2004-05Regular SeasonRound 9
January 05, 2005 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAIS DES SPORTS DE PAU
On a day that began with a fire that damaged parts of its arena away from the playing floor and seating area, Pau-Orthez finished Wednesday by putting a spark to its Top 16 aspirations with a last-second 82-80 victory over visiting Ulker in Group C. A reverse layup by center Julius Nwosu at the buzzer sent the fans home cheering and improved Pau's record to 3-6, good for a piece of sixth place. Nwosu's shot broke Ulker's four-game winning streak, as the guests dropped to 5-4 and a tie for second place with Panathinaikos and Benetton. Down by double digits midway through the third quarter, Pau used a 20-4 run that extended into the final one to get back in the game and set up the dramatic victory. Mire Chatman led the winners with 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Thierry Rupert added 19 points on 7-for-8 shooting and 8 rebounds, while T.J. Lux had 13 off the bench for Pau. Eurelijus Zukauskas led Ulker with 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting. Serkan Erdogan added 17 points, Saulius Stombergas 15, Kerem Gonlum 12 and 11 rebounds while Kerem Tunceri had 10 points.

Both teams started the game with strong man-to-man defense. Chatman was the only player to score in the opening 2 minutes, then Foirest followed his short jumper with a floating layup for a 4-0 Pau lead. Zukauskas fired back with back-to-back layups and Stombergas added a fallaway jumper to tie 6-6. Nwosu was the man for Pau, drilling consecutive mid-range jumpers, while a breakaway dunk by Chatman gave the hosts a 10-6 lead. It didn't last long, however, as Stombergas drilled a three and Gonlum dunked for a 10-11 Ulker edge. Rupert scored twice inside for Pau, but then the hosts went scoreless for 3 minutes as Ulker made a 0-7 run capped by Glover's corner triple. Free throws by Nwosu and Foirest cut Ulker's advantage to 17-18 after 10 minutes.

Ulker tried to break the game early in the second quarter, as Tunceri and Glover slashed to the basket for a 17-23 lead. Chatman stepped up with 4 quick points to bring the hosts within 21-23, but Ulker started to dominate the offensive rebounds and look for Zukauskas in the middle. He had 3 points in a 0-6 run capped by Erdogan's three-pointer. Ulker had its biggest margin so far, 21-29. After a Pau timeout, Chatman nailed a three-pointer and bring Pau within 27-31. Erdogan rescued Ulker with a jumper and free throws for a 29-37 edge. After a carousel of free throws, Lux's tip-in and a bomb from downtown by Artur Drozdov brought Pau within 36-38 at halftime.

Soon after the break, Pau tied 40-40 on jumpers by Rupert and Foirest made Pau, but Ulker didn't panic. Zukauskas scored inside and assisted Erdogan's tough three-pointer for a 40-45 score. Chatman answered from downtown, however, and Lux added a three-point play to bring Pau within 48-49. Ulker continued to score easily, as Gonlum dunked it and Erdogan fired in his third three for a 48-54 Ulker edge. Rupert became Pau's only consistent weapon, but he was not enough. Stombergas took over with back-to-back threes to boost Ulker's lead into double digits, at 50-60. Pau called timeout and fired back with a 6-0 run. When Lux scored twice around the basket, Pau was back within 62-64 after 30 minutes and its fans pumped up for the final quarter.

Chatman scored from beyond the arc, then fed Frederic Fauthoux for a corner three and added a put-back layup to finish a 20-4 run that bridged the final two periods and gave Pau a 70-64 lead. After a timeout, free throws by Stombergas and a five-meter jumper by Tunceri kept Ulker in the game at 72-68. Stombergas fouled out soon after that, while Lux stepped up with an inside bucket and a fastbreak layup to boost Pau's margin to 78-70 with less than 4 minutes to go. A layup by Tunceri and a big three by Erdogan brought Ulker within 80-76, forcing a Pau timeout. Free throws by Gonlum and a fast break layup by Tunceri off a midcourt steal completed the Ulker comeback with an 80-80 tie with 6.3 seconds to go. After a non-shooting foul, Pau had time to find Nwosu in the baseline, and he slashed to the basket to make a reverse layup and give Pau its third win of the season in a real thriller!
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Referees: RADIC, DANKO (CRO), AMOROS, XAVIER (ESP), LAINIOTIS, SOTIRIOS (GRE), SAINT AUBERT, FABRICE (FRA)
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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
4 FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC 15:15 3 0/1 1/1         5 1       4   4
5 CHATMAN, MIRE 38:00 25 7/11 3/6 2/2 3 3 6 8   3     2 5 32
6 D'ALMEIDA, XANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 FOIREST, LAURENT 33:00 9 3/7 0/3 3/4   2 2 3 1 2   2 2 7 8
8 DROZDOV, ARTUR 23:45 3 0/3 1/4   1 1 2 2   1   1 1   -2
9 CISSE, SOUARATA 4:00   0/1               1       1 -1
11 MARCELIC, DAVOR 6:00   0/1 0/1             1   1     -4
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 33:00 19 7/8   5/6 3 5 8   2   1   4 4 28
14 PETRO, JOHAN 4:00   0/2       1 1     1     2   -4
15 LUX, ANTHONY 17:00 13 6/10   1/1 2 1 3 2 4       5 1 14
16 NWOSU, JULIUS 19:00 8 3/5   2/2 2 5 7 1         3 1 12
19 GADOU, THIERRY 7:00 2   0/1 2/2   2 2 1     2     1 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 82 26/49 5/16 15/17 11 20 31 22 8 9 3 4 23 20 94
        53.1% 31.3% 88.2%
Head coach: GADOU, DIDIER
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
Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GLOVER, DION 17:00 6 1/2 1/3 1/3 3 1 4 1   1 1   2 3 7
5 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 38:15 17 1/5 4/8 3/4   3 3 3   2 1 1 2 5 15
6 SOLAK, FATIH 2:00 2     2/4 1   1       1     2 4
7 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 26:45 15 1/4 3/8 4/4   2 2 1 1 1   1 5 1 5
9 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS 36:45 18 8/8   2/4 5 2 7 3   1     2 5 28
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 34:30 10 5/7 0/2     2 2 6 3 4     5 2 10
11 ACIK, TUTKU 2:15   0/1 0/1             2   1     -5
12 GONLUM, KEREM 31:15 12 4/7   4/7 5 6 11 1   1 1   2 5 21
14 SAVAS, OGUZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRASKEVICIUS, VIRGINIJUS 1:45   0/1 0/1   1 3 4           1   1
16 JACKSON, DAVID LEE 9:30   0/1 0/2                   1   -4
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 80 20/36 8/25 16/26 15 20 35 15 4 12 4 3 20 23 83
        55.6% 32% 61.5%
Head coach: BASINSKAS, MARIUS
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