Regular Season Round 11 - January 10, 2007 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - PALAIS DES SPORTS DE PAU

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
5-5 Overall 5-5

Referees

Crew Chief
REMS, IZTOK, Slovenia
Referee
SUTULOVIC, ZORAN, Montenegro
Umpire
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.0 Points 70.3
33.9 Rebounds 34.8
9.4 O. Rebounds 9.6
24.5 D. Rebounds 25.2
13.9 Assists 10.7
10.6 Steals 12.5
3.4 Blocks 1.9
15.7 Turnovers 12.2
54.8 % 2PT 46.8 %
36.8 % 3PT 31.4 %
76.0 % FT 74.2 %
85.1 Index 75.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.2 / WRIGHT, MICHAEL Points 15.3 / SCALES, A.
5.9 / Greer Rebounds 8.8 / MASSEY, JEREMIAH
2.2 / Greer OR 2.6 / MASSEY, JEREMIAH
3.9 / Miles DR 6.2 / MASSEY, JEREMIAH
4.0 / Miles Assists 2.6 / CASTLE, T.
1.7 / HARRISON, C. Steals 2.1 / WILKINSON, MIKE
1.2 / BAUER, M. Blocks 0.9 / MASSEY, JEREMIAH
2.4 / JOHNSEN, BRITTON Turnovers 2.7 / CASTLE, T.
65.6 % / BAUER, M. 2PT 57.9 % / WILKINSON, MIKE
53.3 % / Miles 3PT 40.0 % / Serapinas
100.0 % / RUPERT, THIERRY FT 100.0 % / FLETCHER, KEVIN
18.3 / WRIGHT, MICHAEL Index 20.8 / MASSEY, JEREMIAH

THE TAKE

A big showdown between two major Top 16 contenders takes place in Group C when Pau-Orthez welcomes Aris TT Bank to France on Wednesday. These teams come into the game tied for fourth place in Group C with 5-5 records. Both also enjoy tie-break advantages against the two teams tied for sixth place, Fenerbahce and Eldo Napoli, both 3-7, so it is safe to say that the winner on Wednesday will have a clear shot to reach the Top 16. Tempo could be the biggest key in this game. Aris opts to slow down its offense to look for its main offensive options, sharpshooter Alex Scales (15.3 ppg.), power forward Jeremiah Massey (13.4 ppg., 8.8 rpg.) and center Mike Wilkinson (12.8 ppg., 5.8 rpg.). Pau-Orthez prefers an up-tempo offense in which Britton Johnsen (. ppg.) and Michael Wright (16.2 ppg.) play decisive roles. Wright, a pure low-post player, has been unstoppable so far, ranking seventh in scoring and sixth in index rating among all Euroleague players. He found his perfect complement in Johnsen, a versatile forward with quickness and unlimited range. Ian Mahinmi (4.1 ppg.) will be ready to come off the bench and provide intensity and defense inside. Aris has its own star frontcourt duo in Massey and Wilkinson, with Giannis Giannoulis (3.8 rpg.) and Kevin Fletcher ready to come off the bench. Pau will have the most chances to win if it stops Scales, who is key for Aris considering the weakened state of the visitors' backcourt. Aris point guard Terrell Castle (9.3 ppg.) stayed home due to the after-effects of appendicitis surgery. His backup, Giorgos Kalaitzis (2.6 ppg.), is sick with flu, while slasher Spyros Panteliadis and scoring machine Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (5.9 ppg.) are not 100 percent healthy either. Aaron Miles (8.8 ppg., 4 apg.) will try to take advantage of Castle's absence to lead a deep Pau backcourt featuring shooting specialist C.C. Harrison (9.8 ppg.), do-it-all swingman Ricardo Greer (8.6 ppg., 5.9 rpg.) and explosive forward Michael Bauer (10.5 ppg., 1.2 bpg.). Greer will test his all-around skills against veteran stopper Giorgos Sigalas (2.6 ppg.), while Bauer and Harrison will have the tough mission of guarding Scales. Expect nothing but an intense, decisive game in Pau on Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Euroleague.net, Christos Lazarou - Thessaloniki

Quotes Head Coaches

HERBERT, GORDON
Pau-Orthez
"This game is very important for both teams for the Top 16. Aris plays with a great collective spirit and with solidarity. We will have to make a big effort in rebounds if we want to impose our basketball on them. It is time for us to produce a better level of basketball at home and to take advantage of the enthusiasm of our fans. We must show the maximum in terms of concentration and motivation."
MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris TT Bank
"The team continues to play at a high level since the beginning of the new year. The home win against Napoli increased our possibilities to qualify for the Top 16, but the team is still hungry. To be honest, we face some injury problems: Castle is still sidelined, Kalaitzis is exhausted because of flu and both Panteliadis and Rauf are not 100-percent ready. It is necessary to find solutions in the backcourt in order to stay close to Pau until the end of the game. I strongly believe that my players will struggle again for the win."

Players

D'ALMEIDA, XANE
Pau-Orthez
"We are not very far from the Top 16, and now we have a first opportunity to confirm it. We must forget the game in Moscow and be very concentrated on this key game. We were about to win in Thessaloniki, so we will play with a certain spirit of revenge as we lost by two points in the last moment there. I remember it as an intense game, so I hope our fans will help us to take a great revenge."
WILKINSON, MIKE
Aris TT Bank
"Our team always plays to win games both at home and on the road. We know that Pau-Orthez is a great team with excellent players. They are strong and smart every week regardless of the opponent. However, we have found our chemistry and are playing very well lately. I am sure that the team can stand up against Pau and win this game, even on the last shot. We don't care so much about the point difference, but you never know how a game will end. What we need is focus on the game and devotion to team defense."
Melvin Sanders - EB Pau-Orthez Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez moved ever closer to reaching the Top 16 from Group C and sent a message that echoed around the continent by thrashing Aris TT Bank 77-62 at home in France on Wednesday. Pau improved to 6-5 and ties with Benetton Treviso for third place in the Group C standings. Pau will seal its ticket to the Top 16 if it beats Eldo Napoli at home next week, regardless of other results. Meanwhile, Aris is now fifth at 5-6 but keeps all its Top 16 chances alive. Michael Wright, Britton Johnsen and Cedric Ferchaud led the winners with 12 points each, while Aaron Miles and newcomer Melvin Sanders added 10 apiece. Alex Scales and Mike Wilkinson each had 17 points for Aris. Wright and Sanders fueled a 13-0 run which gave Pau a 28-13 lead after 15 minutes. Aris did not give up and managed to get within 41-35 midway through the third quarter, but Ferchaud and Ian Mahinmi each had 6 points in a 15-2 run that sealed the win.

Wilkinson buried a six-meter baseline jumper after the tipoff and soon added an uncontested layup for a quick 0-4 lead for Aris. Wright stepped in with a power layup, as Pau tried patience on offense, looking for the extra pass. Aaron Miles fired in a short jumper but Dimitrios Tsaldaris hit a long shot and added a reverse layup to give Aris a 4-8 edge. Pau found its go-to guy in Johnsen, who followed a layup-plus-free throw with a high-flying alley-oop dunk in a 8-0 run that Miles capped with free throws to put Pau ahead 12-8. Aris had entered the foul bonus and called a timeout from which Scales returned and made a put-back basket. Pau did not panic, however. Aris kept missing off-balanced shots while Ricardo Greer and Wright hit free throws for a 15-10 lead. Aris was limited to just 2 points in 5 minutes until Jeremiah Massey banked in a short shot for a 15-12 score after 10 minutes.

Pau kept full control early in the second quarter. Michael Bauer hit a three-pointer, Wright scored twice in the paint and Miles buried a mid-range jumper that forced another Aris timeout at 24-13. Newcomer Melvin Sanders scored around the basket for Pau while Wright capped a game-breaking 13-0 run with another layup, good for a 15-point margin, 28-13. Aris went scoreless for 4 minutes until Giorgos Sigalas hit a foul shot, but Sanders answered from downtown for a 31-14 Pau lead. Simonas Serapinas fired in a jumper that Wilkinson followed with a dunk to give Aris some hope at 31-18. Scales, Wilkinson and Serapinas extended the Aris run to 0-10 as it was Pau's turn to go scoreless for more than 5 minutes. After looking for Wright to no avail in the middle, Miles rescued the hosts with a strike from downtown before C.C. Harrison beat the buzzer with a wild triple that boosted Pau to a 37-24 advantage at halftime.

Dimitrios Tsaldaris - Aris TT BankJohnsen kept pacing Pau after the break with a driving layup before free throws by Tsaldaris and Wilkinson got Aris within 39-27. Pau kept attacking the basket without much success and entered the foul bonus really early in the third quarter. Meanwhile, more foul shots by Scales and Spyros Pantelaidis made it an eight-point game, 39-31. Johnsen stepped up then with a put-back dunk, but Wilkinson hit free throws and Massey dunked in traffic to make Pau call timeout at 41-35. Harrison returned to hit a reverse layup and Wright added free throws as Pau restored its double-digit margin at 45-35. Panteliadis shined with a tough driving layup but Cedric Ferchaud answered from downtown to keep the hosts way ahead. Massey battled in the low post for a power layup while Tsaldaris scored in penetration, but a big triple by Sanders and a tip-in by Ian Mahinmi fixed the score at 54-41 after three quarters.

Scales and Johnsen exchanged free throws right at the start of the final period. Mahinmi shined with a big dunk and by the time he added a put-back basket, Pau had a 16-point lead, 60-44, with 8 minutes to go. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf tried to ignite an Aris comeback with a long jumper but Pau had started to play with long possessions to avoid any trouble. Mahinmi kept pacing Pau with free throws that Wilkinson matched with a layup. An unsportsman foul on Massey sealed the win, as free throws by Bauer and consecutive triples by Ferchaud made it a 22-point game, 70-48, midway through the final period. Everything was said and done, as all Pau fans in the stands started to celebrate a big win that moved the hosts really close to a Top 16 return for the first time in three years.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: REMS, IZTOK (SLO), SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 5500
By Quarter1234
Pau-Orthez15221723
Aris TT Bank12121721
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Pau-Orthez15375477
Aris TT Bank12244162
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
Pau-Orthez
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC 10:00     0/1         3 1 3     2   -2
5 HARRISON, CLINT 20:15 6 1/3 1/5 1/2   2 2 2 2 3     2 4 4
6 D'ALMEIDA, XANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 JOHNSEN, BRITTON 27:00 12 4/4 0/2 4/5 2 3 5 1 1 3   1 5 3 10
8 GREER, RICARDO 21:30 2 0/2 0/2 2/4 1 4 5 3 1 1   1 3 2 2
9 FERCHAUD, CEDRIC 21:00 12 0/1 4/4     3 3 1 2       1   16
11 MILES, AARON 30:00 10 2/6 1/2 3/4 1 2 3 2 1 1     2 4 11
14 MAHINMI, IAN 11:45 8 3/4   2/2 3 2 5         1 5 2 8
15 BAUER, MICHAEL 12:15 5   1/2 2/2   3 3 1 1   1 1 5 1 5
16 VATY, LUDOVIC 1:15           1 1     1          
18 WRIGHT, MICHAEL 29:00 12 4/7   4/6 4 3 7     1 1 1 3 5 15
19 SANDERS, MELVIN 16:00 10 2/5 2/3   1 2 3 1   1         9
Team             1 1   5           6
Totals 200:00 77 16/32 9/21 18/25 12 26 38 14 14 14 2 5 28 21 84
50% 42.9% 72%
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
Head coach: MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris TT Bank
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 SIGALAS, GIORGOS 15:00 1 0/2 0/2 1/2 1 2 3   2 2   1 2 3 -1
7 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 10:15 3 1/1 0/3 1/2 2   2             2 3
8 SCALES, ALEX 33:00 17 2/6 1/6 10/11 1 2 3     4     4 8 10
9 KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS 18:45   0/2     1   1 2   1     4 1 -3
10 ILIADIS, SAVVAS 4:45   0/1       1 1                
11 WILKINSON, MIKE 25:00 17 4/5   9/10 3 5 8   3 3 3 1 3 6 28
12 FLETCHER, KEVIN 5:00     0/1   1   1     2         -2
14 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 29:45 7 3/5 0/2 1/3 2 6 8       2   4 4 11
16 TSALDARIS, DIMITRIOS 28:15 7 3/3 0/3 1/4   1 1   1       3 2 2
17 PANTELIADIS, SPYRIDON 13:15 4 1/2   2/2   3 3 1 2 1       1 9
20 ABDUL-RAUF, MAHMOUD 17:00 6 3/6 0/2   1 1 2 1 2       1 1 6
Team             1 1   4 1         4
Totals 200:00 62 17/33 1/19 25/34 12 22 34 4 14 14 5 2 21 28 67
51.5% 5.3% 73.5%
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Head Coaches

HERBERT, GORDON
Pau-Orthez
"The team made a big effort tonight, especially on defense. Since Chrismas, this is the third consecutive game in which they've done a good job on defense. I also appreciate the big effort off the bench, with 35 points and energy to keep the intensity on defense. It is a collective victory between two teams with ambitions to reach the Top 16."
MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris TT Bank
"Pau-Orthez had a good game, played hard on defense and was very concentrated. Sanders had a great impact for a first game. From our side, it is the worst game we produced in the Euroleague this year. We had some physical problems, but we should have been more ready mentally to resist in this kind of game."

Players

SANDERS, MELVIN
Pau-Orthez
"It is a great pleasure to begin in a team with a victory. Aris has a good defense, but we found the solutions collectively. I was very enthusiastic to come to Pau before the game. I am more enthusiastic now as I had very good feelings in this arena with such fans as these."
MASSEY, JEREMIAH
Aris TT Bank
"It was difficult for us tonight, and Pau-Orthez did the necessary things to impose their rhythm on both sides of the court. They played with energy, solidarity and determination to offer a precious victory to their fans. We tried to resist with aggressiveness on defense, but they found the solution with Cedric Ferchaud and his long-distance shots."
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