2004-05Top 16Round 1
February 23, 2005 CET: 20:40
Local time: 20:40 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
The new challenge represented by the Top 16 became apparent quickly as Group F opened with Tau Ceramica downing mighty Climamio Bologna 94-84 at home in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday. Tau is now 1-0 and will co-lead Group F with either Panathinaikos and Zalgiris after they play on Thursday. Climamio dropped to 0-1. Arvydas Macijauskas led the winners with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Sergi Vidal added 14 points, Kornel David 13, Luis Scola 12 and Jose Manuel Calderon 10 for Tau. Gianluca Basile led Climamio with 28 points on 6-for-10 three-point shooting. Milos Vujanic added 23 points and Ruben Douglas 16. Tau and Climamio combined to make 27 three-point shots, one more that the previous Top 16 record set by Scavolini Pesaro and Benetton Treviso in 2001-02. It was a tough battle between both teams, especially in a physical opening period in which Travis Hansen was ejected and Matjaz Smodis picked up four fouls. Macijauskas broke the game in the second quarter and reached halftime with a 20-point advantage. Climamio came back to within 7 points with 4 minutes to go, but back-to-back threes by Calderon and Macijauskas ended the visitors' last threat.

Vujanic opened fire with a long three-pointer to give Climamio the first lead at 0-3, but the guests were scoreless for the next 3 minutes. Tau reeled off 8 points to get ahead and force a Climamio timeout. The guests were frustrated and soon a fight broke out between Scola and Dalibor Bagaric, who was benched with 2 quick fouls. The situation got worst after Matjaz Smodis and Kornel David scuffled and several other players got involved. The result of that fight, which stopped the game for a few minutes, was the third foul on Smodis and the ejection of Travis Hansen after only 5 minutes. When game was restarted, Tau increased its margin to 17-10. Smodis got his fourth foul after committing an offensive foul. Climamio switched to zone defense, but 2 three-pointers by Macijauskas allowed Tau to retain an small lead, 25-21, at the end of the first quarter.

Scola and Macijauskas got really hot to start the second quarter, with 4 points each that extended the Tau margin to 33-25 after 13 minutes. Stefano Mancinelli hit a triple to reduce the gap for Climamio, but Macijauskas repeated from downtown to prevent the guests from rallying. Tau amassed a double digit margin at 38-28 as Sergi Vidal drew a flagrant foul on Martin Rancik midway through the quarter. Climamio switched again to zone defense but it didn't work as good as the first time and Tau used three-point plays by Vidal and Macijauskas to surge ahead 48-31. An exchange of baskets over the last 2 minutes before intermission ended with a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Vidal to close the half with a 55-35 lead for Tau.

Tau center Tiago Splitter came out strong after the break and powered the hosts inside to preserve the 20-point edge. Vujanic and Basile remained the only reliable scorers for Climamio. As such, Tau didn't need to make a big effort to keep a solid cushion, not even when Vujanic added 5 straight points for a 66-51 score after 25 minutes. Climamio kept shooting from outside in an effort to rally, but most of its attempts found nothing but iron. A fastbreak layup by Robert Conley returned a 19-point edge to Tau, and after Ruben Douglas hit 2 free throws at the end the third quarter, Climamio was still 17 points away, at 73-56.

Climamio maintained its zone defense as it attempted to come back in the fourth quarter, but its low shooting percentage remained a problem until Douglas stepped up with back-to-back three-pointers to help Vujanic draw the guests to within 13 points, 80-67. Vujanic followed him with another triple and then drew Scola's fourth foul to force a Tau timeout at 80-70 with less than 5 minutes to go. A free throw by Vujanic and a bank shot from Lorbek brought Climamio within 80-73, but Tau reacted quickly and definitively with key three-pointers from Calderon and Macijauskas to kill the Climamio rally at 86-73 wit 3 minutes to go. Tau tried to push the lead as high as possible at the end, but Basile hit an amazing 10-meter buzzer-beater to close the score at 94-84.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Natxo Mendaza, Vitoria
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO), MARZIN, CHRISTIAN (FRA)
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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 24:45 12 4/8   4/4 3 3 6 3 2 3     5 3 14
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 20:00 4   1/4 1/2   1 1 4 2 2       2 7
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 4:30 1     1/2   2 2   2       1 2 5
7 MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS 31:45 26 5/8 5/8 1/1 3   3   2 1     2 4 26
8 CALDERON, JOSE MANUEL 20:30 10 0/1 2/5 4/4 1 6 7 3 1     1 4 5 17
9 VIDAL, SERGI 32:30 14 2/4 2/2 4/5 1 8 9 4 3 1     1 4 29
13 CONLEY, ROBERT 11:15 7 2/4 1/4   1 1 2           3   1
18 DAVID, KORNEL 28:45 13 3/8 1/1 4/4 2 2 4     2 2   3 4 13
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 17:45 7 3/5   1/4 3   3 1     2   3 2 7
22 GABINI, ROBERTO 8:15     0/3     1 1 1         1   -2
51 BETTS, ANDY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 94 19/38 12/27 20/26 14 26 40 16 12 9 4 1 23 26 119
        50% 44.4% 76.9%
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
Climamio Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ROMBALDONI, RODOLFO 11:15     0/2             3 1   4   -8
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 33:45 28 3/6 6/10 4/5 1 5 6 2 2 1     3 3 29
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 16:45 6 0/1 1/2 3/4       1 1       2 2 5
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 10:30   0/1               2   1 5 2 -7
9 BELINELLI, MARCO 8:00 2 1/1                     2 1 1
11 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 8:45 2 1/6     1 1 2   1       2   -2
12 POZZECCO, GIANMARCO 4:00                 1 3     1   -3
13 VUJANIC, MILOS 34:00 23 3/6 4/6 5/6 1 3 4 3   2   1 1 7 27
14 RANCIK, MARTIN 24:45 2 1/4 0/1   2 6 8     1     3   2
15 LORBEK, ERAZEM 24:30 5 2/5   1/2 3 3 6   1 2   1 2 3 6
20 DOUGLAS, RUBEN 23:45 16 1/6 4/6 2/2   2 2 2   1   1 1 3 13
Team           1 4 5             2 7
Totals 200:00 84 12/36 15/27 15/19 9 24 33 8 6 15 1 4 26 23 70
        33.3% 55.6% 78.9%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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