2006-07Regular SeasonRound 5
November 23, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAELDO
Clint Harrison - Pau-Orthez Pau-Orthez cemented its best Euroleague start in four seasons by rocking to an 84-96 overtime road victory against Eldo Napoli in Group C on Thursday. Pau scored the last 12 points in overtime to finally finish off the hosts, who had forced the extra period with a last-second fourth-quarter layup by Richard Rocca. Clint Harrison led the winners with 22 points, including the three-point play in OT that settled all doubts. Joining him in double figures were Michael Wright with 18 points, Ricardo Greer with 16, and Britton Johnsen and Aaron Miles with 12 each. Napoli had just as many standouts, including two with double-doubles: Rocca with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Ansu Sesay with 14 and 10. Tierre Brown led Napoli with 18 points, while Jeff Trepagnier chipped in 14 and Matteo Malaventura 11.

Johnsen opened the scoring with a three-pointer for Pau, which proceeded to race to a 0-9 start that ended with another triple, by Xane D'Almeida. Napoli woke folllowing a timeout to play more focused defense while Trepagnier scored his team's first 5 points and registered a big block on Thierry Rupert. James Larranaga kept Napoli going, reducing the gap to 9-12, but D'Almeida answered from the low post before a Alessandro Cittadini's dunk pleased the crowd. Still, Pau stayed in control as Wright and Greer added 4 points apiece late in the quarter to give the visitors a 16-22 advantage after 10 minutes.

Napoli's newest player, Tyrone Ellis, started the second quarter but missed a bomb that Greer answered at the other end to send Pau up by double digits. Malaventura's second three-pointer sparked Napoli's response, a 11-3 run that Trepagnier finished with a jumper and a three-point play to make it 28-29. Johnsen didn't miss the chance to reply with a smooth three-point shot to which Harrison added a layup to make it 38-34. It was Pau's run now, as Rupert's layup and Johnsen's free throws lengthened it before Harrison struck from downtown to restore the double-digit lead, 28-41. Trepagnier stopped the slide for Napoli, but now got help from Sesay, who made his team's first triple, and Rocca, whose put-back of an offensive rebound cut the difference to 35-41 at the break.

Jeff Trepagnier - Eldo NapoliWright and Miles started the second half in style for Pau while Trapagnier ended a fastbreack with a dunk. Pau seemed to have some difficulties now, while Brown woke up with a layup and an assist for Sesay, bringing Napoli within 43-45. But Pau wasn't ready to give up the lead. Harrison's free throws and a sweet downtwon shot by Michael Bauer re-opened the visitors' margin. Napoli was insistent, however, as Rocca scored a layup and Sesay another tirple to finally vault the hosts in front, 55-54. The game was either team's now, and Brown kept the hosts rising with free throws while Pau struggled against Napoli's full-court defense. Brown's final touch of the quarter, a triple, left Napoli holding 60-55 lead after 30 minutes.

Malaventura struck with a bomb to open the fourth quarter and soon Sesay stole and scored to make it 67-59, forcing Pau to take a timeout. Pau's attack had slowed, but now Johnsen got a couple free throws and Miles drilled from the arc to cut the difference to 67-64. Mistakes bothered both sides now until Rocca did his thing on the offensive boards for 2 points and Harrison answered with a fastbreak. It took another bomb by Miles to make it 69-73 to cap an 11-2 run for Pau. With 90 seconds left, Larranaga popped a two-pointer which Brown followed with a downtown strike to seize a new lead for Napoli, 74-73 with a minute left. Wright hit 2 free throws to put Pau back ahead, then Harrison, Brown and Greer each made 1 of 2 to leave the visitors ahead 75-77 with 7 seconds left. That was a good number for Napoli, however, as Rocca made the game-tying shot inside to send the teams to OT all even at 77-77.

Rocca started with a defensive rebound and the first 2 points in overtime for Napoli, but Greer's free throw and a basket by Miles in the low post put Pau up again. It remained a back and fourth situation until Sesay dropped back an offensive rebound to forge an 84-84 tie. Miles proved unstoppable now, however, and in a few seconds gave Pau 4 points in row and an 84-88 lead. With 37 seconds left, a Napoli turnover led to Harrison scoring a three-point play off a fastbreak to seal the deal and lift Pau among the top teams in Group C.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Francesco Tedesco, Naples
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO), GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 3700
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Eldo Napoli161925177
Pau-Orthez2219142219
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Eldo Napoli1635607784
Pau-Orthez2241557796
Eldo Napoli
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SESAY, ANSU 40:00 14 4/9 2/5 0/2 5 5 10 1 1 1     5 4 14
5 CITTADINI, ALESSANDRO 17:00 2 1/3     2 3 5   3 2 2   3   5
7 MORENA, DOMENICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SPINELLI, VALERIO 10:00 2     2/2   1 1 2 1 1     1 2 6
12 ROCCA, MASON 28:00 15 6/9   3/8 6 4 10   1 1   1 4 6 18
13 BROWN, TIERRE 35:00 18 2/8 2/8 8/10 1 1 2 5 2 4 1 1 3 10 16
14 FLAMINI, SIMONE 5:00 2 1/2 0/1     1 1         1 1   -1
16 MALAVENTURA, MATTEO 29:00 11 1/4 3/5     1 1 1 2     1 3   6
20 TREPAGNIER, JEFF 28:00 14 5/10 1/6 1/1   4 4 1 3   1   2 1 12
24 LARRANAGA, JAY 22:00 6 2/2 0/3 2/2 2 1 3     2   2   1 3
25 ELLIS, TYRONE 11:00     0/3     1 1 2   1 1   4   -4
30 MORANDAIS, MICHEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2   5 1         6
Totals 225:00 84 22/47 8/31 16/25 18 22 40 12 18 13 5 6 26 24 81
        46.8% 25.8% 64%
Head coach: BUCCHI, PIERO
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
Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 HARRISON, CLINT 34:00 22 5/5 2/5 6/7   2 2   2 1 1   3 4 23
6 D'ALMEIDA, XANE 12:00 4 2/2 0/1           1 1     2   1
7 JOHNSEN, BRITTON 21:00 12 0/2 2/3 6/6   6 6 1 1 4 2 1 5 4 13
8 GREER, RICARDO 28:00 16 3/6 1/2 7/11 5 5 10 2   3   1   7 23
9 FERCHAUD, CEDRIC 23:00 1   0/2 1/2   3 3   1 2       1 1
11 MILES, AARON 33:00 12 3/7 2/4   2 6 8 1 1     2 3 2 13
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 20:00 6 2/5   2/2 2 2 4   3 1 2   3 1 9
14 MAHINMI, IAN 8:00 2     2/2   2 2             1 5
15 BAUER, MICHAEL 12:00 3   1/5     2 2     3 1   3 1 -3
18 WRIGHT, MICHAEL 34:00 18 7/12   4/5 1 4 5   1 2   1 5 5 15
Team           1 1 2   4 1         5
Totals 225:00 96 22/39 8/22 28/35 11 33 44 4 14 18 6 5 24 26 105
        56.4% 36.4% 80%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
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Head Coaches

BUCCHI, PIERO
Eldo Napoli
"We didn't have the right rhythm in the beginning and we paid for it. We were mentally focused enough to come back in the third quarter, but then in the overtime we weren't cool enough to win. I know that after this home loss we have less of a chance to reach the Top 16, but I know that anything is possible and we will try to do our best in every game we have left to play in the Euroleague. This tournament represents the maximum level of European basketball and it shows all the problems that a team like us, with not much continental experience, has."
HERBERT, GORDON
Pau-Orthez
“It was an important victory on a very difficult court to play in. We played 35 minutes of great basketball tonight and we only made mistakes in the third quarter. But we were able to come back, playing very well in the overtime too. It was a team victory, with 10 players involved in this tough match. It's an important step towards the Top 16. We have won two games abroad and with a home win, we could really be very near to qualifying now.”

Players

TREPAGNIER, JEFF
Eldo Napoli
“We had the heart to come back after a poor first part of the game, but then something went wrong. We thought we could have won the game after the third quarter and we paid for that. It's a real shame, we could have won.”
WRIGHT, MICHAEL
Pau-Orthez
“We seemed to be in control of the game, but then we played a really bad third quarter, giving them the chance to come back. But in the overtime we did a great job, remaining well-focused on the game. The Top 16 is still far, we will have to fight in every match to reach that goal.”
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