2005-06Regular SeasonRound 7
December 15, 2005 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 LAND ROVER ARENA
Climamio threw its weight towards the top of Group A with a thrilling 75-64 victory against visiting co-leader Zalgiris in Bologna, Italy on Thursday. In a game that was close for 30 minutes, Climamio managed to get rid of Zalgiris thanks to a 24-14 fourth quarter that the visitors led at the start. Climamio climbs to a 4-3 record, and although that only means fourth place, it is just a victory behind tri-leaders Zalgiris, Benetton and Tau Ceramica, all 5-2 now. The inside-outside duo of Dalibor Bagaric and Marco Belinelli were Climamio's best scorers with 15 points apiece. Erazem Lorbek added 9 points. For the guests, Darjus Lavrinovic scored 24 points while Paulius Jankunas and Elias Ayuso helped with 14 each. Strangely enough, Zalgiris point guard Ed Cota didn't score a single point but pulled 11 rebounds.

Kiwane Garris got the hosts going with a jumper and an assist to Bagaric in a 4-0 Climamio start. Ayuso responded with a triple but the Climamio big men enlarged the gap to 8-3 as Lorbek turned a steal into a layup. Despite grabbing plenty offensive rebounds, Zalgiris could not convert them to points, so Nate Green's fastbreak dunk left Climamio up 10-3 midway through the quarter. After a Zalgiris timeout, Lavrinovic broke the drought and Ayuso added a triple to make it 12-8. Climamio kept feeding Bagaric, who responded with another nice move to give his team a 14-8 edge. Zalgiris tried to feed Jankunas similarly, but a Climamio steal led to foul shots by Green and a 16-10 score. Now, it was the Zalgiris big men who reacted with a 0-7 run, finished with a triple from Lavrinovic and the visitors' first lead, 16-17. Climamio needed free throws from Belinelli to go back ahead, 18-17, after 10 minutes.

Belinelli broke open the second quarter with a quick score but Vidas Ginevicius drove the lane to answer. Travis Watson scored inside and stole for an easy dunk to boost Climamio's lead to 25-19 and force a Zalgiris timeout. Climamio wasted chances to run away and Lavrinovic made the hosts pay with a triple and a dunk for the tie, 25-25. Feeding Bagaric was money in the bank for Climamio as he made it 27-25, just before Reggie Freeman was awarded 3 foul shots - and made them - for a new Zalgiris lead, 27-28. Belinelli answered with a three-pointer for Climamio, but Lavrinovic neutralized it with a baseline basket-and-free throw to make it 30-31. The hosts followed Belinelli now as the teenager drew Jonas Maciulis’s fourth foul and scored free throws for a 33-32 Climamio lead. Zalgiris got the last spark, however, as Ayuso beat the buzzer to put the guests on top, 33-34, at the break.

Big men took over the game in the third quarter. First, Lavrinovic and Jankunas pushed Zalgiris up by 33-38, its highest lead so far. Then, Watson scored and Lorbek hit a triple to pull the hosts within, 37-38. Green fed Watson and Belinelli drove to the rim as Climamio took the lead back at 43-40, after Jankunas missed open jumpers. Lorbek widened the edge with a turnaround shot but Jankunas remedied with free throws to get Zalgiris close, 45-43. Belinelli eluded Freeman by running around screens to score 6 unanswered points that boosted Climamio in front by 8 points, 51-43, after two free-throws by Bagaric. With Ginevicius playing the point, Zalgiris resurfaced down the streatch as his three-pointer capped a 0-7 run that left a one-point game, 51-50, after 30 minutes.

Zalgiris took the lead early in the fourth quarter, 51-53, on a three-point play by Maciulis. Climamio returned to feeding Bagaric and he built a three-point lead for the hosts, 58-55. On the defensive end, however, Climamio couldn’t handle Lavrinovic, who pulled Zalgiris within 58-57. Climamio increased its defensive intensity now and left Zalgiris without a basket for 3 minutes during which the hosts took charge with an 11-1 run, capped by threes from Garris and Mancinelli, making it 69-58. Ayuso answered from the arc for Zalgiris, but with under 3 minutes left, the momentum had already gone to the hosts. Mancinelli's drive-with-free throw forged the highest lead at 74-61 as Climamio put itself in the top of the group at the halfway mark in the regular season.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Marco Martelli, Bologna
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), TEOFILI, ALESSANDRO (ITA)
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Climamio Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ROMBALDONI, RODOLFO 13:45 2 1/3     1   1 1       1 2   -1
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 23:00 8 2/2 1/2 1/1 1 5 6   1 3     2 1 10
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 14:45 4   0/3 4/4   3 3 1   3       4 6
11 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 17:00 15 5/6   5/6 1 5 6 2   2     2 4 21
12 GREEN, NATHAN 20:15 4 1/3 0/1 2/2   1 1 2 4 1   1 2 3 7
14 RESS, TOMAS 13:00 2 1/4     1   1 1         1    
15 LORBEK, ERAZEM 27:00 9 3/8 1/2     5 5   2 1   1   2 10
17 BRUTTINI, DAVIDE 0:15 1     1/2   1 1             1 2
18 DIVIACH, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GARRIS, KIWANE 25:15 8 3/4 0/4 2/3   1 1 3 2 1     1 3 9
23 BELINELLI, MARCO 22:45 15 2/3 2/5 5/7 1 3 4   1       4 3 13
35 WATSON, TRAVIS 23:00 7 3/6   1/4 2 2 4 1 2 2   1 4 2 3
Team           1 3 4   4           8
Totals 200:00 75 21/39 4/17 21/29 8 29 37 11 16 13 0 4 18 23 88
        53.8% 23.5% 72.4%
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 14:45 5 1/3 1/4   1 1 2   1 2     3 2  
5 FREEMAN, REGGIE 29:15 3 0/1 0/4 3/3 2 4 6 3 2 1     4 2 6
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 34:30 24 6/11 3/6 3/3 2 2 4   3 3 4   4 2 22
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 9:00 2 1/2 0/1 0/1 1 1 2   1 1     4 1 -2
10 COTA, ED 35:15   0/3 0/1   5 6 11 3 1 2     1 1 9
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 32:45 14 2/9 0/4 10/14 3 6 9 1 1 1     4 7 12
14 SILINSKIS, DARIUS 10:45 2 1/5 0/1   1   1     2     3   -7
15 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 3:45           1 1               1
22 ALEKSANDROVAS, ANDRIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 AYUSO, LARRY 30:00 14 2/3 3/8 1/2   1 1 1 2 3       3 11
Team           6 5 11   2 2         11
Totals 200:00 64 13/37 7/29 17/23 21 27 48 8 13 17 4 0 23 18 63
        35.1% 24.1% 73.9%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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Head Coaches

SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Zalgiris
"I want to congratulate Climamio for the win. They played a great game to beat us. I don't have anything to reproach my team about. Maybe in the second half we lacked some energies to run away with a victory. We got plenty of offensive rebounds but it wasn't enough to win. Maybe, if some shots would have gone in down the stretch, we could be happier. We fought a lot, but probably in those moments we were tired."

Players

AYUSO, LARRY
Zalgiris
"They won because they made less mistakes than us in the final period. I think that Garris's bucket-and-foul changed the game and lifted them up. Then, we did a couple of crucial errors and it was impossible to come back. Yes, we won in rebounds, but they scored too much points in the paint and that's a big difference, especially because they just shot 4-for-17 in threes. But we played a balanced game, we didn't let them run for the most of the game – a key to playing good here in Bologna. Now we have to forget the loss and come back in Kaunas, where we'll play the last Euroleague game before Christmas."
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