2006-07Regular SeasonRound 6
December 05, 2006 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 MAX SCHMELING HALLE
Rimantas Kaukenas - Montepaschi Montepaschi Siena remained the exclusive Group C leader and can now see a clear path to the elimination rounds after rallying to edge Alba Berlin 71-73 in the German capital before 4,725 fans on Tuesday. Montepaschi improved its record to 5-1 and may mathematically qualify next week if it beats Hapoel Migdal at home and either Telindus Oostende or Alba lose on the road. Meanwhile, Alba dropped to 2-4 and joins a three-way tie for the decisive fourth spot along with Hapoel and Oostende. Joseph Forte led the winners with 15 points, Rimantas Kaukenas added 13 while Vladimer Boisa had 11 for Montepaschi. Chris Owens had 19 points for Alba, Nenad Canak added 17 on 7-for-9 shooting off the bench while Koko Archibong tallied 12 for the hosts, whose guard Demond Greene was hospitalized with a leg injury in the first half. Alba led 42-32 at halftime and still kept a 60-53 margin after three quarters. Kaukenas and Lonny Baxter fueled a 0-8 run that brought Montepaschi back into the game. The game went down to the wire as a three-pointer by Canak brought Alba within 70-71. Terrell McIntyre made free throws to preserve the victory for Montepaschi.

Alba starters William Avery and Sharrod Ford, not at their best due to sickness, began the game on the bench, so Owens proved to be Alba's main option in the early minutes of a game that was dominated right away by defense. Forte hit a triple while Kaukenas and Boisa had the shot clock on their side while boosting Montepaschi ahead 8-13. Soon, Archibong, Owens and Demonmd Greene converted the fruits of Alba's defense to points that put the hosts in front, 15-13. Greene went down what looked like a serious leg injury and had to be carried off on a stretcher to be hospitalized, delaying the game briefly. Alba continued to dominate inside with 6 more points by Owens, answered only by a pair of triples from Boisa that cut Alba's lead to 21-19 after one quarter. Also in the second quarter, Montepaschi struggled against Alba's merciless defense and committed several turnovers while Canak's hot hand put Alba ahead 34-24. Terrel McIntyre came off the bench for Montepaschi and scored his first points from the arc. Romain Sato earned 3 points on free throws from his penetration moves, but Ruben Boumtje Boumtje hit a hook shot, Ford and Archibong jumpers to help Alba save a 42-32 halftime advantage.

Chris Owens - Alba Berlin After the break, Avery hit his first three-pointer and dished to Boumtje Boumtje, whose reverse layup spiked Alba's lead to 47-34. Montepaschi answered with a game-turning 0-10 blast. Kaukenas with a pair of quick drives and Forte with 2 three-pointers got Montepaschi back into the game quickly, at 47-44. Lonny Baxter's free throws made it even closer, 47-46. Alba struggled during this time against Montepaschi's zone defense, but soon Archibong and Canak gave the hosts new air to breath with a shot each from downtown. Ford and Canak added jumpers, but Montepaschi stayed in touch with the lead by hitting free throws. Owens had the last word of the third quarter, a jumper that kept Alba up by 60-53. Kaukenas showed to start the final quarter that he was not willing to give in, hitting a triple and free throws after a steal. Baxter finally completed the comeback with a game-tying dunk at 60-60, but then had to leave with his fifth foul. Both teams raised their defensive intensity levels once more as the game remained scoreless for a couple minutes until Shaun Stonerook 's free throw gave Montepaschi a 61-60 lead. After Kaukenas also fouled out, Archibong tied for Alba with his own free throw. Forte hit a layup, but Canak unloaded a huge three-pointer to put Alba back in command 64-63. Soon, however, McIntyre and Sato made free throws that had Montepaschi ahead by 66-70 before Canak hit another triple and Montepaschi's next offense was stopped by the shot-clock. A turnover forced Alba to stop the clock with a foul when 10 seconds were left. Sato hit 1 of 2 free throws, as did Avery a few seconds later, which gave McIntyre a chance to seal the 71-73 victory at the foul line.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Horst Schneider, Berlin
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Referees: AMOROS, XAVIER; PUKL,SASA; MAESTRE, NICOLA
Attendance: 4725
By Quarter1234
Alba Berlin21211811
Montepaschi19132120
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Alba Berlin21426071
Montepaschi19325373
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HERBER, JOHANNES 13:45 2 1/2     1 1 2 1 1 2   1 2 1 1
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 OWENS, CHRIS 31:15 19 8/12 0/2 3/6 2 1 3 3 3 4 2 1 4 6 18
10 GREENE, DEMOND 4:45 2 1/2 0/1     1 1   1           2
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 29:15   0/4 0/2         2 1 2   1 5 1 -10
13 CANAK, NENAD 18:45 17 5/5 2/4 1/2   2 2     2     3   11
15 SIMON, NICOLAI 7:30     0/1                   1 1 -1
19 FASSLER, OSKAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ARCHIBONG, KOKO 36:15 12 4/6 1/1 1/2 3 4 7 3   1 1   3 6 22
21 AVERY, WILLIAM 28:00 9 2/4 1/2 2/4 1 2 3 4   5   1 3 3 5
25 FORD, SHARROD 16:00 6 2/2   2/2   2 2     3 2   3 3 7
44 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE, RUBEN 14:30 4 2/3       1 1 1         2   3
Team             2 2     1       2 3
Totals 200:00 71 25/40 4/13 9/16 7 16 23 14 6 20 5 4 26 23 61
        62.5% 30.8% 56.3%
Head coach: RODL, HENRIK
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
Montepaschi
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FORTE, JOSEPH 27:00 15 2/10 3/5 2/4 1 1 2 5 2 2   3 1 4 10
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 27:00 9 0/1 1/4 6/6 1   1   3 2     1 4 10
6 BAXTER, LONNY 13:15 6 1/1   4/4 2   2   1 2     5 2 4
7 BOISA, VLADIMER 21:30 11 4/4 1/3   1   1   2   1   2 1 12
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 24:45 5 2/4   1/2 3 6 9   2 4 1 1 2 2 9
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 7:30                           1 1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 25:30 9 2/5 0/2 5/8   2 2   1 1     3 6 6
11 DATOME, LUIGI 7:30 3   1/1     1 1     1     1   2
12 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 26:45 13 3/4 1/2 4/4 1   1 3 3 5     5 4 12
17 BAROZZI, DOMENICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 19:15 2 0/2 0/1 2/4 2 5 7       2 1 2 2 5
Team           2 1 3           1   2
Totals 200:00 73 14/31 7/18 24/32 13 16 29 8 14 17 4 5 23 26 73
        45.2% 38.9% 75%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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Head Coaches

RODL, HENRIK
Alba Berlin
"This loss is a hard blow for us. We were ready to win this game, but in the last days there was one bad news after another with sickness of players and today we lost even Demond Greene with this injury. I am very proud of my team. They played very hard, but especially in the fourth quarter the strength was fading. This caused bad mistakes. Greene would have helped us a lot. I hope, that his injury is not that bad as it looked at first sight."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi
"It is impossible to be happy tonight after the big injury of Demond Greene. We wish him good luck. About the game: after the break caused by the injury, Alba restarted aggressive, we watched too much and our offense was in confusion. Alba did a very good job in defense. In the second half we played better defense and in the third quarter the game started to change. In the last quarter we decided the game by scoring better. We knew that it was a key game for Alba and that it would be very difficult to win here. The more this win gives us confidence for the next games."

Players

OWENS, CHRIS
Alba Berlin
"First I have to say, that my thoughts and prayers go out to Demond and his family. That's the only thing I am concerned about right now. Siena fought hard in the second half. I think, we fought hard, too, but came just a little short in the end. . Now we have to regroup and play hard. It's really tough, I don't know, what to say."
BOISA, VLADIMER
Montepaschi
"After the injury of Greene, Alba played very aggressive, maybe too aggressive, and it became a really tough game with many fouls and much fight. But in the end, I think, everything was correct. In the end we had a little luck to win this game, but we also played the right way in the last quarter. We did not continue the mistakes we did in the first half, which gave Alba so many easy shots. Because we were more concentrated in defense, Alba could not score so many easy points as in the first 20 minutes."
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