2002-03Regular SeasonRound 6
November 13, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 PALAVERDE

The suspense of an Italian derby in Group A ended fairly early on Wednesday in Treviso where Benetton beat Skipper Bologna 95-80 thanks in large part to Trajan Langdon's incredible shooting in the first quarter. By the time 10 minutes had finished, Langdon had 20 points already and Benetton was on its way to controlling the game. Benetton and its fans had heard by then that Barcelona had lost, so the prospect of a prolonged fight for first-place depended on beating Skipper. With the job done after 40 minutes, Benetton's record is now 4-2 while Skipper falls to 2-4. Langdon ended with 32 points to lead all scorers, while Tyus Edney and Jorge Garbajosa added 21 each for the winners. Skipper had five players in double figures led by guards Gianluca Basile and Gianmarco Pozzecco with 15 points each, Giacomo Galanda with 12, Mate Skelin and Carlos Delfino with 10 each.

For the first few minutes, it looked like Skipper was the team who might run away with the game. Great concentration, steals and penetrations gave the visitors early leads of 11-3 and 14-6 as Defino and Basile scored with ease. But if anything, the points were coming too fast, because that meant a quick pace to Benetton's liking. Benetton had defensive problems under the basket, too, as Denis Marconato had trouble containing Skelin. So the home team was fortunate to have Langdon shooting often and accurately enough to forge a 17-16 lead, the first for the home team. It soon became evident that Langdon was in a state of grace: his fourth, fifth and finally sixth three-pointer would fall before the 10 minutes were spent, giving him 20 points and vaulting Benetton to a 31-16 lead.

Pozzecco entered as Skipper switched to a zone but Benetton's Istvan Nemeth celebrated his first Euroleague appearance with a jumper. Skipper kept looking inside to it centers and was rewarded with a third foul on Marconato after 13 minutes iwth the score 26-36. Kresimir Loncar came on to try to stop Skelin, but it was the defensive leadership of Riccardo Pittis that would help Benetton made another break, to a 47-31 lead after 17 minutes. Skipper tried various rotations, but the search was difficult. Benetton tried a a zone but Basile punished it to yank the deficit below 10 points, at 50-41 at the break.

Two quick baskets after the half had Skipper within striking distance at 50-45, but here came Langdon again to cancel the new danger. His recharged scoring sparked a 10-0 rush over 2 minutes that eased the collective mind of the crowd with a 60-45 reading on the scoreboard. Massimo Bulleri and Garbajosa extended that run to 19-2 as the lead hit 69-47. Langdon, with another triple, was up to 30 points in the 25th minute. But if Skipper seemed dead then, it was a mirage. The visitors raised themselves up for their own 2-16 run behind 9 points from Pozzecco to pull within 63-71 near the end of the third quarter. Benetton understood now the need to fight it through, and the hosts did just that. In 3 minutes to open the final quarter they expanded the lead to 15 points again, at 84-69, thanks to steals and fastbreaks. Skipper tried playing with three guards now - Basile play, Delfino and Pozzecco - but another comeback was not to be as the lead returned to 20 points, 93-73, with 2 minutes to play and Benetton already thinking ahead to a possible future shot at first place.

Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Luigi Maffei, Treviso
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS; MITJANA, JUAN CARLOS; JANAC, LADISLAV
Attendance: 4065
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Benetton Treviso31192322
Skipper Bologna18232217
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Benetton Treviso31507395
Skipper Bologna18416380
Benetton Treviso
  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 5 0/1 1/2 2/2   5 5   1 1     2 1 7
5 EDNEY, TYUS 35:00 21 5/7 3/7 2/2   4 4 7 4 4     3 6 29
6 LANGDON, TRAJAN 24:00 32 5/6 7/10 1/1   1 1 1 4 2     4 1 29
7 PITTIS, RICCARDO 26:00 4 2/5       3 3 7 3 2 1   3 3 13
8 MARCONATO, DENIS 14:00 2 1/4     1 1 2   1       4   -2
9 BULLERI, MASSIMO 25:00 7 1/3 1/5 2/2   1 1 6   3     2 1 4
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 10:00   0/2     3 1 4 1 1 3     1 1 1
12 NEMETH, ISTVAN 9:00 3   1/4           1 2     2   -3
13 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 1:00                              
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 33:00 21 5/6 3/5 2/3 2 5 7 3 6 2 5   2 5 39
Team             3 3   4           7
Totals 200:00 95 19/34 16/33 9/10 6 24 30 25 25 19 6 0 23 18 124
        55.9% 48.5% 90%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
Skipper Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SCEPANOVIC, VLADO 23:00 6 1/1 1/4 1/2       2 1       1 2 6
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 28:00 15 3/6 3/4   1 4 5 4 3 4     3 3 19
6 SKELIN, MATE 29:00 10 5/8     6 4 10 1 1 3   1 2 3 16
8 MANCINELLI, STEFANO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 FULTZ, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BARTON, LUBOS 16:00 6 2/2 0/2 2/2 1 4 5 1   2     1 2 9
12 POZZECCO, GIANMARCO 24:00 15 4/10 0/1 7/8   2 2 4 4 7   2 4 8 12
13 KOVACIC, EMILIO 15:00 6 3/7     1 2 3   2 2   2 1 1 3
14 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 8:00           1 1     1     1   -1
15 GALANDA, GIACOMO 28:00 12 3/6 2/4   1 3 4 1   4     3   5
18 PUSIC, VEDRAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DELFINO, CARLOS 29:00 10 5/7 0/4   1 4 5   5 1 1 1 2 4 15
Team           1 1 2   3           5
Totals 200:00 80 26/47 6/19 10/12 12 25 37 13 19 24 1 6 18 23 89
        55.3% 31.6% 83.3%
Head coach: BONICIOLLI, MATTEO
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
Benetton Treviso
"We have played against a tough team that has been in the game until the end trying all the time to come back. We made the decisive run in the second part of the first quarter with a 22-2 that changed the momentum of the game. We have played a good defense in the paint, denying the ball down low and all the time we grabbed boards on defense we ran in fastbreak. We had a good circulation of the ball to hit three-pointers with feet set on the floor and this has been the reason of our high percentage. Langdon has played a shining game, but the most important thing is that he's a great person, on the court he knows he has to wait for his moment."
BONICIOLLI, MATTEO
Skipper Bologna
"First of all congratulations to Benetton, without Stojic they have few outside players to alternate on the floor, but they were incredible, scored with an outstanding percenatge from long distance. For my team it's difficult to play on defense against Benetton because I have trhee centers and just a power forward while they have inside players shooting from the arc. The game has changed in the second part of the first period when they made a run just shooting form the arc, but I'm happy because my team tried to come back all the time and came close several times. Pozzecco has been a few minutes on court in the first half for my choice, and our players on the perimeter have produced few points and it's difficult to win at this level with outside players not producing enough."

Players

LANGDON, TRAJAN
Benetton Treviso
"We were worried about the game, because we had analyzed Fortitudo on video tape and we knew they are a talented team, but after a bad beginning we have started to play better on defense and all my teammates helped me to hit easy shots and I was lucky to have a good shooting night. We have to continue playing our system and improve it an our defense because in Euroleague we have the better teams from each League and we have to prepare hard for the game at a different level from Italian League games."
GALANDA, GIACOMO
Skipper Bologna
"I've been here in Fortiudo for four seasons, but the team is leaving and the derby is coming and we are ready to play a tough game to win it. The problem was born with the loss against Efes Pilsen, after that game, our mind went down, because it complicated our position in the Euroleague. Tonight we had difficulties in defense not just outside, but also as usual against Benetton to follow their big men going outside to hit threes."
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