Regular Season Round 6 - December 03, 2009 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALAESTRA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-1 Regular Season 1-4
4-1 Overall 1-4

Referees

Crew Chief
MOUZAKIS, COSTAS, Greece
Referee
CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY, Ukraine
Umpire
JURAS, MARKO, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.6 Points 58.6
29.0 Rebounds 28.4
7.4 O. Rebounds 9.6
21.6 D. Rebounds 18.8
14.6 Assists 9.2
9.6 Steals 8.0
1.4 Blocks 1.4
12.0 Turnovers 14.2
50.8 % 2PT 46.5 %
44.3 % 3PT 21.5 %
81.6 % FT 75.0 %
87.2 Index 41.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.6 / Sato Points 12.0 / Tomas
5.2 / Sato Rebounds 3.6 / Gordon
1.4 / Eze OR 2.2 / Andric
3.8 / Sato DR 2.8 / Tomas
6.2 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Assists 3.8 / Gordon
2.2 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Steals 2.6 / Gordon
0.6 / Eze Blocks 1.0 / Gordon
3.2 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL Turnovers 2.6 / Gordon
65.6 % / Sato 2PT 100.0 % / PRINC, VEDRAN
66.7 % / Ress 3PT 36.8 % / VUKUSIC, VEDRAN
100.0 % / Domercant FT 100.0 % / Graves
20.4 / Sato Index 12.2 / Gordon

THE TAKE

Two classic Euroleague teams fighting for different goals are set to face each other in Siena, Italy, where Montepaschi welcomes Cibona on Thursday at 20:30 CET. Montepaschi comes off its first Euroleague loss this season and will be all but mathematically qualified to the Top 16 if it downs Cibona tomorrow. Meanwhile, Cibona joins a three-way tie for the fourth spot at 1-4 and is looking for revenge, as Montepaschi registered a 40-85 road win in Zagreb. Cibona is expected to be without Antonio Graves, who is still registered but expected to be released this week. Without Graves on the floor, Jamont Gordon will be Cibona's reference at point guard, with Vedran Princ coming off the bench. Both are intense defenders ready for the big challenge to stop All-Euroleague playmaker Terrell McIntyre. Nikos Zisis is already to offer court sense and experience off the hosts' bench. Montepaschi will be mostly concerned on stopping Marko Tomas, a natural-born mismatch at both wings. Tomas will get some hope from defensive stopper Marin Rozic, up-and-coming talent Bojan Bogdanovic and tall guard Robert Troha. Due to his versatility and defensive skills, Rozic is the perfect candidate to guard Romain Sato, in great shape recently. Tomas is ready for a big shootout against Henry Domercant while Bogdanovic will try to use his quickness against an experienced defensive player like David Hawkins. Montepaschi has its full lineup available, as center Ksistof Lavrinovic is back in action and ready to face Cibona. Lavrinovic and Shaun Stonerook will try to open the court with their three-point shots, also creating space for old-school center Ben Eze to play in the low post. Denis Marconato and Tomas Ress offer size and rebounds off the bench. With Dalibor Bagaric expected to be sidelined, coach Velimir Perasovic relies on two good shooters like Luksa Andric and Vedran Vukusic to see most minutes around the baskets. Young centers Tomislav Zubcic and Leon Radosevic provide intensity, toughness and enthusiasm off the bench. Montepaschi must feed their big men and run its offense through McIntyre to live up to the expectations. Cibona must slow down the game tempo and expect a good game from Gordon and Tomas to have chances to win. Even when Montepaschi is the favourite, expect Cibona to battle hard in Siena.

REFEREES: Costas Mouzakis, Sergey Chebyshev, Jasmina Juras


GAME NOTES

Montepaschi Siena

Montepaschi set a defensive record in Week 1 against Cibona, holding the team to 40 points – the fewest ever scored by a team at home in a Euroleague game.

All-Euroleague point guard Terrell McIntyre has drilled at least one three-pointer in 21 consecutive Euroleague games.

Darjus Lavrinovic set career highs in scoring and index ranking with a 26-point, 8-rebound and 3-steal game for a 24 index against Cibona in Week 1.

Ben Eze continues to move up on the Euroleague career shot-blocking charts. He is now tied for 13th place with 77 career blocks, needing just 3 more to crack the top 10.

Romain Sato has picked up at least 1 steal in seven consecutive Euroleague games.

Domercant has made 34 consecutive free throws over his past 18 Euroleague games.

Denis Marconato needs 1 more offensive rebound to break a tie with Luis Scola for third place on the career offensive rebounding list. Marconato enters the game with 276 offensive boards and needs 13 more to reach Kerem Gonlum for second place with 289. The all-time leader is FB Ulker’s Mirsad Turkcan with 337.

Forward Shaun Stonerook set career highs in each meeting with Cibona last season. Stonerook had 18 points in an 88-81 loss in Zagreb in January and 11 rebounds in an 86-70 home win in March.

Nikos Zisis has gone 14 consecutive Euroleague games without making a three-pointer. He is 0 for 14 from downtown during that stretch.

Cibona Zagreb

Dalibor Bagaric and Montepaschi big man Tomas Ress were teammates at Fortitudo Bologna during the 2005-06 season.

Marko Tomas has been Cibona’s top scorer in four of five Euroleague games this season.

Jamont Gordon has at least 1 steal in every game so far this season. He ranks second in the Euroleague with 2.6 steals per game.

Marin Rozic set a career high with 15 points last week against Asvel Basket.

After shooting 5 for 24 from downtown last week, Cibona ranks last in the Euroleague in three-point shooting this season at 21.5%.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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Quotes Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"In Zagreb we won by 45 but we know that type of game happens only once. Cibona will come in Siena to play a tough game, with pride and strength. They are in good shape and their last performances in Adriatic League and Euroleague confirm this. They are still on the run to Top 16 so they will play focused believing in the possibility to achieve a result that could be very important for their season."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Cibona
"As time goes by, as we play more and more games, we are becoming a better team which is quite logical because we have many young players. This is the fact that puts a smile on my face. We know that Montepaschi is one of the teams that is counting on a Final Four appearance each year and it is crucial that we just give our best. I will never say that we are traveling to Siena to lose, I am not that kind of man. We are going to fight and in the end see what our effort is going to bring. It is a privilege for our young players to play so many high level games this year."

Players

EZE, BENJAMIN
Montepaschi Siena
"Next game will not be easy for us, we won in Zagreb, but it was the first game, and maybe they were not really prepared. Now we play another game at home, It is our house, and after the lost against Barcellona, we want come out here and play like we normally do. Play defense and execute in offense, play hard and very tough."
ROZIC, MARIN
Cibona
"There is not much to say about Montepaschi that hasn’t been said yet. They are on of the strongest European teams, and they will use every opportunity to break and defeat every team – especially on their home court. We have already shown in some games that we can play hard defense and we just need our offense to click this time if we want something more."
Terrell McIntyre - Montepaschi SienaAfter scoring just 36 points in the first 20 minutes, Montepaschi Siena exploded for 56 more in the second half to turn a tight game into a 90-64 blowout of Cibona Zagreb. Montepaschi is now all but mathematically qualified for the Top 16. Montepaschi can clinch a Top 16 berth when it visits Zalgiris next week. With the loss, Cibona fell to 1-5 and now has no margin of error as it heads into the final 4 games of the regular season. The Croatian champs host Regal FC Barcelona in Week 7. Terrell McIntyre and Romain Sato led the way with 15 points apiece. Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 13 while Nikos Zisis and Benjamin Eze added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Luksa Andric paced Cibona with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Marko Tomas seconded him with 10 points and 4 assists and Jamont Gordon scored 8 points to go with 4 assists in the losing effort. After setting a record for fewest points scored by a home team with just 40 in its Week 1 debacle versus Montepaschi, Cibona looked like a totally different team on Thursday night in the first half. Early on Cibona did not let Montepaschi get into any type of rhythm playing an aggressive man-on-man defense. The second half was another story altogether. Montepaschi turned a 2-point deficit into a 16-point lead on the strength of a 26-8 run. Cibona cut the deficit to 10 going into the final quarter, but Montepaschi controlled the fourth period and cruised to the big win.

McIntyre got free for a triple from the top of the key to strike first for Montepaschi. Gordon drove and dished a no-look pass to Vedran Vukusic who hit a bank shot to get the visitors on the board. Henry Domercant found Eze inside for a layup, but Andric put back his own miss to keep up the frenetic pace set by the hosts. Sato scored a field goal before Andric tiptoed along the baseline for 2 points. Montepaschi went ahead 13-6 on back-to-back threes by McIntyre and Domercant. Vukusic attacked the basket and got a tough layup to fall. Eze went 3 of 4 from the foul line to go up 16-8. But Tomas made a floater in the lane, Leon Radosevic added a pair of foul shots and Cibona turned up the defense to force Montepaschi into a 24-second violation. Tomas collapsed the defense and then kicked out to the open Vedran Princ for a three. Princ then picked McIntyre’s pocket and Tomas assisted Vukusic for the layup to take a 16-17 lead. Montepaschi did not find the solution in a timeout as the visitors kept up their defensive pressure and Bojan Bodganvic capped the 0-11 run with a steal he turned into 2 easy points. McIntyre finally scored on a drive, but his team was still down 18-19 after 10 minutes.

Radosevic opened the second period with a drive for 2 points. Lavrinovic put back his own miss back after an offensive board from Sato kept the possession alive. Rozic hit again for 2 points, but Lavrinovic then backed his defender down and hit a half hook. Lavrinovic, knowing his team needed someone to take the initiative, got a baseline jumper to bounce in to even the score at 24-24. Montepaschi tried pressing full court, but Tomas found a wide-open Tomislav Zubcic in the corner for a three-pointer. Tomas Ress punched right back with a three of his own. Both teams had trouble moving the scoreboard as the game turned into a defensive duel. Tomas had to work hard to get a layup to fall, 28-31. Zisis made 2 free throws, and Montepaschi tried a zone defense that Tomas took no time in breaking with a deep three-pointer. Gordon put in an offensive board, and Cibona also tried switching to a zone, but it had the same result as Lavrinovic hit from downtown to end the half 34-36.

Marko Tomas - CibonaMcIntyre fed Eze for a dunk to tie the game on the opening play of the third quarter. Tomas hit right back with a jumper on the baseline. Sato was fouled taking a shot from behind the arc by Rozic and made all 3 free throws to grab a 39-38 lead for the home team. Shaun Stonerook scored 5 straight on 2 free throws and a long range bomb as Montepaschi tightened up its defense and moved ahead by 6 points. McIntyre tossed in 2 more free throws to extend the lead. Vukusic scored with the shot clock ticking down to try and spark some life in his team, but Domercant put back his own miss and McIntyre and Stonerook dropped consecutive three-pointers to take a 54-43 lead. McIntyre hit a three from way behind the arc to push the lead out to 14. Gordon made a monster block of a layup attempt by David Hawkins, but McIntyre ended up at the line where he made 2 more. Seeing his team on the brink of defeat, Andric stepped up and scored 6 points, all from the foul line, in a 0-9 spurt for Cibona to cut the deficit to 7 points. With the clock running down, Stonerook passed to Hawkins who nailed a three to send Montepaschi into the final period up 63-53.

Eze began the fourth with a great block. The two sides traded free throws before Sato made a nice jump shot from the baseline. Eze cut to the basket like a guard and Lavrinovic found him for a layup, and Sato made 2 more points from the foul line. Gordon penetrated for a slam before Marco Carraretto and Bogdanovic exchanged three-pointers. Eze stayed aggressive and powered his way to 2 more points in the post. Zisis swished a short jumper, and Montepaschi went ahead by 21 on a couple of free throws by Carraretto. Lavrinovic connected on a three-pointer before Andric scored inside. Zisis put his team up 25 points on a three-pointer. Veteran center Denis Marconato moved into third place in the list of offensive rebounds in the history of the Euroleague when he pulled in a miss by Zisis late in game as his team began to celebrate with their fans.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
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Referees: MOUZAKIS, COSTAS (GRE), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 4163
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Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# 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 DOMERCANT, HENRY 14:43 5 1/5 1/2   1   1 3   1     1 1 3
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 26:33 15 1/1 3/4 4/4   2 2 4 1 4     2 3 18
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 20:00 12 2/3 1/1 5/7   3 3 3 1 1     3 5 17
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 24:59 11 4/5   3/4 3 5 8   1   1   2 3 20
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 19:30 5 0/2 1/1 2/2   1 1             1 5
10 SATO, ROMAIN 25:59 15 2/3 1/2 8/9 2 2 4   1       3 5 19
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 20:00 13 3/5 2/5 1/4   5 5 2 1       1 2 14
14 RESS, TOMAS 10:46 3   1/2     1 1           1 1 3
16 SABBATINO, NUNZIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MARCONATO, DENIS 3:33   0/2     1 2 3     1          
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 20:42 8   2/2 2/2   1 1 4 1 1     3 1 11
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 13:15 3 0/1 1/5     1 1     1   2 5 2 -7
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 90 13/27 13/24 25/32 9 25 34 16 6 10 1 2 21 24 106
48.1% 54.2% 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: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Cibona
# 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 GORDON, JAMONT 29:33 8 3/6 0/3 2/4 1 2 3 4 1 2     2 7 11
7 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 25:35 8 1/2 2/6     2 2   2 2 1   2   4
9 TROHA, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 20:03 6 1/2   4/8   2 2   1 1     3 5 5
11 VUKUSIC, VEDRAN 25:23 8 4/4 0/3   1 5 6 1           1 13
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 26:12 14 4/7 0/1 6/6 3 4 7   1 2 1 1 5 4 15
14 BAGARIC, DALIBOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 7:40 3 0/1 1/2     1 1   1       2   1
19 PRINC, VEDRAN 11:09 3   1/3           1       2 1 1
20 ROZIC, MARIN 23:04 4 2/3 0/2     1 1 1 1       3 1 2
33 TOMAS, MARKO 31:21 10 3/5 1/4 1/2 2   2 4   2     5 2 5
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 64 18/30 5/24 13/20 8 19 27 10 8 10 2 1 24 21 59
60% 20.8% 65%
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Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"The first part of the game was exactly what I feared, that a team proud like Cibona came to Siena with a thousand reason to fight. We were not fluid in offense, in part because we still have to get used to playing against Euroleague teams that are this size, bigger than we find in the Italian League. We need to work on many aspects, including ball movement. I'm happy for the defensive approach that we had in the second half and how we played in the paint."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Cibona
"I think they were two different games in the first and second halves. At the start we were aggressive and we gave few options to Montepaschi, which certainly has struggled on offense. In the second half, they created more space and scored 56 points, too much for us to stay in the game against them."

Players

LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF
Montepaschi Siena
"I’m feeling better every day and I hope that in a couple of weeks I'll be in good shape and I can better help the team. After the break, we changed and the result could be seen. Pianigiani told us not to relax and to play harder."
GORDON, JAMONT
Cibona
"After halftime, the game changed and Siena was more aggressive. Actually we were hoping to win the first few minutes after the break, but then Montepaschi started to defend more carefully and score more. We are a young team, we are growing and we played better as the game went on. Siena is a great team, and in my opinion, can also compete with Barcelona."
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