2006-07Regular SeasonRound 14
February 01, 2007 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Mirza Teletovic - Tau Ceramica Tau Ceramica cruised past Le Mans Sarthe Basket 86-54 on Thursday night at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain, to finish the regular season on a high note. Tau won its 24th straight home game as it improved to 12-2 as the Group A winner. Le Mans dropped to 4-10 and finished its inaugural Euroleague campaign in seventh place. The game was never close as Tau scored the game’s first 6 points, increased the lead to 18-4 midway through the first period and continued to run away. It was 48-22 at halftime and didn't get much closer in the second half as the hosts took the easy win. Luis Scola led the way with 18 points, Igor Rakocevic added 15, Mirza Teletovic 14 and Serkan Erdogan scored 11. Pablo Prigioni had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Eric Campbell led Le Mans with 11 and Pape Phillipe Amagou added 10.

Tau took advantage of it size advantage over Le Mans's frontcourt to earn an early 6-0 edge after 2 minutes. The guests struggled at the beginning, turning the ball over and letting easy points inside the paint. Nicolas Batum ended the drought for Le Mans, but a three-pointer by Rakocevic followed by Scola free throws widened the gap to 11-2. Although Le Mans coach Vincent Collet tried to reinforce Le Mans's defense with Sandro Nicevic, Tau was already hot and kept running the court and scoring with ease. A 7-2 run increased the lead to 18-4 midway through the first period. An urgent timeout by Le Mans didn't change anything, as Rakocevic nailed a corner three and Scola scored under the rim for a 23-4 edge after 7 minutes. Le Mans switched to zone defense at that point and that worked fine as Tau managed to score only 5 points until the end of the quarter. That was enough for the visitors to reduce the disadvantage a bit and reach the end of the quarter trailing 28-13.

Kenny Gregory - Le MansTau started the second period focusing mainly on three-point attempts, but only Erdogan was successful. Despite the poor shooting, the hosts remained comfortably ahead mainly because Le Mans was still committing the same mistakes on offense. A three by Kenny Gregory seemed to awake the guests at 33-19, but Erdogan, Teletovic and Rakocevic came quickly to the rescue for Tau to extend the lead to 46-19. Collet was unable to find the right combination to combat Tau's strong defense, especially in the paint. An acrobatic jumper by Fred House closed the game at halftime with a solid 26-point lead, 48-22, for Tau.

The hosts needed three attempts to hit the first three in the second half as both teams showed up quite cold after the intermission. Gregory and Scola were the only other two players able to find the way to the rim in the first 4 minutes of the quarter, as the differences remained big for the hosts. Teletovic boosted Tau to its first 30-point lead at 57-26 on a bank shot, but Nebojsa Bogavac answered quickly from downtown. House hit the floor dangerously while fighting for an offensive rebound and was quickly replaced by Sergi Vidal with 4 minutes to go. Vidal, after a long period sidelined, was the chosen one to return the 30-point margin on a right-sided three-pointer at 63-31 and that difference remained steady at the end of the period.

Nothing changed at the beginning of the last quarter, as Tau continued to focus on the outside shot, and Le Mans was unable to score a single field goal for the first three minutes. A dunk made by Batum was the only points Le Mans got not from the free throw line, as Tau hit three times in a row from downtown to raise the lead to 77-40. The scoring improved in the last couple of minutes, enough to please a patient crowd. Yannick Bokolo, at the buzzer, closed the score at 86-54 and gave Tau its 12th win for its best mark ever in the first round of the Euroleague.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Natxo Mendaza, Euroleague.net
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Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 7400
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Le Mans13223654
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 35:00 18 7/10 0/1 4/5   6 6 4 3 2     3 4 25
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 32:00 6   2/4   4 3 7 7 2 2     1   17
7 CILLA, JESUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 25:15 15 0/1 5/7     2 2 3   3   1 3 1 11
9 VIDAL, SERGI 21:15 8 1/1 2/3   1 3 4 1 2       2 2 14
11 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 23:30 11 1/3 3/7 0/1   2 2 3 2 2   1 4 2 6
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 31:15 14 2/6 3/9 1/2 3 5 8 2 3   1   2 3 18
14 PEKER, KAYA 8:45 7 3/4   1/2 2   2   2       1 2 10
20 ESLAVA, ARIEL 5:00 1 0/2   1/2   1 1         1 3 1 -4
32 HOUSE, FRED 18:00 6 3/3 0/3     1 1 1 3 1     1   6
Team           2   2   1           3
Totals 200:00 86 17/30 15/34 7/12 12 23 35 21 18 10 1 3 20 15 106
        56.7% 44.1% 58.3%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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
Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOGAVAC, NEBOJSA 17:15 6 1/2 1/1 1/2   1 1   1 1     1 1 5
5 GREGORY, KENNY 29:30 9 3/8 1/2     6 6 3 1 2     1 2 12
6 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 26:45 10 2/3 1/5 3/5 1   1   1 2     1 3 5
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 13:30 2 1/4     1 1 2     2 2   2 2 1
8 BATUM, NICOLAS 21:30 9 4/7   1/3 1 2 3     3     1 2 5
9 BOKOLO, YANNICK 25:00 2 1/2 0/2     1 1 1   4   1     -4
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 19:00 3 1/5   1/2   3 3     3     2 3 -1
11 ADJIWANOU, FREDERIC 21:30 2 1/2   0/4 3 3 6 3 1 3     5 3 2
12 CEL, AARON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 CAMPBELL, ERIC 26:00 11 5/6   1/1 1 2 3   2   1   2 4 18
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 54 19/39 3/10 7/17 9 21 30 7 6 21 3 1 15 20 46
        48.7% 30% 41.2%
Head coach: COLLET, VINCENT
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Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Tau Ceramica
"I think we came out very focused and concentrated and with the will of playing serious basketball. That helped us a lot because we amassed a good advantage in the beginning that made the game easier to play for us. We played great for the first two quarters and we managed to keep pushing in the third. It was very important to get back to a good mood. We focused on playing balanced basketball and strong defense. We made a lot of three-point attempts, but I don't think they were bad selected because we found many open shots due to its closed deffense."
COLLET, VINCENT
Le Mans
"I'm very disappointed because of the way we finished our Euroleague participation. Our record was good in the first leg of this round, and we lost several games by short differences, but our second leg was too bad. We could not play since the tipoff tonight. Our game was a disaster. I think we paid all the anger of Tau after its defeat in the domestic competition. They played very aggressive and collapsed our offensive game. We made a poor job tonight mainly because of their aggressiveness."

Players

TELETOVIC, MIRZA
Tau Ceramica
"I don't think the game was easier than expected. We tried to play our best especially after our last defeat in Murcia so we came up focused on playing a hard game. We didn't take this game as revenge but to prepare the next games because the Spanish league is also a very tough competition and always demands the best of you. I'm not especially satisfied with my performance in the last games because we lost many of them and nobody can feel good when the team loses. I must try hard everyday and try my best at practices."
BOGAVAC, NEBOJSA
Le Mans
"It was quite a hard defeat for us but we faced a very well-organized team tonight. They played really hard despite this game had no reward for anybody as they already made it to the Top 16 and we were already eliminated. I think Tau is one of the favorites for the title, even more than CSKA or Panathinaikos. I think we were a bit unlucky in our first Euroleague participation because we lost two or three games by few points but I think it was a very good experience for us in order to prepare ourselves for the next challenges like Week of the Aces and the French championship."
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