2007-08Regular SeasonRound 3
November 07, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAESTRA
Tomas Ress - Montepaschi Siena Montepaschi Siena turned in another spectacular home performance Wednesday to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 89-64.Tomas Ress came off the bench to lead five Montepaschi scorers in double figures with 16 points as the hosts improved to 2-1 before visiting Tau Ceramica next week for a big Group A clash. Zalgiris dropped to 1-2 and next week hosts Union Olimpija. Terrell McIntyre sparked a 16-0 run in the first quarter as the hosts took control and looked to coast to an easy win. Montepaschi led 43-29 at halftime, but Goran Jurak and De Juan Collins helped Zalgiris cut into the deficit early in the third period. The visitors fought their way back to within 55-51 and seemed to have a chance of doing even more damage, but Ramunas Kaukenas took over and Montepaschi started to pull away again. The hosts scored the first four baskets of the fourth quarter to essentially wrap up the game. Ress continued to our it on as the lead grew to 29 points and Siena celebrated the win. McIntyre scored 13 points and dished 5 assists for the Italian champs, Kaukenas added 12 points, Ksistof Lavrinovic and Romain Sato scored 10 each and Shaun Stonerook posted 9 points and 6 steals. Jurak led Zalgiris with 19 points and 11 rebounds and Marko Popovic scored 11. Zalgiris dominted the boards 26-45, but was undone by its 26 turnovers.

Goran Jurak - Zalgiris KaunasBoth teams seemed to be feeling each other out in the early going as over a minute went by before Stonerook's three opened the scoring. The Zalgiris attack was working efficiently and baskets by Tomas Maciulis and Marcus Brown helped the visitors to a 3-6 lead. However the hosts adjusted quickly on both ends of the floor and results came quickly. McIntyre got Montepaschi going with a transition basket. Siena's increased defensive intensity led to repeated Zalgiris turnovers, while back-to-back triples from McIntyre and Sato saw the hosts surge forward and when Maciulis committed an intentional foul on Stonerook while going for a rebound, free throws by Stonerook and Lavrinovic capped a 16-0 run that put the Italian champs in control. Jurak ended the Zalgiris drought with a pair of baskets before Lavrinovic made a pair from the line to end the first period with the hosts ahead 21-10.

Despite a few substitutions, Montepaschi's momentum remained intact as Bootsy Thornton and Vlado Ilievski came in and pushed the lead to 27-12. Dainius Salenga answered with a three-pointer and Popovic followed with another a minute later to bring the visitors within 9. Montepaschi head coach Simone Piangiani took a time out to calm his troops and it had an immediate effect as Ress hit a triple from the corner. Popovic hit another pullup triple, but Ress was in rare form, feeding Lavrinovic for a bucket and then throwing down a reverse slam himself to put the hosts up 34-21. Jurak continued to find ways to score and Paulius Jankunas was active on the offensive glass for a basket, but Ilievski heated up for the hosts, who remained comfortably ahead. Sato put Siena up 16 before Collins ended the half with a long jumper at the buzzer, making it 43-29.

Vlado Ilievski - Montepaschi SienaEureljus Zukauskas scored inside for Zalgiris to start the second half and Collins set up Jurak for a layup to make it a 10-point game, but threes from McIntyre and Stonerook kept Zalgiris from taking off. Still Maciulis knocked a pair in from downtown and Jurak fed Collins for an alley-oop to cut the gap to 51-46. Montepaschi went inside to Stonerook who netted a pair of free throws, however young Donatas Motiejunas scored in his first Euroleague appearance to keep the visitors fight going. Siena regained its swagger as Kaukenas scored, but Collins scored a basket-plus-foul, making it a 4-point game and sending McIntyre to the bench with three fouls. Kaukenas and Lavrinovic helped Siena to a 60-53 advantage only to see Motiejunas make himslef felt by drawing a foul and sinking two free throws. Kaukenas remained hot and Collins turned it over, allowing Sato and Kaukenas once more to make it 66-55 after three quarters.

Kaukenas continued to shine with a pump fake and short jumper to start the fourth quarter and Sato followed with a slam in transition to restore a 15-point advantage. After a Zalgiris timeout, Sato and Ress added to the lead, which hit 74-55 before Zukauskas dunked for Zalgiris. The hosts' lead passed the 20-point mark on a Ress triple and continued to grow, peaking at 89-60 on another Ress bomb as the hosts sailed to a big home win.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS; PUKL,SASA; PEREZ, EMILIO
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Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BERTI, SIMONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 24:24 13 2/3 3/5     2 2 5 3 1     3 1 17
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 23:16 9 2/4 1/4 2/4 1 3 4 3 1       2 2 10
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 11:46 2 1/3             2       2 2 2
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SATO, ROMAIN 31:05 10 3/8 1/3 1/2   3 3 3 3 2     1 1 9
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 17:40 8 2/4 1/3 1/2   2 2 1 1 2     2 1 4
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 25:06 10 3/4 0/2 4/6 1 3 4 1 1   2   3 5 15
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 26:43 12 6/9 0/1     4 4 3 3 3     1 3 17
14 RESS, TOMAS 24:40 16 3/3 3/4 1/2 3 2 5 1 2 1 1   1 2 23
18 GALLI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 15:20 9   2/3 3/4   2 2 1 6 2     3 3 14
Team                                
Totals 200:00 89 22/38 11/25 12/20 5 21 26 18 22 11 3 0 18 20 111
        57.9% 44% 60%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JURAK, GORAN 30:36 19 8/9 0/3 3/5 3 8 11 1 1 4     2 5 25
5 BROWN, MARCUS 22:50 2 1/3 0/2   1 2 3 2   2     3 1 -1
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 27:07 8 1/3 2/5   2 3 5 1 2 2     3 1 7
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 12:29 2 1/3 0/1     1 1 1   1   1     -1
10 SALENGA, DAINIUS 15:00 3 0/1 1/3     1 1   2       2   1
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS 19:43 4 2/5     3 5 8     3   1 2   3
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 19:30 4 1/4 0/1 2/2 4 6 10   3 2     3 2 10
14 MOTIEJUNAS, DONATAS 8:04 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 2   2     3     2 1 -1
24 POPOVIC, MARKO 23:33 11 0/2 3/6 2/2 1 3 4 1 1 3     3 4 10
41 COLLINS, DeJUAN 21:08 7 3/5 0/1 1/1       5 2 6   1   4 8
Team                                
Totals 200:00 64 18/38 6/23 10/12 16 29 45 11 11 26 0 3 20 18 61
        47.4% 26.1% 83.3%
Head coach: GRIGAS, RIMANTAS

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"Is is not so simple to win a Euroleague game by such a gap. We played an excellent match, putting almost eight players in double figure. But the key has been the difference between steals and turnovers (27-11). We have to learn from this game because whenever you put out a little less energy, the opponents can hit you."
GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
Zalgiris
"We were not able to control the trend of the game. It is difficult to explain the 27 turnovers, but when that happens, you have no chances to win."

Players

KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS
Montepaschi Siena
"This has been a good result for us. At the same time we must grow up, above all in offensive execution. Anyway I'm very happy for our approach to the Euroleague. We have shown ourselves to have the skill enough to reach big targets."
POPOVIC, MARKO
Zalgiris
"It has been a tough game for us. We knew that Siena was in a good shape. Probably Montepaschi is one of the best teams in Europe and they have big chances to reach the Final Four. We lost the game in the first half and not in the second. While recovering, we lost a lot of energy and they overran us. The results of Group A? It is still early to talk about the future. We must be focused in any single game. This is the Euroleague and any team can find great results."
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