2007-08Regular SeasonRound 7
December 18, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAVERDE
Nana Mensah-Bonsu - Benetton Tamoil Benetton Tamoil took a step forwards to reach the elimination rounds in Group H by thrashing Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez 88-60 in Treviso, Italy on Tuesday. Benetton improved to 4-3 in Group H and ties with the Artland Dragons in the standings. Both teams will tie for the second or third place depending on the outcome of tomorrow's game between ASK Riga and BC Kyiv in the Latvian capital. Meanwhile, Pau-Orthez dropped to 1-6 and is all but mathematically out of the elimination rounds race. Nana Mensah-Monsu and Reece Gaines led the winners each with 14 points. Matteo Soragna added 13, Engin Atsur had 11 while Lionel Chalmers got 10 and 6 steals for Benetton. Antoine Mendy had 13 points for Pau. David Young added 11, Thierry Rupert got 10 while Ludovic Vaty grabbed 11 rebounds for the guests, whose only lead came at 4-5. Even with that, Young got the guests within 16-16 late in the third quarter. It didn't last long, however, as Mario Austin, Gaines and Atsut fueled a mamooth 23-3 run that broke the game open, 39-19. A free throw by Austin made it a 26-point game, 49-23, late in the third half. Vaty, Young and Mendy fueled a 1-13 run that gave the guests some hope, 50-36, midway through the third quarter. Gaines and Mensah-Bonsu restored at 63-44 Benetton margin after 30 minutes. Mensah-Bonsu had three wild dunks early in the fourth quarter to make Benetton seal a key win in style.

Both teams struggled to score in the early going, as a three-pointer by Antywane Robinson gave Pau its only lead of the night, 4-5. Soragna answered from downtown while Angelo Gigli added an alleyoop layup for a 9-7 Benetton lead. Max Stanic stepped up for Pau while Young followed an easy layup with a bomb from downtown for a 16-16 tie. It didn't last long, however, as a put-back basket by Austin ignited a 10-0 run highlighted by Atsur' buzzer-beating triple from the left wing, good for a 26-16 Benetton lead after 10 minutes. Pau struggled to score early in the second quarter, as Benetton limited its opponents to just 3 points in the next 5 minutes. Meanwhile, Gaines and Atsur fueled a 12-0 run that broke the game open, 39-19, after 16 minutes. Rupert tried to ignit the guests' comeback with a jump hook and a layup, but Austin answered in the other end to keep Benetton way ahead, 44-23. Giuliano Maresca hit a three-pointer and by the time Austin hit a free throw, Benetton had a 26-point lead, 49-23. Stanic and Mendy brought Pau within 49-28 at halftime. Pau improved its defense after the break, making it much more aggressive. Meanwhile, Young and Vaty stepped up with consecutive baskets to give the guests some hope, 49-32. Young capped a 1-13 run with consecutive basket, making the hosts call timeout at 50-36. Maresca ran the length of the court for a layup while Gaines added a running triple for a 55-36 Benetton lead. By the time that Mensah-Bonsu had a three-point play, Benetton had restored a 20-point lead, 58-48. A big dunk by Mendy and a final basket by Soragna fixed the score at 63-44 after 30 minutes. Mensah-Bonsu woke up the crowd with a back-to-back wild dunks, as both teams opted to provide some showtime once the outcome was clear. Mensah-Bonsu and Mendy traded power dunks but everything was said and done already, as Benetton registered an important win.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL; BULTO, VICENTE; KOLAR, ROMAN
Attendance: 2841
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Benetton Tamoil
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 AUSTIN, MARIO 16:30 6 2/5 0/1 2/3 5 2 7 3 2         2 15
5 MARESCA, GIULIANO 28:08 9 2/7 1/2 2/2 2 2 4 2 3 1   1 1 2 11
6 ATSUR, ENGIN 17:28 11 1/2 3/5     4 4 3 1 1     5 1 11
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 26:24 13 3/3 1/4 4/4   2 2 1 2 1 1   1 4 18
8 CHALMERS, LIONEL 23:58 10 4/7 0/2 2/3 3 3 6 2 6 1       3 20
10 MARTINONI, NICCOLO 4:03     0/1                   1   -2
12 MENSAH-BONSU, POPS 24:31 14 6/10   2/4 4 4 8   2 1 1 1 1 3 19
14 FANTONI, TOMASSO 9:00 7 3/5   1/3 3 2 5   1 1   1 2 2 7
15 GIGLI, ANGELO 14:30 2 1/1 0/2   2 1 3   1   1       5
17 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 0:01                              
18 GAINES, REECE 21:03 14 4/8 2/3     1 1 3 2 3   1 2 2 11
19 RENZI, ANDREA 14:24 2 0/3   2/4   2 2           4 2 -3
Team             2 2   4         1 7
Totals 200:00 88 26/51 7/20 15/23 19 25 44 14 24 9 3 4 17 22 119
        51% 35% 65.2%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 D'ALMEIDA, XANE 11:00 2 1/1               2       1 1
7 FEIN, SHAUN 16:46     0/1   1   1     1     3 1 -3
8 MENDY, ANTOINE 30:14 13 5/8 0/2 3/6   2 2 1 2 2     3 4 9
9 FERCHAUD, CEDRIC 12:31 2 1/2 0/3                 1   2 -1
11 STANIC, MAXILIANO 29:00 6 1/1 1/3 1/2   3 3 3   9     2 2  
12 RUPERT, THIERRY 25:22 12 5/9 0/1 2/4 2 1 3   1   2 1   3 13
13 YOUNG, DAVID 15:21 11 4/5 1/3     3 3           3 2 10
14 VATY, LUDOVIC 25:42 8 4/5     3 8 11     4 1   4 2 13
16 ROBINSON, ANTYWANE 28:19 6 1/4 1/5 1/2   5 5 1   3 1 1 4 1 -2
18 MOLAS, WILLIAM 5:45   0/2     1   1   2 2     2   -3
Team           2 1 3   4           7
Totals 200:00 60 22/37 3/18 7/14 9 23 32 5 9 23 4 3 21 18 44
        59.5% 16.7% 50%
Head coach: MOPSUS, LAURENT

Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Tamoil
"We were able to control the game in every feature until the beginning, that's why the gap was so important. We let things get easier during the game, we played a good game both defensively and offensively, this is the way we have to run to get the pass for the next round."
MOPSUS, LAURENT
Pau-Orthez
"We didn't come into the game and we were in trouble every time against a team which was really aggressive especially in defense. At the end of the day, we don't have great hopes for the ULEB Cup, we will try to exploit the next games to improve our game and try to get some wins in the French championship."

Players

GAINES, REECE
Benetton Tamoil
"It was a good game for us, we needed to get back after the loss in Bologna in the Italian championship and we did it. The key for the win? Being always aggressive and focused on what we had to do during the game, so we always had the pace in our hands."
RUPERT, THIERRY
Pau-Orthez
"Nothing worked tonight in our system, congratulations to Benetton Basket which played great defense, they didn't let us have easy ways to the basket. We hope to get better in the next games."
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