Regular Season Round 6 - December 07, 2005 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
4-1 Overall 2-3

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
CONDERANNE, FABIEN, France
Umpire
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.0 Points 71.6
35.2 Rebounds 31.2
11.2 O. Rebounds 9.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 22.2
15.6 Assists 12.4
10.2 Steals 8.8
2.4 Blocks 0.6
14.4 Turnovers 14.0
53.5 % 2PT 45.2 %
37.3 % 3PT 39.1 %
70.5 % FT 71.6 %
92.6 Index 63.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.2 / SCOLA, LUIS Points 16.0 / Nelson
6.6 / DAVID, KORNEL Rebounds 10.2 / Nelson
2.4 / SPLITTER, TIAGO OR 2.8 / Nelson
5.2 / DAVID, KORNEL DR 7.4 / Nelson
6.4 / PRIGIONI, PABLO Assists 3.2 / PHELPS, DERRICK
1.6 / SCOLA, LUIS Steals 1.4 / Mallet
0.8 / SCOLA, LUIS Blocks 0.2 / PHELPS, DERRICK
2.6 / SCOLA, LUIS Turnovers 2.6 / Nelson
75.0 % / PRIGIONI, PABLO 2PT 76.9 % / BEGLEY, T
50.0 % / PRIGIONI, PABLO 3PT 50.0 % / BEGLEY, T
100.0 % / PRIGIONI, PABLO FT 80.0 % / PHELPS, DERRICK
18.8 / SCOLA, LUIS Index 19.4 / Nelson

THE TAKE

Two teams seemingly headed in opposite directions will meet Wednesday when Tau Ceramica hosts GHP Bamberg in Vitoria, Spain. Bamberg (2-3) had surprised many with a 2-1 start, but has since dropped two in a row, including last week's game at home against Zalgiris. Tau (4-1), despite a change of head coaches already, is on a three-game win streak and holds a share of first place in Group A, with Zalgiris. Bamberg's top two weapons were on target again last week, but it wasn't enough against Zalgiris. Desmond Mallet (13.2 ppg.) had a season-high 20 points, while Spencer Nelson (16 ppg, 10.2 rpg.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds. The German champs have yet to record a win on the road this season and it won't be an easy task in Vitoria, where Tau (4-1) has won eight in a row dating back to January. Tau went to overtime to edge Benetton last week 92-96 in Treviso as Serkan Erdogan (16 ppg.) returned from injury to score 21 points off the bench. Big men Luis Scola (17.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Kornel David (10.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg.) added 18 apiece. Ironically, Tau is averaging fewer points per game at home (73.5 ppg.) than on the road (80.3 ppg.). Bamberg will need something special from foul-prone big man Chris Ensminger (5.2 ppg., 4.6 rpg.) and Koko Archibong to have a chance to stop Tau's interior attack, consisting of Scola, David, Predrag Drobnjak (7.2 ppg.) and Tiago Splitter (8.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg.). Playmaker Pablo Prigioni (5.8 ppg, 6.4 apg.), who reached 10 assists against Benetton for the second time in three weeks, will again have the keys for the Tau offense and a strong performance from him will go a long way towards a home win. Bamberg will need an extraordinary night from Derrick Phelps plus a super three-point shooting night from Tim Begley and Robert Garrett to try for a surprise win in the first game ever between these two teams.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Euroleague.net

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Tau Ceramica stayed strong at the top of Group A by turning back visiting GHP Bamberg by an unmistakeable 77-59 final score in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday. In the first game ever between the two teams, Tau turned on its talent and experience with a 28-10 second quarter blast that put it in charge the rest of the game. After giving up 25 points to the visitors in the first 10 minutes, Tau's defense allowed just 34 the rest of the night. Tau improved to 5-1 and will wait to see if Zalgiris wins on Thursday to know if it must still share first place. Bamberg fell to 2-4, tied for fifth place with AEK. Tau's perimeter did the scoring damage, as Serkan Erdogan and Travis Hansen tallied 19 points each for the winners. Point guard Pablo Prigioni added 9 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals without missing a shot. Bamberg got 22 points from Demond Mallett and 11 from Koko Archibong while Tau's defense limited Spencer Nelson to just 4 points.

Tau needed more than 2 minutes to score, in which time Bamberg got baskets from Spencer and Koko Archibong for a 0-4 lead. Tau's answer came from outside, with Hansen's first three-pointer, but Bamberg showed no fear. Its tough defense prevented the hosts from getting good shots inside, and as such, the visitors stayed in front 7-11 as Derrick Phelps and Chris Ensminger joined the scoring. First baskets by Prigioni, Scola and Erdogan helped Tau stay right behind at 16-18, but Mallet was already warming up with a triple and an acrobatic layup. Tau managed to take the lead back after free throws by Scola and Casey Jacobsen, but Mallet continued rocking. He nailed a pair of three-pointers in consecutive trips down the floor and added a free throw to finish the quarter with Bamberg up 21-25.

Things changed quickly in the second quarter as Tiago Splitter and Erdogan fuelled a 7-0 run in 90 seconds for Tau, whose defense now closed off the paint to Bamberg. As such, the hosts ran ahead 32-27 after 15 minutes, forcing visiting coach Dirk Bauermann to call timeout. Bamberg tried a zone and Tau was slowed down by it as Archibong and Mallet split 4 points to tie 32-32 after 17 minutes. Erdogan took over then, however, with 4 in a row of his own that Hansen followed with a three-pointer, sending Tau ahead 39-32. Tau's margin hit double-digits on another triple by Erdogan, as Bamberg's shots began to fail. Thanks to very aggressive defense, Tau held the guests scoreless in the final 2 minutes of the quarter to reach the break comfortably ahead by 14 points, 49-35.

Things got even worse for Bamberg after the intermission, as Prigioni led Tau on a 6-0 run that increased the gap to 20 points, 55-35, in just 2 minutes. Although Bauermann tried to find solutions to Bamberg's offense, nothing seemed to work. Bamberg didn't find any basket inside, so the outside shot became the visitors' only weapon. As such, the difference remained thanks to the fact that Tau was not too accurate shooting, either. Both teams exchanged baskets and missed attempts during almost the whole period, so the score didn't see big changes as the third period closed at 67-47.

Bamberg showed a better face to start the final quarter. Although its offense remained erratic, Bamberg's will and hard-nosed defense allowed the guests to score 4 unanswered points and pull within 67-51 after 32 minutes. However, that boost lasted only until Hansen stepped up and hit back-to-back triples to remove all hope of a comeback. The game was almost over, and Tau took advantage of the big margin to rest Prigioni while the scoreboard saw no swings before the clock wound down to a 77-59 victory and at least a share of first place for the hosts in Group A.
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Natxo Mendaza, Vitoria
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), CONDERANNE, FABIEN (FRA), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), ORTIZ DE ZÁRATE, JOSÉ MANUEL (ESP)
Attendance: 0
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GHP Bamberg25101212
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Tau Ceramica21496777
GHP Bamberg25354759
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Tau Ceramica
# 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 SCOLA, LUIS 29:00 9 3/6   3/6 3 5 8 1 3 2 2   2 5 18
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 28:15 9 2/2 1/1 2/2 3 5 8 5 5 3     2 2 24
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 35:15 19 2/4 5/10   1 3 4 1   2 1   3   13
9 VIDAL, SERGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 UKIC, ROKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 27:15 19 4/5 2/8 5/7 1 2 3   1 1     3 5 15
14 DROBNJAK, PREDRAG 15:45 2 0/5   2/2   1 1 1   1 1   2 2 -1
15 GRIMAU, JORDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 GARCIA, OSCAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 DAVID, KORNEL 20:00 6 3/8     1 1 2           1 2 4
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 15:15 8 4/7     1 1 2 1       1   1 8
23 JACOBSEN, CASEY 29:15 5 1/3 0/2 3/4         2 1     2 2 1
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 77 19/40 8/21 15/21 11 21 32 9 11 11 4 1 15 19 85
47.5% 38.1% 71.4%
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: BAUERMANN, DIRK
GHP 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 ENSMINGER, CHRIS 22:00 6 3/5       3 3     1     4 1 3
5 MALLET, DEMOND 30:45 22 4/9 3/7 5/6 1 1 2 1 4 2   1 3 5 18
7 STAFFORD, RICHARD 1:15                              
9 HELMANIS, UVIS 18:30 6 0/1 2/2   1 2 3 1         3   6
11 PAVIC, IVAN 3:00   0/1                         -1
12 GARRETT, ROBERT 18:15 5 1/2 1/2   1 2 3 1   4   1 2    
15 PHELPS, DERRICK 25:30 3 1/3   1/2   4 4 3 1 6     1 3 4
20 ARCHIBONG, KOKO 29:45 11 5/8 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 1 2 3 1   1 2 10
31 BEGLEY, TIM 22:30 2 1/2 0/3     4 4     2     2 1 -1
33 NELSON, SPENCER 28:30 4 2/7 0/3   2 6 8 2 1 4   2 3 3 1
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 59 17/38 6/18 7/10 7 25 32 9 9 22 1 4 19 15 44
44.7% 33.3% 70%
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Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Tau Ceramica
"We started the game in a very soft way, while they played offensively with a lot of patience. We were not so fresh phsysically as we would like to be, so we found many problems in the beginning. The second quarter was better, we decided to step forward and increase the intensity in our deffense and put our lines forward. The best thing for me is that we managed to keep the same deffensive effort in the third and fourth quarters. They hit several shots in the beggining despite we were pretty close to their scorers, although we showed slow sometimes. When you manage to make other team's backcourt get the ball 8 meters far from the basket, you destroy a bit the game of your opponent and force small players to make a big effort. Tonight our big men were very good at that task, helping guards and forwards at defense. We have to increase patience in our game because sometimes, when we get big leads, we start to forget that taking care of the ball is still important."
BAUERMANN, DIRK
GHP Bamberg
"First of all I want to congratulate Tau. There is no question about who was the best team tonight, they played better basketball. We are really proud of how we came out, we played excellent basketball in both ends and we resisted for almost 15 minutes. In the second quarter they put more pressure and increased their deffensive effort, and that made it harder for our offense. We played good team basketball in the first quarter, but our deffensive activity decreased after the intermission. It's obvious that when Tau manages to take a big lead at home it is very hard to come back. We did what we could, we tried hard so I feel happy for that."

Players

ERDOGAN, SERKAN
Tau Ceramica
"We know it was going to be a hard game for us because they are a good team, good coached, and has good systems. We decided to play hard defense against them, and try to execute our systems in offense. I think we did it good today and that was the reason we managed to take the win. It could look like it was an easy win, but it was not. You never win a game easily in the Euroleague. We know we must play hard to win every game and that was what we did tonight."
MALLET, DEMOND
GHP Bamberg
"I want to congratulate Tau because they played very well tonight. I'm proud of our first quarter, I think we played maybe the greatest ten minutes of the season tonight against one of the best teams of the competition, but it's too hard to keep the intensity in front of such a powerful team like this."
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