2006-07Top 16Round 1
February 15, 2007 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA
Gianluca Basile - Winterthur FCB After winning the Spanish King's Cup last weekend, Winterthur FC Barcelona showed that it's in peak form with a 97-73 home win over Prokom Trefl Sopot on Thursday night. An amazing offensive performance by Gianluca Basile in the first half allowed the hosts to build a large lead and without pressure, Barca rolled to the easy win. With the result, Barcelona starts the Top 16 with a 1-0 record to co-lead Group F with Panathinaikos, while Prokom starts with a 0-1 tied with Efes Pilsem. Basile led his team with 18 points, Jordi Trias and Fran Vazquez added 15 apiece as the former didn't miss a shot and also added 7 rebounds to his numbers. Michalis Kakiouzis also had 11 points for the winners. Rashid Atkins led the way for Prokom with 19 points, Huseyin Besok posted 16 and Christian Dalmau nailed 11.

Big man Besok hit a mid-range jumper, but Juan Carlos Navarro soon replied for Barcelona to make it 2-2. Basile's steal and fastbreak were a sign of Barca's intentions to run, but Prokom double-teamed on defense to try to force Barcelona turnovers. When the hosts missed a couple of shots, Prokom went ahead on Atkins's three-point play and fastbreak, 6-9. Fran Vazquez fed Jordi Trias underneath for a three-point play of his own, but Prokom played without risks, taking advantage of every Barcelona mistake to rise to 9-17 after Donatas Slanina's three. Basile copied him to revive Barcelona, and soon Besok was called for his third foul in just 7 minutes, sending him to the bench. The run went up to 8-0 when Jaka Lakovic fed Vazquez to tie it at 17-17. At that point, the game entered a phase of confusion with turnovers on both sides until Vazquez broke Prokom's zone defense with a jumper for 19-17. The quarter ended with Navarro feeding Trias and Basile beating the buzzer with a triple that closed a 15-0 run that made it 24-17.

Rashid Atkins - Prokom TreflThe run was broken by Dalmau's long jumper to start the second quarter, but Roko-Leni Ukic blasted a three to put things back in place. The hosts went on a run to 31-19 as Ukic added another basket. Prokom did what it could on offense, but Basile made back-to-back threes that fired the stands for a 37-21 score. Michael Andersen tried to lift Prokom by himself, but Barcelona was on a hot streak where everything turned out rosy for them. Vazquez slammed for 41-23 and the hosts' defense forced Prokom mistakes again and again, while on the other side Roger Grimau made it a 20-point game with a three. Atkins replied with a new three for Prokom and Andersen added two free throws to show that the guests were not dead that early. On the following play, Prokom's defense smothered the hosts forcing a 24-second violation. With one second to go in the quarter, there would be no more changes in the score, which showed a 45-29 at the break.

Dalmau blasted an open three to start the second half, but Kakiouzis's free throws and Vazquez's layup launched Barca again. Prokom seemed to play with more patience to start the third quarter, but the hosts had Lakovic with two straight threes making it 59-36. With no pressure at all, Barcelona made its shots, but also relaxed a little on defense, allowing for Prokom's easy baskets. However, trading baskets was good for the hosts as time went by. Prokom lacked the extra bite that would allow it to be back into the game, and when Vazquez dunked again, it was clear that things would have to change a lot for the guests to have any options. Atkins scored 5straight points, including a triple that closed the third period at 68-46 for the hosts.

Fran Vazquez - Winterthur FCBJustin Hamilton opened the last period with his second basket of the night, but Basile was on fire from downtown, hitting his fifth bomb from downtown for a 73-48 Barcelona edge. Trias was now active under the basket, but Prokom replied to every bucket now, providing the crowd with a good offensive show. When Trias reached his 15th point without a miss, his best Euroleague offensive performance ever, the score was 77-57. Vazquez added a three-point play and that sparked a 7-0 run. Atkins and Besok got together to keep Prokom in the game combining for 6 straight points, but Barcelona replied with the entrance of youngster Albert Moncasi, who made his Euroleague debut, and he soon scored two points from the free-throw line. Grimau and Besok traded triples as the game entered the last minute with a clear 89-68 for Barcelona, who rolled into its first Top 16 win.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS; CASTANO, ANIBAL; VIATOR, EDDIE
Attendance: 5121
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Winterthur FC Barcelona24212324
Prokom Trefl Sopot17121727
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Winterthur FC Barcelona24456892
Prokom Trefl Sopot17294673
Winterthur FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 28:30 18 1/1 5/8 1/2 3 2 5 1 1 2     1 1 19
8 TRIAS, JORDI 23:30 15 7/7   1/1 2 5 7 2   4 1     3 24
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 11:30 3 1/2   1/2   2 2 2 1 2     3 1 2
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 21:15 8 0/1 2/2 2/2 1   1 4 2 1   1 1 3 14
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 26:30 4 2/4 0/5     3 3 8         1 2 9
12 MONCASI, ALBERT 2:15 2 0/1   2/2                 1 1 1
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 11:30 3 0/1 1/4   1 3 4     1         2
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 28:30 15 7/13   1/1 3 3 6 3   2 4     2 22
20 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 14:15 11 3/6 1/1 2/2   4 4 1       1 1 1 12
21 UKIC, ROKO 18:45 7 2/4 1/2         2   1         5
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 13:30 6   2/2   1   1 2         1 2 10
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 92 23/40 12/24 10/12 11 24 35 25 4 14 5 2 9 16 121
        57.5% 50% 83.3%
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
Prokom Trefl Sopot
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUKIC, JASMIN 14:00 4 2/4 0/1     1 1 2 2           6
5 ATKINS, RASHID 32:00 19 6/8 2/4 1/1 1 2 3 4 2 2   1   2 23
6 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 25:15 6 3/6 0/1   1 3 4 3 1   1   2   9
7 MASIULIS, TOMAS 18:00 4 2/4     2 1 3   1 2     3 1 2
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 15:15 3 1/2 0/1 1/2   2 2     1     1 2 2
9 DALMAU, CHRISTIAN 20:45 11 1/2 3/5   1 1 2 2 1 1     3 1 10
10 WOJCIK, ADAM 6:45   0/2                   1     -3
12 BESOK, HUSEYIN 20:00 16 5/11 2/3   3   3 2 2 2 1 1 4 2 12
13 SLANINA, DONATAS 22:15 5 1/2 1/5     2 2   1 1   2 1   -1
14 ANDERSEN, MICHAEL 20:00 5 2/5   1/2   2 2 2   1     2 1 3
15 PACESAS, TOMAS 5:45         1 1 2               2
Team             4 4   2           6
Totals 200:00 73 23/46 8/20 3/5 9 19 28 15 12 10 2 5 16 9 71
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Head coach: KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
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Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"I think we still can improve and we have to be much tougher when we play against stronger teams. Of course, Prokom is not Panathinaikos but they are a good team with a certain style, and if they can impose that it's difficult to play against them. The start of the game was tough for us as we had to control the euphoria from winning the cup last weekend. But after that we improved defense and when we went ahead by ten points we controlled the game. I never though the game would escape us at that point. Our big guys, Trias and Vazquez, played great, but we will also need Marconato to play at this level if we want to get far. Moncasi made his debut tonight, and I am glad. He is the future of Barcelona."
KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"Congratulations to Barcelona for their win in the cup and for a great game. We started well but we ran into problems soon and in the second quarter we could not stop their fastbreaks. However, we never stopped trying. Losing by 20 points it's almost impossible to come back against Barcelona. Efes and Barcelona are pursuing the same goal in this Top 16, but at this moment I think Barcelona is a better team."

Players

NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"It was a bad shooting night for me, but I had fun dishing assists for my teammates. The team is fine now, we knew we would have to improve at some point and we are getting better every game. That's good because tougher rivals are ahead of us. The cup title gave us the confidence we needed and also we managed to find the balance between the inside and outside games. Trias and Vazquez were superb tonight."
BESOK, HUSEYIN
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"Barcelona played a great game. They controlled it and when they dominated by 20 it was impossible for us to come back. We started well but they improved with their inside and outside game. We have a tough group and our goal is to play at a high level and make our arena a difficult one. I think Barcelona is a good candidate for the Final Four."
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