2004-05Regular SeasonRound 5
December 01, 2004 CET: 20:40
Local time: 20:40 PALADOZZA
After struggling for 25 minutes to remain unbeaten in Group A, Climamio finally triumphed with a 99-88 victory over visiting Cibona VIP on Wednesday in Bologna, Italy. The victory was Climamio's fifth without a loss so far this season, while Cibona dropped to 2-3 and a three-way tie for fourth place with Prokom Trefl Sopot and Adecco Estudiantes. Milos Vujanic was the man again for Climamio, pouring out 19 points, 5 assist and 3 decisive triples in the third quarter. After him, Gianluca Basile added 13 points and 8 assists, Ruben Douglas 13 points and Matjaz Smodis, Erazem Lorbek and Martin Rancik 11 each. The top scorer in a losing effort for Cibona was Marko Popovic, who put in 20 points. Andrija Zizic posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Josip Vrankovic ended with 12 points.

Martin Rancik opened the game kissing a shot off the board, and as soon as it fell, Climamio activated its full-court pressure. Cibona didn't panic as Josip Vrankovic found the game's next 5 points for the guests. Climamio looked inside to Erazem Lorbek, who scored on a couple of good low-post moves to draw his team within 6-7. Vrankovic scored from downtown again and Damir Omerhodzic sank a transition triple to push Cibona to a maximum lead of 6-13 after 5 minutes. Vujanic reacted with a drive, then Lorbek scored again from under the board, but Omerhodzic, with an offensive rebound, maintained Cibona's edge at 11-17. Cibona looked even better when Popovic scored from beyond the arc for 13-20, and Smodis flagrant-fouled him on the next possession. But Cibona got no points out of it, missing both free throws and several three-point attempts after offensive rebounds, while its own coach, Drazen Andzulovic, was whistled for a technical foul. As such, Basile found 6 straight points to pull Climamio within 21-22 to end the quarter.

Popovic started the second quarter with a three-pointer that showed Cibona was fighting back. Kristic assisted Zizic and Popovic found another three for a new high lead, 21-30. Bologna's anchor became Smodis, who scored a 5 points with pullup shots and replied to Zizic's jumpers. Cibona stayed ahead 29-36 with a couple of foul shots from Marin Rozic, and maintained a 32-38 edge midway through the quarter when he drove to the rim. Climamio came back within 37-38 in minute 18 thanks to Rancik's free throws and a three from Vujanic. Popovic answered with another basket, giving him 15 points already, then Cibona found a backdoor bucket for Rozic. Still, Climamio went inside to Bagaric and Rancik and managed to tie 43-43 at the half.

Cibona took the lead twice early in the third quarter. Each time, Smodis tied with free throws and low post moves. With 47-47 on the board, Vujanic gave Climamio its first lead since the game's opening basket, but Popovic immediately sank a three in response. Basile imitated him and Zizic, fighting against Smodis, brought the lead back to Cibona, 52-54 at minute 25. The game became really exciting: Marco Belinelli scored his second shot from downtown, then Douglas finished a fastbreak. After a timeout, Cibona answered well as Vrankovic cut the lead to a point, 57-56. Now, however, Cibona's 3-2 zone defense was pierced by a three from Vujanic, who wasn't content with just that triple. He fired in another, and another, to open up a 66-58 Climamio lead in minute 28, the 66-58. Soon, a Lorbek jumper and a buzzer-beater three-pointer by Douglas gave Climamio it's biggest advantage, 71-60 after 30 minutes.

Both teams looked tired in the fourth quarter, but Climamio kept pushing ahead as Rancik opened with 4 points and Douglas found a couple of foul shots. Branimir Longin and Zizic struggled to keep Cibona in the game even as Climamio reached its new highest lead, 80-66. Cibona ran out of stamina now, and the hosts could close the game easily, with fastbreaks that gave a 21-point maximum edge, 89-68 on a 360-degree dunk by Belinelli. Climamio could empty its bench and made sure its fans enjoyed the closing minutes of its fifth straight Group A triumph.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Marco Martelli, Bologna
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Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), ALZURIA, MANUEL (ESP), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), VITOLO, GIANCARLO (ITA)
Attendance: 0
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Climamio Bologna21222828
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Climamio Bologna21437199
Cibona VIP22436088
Climamio Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MCCASKILL, AMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 31:45 13 3/4 1/7 4/4   3 3 8 2 1     4 2 16
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 13:00 7 2/2 1/1 0/1 2 1 3 1 1 1     3 1 8
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 20:30 11 3/4 1/1 2/2 1   1 3 3 1 1   3 4 18
9 BELINELLI, MARCO 14:30 5 1/2 1/1   1 1 2           2   4
11 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 11:15 6 2/3   2/6   5 5   2 2   1 3 4 6
12 POZZECCO, GIANMARCO 15:00 3 1/1   1/1   1 1 6 2 3     4 2 7
13 VUJANIC, MILOS 25:00 19 2/5 4/9 3/3   4 4 5 2       2 6 26
14 RANCIK, MARTIN 24:45 11 4/9   3/4 3 2 5 1 1 2     2 2 10
15 LORBEK, ERAZEM 17:15 11 5/8   1/1 2   2   3 1 1     1 14
18 CORTESE, RICCARDO 2:15   0/1               1         -2
20 DOUGLAS, RUBEN 24:45 13 3/6 1/3 4/4   2 2 1 3 1 1 2 3 3 12
Team           1 1 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 99 26/45 9/22 20/26 10 20 30 25 20 13 3 3 26 25 122
        57.8% 40.9% 76.9%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
Cibona VIP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 MARKOTA, DAMIR 22:15 9 2/2 1/4 2/2   4 4 1   1 1   2 1 10
7 LONGIN, BRANIMIR 20:00 2 1/4 0/2   1 2 3 2   3   1 3 2 -3
8 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 34:30 18 8/16   2/2 7 7 14 1   3   2 3 4 21
11 STIMAC, ANDREJ 17:45 4 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 1 2           1 1 2
14 BADER, MARTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 POLJAK, JOSKO 5:30 1 0/1   1/2           2 1   4 1 -5
20 ROZIC, MARIN 14:45 8 3/4   2/3 1 1 2   2 3     1 2 8
21 MOROVIC, VEDRAN 3:15 8 2/3   4/5   2 2 1 3         3 15
24 POPOVIC, MARKO 26:45 20 3/4 4/7 2/4 1 2 3 1 3 2     3 5 21
25 VRANKOVIC, JOSIP-JERKO 28:15 12 2/4 2/4 2/2   1 1     2 1   4 2 6
50 KRSTIC, VLADIMIR 27:00 6   0/1 6/6   2 2 4 2 3     4 5 11
Team           1   1     2     1   -2
Totals 200:00 88 22/41 7/20 23/28 12 22 34 10 10 21 3 3 26 26 84
        53.7% 35% 82.1%
Head coach: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
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