In the first game of this 2013 Italian Final Eight, hosted by the Mediolanum Forum (Milano), Roma (5) surprising Cantu' (4) and will be the first semifinalist. The Acea controls the game and resists to the finel assault of the Fox Town (special sponsor of Cantu' for this cup) that go back until -1 after have been below of 19 points in the first seconds of the last quarter. Cantu' (today without Tyus out for injury) shoots with better percentage (14/25 by 3) but Roma dominates under the board (39+15 at rebound).
After the first 10 minutes Roma leads 25-18 thanks a good starts of the usual Lawal with dunks and offensive rebounds well served by Goss. With the entrance of Mazzarino for Aradori Cantu' comeback and go ahead with 3 consecutive triples (2/2 for Leunen in the quarter) but finally Datome enter in the game and, with 8 almost consecutive points, back Roma forward in the scoring. Debut in the game also for Mancinelli, for the first time at Forum after leaving Milano the last year. In the first part of the second quarter there is balance but is always Lawal to dominate under the board despite a tecnical foul because some word too after a dunk against Aradori and a little nervousness with Cusin. At the other side keeping to shot, and especially to scorer by 3, Leunen and Mazzarino but without be able to mend the breach thanks the usual perfection at shoot of captain Datome and the points of Goss and Taylor. At 2 minutes by the end Roma reaches the max advantage (+12) because the double tecnical foul for Mancinelli and Leunen (both with 3 fouls, like Jones and Brooks) convert with 3 of 4 free throws by Datome. The final after half game is 50-44 for the Acea thanks the 3 points shot of Mazzarino (3/3) with 2 seconds less. 11 for Leunen, 13 of Datome and 12 of Lawal the three players in double digit after 20 minutes. In the third quarter Roma controls the game thanks the work of Lawal and above all the points of Czyz that scores the first 5 points of the team and the basket of the new max advantage, +15 at 26' (at the end will be 12 the points in this quarter for the Polish forward). For Cantu' only 10 points with the first error of Mazzarino by 3 and 5 points (4/5 by 3) of Leunen. Moreover bad news for Trinchieri that will have to manage the four fouls of Brooks and Mancinelli in the last quarter, starting with 15 points to be recovered (69-54 after 30' minutes for the Virtus). In the last quarter Roma seems to control without problem the game reaching after just one minute also the +19 with Czyz and Datome but, after the fourth foul of Jones, and a couple of basket for Aradori, starts the Tabu show that with 12 points bring back his team until the -7. Roma can't recover and Cantu' with the triples of Leunen (next out for fouls) and Tabu back with just 4 points behind Roma with only 3 minutes to play. The fifth foul of Mancinelli is a good news for Trinchieri: Brooks back on the court and with a '2+1' played and an incredible block on Lawal takes Cantu' to -1 at 38'. Goss signs the +3 and, in the last minute, starts the free throws lottery: after Tabu (1/2) and Lawal (0/2) D'Ercole with 2/2 takes again Roma forward (+4) but, with just 21 seconds, Tabu by 3 (and the help of the board) reopens the game. Again 2 free throws of Luigi Datome (203-F-87) (nominated MVP) and a doubtful block on Scekic of the Italian forward closing the game with the result of 89-85 for Roma!
Acea Roma: Datome 22 pts + 12 reb, Czyz 19 pts + 7 reb, Lawal 17 pts + 9 reb, Taylor 14 pts, Goss 5 ass + 3 stl.
Fox Town Cantu': Tabu 24 pts + 4 ass, Leunen 19 pts (5/6 by 3), Aradori 15 pts + 6 reb, Mazzarino & Brooks 9 pts.
SerieA Round 7 of Quarter-Finals. Cantu, Montepaschi and Virtus Roma reach semis - May 22, 2013
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EA7 Armani - Montepaschi 80-90
Montepaschi Siena surprised Emporio Armani on the road in the seventh game of the series and advanced into semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Armani Milano was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch [read more]
Montepaschi Siena surprised Emporio Armani on the road in the seventh game of the series and advanced into semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Armani Milano was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 assists. Georgian Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Luca Banchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 17 points and American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) scored 18 points. Top scorers: Montepaschi: D.Hackett 25+3reb+6ast, B.Brown 17+1reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 17+6reb+1ast, D.Moss 14+5reb+2ast, T.Ress 5+5reb+2ast, K.Kangur 5+2reb EA7 Armani: K.Langford 18+1ast, E.Bremer 17+1reb+1ast, M.Hairston 10+4reb+2ast, A.Gentile 9+1reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+6reb, N.Melli 6+4reb
Acea Virtus Roma held off Trenkwalder to punch their semifinal ticket. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Trenkwalder RE was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Trenkwalder RE turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. At the losing side international point guard Andrea Cinciarini (190-86) responded with 23 points and American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Acea Virtus RM: G.Lawal 16+7reb, L.Datome 15+6reb+1ast, P.Goss 14+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 11+3reb+4ast, B.Jones 9+10reb, B.Bailey 6+3reb+3ast Trenkwalder RE: A.Cinciarini 23+4reb+2ast, D.Taylor 12+5reb+2ast, G.Brunner 10+6reb, R.Cervi 7+2reb, T.Bell 5+2reb, D.Filloy 2
Cantu shocked Sassari in the decider and paved their way through into the next stage. Banco di Sard. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 95-97 at the end of the game. Cantu shot 61.3 percent from the field. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists. Forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) answered with 18 points and 5 assists and guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) added 18 points in the effort for Banco di Sard.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Cantu: J.Ragland 20+6ast, J.Brooks 13+2reb+2ast, P.Aradori 12+2reb+1ast, A.Tyus 12+6reb, N.Mazzarino 12+2ast, M.Leunen 11+3reb+5ast Banco di Sard.: T.Diener 18+4reb+5ast, M.Thornton 18+2reb+2ast, D.Diener 11+2reb+6ast, B.Sacchetti 11+7reb, T.Easley 11+5reb, D.Gordon 10+6reb
Torino achieve second win at the Nazionale Play-Offs - May 22, 2013
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Matera - Agrigento 58-60 (1-1)
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game [read more]
The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Agrigento made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) added 6 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Matera. Top scorers: Agrigento: F.Mian 17+5reb, A.Moruzzi 11+10reb+1ast, G.Anello 9+3reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 8+3reb, A.Chiarastella 6+7reb+1ast, D.Demartini 6+1reb Matera: A.Iannuzzi 15+6reb+2ast, C.Sebastian Vico 11+1reb, A.Vitale 9+3reb+2ast, C.Cantone 8+3reb+3ast, M.Rezzano 6+14reb, M.Samoggia 4+2reb
The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Casalpusterlengo was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Simone Fiorito (200-91) scored 18 points. Top scorers: Torino: J.Wojciechowski 18+4reb, M.Evangelisti 14+6reb+1ast, L.Gergati 11+4reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 10+6reb, F.Baldi Rossi 9+4reb, D.Parente 6+3reb+4ast Casalpusterlengo: S.Fiorito 18, T.Marino 12+2reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 11+7reb+2ast, M.Venuto 6+1reb, R.Prandin 6+3reb+1ast, G.Ricci 6+7reb
Chieti was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mirandola dominated on the defensive end, holding Chieti to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 Chieti turnovers. Chieti was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Jordan Losi (182-80) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and naturalized San Marino Andrea Raschi (198-79) scored 13 points. Top scorers: Mirandola: J.Losi 24+4ast, M.Venturelli 16+3reb+1ast, L.Pignatti 16+4reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 6+3reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 4+4reb, M.Fantinelli 2+6reb+2ast Chieti: E.Rossi 24+10reb, A.Raschi 13+4reb+1ast, M.Diomede 7+3reb, M.Micevic 7+1reb, S.Rajola 7+3reb, F.Gialloreto 3+2reb+2ast
It looked good early as Mazzeo San Severo took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naturhouse Ferrara had a 24-6 second period charge getting the lead and Mazzeo San Severo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-71. Naturhouse Ferrara dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Michele Ferri (191-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Ferrara: M.Ferri 16+2reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 15+12reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 10+7reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 8+5reb, A.Campiello 8+2reb+1ast, S.Cortesi 8+8reb+1ast San Severo: G.Zampolli 14+3reb+4ast, A.Iannilli 12+5reb, I.Scarponi 10+3reb, O.Gueye 9+4reb+1ast, R.Maggio 7+4reb+1ast, L.De Paoli 6+8reb
The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Latina Basket was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Tommaso Laquintana (187-95) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) responded with 23 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-86) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Bari: T.Laquintana 20+4reb, L.Bisconti 18+3reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 18+4reb+4ast, D.Bonessio 6+12reb+2ast, D.Barozzi 5+2reb, M.Cardillo 4+10reb Latina Basket: R.Tavernelli 23+4reb+2ast, M.Canavesi 12+7reb+2ast, M.Carrizo 9+2reb+4ast, T.Plateo 6+2reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 6+2reb, M.Arrigoni 5+2reb
Recanati made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Perugia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) chipped in 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Recanati: M.Gnaccarini 19+7reb+6ast, G.Tessitore 16+1reb, A.Pierini 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pierangeli 12+2reb, R.Castelli 9+13reb+6ast, M.Tagliabue 5+3reb Perugia: P.Chiarello 17+7reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 15+3reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 14+6reb+3ast, S.Bonamente 12+11reb+1ast, N.Mei 6+2reb+4ast, G.Chiatti 3+6reb+2ast
SerieA Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. Montepaschi, Cantu and Trenkwalder force deciders - May 20, 2013
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Montepaschi - EA7 Armani 72-66
Montepasci fired past Emporio Armani in Siena to force the decider. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Armani Milano won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 7 points in second quarter [read more]
Montepasci fired past Emporio Armani in Siena to force the decider. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Armani Milano won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 7 points in second quarter. The former international point guard Daniel Hackett (200-87, college: USC, agency: Two Points) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 15 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by center Ioannis Bourousis (213-83, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Armani Milano. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Montepaschi: D.Hackett 18+2reb+5ast, B.Brown 15+3reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 13+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 9+3reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+1reb, K.Kangur 4+3reb+1ast EA7 Armani: A.Gentile 18+5reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 16+7reb+2ast, M.Hairston 11+4reb+2ast, M.Green 6+4reb+1ast, K.Langford 5+2reb, E.Bremer 4+1reb+2ast
Trenkwalder shot down Acea Virtus to force the series to return to Rome. Lottomatica Roma was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.8 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 22 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Luigi Datome (203-87) with 23 points and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Trenkwalder RE: D.Taylor 22+1reb, T.Bell 17+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 12+4reb+7ast, M.Antonutti 10+3reb, R.Cervi 8+5reb+1ast, G.Brunner 7+1reb+4ast Acea Virtus RM: L.Datome 23+4reb+2ast, P.Goss 14+1reb+5ast, B.Jones 13+3reb+3ast, G.Lawal 13+4reb+2ast, B.Bailey 8+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 6+2reb+1ast
Cantu snatched another narrow home win over Sassari and prolonged the series. Banco di Sard. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-20 charge of Cantu, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (195-88) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 assists. American-Israeli center Alex Tyus (205-88, college: Florida) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points in the effort for Banco di Sard. Top scorers: Cantu: P.Aradori 26+2reb+5ast, A.Tyus 17+7reb, N.Mazzarino 11+2reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 8+1reb+2ast, M.Leunen 7+7reb, J.Brooks 7 Banco di Sard.: D.Gordon 21+9reb, D.Diener 19+1reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 18+4reb, T.Diener 6+5reb+5ast, M.Thornton 6+2reb, M.Vanuzzo 6+5reb
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