2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 16, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA
Jordan Taylor - ALBA Berlin - EC15 (photo ALBA Berlin - Camera4)

ALBA edges Brindisi, advances to Last 32

ALBA Berlin reached the Eurocup Last 32 in regular season Group B by edging Enel Basket Brindisi 80-79 in the German capital on Wednesday. ALBA finished the regular season in fourth place with a 5-5 record and had also qualified with a loss, as MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg downed Le Mans Sarthe Basket 90-49 earlier on today. Brindisi was sixth in Group B with a 1-9 record. Jordan Taylor led the winners with 18 points. Dragan Milosavljevic added 14 while Kreso Loncar had 13 and became the game hero for ALBA with a put-back basket with 0.3 seconds to go. Adrian Banks led Brindisi with 27 points. Scott Reynolds added 21 while Kenneth Kadji had 13 for the guests, that led 18-28 after 10 minutes. ALBA improved its defense, as Taylor, Milosavljevic and Ismet Akpinar allowed the hosts to get the lead, 42-41, at halftime. Banks and Reynolds took over after the break to make Brindisi regain a 63-64 edge after 30 minutes. It all came down to the final minute, as Loncar gave ALBA a 78-77 lead with 25.4 seconds left. Kadji scored around the basket and Milosavljevic missed a shot but Loncar stepped up with the game-winning put-back layup with 0.3 seconds remaining.

Alex Harris got Brindisi going with free throws and Kadji added an alleyoop layup for a 0-4 lead. Will Cherry followed a three-point play with free throws to give the hosts a 5-4 edge. Banks dunked off a steal and added a layup-plus-foul to give Brindisi a 5-9 edge. Banks kept pacing Brindisi with a high-flying alleyoop dunk but Akpinar and Eldemir Kikanovic kept the hosts within 10-13. Kadji hit foul shots and Reynolds buried a triple but Jordan Taylor kept ALBA within 14-18. Reynolds insisted from downtown, Kikanovic scored in the paint and free throws by Banks restored a 16-23 Brindisi lead. Durand Scott nailed a triple and Banks added a jumper but Kresimir Loncar kept ALBA within 18-28 after 10 minutes. Akeem Vargas split free throws early in the second quarter and Milosavljevic cut ALBA's deficit to 22-28. Reynolds hit foul shots but ALBA found a go-to guy in Taylor, who had 7 points in a 9-0 run which he capped with a layup to complete ALBA's comeback, 31-30. Nemanja Milosevic hit a jump hook, Loncar split foul shots and Akpinar hit both attempts for a 34-32 ALBA lead. David Cournooh shined with a three-point play and Reynolds scored in penetration but Mitchell Watt kept ALBA ahead, 38-37. Loncar, Banks and Kikanovic hit free throws and a floater by Reynolds kept Brindisi within 42-41 at halftime.

ALBA found a new go-to guy in Milosavljevic, who singelhandedly gave the hosts a 47-41 margin. Brindisi went scoreless for more than 2 minutes while free throws by Kikanovic made it an eight-point game, 49-41. Kadji scored around the basket and Banks took over with back-to-back three-pointer to tie it at 49-49. A red hot Banks insisted from downtown to cap an 0-11 run. Taylor joined the three-point shootout, Kadji buried a six-meter jumper and a layup by Loncar tied it at 54-54. Banks got help from Bagic to make Brindisi regain the lead, 54-59. Akpinar sank a triple and got help from Taylor and Milosavljevic to tie the game, 61-61. Free throws by Banks and Kadji allowed Brindisi to regain a 63-64 edge after 30 minutes. Cherry and Cournooh exchanged baskets early in the fourth quarter and a fast break basket by Reynolds gave the guests a 65-68 edge. Milosavljevic drew a couple of fouls and hit all 4 free throws to put ALBA back ahead, 69-68, with 6 minutes left. Milosevic downed a triple from the top of the key, Watt hit an off-balance shot and Taylor restored a 63-61 ALBA edge. Reynolds scored around the basket, Watt dunked and Cherry gave ALBA a 76-73 edge with over 2 minutes left. Reynolds sank a triple and split free throws but Loncar put ALBA back in charge, 78-77, with 25.4 seconds to go. Kadji scored down low off a Brindisi timeout and Milosavljevic missed a four-meter shot but Loncar grabbed the offensive board and scored to give ALBA the win in the final second.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Referees: CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), JURAS, JASMINA (SRB), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 7166 (Tentative)
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ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 KING, ALEX 9:03 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   2 2           3 1 -2
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 12:19 7 1/2 1/4 2/2   1 1           2 1 3
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 26:54 8 2/6   4/4 1 2 3 1   4     4 4 4
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 21:12 13 3/9 0/2 7/8 3 3 6 2   3   1 3 5 10
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 22:33 3   0/1 3/4 1 2 3   1       3 2 4
15 LIYANAGE, MARC 3:55           1 1           2   -1
18 WOHLFARTH, JONAS 1:38                              
21 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 26:39 14 2/5 1/4 7/7 2 5 7 1 2 4   1 3 7 17
22 CHERRY, WILL 25:48 8 2/3 0/4 4/5   5 5 4 2 3 1   3 3 11
23 TAYLOR, JORDAN 25:34 18 5/6 2/3 2/2 1   1 4 1     1 3 2 20
32 GLOECKNER, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
50 WATT, MITCHELL 24:25 8 3/6   2/2 4 3 7     1 1 1 3 2 10
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 80 18/38 4/19 32/36 13 25 38 12 6 16 2 4 29 27 77
        47.4% 21.1% 88.9%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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
Enel Basket Brindisi
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BANKS, ADRIAN 31:09 27 5/13 3/6 8/8 2 6 8 3 3 6   2 3 10 29
1 REYNOLDS, SCOTTIE 34:18 21 4/7 3/6 4/6 2 3 5 4   3     1 4 22
2 SCOTT, DURAND 17:46 3 0/2 1/2     1 1   1 1 1   3   -1
3 COURNOOH, DAVID 18:39 5 2/2 0/2 1/1       1 1       4 2 3
7 HARRIS, ALEX 16:06 2 0/1 0/1 2/2         1       2 3 2
9 CARDILLO, MARCO 3:43                              
10 MILOSEVIC, NEMANJA 14:55 5 1/1 1/3     3 3 1     2   2 1 8
14 GAGIC, DJORDJE 19:38 3 1/5   1/2 1 4 5   2 3 1   5 4 2
19 ZERINI, ANDREA 18:40         2 2 4           4 1 1
33 MARZAIOLI, DOMENICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 KADJI, KENNY 25:06 13 4/6 0/2 5/6   1 1 1   3     4 4 7
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 79 17/37 8/22 21/25 9 23 32 10 8 16 4 2 28 29 78
        45.9% 36.4% 84%
Head coach: BUCCHI, PIERO

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"I completely agree with what coach Bucchi said about his team. They deserve full respect. I am very happy for the win tonight and for making it to the Last 32, which was one of our goals for this season. Games like these are not easy to play, especially if you are in a difficult phase like we are. We talked a lot before this game about how to share the ball and what decisions to make. But still we started badly. But I think this close win in the end is more valuable for us than an uncontested one. It shows that we still have problems to solve and at the same time gives us a positive feeling, because it was important and it is always good to win."
BUCCHI, PIERO
Enel Basket Brindisi
"I want to thank everybody involved today for a great event and basketball game. We played a good game and showed our potential. We only played two games in this group with our full roster. The first one against Reggio Emilia and this one tonight. In all the other games we missed two or three injured players. Tonight we showed that we could have been more competitive in this group with our full roster."