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    #1 Varese (23-7) - #8 Venezia (16-14)
    #4 Milano (19-11) - #5 Siena (18-12)


    #2 Sassari (22-8) - #7 Cantł (17-13)
    #3 Roma (20-10) - #6 Reggio Emilia (18-12)

    Quarterfinals, semifinals, finals, all series are best of 7.

    Well, it seems to me we're going to enjoy a very promising postseason, with the Milano-Siena clash in the QF. More generally, all the matchups should be quite balanced and there is room for upsets. One thing, for sure, is that one side of the bracket (Varese, Siena, Milano, Venezia) is clearly stronger than the other, although there should not be a clear favorite for the final win, so I say that at least six off the eight teams have chances to clinch the title.
    Most of the contenders have made late-season movements to add quality and depth to their roster.


    Varese -----> Dejan Ivanov (PF, Lietuvos Rytas)
    Sassari -----> Drew Gordon (PF/C Partizan), Sani Becirovic (PG, Petrochimchi)
    Roma -----> Bryan Bailey (PG/SG, Bayreuth)
    Milano -----> Pops Mensah-Bonsu (PF/C, Cajasol)
    Siena -----> Dionte Christmas (SG, free agent, formerly with CSKA)
    Cantł -----> Joe Ragland (PG/SG, Ucam Murcia)

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    wow, Bečirovič with 16 points and 5 assists in 13 minutes.

    What's the situation in Italy with euroleague for the next season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joško Poljak Fan View Post
    wow, Bečirovič with 16 points and 5 assists in 13 minutes.

    What's the situation in Italy with euroleague for the next season?
    Well, it was kind of a blowout, but yes, he appears to be in great shape and very focused on adding that one trophy he's still lacking (never won the Italian league).

    Both Milano and Siena have an A license and will compete in the next EL edition.
    If the league is won by any other team except for those two, than Italy will automatically bring in another team, otherwise it will be pretty difficult to have a third team (through a B License) in the competition.

    QUARTERFINALS - GAME 1

    Sassari-Cantł 90-70 - D.Diener 20 pts + 4 rebs + 4 asts (2/6 2p, 4/5 3p, 4/4 ft), S.Becirovic 16 pts + 3 rebs + 3 stls + 5 asts in 13 mins (3/3 2p, 2/3 3p, 4/5 ft), T.Diener 13 pts + 2 stls + 8 asts (4/8 2p, 1/4 3p, 2/2 ft), T.Easley 11 pts + 6 rebs + 2 stls (4/5 2p, 3/3 ft) ; J.Ragland 14 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl + 7 asts (3/5 2p, 2/5 3p, 2/2 ft), A.Tyus 10 pts + 5 rebs + 1 blk + 3 stls + 1 ast (4/7 2p, 2/5 ft), P.Aradori 10 pts in 12 mins (2/3 2p, 2/2 3p)

    Roma-Reggio Emilia 58-70 - L.Datome 19 pts + 5 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast (2/7 2p, 3/7 3p, 6/6 ft), J.Taylor 12 pts + 5 rebs + 2 stls + 4 asts (2/5 2p, 0/1 3p, 8/8 ft), G.Lawal 11 pts + 11 rebs + 2 blks (4/9 2p, 3/4 ft) ; D.Taylor 17 pts + 3 rebs + 3 stls + 1 ast (4/10 2p, 2/5 3p, 3/4 ft), T.Bell 15 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast (2/2 2p, 2/5 3p, 5/9 ft), A.Cinciarini 10 pts + 4 rebs + 3 asts (5/7 2p, 0/2 3p)

    Milano-Siena 103-79 - M.Hairston 20 pts + 3 rebs + 1 ast in 25 mins (5/8 2p, 2/3 3p, 4/5 ft), A.Gentile 16 pts + 4 rebs + 2 asts in 20 mins (4/6 2p, 2/4 3p, 2/3 ft), I.Bouroussis 14 pts + 8 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls (6/12 2p, 0/1 3p, 2/5 ft), P.Mensah-Bonsu 13 + 8 rebs in 13 mins (6/7 2p, 1/5 ft), JR Bremer 13 pts + 2 rebs + 1 stl + 3 asts (2/3 2p, 2/5 3p, 3/4 ft) ; D.Christmas 30 pts + 1 reb + 2 stls + 2 asts (3/5 2p, 5/8 3p, 9/9 ft), B.Brown 13 pts + 2 asts (4/8 2p, 1/6 3p, 2/2 ft)

    Varese-Venezia 92-74
    - Mi.Green 25 pts + 6 rebs + 3 stls + 7 asts (5/9 2p, 3/5 3p, 6/6 ft), B.Dunston 16 pts + 5 rebs + 4 blks + 1 stl + 4 asts (5/8 2p, 6/6 ft), A.Banks 12 pts + 4 rebs + 3 stls + 3 asts (6/9 2p, 0/1 3p, 0/1 ft), A.Polonara 11 pts + 1 reb + 2 stls (2/3 2p, 2/4 3p, 1/1 ft) ; S.Szewczyk 14 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 1 ast (2/5 2p, 2/5 3p, 4/6 ft), K.Clark 13 pts + 2 rebs + 3 asts (4/7 2p, 1/6 3p, 2/2 ft), Y.Diawara 12 pts + 5 rebs + 1 stl + 3 asts (5/9 2p, 0/1 3p, 2/4 ft)


    In the end, one upset, with Reggio Emilia stealing an away-win in Roma.
    I guess that's going to be the most balanced series among the two most surprising teams of the season. It would be quite a shock to see a newly-promoted team (Reggio Emilia) make it to the semifinals.

    Sassari-Cantł sounds a lot like a no-contest now.
    Sassari is on a roll and home-court advantage is a huge boost for them. Also, with Becirovic and Gordon as immediate contributors, they added depth and talent, so I expect them to go on quite easily. They're in the easier side of the bracket and this really can turn into a major chance for them to advance to the finals for the first time. Cantł is in a mess, they came into an identity crisis since Markoishvili's move to Galatasaray with too many players on a huge slump (Tabu, Leunen, Brooks, Cusin...) and Trinchieri seemingly losing the grip on the squad. Worst news is that Aradori, perhaps the only one who was keeping the team alive, got hurt early in game1 and will certainly miss at least game2.

    As for Siena, while I think it's way too early to let the curtain fall on their dynasty, it's undeniable that yesterday's blowout is not the way you want to start a series against your biggest rivals, especially if you're aware you need to steal an away-win to advance. And Milano couldn't even count on Langford, who was out for a minor injury, but if Alessandro Gentile manages to keep his hot streak alive (16 ppg in the last 16 games) this is not going to be a big problem.
    Siena lacks size inside and desperately need to increase its 3-pt% to have a chance to win.
    Christmas scored 30 yesterday, but they need to find more offensive weapons and, most of all, make a better defensive job and get something out off their big men. True that Kangur, Sanikidze and Eze are no superstars, but still they can't keep playing like yesterday or Siena is in a real danger.

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    I appreciate the summary, thanks boyd

    Looks like the Siena dominance is finally over. They just looked overmatched all over the court against Milano

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    QUARTERFINALS GAME 2

    Sassari-Cantł 83-78 - T.Diener 20 pts + 3 rebs + 1 stl + 7 asts (4/10 2p, 2/7 3p, 6/6 ft), D.Diener 18 pts + 3 rebs + 1 stl + 5 asts (3/8 2p, 2/4 3p, 6/6 ft), B.Thornton 15 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast (3/5 2p, 2/4 3p, 3/3 ft), M.Vanuzzo 10 pts + 3 rebs + 1 ast (2/2 2p, 2/3 3p) ; J.Ragland 24 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl + 7 asts (8/11 2p, 1/6 3p, 5/6 ft), M.Leunen 14 pts + 7 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (4/7 2p, 2/4 3p), A.Tyus 13 pts + 11 rebs (6/8 2p, 1/2 ft), M.Scekic 12 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl (5/6 2p, 0/1 3p, 2/3 ft)

    SASSARI leads the series 2-0

    Roma-Reggio Emilia 82-58
    - L.Datome 20 pts + 3 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 1 ast in 25 mins (6/10 2p, 2/3 3p, 2/2 ft), P.Lorant 14 pts + 4 rebs + 2 asts (3/5 2p, 1/2 3p, 5/6 ft), P.Goss 13 pts + 3 stls + 3 asts (2/6 2p, 2/3 3p, 3/4 ft), B.Jones 11 pts + 3 rebs + 1 stl (2/4 2p, 1/2 3p, 4/4 ft) ; D.Taylor 13 pts + 3 rebs + 1 blk + 1 ast (3/8 2p, 2/4 3p, 1/2 ft), T.Bell 12 pts + 1 reb in 17 mins (1/1 2p, 1/3 3p, 7/8 ft), M.Antonutti 10 pts + 3 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (3/4 2p, 0/1 3p, 4/4 ft)

    Series tied at 1-1

    Varese-Venezia 81-72 - E.Ere 19 pts + 10 rebs + 1 ast (3/7 2p, 3/5 3p, 4/4 ft), D.Sakota 19 pts + 2 rebs + 2 stls (2/2 2p, 4/7 3p, 3/4 ft), Mi.Green 12 pts + 4 rebs + 3 stls + 8 asts (2/6 2p, 0/1 3p, 8/11 ft), A.Banks 12 pts + 5 rebs + 6 stls + 1 ast (2/8 2p, 1/1 3p, 5/5 ft) ; Y.Diawara 17 pts + 8 rebs + 2 stls (3/10 2p, 2/3 3p, 5/6 ft), A.Young 14 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl (6/8 2p, 0/1 3p, 2/2 ft), K.Clark 11 pts + 3 rebs + 5 stls + 4 asts (2/8 2p, 1/4 3p, 4/4 ft)

    VARESE leads the series 2-0

    Milano-Siena 81-79 (O.T.) - A.Gentile 18 pts + 3 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (6/11 2p, 0/3 3p, 6/7 ft), JR Bremer 14 pts + 6 rebs + 5 asts (2/6 2p, 2/7 3p, 4/4 ft), M.Hairston 14 pts + 6 rebs + 1 stl (2/6 2p, 1/2 3p, 7/8 ft), P.Mensah-Bonsu 13 pts + 9 rebs + 3 blks + 1 stl (4/8 2p, 5/9 ft), Ma.Green 11 pts + 1 blk + 1 stl + 3 asts (0/3 2p, 3/4 3p, 2/2 ft) ; D.Hackett 18 pts + 7 rebs + 4 asts (9/12 2p, 0/1 3p, 0/2 ft), T.Ress 18 pts + 5 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls + 1 ast (3/6 2p, 3/7 3p, 3/3 ft), Bo.Brown 18 pts + 1 reb + 1 ast (4/12 2p, 2/6 3p, 4/6 ft), K.Kangur 10 pts + 4 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast (1/3 2p, 2/5 3p, 2/2 ft)

    MILANO leads the series 2-0


    Game two was definitely exciting for all series. Hats off to Roma's pride, after losing the home-court advantage in game 1 and despite missing a couple of key players like Jordan Taylor and Gani Lawal, both injured, they reacted brutally in game 2 and thrashed Reggio Emilia with a superb defensive performance and a collective effort.

    Cantł lost again but fought hard and despite the absence of Aradori gave Sassari a big scare by leading for most of the game. Sassari bounced back midway through the 4th quarter with a couple of key 3-pointers by Gordon and Vanuzzo and then they sealed the deal staying perfect from the ft line (19/19). Despite the loss, Cantł appeared to be in better shape than everyone expected and given the huge boost they usually get when playing at home, I wouldn't be much surprised if they manage to tie this series at 2-2.
    Don't know if they will be able to steal a road win, though, and I have a feeling they won't have the same chance they had in game 2...

    Varese won but the final score looks pretty unfair to Venezia in a very balanced game where the lead switched between the two teams several times.
    Venezia started really bad, struggling with the fouls and then trailing by 16 pts, but they eventually managed to cut the margin and even go ahead in the score, with a good collective effort and a nice help by Italian vets Marconato and Rosselli.
    But Varese showed mental strength and winning attitude and with several clutch shots by Ere and mostly by Sakota (not only threes, but also a good defense and a key rebound), managed to take the lead again and then extended it in the last couple of minutes.

    Incredible game in Milano.
    Siena managed to forget about game 1 blowout and all of its problems and led by another great performance by Hackett and Ress went ahead by 6 pts (62-68) in the final minute of the game. It seemed over but Bremer hit a couple of free throws and then, a few seconds later, Marques Green buried a 3-pointer (67-68). With about 35 seconds left, Hackett proved to be clutch again by hitting a shot that seemingly killed the game (67-70), but in the last possession of the game Ress made a tragic mistake by fouling Hairston while he was pulling up for three. Hairston made 3/3 from the line and tied the game up, Kangur took the last shot but missed it. In the OT, the hero was JR Bremer, with a couple of killing threes and the decisive 2-pointer down the final stretch. Brown had the last chance to take the game to the 2nd OT but missed the shot.
    Milano is 2-0 despite Langford's absence, and the series now moves to Siena.
    Don't really know how Siena will react after such a wasted opportunity. This could be one more nail in their coffin, but I'm confident they still have something left in the tank somewhere...They're almost dead, but as long as they breathe their Italian dominance is not really over...

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    Thanx boyd, keep working!

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    Quarterfinals - Game 3

    Reggio Emilia-Roma 89-69 - D.Taylor 20 pts + 4 rebs + 4 stls + 4 asts (8/12 2p, 0/2 3p, 4/4 ft), M.Antonutti 17 pts + 2 rebs + 6 stls + 1 ast (3/5 2p, 3/7 3p, 2/2 ft), A.Cinciarini 16 pts + 4 rebs + 2 stls + 4 asts (7/8 2p, 0/3 3p, 2/4 ft), G.Brunner 10 pts + 3 rebs + 2 blks + 1 stl + 5 asts (2/4 2p, 2/2 3p) ; L.Datome 20 pts + 6 rebs + 1 blk + 2 asts (5/9 2p, 1/3 3p, 7/8 ft), P.Goss 11 pts + 5 rebs + 1 stl + 3 asts (1/3 2p, 2/6 3p, 3/4 ft), B.Bailey 11 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 3 asts (3/5 2p, 1/4 3p, 2/2 ft)

    Reggio Emilia leads 2-1


    Cantł-Sassari 73-71 - M.Leunen 17 pts + 3 rebs + 3 asts (1/3 2p, 4/5 3p, 3/3 ft), J.Ragland 11 pts + 2 rebs + 3 asts (1/7 2p, 2/5 3p, 3/4 ft), S.Mancinelli 10 pts + 2 rebs + 2 asts (3/4 2p, 1/3 3p, 1/1 ft) ; T.Diener 19 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl + 1 ast (4/7 2p, 2/6 3p, 5/7 ft), D.Diener 13 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 5 asts (3/7 2p, 1/4 3p, 4/4 ft), B.Thornton 12 pts + 7 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls + 1 ast (2/7 2p, 2/7 3p, 2/2 ft)

    Sassari leads 2-1


    Siena-Milano 92-73 - D.Moss 26 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 ast (6/8 2p, 4/5 3p, 2/2 ft), D.Hackett 20 pts + 4 rebs + 3 stls + 11 asts, ranking 37 (6/9 2p, 0/2 3p, 8/9 ft), Bo.Brown 20 pts + 1 ast in 27 mins (4/9 2p, 3/6 3p, 3/3 ft) ; M.Hairston 18 pts + 4 rebs + 1 ast (4/9 2p, 3/5 3p, 1/3 ft), A.Gentile 17 pts + 2 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (5/10 2p, 2/4 3p, 1/1 ft), N.Melli 11 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 1 ast (0/2 2p, 3/3 3p, 2/2 ft), P.Mensah-Bonsu 10 pts + 3 rebs + 1 ast in 18 mins (4/5 2p, 2/4 ft)

    Milano leads 2-1


    Venezia-Varese 79-93 - A.Young 29 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 1 ast in 32 mins (9/14 2p, 2/3 3p, 5/5 ft), S.Szewczyk 15 pts + 6 rebs + 1 stl + 1ast (4/6 2p, 1/4 3p, 4/5 ft), G.Rosselli 12 pts + 4 rebs + 4 stls + 1 ast (4/7 2p, 4/5 ft) ; A.Banks 23 pts + 6 rebs + 3 asts (8/12 2p, 1/3 3p, 4/4 ft), B.Dunston 19 pts + 7 rebs + 3 blks + 1 stl (8/9 2p, 3/5 ft), A.Polonara 14 pts + 3 rebs (1/2 2p, 4/5 3p)

    Varese leads 3-0


    Another strong showing by Varese, which shuts down Venezia's hopes to get back into the game in the 2nd half and now the series is (almost) over.
    Great job by Varese, that's how you want to prove your strength in the playoffs, confirming the top seed was fully deserved and the team is really good enough to win the league.

    Reggio Emilia returned the game 2 blowout thrashing Roma at home. Once again Roma couldn't count on starters Jordan Taylor and Gani Lawal and just didn't have enough scoring power and depth to steal an away-win in a very hot and difficult arena. The challenge between super scorers Donell Taylor and Gigi Datome is a beauty, but I can't see Roma win this series unless they recover their injured players. On the other hand, besides Donell Taylor, Reggio Emilia is showing a collective efficiency with a lot of players appearing in great shape (Brunner and Cinciarini among them) and confidence.

    Dramatic and exciting game in Cantł, where the hosts kept the lead for most of the time but never managed to kill the game. Sassari came back and even went ahead in the score in the final minutes but Cantł had enough mental strength to avoid what could've been a fatal loss. The game-winning plays were made by Jeff Brooks, who scored a 2+1 basket right after an offensive rebound and blocked Travis Diener's (only one assist, for him ) 3-pt shot on the buzzer. Cantł is still alive and should they recover Aradori and win again in game 4, this series could be a lot more balanced than expected.

    Great reaction by Siena after their dramatic loss in game 2, in an almost do-or-die game. Once again Banchi opted to bench Brown at the beginning to give Hackett the playmaking duties. Daniel dominated the game (20 pts, 11 asts, 37 ranking) showing leadership and personality, but also Moss and Brown himself were terrific. The teams are still battling with injuries (Siena was missing injured Kangur and Janning, Milano still without Langford) but some players are expected to recover and play in game 4.

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    Siena-Armani 2:2.. I think(have feeling) that Siena will win next game in Milano, do you agree boyd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmonRA View Post
    Siena-Armani 2:2.. I think(have feeling) that Siena will win next game in Milano, do you agree boyd?
    Well, now it's very unpredictable, it will mostly be up to Milano's ability to handle the pressure, which is their biggest issue.

    QUARTERFINALS - Game 4

    Cantł-Sassari 82-80 - J.Ragland 23 pts + 1 reb + 5 asts (4/9 2p, 5/6 3p), A.Tyus 16 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl (7/9 2p, 2/4 ft), P.Aradori 11 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (1/3 2p, 2/3 3p, 3/4 ft) ; S.Becirovic 19 pts + 2 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast in 18 mins (3/7 2p, 2/6 3p, 7/7 ft), B.Thornton 16 pts + 2 rebs + 3 stls + 1 ast (2/7 2p, 2/7 3p, 6/6 ft), D.Gordon 13 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk + 3 stls (5/10 2p, 1/1 3p)

    Series tied 2-2


    Reggio Emilia-Roma 68-71 - D.Taylor 19 pts + 7 rebs + 1 ast (5/10 2p, 1/3 3p, 6/9 ft), T.Bell 13 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls (2/3 2p, 1/4 3p, 6/8 ft), A.Cinciarini 10 pts + 4 rebs + 6 asts (1/7 2p, 2/5 3p, 2/2 ft) ; L.Datome 20 pts + 6 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls + 1 ast (3/8 2p, 1/6 3p, 11/11 ft), J.Taylor 18 pts + 8 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls + 2 asts (4/6 2p, 1/1 3p, 7/9 ft), B.Jones 12 pts + 5 rebs + 3 stls (3/5 2p, 1/3 3p, 3/6 ft), G.Lawal 10 pts + 5 rebs + 2 blks + 1 stl (4/6 2p, 2/2 ft)

    Series tied 2-2


    Siena-Milano 75-69 - Bo.Brown 17 pts + 3 rebs + 1 ast (5/10 2p, 0/4 3p, 7/8 ft), B.Eze 14 pts + 12 rebs + 2 blks + 1 ast in 22 mins (7/11 2p, 0/3 ft), M.Carraretto 14 pts + 1 reb + 3 stls + 1 ast (1/4 2p, 4/6 3p), D.Hackett 10 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 5 asts (3/9 2p, 0/4 3p, 4/5 ft) ; K.Langford 21 pts + 1 reb + 1 ast in 23 mins (4/8 2p, 3/4 3p, 4/6 ft)

    Series tied 2-2


    Venezia-Varese 84-72 - K.Clark 18 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 8 asts (3/5 2p, 3/5 3p, 3/4 ft), A.Young 16 pts + 2 rebs + 2 stls (3/7 2p, 2/4 3p, 4/4 ft), Y.Diawara 14 pts + 5 rebs + 1 blk + 3 stls + 2 asts (4/7 2p, 1/4 3p, 3/6 ft), S.Szewczyk 11 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk (4/8 2p, 1/4 3p) ; D.Sakota 15 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl in 18 mins (3/3 2p, 3/6 3p), B.Dunston 14 pts + 9 rebs (6/9 2p, 2/2 ft), A.Banks 12 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 1 ast (4/10 2p, 1/1 3p, 1/4 ft), Mi.Green 11 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls + 5 asts (1/5 2p, 2/4 3p, 3/4 ft)

    Varese leads 3-1


    I'm really enjoying this postseason, as it's very balanced as it wasn't since a lot of years.
    The only series which seems to be already decided is Varese-Venezia, although the top-seeded team of the league has lost yesterday on the road in game 4.
    I have to say that Venezia played a very good game, with much aggressiveness since the tip-off and did all the little things a lot better than in the previous games, where despite staying close for most time, they had to regret silly mistakes (missed layups, defensive miscues, turnovers...) that in the end were decisive. KeeKee Clark - absolutely a key player for them - was finally back at his own levels and dominated the game. Venezia is deep and talented, with a lot of experienced players, I guess they will once again be very competitive in game 5 at Varese, but still I think Varese will get the job done as the game goes on, so I think this series is coming to an end.

    Great road win for Roma in a very tight and balanced game, which was decided in the final minute.
    Of course it was clear that Roma's hopes to tie this series and look to advancing to the semifinals depended on Jordan Taylor and Gani Lawal's comebacks, and although hurt, they both recovered and were pretty decisive in game 4, especially Taylor, who was clutch in the final stretch and was the game's mvp.
    Another good news for Roma is that Bobby Jones had a very solid performance. He's a rollercoaster, you never know what he's going to give you, he can be factor or a ghost with his inconsistence, still I believe he's their X-Factor with his versatility and Roma's ambitions forcibly have to deal with this.

    Mission accomplished for Cantł, they needed to win both home games to keep its hopes alive, since winning in Sassari is very difficult right now and if they had lost in game 3 or 4 they had to win twice on the road which woud've been almost impossible for them.
    Cantł deserved the win, keeping a quite comfortable lead throughout the game, although they suddenly stopped playing with 2 minutes left on the clock and with a lot of crazy turnovers and several 3-pointers/3 pt plays by Becirovic and Thornton they let Sassari come closer and closer. In the end with just 5 seconds left, Cantł let their opponents cut the margin to only 2-points and Leunen turned the ball over once more to give Thornton the chance to shoot for the win on the buzzer, but fortunately for Cantł, he had to shoot it from too far and the ball just hit the rim.
    The good news for Cantł is the huge impact that Joe Ragland managed to have on the team in such a short time since his arrival. He was the game MVP hitting an impressive streak of shots to destroy Sassari's zone defense in the 4th quarter. Besides that, he's also the main reason why Alex Tyus finally found a way to be a factor after fading for quite a long period. Cantł desperately needed a PG and a leader and for now Ragland is the answer.
    And oh, with just 6 pts scored in game 4, Drake Diener's impressive streak of 54 consecutive games in which he scored in double-digits came to an end. He's human too.
    In game 4 Sacchetti opted to let Ignerski play again, keeping Easley out due to the foreign players' rules, but the Pole's performance was kinda poor, so I guess he will just go on with the Gordon and Easley connection which was working well. I really don't get why he decided to make this change, considering the good results he was having.

    A tight, nervous game also in Siena, where the hosts needed about 35 minutes before making the decisive run which allowed them to tie this series.
    Besides Brown's 17 pts, surprisingly Siena has found key contributors in Eze and Carraretto, while Janning, recovered from an injury and taking Christmas' place in the rotations didn't do much.
    Overall, it was a quite disappointing performance by Milano, which had a lot from Langford, back on the court from his injury, but almost all of the others didn't have an impact. Although I believe Langford is a star and Milano's best player overall, I think he just doesn't fit in well there alongside guys like Hairston and Gentile, that means that even if Milano gets stronger with all of them available the team loses much in terms of chemistry.
    Milano still has the homecourt advantage, but game 5 will take place in Desio, not Milano, perhaps it could have a little impact on the game itself (I don't think, but whatever), who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyd20 View Post
    Well, now it's very unpredictable, it will mostly be up to Milano's ability to handle the pressure, which is their biggest issue.

    QUARTERFINALS - Game 4

    Cantł-Sassari 82-80 - J.Ragland 23 pts + 1 reb + 5 asts (4/9 2p, 5/6 3p), A.Tyus 16 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl (7/9 2p, 2/4 ft), P.Aradori 11 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (1/3 2p, 2/3 3p, 3/4 ft) ; S.Becirovic 19 pts + 2 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast in 18 mins (3/7 2p, 2/6 3p, 7/7 ft), B.Thornton 16 pts + 2 rebs + 3 stls + 1 ast (2/7 2p, 2/7 3p, 6/6 ft), D.Gordon 13 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk + 3 stls (5/10 2p, 1/1 3p)

    Series tied 2-2


    Reggio Emilia-Roma 68-71 - D.Taylor 19 pts + 7 rebs + 1 ast (5/10 2p, 1/3 3p, 6/9 ft), T.Bell 13 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls (2/3 2p, 1/4 3p, 6/8 ft), A.Cinciarini 10 pts + 4 rebs + 6 asts (1/7 2p, 2/5 3p, 2/2 ft) ; L.Datome 20 pts + 6 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls + 1 ast (3/8 2p, 1/6 3p, 11/11 ft), J.Taylor 18 pts + 8 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls + 2 asts (4/6 2p, 1/1 3p, 7/9 ft), B.Jones 12 pts + 5 rebs + 3 stls (3/5 2p, 1/3 3p, 3/6 ft), G.Lawal 10 pts + 5 rebs + 2 blks + 1 stl (4/6 2p, 2/2 ft)

    Series tied 2-2


    Siena-Milano 75-69 - Bo.Brown 17 pts + 3 rebs + 1 ast (5/10 2p, 0/4 3p, 7/8 ft), B.Eze 14 pts + 12 rebs + 2 blks + 1 ast in 22 mins (7/11 2p, 0/3 ft), M.Carraretto 14 pts + 1 reb + 3 stls + 1 ast (1/4 2p, 4/6 3p), D.Hackett 10 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 5 asts (3/9 2p, 0/4 3p, 4/5 ft) ; K.Langford 21 pts + 1 reb + 1 ast in 23 mins (4/8 2p, 3/4 3p, 4/6 ft)

    Series tied 2-2


    Venezia-Varese 84-72 - K.Clark 18 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 8 asts (3/5 2p, 3/5 3p, 3/4 ft), A.Young 16 pts + 2 rebs + 2 stls (3/7 2p, 2/4 3p, 4/4 ft), Y.Diawara 14 pts + 5 rebs + 1 blk + 3 stls + 2 asts (4/7 2p, 1/4 3p, 3/6 ft), S.Szewczyk 11 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk (4/8 2p, 1/4 3p) ; D.Sakota 15 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl in 18 mins (3/3 2p, 3/6 3p), B.Dunston 14 pts + 9 rebs (6/9 2p, 2/2 ft), A.Banks 12 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 1 ast (4/10 2p, 1/1 3p, 1/4 ft), Mi.Green 11 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls + 5 asts (1/5 2p, 2/4 3p, 3/4 ft)

    Varese leads 3-1


    I'm really enjoying this postseason, as it's very balanced as it wasn't since a lot of years.
    The only series which seems to be already decided is Varese-Venezia, although the top-seeded team of the league has lost yesterday on the road in game 4.
    I have to say that Venezia played a very good game, with much aggressiveness since the tip-off and did all the little things a lot better than in the previous games, where despite staying close for most time, they had to regret silly mistakes (missed layups, defensive miscues, turnovers...) that in the end were decisive. KeeKee Clark - absolutely a key player for them - was finally back at his own levels and dominated the game. Venezia is deep and talented, with a lot of experienced players, I guess they will once again be very competitive in game 5 at Varese, but still I think Varese will get the job done as the game goes on, so I think this series is coming to an end.

    Great road win for Roma in a very tight and balanced game, which was decided in the final minute.
    Of course it was clear that Roma's hopes to tie this series and look to advancing to the semifinals depended on Jordan Taylor and Gani Lawal's comebacks, and although hurt, they both recovered and were pretty decisive in game 4, especially Taylor, who was clutch in the final stretch and was the game's mvp.
    Another good news for Roma is that Bobby Jones had a very solid performance. He's a rollercoaster, you never know what he's going to give you, he can be factor or a ghost with his inconsistence, still I believe he's their X-Factor with his versatility and Roma's ambitions forcibly have to deal with this.

    Mission accomplished for Cantł, they needed to win both home games to keep its hopes alive, since winning in Sassari is very difficult right now and if they had lost in game 3 or 4 they had to win twice on the road which woud've been almost impossible for them.
    Cantł deserved the win, keeping a quite comfortable lead throughout the game, although they suddenly stopped playing with 2 minutes left on the clock and with a lot of crazy turnovers and several 3-pointers/3 pt plays by Becirovic and Thornton they let Sassari come closer and closer. In the end with just 5 seconds left, Cantł let their opponents cut the margin to only 2-points and Leunen turned the ball over once more to give Thornton the chance to shoot for the win on the buzzer, but fortunately for Cantł, he had to shoot it from too far and the ball just hit the rim.
    The good news for Cantł is the huge impact that Joe Ragland managed to have on the team in such a short time since his arrival. He was the game MVP hitting an impressive streak of shots to destroy Sassari's zone defense in the 4th quarter. Besides that, he's also the main reason why Alex Tyus finally found a way to be a factor after fading for quite a long period. Cantł desperately needed a PG and a leader and for now Ragland is the answer.
    And oh, with just 6 pts scored in game 4, Drake Diener's impressive streak of 54 consecutive games in which he scored in double-digits came to an end. He's human too.
    In game 4 Sacchetti opted to let Ignerski play again, keeping Easley out due to the foreign players' rules, but the Pole's performance was kinda poor, so I guess he will just go on with the Gordon and Easley connection which was working well. I really don't get why he decided to make this change, considering the good results he was having.

    A tight, nervous game also in Siena, where the hosts needed about 35 minutes before making the decisive run which allowed them to tie this series.
    Besides Brown's 17 pts, surprisingly Siena has found key contributors in Eze and Carraretto, while Janning, recovered from an injury and taking Christmas' place in the rotations didn't do much.
    Overall, it was a quite disappointing performance by Milano, which had a lot from Langford, back on the court from his injury, but almost all of the others didn't have an impact. Although I believe Langford is a star and Milano's best player overall, I think he just doesn't fit in well there alongside guys like Hairston and Gentile, that means that even if Milano gets stronger with all of them available the team loses much in terms of chemistry.
    Milano still has the homecourt advantage, but game 5 will take place in Desio, not Milano, perhaps it could have a little impact on the game itself (I don't think, but whatever), who knows.
    no news about D.Diener and mta? i've learned one month ago,mta was looking for him

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    Varese were the best team during the regular season, but I doubt if they can pass Milano or Siena in a seria even with the home court advantage
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    Really? I didn't hear or read anything related to Drake Diener heading to Maccabi TA.
    I think it's too early to know where he's going to play next season, it also depends on how Sassari ends this campaign and if they're going to play in Euroleague.
    Also, we have to consider he's been playing in Italy since starting his professional career, he speaks the language and enjoys living and playing in the same team with his cousin.
    Another thing to consider is that both Dieners are rumored to get a passport (Italian for Travis, Bulgarian for Drake), should this happen, it may change a lot of things.

    In LegaDue playoffs, a huge upset was made yesterday with newly-promoted and 8th-seeded Trento kicking out top-ranked and huge candidate to the promotion Barcellona (they had players like Taurean Green, Dwight Hardy, Craig Callahan, Jobey Thomas, Alessandro Cittadini...) with a terrific 3-0 sweep which never happened before over here.
    So Trento (with only two foreign players, veterans BJ Elder and Michael Umeh + Andres Forray, who's from Argentina but holds an Italian passport) advances to the semis, that's what you can call a terrible rookie, since they also managed to surprisingly win Italian LegaDue Cup a couple months ago. Not bad in your first year at that level.

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    A bit off-topic: Does anyone know what is going on with Pallacanestro Treviso? Last time I heard from them, Ricky Pittis was trying to raise money for a new project. Did the team disappear or is it lingering on the minor leagues?
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    My "feeling" for Siena :facepalm:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRS Bonnet View Post
    A bit off-topic: Does anyone know what is going on with Pallacanestro Treviso? Last time I heard from them, Ricky Pittis was trying to raise money for a new project. Did the team disappear or is it lingering on the minor leagues?
    The team (Treviso Basket) is competing in the Italian minor leagues and hoping to get a wild card to compete in LegaDue next season.

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    QUARTERFINALS - GAME 5

    Roma-Reggio Emilia 74-69 - B.Jones 16 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl (4/6 2p, 2/5 3p, 2/3 ft), L.Datome 15 pts + 9 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 3 asts (2/3 2p, 2/4 3p, 5/6 ft), P.Goss 15 pts + 2 rebs + 1 stl + 4 asts (3/7 2p, 3/6 3p), G.Lawal 10 pts + 6 rebs + 1 blk (5/7 2p) ; A.Cinciarini 12 pts + 5 rebs + 3 stls + 5 asts (3/7 2p, 2/3 3p), G.Brunner 12 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 3 asts (4/6 2p, 1/4 3p, 1/4 ft), D.Taylor 10 pts + 7 rebs + 2 stls + 2 asts (2/12 2p, 2/4 3p)

    Roma leads 3-2


    Sassari-Cantł 81-58 - D.Diener 18 pts + 5 rebs + 1 blk + 2 stls + 2 asts (5/5 2p, 1/4 3p, 5/7 ft), D.Gordon 13 pts + 9 rebs + 2 stls + 2 asts in 21 mins (5/8 2p, 1/1 3p), M.Vanuzzo 13 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 ast (2/2 2p, 3/4 3p), S.Becirovic 11 pts + 1 reb + 3 asts in 18 mins (4/7 2p, 0/1 3p, 3/3 ft) ; A.Tyus 13 pts + 12 rebs + 1 stl (5/6 2p, 3/5 ft), P.Aradori 12 pts + 5 rebs + 2 stls + 1 ast (3/9 2p, 0/3 3p, 6/8 ft), J.Ragland 10 pts + 1 reb + 2 stls + 1 ast (2/4 2p, 2/5 3p)

    Sassari leads 3-2



    Milano-Siena 82-67 - I.Bouroussis 18 pts + 12 rebs + 2 asts (6/9 2p, 1/3 3p, 3/3 ft), M.Hairston 17 pts + 2 rebs + 1 blk + 3 asts (5/8 2p, 1/2 3p, 4/4 ft), A.Gentile 15 pts + 5 rebs + 1 stl + 3 asts (5/11 2p, 0/1 3p, 5/5 ft), JR Bremer 15 pts + 3 rebs + 2 asts (2/2 2p, 3/5 3p, 2/4 ft) ; V.Sanikidze 12 pts + 10 rebs + 1 stl + 1 ast (2/6 2p, 2/4 3p, 2/2 ft), D.Hackett 10 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl + 3 asts (1/5 2p, 2/4 3p, 2/2 ft)

    Milano leads 3-2



    Varese-Venezia 84-75 - D.Sakota 23 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl, rating = 27 in 27 mins (5/5 2p, 3/4 3p, 4/4 ft), A.Banks 14 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl + 1 ast (3/11 2p, 2/3 3p, 2/2 ft), D.Ivanov 10 pts + 9 rebs + 2 stls in 18 mins (4/7 2p, 2/3 ft), B.Dunston 10 + 6 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts in 18 mins (4/9 2p, 2/3 ft) ; Y.Diawara 21 pts + 3 rebs + 1 blk + 4 stls + 1 ast (5/9 2p, 1/6 3p, 8/10 ft), G.Rosselli 15 pts + 9 rebs + 2 stls + 3 asts (5/6 2p, 1/4 3p, 2/2 ft), T.Bowers 13 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (6/9 2p, 0/2 3p, 1/2 ft), K.Clark 12 pts + 6 rebs + 1 stl + 2 asts (2/3 2p, 2/6 3p, 2/2 ft)


    Top-seeded Varese continues its crazy race to the league's final stages and it's the first team to advance to the semis. Another terrific performance by Sakota, I have to admit I really got impressed with his improvements, now besides being an elite shooter he's proving to be a reliable option to lean on in clutch moments and big games.
    So, well done Varese, I really wish them to go all the way to the finals and hopefully win the league, they'd deserve it.
    As for Venezia, considering their finances and ambitions, I'd say they were expected to have a better season (they didn't qualify to the Italian Cup and were at least supposed to be harder opponents in the postseason), but in the end Varese is just better and proved to be ready and mentally strong to go on steadily.


    After recovering the homecourt advantage, Roma kept doing its own job defeating Reggio Emilia to be now one step away from the semis. Bobby Jones was once again a leading force, confirming that when he's having an impact his team usually wins.
    Much credit also to Lorenzo D'Ercole for his defense and a couple of huge baskets in the final stretch.
    On the other hand, an atrocious performance by Donell Taylor, who started the game well but he eventually found himself in a tunnel with an endless streak of missed shots and poor choices. The series is very balanced and although Roma is a better team now that Jordan Taylor and Gani Lawal are back, Reggio is a very solid team at home (despite losing in game 4) and I'm confident they can bring the series to game 7.


    The other two games were both no-contests.
    Sassari totally outplayed Cantł since the first minutes and the feeling this series is going to be decided by the homecourt advantage just gets stronger and stronger.
    Cantł has much to regret the huge chance wasted in game 2...
    Let's see if Cantł wins tonight and brings this series to game 7, in any case even if this happens, I am convinced that Sassari will go through.


    Milano made a statement yesterday and put Siena with its back to the wall.
    One more lose and Siena's dominance would end after a 6-yr long streak of domestic titles. Milano is a better team, definitely more talented and seemingly very confident right now. Siena just looks tired and with too many players in a quite pooor shape (Kangur is playing hurt, Janning just back from an injury, Christmas dealing with minor injuries and not very involved in the team's gameplan, Rasic never was a factor). Yesterday Bobby Brown had a nightmare performance and should this happen again I'm afraid it would be fatal for Siena, as they just can't afford to give up his offensive contribution. More generally, it just looks that this season Siena struggles too much on the road and even winning tomorrow they will have to win in Milano in game 7 or they'll be out. In that case they will never regret enough the way they blew away the win in game 2...

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    Tonight Siena-Milano for Game-6: if Armani wins it's over (the winner will face Varese in the semifinal), otherwise there will be the 3rd Game-7 out of four quarter finals!!!

    Tomorrow Sassari-Cantł and Roma-Reggio Emilia with home teams favourites but an upset can't be excluded...

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    QUARTERFINALS GAME 6

    Cantł-Sassari 87-84 - P.Aradori 26 pts + 2 rebs + 5 asts in 31 mins (5/9 2p, 3/5 3p, 7/8 ft), A.Tyus 17 pts + 7 rebs + 1 blk (7/9 2p, 3/7 ft), N.Mazzarino 11 pts + 2 rebs + 1 stl + 3 asts (3/4 2p, 1/2 3p, 2/2 ft) ; D.Gordon 21 pts + 9 rebs + 1 stl in 24 mins (9/12 2p, 0/1 3p, 3/4 ft), D.Diener 19 pts + 1 reb + 3 asts (7/13 2p, 1/6 3p, 2/2 ft), B.Sacchetti 18 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl in 21 mins (2/2 2p, 4/7 3p, 2/4 ft)

    Series tied 3-3


    Reggio Emilia-Roma 91-82
    - D.Taylor 22 pts + 1 reb in 17 mins (2/5 2p, 5/5 3p, 3/4 ft), T.Bell 17 pts + 6 rebs + 3 stls + 2 asts (5/9 2p, 2/3 3p, 1/1 ft), A.Cinciarini 12 pts + 4 rebs + 1 stl + 7 asts (3/7 2p, 2/5 3p), M.Antonutti 10 pts + 3 rebs + 2 stls (2/2 2p, 2/3 3p, 0/1 ft) ; L.Datome 23 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 2 asts (4/4 2p, 3/8 3p, 6/7 ft), P.Goss 14 pts + 1 reb + 1 stl + 5 asts (1/3 2p, 4/8 3p), B.Jones 13 pts + 3 rebs + 3 stls + 3 asts (1/3 2p, 3/6 3p, 2/2 ft), G.Lawal 13 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 3 stls + 2 asts (6/8 2p, 1/1 ft)

    Series tied 3-3


    Siena-Milano 72-66 - D.Hackett 18 pts + 2 rebs + 5 asts (5/9 2p, 1/5 3p, 5/6 ft), Bo.Brown 15 pts + 3 rebs + 3 asts (2/9 2p, 3/8 3p, 2/4 ft), M.Carraretto 13 pts + 3 rebs + 1 stl + 1 ast (1/2 2p, 3/5 3p, 2/2 ft) ; A.Gentile 18 pts + 5 rebs + 1 ast (4/7 2p, 2/4 3p, 4/6 ft), I.Bouroussis 16 pts + 7 rebs + 2 asts (2/4 2p, 2/4 3p, 6/6 ft), M.Hairston 11 pts + 4 rebs + 1 blk + 1 stl + 2 asts (3/5 2p, 0/2 3p, 5/7 ft)

    Series tied 3-3


    With Varese waiting and resting, all the other series are open to any outcome, as they all went to game 7.
    Cantł and Siena look to be in very similar situations, as both teams often appeared to be in trouble but in the end they always managed to stay alive winning their home games, but the feeling is they struggle too much on the road and that they wasted a golden opportunity in game 2. Sassari and Milano are clearly favorite playing at home and looking deeper and in better shape, besides I'm not sure Cantł and Siena have enough energies and mental strength left in the tank.
    Roma-Reggio Emilia definitely looks more balanced and uncertain and Reggio already managed to steal an away-win in this series.
    Roma was dominating in game 6 keeping a double-digit lead for almost three quarter before getting stunned with a terrific run by Reggio Emilia. This time, Donell Taylor (22 pts in 17 minutes with 5/5 from the arc) was just unstoppable.
    All in all, this playoffs have been really interesting so far and it's very nice to see Italian players like Datome, Gentile, Hackett, Aradori, Cinciarini having such an impact.

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    Biggest playoff game tonight. Although I believe Milano are the better team I have a feeling Siena's experience will be decisive in a Game 7 scenario

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    I was bet last night on Cantu, because I was sure that one team(Cantu or Siena) will win in 7th game.. But I think that is too much, that both visitors win in 7th game, so my prediction is that Milano will win tonights game

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