Regular Season Round 2 - October 30, 2008 CET: 21:00 Local time: 21:00 - PALALOTTOMATICA

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
LEFWERTH, OSCAR, Sweden
Umpire
VOJINOVIC, MILIJA, Serbia

Team Stats

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63.0 Points 81.0
22.0 Rebounds 34.0
6.0 O. Rebounds 15.0
16.0 D. Rebounds 19.0
11.0 Assists 17.0
3.0 Steals 15.0
1.0 Blocks 10.0
13.0 Turnovers 11.0
43.2 % 2PT 37.0 %
50.0 % 3PT 55.0 %
80.0 % FT 87.5 %
46.0 Index 98.0

Player Stats

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13.0 / DATOME, LUIGI Points 14.0 / Mensah-Bonsu
5.0 / Brezec Rebounds 9.0 / Mensah-Bonsu
2.0 / Brezec OR 6.0 / Mensah-Bonsu
3.0 / Brezec DR 3.0 / Mensah-Bonsu
4.0 / BECIROVIC, SANI Assists 7.0 / Mallet
1.0 / JENNINGS, BRANDON Steals 3.0 / Jasaitis
1.0 / Ray Blocks 3.0 / Mensah-Bonsu
4.0 / BECIROVIC, SANI Turnovers 2.0 / Mensah-Bonsu
100.0 % / Gigli 2PT 66.7 % / Norel
100.0 % / BECIROVIC, SANI 3PT 100.0 % / Tomas
100.0 % / Brezec FT 100.0 % / Mensah-Bonsu
13.0 / HUTSON, ANDRE Index 16.0 / Mallet

THE TAKE

Lottomatica Roma hopes to bounce back from a losing effort in Week 1 when it hosts DKV Joventut in a Group C showdown in the Italian capital on Thursday. Lottomatica won the two previous matchups between the clubs two years ago, so it is also a good chance for Joventut to win its first official game on Italian soil since December 13, 2003, when it downed Virtus Bologna 91-103 in overtime. DKV superstar Ricky Rubio remains sidelined sidelined, so Demond Mallet and Pau Ribas are set to share the point guard duties. Lottomatica is quite deep at point guard despite not having Jacopo Giachetti back in action, as it counts on Ibby Jaaber and teen sensation Brandon Jennings, who had 9 points in his Euroleague debut last week. The matchup between Jaaber and Ribas could be one of the keys to the games. Roma will have to slow Bracey Wright, who has been Joventut's main backcourt scorer so far this season. Allan Ray, Jennings and Sani Becirovic will be all over him. Becirovic will have a tough test against Ferran Laviña and Pere Tomas, good defenders with talent to score, too. The battle at small forward will be equally interesting, as Joventut counts on sharp shooter Simas Jasaitis and versatile, experienced big man Luke Bogdanovic. There is some good news for Lottomatica, as Roberto Gabini is back in action, joining forces with youngster Luigi Datome at small forward. Of course, defensive stopper Rodrigo De La Fuente will be ready to use his experience and know-how against Jasaitis. Lottomatica has Andre Hutson and Primoz Brezec as its main references in the paint. Hutson offers post moves and mid-range shots while Brezec gives size and power. Brezec will not have it easy against shot blocking ace Edu Hernandez-Sonseca or Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a force of nature ready to dunk on anyone. Meanwhile, Hutson will test his skills against Jan Jagla and Henk Norel, a couple of mobile big men who can hit from outside. Lottomatica will be loyal to coach Jasmin Repesa's philosophy, with an up-tempo game trying to get everyone involved and taking any open shot. Meanwhile, Joventut will insist on its strong defense while trying to make the most out of its athleticism. Expect a wide-open game in Rome this Thursday.

GAME QUOTES

Lottomatica Roma
  • Guard Sani Becirovic enters his team’s Week 2 home game needing just 6 points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
  • Forward Andre Hutson had two of his best ever games in European competition against DKV Joventut in the ULEB Cup during the 2004-05 season. Hutson averaged 23.5 points on 69% shooting, 11.5 rebounds, 3 steals and 1.5 blocks for a 22 index in two wins for his team that season, Makedonikos Kozani.
  • After going 3 for 4 from downtown last week, Luigi Datome has now made 14 of 26 attempted three-pointers in his Euroleague career, which converts to an incredible 53.8% success rate. With enough games played, that shooting percentage would be the best from three-point range in Euroleague history.
  • Big man Angelo Gigli and forward Rodrigo De la Fuente were both teammates with DKV Joventut big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu at Benetton Treviso last season. In fact both Gigli and De la Fuente appeared alongside Mensah-Bonsu at different times in the starting lineup.
DKV Joventut
  • Guard Demond Mallet established a Euroleague career-high in assists last week with 7 in his club’s 81-64 win over Union Olimpija.
  • DKV Joventut blocked 10 shots in its Week 1 win over Union Olimpija, the most of any team in the competition last week. Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Jan Jagla led the way with 3 blocks apiece.
  • Simas Jasaitis enters his team’s Week 2 game needing only 1 more three-pointer to reach 100 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
  • Guard Ferran Laviña is the only player on either team’s current roster who scored when these teams last met in Badalona in January 2007. He had 8 as Joventut fell to Roma 72-83.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Players

Sani Becirovic - Lottomatica RomaThree players scored in double figures as Lottomatica Roma held off DKV Joventut 85-71 for its first victory in Group C of the Euroleague. Ibrahim Jaaber led the way with 17 points and Sani Becirovic added 15 points including a four-point play and another three-pointer in a decisive 17-0 run in the third quarter. Andre Hutson added 10 points and 11 rebounds while Rodrigo de la Fuente had 9 points and Primoz Brezec chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Roma bounced back from its season-opening loss at Alba Berlin to improve to 1-1 in Group C ahead of a trip to Union Olimpija. DKV Joventut meanwhile dropped to 1-1 despite 23 points and 14 rebounds from Pops Mensah-Bonsu. Bracey Wright added 14 points and Edu Hernandez-Sonseca had 11, but it was not enough. Joventut gets a chance to return to the winning column at home next week against Fenerbahce.

Roma took advantage of Joventut’s early struggles in taking a 10-0 lead with Luigi Datome scoring 5 points and Brandon Jennings hitting a triple. Wright finally got the guests on the scoreboard with a three-pointer about five minutes into the game. Jennings's 2 foul shots left Roma ahead 15-5. But Mensah-Bonsu threw down a dunk to spark a 2-13 surge during which he scored 6 points and Hernandez-Sonseca hit for 7 as Joventut took a 17-18 lead after one period.

Pops Mensa-Bonsu - DKV Joventut Becirovic opened the second quarter and de la Fuente converted 2 turnovers into layups in pushing Roma ahead 23-18. Mensah-Bonsu continued his fine game with 2 foul shots for the first Joventut score of the period. And Simas Jasaitis knocked down 2 triples to give Joventut a 25-28 lead. But Roberto Gabini answered right back with a three-pointer. Wright also hit from long range and then Jan Jagla made 3 points for a 30-35 lead. Roma continued the back-and-forth affair, knotting the game on Datome’s lay-up. But 2 Mensah-Bonsu foul shots had Joventut up 37-39 at intermission.

Mensah-Bonsu opened the second half and Hernandez-Sonseca’s basket had Joventut up 42-45. But Becirovic knocked down a three-pointer and converted a four-point play. And that changed the flow of the game as Roma went on a 17-0 surge, which was finished by a triple by Becirovic and included two break-away layups off turnovers by Angelo Gigli. Already down 59-45, Hernandez-Sonseca finally stopped the bleeding to make it 59-47. Wright hit 3 foul shots late in the quarter, but Jaaber hit a buzzer-beating three to give Roma a 68-51 lead going into the fourth.

The Spanish side made an early push in the final period with Demond Mallet hitting a three-pointer to complete a 2-9 run and make it a 10-point game. Allan Ray answered with a triple, but Jasaitis came right back down with a three. Mallet knocked down another three-ball to make it 73-66 deficit. But Joventut turned the ball over twice and Hutson made two layups and the lead was back up to 79-66 after Jaaber’s foul shots, allowing Roma to start celebrating their first win of the season.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), LEFWERTH, OSCAR (SWE), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 4190
By Quarter1234
Lottomatica Roma17203117
DKV Joventut18211220
End of Quarter1234
Lottomatica Roma17376885
DKV Joventut18395171
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 DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 GIGLI, ANGELO 29:59 7 2/3 1/2 0/1 2   2 1 3   2   4 2 10
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 22:52 15 1/3 2/2 7/9   4 4 3 1 2   1 3 8 21
8 TONOLLI, ALESSANDRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 HUTSON, ANDRE 28:06 10 4/7   2/2 2 9 11   1 1     2 1 17
11 JENNINGS, BRANDON 16:50 6 0/4 1/1 3/4   3 3 1 1 2       3 7
12 BREZEC, PRIMOZ 17:24 8 3/7   2/2 5 4 9     3   1 4 1 6
13 DATOME, LUIGI 10:08 7 3/4 0/1 1/1 2 3 5           2 2 10
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 26:39 9 3/3 1/3     2 2 2 1 2     3 1 8
15 RAY, ALLAN 20:38 3 0/4 1/4   2   2 4   3     4 1 -4
21 JAABER, IBRAHIM 23:29 17 6/7 1/3 2/2 1   1 2 2 3     2 2 16
22 GABINI, ROBERTO 3:55 3   1/1     1 1           2 1 3
Team                                
Totals 200:00 85 22/42 8/17 17/21 14 26 40 13 9 16 2 2 26 22 94
52.4% 47.1% 81%
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: ALONSO, SITO
DKV Joventut
# 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
00 MALLET, DEMOND 29:45 6 0/1 2/7     3 3 4   5     3 1  
4 RIBAS, PAU 13:19 3 0/1 0/2 3/4       1   2     4 4 -2
6 WRIGHT, BRACEY 26:03 14 1/2 2/5 6/8 1 1 2   1       3 7 15
10 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 17:18 2   0/4 2/2   1 1           1 1 -1
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 21:26 9   3/5   1 3 4 1         3 2 11
14 JAGLA, JAN-HENDRICK 13:37 3 1/2 0/3 1/2 2   2   1 2       1  
15 EYENGA, CHRISTIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 20:13 11 4/6 1/2   2 2 4 1 1       2   12
17 NOREL, HENK 7:40   0/2                   1 1   -4
18 LAVIÑA, FERRAN 20:58     0/2     2 2 1   1     2 2  
21 MENSAH-BONSU, POPS 29:41 23 6/15   11/12 10 4 14 2 3 1 2 1 3 8 37
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 71 12/29 8/30 23/28 16 17 33 10 6 11 2 2 22 26 69
41.4% 26.7% 82.1%
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Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"I am satisfied with the victory but not with the game, as we lost three out of four quarters. We must play 25 minutes more of aggressive defense if we want to go to the Top 16. We must play as we played at the beginning of the first quarter tonight, and during the last 8 minutes of the third quarter."
ALONSO, SITO
DKV Joventut
"We played for 20 minutes in a perfect way, then we relaxed and it was impossible to recover. With a great team as Roma is, you can't relax. It's difficult to control a team that aspires to go to the Fiinal Four, especially on its own floor, without playing the whole 40 minutes strong."

Players

BECIROVIC, SANI
Lottomatica Roma
"After the loss in Berlin, we had to win and we won. We were clever to create a break and mantain it. Now we have the italian championship and then Lubjana. It's not easy playing up there, but we hope we can do it."
MENSAH-BONSU, POPS
DKV Joventut
"We started well with the right mentality and energy. In the second half, we lost the game and the third quarter was decisive. We couldn't score because Rome played hard and with that, they made a decisive break that brought them to the victory."
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