2001-02Regular SeasonRound 3
October 24, 2001 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAVERDE
Benetton Treviso got another taste of how tough and deep Group A can be as it took an all-night fight to win at home 86-78 against visiting Charleroi of Belgium. To have a team that qualified to enter the tournament take a domestically undefeated team in Italy almost to the wire is all anyone needs to know about how competitive the Euroleague is every night. Benetton raised its record to 2-1 while Charleroi fell to 0-3 with its second consecutive road loss.

Benetton had Jorge Garbajosa in uniform again after missing the previous game with back troubles, but was without Alan Tomidy, who was operated on this week for a double-fracture of the nose. Coach Mike D'Antoni chose a small quintet and Treviso started like dragsters: 8-1 after two minutes. Charleroi coach Giovanni Bozzi decided to substitute John Jerome for Roger Huggins, a fine idea as Charleroi goes to 13-13 after 5 minutes thanks to consecutive triples by Jacques Stas. Lining up Nicola and Garbajosa in the paint, Treviso lights up its famous fastbreak to arrive at 22-15, but Charleroi closes any further paths to the basket and deserves to go to the first break down two points only, 22-24. Charleroi plays face-to-face against a stronger team and at 12 minutes went ahead for the first time, 27-26, with another triple by Stas that Stojic was unable to anticipate. Treviso understands it's necessary to defend harder, so Pittis steals two balls but Charleroi, a well-balanced team, doesn't permit the locals to escape far. Benetton leads 37-31 at 18 minutes and 44-35 at the interval on a triple by Nicola against the visitors' zone.

Huggins is the greatest problem to solve for Treviso: he attracts fouls and goes to the charity line five times in the first half (7-10). And if this is not enough, he captures 9 rebounds, 5 of them on offense, surprising the slow and careless Treviso big men. D'Antoni puts Pittis on Huggins again, and the coach also takes a technical foul that hleps Charleroi climb within a single point, 44-43. The game now is tense. Garbajosa is free, misses two threes, but on the contrary shows he knows how to score as a real pivot: 52-46 at 26 minutes. Charleroi gets a couple pretty soots from Louis Rowe and a good job at rebounds on offens with Jerome and Potter. But the visitors start to suffer when the pace quickens and Chikalkin's hand warms up to a 57-48 Benetton lead, the highest local advantage so far. Potter throws in a prayer to end the quarter however with the game open at 64-59. Last 10 minutes start as a festival of long-distance shots. Benetton pushes the lead back more times up to the nine-point hill (74-65 at 34 minutes), but Huggins and company defend well and stop the locals from flying away. Chikalkin seems to break it open at 79-67 with just 4:00 left, but the game is not still over. Ron Ellis wakes up and cuts it back to 71-79. Benetton keeps its head in the final two minutes, however, and that is enough to walk away with a second victory in Group A.
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
L.M., Treviso
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Referees: AMOROS, XAVIER; JANAC, LADISLAV; CANKOVIC, MILAN
Attendance: 2486
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICOLA, MARCELO 23:00 15 3/5 2/6 3/4 1 4 5 2   2     3 2 12
5 EDNEY, TYUS 30:00 14 5/10 0/1 4/5   5 5 7 3 1     1 6 26
6 STOJIC, MARIO 16:00 3 0/1 1/3     2 2 2 1       2 1 4
7 PITTIS, RICCARDO 27:00 6 3/3     1 3 4 4 5       2 3 20
8 MARCONATO, DENIS 22:00   0/3     1 4 5     4 1   3 1 -3
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 10:00 3 0/1 1/1     3 3 2     1     1 9
10 CHIKALKIN, SERGEI 29:00 17 4/5 3/8     1 1 1   1     3   9
12 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 23:00 14 3/4 1/2 5/6 1 3 4 1   1     3 3 15
13 BASEI, FRANCESCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SERENI, GIACOMO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 20:00 14 5/6 0/3 4/4   3 3 2 3 2     3 3 16
Team                                
Totals 200:00 86 23/38 8/24 16/19 4 28 32 21 12 11 2 0 20 20 108
        60.5% 33.3% 84.2%
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
Spirou Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ELLIS, RONALD 27:00 5 1/2 1/3     1 1 2   2     1 1 3
5 ROWE, LOUIS 31:00 19 8/15 0/2 3/6 1 2 3   3 2   1 1 4 13
6 DESY, DAVID 21:00 4 2/2 0/2     1 1 2 1 2     5   -1
7 JEROME, JOHN 23:00 8 4/7 0/1   2 4 6 2   5     3   4
8 VAN DE VONDEL, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 TISON, STEPHEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 DEFOSSE, JULIEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 HUGGINS, ROGER 29:00 18 3/9 1/2 9/12 6 7 13     1     2 10 28
12 VUJIC, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 STAS, JACQUES 29:00 13 0/4 3/6 4/4 2 2 4 4 1 1   1 3 2 12
14 POTTER, JIM 23:00 11 0/3 3/5 2/2   4 4     2     3 1 6
15 ENGELLANT, DARREN 17:00   0/1     1 5 6     1     2 2 4
Team                                
Totals 200:00 78 18/43 8/21 18/24 12 26 38 10 5 16 0 2 20 20 69
        41.9% 38.1% 75%
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI
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Head Coaches

D'ANTONI, MIKE
Benetton Basket
"We have underrated Charleroi and I know it's difficult to have top concentration versus a team that all the people don't think to be one of the best. Normally we play like a mirror with our opponents, great game with the most important teams and bad game versus weaker teams. We gave to them too many offensive rebounds and we had some difficulties versus their lineups with short players, but at the end it's very important to win the game, because we are a work-in-progress team."
BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Spirou Basket
"I'm glad for our game. We stayed in it till the end and we had the opportunity to create the great surprise of the day. We started 8-1 in two minutes and I thought to the worst situation, we could collapse, but the team had the strengthtto come back and stay close for the remainder of the game."

Players

HUGGINS, ROGER
Spirou Basket
"Our goal was don't give easy shots to their incredible shooters, but Benetton has too many weapons in its arsenal, and at the end they are too strong to beat. The key of the match were the steals by Riccardo Pittis in the clutch, but we are happy to show to all the people that we are a team deserving to be in the Euroleague."
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