2005-06Regular SeasonRound 3
November 16, 2005 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 TIVOLI ARENA
Tau Ceramica bounced back from its first Group A loss by downing Union Olimpija 70-87 on the road in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday. Tau first road win raised its record to 2-1, while Olimpija dropped to 0-3. Predrag Drobnjak led the winners with 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting and 8 rebounds. Tiago Splitter had 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Luis Scola added 12 points and Kornel David 10 as Tau's big men combined for 61 points total. Jimmy Oliver of Olimpija scored 25 points while making 7 of 13 three-pointers and Teemu Rannikko had 14 for the hosts. Tau used its strength in the paint to get a 16-25 lead after 10 minutes, while Drobnjak shined in the second quarter to keep a 39-46 margin at halftime. Oliver nailed 4 triples in the third quarter to bring Olimpija within 58-61, but Tau's defense allowed 2 points in the opening 6 minutes of the fourth quarter, enough to assure a victory.

Olimpija coach Pino Grdovic placed Toni Dijan in the starting lineup and it immediately paid off, as he followed Oliver's opening shot, a three-pointer, with a putback basket for a 5-0 lead. David got Tau going with a basket in close as the guests adjusted their man-to-man defense. Prigioni fed Scola with a behind-the-back assist and then found Hansen for a corner three-pointer for Tau's first lead, 5-7. Olimpija struggled to score now, while Prigioni's third assist found Scola underneath. Dijan slashed for a layup and Josko Poljak scored in the paint, but Scola immediately matched both baskets for a 9-13 Tau lead. Teemu Rannikko stepped up with a three-point play that drew Scola's third foul and sent him to the benc. But Tau kept looking inside, where Kornel David followed a jumper with free throws, while Drobnjak added a three-point play for a 14-20 margin. Rannikko shined with a floating bank shot, but Hansen answered from downtown as Tau was ahead 16-25 after 10 minutes.

Drobnjak opened the second quarter with a long jumper. Olimpija did not find answers on offense until Halperin scored from downtown to make it 19-28. He then followed Hasan Rizvic's tip-in with a driving layup, while Oliver capped a 10-2 run with a corner triple that cut the difference to 26-30, forcing a Tau timeout. Drobnjak stepped up again for the guests with a layup, but an unsportman foul by Jordi Grimau helped Rannikko and Evtimov to bring Olimpija within 29-32 midway through the second quarter. An unstoppable Drobnjak made another long jumper and Sergi Vidal nailed a triple to give Tau some breathing room again, at 29-37. But Olimpija fired back as Rizvic made a four-meter shot and Oliver scored from downtown for a 34-40 scoreboard. It took yet another triple by the red-hot Oliver to keep Tau's advantage down to 39-46 at halftime.

Scola came back after the break and immediately nailed a jumper to which David added a layup for a 39-50 Tau lead. Halperin hit a driving layup and Rannikko a big three, but Casey Jacobsen matched it for Tau. A low post basket by Rizvic and Oliver's fourth three-pointer kept Olimpija close 48-55. Oliver kept shooting and hitting triples, and two more of them with Evtimov's bsket inside soon ahd the difference down to just 3 points, 58-61, after 27 minutes. Splitter came to the rescue for Tau with a three-point play that Drobnjak followed with consecutive layups, forcing an Olimpija timeout at 58-68. When Oliver made another three and Halperin a six-meter jumper, Ukic beat the buzzer with his own triple as Tau held onto a 63-73 edge after 30 minutes.

Rannikko tried to get Olimpija back into the game with a tip-in and a big offensive rebound, but Tau was fully in charge. As Drobnjak made a mid-range jumper and Ukic free throws, Tau's defense did the rest. Olimpija went scoreless for 5 long minutes, while Hansen buried a corner three to make it a 15-point game, 65-80, after a 0-7 run. Olimpija called timeout but Tau kept its game plan: strong defense and inside offense. Scola made a layup and Drobnjak dunked to seal the outcome, a well-deserved Tau victory that left Olimpija at the bottom of the Group A standings.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA), REINBACHER, HARALD (AUS)
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Union Olimpija1623247
Tau Ceramica25212714
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Union Olimpija16396370
Tau Ceramica25467387
Union Olimpija
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 POLJAK, JOSKO 10:45 2 1/2     1 2 3   1 1     4 1 1
7 SZEWCZYK, SZYMON 14:30 3 1/6 0/1 1/2   2 2   2 1 1   3 4 1
8 RIZVIC, HASAN 33:45 8 4/9     4 5 9   2 4 1   4 1 8
9 RANNIKKO, TEEMU 36:30 14 4/9 1/6 3/3 2 2 4 4         4 4 12
10 MOROVIC, VEDRAN 3:30                           1 1
12 DIJAN, TONI 8:00 6 3/3     2   2               8
14 DROBNJAK, DRAGISA 3:45   0/2                         -2
15 VAN DE HARE, REMON 3:00         1 1 2           1 1 2
21 HALPERIN, YOTAM 32:00 9 3/4 1/4         3 2 2     1   7
24 OLIVER, JIMMY 40:00 25 2/5 7/12         1 2 1     1 2 20
32 EVTIMOV, VASSIL 14:15 3 1/5   1/2 3   3   1       2 2 2
33 ZORIC, LUKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 70 19/45 9/23 5/7 13 12 25 8 10 10 2 0 20 16 59
        42.2% 39.1% 71.4%
Head coach: GRDOVIC, JOSIP
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
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 14:45 12 6/7       1 1   1 2     4 4 11
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 26:45 2 1/1 0/1     1 1 10   2     1 4 13
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 29:00 9   3/8   1 2 3 2   1     1   7
9 VIDAL, SERGI 25:00 3 0/1 1/1   2 4 6 3   2       1 10
10 UKIC, ROKO 13:15 9 2/3 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 3 2       2 1 14
14 DROBNJAK, PREDRAG 27:00 21 10/15   1/1   8 8     1   1 2 2 22
15 GRIMAU, JORDI 2:00                         1   -1
16 GARCIA, OSCAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 DAVID, KORNEL 18:45 10 4/5   2/3   6 6     2     2 3 13
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 19:30 18 7/8   4/7 2   2 1   1   1 1 4 18
23 JACOBSEN, CASEY 24:00 3 0/3 1/2   1 2 3     1     2 1  
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 87 30/43 6/13 9/13 7 25 32 19 4 12 0 2 16 20 108
        69.8% 46.2% 69.2%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO
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Head Coaches

GRDOVIC, JOSIP
Union Olimpija
"All the defeats hurt, some more than others. This is one of the worse ones. Tau Ceramica is the Eur4opean subchampion and they showed it tonight at the Tivoli Pavillion. My players saw it and the fans saw it. They were better throughout the 40 minutes and we were never able to come back. My players didn't follow the instructions we told them before the game. The fans have all the right to think what they want."
MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Tau Ceramica
"After a bad streak we had to win to raise the spirits. This win is very important because Union Olimpija was always a tough rival in their arena. We played well and dominated throughout the 40 minutes and we managed to stop Oliver in the last quarter."
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