2006-07Regular SeasonRound 11
January 10, 2007 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 PHILLIPSHAVE
Tyus Edney - Climamio Bologna Climamio Bologna kept its slim chances of reaching the Top 16 alive with a 78-90 win over RheinEnergie Cologne on Wednesday at the Phillipshave Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Stefano Mancinelli scored 18 as Climamio improved to 3-8 in Group A this season, just one win less than fifth place Prokom Trefl Sopot, which faces Dynamo Moscow on the road on Thursday. RheinEnergie, which played its final home game of the season, lost its fifth straight game and dropped to 2-9. The German champs must win at Prokom next week to keep any hypothetical chance of advancing to the next stage intact. RheinEnergie kept it close for much of the game, but tired late, as Bologna opened the fourth quarter with a 4-12 game and held on the rest of the way. David Bluthenthal and Tyus Edney added 17 each for Climamio. Edney also dished 7 assists. Marco Belinelli drained three threes on his way to 13 and James Thomas scored 12 and grabbed 7 rebounds. Center Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 12 rebounds – both season-highs – to lead the hosts, while Devin Green, Immanuel McElroy and Demond Mallet scored 16 each. McElroy also dished 6 assists and Janar Talts grabbed a season-high 9 rebounds.

Featuring a small lineup, Cologne looked for its points on outside shots in the early going. After Mancinelli hit a jump shot for the first score of the game for Bologna, Green and Gortat answered with jumpers of their own for the hosts. Bluthenthal scored in the low post against the smaller McElroy, and Gortat tipped in a miss by Mallet for the lead. McElroy hit one of two free throws and a jumper by Mallet made it 9-4. After Mancinelli hit a three for Bologna, McElroy got inside for a tough layup, and a three-pointer in transition by Mallet forced a timeout by Bologna. Down 14-7, Climamio came charging back with a Bluthenthal three. After Green's nifty layup inside for Cologne, Belinelli hit his first shot after many misses, banking in a three. Daniele Cavaliero followed with another hit from downtown. Edney punished RheinEnergie for an errant pass with an easy layup, and Cavaliero found Vassil Evtimov inside. But another three by Mallet kept the score close at 19-21 going into the second quarter.

Immanuel McElroy - RheinEnergieCologne opened the second period with 5 quick points via a layup by Gortat and a three-pointer by Talts. But Bologna answered the call, going on a 9-0 run fueled by Bluthenthal and Mancinelli. Down 24-30, Mallet ended the drought with a layup. Evtimov got open under the basket for an easy lay-in. After McElroy's tip-in, Climamio used good ball movement to get open shots against Cologne's zone defense, as Edney and Mancinelli hit one three-pointer each for the guests. After scores by Gortat and Bluthenthal, McElroy was fouled as he hit a jump shot, and completed the and-one. Mallet hit a technical free throw, and McElroy found Gortat for an alley-oop in transition to make it 36-40. Belinelli and Bluthenthal provided four points for Bologna, while Gortat scored on a driving layup for Cologne. Mancinelli continued his scoring inside with another hook shot, but little-used youngster Philip Schwethelm hit a three to make it 42-45 at the break.

Climamio emerged from the locker room determined to get inside. Thomas and Bluthenthal muscled their way inside time and time again, and even Edney penetrated easily for a layup. While Gortat kept his team in the game with his own baskets down low, Bluthenthal's hook shot made it 46-55. But Cologne came roaring back with jump shots by McElroy and Green. After Green found McElroy on the fastbreak, Mallet hit a three from the corner to tie the game at 55-55. But with emotions running high, Cologne kept turning the ball over, while Edney and Belinelli coolly sank a pair of three-pointers. Green earned three points the old-fashioned way, followed by another make from downtown for Belinelli. With time running out, Mallet missed a jumper, but Green gathered the offensive board and hit the fade-away at the buzzer, cutting the deficit to 60-64 after 30 minutes.

With fatigue beginning to set in for the decimated Cologne team, Bologna used a 4-12 run to gain the upper hand. After yet another hook shot by Mancinelli and a three by Belinelli, Edney got inside for three layups in a row, hitting the last one plus the foul and the ensuing free throw. Backup guard Jonathan Strasser kept Cologne within reach with two three-pointers, but two more layups by Belinelli gave the guests a 69-80 lead with three minutes to go. A three by Devin Green and a layup by Schwethelm came too late for Cologne to come back, as Bologna held on to the lead for the win, 78-90.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Jan Hieronimi, Euroleague.net
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), KLAAR, LARS (SWE), LEFWERTH, OSCAR (SWE)
Attendance: 2425
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RheinEnergie
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 STRASSER, JOHANNES 16:15 6 0/2 2/2   1   1 1   2     3   1
12 TALTS, JANAR 32:00 3 0/3 1/5     9 9 2   2 2   4   3
13 GORTAT, MARCIN 39:45 19 9/12   1/2 6 6 12 1   3     1 2 26
16 CARDUCK, STEPHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 8:15 5 1/1 1/1             1         4
19 MARTENS, DAVIS 4:30                              
20 MALLET, DEMOND 31:45 16 2/6 3/8 3/4   4 4 2         1 2 13
21 GREEN, DEVIN 35:45 16 6/13 1/2 1/1 1 2 3 3       1 3 2 12
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 31:45 13 5/5   3/5 2 1 3 6 1 2     2 8 25
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 78 23/42 8/18 8/12 10 22 32 15 1 11 2 1 14 14 83
        54.8% 44.4% 66.7%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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
Climamio Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 EDNEY, TYUS 38:00 17 5/9 2/3 1/1 2   2 7 2 1       2 24
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 40:00 18 6/7 2/3   1 2 3 1 3       2 1 22
10 CAVALIERO, DANIELE 13:00 8 1/1 2/5         4         2 1 8
11 EVTIMOV, VASSIL 21:00 5 2/6   1/1   4 4 2 1 1   2   1 6
13 BLU, DAVID 38:00 17 5/9 2/3 1/1   3 3 1         1 3 18
14 GAY, DAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 THOMAS, JAMES 21:00 12 5/8   2/3 2 5 7 2   1 1   3 2 16
19 DIGBEU, ALAIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 BELINELLI, MARCO 27:00 13 2/7 3/4 0/1 1 3 4 2   2     5 4 9
32 FULTZ, ROBERT 2:00                         1   -1
Team                           1   -1
Totals 200:00 90 26/47 11/18 5/7 6 17 23 19 6 5 1 2 15 14 101
        55.3% 61.1% 71.4%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
RheinEnergie
"We never gave up, which is important for me as a coach. We showed resistance until the end. With four guys from our rotation missing, it was nearly impossible to win this game. Marcin (Gortat) played really well, which is a result of his hard work. He never relaxes, like a machine, and he showed again that he can play on this level. Today’s game was our final game in Duesseldorf. We never had as much support here as we have in Cologne, so it was twice as hard for my guys to play here without our usual homecourt advantage."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Climamio Bologna
"I'm satisfied with this game, We have three more games remaining, with the one against Efes being the toughest one. Today, we didn’t play spectacular nor very well. Still, we never were in danger of losing the game. Cologne had some very important players out with injuries. Still, they didn’t give us this win easily."

Players

TALTS, JANAR
RheinEnergie
"We are definitely not lucky right now. A lot of our players struggle with nagging injuries, which means that everyone has to give a little more than usual. We have to handle that added pressure, a hundred per cent is not good enough anymore. We still played fairly well until the fourth quarter. It’s hard to play with a short rotation like that, maybe we were a little tired at the end."
BLU, DAVID
Climamio Bologna
"The beginning of the final quarter was the defining moment of this game. Maybe Cologne ran out of gas, as they were really short-handed because of their injury problems. Still, in this league, you can never underestimate anybody. Anything can happen, because we’re all professionals. For us, this win means a big step forward. We still have a theoretical chance of advancing to the next round. We have got to take it one game at a time."
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