Climamio Bologna confirmed its great form of late and its standing as the only undefeated team in Group A with a record-breaking 84-97 road win over Adecco Estudiantes on Thursday in Madrid. Climamio set new records for offensive rebounds in a Euroleague game, 34, and for three-pointers attempted, 44. Climamio's record rose to 3-0, while that of Estudiantes dropped to 1-2. Climamio only made 12 of 44 three-pointers, but three of those fell almost consecutively at the start of the second half to put the visitors ahead for good. Matjaz Smodis had an almost perfect night. He scored 13 points without a missed shot in the first quarter, and finished with 23. He made 4 of 5 two-point shots, 2 of 3 triples and 9 of 9 free throws. Gianluca Basile added 19 points by making 5 of 16 triples. Ruben Douglas had 17 points, Milos Vujanic 16 and Martin Rancik 12 for the winners. For Estudiantes, Hernan Jasen had a great night with 20 points. Andrae Patterson added 17 and 10 boards, Ruben Garces bagged 12 points and Nicola Loncar 10.
The game started with a monumental block by Patterson, even though Vujanic scored the first basket. Estudiantes replied with a 7-0 run on points by Patterson, Jasen and Garces as Climamio missed 5 early triples. Vujanic finally hit one, and soon Smodis stepped on court. The power forward proved to be the offensive weapon Climamio needed as he scored 4 straight points in the blink of an eye. Marco Belinelli also helped Climamio 's offense, but Estudiantes got a triple from Loncar to stay ahead. Climamio's defense let Estudiantes run many fastbreaks, one of which Nacho Azofra ended with a layup for a 17-11 lead. Smodis didn't like what he saw and scored Climamio's remaining points without a miss. A tripled topped of his 13 points in the quarter, but Loncar matched him to keep Estudiantes up 27-22.
Ruben Douglas took the scoring role for Climamio to start the second quarter. His free throws pulled the guests within 29-28 but Patterson and Jasen maintained Estudiantes, while Azofra and second point guard Sergio Rodriguez played together, running the hosts to a 33-28 advantage. Jasen capped a 6-0 Estudiantes run, but Douglas reached 9 points in the quarter with a triple that kept the visitors within 37-33. Vujanic joined the party from beyond the arc but Azofra fed Jasen for a speedy fastbreak. Offenses ruled now, as Douglas confirmed with a new triple, putting Climamio ahead for the first time, 42-43. Estudiantes was giving the guests too many second chances, as Climamio reached halftime with 15 offensive rebounds, the last one by Stefano Mancinelli to keep Climamio ahead 44-45 at the break.
Climamio stepped on court like a hurricane in the third quarter. In less than 2 minutes, Douglas added another three-pointer and Basile nailed 3 in a row to earn the guests a 2-12 run and sudden 46-57 lead. That silenced the Madrid crowd, but Patterson recharged it with his own triple. Smodis hit 3 of 3 free throws to make it 50-60. Estudiantes wasn't intimidated and continued running. Patterson kept Estu alive, but now Vujanic started scoring again. At 55-64, Mancinelli grabbed yet another offensive rebound and put it back, but Iker Iturbe's triple and a three-point play by Andres Miso gave Estudiantes hope at 63-70 after 30 minutes.
The last quarter followed the three-point trend, first in Estudiantes' favor, as Jasen and Miso quickly cut the difference to 69-74. Basile's fourth triple was answer with the three-point play inside by Iturbe for 72-77. Climamio pulled constant offensive rebounds, however, and with one such second chance, Smodis hit a new triple for 72-82. A tip-in by Garces kept things going for Estudiantes until Basile struck again from deep and Rancik scored to make it 74-87. But it wasn't over yet. Jasen's free throws and a dunk by Patterson sparked a 6-0 run to a 80-87 scoreboard that had the fans rocking for the last 2 minutes. However, Basile scored his only two-point basket of the night with a turnaround jumper and Smodis made 2 more free throws to end the threat and keep Climamio at the top of Group A.
Thursday, November 18, 2004