2015-16Last 32Round 5
February 03, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
Krunoslav Simon - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - EC15 (photo Photo Olimpia Milano-Ciamillo)

Simon leads Milan past ALBA, into eighthfinals

Krunoslav Simon scored a Eurocup career-high 28 points, leading EA7 Emporio Armani Milan to a come-from-behind 92-79 win over ALBA Berlin, and clinching of first place in Group J on Wednesday night. With fourth consecutive win Milan improved to 4-1, winning the first place, while ALBA dropped to 2-3 record, the same as Neptunas Klaipeda and Aris Thessaloniki. However, ALBA will go through to the eighthfinals if it beats Neptunas on home floor next week. ALBA used a strong start to go up by 11 points in the first quarter, but Milan rallied before halftime, held 47-45 lead at the break, then ran away in the third quarter and never looked back. Simon added 6 rebounds to his tally, Jamel McLean contributed with 13 points, Rakim Sanders scored 12, while Oliver Lafayette had 10 points, 4 assists and 4 steals for Milan. Kresimir Loncar scored 20 points in 19 minutes for ALBA. Alex King netted 16, Will Cherry had 13 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Elmedin Kikanovic and Robert Lowery each scored 10 in the losing effort.

ALBA started off strong, with King hitting a three-pointer in a 0-9 run that Loncar capped to make it 4-12. Simon snapped the run, and Lafayette hit a triple for the hosts, but King scored a fastbreak basket, followed it with a three-pointer, before Loncar’s triple made it 11-22 after 7 minutes. Sanders and Cherry traded triples. Lowery scored twice for ALBA, but three-pointers from Charles Jenkins and McLean in the final 95 seconds of the quarter helped Milan cut it to 24-29 after 10 minutes. Sanders scored 5 points, including a triple in a 7-0 run that tied it at 31-31 early in the second. Simon also hit from long range for Milan, but Lowery, Loncar and King kept the visitors with slim lead, 35-39. King hit a his third three-pointer in as many attempts, but Simon answered with a two, Andrea Cinciarini nailed a three, before another basket from Simon, and one from Stanko Barac gave Milan 47-45 at halftime.

Lafayette scored on a fast break, and Cinciarini hit a three for Milan, but Kikanovic scored twice for ALBA. However, Simon’s triple and McLean’s three-point play fueled a 10-1 run that opened 62-50 margin. Simon again, and Sanders on a breakaway extended it to 67-52. Kings three-pointer late in the third, and Loncar’s basket-plus-foul at the start of the fourth cut it to 69-60. ALBA got within 7 points, but Simon’s three-pointer opened 74-64 with 5:47 to go. After a timeout, Lowery hit a three-pointer, but Milan Macvan and Simon extended it to 78-67. ALBA got closer again through Kikanovic, and a triple from Cherry cut it to 80-74, but back-to-back threes from Macvan and Simon iced the game.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT), COLLIN, JEAN-CHARLES (FRA)
Attendance: 7000 (Tentative)
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ALBA Berlin29455778
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL 22:17 13 2/4 1/2 6/7   2 2 3   2     2 7 17
3 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 23:49 10 2/3 2/4   1 1 2 4 4 2   1 2   12
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 13:29     0/1     1 1 4   1     2   1
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 13:13 5 2/2 0/2 1/2   1 1 1 3 2     2 3 6
13 MACVAN, MILAN 27:41 7 1/1 1/3 2/4 2 1 3 1 1 3     2 3 6
15 MAGRO, DANIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 26:47 7   2/4 1/2   1 1 2 2       3 3 9
21 SANDERS, RAKIM 15:11 12 3/6 2/2 0/3 1 1 2   1       2 3 10
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 14:15 3 0/1 1/4         1 1       1 2 2
27 BARAC, STANKO 14:51 6 2/6   2/2 1 1 2       1   2 1 4
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 28:27 28 6/9 4/6 4/4 1 5 6 2 1 1     2 3 32
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 91 18/32 13/28 16/24 9 15 24 18 13 11 1 1 20 25 103
        56.3% 46.4% 66.7%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
6 LOWERY, ROBERT 33:15 10 3/5 1/4 1/2 1 6 7 2 2 5   1 2 3 10
7 KING, ALEX 27:43 16 2/3 4/4   1 3 4 2 1 3     1 2 20
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 18:00 2 1/3 0/1   1   1 2   3     3 1 -3
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 32:29 10 5/10     4 2 6 2 1 5 1   2 3 11
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 19:08 20 7/8 1/4 3/3   1 1           2 3 18
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 15:03     0/1 0/2   1 1 3         1 1 1
15 LIYANAGE, MARC 8:04     0/1         1   2     3   -5
18 WOHLFARTH, JONAS 10:31 2 1/1               1     5   -4
22 CHERRY, WILL 26:40 13 2/2 3/3     4 4 7 3 2     4 3 24
25 ZYLKA, FERDINAND DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
50 WATT, MITCHELL 9:07 5 2/3   1/2   3 3 1   1     2 4 8
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 23/35 9/18 5/9 7 22 29 20 7 22 1 1 25 20 82
        65.7% 50% 55.6%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"I would like to congratulate everybody because we are first and it is important. We started badly; allowed 29 points in a quarter is something that we do not want to see. Then the defense improved and we won deservedly. We struggled with rebounds, but that is how it goesd against German teams. Sanders had two training sessions with the team. Inserting two new players is not easy; there is the risk of breaking the balance. But it went well. I talked with the team about this. It needs patience and precision to play differently and with it we can open up the field and create problems for many teams in defense."