2006-07Regular SeasonRound 3
November 08, 2006 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 PHILLIPSHAVE
Zoran Planinic - Tau Ceramica Tau Ceramica gave a basketball clinic on the road Wednesday by rolling to a 70-102 blowout victory over RheinEnergie Cologne in Group A. Tau raised its record to 2-1 in the group while RheinEnergie is still searching for its first Euroleague victory. There was little doubt about the outcome after Luis Scola pushed the hosts ahead by 10 after one quarter and his teammates just kept adding to the lead. Scola led five Tau scorers in double digits with 21 points on 10-for-12 two-point shooting. Zoran Planinic added 18 and 6 assists, while Mirza Teletovic had 12 points, Igor Rakocevic 11 and Serkan Erdogan 10. Tau's pressure defense forced 23 turnovers from RheinEnergie and allowed only one home team player, Marcus Faison with 22 points, to reach double figures.

Tau took an early lead, with most of the points coming from the free-throw line. A Erdogan triple gave the visitors a 2-8 lead. But Cologne fought back with two free throws by Burrell and jump shots from Marcin Gortat and Demond Mallet. Ronnie Burrell missed twice inside for RheinEnergie, but got the ball back a third time to tie the score at 10-10. The teams began to trade baskets, as Gortat dunked following Planinic free throws, and Faison followed a Fred House three with a strong drive to the hoop for 2 points. Planinic made it 16-17 as the quarter drew to a close, and that's when Scola stepped up. The star forward scored 6 straight points, which were followed by a Teletovic three, while Cologne turned the ball over time and time again against Tau's full court pressure. After Faison fumbled a defensive rebound, Scola hit a layup to close out the quarter with Tau leading 18-28.

Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola - RheinEnergie, Tau CeramicaRheinEnergie opened the second quarter determined to go inside, as Aleksandar Nadjfeji and Alvin Jones provided the scoring. Jones scored dunked twice and Nadjfeji hit a floater and a hook, but Tau kept Cologne at bay with a three from Diego Fajardo and a nifty layup by Planinic. Tau's pressure defense continued to produce RheinEnergie turnovers, and on offense the visitors seemed to score at will. Erdogan hit a running layup, Pablo Prigioni stole the ball for an easy two and Planinic and Teletovic followed with three-pointers. Kaya Peker hit a hook shot and a free throw to make it 29-48. Another three by Teletovic and layups by Peker and Erdogan brought the Tau run to 20 unanswered points and ended the half at 29-55 for the visitors.

The third quarter saw RheinEnergie try to crawl back into the game. A few layups inside got RheinEnergie within 18 points, but Rakocevic drilled three straight three-pointers to squash the hosts' hopes. When Nadjfeji scored to get his team back within20 (49-68), Scola answered by scoring three times with an array of post moves to give Tau a 23-point edge after 30 minutes.

Tau started the final quarter with three-pointers by Erdogan and Rakocevic and a layup by Prigioni, finally putting the game out of reach. RheinEnergie never came closer than 26 points the rest of the way, as coach Sashs Obradovic gave his regulars a breather for much of the fourth quarter. After Planinic hit a jumper and Jesus Cilla hit a free throw, Gortat scored on a putback for RheinEnergie to end the game at 70-102.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Jan Hieronimi, Dusseldorf
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO), SABETTA, ENRICO (ITA)
Attendance: 3000
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RheinEnergie18112417
Tau Ceramica28272126
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RheinEnergie18295370
Tau Ceramica285576102
RheinEnergie
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR 12:00 8 3/5   2/6       2   1   1 1 3 4
9 STRASSER, JOHANNES 10:15   0/1 0/1   1   1 2   4         -3
12 TALTS, JANAR 8:00     0/2     2 2     1 1   3   -3
13 GORTAT, MARCIN 20:15 9 4/5   1/1 3 2 5 1   1     1 1 13
17 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 5:15 5 0/1 1/1 2/2         1         1 6
20 MALLET, DEMOND 24:00 4 1/2 0/2 2/2   2 2 2 1 2 1     2 7
22 FAISON, MARCUS 29:15 22 4/5 3/3 5/5 2 3 5 2 1 4     3 3 25
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 22:30 5 2/5   1/1 1 1 2 3 1 3     4 1 2
30 BURRELL, RONNIE 23:45 4 1/6   2/4 5 3 8 3 1 3   1   3 8
31 GRUNHEID, GUIDO 14:30 2 1/3 0/1     1 1     1     1   -2
32 SLJIVANCANIN, MLADJEN 15:30 2 1/1 0/4   1   1           1   -2
44 JONES, ALVIN 14:45 9 4/4   1/2 1 5 6     3 2   2 2 13
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 70 21/38 4/14 16/23 15 19 34 15 5 25 4 2 16 16 67
        55.3% 28.6% 69.6%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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 23:00 21 10/12   1/3 2 2 4 2 1 2 1   1 3 25
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 21:00 9 3/3 1/2         8 6 2     2   18
7 CILLA, JESUS 3:15 1     1/2           1       1  
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 20:45 11 1/4 3/6   1 3 4   2     1   1 11
10 PLANINIC, ZORAN 31:15 18 5/6 1/1 5/6 1 2 3 6 1 2     3 4 25
11 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 21:00 10 2/2 2/3 0/1 1 1 2 2   1     2 2 11
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 20:45 12   4/6     1 1   2 1 1   1   12
13 FAJARDO, DIEGO 12:15 7 1/4 1/1 2/2 1 1 2     2   1 1 1 3
14 PEKER, KAYA 24:00 8 3/7 0/1 2/3 1 2 3   1 2   2 3 3 2
32 HOUSE, FRED 22:45 5 0/1 1/4 2/2 3 3 6   2 1     3 1 6
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 102 25/39 13/24 13/19 10 17 27 18 15 14 2 4 16 16 115
        64.1% 54.2% 68.4%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
RheinEnergie
"Playing against this opponent, it would be hard to say we played really bad. They made us look really bad. If there is one good thing to take from this analysis, it would be that we never give up. But you have to see, Tau has players that can solve any kind of problem. You need inside scoring, you give the ball to Scola. You need scoring from outside, Igor Rakocevic solves that problem, and so forth. Against this team, you can’t even make small mistakes in things, that we practise every day. But I can’t be mad at my team. The question is, what we take from losses like this. Because you can get better from games like these."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Tau Ceramica
"They have a much better team than they showed today. We got many easy points and had a lot of players who just had a good day. We have many good offensive players. I want our ideology to be that if you play good defense, you get to be on the court, And during our 0-20 run we played very good defense, which led to easy baskets. We were also better in the paint, where we didn’t let Cologne get as many offensive rebounds as in the first five minutes of the game. And that is a very important thing for us: we have to be tough in the paint."

Players

GRUNHEID, GUIDO
RheinEnergie
"Tau was just plain better than us. Losing by thirty points, you don’t really need to say anything more. We had the same problem as in our first two games: during one stretch in the second quarter, we lost concnetration, didn’t take care of the ball and turned the ball over. And our opponent just ran away with the game. It’s not so muchb that Tau was so much better than we are. The way we presented ourselves during that stretch, any team in this league would have had run against us."
PLANINIC, ZORAN
Tau Ceramica
"Cologne is a good team. We were especially worried about Faison. But we just played good defense and ran our offense very well, and we have very good individual players that can score against anyone. In the second period, we just played real serious, and that decided the game. Because to me, defense is key. If you play good defense, you’ll win the game, period."
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