2018-19SemifinalsGame 2
March 22, 2019 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA
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Records

6-4 Regular Season 7-3
5-1 Top 16 5-1
2-1 Quarterfinals 2-1
0-1 Semifinals 1-0
13-7 Overall 15-5

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI
Umpire 1
KOROMILAS, ELIAS
Umpire 2
KOWALSKI, MARCIN

The Take

The series moves to the small country of Andorra when MoraBanc hosts ALBA Berlin on Friday for Game 2 of the semifinals. It is already a do-or-die for MoraBanc, but the hosts have experience in this situation; they tied their quarterfinals series at home and won it on the road in Game 3 against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, so they are hoping to repeat that feat. ALBA comes with full confidence on a sweet moment, especially for guard Peyton Siva who was MVP of Game 1 right after earning quarterfinals MVP honors, too.

In Game 1

ALBA managed to protect Mercedes-Benz Arena with a 102-97 win. The hosts had a great first half on offense, dominating 59-43 at the break, but in the second half, MoraBanc was back with confidence and managed to rally within 99-97 with 47 seconds on a Michele Vitali three. A three-point play by Martin Hermannsson secured the win for ALBA. Luke Sikma had 20 points and 7 boards for the winners and David Jelinek had 16 for MoraBanc.

Marquee matchup

Andrew Albicy and Peyton Siva will be the stars of a duel in the backcourt in Game 2. Albicy is having his best season so far with MoraBanc and has averaged 11.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 19 appearances this season, all of them as a starter. Siva came back from injuries this season and is shining more than ever with 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and a league-best 9.1 assists in 10 appearances for ALBA.

Keys to victory: MoraBanc

MoraBanc Andorra has already made history by getting to this point. But without the pressure of results, the team knows what it is to turn a series upside down and it will aim at doing that again. The hosts will have to control ALBA's start to the game to not let the visitors run away early. ALBA shot 11 of 22 threes in Game 1 and that must be a priority to stop. Also, containing players like Peyton Siva, Luke Sikma, Rokas Giedraitis and Martin Hermansson will be the main obstacles in a game that looks like it will fall on the offensive side again.

Keys to victory: ALBA

ALBA is just one win away from its second EuroCup Finals. However, it must try not to be over-confident because MoraBanc already showed it can defeat giants. The hosts won the rebounding battle in Berlin, so ALBA will have to try to control that aspect and also watch the turnovers. The 13 committed by the ALBA almost cost it the opening game of the series at home.

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MoraBanc Andorra
# Player Pos. H. Age
5 LUZ, RAFA G 1.88 27
14 STEVIC, OLIVER C 2.05 35
16 ALBICY, ANDREW G 1.78 29
17 BARTOLOME, HUGO F 1.98 20
18 CAMPARA, SANI G 1.86 20
20 BERKIS, ARMANDS C 2.03 18
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA C 2.11 25
22 SHURNA, JOHN C 2.04 28
23 WALKER, DAVID F 1.98 25
24 COLOM, GUILLEM F 1.95 27
25 JELINEK, DAVID F 1.95 28
30 UPSHAW, REGGIE C 2.01 23
31 ENNIS, DYLAN G 1.88 27
33 VITALI, MICHELE G 1.96 27
44 JORDAN, JEROME C 2.13 32
50 VEVERIS, VALTERS G 1.88 18
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 SAIBOU, JOSHIKO G 1.88 29
3 SIVA, PEYTON G 1.82 28
5 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 27
6 HUNDT, BENNET G 1.78 20
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.95 19
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 21
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ F 2.05 19
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 24
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.15 19
22 WAGNER, FRANZ F 2.03 17
25 OGBE, KENNETH G 1.98 24
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 26
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 25
33 CLIFFORD, DENNIS C 2.13 27
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 24
41 DRESCHER, HENDRIK C 2.06 19
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 29
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.94 21

Player Stats

Ennis, D. / 12.5 Albicy, A. / 11.6 Jelinek, D. / 10.8
Diagne, M. / 5.2
Sikma, L. / 6.8 Nnoko, L. / 5.6
Albicy, A. / 5.9 Ennis, D. / 3.5 Luz, R. / 3.2
Hermannsson, M. / 5.1 Peno, S. / 4.8 Sikma, L. / 4.4
Albicy, A. / 1.8 Ennis, D. / 1.3
Upshaw, J. / 0.7 Diagne, M. / 0.5
Nnoko, L. / 0.8
2PT
Stevic, O. / 63.5 % Diagne, M. / 62.5 % Shurna, J. / 61.2 %
Clifford, D. / 64.7 % Giedraitis, R. / 56.7 % Nnoko, L. / 56.6 %
3PT
Shurna, J. / 50.0 % Albicy, A. / 41.9 % Jelinek, D. / 38.0 %
Hermannsson, M. / 45.3 % Giffey, N. / 44.6 % Sikma, L. / 41.7 %
FT
Shurna, J. / 88.1 % Jelinek, D. / 87.5 % Ennis, D. / 82.3 %
Giedraitis, R. / 85.2 % Hermannsson, M. / 84.4 % Thiemann, J. / 74.5 %
PIR
Albicy, A. / 15.7 Ennis, D. / 12.5 Diagne, M. / 12.2

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
85.1 Points 88.6
33.6 Rebounds 35.3
11.8 O. Rebounds 12.2
21.9 D. Rebounds 23.1
18.5 Assists 23.1
7.7 Steals 8.7
2.5 Blocks 2.2
54.1 % 2PT 52.7 %
34.7 % 3PT 42.5 %
77.5 % FT 78.4 %
93.8 PIR 102.9

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
82.2 Points 82.3
33.2 Rebounds 32.1
10.7 O. Rebounds 10.1
22.5 D. Rebounds 22.0
16.7 Assists 19.8
6.3 Steals 7.1
3.7 Blocks 2.8
53.5 % 2PT 55.9 %
39.0 % 3PT 35.3 %
76.2 % FT 75.9 %
85.5 PIR 89.5

Head Coaches

NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"I see a lot of basketball and can assert that right now, in Europe, I do not see any other team that is playing as well as ALBA Berlin, and we have to be concentrated in many factors to be able to have opportunities to beat them. We have to be concentrated, make good shots on offense, organize the rebounds well, and then defend well all the time. This is the idea that I have to keep to avoid getting so many points in the open court. We must also have energy, communication, desire, commitment and responsibility. We had it in Berlin, but I hope that we will show it with more continuity tomorrow. I hope we learn from Game 1. We have to be more focused on playing well than what tomorrow's game might mean."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"Andorra is unbeaten in the EuroCup in its own gym. It would be more than great for several reasons if we would be able to win there. First, of course, because we would move directly into the EuroCup Finals. Given that we still have a few catch-up games ahead of us in the German League, a 2-0 win in the series to get to the finals would mean one less game in our packed schedule."

Players

ALBICY, ANDREW
MoraBanc Andorra
"We have to win. We showed in the first game that we can win but the key will be to defend well, to play hard on defense. They are very dangerous when they are comfortable and get a lot of confidence as shown by the 59 points they scored in the first half. If we are able to defend well, we will have the cards in our hands to win the game. We have physically worked out the way we needed to work to be competitive, they have also played three games this week. We have won all the games we have played at home so far in Europe and have to keep it that way."
SAIBOU, JOSHIKO
ALBA Berlin
"For visiting teams, it is obviously very difficult to win in Andorra, but with our 1-0 lead, we are heading in from a good position. In the first game, MoraBanc's Jerome Jordan was very strong. But actually it is difficult to highlight individual players from this strong team because they play a very good team basketball. On the other hand, we also have to defend well as a team, which we only did in phases on Tuesday. We have to fix that on Friday for the full 40 minutes."

MoraBanc Andorra vs. ALBA Berlin

· This will be the second time ever these two teams meet in the EuroCup. ALBA dominates their series, 1-0.

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MoraBanc Andorra

Roster
David Walker will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
Oliver Stevic will miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist.
Streaks
Andrew Albicy has dished at least 3 assists in his last 17 EuroCup games.
John Shurna has hit his last 21 free throws in the EuroCup.
Career Highs
Andrew Albicy posted his career high in assists with 12 for MoraBanc against ALBA on March 19, 2019.
Reggie Upshaw posted his career high in defensive rebounds with 8 for MoraBanc against ALBA on March 19, 2019.
Reggie Upshaw posted his career high in total rebounds with 10 for MoraBanc against ALBA on March 19, 2019.
Season Rankings
MoraBanc Andorra Andrew Albicy is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  15.6 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Andrew Albicy is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.0 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Andrew Albicy is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  280.0% .
MoraBanc Andorra Andrew Albicy is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.8 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Andrew Albicy is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.8 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra David Jelinek is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  87.5% .
MoraBanc Andorra Dylan Ennis is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  12.5 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Dylan Ennis is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.3 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Dylan Ennis is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with  3.2 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra John Shurna is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  58.4% .
MoraBanc Andorra John Shurna is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  88.1% .
MoraBanc Andorra John Shurna is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  51.6% .
MoraBanc Andorra Moussa Diagne is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with  2.0 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Moussa Diagne is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  62.5% .
MoraBanc Andorra Moussa Diagne is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  5.2 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Moussa Diagne is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with  2.9 per game.
MoraBanc Andorra Oliver Stevic is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  63.4% .
MoraBanc Andorra Oliver Stevic is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  63.4% .
MoraBanc Andorra Reggie Upshaw is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  0.7 per game.
All-Time Rankings
MoraBanc Andrew Albicy ranks 17th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 250 assists total for his career.
MoraBanc Moussa Diagne ranks fifth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 65.1% field goals % total for his career.
MoraBanc Moussa Diagne ranks fifth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 66.4% true shooting % total for his career.
MoraBanc Moussa Diagne ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 65.1% 2-pointers % total for his career.
MoraBanc Oliver Stevic ranks 19th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 369 rebounds total for his career.
MoraBanc Oliver Stevic ranks eighth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 152 offensive rebounds total for his career.

ALBA Berlin

Roster
Stefan Peno is out with injury.
Lorenz Brenneke, Khristopher Lane-Burrell and Hendrik Drescher are set to make their EuroCup debuts.
Streaks
Stefan Peno has dished at least 3 assists in his last 12 EuroCup games.
Peyton Siva has dished at least 6 assists in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Siva has scored at least 10 points in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Siva has hit at least 2 threes in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Martin Hermannsson has racked a PIR of at least 10 in his last 11 EuroCup games.
Hermannsson has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Luke Sikmas has pulled at least 5 rebounds in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Rokas Giedraitis has scored at least 11 points in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Giedraitis has hit at least one three-pointer in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Giedraitis has racked a PIR of at least 10 in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Niels Giffey has hit at leats one three in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Career Highs
Dennis Clifford posted his career high in blocks with 2 for ALBA against MoraBanc on March 19, 2019.
Season Rankings
ALBA Berlin Dennis Clifford is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  64.7% .
ALBA Berlin Dennis Clifford is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  64.7% .
ALBA Berlin Landry Nnoko is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  5.6 per game.
ALBA Berlin Landry Nnoko is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with  2.2 per game.
ALBA Berlin Landry Nnoko is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  0.8 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  4.3 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with  4.7 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with  2.2 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  17.7 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.6 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  4.5 per game.
ALBA Berlin Luke Sikma is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  6.8 per game.
ALBA Berlin Martin Hermannsson is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  241.1% .
ALBA Berlin Martin Hermannsson is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  13.0 per game.
ALBA Berlin Martin Hermannsson is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  84.4% .
ALBA Berlin Martin Hermannsson is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.1 per game.
ALBA Berlin Niels Giffey is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  1.8 per game.
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  85.1% .
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.2 per game.
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  16.2 per game.
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with  5.1 per game.
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.6 per game.
ALBA Berlin Rokas Giedraitis is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  14.8 per game.
ALBA Berlin Stefan Peno is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  4.8 per game.
All-Time Rankings
ALBA Luke Sikma ranks 17th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 281 defensive rebounds total for his career.
ALBA Luke Sikma ranks seventh on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 441 rebounds total for his career.
ALBA Luke Sikma ranks fifth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 167 offensive rebounds total for his career.
ALBA Peyton Siva ranks 18th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 228.7% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 1
MoraBanc Andorra ALBA Berlin
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
MoraBanc Andorra
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 0-0
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 0-1
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. MoraBanc Andorra: 1-0
Away record vs. MoraBanc Andorra: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 19 March 2019 Semifinals ALBA Berlin 102 - 97 MoraBanc Andorra