2015-16Regular SeasonRound 7
November 25, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALABIGI
Pietro Aradori - Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia - EC15 (photo Reggio Emilia)

Reggio Emilia wins drama against ALBA

In a Group B thriller, Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia edged the visiting ALBA Berlin 74-71 on Wednesday night, improving its record to 4-3 and greatly improving its Last 32 chances. ALBA also holds 4-3 record in a share of the third place. ALBA spent most of the night with the lead, but Reggio Emelia led by Pietro Aradori kept coming back. The visitors had a 4-point margin late in the fourth quarter, but a late 7-0 run capped by a clutch triple from Amadeo Della Valle gave the hosts lead for good as they held on to victory. Aradori paced the hosts with 22 points, and Andrea De Nicolao added 12 in victory. Della Valle and Vladimir Veremeenko each scored 9, while Achille Polonara pulled down 15 rebounds for Reggio Emilia. Elmedin Kikanovic collected 17 points plus 7 rebounds for ALBA, and Jordan Taylor netted 16. Will Cherry scored 11 and Kresimir Loncar 10 points in a losing effort.

Aradori scored 8 points in the first 5 minutes, including a triple that gave the hosts 12-3. Cherry and Kikanovic combined to score 10 points for ALBA, tying the game at 13-13, but Di Nicolao and Ojars Silins made sure the hosts held 20-13 after the opening possession of the second quarter. But a triple from Taylor got ALBA going again, before Taylor fueled a 0-9 run together with Dragan Milosavljevic, giving the visitors 22-25. Veremeenko snapped the run, and Darjus Lavrinovic kept the hosts within 29-30, but in the final minute of the second quarter, Kikanovic had a three-point play, Cherry scored a fastbreak layup, then beat the buzzer with a halfcourt shot to give ALBA 29-38 halftime lead.

Loncar and Alex King gave ALBA 31-42 at the start of the third quarter, but Aradori and a triple from Veremeenko halved the gap, before Polonara and again Aradori got the hosts within 41-42. But Taylor snapped a 10-0 run with free throws and a triple, and 3 of 4 from the foul line from Loncar made it 42-50. Aradori, and Della Valle’s 3-for-4 free throws, cut the deficit to 49-52 after 30 minutes. Mitchell Watt scored on consecutive possession early in the fourth, including a triple that kept ALBA in front, but a triple from De Nicolao and free throws from Rimantas Kaukenas put Reggio Emilia up 58-57. Milosavljevic answered with a three-pointer, then had a steal that helped give ALBA a 4-point lead. De Nicolao and Taylor traded hits from long range, and despite baskets from Aradori and Veremeenko, free throws from Milosavljevic and Kikanovic helped ALBA stay in front 65-69. However, De Nicolao scored more for the hosts, Polonara tied it with free throws 2 minutes to go, and Della Valle knocked down a three-pointer to put Reggio Emilia in front 72-69 with 80 seconds left. After Kikanovic and Aradori each made a pair of free throws, ALBA had two chances to tie, and two more offensive rebounds to cut the deficit, but the hosts prevailed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Referees: PEREA, OSCAR (ESP), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT), LOPES, LUIS (POR)
Attendance: 2536 (Tentative)
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ALBA Berlin13251419
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Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia18294974
ALBA Berlin13385271
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ARADORI, PIETRO 33:30 22 6/14 2/3 4/6 2 3 5 2 1 4   2 2 5 16
6 POLONARA, ACHILLE 23:31 5 1/4 0/3 3/4 5 10 15 2 1 1 1   3 4 17
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 25:44 8 1/3 0/2 6/8 1 2 3 2   1 1   4 5 8
8 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO 18:50 9 0/1 1/2 6/8   1 1   1 3     1 5 8
9 DE NICOLAO, ANDREA 20:02 12 2/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 2 2   2     5 1 6
10 PECHACEK, ADAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 STRAUTINS, ARTURS 4:09 2     2/2                   1 3
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 19:51 9 3/5 1/1   2 2 4   2 1 1   5 2 10
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 21:40 5 1/1 0/3 3/3   2 2 3 1       5 3 6
15 SILINS, OJARS 12:45 2 1/1                       1 3
18 GENTILE, STEFANO 19:58   0/2 0/4     2 2 1   3     3   -9
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 74 15/35 6/22 26/33 11 24 35 12 6 16 3 2 28 27 68
        42.9% 27.3% 78.8%
Head coach: MENETTI, MASSIMILIANO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KING, ALEX 20:22 2 1/2 0/3   2 1 3     1     3   -3
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 13:20   0/2   0/2                 2 1 -5
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 31:13 17 4/10   9/11 2 5 7 1   1 1   2 7 22
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 21:02 10 3/7 0/1 4/6 2   2         2 2 5 6
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 13:13           2 2   1 1     4 2  
15 LIYANAGE, MARC 0:49                              
18 WOHLFARTH, JONAS 0:57                           1 1
21 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 23:31 7 1/2 1/5 2/2 1 5 6 1 1 3     4 2 5
22 CHERRY, WILL 26:07 11 4/5 1/5 0/2 1 2 3 4 4 3     3 4 13
23 TAYLOR, JORDAN 31:00 16 1/4 3/4 5/7   3 3 1 1 3   1 3 4 12
50 WATT, MITCHELL 18:26 8 2/3 1/1 1/2   7 7 2   3     5 1 8
Team           1 4 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 71 16/35 6/19 21/32 9 29 38 9 7 16 1 3 28 27 63
        45.7% 31.6% 65.6%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

MENETTI, MASSIMILIANO
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
"This was an important victory, in part because of the reputation of the opponent, but especially for the way in which we achieved it. Berlin is a wall, we found great difficulties, but in the second half of the game we played the kind of game that everyone loves to see because we played with great heart, great defense, three men out for 5 fouls and a great audience that cheers for every rebound, dragging us to the victory. The road is still tough, long and we have to fight a lot to get through. This victory gives us satisfaction and creates the right mood to go on."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"We knew it would be a tough game, Reggio Emilia in its arena is almost unbeatable. We did important things, made difficult shots, but we missed the little things, missed a few free throws, committed other errors and that punished us."

Players

DE NICOLAO, ANDREA
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
"The game of tonight was a real war and bringing home the [victory] for us is very important because it gives us confidence. It was a great team performance; our team has always been tight, even in difficult moments. There were some mistakes, but the important thing is that we reacted the right way. Our record is good, but we know that we still have to work hard because we haven’t advanced yet."
KING, ALEX
ALBA Berlin
"This was a hard game. We started in the right way, made a great finish to the second quarter, we went to the changing rooms with the right focus, then we missed something. Respect to Reggio Emilia who played a great offensive game, made a lot of three-point shots, gained confidence from free throws and offensive rebounds. This blocked us. Most of all they were supported by a great arena, it made the difference. In the end we could not manage the game the right way and that's why we've lost."
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