Regular Season Round 2 - October 29, 2009 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALAU BLAUGRANA

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
CEREBUCH, GUERRINO, Italy
Referee
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Umpire
CHAMBON, DAVID, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.0 Points 40.0
41.0 Rebounds 37.0
7.0 O. Rebounds 15.0
34.0 D. Rebounds 22.0
21.0 Assists 4.0
5.0 Steals 9.0
3.0 Blocks 1.0
14.0 Turnovers 27.0
70.3 % 2PT 31.3 %
18.8 % 3PT 12.0 %
80.8 % FT 73.3 %
112.0 Index 9.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
26.0 / Mickeal Points 12.0 / Tomas
7.0 / Vazquez Rebounds 9.0 / Tomas
2.0 / Vazquez OR 3.0 / Bogdanovic
7.0 / Mickeal DR 7.0 / Tomas
9.0 / RUBIO, RICARD Assists 2.0 / Gordon
2.0 / RUBIO, RICARD Steals 2.0 / Gordon
2.0 / Vazquez Blocks 1.0 / Gordon
3.0 / Basile Turnovers 6.0 / Graves
100.0 % / MORRIS, TERENCE 2PT 66.7 % / Gordon
100.0 % / Mickeal 3PT 33.3 % / Rozic
100.0 % / Mickeal FT 100.0 % / Andric
32.0 / Mickeal Index 12.0 / Tomas

THE TAKE

Two teams with drastically different opening night fates meet on Thursday when Regal FC Barcelona hosts Cibona Zagreb in Group A encounter. Barcelona started the season with a bang, blasting Fenerbahce Ulker 59-82 on the road as all 11 players in uniform scored a basket, Ricky Rubio dished 9 assists and Pete Mickeal dominated with a career-high 26 points. The only thing that was less than ideal for Regal FCB was its three-point shooting (3 for 16, 18.7%), but head coach Xavi Pascual will surely settle for that when his team plays the way it did last week. Cibona meanwhile broke a record for the worst offensive outing by a home team in competition history after being suffocated by Montepaschi Siena 40-85. All 11 Cibona players that took the court committed at least one turnover as Cibona combined for 27 in a disastrous outing. Cibona will have a tough time reversing its luck at Barcelona as Regal FCB prepares for its home opener. Head coach Velimir Perasovic will need his backcourt to be near-perfect this week to have a chance at upsetting Barca. Point guard Jamont Gordon, shooting guard Marko Tomas, the leading scorer last week with 12, and instant-offense Antonio Graves must find a way to stop Euroleague MVP Juan Carlos Navarro, Rubio and Ginaluca Basile. And that’s assuming Jaka Lakovic sits this game out with an injury. The visitors send young Bojan Bogdanovic and Marin Rozin to match up with Mickeal at small forward. In the paint Barca boats Fran Vazquez, Erazem Lorbek, Terrence Morris and Boni NDong, who will face of against Cibona’s Dalibor Bagaric, Luksa Andric and Tomislav Zubcic. Barca enters the game with home-court advantage and confidence in addition to superior depth and talent in its lineup, which are all the more reasons to expect a comfortable win. The biggest reasons not to pick Barca come from Cibona, whose young team is as determined as ever following last week’s loss to earn respect and there is no better way than with a road win over a contender. That spirit shan’t be overlooked when these teams take the floor on Thursday.

REFEREES: Guerrino Cerebuch, Christos Christodoulou, David Chambon


GAME NOTES

Regal FC Barcelona

Center Boniface NDong has had great success against Cibona in recent years. NDong is averaging 12.3 points on 57.6% shooting, 9.8 rebounds and 2 blocks over four games against the Croatian champs. Included among them are a career-best 14-rebound and 5-block performance in Zagreb in December 2007 as his team at the time, Unicaja, won 62-76.

Guards Juan Carlos Navarro and Jaka Lakovic are ranked third and fourth, respectively, on the Euroleague career scoring charts. Navarro has 2,138 career points and Lakovic is just 8 points behind. Gianluca Basile is seventh on the list with 1,913 points.

Basile became the Euroleague career leader in games played last week with 182 appearances. He broke a tie with former teammate David Andersen, who is no longer in the league.

Big man Erazem Lorbek needs just 7 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark in his Euroleague career.

Center Fran Vazquez trails Aleksey Savrasenko by 4 blocked shots for second place on the Euroleague career blocked shot list. Vazquez now has 116 blocks in 100 career games.

Lakovic has made multiple three-pointers in his last six Euroleague appearances.

Ricky Rubio has recorded at least one steal in each of his last 11 Euroleague appearances.

Pete Mickeal scored a Euroleague career-high 26 points in just 24 minutes in his Regal FCB debut last week.

Cibona Zagreb

Marko Tomas scored a Euroleague career-high 18 points in his last visit to Barcelona. Tomas, then with Real Madrid, came off the bench to shoot 3 for 4 from downtown and lead his team with 18 points in just 13 minutes. Nevertheless Barcelona won 90-79.

Center Dalibor Bagaric and Barcelona big man Erazem Lorbek were teammates at Fortitudo Bologna between 2004 and 2006. Together they won the 2005 Italian League championship.

Bagaric and Barcelona guard Victor Sada were teammates at Akasvayu Girona during the 2006-07 season. Together they won the 2007 FIBA EuroCup.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
"I wouldn't say this is a trap game because if we are not concentrated on this one, we ill not win for sure. Cibona's big loss to Montepaschi last week was a strange game. I know that here they will play more relaxed and I am sure we will see the best version of Cibona. We will have to watch for Antonio Graves and Jamont Gordon, two threats in offense. Their power forwards open the court a lot and I like the young Zubcic a lot, also. Their frontcourt is also powerful with guys like Bagaric and Andric. In general, I think they are a complete team that can really hurt us if we do not pay attention."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Cibona
"There is not much to say about Regal FC Barcelona that is not well known. I have already mentioned that, in my opinion, Barcelona is the best team in Europe at the moment, side to side with Montepaschi Siena. That does not mean that we are traveling to give away the game. "e will do our best to show that our team has potential. We knew we were going to have our ups and downs during the season, and this game is an opportunity to show what we are made of."

Players

GRIMAU, ROGER
Regal FC Barcelona
"We want to win this game, but we must not be too overconfident. The team has to remain calm, knowing that the competition is long and that we have enough experience not to speculate. We have to work hard in all games that's why I am asking the fans to come to the arena to support us. We need them. We may not always play well or flashy, but the hard work is still there and we want our fans to be proud of that."
TOMAS, MARKO
Cibona
"I have a problem with my sprained ankle, but I hope I will be able to help my team in Barcelona. It is improving day by day. We have a chance to play against a team that has become even stronger during summer and this is the game that any player should enjoy playing. I think we can show some of our talents in Barcelona."
Juan Carlos Navarro - Regal FC BarcelonaRegal FC Barcelona confirmed its status as a strong contender for the title when it got its first home in on Thursday against Cibona, 81-59. After a tight first half in which Cibona defense managed to keep Barcelona scorers rather quiet, Juan Carlos Navarro and Boniface N'Dong sparked up a third-quarter storm that allowed the hosts to break the game open for good. Terence Morris and Roger Grimau joined the party later to confirm a new win that lifts Barca to the top of the Group A standings with a 2-0 record, while Cibona loses its second in a row and drops to 0-2. Navarro led all scorers with 20 points and Morris added 17 for Barca. For the guests, Marko Tomas led the way with 16 points and Jamont Gordon posted 12 for the losers. For Cibona, Antonio Graves finished the game with a surprising 0 of 7 from the field.

Gordon fired Cibona off fast with back-to-back threes for a starting 0-6, but Navarro replied in the same manner soon to tie the game again, 6-6. The scoring run went up to 11-0 as Terence Morris added five points of his own, coming from good defenses that allowed for fast oofensive transitions for Barca. Marko Tomas woke Cibona up from the charity line, and Gordon added two more points, but the hosts always found the man inside with good assists to stay ahead. Defenses prevailed until Vedran Vukusic broke the spell with a three that was also the first field goal for Cibona from a player other than Gordon. Cibona also went up a notch in defense, keeping Barcelona scoreless for more than three minutes except Victor Sada's free throw as the first quarter ended with a 16-13.

Roger Grimau stepped up to start the second period with five consecutive points, but Bojan Bogdanovic and Tomislav Zubcic joined up to make up for that burst. Barca tried to move the ball fast in offense, looking for the extra pass and Fran Vazquez first and Navarro later punished the Croatian rim for a 27- 18 edge in minute 15. Tomas' three-pointer put Cibona back in the game as the defense of the guests forced two straight 24-second violations on Barcelona, prompting Xavi Pascual's timeout. The trick worked as Ricky Rubio stole the ball and fed Morris for a monster dunk that fired up the stands, 29-23. All the 14 points of the hosts in the quarter at this point came from the frontcourt until Navarro reached his 11th point with a three for 34-25 and then his 14th with a new bomb for the first double-digit lead of the night, 37-25. Navarro was on fire as he went to the line for his 8th straight point and at the same time, Cibona clashed again and again against the hosts' hard defense. It was Tomas who scored a fadeaway jumper in the end of the second quarter to close the 10-0 burst for a 39-27 halftime score.

Marko Tomas - CibonaMorris opened the second half with free throws, and Pete Mickeal joined the party with points for Barca. Tomas was still the most active player in offense for Cibona, as the big men of Barca were intimidating time and again all the attempts of the frontcourt of the guests and Morris sank an alley-oop that turned the situation around, 49-31. Gordon stole the ball and slammed it to draw applause from the home crowd, but Morris broke the zone defense of Cibona feeding Boni N'Dong for a slam and a 52-35. That play woke N'Dong up as he kept making the margin on the scoreboard bigger. At the same time, Marin Rozic stepped up for sixth straight points for Cibona, but Gianluca Basile shut him up with a new three that put a 20-point gap, 59-39. A new three by Basile and a great Rubio steal and layup combo closed the third quarter with a 64-41.

An alley-oop by Grimau with Vazquez opened the last period, but Tomas replied soon with a new three. Grimau was the soul of Barcelona now, and he kept the scoring going, but at this point both sides knew who the winner was. Even Jaka Lakovic, coming from injury trouble, managed to make his debut this season with 4:30 to go in the game. Cibona already knew that the win would stay in Barcelona and the hosts simply had to cruise to the final win for a strong start of the season.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA)
Attendance: 4539
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Cibona13141418
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Cibona13274159
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVIER
Regal FC Barcelona
# 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 BASILE, GIANLUCA 15:52 6   2/4     3 3   1 3         5
8 TRIAS, JORDI 9:26 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2     1     1 2 2
9 RUBIO, RICKY 19:21 2 1/2 0/1     3 3 5 2 4       2 8
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 9:41 5   1/2 2/2   2 2     1   1   1 5
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 24:49 20 3/4 4/10 2/2 2 1 3 1 1 2   1   3 18
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 17:15 4 2/3       3 3       1   1 1 7
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 13:44 7 3/3   1/3   4 4     1 3   3 2 10
23 MORRIS, TERENCE 19:51 15 5/5 1/2 2/2 1 3 4 1     1   2 3 21
24 SADA, VICTOR 10:58 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1   1 1         2 1 -1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 19:43 4 2/4 0/1 0/2 1 3 4 3   1 2   1 1 7
33 MICKEAL, PETE 23:46 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   4 4 1 1       1 2 11
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 15:34 9 4/5 0/1 1/3       3   1     4 4 7
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 81 22/31 8/24 13/20 8 27 35 15 5 15 7 2 15 22 101
71% 33.3% 65%
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 29:36 12 4/11 1/4 1/1       3 4 4 2 3 4 4 4
7 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 22:54 5 1/1 1/3 0/1       2 1 2       2 5
9 TROHA, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 1:46   0/1                     1   -2
11 VUKUSIC, VEDRAN 22:45 8 1/2 2/3     3 3         1 3   5
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 20:31 6 2/5 0/1 2/4 4 1 5   2 4   1 4 3 1
14 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 17:43 2 0/1   2/2 3 2 5 1   3     2 2 4
15 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 13:50 4 2/3 0/2     1 1           1   1
19 PRINC, VEDRAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ROZIC, MARIN 19:56 6 2/3 0/3 2/2   6 6 2         2 1 9
22 GRAVES, ANTONIO 22:17   0/7     1 1 2         2 3   -10
33 TOMAS, MARKO 28:42 16 2/3 2/5 6/6   3 3   1 3     2 3 14
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 59 14/37 6/21 13/16 11 20 31 8 8 17 2 7 22 15 36
37.8% 28.6% 81.3%
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Players

RUBIO, RICKY
Regal FC Barcelona
"We know that if we want to make the Top 16 without problems, we cannot fail at home. We started somewhat sleepy but after halftime, we came back strong and managed to take this valuable win."
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