2004-05Regular SeasonRound 13
February 02, 2005 CET: 20:40
Local time: 20:40 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Tau Ceramica made it to the Top 16 in Group C by beating the Opel Skyliners 90-69 at home in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday. Tau improved to 6-7 in the standings and mathematically made it to the next round due to its tiebreak advantages in any eventual ties involving Unicaja, sixth at 5-8. Meanwhile, the Skyliners dropped to 3-9 with no chance to make it to the next round. Travis Hansen led the winners with 21 points on 5 of 9 three-point shots. Luis Scola added 18 on 8-for-11 shooting, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for Tau. Arvydas Macijauskas had 13 points, Tiago Splitter 11 and Kornel David 10. For Skyliners, Chris Williams had 18 points and 6 steals while Bernd Kruel added 14 points. The game was close until Tau punished a Skyliners zone with 5 threes in as many minutes of the third quarter, then added a 13-3 run to start the fourth and see its way to victory.

Tau struggled to score early, while Kruel's consecutive put-back baskets gave Skyliners a 0-4 lead. Macijauskas finally drilled a short jumper, but the hosts otherwise lacked concentration while committing 4 turnovers in 3 minutes. Calderon tried to change things with a three-pointer, while Kruel had to go to the bench with 3 fouls. A fastbreak dunk by Sergi Vidal gave Tau its first lead, 7-6, but the Skyliners reacted well. Miroslav Todic scored in the low post, Williams added a dunk off his fifth steal and Pascal Roller fired in a triple to put the guests ahead 11-17. Hansen woke up the hosts with back-to-back bombs from downtown, while Scola and David scored in the paint to cap a 10-2 run for a 21-19 edge for Tau after 10 minutes.

Tau failed to break the game early in the long, as Roller followed Williams' close basket with a six-meter jumper to tie the game, 23-23. The hosts had troubles to slow Williams, as he took over with free throws and a layup to make the guests regain the lead, 26-27. Tau could not find the way to the basket for more than 2 minutes until Kornel stepped up with a put-back layup, while Pablo Prigioni added a seven-meter three to put the hosts back in charge at 31-29. Only then Tau got back in track, as Scola scored twice in the paint while Robert Conley followed a coast-to-coast layup with free throws to boost the hosts to its biggest lead so far, 39-33. Hasan Ozkan fired in a corner three and Spyros Pantelaidis added 4 quick points, including a layup in penetration, to bring the Skyliners within 41-40 at halftime.

The scoring pace was slower early in the third and Tau got the most out of it. The hosts' man-to-man defense got more physical, while free throws by Scola and a put-back layup by Hansen gave Tau a 45-40 edge. The Skyliners went scoreless for almost 3 minutes until Kruel scored around the basket, but a red hot Hansen matched that with a power layup, forcing the guests to call timeout at 47-42. The Skyliners switched to 2-1-2 zone defense, but Macijauskas and Calderon punished it with one three-pointer apiece to keep Tau in charge at 53-48. Williams made it a one-point game with a long two-pointer, but Calderon fired in another triple and Macijauskas copied it soon after that to make the hosts stay out of trouble at 59-54. Hansen continued the three-point exhibition with his own shot from downtown to extend Tau's lead to 62-56 after 30 minutes.

Tau broke the game early in the final period, as Tiago Splitter became the team's go-to guy in crunch time. His basket-plus-foul ignited a 10-3 opening run in which he had 7 points and Macijauskas fired in his third three-pointer. The Skyliners called timeout once Hansen fed Splitter for a fast break layup which boosted Tau's lead to 72-59 with 8 minutes to go. The hosts worked well in defense now, while Hansen added yet another three for a 16-point Tau lead at 75-59. The Skyliners tried to get back into the game, but Scola beat the buzzer with a four-meter jumper and added another shot to seal the outcome, 79-63, with less than 4 minutes to go. Tau tried to provide some showtime in the final minutes, as Hansen nailed another three and Splitter scored back-to-back close baskets to seal the outcome and Tau's qualification for the Top 16!
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), ORTIZ DE ZÁRATE, JOSÉ MANUEL (ESP)
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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 37:00 18 8/11   2/3 3 6 9 3 3 8 4 1 3 6 27
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 17:00 5   1/3 2/2   1 1 3 3   1   2 1 10
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 30:45 21 3/5 5/10   2   2 2 1 1 1       19
7 MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS 31:00 13 2/3 3/9   1 3 4 3   2     1 1 11
8 CALDERON, JOSE MANUEL 27:30 6   2/2   1 2 3 3 1 4     3 1 7
9 VIDAL, SERGI 6:00 2 1/1               1     1 1 1
13 CONLEY, ROBERT 7:45 4 1/2   2/2   1 1             1 5
18 DAVID, KORNEL 17:45 10 3/7 1/1 1/1 1 1 2 2 3 1 2   3 1 12
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 25:15 11 5/9   1/3 1 6 7 1 2 3   1 2 4 13
22 GABINI, ROBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BETTS, ANDY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 90 23/38 12/25 8/11 11 21 32 17 13 21 8 2 15 16 107
        60.5% 48% 72.7%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
Opel Skyliners
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KAVAKLIOGLU, ALI BERENT 1:45                              
7 KRUEL, BERND 24:15 14 5/7   4/4 2 3 5   2 3     3 3 16
8 SLJIVANCANIN, MLADJEN 26:30 5 1/2 1/5   1 1 2   1 1     2    
9 DIARRA, IBRAHIM 7:15         1 2 3 1         1   3
11 ROLLER, PASCAL 37:00 7 1/5 1/4 2/2 1 1 2 4   3 1 2 2 3 3
12 WILLIAMS, CHRIS 36:00 20 8/15 0/1 4/6   4 4   6 6 1 3 3 4 13
14 KING, ALEX 28:15 6 3/7 0/1   1   1   2 3   1 2 1 -1
17 TODIC, MIROSLAV 8:45 2 1/1       1 1 1   1     1   2
20 OZKAN, HASAN 11:00 5 0/1 1/1 2/2   2 2     1   1 1 1 4
21 PANTELIADIS, SPYRIDON 19:15 10 2/3 1/4 3/4   2 2 1 1 2   1 1 3 8
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 69 21/41 4/16 15/18 9 18 27 7 12 22 2 8 16 15 51
        51.2% 25% 83.3%
Head coach: KOLLER, PATRICK
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