2004-05Regular SeasonRound 11
January 19, 2005 CET: 21:10
Local time: 21:10 PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES J.M. MARTIN CARPENA
Unicaja stays alive in the Top 16 race in Group C by beating Pau-Orthez 80-71 at home in Malaga, Spain on Wednesday night. Unicaja improved to 4-7 in the standings and ties with Tau Ceramica and the Opel Skyliners for the crucial fifth spot on the Group C board. Meanwhile, Pau-Orthez dropped to 3-8 and is last in the Group C standings. Unicaja used a 10-0 final run to seal the win right when the going got tough, as free throws by Mire Chatman had given Pau a 70-71 edge with 3 minutes to go. Jorge Garbajosa was the man of the game, leading the winners with 25 points on 10 of 10 free throws and adding 10 rebounds for a double-double. J.R. Bremer added 10 for Unicaja, who had playmaker Pepe Sanchez and big man Zan Tabak back in its lineup. Chatman led Pau with 15 points and 6 assists. Thierry Rupert added 14 points, Julius Nwosu 12 and T.J. Lux 10 for the guests.

Herrmann opened fire with an easy layup, but Drozdov followed Foirest's three with a power drive for a 4-5 Pau lead. The guests played physical defense, especially near the basket, as Rupert had a big block on Herrmann while Nwosu added a basket-plus-foul to give Pau a 8-10 edge midway through the first. Garbajosa came to the rescue for Unicaja, following a layup with a three-pointer of his own, while Bremer added a basket to give the hosts a 15-12 lead. Nwosu scored twice around the basket to bring Pau within 17-16, but Bremer fired in a big three-pointer and added a free throw in the following play to make it a five-point game at 21-16. Rupert and Cabezas exchanged free throws, but a final basket by T.J. Lux brought the guests within 23-20 after 10 minutes.

Lux's put-back and Thierry Gadou's smooth layup coming off the baseline gave Pau a 23-24 lead early in the second quarter. Unicaja struggled now at both ends. Cabezas tried to wake Unicaja up with a layup off a steal to which Davor Marcelic answered with a big three from the top of the key for a 25-27 Pau margin. Unicaja needed a go-to guy and Garbajosa took over with 4 unanswered points. Chatman drew a foul and drilled free throws for Pau, while Drozdov provided some showtime with back-to-back dunks to cap a 0-6 run with a 29-33 Pau lead. After a Unicaja timeout, Stephane Risacher found Berni Rodriguez for a left-handed reverse layup while Pepe Sanchez found space for back-to-back layups and a new home lead, 35-33. Chatman drove forhis first basket, and Marcelic fired another three, but free throws by a Zan Tabak, his first points of the season after a long injury, retained a 39-38 margin at halftime for Unicaja.

Both teams went scoreless for almost 2 minutes until Rooks stepped up with a four-meter jumper, which Chatman immediately matched with a layup in the other end. A put-back basket by Rooks, followed by a one-handed drive by Herrmann and a layup in penetration by Garbajosa pushed Unicaja to a 49-43 margin midway through the third. Chatman tried to get Pau back on track with a layup, but received an outstanding block by Garbajosa in the following play. Even with that, Lux scored in the paint and Drozdov added a basket-plus-free throw to bring the guests within 51-50. Rupert took over with back-to-back baskets soon after that as Pau regained the lead, 53-54. Free throws by Garbajosa and a final basket by Rupert left Pau with a 56-57 edge after 30 minutes.

Unicaja improved its defense early in the fourth, while Risacher fired in a three-pointer for a 58-56 edge. Chatman stepped up with a five-meter jumper, and Rupert added a long two-pointer as Pau regained a 59-60 edge. Lux drilled free throws and a layup to make it 61-64 score, but Garbajosa was now on fire. He fed Risacher for a corner three and slashed to the basket for a new Unicaja lead, 66-64. After a Pau timeout, Rupert popped a four-meter jumper and Chatman added a triple to bring the guests within 70-69 with 3 minutes to go. Pau played now with two playmakers - Chatman and Fred Fauthoux - giving Chatman some room to create his shots. He drew a foul and drilled the free throws for a 70-71 Pau edge, but Sanchez answered with a key three-pointer while Bremer followed it with a stop-and-pop jumper to boost Unicaja to a 75-71 margin already in the final minute. Pau failed to score before the final buzzer, and Florent Pietrus sealed the win with a reverse dunk, as Unicaja stays alive in the Top 16 race.
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), TOLA, LUCIANO (ITA), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), ESCOBAR, LORENZO (ESP)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 RODRIGUEZ, BERNI 15:00 3 1/3 0/1 1/2   1 1     2     3 3 -2
6 RISACHER, STEPHANE 20:15 9 0/5 2/3 3/4 2 2 4 3 2     2   3 12
8 LAZARO CORRAL, JESUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BREMER,J.R. 24:45 10 2/3 1/2 3/4   1 1 3   1   1 5 3 7
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 21:45 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   1 1   2 2     2 1 3
11 TABAK, ZAN 12:15 2     2/2 2   2   1 4     1 1 1
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 38:15 25 6/11 1/3 10/10 1 9 10 2   2 2   2 9 37
20 SANCHEZ, PEPE 18:15 9 2/3 1/1 2/2   3 3 1         2 1 11
22 PIETRUS, FLORENT 9:00 2 1/3     2 1 3   1   1   1   4
23 HERRMANN, WALTER 20:00 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 1 3 4   1 1 1 2   1 9
24 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 1:00                              
45 ROOKS, SEAN LESTER 19:30 6 3/5     3 2 5 2     1 1 4 2 9
Team           2   2   2 1         3
Totals 200:00 80 20/42 5/12 25/28 13 23 36 11 9 13 5 6 20 24 94
        47.6% 41.7% 89.3%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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
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 18:15   0/1       2 2   1 2     4 2 -2
5 CHATMAN, MIRE 36:15 15 4/9 1/3 4/6   5 5 6   2   1 1 7 20
6 D'ALMEIDA, XANE 2:00               1             1
7 FOIREST, LAURENT 5:45 3   1/2         1         2 1 2
8 DROZDOV, ARTUR 33:00 9 4/7 0/2 1/1 2 2 4 2 1 3   1 3 1 5
11 MARCELIC, DAVOR 24:45 6 0/2 2/5   1   1 1   1     4   -2
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 32:00 14 6/9   2/3 2 3 5   3   3 1 3 4 21
14 PETRO, JOHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LUX, ANTHONY 21:15 10 4/6   2/4 2   2   1 1     4 2 6
16 NWOSU, JULIUS 18:45 12 5/8   2/3   1 1     1 3 2 3 3 9
19 GADOU, THIERRY 8:00 2 1/3           1             1
Team           2 1 3   1 1         3
Totals 200:00 71 24/45 4/12 11/17 9 14 23 12 7 11 6 5 24 20 64
        53.3% 33.3% 64.7%
Head coach: GADOU, DIDIER
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