2001-02Final FourSemifinal
May 03, 2002 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAMALAGUTI

Team Stats

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87.2 Points 82.1
33.3 Rebounds 33.7
7.8 O. Rebounds 9.3
25.5 D. Rebounds 24.4
13.6 Assists 10.4
12.7 Steals 13.9
2.5 Blocks 2.8
12.7 Turnovers 14.5
55.7 % 2PT 54.8 %
37.7 % 3PT 35.0 %
74.6 % FT 71.8 %
98.2 Index 90.7

Player Stats

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17.9 / Edney Points 15.4 / Ginobili
5.9 / Garbajosa Rebounds 7.3 / Griffith
1.9 / Garbajosa OR 2.5 / Griffith
4.3 / Nicola DR 4.8 / Griffith
3.9 / Edney Assists 3.1 / Ginobili
2.1 / Edney Steals 2.7 / Ginobili
0.7 / Marconato Blocks 0.7 / Smodis
3.0 / Edney Turnovers 2.9 / Griffith
62.8 % / Marconato 2PT 65.2 % / Smodis
60.0 % / Marconato 3PT 43.4 % / Smodis
91.7 % / Chikalkin FT 92.9 % / Smodis
20.3 / Edney Index 16.5 / Ginobili


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0-0 Regular Season 0-0
15-5 Overall 16-4


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The Take

The second semifinal on Thursday promises a different style of game than the first. Benetton Treviso has all but vowed to push a wide-open floor game against Kinder Bologna, to dare the defending champions to keep up, basket-for-basket, in a race against the clock. Kinder has such depth that the temptation would be to accept the dare, but the conventional wisdom says coach Ettore Messina will slow the game down so as not to waste his team's inside advantage in size and skills. In the end, the result may turn on Kinder's ability to physically resist the call to run that appeals to almost any athlete, and certainly the string of talents on the roster of the defending champs.

All eyes will be on two players who may not match up head-to-head, but are expected to be the driving forces for their teams. Benetton point guard Tyus Edney and Kinder swingman Emanuel Ginobili are two of the quickest players on the planet, and you might be able to gauge the game's momentum on which of them uses his quickness to finish more plays at the basket. Though Edney's drives are also known to set up Benetton's three-point shooters, often including big men Jorge Garbajosa and Marcelo Nicola, Ginobili is expected to score when he drives. Kinder sets up its three-pointers by throwing the ball to center Rashard Griffith, who passes superbly from the post out of double teams. Benetton will double-team Griffith, but probably not until he dribbles once, making his decisions and passes more difficult.

If Kinder decides not to run, it's three-point shooting may become just as determinant as its inside strength. Those passes from Griffith for well-set three-pointers were key to Kinder's success a year ago, and though the big man was injured the middle of this season, they remain an important link in the team's offense. Ginobili shoots better threes depending on the importance of the moment, it seems. Antoine Rigaudeau and Marko Jaric shoot most of the others. But while everyone focuses on Benetton's long-range big men, Marcelo Nicola and Jorge Garbajosa, Kinder has one of its own in Matjaz Smodis. The difference, perhaps, is that Nicola and Garbajosa have to make their threes for Benetton to win, while Kinder can always try something else.

All of which is not to forget the mid-range game, not if high scoring is expected. In this department, Benetton might hold a slight advantage. Shooting from inside the arc but outside the lane, Benetton boasts two forces in Bostjan Nachbar and Sergei Chikalkin. If Kinder's defense is set, their ability to get the ball and find their shots will be key for Benetton. Kinder counters with a superior short-range scorer in David Andersen, who can also go get his own and other rebounds. It remains to be seen if newly-signed Antonio Granger will also add his points to the Kinder mix.

There is little doubt about the tactical challenges here: Benetton must defend well and rebound in order to run; Kinder's big men must control the paint and the boards on offense or be forced to chase their opponents all over the floor. On it's surface, Kinder may seem to need merely to punch the ball inside and get back on defense: In a halfcourt set, it is supposed, Benetton will not be able to do what it must, make three-pointers. But one of the by-products of merely shooting threes is that even the misses become long rebounds, which could negate some of Kinder's size advantage and give Benetton, if it grabs them, better shots against a scrambled secondary defense.

The fact of Kinder's depth could decide this game. There is little doubt that almost any coach in Europe would accept Granger, Smodis, Andersen, Sani Becirovic and Davide Bonora as his starting five. That is Kinder's second five, of course. The outcome may well depend on how they are used and how the Kinder's well-known interdependence between 10 players holds up under one-game, single-elimination Final Four pressure. Only five players can be on the floor at one time, and with Benetton's uncharacteristic style, Kinder will need to be as precise as ever in its rotations, both substituting and defending, to make all its advantages - size, depth and the homecourt advantage - pay off.
Thursday, May 2, 2002

Quotes Head Coaches

Benetton Basket
"We are very happy to be here. But we don't want to leave it at that. We want to keep playing, and unfortunately, we will have to beat Kinder Bologna to do that. It should be and exciting and interesting match."

"Just from my experience coming back to Europe this year, basketball has exploded, especially in terms of the talent of the players. In my four years gone from Europe, the talent has gone up another level, maybe two or three. A lot people in the NBA follow European basketball now, and they appreciate the the style here. The fact that there were five european players the NBA rookie team this season shows how important it is getting. Hopefull, the organization will follow closely what is happening with the players. This is a great event and can even be more important as we go along, because the players are getting to be the best in the world."
Kinder Bologna
"Virtus is very happy and honored to be part of this Final Four, proud like all the teams are to be here. I think this is the first time in a Final Four that all four teams are not satisfied just to get here. Reaching the Final Four is not enough. We all want to win the trophy. For us it is very important for another reason, because we are representing the town of Bologna and the whole basketball movement, which in Bologna has probably the strongest passion and following for basketball, not only with Virtus, but with both teams in the town. We are going to play against a team that defeated us three times this season, but we we will try our best to lift up another trophy."


Benetton Basket
"I, too, am very happy to be here. Compared with last year, when there were two finals for two leagues, we can now we have one final where the best European teams will meet, and that is very, very important for our sport."
Kinder Bologna
"We are very proud to be part of the Final Four, part of the best group of European teams. We will try hard to get to the final game and to give everyone a good show, too."
Manu Ginobili - Kinder Bologna - Final Four Bologna 2002 - EB01

Basket City can breathe easy. Kinder Bologna lives to defend its Euroleague title in the final on Sunday after having dispatched their nemesis this season, Benetton Treviso, with a 82-90 victory at home in PalaMalaguti in the semifinals. Kinder will try to become the first team since Jugoplastika more than a decade ago to repeat as Euroleague champion when it faces Panathinaikos, an 83-75 winner over Maccabi in Friday's first semifinal. Kinder broke open a tie game with a scorching run of 10-0 to open the fourth quarter. Benetton didn't know what hit them. Kinder's inside scoring strength combined with perimeter defense turned up to high heat just overwhelmed Benetton, which could not score for almost 5 minutes after having been tied 63-63 entering after three quarters. Marko Jaric was Kinder's driving force all night, scoring 18 points to lead five Kinder scorers in double figures. David Anderson was key in the second half and finished with 15 points, Emanuel Ginobili and Sani Becirovic 14 each and Rashard Griffith 13. Ginobili's 8 rebounds led a 46-31 advantage on the boards for the winners. Tyus Edney and Charlie Bell led Benetton with 19 points each.

Benetton came out as exactly as promised, running non-stop and shooting from long. Charlie Bell opened the game with a three-pointer that was answered at the other end by Jaric, but Kinder's scoring flattened at that point. Bell and Edney began getting to the hoop for Benetton, with spectacular finishes. Nachbar stepped out for the first of two three-pointers, and like were ahead 7-15. Kinder answered, as expected, inside. Matjaz Smodis started them back, but three inside baskets by Rashard Griffith proved the equalizer as Kinder came back within 13-18. Garbajosa hit Benetton's next three, but Kinder closed the quarter with a 10-5 run, including four points from David Andersen. After 10 minutes, it was 23-26 for Benetton, but the home team was back in it.

Ginobili took up the charge for Kinder with a drive and three-pointer that put Kinder ahead for the first time at 28-26, but Massimo Bulleri found his way to the basket three straight times for Benetton. Kinder kept going to its big men, Andersen and Alessandro Frosini now, as the action and spaces on the floor opened up. The guy taking most advantage of it was Jaric, finding points for himself and setting up easier points for his teammates. Edney and Bell were still loose for Benetton, however, so while the fans were treated to spectacular plays, neither team could get a grip on the lead for long. After a short dry spell, Garbajosa raised up and hit his second three-pointer, and Benetton went to the lockers with a 39-41 lead. Edney and Bell had 14 points by then, Nachbar 12 for Benetton. Ginobili and Jaric were up to 12 for Kinder, which had to be happy considering its 3-for-15 three-point shooting in the half.

Benetton came out strong again for the third quarter, as three-pointers by Nachbar and Edney gave the visitors more breathing speace at 43-49. But Jaric took that away with his own three-pointer and after Griffith hit Smodis with a nice pass underneath for a dunk. Ginobili flew in for his own slam, Jaric and Rigaudeau scored, but Edney answered and a pair of Nicola free throws put Benetton up 55-56. The rest of the third quarter, Kinder was forced to trade baskets with Chikalkin, who scored 7 straight points, including a three-pointer, as the two rivals arrived at the 30-minute mark just as they started, tied 63-63.

What looked like a nailbiter that would go down to the last minute changed in nearly that much time. Kinder turned their game up a huge notch as soon as the fourth quarter started. It started innocently enough, as Andersen got to the line for two points and Jaric scored a bucket. But it soon became clear that Benetton was not getting good shots, making hard ones or capable of getting the boards. Kinder's killer defense had kicked in. Meanwhile, on the other end, Andersen couldn't be stopped. He made two more baskets with all the sureness in the world and fed Griffith for a dunk. It all amounted to a 12-0 run and a 75-63 Kinder lead with under 6 minutes left. Benetton tried to answer with it's own 0-7 run, 6 of those points by Nachbar, to cut the deficit to 76-70. But Nachbar was then called for his fifth foul, then Kinder took a rebound of its own missed free throw and Jaric nailed a three-pointer for an 80-70 lead. Barely 2 minutes remained, but Benetton did not die. Charlie Bell nailed his own three, and then Denis Marconato won a duel of free throws against Griffith to pull Benetton within 82-77 with a minute left. But then Marconato missed and Sani Becirovic made 3 of the next 4 free throws. It was 85-77 with 45 seconds left. Jaric added two, while Benetton could not get any threes to drop. Kinder was going to defend it's Euroleague title before it's home crowd on Sunday.

Friday, May 3, 2002
Attendance: 8278
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Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICOLA, MARCELO 20:00 3 0/1 0/2 3/4           1     3 2 -3
5 EDNEY, TYUS 32:00 19 5/10 2/3 3/4   2 2 1 3 3     1 5 19
7 PITTIS, RICCARDO 9:00   0/2 0/1                   2 1 -4
8 MARCONATO, DENIS 24:00 5 1/4   3/7 4 4 8   1 1     5 4 5
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 12:00 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 1 2 2     2   3
10 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 14:00 7 2/2 1/3           1 1     4 1 2
12 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 21:00 17 3/6 2/4 5/6 1 5 6 2 3       5 6 23
14 BELL, CHARLIE 33:00 19 4/11 3/7 2/3 2 2 4   1 1 1 1 3 3 11
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 35:00 8 1/1 2/4 0/1   6 6 1 1 1 1   2 3 14
Team           1 3 4   2           6
Totals 200:00 82 18/39 10/25 16/25 8 23 31 5 14 10 2 1 27 25 76
        46.2% 40% 64%
Head coach: D'ANTONI, MIKE
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
Kinder Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 GINOBILI, EMANUEL 20:00 14 5/7 1/6 1/1 4 4 8 3   2     5 1 12
10 BECIROVIC, SANI 23:00 14 0/2 0/3 14/16 1 6 7 2 2 1     2 9 24
11 GRANGER, ANTONIO 15:00         1 1 2     1       1 2
12 FROSINI, ALESSANDRO 14:00 4 2/4     1 1 2     1   1 2 1 1
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 24:00 15 5/10   5/6 1 5 6 1   2     3 3 14
14 RIGAUDEAU, ANTOINE 30:00 4 2/2 0/2     1 1 1 2 1     4 3 4
15 GRIFFITH, RASHARD 25:00 13 6/6   1/7   6 6 2 1 2 1   3 5 17
18 SMODIS, MATJAZ 17:00 8 4/5 0/3     3 3 2   3     3   3
20 JARIC, MARKO 32:00 18 3/7 3/4 3/4   6 6 3 2       3 4 24
Team           2 3 5   2           7
Totals 200:00 90 27/43 4/18 24/34 10 36 46 14 9 13 1 1 25 27 108
        62.8% 22.2% 70.6%
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Head Coaches

Benetton Basket
"We did what we could but they were better. This team at home is almost unbeatable. We had our chances but we slowed down in the second half and took too many hard shots compared to the previous three games we played against Kinder this season. Bell played a great defense on Ginobili but we didn't have any patience on our offensive plays. We are sad but these defeats are part of our job."
Kinder Bologna
"This was a great and hard-earned victory we played under great pressure against a great team that had beaten us 4 times already this year. We played with an aggressive mentality, and we ran the court a lot, sometimes too much. We had a great balance between our defense and offense and we deserrved this victory. It will be an unexpected final game because Maccabi and Benetton were the favorites to advance. The key was that we stopped Benetton's power forwards, Nicola and Garbajosa, who couldn't find any good shots from the perimeter. Unfortunately after this semifinal game we will be very tired as Panathinaikos will be, and it will be a very difficult and physical game. I am happy because both Griffith and Becirovic played very well after they were injured for several months."


Benetton Basket
"All I can say is that they were better in every aspect of the game. It's very difficult to play against such a quick offense."
Kinder Bologna
"For us is not important what is the key. It was a difficult game. Everyone knew we lost the first three against them. This is areally important win. We played hard even if we eere not concistent during the game. In the final minutes we played together and took the win home. We played intelligent at the end. When we had a few points' gap, we gave the ball to Rashard and we found easy baskets. But like I said, it is a very difficult game when you play against Benetton. With only two days to go to the final, we must forget this victory and prepare the game against Panathinaikos. They are probably the most experienced team in the league."
Kinder Bologna
"It was a very hard game against a very, very good team, and was difficult for us to win. We did a great job on defense. This was important because on offense we took too many quick shots instead of going more inside. I didn't play a good game, just an average game. Probably I got out of my rhythm with the foul early in the game, and probably came back thinking too much about not committing fouls."
Kinder Bologna
"It was a very very tough game, especially on defense. We started with a high level of concentration but also too much tension. But after a couple of minutes we lossened up and settled into our game."
Kinder Bologna
"We knew that the only way to beat Benetton would be to play great defense. We did it from the beginning, but in the 3rd and 4th quarters we strengthened our defense and that was what brought us to victory."
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