2006-07Regular SeasonRound 5
November 22, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Pablo Prigioni - Tau Ceramica Tau Ceramica moved into a tie for first place in Group A with a 90-80 win over Climamio Bologna on Wednesday night at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain. Tau won its fourth straight game to improve to 4-1, joining Olympiacos, which fell at Efes Pilsen earlier in the evening. Climamio, playing for the first time under new coach Ergin Ataman, remained the lone winless team in the competition. Luis Scola led Tau with a season-high 26 points, while Pablo Prigioni had 15 points and 7 assists, Serkan Erdogan and Igor Rakocevic scored 13 each and Tiago Splitter finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. David Bluthenthal led Climamio with 24 points and 8 boards, Preston Shumpert added 14, Marco Belinelli 13 and James Thomas had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Climamio kept it close for much of the first half, but Prigioni and Splitter combined for all the points during a 14-5 run that extended Tau's lead 46-30 at halftime. The hosts then remained in control throughout the second half as the lead reached 20 points until Climamio closed the gap in the closing minutes.

Both teams started out cold, playing slow basketball with Thomas the only player to score in the first four minutes of the game. The Climamio center hit a free throw and later threw down a power dunk to give Climamio an early 0-3 lead. Tau continued to miss-fire, allowing Bluthenthal to increase the margin to 0-5 with a bank shot. The hosts' drought came to an end as Scola took the court midway through the first quarter. The star power forward scored on his first attempt and more points were on the way. With Scola on the floor, the hosts started running and Climamio started shaking. Rakocevic followed a three-pointer with a pair of free throws to give Tau its first lead at 11-9. Erdogan kept Tau rocking and increased the margin to 16-11 with 5 points in a row to close the first period.

David Bluthenthal - Climamio BolognaTau remained hot in the beginning of the second quarter, as Prigioni sent an amazing assist to Scola from out of bounds and followed that with another dish to Erdogan for a fastbreak triple. Even though Ataman tried slowing Tau down with a quick timeout, things didn't change a lot for the visitors, despite of a couple of three-pointers by Shumpert and Steffen Hamman. Climamio's soft defense allowed Tau to keep a comfortable margin from that point on, even though the hosts weren't focused on deffense either. Climamio remained within striking distance thanks to it's rebounding power until Prigioni and Splitter combined for all the points during a 14-5 run that extended Tau's lead 46-30 at halftime.

Things dind't change after intermission, as Climamio's shooting woes continued, especially for Belinelli, who headed the bench after 24 minutes having made just 2-of-8 field goals. Tau was able to keep building its cushion and the first 20-point lead came thanks to fastbreak layup by Zoran Planinic in the middle of the period. Climamio reacted towards the end of the quarter, with Shumpert, Thomas and Bluthenthal getting the visitors within 61-48. But Climamio's hopes soon vanished after Rakocevic and Erdogan came through with a pair of three point plays to reach the end of the period with a comfortable 68-50 lead.

Back-to-back Bluthenthal triples from the same spot gave the visitors new life and reduced the gap again to 69-56 early in the period. Climamio stayed close for a few minutes, but Tau soon raised the difference to 19 points again after several Climamio turnovers. The next few minutes served only for the fans' enjoyment, as it was already clear which team was going to be the winner. As such, the defenses relaxed a bit more as all players tried to give the crowd some plays to remember. That kind of non-pressure basketball benefited Climamio, which managed to save some face in the last few minutes and return to Bologna with a less painful 10-point defeat.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), ZURAPOVIC, ADEMIR (BIH), MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY (RUS)
Attendance: 8400
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Climamio Bologna11192030
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Climamio Bologna11305080
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 24:45 26 9/14   8/10   2 2 2 2 1     3 5 26
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 28:00 15 2/2 3/4 2/2 2 1 3 7 3 2       1 26
7 CILLA, JESUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 31:45 13 1/5 3/7 2/2   4 4 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 10
10 PLANINIC, ZORAN 31:15 5 2/7   1/4 1 3 4 1 2 2     3 2 1
11 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 29:00 13 2/5 2/5 3/4 1 2 3 4 2 1     2 3 15
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 12:15 2 1/1 0/3             2 1   4   -6
14 PEKER, KAYA 16:30 5 2/4   1/4 2 2 4 1 1   1   1 2 8
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 26:30 11 4/9   3/4 3 8 11 2 3 2   1 3 4 19
32 HOUSE, FRED DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 90 23/47 8/19 20/30 13 23 36 20 14 12 3 2 18 18 104
        48.9% 42.1% 66.7%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 24:15 4 2/2 0/2   1 1 2 3   3     4 1 1
7 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 33:00 14 4/11 2/3   2   2 1 3 1 1 1     11
9 HAMANN, STEFFEN 18:30 5 1/1 1/2     2 2 2   1 1   3 1 6
10 CAVALIERO, DANIELE 19:15   0/1 0/4 0/2   1 1 4 1 2     1 3 -1
11 EVTIMOV, VASSIL 11:15 8 4/5   0/1 2 3 5     2   1 1 1 8
13 BLU, DAVID 33:15 24 6/15 3/5 3/3 2 6 8 2 2 2     3 4 24
14 RESS, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 THOMAS, JAMES 25:30 12 4/7   4/5 5 6 11   1 2     4 5 19
23 BELINELLI, MARCO 24:15 13 3/7 2/6 1/2   3 3 3 1 3   1   2 9
32 FULTZ, ROBERT 10:45     0/1   1   1 2   2     2 1 -1
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 80 24/49 8/23 8/13 15 26 41 17 8 18 2 3 18 18 82
        49% 34.8% 61.5%
Head coach: FRATES, FABRIZIO
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Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Tau Ceramica
“We won this game, but I don't feel as happy as I was after the last ones we played here. We didn't play good deffense, although Climamio managed to score only 11 points in the opening period. We improved a bit in the second one, but we kept committing the same mistakes during the second half, and that's why I cannot be happy as a coach tonight. Sometimes players' legs don't work as expected, they try because they want, but I think today the reasons were that they couldn't. Maybe we lacked better concentration. If we play so cold in the beginning abroad, we will fall behind by 30 points for sure.”
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Climamio Bologna
“I think Tau played much better than us. We have different problems. It was not easy for our players tonight because the team changed coaches recently and I only had one practice with them. Now we need to change the philosophy of the team. This kind of a game was especially difficult for us, as our starting point guard is injured and our backups are still too young to play games at this level. We had a big problem trying to control the pace of the game and to set our offense, because Tau pressed the ball very hard all game. They didn't let our players make our offense. Eighteen turnovers are too many and I think it was the key of the game. That's why Tau won the game very easy.”

Players

SPLITTER, TIAGO
Tau Ceramica
“We started not so good on deffense, as we did in the last games. They started missing a lot of shots too, so we only needed to improve our offense step by step to take a lead and increase it later. We tried to keep a comfortable margin after that, but they managed to score more in the last quarter and put us in trouble. Fortunately, it was no time for the comeback. We struggled a bit because they played with four perimeter players, so we tried to take advantage of that on offense and play smart in deffense. I know it's quite difficult to win every game, so we only focus on the next one.”
MANCINELLI, STEFANO
Climamio Bologna
“It was hard game here tonight, but I think it's ok for us. We lost only by 10 points, which I think is good in our situation. Now the team must think about winning our next game in domestic competition to start improving. Our next game in the Euroleague is against Efes Pilsen and we'll try to get our first win of this season. Although we are with zero wins so far, five teams go to the next round and some of them are only two games ahead, so I think everything is still open and that we will have chances to qualify for Top 16.”
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