2006-07Regular SeasonRound 9
December 21, 2006 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAIS DES SPORTS DE PAU
Ricardo Greer - EB Pau-Orthez Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez keeps all its Top 16 chances alive in Group C and finished 2006 with a wide open smile by thrashing visiting Fenerbahce Ulker 89-67 at home on Thursday. Pau improved to 5-4 and will do no worse than fourth place entering 2007. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce dropped into a danger zone at 2-7, though only two victories off all-important fifth place. Britton Johnsen led the winners with 22 points by making 8 of 10 two-pointers as part of a major dunking exhibition. Michael Wright posted a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, Michael Bauer had 18 points on 4 of 4 two-pointers while C.C. Harrison added 10 for Pau. Omer Onan and Kaspars Kambala each had 13 points while Ibrahim Kutluay had all of his 11 in the second half for Fenerbahce. Johnsen led Pau to a 28-17 lead at the end of the first quarter and the hosts never looked back from that moment. Fenerbahce managed to get within 58-51 late in the third quarter, but Johnsen, Bauer and Wright combined for 18 points in the game-breaking 20-2 run that followed.

Johnsen got Pau rolling with a turnaround jumper and Mirsad Turkcan did the same with a put-back basket for the guests. Oguz Savas showed his post skills with a big basket but a hyperactive Ricardo Greer had 5 points in a 9-0 Pau run in which Johnsen dunked and Aaron Miles hit a driving layup to force a Fenerbahce timeout at 11-4. Onan and Kaspars came off the bench to score immediately for the guests. Onan shined again with a coast-to-coast layup that Wright matched with a put-back basket. Harrison struck from downtown and even when Kambala scored inside, free throws by Wright ignited a new 8-0 Pau run. Johnsen highlighted it with an outstanding dunk and finished it with a layup for Pau's biggest margin yet, 24-12. Turkcan scored inside and Onan hit from downtown, but Johnsen and Wright allowed Pau to keep a 28-17 lead after 10 minutes.

Omer Onan - Fenerbahce UlkerThe red-hot Onan tried to ignite Fenerbahce with a three-pointer to start the second quarter, but Harrison beat the guests' 2-3 zone defense with a jumper to keep Pau ahead 30-20. And when Kambala scored inside, Johnsen answered from downtown for an 11-point Pau lead, 33-22. Eddie Basdem tried to change things with a put-back basket and a driving layup to which Kambala added another power basket. Those got Fenerbahce within 35-28, although Bauer dunked and added free throws to keep Pau out of trouble at 39-28. Turkcan came to Fenerbahce's rescue with a fastbreak layup but the guests kept committing turnovers. Harrison hit 3 free throws while Will Solomon hit a six-meter jumper, his first basket. Turkcan banked in a shot but a free throw by Bauer and a three-point play by Wright helped Pau take a 12-point lead, 46-34, into halftime.

As at the start of the game, Johnsen opened the scoring after the break with a jumper and Kutluay replied with a triple for Fenerbahce. Miles answered from downtown and, as the guests lost their way to the basket, scored again to make it 53-37. Onan buried a triple off a Fenerbahce timeout, but Johnsen stole and dunked at 55-40. Rasim Basak stepped up with a three-pointer and soon added free throws to give the guests some hope at 55-45. Kambala followed free throws with a power layup and by the time Basak made foul shots, Fenerbahce was within 58-51. Bauer scored inside just when his team needed it while Xane D'Almeida hit free throws to give Pau some air at 62-51. Damir Mrsic took over with a driving layup and the fed Basak for a dunk, but a corner triple by Bauer allowed Pau to keep a 65-55 margin after three quarters.

Bauer took over with a wild dunk right at the start of the fourth quarter but Kutluay answered with a big three-pointer to keep Fenerbahce alive at 67-58. Kutluay and Mrsic were off-target in crunch time, while Wright shined an off-balanced layup and a three-point play for a 72-60 Pau lead with 6 minutes to go. Wright sealed the win with a layup-plus-free throw as Fenerbahce kept struggling to score when it mattered the most. Bauer helped Pau with a couple of rebounds and a big block on Basdem, while Johnsen shined with a driving layup and an open triple from the top of the key. Everything was said and done in the final 4 minutes, as Pau gave its fans the best Christmas present: a win which get their team closer to its first Top 16 appearance since 2004.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), NESKOVIC, DRAGAN (SRB), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA)
Attendance: 6000
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Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HARRISON, CLINT 29:00 10 2/4 1/4 3/3   2 2 2   3     4 1 3
6 D'ALMEIDA, XANE 21:00 2     2/2   3 3 4   1     3 1 6
7 JOHNSEN, BRITTON 28:45 22 8/10 2/5   3   3 1 2 2 2   3 4 24
8 GREER, RICARDO 30:45 7 2/4 0/1 3/3 3 3 6 8 3 4     3 3 17
9 FERCHAUD, CEDRIC 5:15     0/2                   1   -3
11 MILES, AARON 25:00 9 3/7 1/1 0/3   5 5 5   3 1   3 4 11
13 AJINCA, ALEXIS 1:15     0/2                       -2
15 BAUER, MICHAEL 21:00 18 4/4 2/3 4/6 1 3 4     1 2   2 3 21
16 VATY, LUDOVIC 5:00 2 1/1       1 1           1   2
18 WRIGHT, MICHAEL 33:00 19 5/8   9/11 4 7 11 2     1 2 3 9 32
Team             3 3   6           9
Totals 200:00 89 25/38 6/18 21/28 11 27 38 22 11 14 6 2 23 25 120
        65.8% 33.3% 75%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
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
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DEMIREL, HAKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 15:15 8 4/5     1 1 2 1   2     2 2 8
7 ONAN, OMER 28:00 13 1/1 3/7 2/2       2 3       2 1 13
8 BASAK, RASIM 14:00 9 1/2 1/2 4/4 1   1       1   4 3 8
9 ERDEN, SEMIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 33:15 11 1/2 2/7 3/7   5 5 1 1 1     2 6 11
11 SAVAS, OGUZ 14:30 2 1/2     2 2 4   1 1   1 3 1 2
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 25:15 2 1/2 0/4   1   1 4 2 1   1 2 2 2
13 CLARK, IRA 4:45     0/1   1   1   1 2     1   -2
15 KAMBALA, KASPARS 25:30 13 5/6   3/7   3 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 5 12
23 BASDEN, EDDIE 16:45 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 1 2 3   1 1   2 2 1 2
52 SOLOMON, WILLIE 22:45 4 2/3 0/3     2 2 5 1 2     3 2 5
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 67 18/26 6/25 13/22 7 15 22 14 14 11 2 6 25 23 64
        69.2% 24% 59.1%
Head coach: ORS, AYDIN
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Head Coaches

HERBERT, GORDON
Pau-Orthez
"It is a great result for the Top 16. We played as a team on both sides of the court. Our defense was key tonight because it permit us to develop our quick game. We are very happy to end the year with a positive balance 5-4. I only wish to transfer the great posibilities we have to the French League."
ORS, AYDIN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Congratulations to Pau-Orthez for their game. We started very bad our game in defense and when we were about to come back in the second half, we did bad choices in offense and we lost too many balls to hope for something here in Pau."

Players

WRIGHT, MICHAEL
Pau-Orthez
"We played the game with intensity all the way long. From the beginning we found aggressivity in our game and we could deny their game in the fight. There is no reason for this team not to play like this in the French League, so we will come back next year with great determination and motivation to valid our ticket for the Top 16."
SOLOMON, WILLIE
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It was a tough game against a good team of Pau-Orthez who started the game very concentrated and determined. It took time for us to react and when we were about to come back, Pau-Orthez could increase the rhythm and find solutions in offense. The score is severe for us but Pau-Orthez deserved the victory tonight."
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