2006-07Regular SeasonRound 11
January 10, 2007 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Scola and Akyol - Tau Ceramica, Efes Pilsen Tau Ceramica remained on pace to finish the regular season in first place in Group A with a 78-84 win at Efes Pilsen on Wednesday night at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey. Tau's Turkish guard Serkan Erdogan scored 18 points in front of friends and family to lead Tau to its 10th straight Euroleague win. The visitors improved to 10-1 this season and remain at least a step ahead of second-place Olympiacos, which hosts LeMans on Thursday. Efes Pilsen dropped to 6-5 and now sits in fourth place in the group. Tau led for much of the game and went up by double figures late in the second period to take a 32-43 halftime advantage. Marcus Haislip scored half his team's points during an 8-0 spurt to get back in the game and closed to within 3 during the fourth quarter, but Tau held on easily for the win. Luis Scola added 17 points, while Igor Rakocevic and Kaya Peker had 12 apiece for Tau, for whom Zoran Planinic dished 10 assists. Haislip led Efes with 23 points, Horace Jenkins added 20 points and 6 assists and Drew Nicholas finished with 13 points and 6 assists.

Tau and Efes came out hammering each other basket for basket until 7-6, when the visitors made the first break. Tau forced 3 consecutive Efes turnovers and used triples by Erdogan and Rakocevic, sandwiched around Scola's second basket, to race ahead 7-14. Efes, after a timeout, brought in Prkacin to help on offense, and he got loose underneath for a pair of baskets on feeds by Drew and Jenkins, that brought the hosts back to within 15-16. Haislip helped the cause with a high-flying dunk, giving him 7 points already, however, Tau substitute Fred House finished the quarter with a driving layup to leave the guests holding an 15-18 after 10 minutes.

Jenkins and Peker - Efes Pilsen, Tau CeramicaThe second quarter had a similar flow, as Tau rocketed ahead again, starting with Erdogan's second three-point shot and free throws by Splitter that made it 15-23. Laron Profit answered with a triple for Efes, but that was all the hosts could manage for most of 4 minutes. Jenkins turned his team around with 5 points in a row that cut the difference to 24-27. That just meant it was time for another Tau blast, however. Scola started it and then, after big block by Mirza Teletovic, he joined Pablo Prigioni and Rakocevic in raining a trio of triples that sent the guests way in front, 26-38. It was all that Efes could do with baskets by Kerem Gonlum, Ermal Kuqo, Nicholas and Jenkins to stay within 32-43 at the half.

Efes had a better start to the second half as it aimed on closing the gap. A three-pointer from the side by Haislip got the hosts nearer, then Jenkins and Prkacin made layups that made it 43-47. Another of Tau's players from Turkey, Peker, kept the visitors calm by scoring a basket for his seventh point of the quarter already and lifting the lead back to a safe 43-52. Erdogan was not ready to stay calm, however, and he reappeared with a pair of three-pointers around one by Nicholas that left an 48-60 scoreboard. Efes than started to show its strongest side, defens, limiting Tau to just 2 points the rest of the quarter while making nothing but free throws in a 10-2 run that accomplished the goal of closing the gap to 58-62 after 30 minutes.

A pair of quick layups by Peker and Splitter settled down Tau to start the final quarter, so that even when Jenkins popped a triple from the arc, the visitors still led 61-67. But Jenkins and Haislip got back to the foul line now, where they reduced the differance to 3 points, 64-67, with more than 7 minutes let. After Akyol Cenk of Efes made it 66-69, Tau went back to work on expanding the chsion, with Rakocevic making a triple before layups by Splitter and Scola made it 66-76. Efes tried again, as Haislip and Drew combined on the next 5 points, cutting the difference to 71-76, but that was the hosts' last gasp. Planinic stepped up with a huge triple for Tau before Scola got a three-point basket-plus-free throw to settle the matter in favor of the visitors, 78-84.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), PUKL,SASA (SLO), CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA)
Attendance: 6500
By Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen15172620
Tau Ceramica18251922
End of Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen15325878
Tau Ceramica18436284
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICHOLAS, DREW 36:45 13 2/5 2/6 3/4   5 5 6 1 3 1 1 3 1 12
6 ERMIS, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 24:15 9 4/7   1/5 1 6 7 1 2 1     5 8 14
9 PROFIT, LaRon 23:00 5   1/2 2/2   5 5 3 1 2     3 2 10
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 2:30           1 1   1 1     1 1 1
11 ERDEN, CUNEYT 3:30           1 1     1          
12 GONLUM, KEREM 8:15 2 1/3       2 2 1         2   1
13 HAISLIP, MARCUS 31:45 23 5/10 2/3 7/9 1 6 7 1 1 1     2 6 27
14 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 JENKINS, HORACE 36:30 20 6/9 2/8 2/2 1 3 4 6 3 2   1 2 3 22
23 KUQO, ERMAL 15:45 4 2/6           1   2     3   -4
41 AKYOL, CENK 17:45 2 1/3 0/1     2 2   1 2     2   -2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 78 21/43 7/20 15/22 3 31 34 19 10 15 1 2 23 21 81
        48.8% 35% 68.2%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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 25:15 17 8/12   1/1   4 4 3   3     3 3 17
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 17:45 3   1/3     4 4 3 3 1     1   9
7 CILLA, JESUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 28:45 12 1/3 3/7 1/2 2   2 6 2 2   1 1 2 13
10 PLANINIC, ZORAN 30:45 8 2/6 1/2 1/1   4 4 10   3 1   2 2 15
11 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 27:45 18 2/5 4/7 2/2         3 1     2 4 16
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 16:30 4   1/4 1/2   5 5   1   1   3 3 7
14 PEKER, KAYA 15:45 12 5/6   2/6 1 2 3   1 1     4 4 10
20 ESLAVA, ARIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 22:30 8 3/5   2/8 2 6 8 2 2 2     3 5 12
32 HOUSE, FRED 15:00 2 1/3 0/1   1 4 5 1         2   3
Team                           1   -1
Totals 200:00 84 22/40 10/24 10/22 6 29 35 25 12 13 2 1 22 23 101
        55% 41.7% 45.5%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
"There's nothing much to say except that we could not win this game because we didn't play well. Of course, we came to the point of winning. But the indivudual mistakes of our team and the individual talent of the opponent made the differance. Whenever we came back, they lengthened the difference again with those quality players. With the way we played tonight, I can honestly say that we didn't deserve to win."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Tau Ceramica
"I think we played one of the favorites of the Euroleague. Horace Jenkins and Laron Profit, whom didn't play in the first game in Vitoria, have been the strength, the power of Efes. It was a very tough game. We played one of the serious games of the season and my players had very good motivation. It's very difficult to win here in Istanbul anytime. So it's a very important win for us. It's not easy to win 10 straight games in the Euroleague. We are in a group in which everybody can win at home. We played very seriously this first part of the competition. Serkan Erdogan and Kaya Peker were very motivated tonight. Tonight they had good games and this was part of our excellent team game."

Players

HAISLIP, MARCUS
Efes Pilsen
"I think we didn't play good tonight. We made many mistakes, including turnovers. They also scored better than us behind the line, and that made the differance. Even when we cme back in the game in the third and the last quarters, the critical turnovers and the missed attempts damaged our rhythm and caused us to lose the game."
SCOLA, LUIS
Tau Ceramica
"It was a big game for us. We needed to win for the top spot in the group. I think Kaya Peker and Serkan Erdogan were well motivated tonight. They really performed well in their home country. But we are a good team and the most important thing for us is to win at the end of the game, no matter how many points we scored individually."
ERDOGAN, SERKAN
Tau Ceramica
"It was a very important game for us. We are aiming to finish the first phase on top of the group and I think this win will help us a lot to reach our goal. Because of that, we resisted for the whole game and that was the key for the win. We played good defense, especially in the first half. We saw that we can beat one of the candidates for the Final Four on the road, and that's a good sign for the future."
PEKER, KAYA
Tau Ceramica
"I think tonight we really played well. We had the game under control for most of the 40 minutes. It's not easy to keep the control in the hand for most of the game against a big opponent like Efes. Efes Pilsen is a great team and seemed that they prepared the game very well. The game was tougher than the first game in Vitoria. But this is normal. I really felt better in the early minutes of the game after the nervous start. I am proud to win the game."
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