2001-02Regular SeasonRound 11
January 16, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 PIONIR
Tau Ceramica of Spain exacted revenge on rivals Partizan with a 59-65 road win in Belgrade on Wednesday to join the new crowd in first place in incredible Group D, which now has six teams within one victory of each other. Tau improved to 7-4, good for a first-place tie with AEK, Scavolini and Ural Great. Partizan falls to 6-5, which is still good enough for a fourth-place tie with Ural Great and Adecco Asvel. Excellent strategy and great defense were the keys for Tau as the Argentinian trio Luis Scola (16 points), Fabricio Oberto (14 points and 10 rebounds) and Andres Nocioni didn't tango, but played hard rock defense which broke one Partizan attack after the next.

Playing without star point guard Elmer Bennett, Tau controlled the game all 40 minutes, shooting only after 20 seconds in each possession. On a night when points were very difficult to come by - Partizan's total was only 19 more than its top shooter, Vlado Scepanovic, scored a week ago on the road - Tau's rebounders ruled. They turned 19-30 advantage on the boards into the extra possessions needed to offset a 1-for-9 shooting night from beyond the arc. The only good attempt from 6.25 meters was by Hugo Sconochini in the third period, but it was more than enough even though Partizan made 6 of 22 triples.

The game began like a friendly one. After five minutes the score was 4-2. There were a lot of turnovers (Partizan 10, Tau 8) and missed shoots for both sides as the defenses refused to give an inch. The first half ended with Partizan showing a miserable percentage from the field, 31%. Tau Ceramica was 0-for-5 on threes at that point. A 30-30 tie at the half said it all about the defensive emphasis of both teams and the trouble everyone had in putting ball through net.

The second half began with an 8-2 Partizan run that seemed to lift the hopes of local fans as the lead went up to 38-32. Those hopes were dashed in the next few minutes, however, with a 4-21 Tau response that turned the game around. The scoreboard now read 42-53 and Tau didn't look like it would give up a single point more. That run was more about great defense than scoring, and rest of the way, Oberto, Noccioni and Scola were even more stingy on the boards, grabbing what seemed to be every rebound en route to the final victory. In the entire second half Partizan had only 5 rebounds, to 16 for Tau. The last two minutes Partizan spent trying to keep the losing margin under 5 points, what they won by at Vitoria, in case of a future tie-breaker, but Tau would not allow that either. Not tonight, and not even in Belgrade.
Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Aleksandar Ostojic, Belgrade
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS; TSANIDIS, STAVROS; LAINIOTIS, SOTIRIOS
Attendance: 5000
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Partizan13171217
Tau Ceramica12182015
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Partizan13304259
Tau Ceramica12305065
Partizan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SCEPANOVIC, VLADO 39:00 20 3/4 2/6 8/9   1 1 2   3         14
5 PETROVIC, VESELIN 26:00 6 2/2 0/4 2/2 1 3 4 1 3 2   1 2 2 7
8 OSTOJIC, DJURO 15:00 1 0/1   1/2         1 1     4 1 -4
9 STANOJEVIC, JOVO 36:00 13 4/7   5/6 2 5 7 1 2 4     4 6 17
10 MATERIC, PREDRAG 1:00                   1         -1
11 GLINTIC, ALEKSANDAR 7:00   0/1     1   1     1     1 1 -1
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 18:00 4 1/3   2/4 2   2           3 2 1
13 VUJANIC, MILOS 30:00 10 0/3 3/8 1/2 1 3 4 2   4   1 4 2  
14 AVDALOVIC, VULE 10:00 5 1/1 1/1                   1 2 6
15 CANAK, NENAD 18:00   0/1 0/3           1 3     4 2 -8
Team                                
Totals 200:00 59 11/23 6/22 19/25 7 12 19 6 7 19 0 2 23 18 31
        47.8% 27.3% 76%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
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
Tau Ceramica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SCOLA, LUIS 25:00 16 7/11 0/1 2/4 1 4 5 1 2 1     2 6 20
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 29:00 6 3/4 0/1     5 5 1 3 4 2   4 3 10
7 FOIREST, LAURENT 27:00 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 3     4 2 2
9 VIDAL, SERGI 10:00                   2       2  
11 SCONOCHINI, HUGO 14:00 3 0/1 1/3     3 3           4 1  
12 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 21:00 6 3/6     1 2 3     1     2 1 4
14 OBERTO, FABRICIO 34:00 14 6/8   2/4 3 7 10   2 7     3 3 15
15 CORCHIANI, CHRIS 29:00 12 2/3 0/2 8/12 1 1 2 2 1 2     4 6 10
16 BYRD, CHARLES 11:00 2 1/2                     1    
Team                                
Totals 200:00 65 24/38 1/9 14/22 7 23 30 5 9 20 2 0 24 24 61
        63.2% 11.1% 63.6%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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Head Coaches

VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"They certainly are a very good defensive team. Physically stronger, they had a stable grip on the game under their boards. Our offense failed to perform appropriately, we did not have a smooth game. Tau Ceramica dominated in rebounds in the second half and this finally tipped the scales."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Tau Ceramica
"First of all, we managed to stop Stanojevic and Vlado Scepanovic, although he clearly showed himself to be the leader of his team, just a bit too late. We played good defense against Partizan's pick-and-roll. I would like us and Partizan to be together among the four teams who advance from Group D, but after Scavolini's victory in Athens it seems that the last round will be the decisive one."

Players

FOIREST, LAURENT
Tau Ceramica
"This was a very important match for both Partizan and us. Thanks to our good defense, we stopped Partizan at 60 points and this was decisive to our benefit."
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