Montepaschi Siena clinch sixth consecutive SeriaA title - Jun 17, 2012
Montepaschi - Armani Jeans 84:73
Montepaschi Siena celebrated yet another SeriaA title. They fired past Armani Jeans tonight to earn the sixth consecutive crown. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Montepaschi entered the game leading 3-1 in best-of-seven series. Armani Jeans put up a decent fight from the starting minutes. Siena led by just a single point at the first break 19:18. The hosts took control in the second quarter. They held Armani Jeans to 13 points and cleared off to an 11-point halftime lead 42:31. Montepaschi Siena extended the lead in the third quarter. The hosts arrived at the final break up by 19 points 63:44. Armani Jeans unloaded 29 points in the final frame but could not save the game. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) delivered 16 points, while Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) added 15 points in the win. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) answered with 18 points for Armani Jeans. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) netted 15 points in the loss.
Montepaschi Siena claim Italian Cup title - Feb 19, 2012
Montepaschi Siena - Bennet Cantu 88:71
Montepaschi Siena defended their Italian Cup title. They overcame Bennet Cantu in the remake of the last seasons Final. David Andersen (212-C-80) delivered 23 points to lead the Siena outfit. Montepaschi dominated the game from start to finish. The defending champions recorded a 21:16 lead ten minutes into the game. They kept Cantu at bay throughout the second period. Montepaschi registered a 44:33 halftime advantage. Montepaschi Siena stretched their lead in the third frame. They accumulated a comfortable 22-point lead at the final intermission. Montepaschi did not slow down in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) posted 16 points, while David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) contributed 14 points for the winning side. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) answered with 15 points for Bennet Cantu. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) provided 12 points in the loss.
Italy celebrated victory in the annual All-Star Game held in Pesaro today. Daniel Hackett (198-G-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC) exploded with 27 points to pace the winners. Hackett was named the MVP after the game. The game itself was preceded by the traditional contests. Travis Diener celebrated victory in Three-Point Shootout Contest. He overcame Jeff Viggiano in the Final. James White triumphed at Slam Dunk Contest. He prevailed against flying aces Aubrey Coleman, Achille Polonara and Tony Easley. Then it was the time for All-Star Game. Team Italy started the game strong. They grabbed a 30:20 lead after the opening quarter. Italy piled up a comfortable 53:35 halftime advantage. All Star Team cut the distance to 13 points at the final break 57:70. They got closer in the final term but Daniel Hackett and his teammates rallied to the win at the end. Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) posted 15 points, while Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) added 10 points in the winning effort. Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane) and Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia) answered with 13 points each for All Star Team.
Siena wins Italy Super Cup: the dynasty goes on - Oct 2, 2011
Montepaschi Siena defeated 73-70 Bennet Cantu yesterday night in Forl claiminig the Italian Super Cup 2011 and opening the new basketball season exactly as it had ended: winning. But the game was led in the score by Bennet Cantu for 38 minutes, and Siena took the game thanks to a tough defense and the typical winning mentality and experience of its veteran players. With 25 ponts and 8 rebounds, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) outstood as the game MVP, Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) added 13 pts and 5 assists and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) 10 pts and 2 assists at the winning side. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) led Cantu with 13 pts and 2 assists, Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored he too 13 pts, addind 7 rebs at the losing side. For sure, the losers had their 'moral win' and the congratulations of most of the observers. But 'at this point, insn' a technical problem' as stated Cantu coach Andrea Trinchieri at the press conference after the game. The Bennet Cantu players probably remembered during the last minutes that 'last season we won 7 of the 8 games we played' as declared Montepaschi coach Simone Pianigiani after the game. And some decisive mistakes made by Cantu players in the last quarter show that the Siena dynasty can go on for anothers season.
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