2007-08Regular SeasonRound 5
December 04, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAVERDE
Angelo Gigli - Benetton Tamoil Reece Gaines scored 16 points to lead Benetton Tamoil Treviso past ASK Riga 73-63 for its second straight ULEB Cup win under new head coach Oktay Mahmuti on Tuesday for at the Palaverde. Benetton improved to 2-3 in the Group H standings, while ASK Riga dropped to 3-2. Benetton exploded with a 14-1 run in the last three minutes of the game fueled by Angelo Gigli and Pops Mensah-Bonsu to take a crucial win in come-from-behind fashion. Lionel Chalmers had 15 points, Gigli amassed a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds and Mario Austin contributed with 12 points and 8 boards for Benetton. Sandis Valters was the main contributor for ASK Riga with 18 points, while Aerick Sanders was the only other player to score in double figures for the guests collecting 15.

Aerick Sanders - ASK RigaASK Riga started on fire as Valters and Dwayne Broyles made it 2-8, but Austin scored 6 points for Benetton to tie things at 8-8. The teams exchanged the lead in a very balanced first quarter to finish on 15-15 after 10 minutes. The game remained close, 22-22, with 3:30 left till halftime, when Valters and Marko Antonjevic sparked a 3-11 surge to put Riga ahead. Gigli hit from downtown to make it 28-33 for ASK Riga at the intermission. The visitors were still on fire, opening the third quarter by taking a double-figure margin, 30-42, eventually forcing Benetton to call timeout. Three consecutive baskets from Gaines and a basket from beyond the arc by Austin brought the home team closer at 40-42, but the guests remained ahead 50-54 at the end of the third quarter. Chalmers triple and Gaines mid-range jumper restored Benetton's lead. Valters gave ASK a 59-62 cushion before being fouled out. That's when Benetton's incredible final run started. Matteo Soragna started things and Mensah-Bonsu followed by slamming the ball to put the hosts ahead on 63-62, while Gaines hit from downtown to secure the 10-point win.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), NESKOVIC, DRAGAN (SRB), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL)
Attendance: 3088
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Benetton Tamoil15132223
ASK Riga1518219
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Benetton Tamoil15285073
ASK Riga15335463
Benetton Tamoil
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 AUSTIN, MARIO 26:43 12 4/7 1/2 1/4 1 7 8 1 1 2     4 2 11
5 MARESCA, GIULIANO 10:35 3 0/1 0/1 3/4         1 2     1 2  
6 ATSUR, ENGIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 19:07 5   1/3 2/2 1 3 4 3 2 1     3 4 12
8 CHALMERS, LIONEL 32:44 15 4/11 2/7 1/1 1 1 2 2 2 3   3 3 4 4
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 22:42 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1   1 1 1 3   1 3 2 -2
12 MENSAH-BONSU, POPS 10:19 4 2/4   0/1 1 4 5   2 2   1 1 3 7
14 FANTONI, TOMASSO 8:03 4 2/2 0/1   1   1           2   2
15 GIGLI, ANGELO 33:25 12 3/6 2/3   4 6 10 2 3 1 1   1 1 23
17 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 7:12                              
18 GAINES, REECE 29:10 16 6/10 1/5 1/3 1 3 4   1 2 1 1 3 5 11
19 RENZI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 4 5   8 1         12
Totals 200:00 73 21/42 7/23 10/17 12 28 40 9 21 17 2 6 21 23 80
        50% 30.4% 58.8%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
ASK Riga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 FREIMANIS, ROLANDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GRAFS, RAITIS 14:24 4 2/4     3 3 6           3 1 6
8 BROYLES, DWAYNE 29:17 3 0/4 1/5     6 6 2 1 4     3 2 -1
9 JAHOVICS, GATIS 21:43 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 1 2   2 6   1 5 4 -3
10 VALTERS, SANDIS 23:43 18 3/4 4/10     1 1 3   1     5 3 12
14 MILLAGE, CURTIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ANTONIJEVIC, MARKO 24:42 5   1/3 2/4   2 2 2 2 3     2 2 4
24 BUSKEVICS, SANDIS 20:32 7 3/6 0/3 1/2 1 3 4 2 1 1 1   2 2 7
34 SANDERS, AERICK 33:20 15 6/9   3/5 4 1 5   3 2 2 1   6 23
42 BRAMLETT, AARON 32:16 7 3/7   1/2 1 6 7 1 1 2 3   3 1 10
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 0:03     0/1                       -1
Team             4 4   7 1         10
Totals 200:00 63 18/37 6/23 9/15 10 27 37 10 17 20 6 2 23 21 67
        48.6% 26.1% 60%
Head coach: BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS

Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Tamoil
"At the middle of the third quarter, we trailed 30-42 and the game that was escaping. We used a timeout and I told the players that defense, and playing with intensity and enthusiasm are what will turn the game around. We must learn from this lesson. If we do not play intense, we are not a competitive squad. We cannot allow us to have all these ups and downs like in the first 25 minutes. We have only one road to follow, that one of the intensity and the character that we have demonstrated today. The players must understand how important it is to play with the maximum intensity."
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