Day 3 - Thursday, February 16, 2012: Game #5 - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) Game #6 - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86)
Game #5 Summary - Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (ITALY) (87) vs. JDA Dijon Bourgogne (FRANCE) (79) This game would determine who was in the semi-final as the #1 and #2 seed from Groupe B and who was out. JDA Dijon could control their own destiny with a win and secure the #1 seed with CRA Hoceima in at #2. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would need to win by 4 or more points to be in 1st place which would knock out JDA Dijon and put CRA Hoceima in the #2 seed. If the Italian squad wins by 3 points they would be the #2 seed to JDA Dijon with CRA Hoceima knocked out and a win of 2 or 1 points would have the Fabi Shoes team out of the semi-final with CRA Hoceima as the #2 seed and JDA Dijon as #1. A loss by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro would sead them at the bottom of Groupe B and out of the Semi-Final.
This game started in a tight battle with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 7-6 at the 6:37 mark of the 1st quarter. The flow of the game changed quickly at that point with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro scoring 9 straight points spearheaded by team captain Fabio DiBellas aggressive play to jump out to a 16-6 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter. Di Bella scored 12 points in the 1st quarter including a 3 pointer and his strong play to the basket drew 3 fouls. He went 5/6 from the line on the resulting free throw attempts. Andre Harris spearheaded the JDA Dijon offense with 8 of the teams 14 points in the quarter which ended with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up by 8 at 22-14.
The Fabi Shoes Montegranaro team started strong in the 2nd and Ivan Zaroskis 3 pointer with 5:51 left in the half staked them to a strong 32-15 lead. Jerel McNeal sank his own 3 point attempt at 4:44 which stretched out the lead to 20 points at 37-17. This seemed to put some urgency into the JDA Dijon attack and they went on a quick scoring binge outscoring their opponents 20-7 over the next 4 and a half minutes to end the half with JDA Dijon cutting the lead to only 7 points with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro up 44-37 at the end of the 2nd quarter. JDA Dijons comeback was led by Jeremy Leloups 12 points in the 2nd quarter.
The Italian team stretched out their lead to 13 points with 7:15 left in the 3rd at 52-39 and both teams answered the scoring of the other throughout the 3rd as it finished with Fabi Shoes Montegranaros Deyan Ivanov hitting a 3 pointer only to be answered by JDA Dijons Bobby Dixons successful 3 point attempt to finish the 3rd with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro leading 69-60.
JDA Dijon made it clear in the 4th that they were not going to go down without a fight. With 6:58 left they closed the gap to 69-66. R Dixon then hit another 3 pointer to even the score at 69 with 6:32 left to play in the game. Dejan Ivanov hit another 3 pointer with 4:32 remaining that gave Fabi Shoes Montegranaro a 5 point lead at 75-70. JDA Dijon brought it within 1 point again with 3:36 left to play but Jerel McNeals 3 pointer at the 2:46 mark extended the Italian teams lead to 80-74. JDA Dijon kept fighting for points and drew within 4 points again with 1:08 to play on Andre Harris 3 pointer at 83-79. Bobby Dixons missed 3 point attempt with 24 seconds left to play forced JDA Dijon to foul and as the final buzzer sounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro won the game with an 87-79 final margin.
Fabio DiBella led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro with 21 points and 6 drawn fouls. Deyan Ivanov scored 19 points and had 5 drawn fouls. Jerel McNeal contributed a solid 18 points and also had 6 drawn fouls for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Valerio Mazzola had a strong day on the boards for the Italian squad pulling down a game high 9 rebounds.
JDA Dijon was led by Andre Harris game high 23 points on 10/15 shooting from the floor to go with his 8 rebounds. Bobby Dixon contributed 18 for JDA Dijon and Jeremy Leloup had 16.
Game #6 Summary - GS Petroliers Alger (ALGERIA) (93) vs. VFL Kirchheim Knights (GERMANY) (86) The final game of the round robin would determine the 2nd place of Groupe A. The winner would move to the semi-finals to face the #1 team from Groupe B, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and the losing team would play in the 5th place game vs. JDA Dijon.
The game started out with a close back and forth battle and by the 5:32 mark of the 1st quarter the teams were tied 10-10. GS Petroliers Alger then stated taking control and by the end of the 1st were leading 25-17 led by M. Saidis 7 points in the 1st.
In the 2nd GS Petroliers Alger continued to extend their lead and were up by 14 at 38-24 with 6:02 left in the half. By the time the teams went to the locker room for halftime GS Petroliers Alger were up 47-36. M Harrat had the best 1st half with 18 points as he began to control the pace of the offense. Brandon Griffin had 10 in the 1st half for VFL Kirchheim.
The 3rd quarter was pretty even with GS Petroliers Alger playing comfortably with the lead and ending the 3rd up by 17 at 74-57.
In the 4th quarter VFL Kirchheim seemed to spark back to life and pressed hard on offense closing the gap to 10 at 85-75 with 2:15 to play. They closed the game strong and a 3 pointer by Nils Menck with 20 seconds to play made it 91-83 but in the closing seconds there just was not enough time for VFL Kirchheim to close the gap and the game ended with GS Petroliers Alger winning 93-86 and securing the #2 seed in Groupe A and their semi-final berth against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro on Friday night.
M. Harrat had a big night for GS Petroliers Alger with game high 26 points, 5 rebpounds and 4 assists. H. Gahou added 14 points for the winners.
VFL Kirchheim were led by Cedric Brooks with 16 points. Brandon Griffin added 12 for the German team.
The Magic adds Galloway to their roster, ex Omegna - 1 day ago
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Orlando Magic added to their roster 25-year old shooting guard Ramon Galloway (190-82kg-91, college: La Salle). He played last season at Fulgor Omegna in Italian Serie A2. In 10 games he had 14.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. Galloway also played that season for Openjobmetis VA (Serie A) in Italy where in 10 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.8apg. Galloway has never been drafted by the NB... [read more]
Orlando Magic added to their roster 25-year old shooting guard Ramon Galloway (190-82kg-91, college: La Salle). He played last season at Fulgor Omegna in Italian Serie A2. In 10 games he had 14.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. Galloway also played that season for Openjobmetis VA (Serie A) in Italy where in 10 games he recorded 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.8apg. Galloway has never been drafted by the NBA. He was voted NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time. Galloway is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) and NBA (Chicago Bulls). Galloway attended La Salle University until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player. On Galloway:
Ramon gives us talent, athleticism and emotional effort that elevates our team. He is outstanding as a defender and scorer. His area of improvement should come in decision-making and a better assist to turnover ratio.
EuroLeague: Emporio Armani snatch win in Istanbul - 2 days ago
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Darussafaka - Emporio Armani 80:81 Emporio Armani claimed the second straight victory in EuroLeague season. They upset Darussafaka in Istanbul to stay perfect. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) posted 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Emporio Armani eked out a 24:23 lead after the opening frame. The Italian side boosted the lead in the second term. Emporio Armani piled up a 46:41 halftime lead. Darussafaka stiffened defensively in the third term. The Turkish team pulled as close as 2 poi... [read more]
Darussafaka - Emporio Armani 80:81
Emporio Armani claimed the second straight victory in EuroLeague season. They upset Darussafaka in Istanbul to stay perfect. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) posted 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Emporio Armani eked out a 24:23 lead after the opening frame. The Italian side boosted the lead in the second term. Emporio Armani piled up a 46:41 halftime lead. Darussafaka stiffened defensively in the third term. The Turkish team pulled as close as 2 points at the final intermission 58:60. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth term. But late free throws from Krunoslav Simon sealed the win for the visitors. Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) finished with 11 points each in the victory. Adrien Moerman (202-PF-88) answered with 20 points for Darussafaka. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) had 16 points in the loss.
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season. After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team? We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees... [read more]
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season. After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team? We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees but after loosing two games in a row we came out to play hard and just take care of ourselves and we got the win.
You play a good game too (17 points and 12 rebounds). A good step forward compared to the first two games of the season in which you struggled to find the rythm. In percentage, how much are you feeling in shape in this moment? In percentage I'm probably about 85-90%. In the first game, for sure, the rythm wasn't the best but it was the first game of the season so I was still understanding my teammates, their strenghts and their weaknesses as players and they try to learn me still. It was our first real game on the road, against a good team like Virtus Bologna and I can't found my rythm. In the second game I had a good first quarter but then I've got foul trouble and when I came back in the rythm was gone again and it was hard for me to get the rythm back but in the third game I came out more aggressive, I came to push the ball, I came to do many things to get my rythm starting faster and I was able to play a good game and my teammates we're able to play off with my energy also. How are your relationships with your teammates and with whom you have the best one? I think all my teammates so far so good. I knew I couple of guys already for playing against them. I like everybody in the team but the closest two are probably Luca Infante (204-F/C-82) and Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena). Kenny lives right under me so after the games sometimes I go down there with him and his wife and we play cards or watch tv, football games...and with Luca especially in team events he talk to me more because he is the oldest guy. So probably those two.
What are, in your opinion, the team strenghts and weaknesses? I think our strenght is that we have a lot of guys who can attack the rim, who can shoot. Weakness: so far we had a lot of injuries. we miss 2/3 players already. So for the chemistry to have so many injuries in the beginning of the season is hard for a team. Sometimes we don't play on defense so teams are able to score easy. Boxing out, the first two games we did a really bad job boxing out. We did a better job in the third game so I don't know if there is a weakness or not. We like to share the ball each other, maybe too much, wich can be a weakness. But I think we can share the ball, I think we trust each other on offense. It's just a matter of shooting the right shoot at the right time.
In the next game against Recanati you will play against your former coach at Virtus Roma, Marco Calvani (agency: SPORTlab Agency ), in one of your best season in Italy (Scudetto Finals 2012-2013). How was your relationship with him? My realtion with Marco was up and down. We had a really good season, obviously, we make the Finals. He's a player-coach: he listen, he give suggestions, is not the type of coach who is one way, he takes solutions from the players and he cooperate to the teams situation. A very nice guy, he likes to laugh, he tells jokes, he believes in difense which is one of my main strenght as a player so I like him for his defense principles. I don't see him in a couple of year so it will be good to see him.
You played several years in Serie A. What are the main differences that you found in this Serie A2? In A2 sometimes I have to force more shoots by myself, in A1 we had more americans where we use to share responsabilities. In the first game I was use to that mentality where I was expecting my teammates to help me to get easy shoots but I had to be more aggressive and make the shoots for myself. In Serie A2 we have only two americans so we have to be more aggressive for each other and for the team.
Watching you playing, it seems that you prefer playing with the face to the basket and behind the three points line than near the basket, in the low post. Do you agree with me? What do you think about that? Yes, playing post-up to the basket is more difficult because a lot of guys they foul and the referees don't always call the foul but if I turn around and face, there is more space and the reefs can see more. In the first two games I think, I'm focused too much trying to post up and he take energy from me, I get push, I get frustrated but the third game I make sure to be more attacking the rim facing so I can take good decisions, I can see the court and make my game better. So I have to find a good balance.
What was your impression about the fans and the atmosphere in the first game at PalaBanca? The first game was good, we had a good energy from the fans. I'm disappointed that we lost our first game there but we have many more games in this season and I feel like the fans are gonna be with us, we need them, we need their energy, especially in certain situations. It's a nice gym, it's a nice big gym. Where do you see Assigeco Piacenza at the end of the season? For sure, I think, we can make the playoffs. What number I don't know but for sure we can make it to the playoffs and from there we can make new goals and see what the matchup for the playoffs are.
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