2001-02Regular SeasonRound 1
October 10, 2001 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 BASKETBALL CENTER DRAZEN PETROVIC

It was anything but easy, but Cibona VIP was able to knock off Tau Ceramica of Spain, 96-95, in overtime on Wednesday in their Group D opening game. The victory gave Cibona the unbelievable achievement of having knocked off the top four European teams of last season - the finalists of both the Euroleage and the Suproleague - in the span of just 8 days. There may have won with less drama against Panathinaikos, Kinder Bologna and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the friendly Euroleague Opening Tournament, but Wednesday's matchup with Tau was the official Euroleague opener, and that made it even sweeter. Cibona seemed to struggle to win all last season, though it was eventually vindicated when three of its group opponents reached the Euroleague semifinals. Cibona preferred real victories to moral ones, and Wednesday's thriller meant that all the promise of preseason had paid off.

Cibona came back from a 70-74 down late in regulation time on a three-pointer by Reggie Freemen (24 points) that followed an unsportsmanlike foul on Tau's Dejan Tomasevic (28 points) and two free throws by Niksa Prkacin. That turnaround eventually led to an 83-83 tie after regulation. In overtime, Tau ran into similar trouble and Cibona similar good fortune. This time, Tau's other leader, Elmer Bennett (30 points) was whistled for his fifth foul and a technical to boot. Zoran Planinic (14 points) sank all four free throws and a fifth when Bennett's substitute, Chris Corchiani, came in for the extra possession. Cibona now led 92-88. Tomasevic couldn't be slowed, however, and made a three-point play to put Tau back ahead, 92-93. Only a putback bu Matej Mamic, who had been quiet except for a key three-pointer, regained the lead for Cibona, then Marijan Mance sealed it with a pair of free throws.

Wednesday, October 10, 2001
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO), ROTH, ANDREAS (AUS)
Attendance: 5000
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Cibona VIP1723232013
Tau Ceramica2220172412
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Cibona VIP1740638396
Tau Ceramica2242598395
Cibona VIP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LONGIN, BRANIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 KUS, DAVOR 1:53   0/1     1   1   1           1
8 PRKACIN, NIKOLA 16:31 8 3/5   2/4 2 4 6 2 1 3 2   5 3 10
9 BOWMAN, CALVIN 45:00 21 7/11 0/1 7/10 2 9 11 1   3 1   3 9 29
10 PLANINIC, ZORAN 27:17 14 3/4 1/2 5/6   1 1 3   5 1   5 5 11
12 MANCE, MARIJAN 41:07 16 2/7 2/3 6/10   1 1 1 1 2     4 7 10
13 MAMIC, MATEJ 39:35 7 2/4 1/4   3 3 6 4         1 1 12
14 FREEMAN, REGGIE 25:08 23 4/4 3/4 6/8 1 2 3     5     5 6 19
15 DZIDIC, BORIS 4:49     0/1   1 1 2           1    
17 OKUNSKYY, ALEKSANDAR 23:40 7 3/6   1/1   3 3 1 2 3 1   5 1 4
Team                                
Totals 225:00 96 24/42 7/15 27/39 10 24 34 12 5 21 5 0 29 32 96
        57.1% 46.7% 69.2%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
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 13:50   0/2       2 2   1 2   2 4 1 -6
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 2:02 3 1/3   1/2 1   1             1 2
6 BENNETT, ELMER 40:44 30 9/13 2/8 6/7 3   3 8 2 1   1 5 7 32
7 FOIREST, LAURENT 30:18 15 3/4 2/4 3/4 1 3 4   3 3     4 3 14
8 HERNANDEZ, EDUARDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VIDAL, SERGI 36:27 4 1/8 0/1 2/4 2 1 3 1 2 1     5 2 -4
10 TIMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 21:55 6 2/4 0/1 2/2       1 2 4     5 1 -2
11 LOPEZ, FERRAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 40:42 28 10/15   8/16 4 7 11 2 1 1     4 9 33
14 OBERTO, FABRICIO 34:46 9 3/6   3/4 4 6 10 4 2     1 4 4 20
15 CORCHIANI, CHRIS 4:16   0/1 0/1             1     1   -4
Team                                
Totals 225:00 95 29/56 4/15 25/39 15 19 34 16 13 13 0 4 32 28 85
        51.8% 26.7% 64.1%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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Head Coaches

SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Cibona VIP
"It was a tough game. The first half we won playing five-on-five, they never put things easy to us. At the end we needed another outside shooter like Freeman, and I knew we would be all right. A very good win for us, since Planinic was not at his best"."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Tau Ceramica
"Great game for the crowd, but it had some faults. Cibona showed the same level they had in the opening tournament they had in Ljubljana. My team played better than the last games in the Spanish championship, and that is the only thing that made me happy. The road is long, we will get better."

Players

TOMASEVIC, DEJAN
Tau Ceramica
"Cibona deserved to win and so did we. We made some mistakes when we had to play better, at the end, and we paid the price. I agree with Dusko, because we played much better than in the Spanish League."
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