2006-07Top 16Round 2
February 21, 2007 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAVERDE
Nikos Zisis - Benetton Treviso Benetton stepped strong into the Group G race when it outgunned visiting Dynamo Moscow 74-55 at home in Treviso, Italy on Wednesday. Both teams are now 1-1, behind undefeated Unicaja but ahead of winless Aris TT Bank after one-third of the Top 16. Benetton used its first home game in the round to declare its candidacy as a contender by stopping one of Europe's hottest teams in its tracks. Dynamo had won its previous six in a row and eight of its last nine Euroleague games, but Benetton made things clear early in Treviso, winning the first quarter on Wednesday by a whopping 25-9. Dynamo never got as close as 10 points the rest of the way and could not lower the margin as it wished in the second half. Newcomer Preston Shumpert was the second-half scorer for Benetton and led the winners with 15 points, while Nikos Zisis scored all of his 14 in the first half. Bojan Popovic and Lazaros Papadopoulos finished with 17 each for Dynamo.

Marcus Goree got Benetton on its way with 4 quick points but Antonis Fotsis found room to hit a triple that got Dynamo on the scoreboard at 4-3. Erazem Lorbek scored for Benetton but had the tough task of guarding Papadopoulos and committed 2 fouls in succession, so Goree took over that defensive assignment. Angelo Gigli and Terrell Lyday combined then to cap a 7-0 home run that prompted CSKA head coach Dusan Ivkovic to call timeout at 11-3. Benetton came back and continued flying high as Zizis scored off a great feed by Matteo Soragna. Popovic reacted with a basket in penetration and Papadopoulos added free throws to bring Dynamo within 13-7. After Marco Mordente and Popovic exchanged baskets, however, the guests would not score again in the first quarter. In the meantime, Zizis added 4 points while drawing a pair of fouls on Popovic. Spencer Nelson took over the show now, netting 5 points without reply from Dynamo as Benetton zoomed to the end of a quarter ahead by 25-9.

Bojan Popovic - Dynamo MoscowFotsis started the second half in spectacular fashion, popping a triple from a good 8 meters. Benetton was putting just about every defender in the path of Papadopoulos, but he kept causing trouble underneath. He swished 3 free throws in a row but Zizis matched that with a basket-plus-free throw to keep a 14-point Benetton advantage, 29-15. Fotsis ended a two-minute scoring drought with a spectacular alley-oop for Dynamo, but Zizis again connected from beyond the arc. Both team were having problems unlocking their basketball and Benetton head coach David Blatt took a timeout to resolve the issue at 35-19. Popovic returned and did not miss any of 4 free throw attempts but Goree eventually got Benetton back on track offensively. Bryant Smith arrived to help Benetton with a triple, but Taquan Dean replied quickly for Dynamo to fix the halftime score at 42-27.

Benetton got off to a good start in the second half as Nelson and Terrell Lyday scored to make it 45-27. Popovic and Papadopoulos combined for a fast 0-6 Dynamo to show that the visitors still had intentions of coming back. Papadopoulos was now unstoppable but Goree hit the three-pointer that kept the crowd going and the lead in double digits, at 50-37. Shumpert made his presence felt now by tallying 4 points and fighting hard. The game was getting tougher, too, as Lorbek responded to Dmitry Khvostov with the score at 54-39. Dynamo took another timeout, but with little effect as Gigli drained a three-point bomb. As the seconds ticked away, Mordente stripped Obinna Ekezie of the ball and drew a foul, swishing the 2 free throws to keep Benetton firmly in front, 59-41 after 30 minutes.

Preston Shumpert - Benetton TrevisoDynamo had a mountain to climb in the final quarter, but Benetton cleverly kept control of the ball until Shumpert got his team over the 20-point margin, 62-41, with a shot from downtown. Shumpert stole and scored again, firing up the crowd. When Lorbek scored a put-back, there was no sign of a comeback from Dnyamo, which took another timeout with the scoreboard showing 67-43. There was no secret of to whom the victory was going now, but the point difference for the round continued to be crucial for both teams. A Papadopoulos hook was met by a long jumper from Soragna. Popovic scored to reduced the gap to 19 and Papadopoulos continued playing physical inside to get more some points at the foul line. Shumpert, who had a great second half, regained the 20-point margin from beyond the arc as Benetton made sure that its first Top 16 victory came with plenty cushion in the bank and no worries about point difference.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Fabrice Turmel, Treviso
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS; ANKARALI, RECEP; PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL
Attendance: 3523
By Quarter1234
Benetton Basket25171715
Dynamo Moscow9181414
End of Quarter1234
Benetton Basket25425974
Dynamo Moscow9274155
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 13:30 4 0/3 1/1 1/2   1 1 1 1 1     5 2 -1
5 SMITH, BRYANT 3:15 3   1/1                       3
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 32:15 14 4/9 1/1 3/3   2 2   1 1     2 5 14
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 31:15 6 2/3 0/3 2/4   3 3 4   2 1   1 3 8
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 21:15 5 0/3 1/3 2/2   2 2 1 3 2     4 3 3
10 LORBEK, ERAZEM 16:00 9 3/5 1/3   3 2 5 1 2       2 1 12
11 RULLO, ROBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GIGLI, ANGELO 14:00 2 1/2     1 1 2   2 2   1 3   -1
16 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 31:45 15 2/5 3/3 2/2 1 5 6 2 2 1   1 3 2 19
17 NELSON, SPENCER 8:30 7 2/3 1/2   1 1 2         1 2   4
18 GOREE, MARCUS 28:15 9 3/6 1/4   2 5 7 2 2     1 1 3 15
20 CUCCAROLO, GINO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4   6 1       1 10
Totals 200:00 74 17/39 10/21 10/13 9 25 34 11 19 10 1 4 23 20 86
        43.6% 47.6% 76.9%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
Dynamo Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 POPOVIC, BOJAN 31:15 17 4/5 1/3 6/6   6 6   3 2     2 9 28
7 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 12:15 2   0/2 2/2 1   1     3     2 1 -3
8 GILL, EDDIE 15:45 2 1/4             1 2   1 3 1 -5
9 DEAN, TAQUAN 16:15 5 1/2 1/4     2 2   1 2     3   -1
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 11:00 2 1/1 0/2             2     2   -4
11 MONIA, SERGEY 22:45   0/3 0/1   3 3 6 1   1 1       3
12 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 27:45 17 5/12   7/10 5 3 8     3 2   1 9 22
13 TRUSHKIN, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DOMANI, DMITRY 15:00     0/1     1 1   1 1     5   -5
15 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 31:00 8 1/5 2/6   2 6 8       1     2 11
17 VASILYEV, YURI 11:00 2 1/2     3 2 5             1 7
19 EKEZIE, OBINNA 6:00   0/1               1     1   -3
Team             1 1   4 1     1   3
Totals 200:00 55 14/35 4/19 15/18 14 24 38 1 10 18 4 1 20 23 53
        40% 21.1% 83.3%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Benetton Basket
“I think Benetton played a great game tonight. Unfortunately this win does not mean anything apart from maybe one night of happiness. Tomorrow, we’re getting back to worrying about the next game.”
IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Dynamo Moscow
“It has been a really bad night for us. Benetton totally deserved to get the win. Obviously our problem tonight was on offence. We played two games on the road in six days after the trip in Greece and that is not easy to start the Top 16 this way. However we will be ready next week to face Unicaja Malaga.”

Players

NELSON, SPENCER
Benetton Basket
“We played really good basketball tonight and after losing by quite a few points last week in Spain it was important to get a good margin. I know Benetton got eliminated because of basket average last year, so obviously our coach insisted on keeping the pressure on till the end even though we had a 20-point margin.”
POPOVIC, BOJAN
Dynamo Moscow
“I think they played very good basketball tonight while we had a bad game on offence, so we’ll have to work on that. This is going to be a very tight group with six games in quick successions, so we’ll have to concentrate and think about the next game.”
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