2009-10Regular SeasonRound 1
October 21, 2009 CET: 18:30

Montepaschi strong-armed Cibona 40-85

With record-setting defense, Montepaschi Siena sent a message of intended dominance to Group A as it opened the regular season by crushing Cibona 40-85 on the road in Zagreb. The defensive effort of Montepaschi head coach Simone Pianigiani’s squad was so complete that it made the history books. No home team has ever been held to a lower offensive output in the Euroleague as Cibona was on Wednesday. The previous record for the lowest score by a home team was 48, held by Lietuvos Rytas. Cibona's meager point total also ties Kinder Bologna for the third.lowest by any team in Euroleague history (the lowest score all-time is 35 points by Krka Novo Meso). Montepaschi controlled the game in the first half and then blew it wide open in the second on the strength of an 8-32 third quarter. The key was defense, defense, and more defense. Montepaschi forced Cibona into 27 turnovers and a 3-for-25 nightmare from beyond the arc. Ksistof Lavrinovic paced the blowout, a game-high 26 points, making 4 of 5 three-pointers. All-Euroleague point guard Terrell McIntrye dished out 11 assists; Romain Sato added 14 points, while Benjamin Eze and David Hawkins chipped in 8 points each. Only one Cibona player scored more than five points, Marko Tomas, who ended up with 12.

Eze got the scoring going with a dunk off a pass from Hawkins to spark a 0-8 Montepaschi run that opened the game The home team finally got on the board with a post move for 2 points by Bojan Bogdanovic. The Cibona forward continued to bang away on the inside for 4 more quick points, and a strong drive plus foul by Jamont Gordon tied the game at 10-10. The score stayed knotted till Hawkins threaded a pass to a streaking Eze for a layup. Shaun Stonerook drained a three-pointer from the wing to start a 2-9 run for Montepaschi. That included three points from Lavrinovic, while Cibona stayed cold from the field. Tomas hit 2 free throws to stop the bleeding, but the quarter ended 14-21 for the visitors as Montepaschi had already tallied an assist for each of its seven baskets.

Nikos Zisis scored on a fastbreak off a nice pass by Lavrinovic to start the second quarter. Cibona continued to struggle and Lavrinovic drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to break the ten-point barrier, 15-26. Cibona, sensing the game could get away, stepped up their defense. Tomas hit 2 free throws, and Tomislav Zubcic a three-pointer to pull Cibona back to within 20-26, forcing a Montepaschi timeout. Out of the stoppage of play, Tomas put back his own miss, but Marco Carraretto sank an open three-pointer off a mini-break. The game turned into a defensive fight for both teams until Lavrinovic notched foul shots and then drained another triple from the top of the arc to give the visitors a 22-34 lead. Montepaschi forced Cibona into its second backcourt violation of the quarter before Tomas drove in for a finger-roll, but McIntrye's free throw sent Montepaschi into the break ahead 24-35.

Sato hit 4 straight free throws and Hawkins banged home a layup off the break for the first 6 points of the second half, forcing a Cibona timeout. The discussion did not help as Cibona gave the ball up again, Hawkins hit 2 more from the line, and McIntyre dropped a bomb from long-range. Tomas made free throws, but it was not the break Cibona was looking for. Instead, Hawkins fed Sato for an easy layup and Eze swished a turnaround jumper from the baseline. Luksa Andric finally got Cibona on the board in the half with two freebies, but Lavrinovic nailed another three, and a steal converted into two easy points by Henry Domercant put the score at 28-55. Cibona head coach Velimir Perasovic called for time, but nothing could stem the Montepaschi tide. Sato stole the ball again and slammed it home one-handed before his free throws marked a 31-point lead, 28-59. Cibona, completely frazzled, in-bounded the ball directly to Sato under his own basket for an easy slam. Marin Rozic made free throws then, but the home fans were in no mood for clapping as Montepaschi ended the quarter ahead by 32-67.

With both teams knowing the game had long been decided, the fourth quarter was played at a slower pace, but that did not stop Montepaschi from extending its lead. Zisis scored on a drive to break the seventy-point mark at 37-71, and Lavrinovic hit his fourth three-pointer from the wing. Tomas finally got a triple to fall, but Lavrinovic worked in the paint to push the score to 40-78. To put the final touch on a great team performance, Denis Marconato came off the bench to score the basket that doubled the score at 40-80. With Cibona's resistence long gone, Domercant nailed a triple and Zisis free throws to finish Montepaschi's breathtaking, season-opening road win.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GORDON, JAMONT 32:14 5 2/3 0/2 1/3 2 1 3 2 2 4 1   3 5 6
7 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 18:23 3 1/2 0/5 1/2 3   3     1     3 1 -4
9 TROHA, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 7:34   0/1 0/1           1 1     1   -3
11 VUKUSIC, VEDRAN 12:41 2 1/3 0/1   1 1 2   1 1     3   -2
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 16:43 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 2 3   2 2   1 4 1  
14 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 20:56 4 2/5     2 5 7     2     1 1 6
15 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 22:06 5 1/6 1/5   2 6 8   1 2         3
19 PRINC, VEDRAN 4:16                   2       1 -1
20 ROZIC, MARIN 21:06 5 0/4 1/3 2/2 2   2 1 1 2     2 1  
22 GRAVES, ANTONIO 15:24     0/1           1 6     4 2 -8
33 TOMAS, MARKO 28:37 12 2/5 1/6 5/6 2 7 9 1   4   1 1 5 12
Totals 200:00 40 10/32 3/25 11/15 15 22 37 4 9 27 1 2 22 17 9
        31.3% 12% 73.3%
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
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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 DOMERCANT, HENRY 17:36 7 1/4 1/3 2/2   1 1 1 2 2     1 1 4
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 23:03 6 0/2 1/2 3/4   2 2 11 7       1 2 23
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 19:25 6 2/3 0/4 2/3   1 1 3   1     1 3 5
7 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO 2:31                              
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 21:18 8 4/6     1   1 1 1 1     1   7
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 14:51 3   1/2           1 1     1   1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 16:26 14 4/6 0/1 6/6   3 3 1 1 2     3 4 15
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 25:04 26 3/5 4/5 8/10 1 7 8 2 3 4     2 6 34
14 RESS, TOMAS 10:01 2 1/2 0/1   1 1 2       1   1 2 4
18 MARCONATO, DENIS 7:43 2 1/2     1 5 6       1       8
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 15:54 3 0/1 1/2   1 2 3   1       3 2 4
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 26:08 8 2/4 0/1 4/4   5 5 2 3 3   1 3 2 10
Totals 200:00 85 18/35 8/21 25/29 5 27 32 21 19 14 2 1 17 22 115
        51.4% 38.1% 86.2%

Head Coaches

"I am sorry because of the way we lost the game, for our fans who expected us to play tougher against a team like Montepaschi. We are embarrassed by the way we played. We played solid in the first half, and if we had hit some open three-pointers we would have been in the game. In the beginning of the second half we lost three or four balls, they made a 11-0 run in the first two minutes and the rest of the way we just wanted the game to be over. I was embarrassed, and we can only promise our fans that we are going to fight till the end in the games to come."
Montepaschi Siena
"I am very satisfied because my team approached the game in the right way. We wanted to pressure the ball and get in the passing lanes of Cibona. That turned out to be key to the game because from the very beginning we were able to get easy baskets. At halftime we did not have the advantage we should have given our defense effort. But in the second half we broke away in the score and killed the Cibona’s confidence. At that point the game was finished. This is the first time I have ever won at Cibona. I lost last year and as an assistant coach before, so this arena is a great place to get a victory."


"It is an embarrassing lost. We fought in the first half. We were down by eleven even though we missed all but one of our outside shots. But in the second half we gave up after only ninety seconds. It does not matter that we lost by 30, 40 or 50, but the saddest thing is that we gave up. Starting with me and all the way to the youngest player on our team."
Montepaschi Siena
"Last year we wanted to make the Final Four, but I got injured. Our goal is to try again and make it this season. We are extremely motivated, and I think we have a good chance if we can stay healthy. Going into the game I thought Cibona would play a lot better, but they played tough for only one quarter. We shot our three-pointers well, played great defense and got out quick on the fastbreak."
Montepaschi Siena
"It was a great win road win for us. The third quarter was the key, we stepped up on defense and set the tone for the rest of the game. We had last year’s loss in the back of our minds, even though we knew they have a different team from last season. We prepared well for the game and it showed in the second half. We did not expect it to be this easy, though. You never expect it to be this easy on the road in the Euroleague. But, this is just one game. It’s a long road."
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