2001-02Regular SeasonRound 10
January 09, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
AEK arrived Wednesday in Vitoria, Spain, the home of Tau Ceramica, as the solid leader of Group D. It is leaving as just another contender among six after last year's Euroleague runners-up registered a solid 20-point victory, 82-62, that could prove key as this race continues. Tau improved to 6-4 to join a four-way tie for second place in the group even as it pulled AEK down a step to 7-3. Nobody would have expected such an easy result for Tau, but an amazingly well-played third quarter sealed the result early. Luis Scola led the winners with 26 points, while Laurent Foirest added 15 and Sergi Vidal and Dejan Tomasevic contributed 11 each. For AEK, Demos Dikoudis and John Holden had 11 each and Nikos Zisis added 10.

The first period started with AEK going ahead 0-6 while Tau looked unsure of how to react until Sergi Vidal broke the spell with an easy layup. From there, the game entered a poor-scoring phase which wasn't broken until three minutes later with a dunk by Betts (2-8) that was the call for both teams to get back into the game. AEK was always in the lead by 4 to 6 points until Dikoudis was called for his third foul with 2 minutes to go. That's when Tau managed to gain conrtol and arrive at the end of the period with a tie score, 15-15.

The first lead for Tau came at the beginning of the second quarter, and the hosts refused to let it go in those 10 minutes. Thanks to a three-pointer by Foirest, Tau built a five-point advantage (20-15) even though both teams presented poor numbers in two-point shooting, 6 of 18 for the hosts and 5 of 14 for the guests. Without injured Elmer Bennett, Tau was driven by Chris Corchiani, who got his team into a quicker pace as the quarter advanced for a 22-20 partial score, and a two-point lead for the Spaniards at the break, 37-35.

The third quarter of the game was the most important since Tau completely turned the game upside down under Vidal, who replaced Corchiani. He led an 11-0 run for the hosts as four straight free throws by Tomasevic and a three-pointer by Foirest added up to a 48-38 lead that flattened AEK. The time out called by head coach Dragan Sakota didn't help AEK at all as Tau pulled away strongly after constant turnovers by the guests (totalling 13). Most of those ended back in the visitors' basket, largely thanks to Scola, until Tau hit a maximum lead of 22, 67-45, to end of the third.

The last quarter was no more than a formality with Tau not showing its best efforts to try to pull away further, and AEK having left all its will to win in the bench after the end of the third quarter. AEK managed to cut down the deficit by four or five points, but Tau reacted quickly and got its lead back again and again. The Spanish team maintains its options to qualify for the Top 16 with this win, still with the recently signed Gabriel Fernandez waiting to make his debut, probably next weekend in the Spanish League while the Greeks stand atop the group still, though a step closer to the crowd below.
Wednesday, January 9, 2002
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Referees: RADONJIC, GORAN (FRA), ROTH, ANDREAS (AUS), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA)
Attendance: 8200
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Tau Ceramica15223015
AEK Athens1523717
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Tau Ceramica15376782
AEK Athens15384562
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 24:28 26 10/13   6/9 3 1 4   1       4 5 26
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 4:05     0/1             1     2   -4
6 BENNETT, ELMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 FOIREST, LAURENT 24:06 15 1/4 4/6 1/2   3 3 1 2 1     4 4 14
8 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VIDAL, SERGI 32:57 11 3/6 1/3 2/2 1   1 2 2       1 3 13
10 TIMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 18:09 5 1/3 1/2   2 3 5 1         2 1 7
11 SCONOCHINI, HUGO 7:39   0/1 0/1     4 4 1   1         2
12 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 31:34 11 2/9   7/8 5 4 9 3 1 4     1 8 19
13 FERNANDEZ, GABRIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 OBERTO, FABRICIO 23:58 8 4/7   0/5 2 6 8   1 2     5 3 5
15 CORCHIANI, CHRIS 33:04 6 1/3 0/1 4/4 2 1 3 6 1 1     3 3 12
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 82 22/46 6/14 20/30 16 23 39 14 8 11 0 0 22 27 95
        47.8% 42.9% 66.7%
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
AEK Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HOLDEN, J.R. 32:04 11 2/12 1/4 4/4   2 2 4 1 1     1 5 8
5 PANTELIADIS, SPYRIDON 6:02 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 2   1         5
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 24:09 10 2/2 1/2 3/3       3   2     4 1 7
7 TAPOUTOS, CHRISTOS 11:37 6 2/2   2/2   1 1     1     1 1 6
9 CHATZIS, NIKOLAOS 7:45 3 0/1 1/1   3   3     3     3 2 1
10 KIKILIAS, VASSILIS 14:19 2 1/1 0/2         2 2 1     5 1 -1
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 26:11 11 4/8 1/2   2 3 5 1   1     4 2 9
12 BILBA, JIM 18:03     0/1   1 2 3 2 1 2     2   1
13 PASCHALIS, KOSTAS 2:51                         1   -1
14 BETTS, ANDY 30:12 6 1/8   4/6 2 1 3   1       4 7 4
15 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 24:07 9 1/2 1/3 4/4 1 6 7   1 1     2 3 14
16 ANTIC, PERO 2:40   0/1       1 1                
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 62 15/39 5/16 17/19 10 19 29 14 7 13 0 0 27 22 57
        38.5% 31.3% 89.5%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Tau Ceramica
We are on our way to fight for the Euroleague. We are in a very balanced group and everybody can beat everybody. Except for Oostende, all the others can beat any rival. I'm happy because we had a better defense, we were patient and aggressive to endure the 40 minutes. It's an important win for the self-confidence of this team, which can play well with these players.
SAKOTA, DRAGAN
AEK Athens
I have to congratulate Tau because they were better than us. We only fought throughout the first half and we were too concerned about protesting the referees' decisions. We lost the game due to the good streak Tau is in, be it with their defense on outer players or their control of the rebounding. We knew we wouldn't beat them if we weren't as fast as them, and that's exactly what happened. Before starting the regular season I said that Tau was the toughest team, the favorite to be the leader and I still think the same thing, even though they have suffered some unexpected losses.

Players

CORCHIANI, CHRIS
Tau Ceramica
It was a very important game for us, and also vital for our aspirations in the competition, but we have to keep on working to get through. I didn't feel a special pressure on my shoulders due to Bennett's absence, but everybody else did, and when the most important player of the team disappears, everyone else comes together.
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