Montepaschi Siena. The defending champs enter the post season as the most dangerous team for every opponent. They completed the regular season with a 24-8 record, the worst in their last five years reign, but they still seem to be the best team as we're getting to the playoffs. The team coached by Simone Pianigiani has been facing a tough season due to injury troubles, while the euroleague effort had a negative impact on league performances. Anyway it seems they're improving game by game now as some injured players are recovered and some additions strenghtened the roster. Rimantas Kaukenas got back in the last few rounds after undergoing surgery months ago due to a knee injury. Jonas Maciulis was signed a couple of weeks ago and will give his contribution in the upcoming games. Beside them Bo McCalebb and David Moss along with veteran Shaun Stonerook and the amazing duo David Andersen (212-C-80) - Lavrinovic make Siena a very talented and balanced team. Scorer : David Andersen 14.8ppg, Rebounder : David Andersen 5.7rpg, Assist-Man : Bo McCalebb 3.5apg
Cimberio Varese. Veteran coach Carlo Recalcati gave the team a good system and a reliable chemistry. They deserved the ticket to the playoffs with a 17-15 record and battled hard against every opponent during the regular season. A month ago the team welcomed back Phil Goss to help at the point and at shooting guard. The combo-guard from the USA spent the first part of the season in France at Asvel Villeurbanne but knows most of his teammates very well and could become a factor in the next games. The team can also count on the contribution from slovenian point guard Rok Stipcevic and french power forward Yakhouba Diawara. Kangur and Janar Talts are other two important players for the team and finnish point guard Ranniko can add experience from the bench. Scorer: Yakhouba Diawara 15.1ppg, Rebounder: Kristjan Kangur 5.6rpg, Assist-Man : Rok Stipcevic 3.4apg
Forecast. As the leader meets the lowest ranked team of the playoffs it seems that this will be something like a mission impossible for Varese, but, at least in a single game, a win for them couldnt be unlikely at all.
I had the opportunity to have a little chat with the new UCC Assigeco Piacenza signing, Gilvydas Biruta (203-PF-91, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Aries Trikalla BC in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta hel... [read more]
I had the opportunity to have a little chat with the new UCC Assigeco Piacenza signing, Gilvydas Biruta (203-PF-91, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Aries Trikalla BC in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he got just 2.6ppg and 2.0rpg. Biruta has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015. Biruta was also voted Big East All-Rookie Team back in 2011 at his college time. Biruta represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 66.7%. Biruta graduated from Rhode Island University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
Hi Gilvydas and welcome to UCC Assigeco Piacenza. Can you please introduce yourself as a player? What are your main skills? Energy, hustle, toughness, I'm a "team player". What are you expecting to bring to this team in this last month of regular season? I think it's important to finish strong and I hope to bring that extra win that the team needs to finish the season strong and as good as possible.