2008-09Regular SeasonRound 2
October 30, 2008 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALALOTTOMATICA
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
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Lottomatica Roma17203117
DKV Joventut18211220
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Lottomatica Roma17376885
DKV Joventut18395171
Lottomatica Roma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
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%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
DKV Joventut
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
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 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%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO

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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