October 20, 2014
Regular Season Round 1 - October 15, 2014 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALADOZZA

Records

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Referees

Crew Chief
JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN, Spain
Referee
BISSANG, JOSEPH, France
Umpire
GLISIC, ALEKSANDAR, Serbia

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Player Stats

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THE TAKE

All three showdowns are never seen before in European club competitions, which adds more anticipation to this opening round. Telekom Baskets Bonn takes Strasbourg in a battle between two veteran teams in the competition - this is Bonn's sixth Eurocup season and Strasbourg sis in for the fourth time. FIBA EuroChallenge champion Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia returns to the Eurocup for the first time since 2006 by hosting German powerhouse Brose Baskets Bamberg, led by 2013-14 Eurocup Coach of the Year Andrea Trinchieri. Two up-and-rising clubs, CAI Zaragoza of Spain and Paris Levallois of France, are set for a big battle.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

MENETTI, MASSIMILIANO
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
"It's a great pleasure to come back in the Eurocup after many seasons. We are going to play against one of the favorite teams, they are talented and tough. We are happy also to come back in Bologna and we hope a lot of fans will follow us. Unfortunately we have 3 players out due to injuries but the other guys are ready to give 100% on the court."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We are going to play in Bologna, in a very special place, because the gym is one of the legendary gyms in Italy: Paladozza, where Fortitudo and Virtus Bologna were playing for big goals. For a team like us this is an extremely difficult game. We are going to face three Molochs of European Basketball: Lavrinovic, Kaukenas and Diener. And I already see them gloating, because they see our athletic youngsters going straight into the mouth of the wolf. These players are so experienced and so smart, that we will have a very tough task. We have to try to not let them play smart, otherwise they will dominate. To this three molochs Reggio Emilia has added some very talented and auspicious youngsters: Cinciarini, the starting Point Guard of the Italian national team, who is climbing the stairs of basketball heaven with every year improving. Cervi, a big guy, young but with physical presence. Polonara, another young player from the national team. One player, that is a little hidden, but had a very good college career, Della Valle, who is doing good for them. The key will be on what kind of court we are going to play. Are we going to play smart and experienced basketball at their pace - they play with great speed – then they can score easily, or if we can play on our ground, our pace, our basketball – then we have a chance to compete. I believe many of our players have their first experience in Eurocup, and this year Eurocup is extremely high level, I believe our goal should be to compete and to try to learn as quick as possible how to survive on this level. Winning on the road in Europe is very very tough."

Players

CINCIARINI, ANDREA
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
"It will be a tough debut. Bamberg is a very strong and solid team but we are ready. It will be a very big emotion to come back in PalaDozza after the EuroChallenge Final Four of last April. I hope a lot of fans will come from Reggio Emilia to support us, we need a great atmosphere to try to repeat a magical night."
WANAMAKER, BRADLEY
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"For me, it is my first Eurocup game in my career, so I am very excited and I got a chance to go back to Italy, where I played last year and had some success. For us as a team it is the same as a regular game. We have to come in focused, to the motto we had the last games: play though and play some defense. Only with this we can win games."
Reggio Emilia snags up a win in its Eurocup comeback

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia made a winning return to the Eurocup, edging Brose Baskets Bamberg 70-67 in a Group A thriller on Wednesday. In a game during which neither team a lead bigger than 5 points, the hosts prevailed thanks to three fourth quarter triples of Federico Mussini, and a game-winning basket by Andrea Cinciarini in the final minute. Cinciarini finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Rimantas Kaukenas netted 13, while Mussini scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Amedeo Della Vallealso scored 12, while Riccardo Cervi contributed with 10 points plus 7 rebounds in victory. Carlon Brown paced Bamberg with 26 points, while Brad Wanamaker and Janis Strelnieks scored 12 apiece in a losing effort.

Baskets were few and far between at the start of the contest, as more than 3 minutes have gone by before the first field goal of the game by Rimantas Kaukenas. The visitors grabbed an early lead with a triple from Ryan Thompson, and held 4-9 advantage after baskets from Trevor Mbakwe and Janis Strelnieks. The hosts replied through Kaukenas and Amedeo Della Valle, but Bamberg had 9-11 after the first quarter. In the second, Carlon Brown and Kaukenas traded three-pointers, and another three from Kaukenas made it 19-14. But Brown replied with another one of his own from long range for the visitors, who used 9 unanswered points to take 23-26 lead midway through the second period. Teams traded leads until the halftime, however, 6 points from Andrea Cinciarini helped Reggio Emilia to 35-31 advantage at the break.

Della Valle buried a three-pointer to open the third quarter, but Brown made a jumper and a triple as Bamberg claimed to a 40-40 tie. Della Valle buried another one from downtown, but the visitors used their second chance points. Strelnieks hit a jumper, before Brown converted a basket-plus-free throw on consecutive possessions for 44-48. The visitors held 49-50 after the third quarter, and Federico Mussini knocked down a triple to put Reggio Emilia back in front in the first minute of the fourth. Teams traded baskets with Riccardo Cervi and Cinciarini keeping the hosts with a slim lead. Brown and Bradley Wanamaker helped tie it at 58-58, but Cervi scored a layup-plus-foul, and Mussini followed it with back-to-back triples for 67-62 with 2 minutes left in the game. However, Bamberg tied it at 67-67 with a triple from Stelnieks with 63 seconds left on the clock. But Reggio Emilia went in front on the next possession with a layup from Cinciarini, and Mussini sealed it, splitting free throws in the final second of the game.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA), GLISIC, ALEKSANDAR (SRB)
Attendance: 2986 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia9261421
Brose Baskets Bamberg11201917
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Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia9354970
Brose Baskets Bamberg11315067
Head coach: MENETTI, MASSIMILIANO
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 MUSSINI, FEDERICO 21:37 12 1/2 3/8 1/2   3 3 1         2 2 9
6 POLONARA, ACHILLE 29:00 2 0/2 0/5 2/2 3 5 8 1   2   1 3 4 2
8 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO 27:58 12 2/5 2/5 2/2   5 5 2 2     1 1 1 14
10 PECHACEK, ADAM 1:11           1 1               1
11 PINI, GIOVANNI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 17:13 6 2/4 0/3 2/2 1 2 3     1     5 1 -1
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 38:28 13 2/5 2/6 3/4   4 4 2 1 2     1 7 16
14 CERVI, RICCARDO 29:17 10 2/5   6/7 4 3 7   1 1 2 2 5 6 14
16 DIENER, DRAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 35:16 15 4/11 0/2 7/8 2 7 9 6   2     1 6 23
Team           5 2 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 70 13/34 7/29 23/27 15 32 47 12 4 9 2 4 18 27 84
38.2% 24.1% 85.2%
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
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Brose Baskets Bamberg
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 3:52           1 1               1
7 THOMPSON, RYAN 19:35 3 0/2 1/3     3 3 1   2     4 1 -2
9 TADDA, KARSTEN 12:17   0/1       3 3 1         5   -2
10 THEIS, DANIEL 18:57 4 1/5 0/1 2/2 1 1 2       2 1 4 2  
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 25:31 12 5/9 0/2 2/3 1 4 5 3 1       4 1 11
12 SCHMIDT, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 30:00 12 3/8 2/7     1 1 2   2     2   1
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 15:44 4 1/4   2/2 1 3 4   1 1     1 2 6
21 MBAKWE, TREVOR 27:46 6 1/3   4/6 7 7 14   2   2 1 2 6 23
22 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 14:41   0/3 0/3   1   1     2     3 1 -9
25 BROWN, CARLON 31:37 26 6/10 4/10 2/2   4 4   1 1     2 4 22
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 67 17/45 7/26 12/15 14 27 41 7 5 8 4 2 27 17 54
37.8% 26.9% 80%
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Head Coaches

MENETTI, MASSIMILIANO
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
"We made a great game, the victory was not a foregone conclusion. It would be a mistake to think that in an emergency situation, a team always plays in this way. We made only a few mistakes, only 9 turnovers; beyond the sporting result, the team played well. Thanks to the nearly 3,000 spectators ... we heard them very well and this helped the team for sure. I want to dedicate this victory to Pallacanestro Reggiana because yesterday wasn’t an easy day but the club, and in particular Alessandro Dalla Salda gave us the enthusiasm and confidence we needed and pushed to show the pleasure of working for a club like Reggio Emilia. The boys were diligent, they always did everything I asked. Bamberg is a very physical team, it wasn’t an easy opponent."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Brose Baskets Bamberg
“True and sincere congratulations to Reggio Emilia Grissin Bon, which deserved this victory, the team put on the court more energy and gave us a kick in the ass this evening ... This was one of the outcomes that I feared. About the other scenarios I would have preferred, one saw us start the game strong, drain the energy of the opponent, play hard and take control of the game; another saw us use our centers in a better way ... Unfortunately it did not happen and we did few good things in this game.”

Players

MUSSINI, FEDERICO
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
"I never thought I could play a game like this. In the first part I didn’t start well, but the coach and my teammates told me to keep taking my shots. I felt that they trusted me, so I took confidence and in the second half of the game I played better. I felt ready to play, I wanted to play, I waited for the moment to be able to do my best on the court. I still have to realize what happened, but I'm happy that I could contribute to the victory. I know I still have to work very hard and commit myself to playing well."
WANAMAKER, BRADLEY
Brose Baskets Bamberg
“We did not play as we expected to. We faced a very tough opponent, who fought for every ball. We will have to have an edge in the next game. We did not underestimate our opponent, we knew about the injury to Drake Diener, but the problem was that we did not do our job the right way and overall we did not play like we know to.”
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