Climamio treated itself to another easy Group A home ride by rolling past visiting GHP Bamberg 94–64 in Bologna, Italy on Wednesday. The victory helped Climaio tie Bamberg, both teams with 2-2 records in Group A. A perfect shooting night from Kiwane Garris paced the hosts, as he used 6-for-6 shooting to score 16 points, the same as Marco Belinelli off the bench. Nate Green added 13 points, Rodolfo Rombaldoni and Dalibor Bagaric 11 each for the winners. Spencer Nelson was again the leading scorer for Bamberg with 18 points, while Tim Begley and Robert Garrett added 12 each. Climamio's offense dominated from the start, running and passing its way to a 10-point gap after just 5 minutes. Nelson couldn't support the entire offensive weight for Bamberg as Climamio kept getting stronger on its way to a high lead of 37 points in the final quarter.
Spencer Nelson found the first point of the game for Bamberg, but the guests proved no further danger. Climamio used layups by Garris and assists from Nate Green, one for an amazing dunk by Mancinelli, to explode in front, 9-1. Nelson responded with 5 points in a row to get the guests within 11-6 after 4 minutes, but Garris immediately answered with a three-pointer, soon copied by Mancinelli, to open up a double-digit lead, 17-7. Bamberg coach Dirk Bauermann called on reserves Chris Ensminger, Tim Begley and Robert Garrett, but Dalibor Bagaric towered inside for 4 points that pushed the lead to 21-9. On the other end, struck from beyond the arc, but that just meant a double response from Climamio, threes from Mancinelli and Lorbek that made it 29-15. Bamberg kept playing until Garrett ended the first quarter from downtown, limiting the difference to 29-20.
The second quarter saw Belinelli enter for the hosts and immediately trade a three-pointer with Begley before Travis Watson took over with blocks, rebounds and assists. His intensity ignited an 11-0 run for the hosts, capped by another three from Belinelli, good for a 20-point lead, 43-23, after 14 minutes. Nelson broke Bamberg's silence with a driving layup while Rodolfo Rombaldoni rewarded Climamio's ball movement with a corner triple. Circulating the ball is how the hosts made Bamberg's defense pay as Belinelli found his third three-pointer without a miss and Lorbek canned an open jumper to make it 52-31. Despite the gap, Bamberg reacted down the stretch when Begley fired from downtown and Ensminger added an easy layup to fix a 53-36 score at halftime.
Just as they had the first half, Garris and Green took over the second right away, combining for 12 early points as Climamio's advantage ballooned to 65-38 after 23 minutes. Demond Mallet made his first shot all night, a symptom of Bamberg's problems. The visitors' defense had it even harder, however, as Garris scored on an easy drive and Bagaric with a baseline move that put 72-45 on the scoreboard. Mallet's jumper and foul shot, followed by Begley's basket, trimmed the difference to 76-52. Climamio just kept feeding Bagaric, who drew fouls and assisted Green for the basked that made it 79-52 after 30 minutes.
Belinelli ran the court to score for Climamio's new maximum lead, 85-52, early in the final quarter. He soon added a hang-in-the-air jump shot before leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd. It was party time at PalaDozza, as the fans welcomed the Euroleague debut of another teenager, Davide Bruttini, with 6 minutes to play. Sani Becirovic scored his first points after 7 assists on a layup and Rombaldoni hit a triple to make it 92-55 with 3 minutes left. This 37-point advantage would remain the maximum of the night as Bamberg scored triples with Begley and Garrett to keep the final difference at 30 points, 94–64, another blowout home victory for Climamio.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005