2004-05Top 16Round 3
March 09, 2005 CET: 20:40
Local time: 20:40 S.DARIUS AND S.GIRENAS SPORT CENTER
Climamio Bologna pushed itself into a crowded fight for first place in Group F by registering just the third road win of the Top 16 so far, 81-82 over Zalgiris in Kaunas, Lithuania on Wednesday. The victory was priceless, too, as Climamio joins a three-way tie for the group lead with Tau Ceramica and Panathinaikos, all sharing a 2-1 record. Meanwhile, Zalgiris dropped to 0-3 and will need to win all its remaining games to keep its playoff dreams alive. Erazem Lorbek led the winners with 20 points. Ruben Douglas added 19 on 9-for-14 shooting, Milos Vujanic 18 points and 5 steals, and Gianluca Basile 10 more points for Climamio. Robert Pack paced Zalgiris with 29 points. Tanoka Beard posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, but missed a left-handed layup attempt in the closing seconds that would have given Zalgiris the win.

Vujanic tried to get Climamio started with a big block on Salenga. Even with that, both teams went scoreless for 2 minutes until Vujanic drew an unsportsmanlike foul on Beard. He scored free throws and added a catch-and-shoot three-pointer for a 0-5 Climamio lead. Timinskas slashed for a layup and Paulius Jankunas added a jump hook, igniting a 8-0 run that Salenga capped with a dunk for a 8-5 Zalgiris edge. Climamio went blank for more than 2 minutes until Douglas scored around the basket, but Beard had a big dunk at the other end to help Zalgiris keep a 10-7 edge. Douglas followed Basile's jumper with a layup to keep the guests alive, but Zalgiris was on fire. Timinskas fired in a triple and Pack added a breakway layup, as the hosts surged ahead 17-11. Climamio tried a small lineup with Stefano Mancinelli at power forward. He got a layup and a tip-in in traffic, while Lorbek's three-point play brought the guests within 20-18. Salenga took over with free throws and a corner triple, however, giving Zalgiris a 25-18 margin after 10 minutes.

Climamio opted for a four-guard lineup - Basile, Vujanic, Gianmarco Pozzecco and Marco Belinelli - early in the second quarter, and the risk paid off for a while. The guests used a 2-9 run in which Lorbek dunked it and added a big basket in the low post to tie the game at 27-27. Zalgiris got back on track following a timeout, as Beard scored in the paint and Vidas Ginevicius drilled a triple for a 32-27 edge. Climamio, now with two big men on the floor, did not panic. Rather, five different players scored in a 2-13 run that Douglas capped with a fastbreak dunk to give the guests a 34-40 lead. Beard scored around the basket, but Vujanic made free throws and Douglas a layup to preserve Climamio's advantage at 36-44. While Zalgiris could not find the way to the basket, Vujanic's floating layup fell through to establish a dougle-digit lead for Climamio, 36-46, at halftime.

Little changed early in the third quarter, as Basile followed Bagaric's basket with his second three-pointer for Climamio's biggest lead yet, 38-53. Beard and Salenga tried to lift Zalgiris, but Douglas made a layup to keep a 15-point Climamio lead, 40-55. And when Ainars Bagatskis banged a triple for the hosts, an unstoppable Douglas matched him at the other end. Zagiris only made up ground by improving its defense, and even though red-hot Douglas made an amazing stop-and-pop jumper, Zalgiris was now on fire. Pack fired in a three-pointer and Beard added free throws to bring the hosts within single digits, 52-60. Pack and Beard now cut the deficit to 56-62, but Vujanic's no-look pass for Lorbek turned into a three-point play that gave Climamio some fresh air. Pack came to the rescue for the hosts, scoring 8 points in the final 2 minutes, including a fastbreak layup that brought Zalgiris within 64-69 after 30 minutes.

Pack was still on fire early in the final quarter. To his running layup Paulius Jankunas scored a second-chance basket to bring Zalgiris within 70-72. Climamio struggled until Lorbek fired in a mid-range jumper, but Timinskas hit a driving layup and Pack 2 free throws to tie 74-74, with 4 minutes to go. Vujanic scored in penetration off a Climamio timeout and then Bagaric dunked to reestablish Climamio's edge at 75-78. Pack scored in the paint, and Zalgiris tried zone defense, but Basile scored in close for a 77-80 scoreboard with less than 2 minutes left. Next, Bagaric came out of nowhere to tip in a miss, giving Climamio a 77-82 lead with 51 seconds remaining. All seemed decided until Beard made free throws, after which Ginevicius quickly stole, hit a layup.and drew an offensive foul on Vujanic. Suddenly, Zalgiris was down by just 81-82 with the ball in its possession and 21.1 seconds left. It all came down to the final play, on which Beard missed a left-handed layup that allowed Climamio to escape from Kaunas as a co-leader in Group F.
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Referees: DE KEYSER, ARMAND (BEL), KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO), SLEDZ, ULI (GER)
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Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 19:30 5 1/1 1/2           2 2     2 2 4
5 PACK, ROBERT 35:00 29 10/19 1/2 6/9 2   2 3   2     2 10 27
6 BEARD, TANOKA 34:15 17 6/15   5/5 7 3 10 3 4 4 1 2 4 3 19
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 4:30 2 1/1                         2
8 BAGATSKIS, AINARS 7:45 3   1/1     1 1           1   3
9 SALENGA, DAINIUS 36:45 9 2/4 1/5 2/2   2 2 5 1     1 2 3 11
10 TIMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 31:00 9 2/4 1/2 2/2 2 6 8 2   4     4 2 10
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 23:15 7 2/3   3/4 3 5 8   1 3     2 4 13
15 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 6:45   0/1 0/1         1       1 1   -3
20 ANDRIUSKEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 1:15     0/1                       -1
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 81 24/48 5/14 18/22 14 17 31 14 11 15 1 4 18 24 88
        50% 35.7% 81.8%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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 6:00                   1     3   -4
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 37:45 10 3/5 1/3 1/2   3 3 4 3 2     4 3 12
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 15:45 6 3/4 0/1   2 3 5 1         4   6
9 BELINELLI, MARCO 6:30           1 1 1             2
11 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 24:15 8 4/9   0/2 2 7 9 3 1 2   1 4 1 8
12 POZZECCO, GIANMARCO 14:45 1 0/2   1/2 1   1 2 1 4     3 1 -4
13 VUJANIC, MILOS 33:15 18 3/5 2/6 6/6   3 3 2 5 1 1   3 8 27
15 LORBEK, ERAZEM 28:45 20 7/11 1/1 3/4 3 2 5   1   2   1 4 26
18 CORTESE, RICCARDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DOUGLAS, RUBEN 33:00 19 8/12 1/2   1 1 2   1 1 1   2 1 16
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 82 28/48 5/13 11/16 9 20 29 13 15 11 4 1 24 18 92
        58.3% 38.5% 68.8%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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