2001-02Regular SeasonRound 3
October 24, 2001 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ASTROBALLE
Scavolini Pesaro won its second game of the Euroleague season at Adecco Asvel Basket in France on Wednesday, 80-63, and catapulted itself among the leaders in Group D. Thanks notably to a good defense in the second half, Scavolini was able to pull away from its hosts and win handily. Scavolini raised its record to 2-1 with its second straight victory after an opening loss to Ural Great. Asvel suffered its second straight loss. Melvin Booker led the winners with 20 points, Joseph Blair added 16 and 12 rebounds, and Miroslav Beric shot in 11. For Asvel, newly-signed center Nikola Vujcic scored 16, Nikola Radulovic 14 and Thalamus McGhee 10.

The French hosts started strong, leading 9-2 after four minutes, mainly thanks to Arsène Ade-Mensah and Nikola Radulovic, focused on defense and able to initiate fastbreaks with their steals. Joseph Blair and Miroslav Beric were scoreless during the first eight minutes of the game as Scavolini could not prevent the Asvel from setting its own pace, 13-8. With a three-pointer by Melvin Booker and a hook shot by Blair, however, Pesaro took the lead in the last minute of the quarter, 13-14, but ASVEL's new point guard, Simon Petrov, scored a fade away jumper with fifteen seconds to play to put his team on top 15-14 after 10 minutes.

A shootout in the early second quarter saw Beric and Larry Middleton answer Asvel's Kyle Hill, while Nikola Vujcic, another new ASVEL player, started to show why he is one the top European inside players. With Blair on the bench, Vujcic hit two consecutive baskets underneath the rim for a 22-19 Asevel lead after 14 minutes. Scavolini then decided to set a zone defense and this decision turned out to be a good one. Not only did Asvel not manage to score even one point in the last three and a half minutes of the quarter, but also Pesaro found its rhythm on offense. With five Silvio Gigena points and three consecutive fouls drawn by Marko Tusek, the Italian club put its hands on the game, leading 35-30 at the half time.

Using a zone defense to protect Thalamus McGhee, who got an early third foul, Asvel managed to prevent Pesaro from scoring more than two points in the first four minutes after halftime and, on a four-meter baseline jumper by Radulovic, came back to 34-37. But, immediately Scavolini reacted and relied on a Blair and Gigena to take the biggest lead of the game so far, 39-47. Taking advantage of a big amount of missed opened shots and turnovers by ASVEL, Pesaro finished the period perfectly with six points in a row by Booker and a 44-54 edge.

Blair opened the final quarter on a dramatic reverse dunk and gave a 12-point lead to his team, 44-56. The play symbolised the domination of the Italian team in this period. With a three-point play by Fabio Zanelli and a long range shot by Beric, Pesaro seemed to have put an end to any kind of suspense after only three minutes (46-62).
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
F.F., France
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS; KLAAR, LARS; LOPES, LUIS
Attendance: 3162
By Quarter1234
Asvel Basket15151419
Scavolini Pesaro14211926
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Asvel Basket15304463
Scavolini Pesaro14355480
Asvel Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RADULOVIC, NIKOLA 34:42 14 4/8 2/6   1 4 5 2 2 2     4 4 13
5 SY, AMARA 15:24 4 2/5   0/2 2 1 3   1 2 1   2 1 1
6 ADE-MENSAH, ARSENE 11:10 4 2/3 0/1   3   3 3 2 1     3   6
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 26:38 16 6/7 1/3 1/5 2 3 5 2 2 2     4 4 16
8 BONATO, YANN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MRAZEK, HAROLD 16:43   0/1 0/1     3 3 1 1 2     3   -2
10 PETROV, SIMON 19:06 5 2/5 0/3 1/1       3 1 1   1 1 3 3
11 HILL, KYLE 27:41 5 1/2 1/5   1   1     1     1 3 2
12 NEES, TIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 FRIGOUT, DAVID 14:48 4 2/6     1 1 2   1 1     1 1 2
14 HOFFMAN, PETER 11:05 1 0/1 0/3 1/2   3 3     1     3 1 -4
15 Mc GHEE, THALAMUS 22:43 10 5/10   0/2 5 4 9 1 1 2   2 3 2 9
Team                                
Totals 200:00 63 24/48 4/22 3/12 15 19 34 12 11 15 1 3 25 19 46
        50% 18.2% 25%
Head coach: TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
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
Scavolini Pesaro
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BERIC, MIROSLAV 26:37 11 2/4 2/3 1/4   1 1 2   1     4 5 8
5 BOOKER, MELVIN 29:49 20 4/7 2/3 6/6   3 3 3 1 2   1 4 4 20
8 GIGENA, SILVIO 12:39 8   2/2 2/2           1     1 2 8
9 ZANELLI, FABIO 17:22 3 1/2   1/1 1 2 3 1   2     4 1 1
10 MIDDLETON, LARRY 28:20 9 0/2 3/4     2 2 2   5 1   2 1 5
12 TRAINA, BRADLEY 5:13 2 1/2       1 1   1           3
13 TUSEK, MARKO 24:10 7 1/4 1/3 2/5 2 3 5 4   2       4 10
14 MAGGIOLI, MICHELE 20:17 4 2/5 0/1     5 5 1 1 2     2   3
15 BLAIR, JOSEPH 35:33 16 7/10   2/3 4 8 12     2 2   2 8 30
16 PANICHI, MATTEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 80 18/36 10/16 14/21 7 25 32 13 6 17 3 1 19 25 91
        50% 62.5% 66.7%
Head coach: PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
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Head Coaches

TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Asvel Basket
"We played with intensity during 28 minutes in this game. But we had to face a strong and efficient Pesaro defense. I have never seen Pesaro playing such a good defense like they did in the second half. Our percentages thus dramatically dropped. Anyway, I am happy about our level of play during these 28 minutes. It is the first time we manage to play this kind of basketball, with such an intensity. And it is the first time since the beginning of the season that we achieve it so long in a game."
PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
Scavolini Pesaro
"I do not consider this to have been an easy win at all. AEK Athens lost here, in the ASVEL arena. So it was all the more important for us to win tonight and to win games on the road, in general. In the second part of the game, we were very efficient in defense. We stole several balls and that enabled us to launch fastbreaks. Then, when ASVEL focused its defense in the paint, we found outside open shots and made them. We really played well in the end of the third quarter and during the fourth one. ASVEL has several new players so it was not very easy for them. So, our defense and our intensity disrupted their game."
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