Under the eyes of the players of Varese, waiting for the opponents for the imminent final, is the moment for the second semifinal with the challenge between Siena and Sassari that have eliminated respectively the two newly promoted Reggio Emilia and Brindisi. The game is balanced, Sassari reaches also 13 points of advantage but in the third quarter Siena reassemble in the score and in the last quarter punishes the Dinamo in the last minutes dragged by a great Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC), MVP of the game, to the victory for 85-78. For Sassari not enough the perfect performance of the ex Thornton with 29 points (10/19) not found unfortunately the same Drake Diener of the quarterfinal. The Dinamo shots with bad percentage by 3 (only 28%, usually his best offensive option) while Siena has 5 players in double digit and reaches the final without the usual apport of his playmaker: for Brown just 8 points (all in the first half) with a bad 3/13.
The first points of the game are for Drake Diener, MVP yesterday, while Siena loses two consecutive balls before the 4 points of Eze. After many errors the teams unlock the score with the baskets of Brown and Travis Diener while Eze continues to dominate the duel under the board with dunks and presence at rebound also helped by Sanikidze. With other 2 points, after an offensive rebounds, of the Nigerian center and the triple of Brown Siena has already 7 points of advantage immediately reduced by Thornton with 5 consecutive points for the -1 with 2 minutes remaining. Janning scores by 3 but Easley answers with a 2+1 played caused by the first foul of Eze (already 8 points and 3 rebounds) and the first quarter ends with the result of 18-16 for the Montepaschi with only 5 total fouls committed by the 2 teams. The foul in attack of De Vecchi open the second partial where Sassari tries to take the reins of the game after some offensive errors of the Montepaschi but is Brown again to save Siena with the first points after approximately 2 minutes by the start. With 5 points in few seconds Sassari get the first advantage, 24-21 at 13', thanks a steal, shortly after a throw-in of Siena, trasformed in 3 points by Travis Diener. Sacchetti and Ress score by 3 and, after the tap-in of Kangur, Siena back forward with the second triple of Ress next canceled with 2 points, in penetration, of Travis Diener before the entry in the game of Hackett with the triple, immediately accompanied by 3 points also for Kangur and Ress (third triple) for the +7 of the men of Banchi at 18'. With the free throws of Travis Diener (10 points at the end) and Easley and the triple of Thornton (tenth point) the Dinamo shortens and enters in the last minute with only one point to recover. Sassari impacts and wastes two occasions with the last shoot to close the first half ahead (38-38). For Siena no player in double digit, 8 points for Eze and Brown and zero total free throws (only 9 fouls for Sassari, two for Ignerski). In the second-last quarter Sassari starts good with 3 points of the Polish forward and the 5 consecutive points of Thornton and, despite a good Eze for Siena with 3 points, commands the game with 7 points of advantage thanks also the dunk of Easley served by Travis Diener with his fifth assist (also a block for the playmaker on Hackett). With 6 points of Drake Diener Sassari is +11 at 26' and Thornton, with two free throws, can further increase the advantage for the Dinamo that also increases the defensive intensity forcing bad shoots for Siena almost always at the edge of the siren. Easley commits his third foul and Kangur shortens the distance with the triple for the -10. In the last minute Hackett and again the Estonian forward score from the free throws line and, after a tecnical foul for the bench of Sassari, Moss back his team on 56-53 with only 3 points to recover after a disadvantage of 13 points few minutes before. 17 points until now for Thornton, the ex of the match, also today decisive like 24 hours ago. Own the American player of coach Sacchetti open the last quarter of the day with 3 points (2+1) and, after the points of Janning and Hackett, Easley captures and converts in 2 points an important offensive rebound that keep out the Montepaschi helped by the triple number 4 of the usual Thornton. Janning, with the triple at the end of the action, writes -3 and, after a turnover of the Dinamo, Hackett dunk and scores the additional free throw for the temporary draw. Thornton with another 2 triples (in the middle one of Moss) allows Sassari to stay ahead before the overtaking built by the trio Janning-Hackett-Moss (the Italian became top scorer of Siena) all without Brown and Eze (the two best scorer of the first half for the Montepaschi) on the court. Easley answers with the dunk but Siena plays well and Moss scores the new +4 with 2 minutes remaining on the clock. Sassari wastes and Kangur and Hackett lead Siena on +9 with only 40 seconds bringing the Montepaschi in final, once again.
Best players of Italian Serie A round 4 - 22 hours ago
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American-LiberianJoe Ragland (182-PG-89) had a great game in the last round for Scandone AV and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4. The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 21 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Scandone AV in his team's victory, helping them to beat VL Pesaro (#16, 1-3) 60-55. Scandone AV is placed at 4th position in Italian Serie A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier thi... [read more]
American-Liberian Joe Ragland (182-PG-89) had a great game in the last round for Scandone AV and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4. The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 21 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Scandone AV in his team's victory, helping them to beat VL Pesaro (#16, 1-3) 60-55. Scandone AV is placed at 4th position in Italian Serie A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Scandone AV will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Ragland had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Scandone AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ragland is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.3ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward D.J. White (206-PF-86) of Auxilium TO. White impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Auxilium TO to edge the lower-ranked Vanoli CR (#15, 1-3) by 3 points 85-82. This victory allowed Auxilium TO to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. White is well-known by Auxilium TO fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.8ppg (#1). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was American Lee Moore (193-G-95) of Brescia (#12). Moore showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Moore's great performance Brescia lost 80-97 to the league's current leader EA7 Armani (#1, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Brescia can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. Moore has individually a great season in Italy. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (7th best) and assists with 3.0apg (9th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 19 points and 3 rebounds 5. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of EA7 Armani - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Paul Biligha (200-C-90) of Vanoli CR - 19 points and 7 rebounds 7. Tyrus McGee (188-G-91) of Umana VE - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88) of JuveCaserta - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Michele Vitali (196-G-91) of Brescia - 14 points and 5 rebounds 10. Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Dolomiti En. TR - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
EuroLeague: Olympiacos beat Emporio Armani - 12 hours ago
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Olympiacos - Emporio Armani 91:81 Olympiacos clinched the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They overcame Emporio Armani for 2-1 record. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 16 points each to pace the hosts. Olympiacos posted a 25:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second term. The Italian side pulled within 5 points at halftime 41:46. Olympiacos however remained in c... [read more]
Olympiacos - Emporio Armani 91:81
Olympiacos clinched the second victory in EuroLeague regular season. They overcame Emporio Armani for 2-1 record. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 16 points each to pace the hosts. Olympiacos posted a 25:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Emporio Armani cut the deficit in the second term. The Italian side pulled within 5 points at halftime 41:46. Olympiacos however remained in charge in the third quarter. The Piraeus side arrived at the final intermission up by 9 points 70:61. The hosts sank 21 points in the fourth term and cruised to the win. Khem Birch (208-C-92, college: UNLV) delivered 12 points and 6 boards in the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) responded with 16 points for Emporio Armani. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) had 14 points and 8 caroms in the loss.
Champions League: Neptunas cruise past Varese - 14 hours ago
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Neptunas - Openjobmetis Varese 94:60 Neptunas celebrated the second straight victory in Champions League Group C. They stormed past Varese to stay perfect. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 19 points to lead the Lithuanian team. Neptunas dominated right from the start. They established a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They unloaded 29 points in the second term to gain a comfortable 53:31 halftime lead. Varese slowed the hosts down in the third quarter. The Ital... [read more]
Neptunas - Openjobmetis Varese 94:60
Neptunas celebrated the second straight victory in Champions League Group C. They stormed past Varese to stay perfect. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 19 points to lead the Lithuanian team. Neptunas dominated right from the start. They established a 24:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They unloaded 29 points in the second term to gain a comfortable 53:31 halftime lead. Varese slowed the hosts down in the third quarter. The Italian team pulled within 19 points at the final intermission. But Neptunas used a 27:12 rally in the fourth quarter and rolled to the victory. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) accounted for 16 points, while Martynas Mazeika (192-G-85, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winners. Aleksa Avramovic (192-G/F-94, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 15 points for Varese. Luca Campani (208-F-90) had 13 points in the defeat.
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