNUM, W.
100.0 % / MARMARINOS, D. 2PT 62.5 % / SHASON, SHARON
42.9 % / Ilievski 3PT 60.9 % / SHARP, DERRICK
96.2 % / Righetti FT 100.0 % / BUFORD, R.
15.2 / BODIROGA, DEJAN Index 21.4 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA

THE TAKE

There will be a clash of styles on Thursday when Lottomatica Roma hosts Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv in a Group B encounter at the Palalottomatica in the Italian capital. While Dejan Bodiroga stars in the Roma half-court attack that averages just 71.1 points per game – second lowest in the league – Maccabi leads the competition with 90.6. Lottomatica ended a three-game losing streak by beating Union Olimpija in the team's last game before the winter break, improving to 3-6 on the season. Roma is in sixth place in the group, but only one win out of fourth place. The top five teams in each group are guaranteed a place in the Top 16. Meanwhile Maccabi, second in Group B at 6-3, has won its last two games, including a big victory at Unicaja, which ended a four-game slide on the road. The Israeli champs' lowest scoring game of the season came at home against Roma in Week 3, 78-65. Will Bynum led Maccabi that night with 19, while Bodiroga paced his team with 19 points and 6 assists. Maccabi hopes to have veteran swingman Tal Burstein back for he first time this season after recovering from an Achiles's heel injury. Though rusty, Burstein would surely help on the defensive end, as coach Neven Spahija may need numerous players to find a way to stop Bodiroga (13.6 ppg., 4.6 rpg.). Rookie Lior Eliyahu (11.8 ppg., 5.6 rpg.), sharp-shooting Simas Jasaitas (12.8 ppg., 55.9% 3FG) and Sharon Shason will also get chances to stop the legend. Roma coach Jasmin Repesa must concern himself with how to stop Maccabi center Nikola Vujcic (14.8 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 4 apg., 1 bpg.) – the only player in the league in the top 10 in rebounds, assists and blocked shots. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (8.9 ppg., 6 rpg.) will get the first chance, with Ognjen Askrabic (8 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 2.3 spg.), available off the bench as he returns after missing three games through injury. In that span, Roma gained some valuable experience for Luca Garri, who had a pair of double doubles and averaged 10.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. In the backcourt, Roma's Mira Chatman (7.6 ppg., 2.4 spg.) and David Hawkins (10.7 ppg., 2.7 spg.), two main reasons the team leads the Euroleague in steals (15.6 spg.), will look to pressure Maccabi's Bynum (13.9 ppg.), Yotam Halperin (9 ppg.) and captain Derrick Sharp (10.6 ppg., 60.9% 3FG). If Roma is successful in slowing down the game, Maccabi may look to Jamie Arnold (8.3 ppg., 5 rpg.) to generate points in the paint, while Alex Righetti (9.7 ppg.) will look to spread the floor for the hosts with his perimeter shooting. Ultimately, the outcome could come down to the Chatman vs Bynum matchup, as the two point guards struggle to establish the pace that will best best fit his team's strengths.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
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Quotes Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"We have to win this game if we wish to have a chance to qualify to the Top 16. We know Maccabi are a very strong side, a team that improves game by game, but for us this is an important game. I hope that lots of Roma fans will come to the Pallalottomatica, we really need their support in order to have a chance to beat them. We have to forget about our past troubles and concentrate on a game against a very difficult opponent."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Maccabi Elite
"This game depends more on Maccabi. If we play the same as we played in the last two road games, we have a big chance to win this game. I think everyday we play better. Tal is a very important part of the team. He can help us on both sides of the court. I don't expect miracles from him after such a long break, but we have a very stable system, and we know how to use Tal. Mire Chatman didn't play in Tel Aviv with Rome, but they didn't change their style of play with him, and we didn't prepare any different, although he's a great player."

Players

GARRI, LUCA
Lottomatica Roma
"I am looking forward to this game. I didn't play in our opening game against Maccabi because I had a fever. We know they are a very strong side, but when they play away from home, they are not invincible. I think we have a chance to beat them. We are in good form. We have overcome a difficult time and as a result, we are stronger as a team than when we last faced them."
BURSTEIN, TAL
Maccabi Elite
"I've practiced with the team for more than a month now. Of course there are things I can add to the team with my experience, but so far we did a good job, and I can only try to add to that and give more of what I can bring to the court. It could have been more exciting to make the first appearance at Nokia Arena, but maybe this means I'll play my first game in Nokia Arena this season when I'm more in shape. In the last years I defended Bodiroga quite a lot of times, and if I'll be asked to do it this time as well, I'll do it."
David Hawkins - Lottomatica Roma Lottomatica Roma needed overtime to get past Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 88-81 on Thursday night at the PalaLottomatica in the Italian capital. Roma won back-to-back games for the first time this season, dramatically improving its chances of reaching the Top 16. Roma increased its record to 4-6, joining Cibona, Partizan and Unicaja in a four-way tie for fourth place in Group B. Maccabi fell to 6-4, sharing second place with Joventut Badalona, which it meets next Thursday in Spain. Lottomatica point guard Mire Chatman went from zero to hero late in the game, first missing a game-winning three at the regulation buzzer, but then scoring his team's first 5 points of overtime as Roma shined in the extra period. Threes from David Hawkins and Dejan Bodiroga helped Roma take an 83-74 lead with two minutes remaining, essentially securing the result. Hawkins led Roma with 23 points and 4 steals, Chatman added 19, Bodiroga 16 and Ognjen Askrabic finish with 10 points. Maccabi center Nikola Vujcic led all scorers with a season-high 33 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Jamie Arnold added 13 before fouling out, while Lior Eliyahu had 9. Swingman Tal Burstein made his long-awaited return from a torn Achilles tendon, but finished without scoring. After Roma led for much of a closely played first half, the hosts reeled off 12 unanswered points for a 44-32 lead. But Vujcic and Arnold led Maccabi back, setting up an exciting finish.

Roma began in confident fashion as Chatman opened the scoring with an easy layup. But Maccabi reeled off 6 straight points with Vujcic scoring 4 on a pair of layups to seize a 2-6 advantage. Bodiroga ended the drought for the hosts with a layup after five minutes, before Chatman's three put Roma in front at 7-6. Maccabi replied with Will Bynum penetrating the lane and getting past Luca Garri to restore his team's lead. But Roma earned two trips to the charity stripe and sank all four opportunities to move 11-8 in front. Eliyahu's basket reduced the deficit, but Roma answered with a Loukas Mavrokefalides three-pointer for a 14-10 lead going into the second quarter.

Jamie Arnold - Maccabi EliteRoma kept the pressure on with a Hawkins layup and a Garri three to start the second quarter. Maccabi stayed close with Vujcic pouring in 4 points and Eliyahu adding a three-point play to reduce the deficit to 19-17. The game was being played at a frantic pace, but Roma kept its nose in front and Hawkins, who scored 10 points in the quarter after being shut out in the first, did most of the damage. His shot from the beyond the arc gave his team a 30-23 lead midway though the period. Simas Jasaitis was there to tap in a missed three-pointer from Vujcic and the big Croatian center then went up strong after catching a nifty pass from Eliyahu, who was showing his full array of skills at the PalaLottomatica. Hawkins was a handful, and Bynum came down hard on him on a break-away and was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul. The hosts failed to make the most of it, adding just one point before Yotam Halperin tapped in Sharon Shason's miss to leave the team from Tel Aviv trailing 35-32 at the break.

Roma is known for slowing down opponents, but it picked up the tempo at the start of the third quarter and it paid off as they went on a 12-0 run. The points came from four different players and left them leading 44-32, before Derrick Sharp's two awoke Maccabi. The visitors closed to within 7, but Bodiroga's three made it 49-39 midway through the period. However coach Jasmin Repesa's side failed to pull away and a Arnold-driven Maccabi began to eat away at the deficit. Vujcic, who had been so strong in the opening half, stole the spotlight one minute before the end of the quarter with a free throw and a crucial three-pointer giving Maccabi a 51-52 lead. But Hawkins's layup just before the buzzer made sure Roma went into the final period with a 53-52 lead.

Maccabi looked ready to march to victory when Vujcic’s jumper was followed by Shason’s three. Those basket’s gave coach Neven Spahija’s men a 53-57 lead, but Roma refused to cave in. Chatman fed Askrabic down low and he powered up for a layup. Then Alex Righetti grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed three-pointer by Chatman and dished to Bodiroga, who was fouled by Arnold. His free throws tied the game at 57-57. Sharp nailed a three-pointer, but Roma came right back with Righetti and Askrabic's free throws to put the home side back in front. Askrabic then made a big defensive play, knocking the ball away from Sharp to set up a dunk for Chatman, leading to an explosion of cheers in the PalaLottomatica. Spahija called timeout and right on cue, Jasaitis checked back into the game and buried a three-pointer to level the score. After Hawkins missed from long range, Mavrokefalides fouled Vujcic, who made two at the line for a 63-65 Maccabi lead. After Askrabic and Arnold exchanged lay-ups, Alessandro Tonolli split two from the line before Arnold made two himself to make it 66-69 in favor of the Israeli champs. Bodiroga showed great fight and grabbed an offensive rebound off Hawkins miss and was fouled, making both to cut the deficit to one. The game remained tight and when Bynum made a layup, Maccabi led 72-70, but Hawkins tied it at the line and after Askarabic blocked Bynum’s shot, Roma had a chance to win. But after holding for one shot, Chatman missed a three-pointer and the game went to overtime.

Chatman made partial amends for his miss with a pair of free throws after being fouled by Burstein. Tonolli fouled Eliyahu, and the youngster hit just one of two at the line. Chatman then made a three-pointer, and after Vujcic could only make one of two at the line, Hawkins converted from long range to make it 80-74. After Shason missed from the beyond the arc, Bodiroga drained a three-pointer and pumped his fist in the air as it became clear what the outcome was. Vujcic replied with a three for never-say-die Maccabi, but Hawkins sank two free throws after being fouled by Bynum and Roma would end up sealing an 88-81 victory at the free throw line.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Cindy Garcia, Rome
Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), AMOROS, XAVIER (ESP), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 4000
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Lottomatica Roma1421181916
Maccabi Elite102220209
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Lottomatica Roma1435537288
Maccabi Elite1032527281
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
# 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 GIACHETTI, JACOPO 11:45 2 1/1           2         1 1 4
8 TONOLLI, ALESSANDRO 23:15 3 1/1 0/2 1/2 1 2 3 2 5 1 2   5 3 9
9 RIGHETTI, ALEX 17:00 4 1/2 0/2 2/2 1 1 2     1     1 2 3
10 BODIROGA, DEJAN 32:30 16 3/8 2/4 4/4 1 5 6 2 2 1     1 3 20
11 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 21:00 4 2/4 0/1   1 5 6 1 2 1   1 5 2 5
13 GARRI, LUCA 21:00 7 1/3 1/4 2/4 1 3 4   1   1 1 3 2 4
14 CINCIARINI, DANIELE 3:30                         1   -1
16 PORCARO, YURI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ASKRABIC, OGNJEN 22:15 10 2/3 1/3 3/4 2 4 6 3 2 1 2   4 2 16
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 33:15 19 2/2 3/8 6/8 2 3 5 2 2 4     1 7 23
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 39:30 23 5/11 2/6 7/8 1 3 4 1 4 1     4 5 21
Team             1 1   1 2          
Totals 225:00 88 18/35 9/30 25/32 10 27 37 13 19 12 5 2 26 27 104
51.4% 30% 78.1%
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
Maccabi Elite
# 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 BYNUM, WILL 28:30 6 3/5 0/2     3 3 1 1 3   2 4 3 1
5 FELIX, NOEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SHARP, DERRICK 25:15 5 1/1 1/4     2 2 5 1 2     5 1 4
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 42:00 33 9/12 3/4 6/10 1 7 8 7 1 7 1 1 2 8 40
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 21:00 9 3/7   3/7 1 2 3 1 2 1   1   4 9
9 ARNOLD, JAMIE 19:45 13 4/10   5/6 2 4 6       1 1 5 7 14
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 7:15   0/1 0/2         1         3   -5
11 SHASON, SHARON 9:30 3 0/2 1/2           1           1
12 FANAN, REGEV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 38:15 5 1/1 1/3   3 6 9 1 1       1   13
14 GREEN, YANIV 2:30           1 1           2   -1
21 HALPERIN, YOTAM 31:00 7 1/2 1/2 2/2 1 3 4 1   5     5 3 3
Team           1 1 2   6 1         7
Totals 225:00 81 22/41 7/19 16/25 9 29 38 17 13 19 2 5 27 26 86
53.7% 36.8% 64%
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Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"This is an important victory for us. We played with a lot of focus and determination, what we lacked at the start of the season. We still need to get other wins and we will fight until the end in order to try and qualify to the Top 16. We trained a lot over the Christmas break and we can see a Lottomatica that is more focused, more fresh and plays with a lot of intensity."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Maccabi Elite
"In the second half we had a chance to win the game, but we lost control after Yotam Halperin and Jamie Arnold fouled out. Only Nikola Vujcic and Lior Eliyahu scored for us. We struggled when We had to play with Tal Burstein, who is not yet at his best. We have to bounce back in our next game. I am still confident we can qualify as second of our group for the Top 16."

Players

BODIROGA, DEJAN
Lottomatica Roma
"Maccabi has made us work for the victory. We suffered a little in the first half and then we took a 12-point lead after the break, but Maccabi came back. It has been a very exciting game, we have played against one of the best teams in Europe and we are extremely happy with the win. We have managed to keep our concentration in the crucial last minutes of the game and play with a very good defense when it mattered."
BURSTEIN, TAL
Maccabi Elite
"I'm slowly recovering my form and it was good to be able to return to play, but I didn't want to start my season with a defeat. Roma played better than us and we collapsed in overtime, especially on defense, and it cost us dearly. Hopefully, we will return to the winning ways in our next game. The important thing is that the team learns from its mistakes."
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