2006-07Regular SeasonRound 7
December 07, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA
Jaka Lakovic - Winterthur FCB Winterthur FC Barcelona bounced back from its first loss in Group C by downing Aris TT Bank 86-83 in a tough game at home in Palau Blaugrana, Spain, on Thursday night. Winterthur FCB improved to 6-1 in the Group C standings and remained tied with CSKA Moscow for the top spot. Aris dropped to 3-4 and is fifth on the Group C board. It was the first Euroleague showdown between the teams in 15 years, since they were fierce rivals in the late 1980s and early '90s. Juan Carlos Navarro led the winners with 26 points, Jaka Lakovic added 17 points and Michalis Kakiouzis scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Barcelona. Jeremiah Massey and Mike Wilkinson each had 25 points for Aris. Massey had 19 points in the first half, while Wilkinson had 21 after the break. Alex Scales added 15 for the hosts. Navarro shined in the second quarter and allowed Barcelona to take a 49-40 halftime lead. Wilkinson single-handedly kept Aris in the game, while a three-pointer by Massey brought the guests within 75-72. A 7-0 run, which Marconato capped with a dunk, allowed Barcelona to seal the win in the final 2 minutes.

Mario Kasun and Rodrigo De La Fuente combined for early free throws to give Barcelona a 4-0 lead. Massey buried a six-meter jumper, which Kasun erased with a layup, but Alex Scales answered from downtown to get Aris within 6-5. Lakovic shined with a floater, but Scales nailed another shot while Wilkinson made free throws to give Aris its first lead, 8-9. Lakovic scored again, but Massey followed foul shots with back-to-back layups to keep Aris ahead, 10-15. Barcelona called timeout and Navarro buried his first three-pointer and soon added his trademark "bomba" to tie it at 15-15. Aris tried a 2-3 zone defense, which Fran Vazquez punished with a put-back dunk. Denis Marconato capped a 9-0 Barcelona run with a short jumper, which caused Aris to call timeout at 19-15. Wilkinson scored inside and Massey buried a five-meter shot, but a driving layup by Lakovic and a fast break basket by Navarro allowed Barcelona to get a 23-19 edge after 10 minutes.

Navarro fired in another triple at the start of the second quarter, before Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Vazquez exchanged baskets to fix the scoreboard at 28-21. Massey tried to keep Aris in the game with free throws and a power layup, but he didn't find much help elsewhere. Meanwhile, Navarro shined with a three-point play, but Terrell Castle answered with a put-back basket and Massey nailed another shot to get the guests within 31-30. Navarro fed Kakiouzis for an easy layup and then added another layup-plus-foul to keep Barcelona ahead, 36-30. Jordi Trias finally managed to slow Massey and Aris was forced to look for other options on offense. Giorgos Sigalas buried a three-pointer, however Gianluca Basile stroke twice from downtown for a 43-36 Barcelona lead. Kakiouzis followed a second-chance basket with free throws. Scales and Georgios Kalaizis brought Aris back to life, but once again Kakiouzis allowed Barcelona to take a 49-40 halftime margin.

Jeremiah Massey - Aris TT BankWilkinson tried to ignit the Aris comeback with free throws and a big basket in the low post. De La Fuente got Barcelona going with a layup, while Lakovic added his trademark triple off a screen, good for a 54-44 lead. Navarro capped a 7-0 run with free throws, but Scales answered the same way to give Aris some fresh air. Wilkinson scored inside, as Barcelona struggled now against the guests' physical defense. Meanwhile, Wilkinson buried a three-pointer and Scales added more free throws to get Aris within 57-51. Kakiouzis hit a jump-hook after a Barcelona timeout, but Wilkinson single-handedly brought Aris within 59-57. Marconato made a short jumper and Lakovic buried a triple from the right wing to extend Barcelona's lead to 64-57. Wilkinson hit free throws and Castle added a short shot to bring the guests within 65-61, but Navarro beat the buzzer with a layup to help Barcelona keep a 67-61 lead after 30 minutes.

Massey worked well in the low post to get a layup-plus-foul, but Lakovic answered with a layup, which gave Barcelona a 69-64 lead. Points came now the hard way, but Scales shined with a fastbreak dunk to keep Aris in the game at 69-66. Navarro drew a foul and made 1-of-2 free throws, while Marconato nailed another jumper to cause the guests to call timeout, 72-66. Then Navarro slashed for a huge layup-plus-foul, which made it a 9-point game, 75-66, with 5 minutes to go. Abdul-Rauf fired in one from downtown and Massey added his own three-pointer to give Aris some hope at 75-72. Basile stepped up with a jumper and even when Wilkinson dunked it, Navarro scored again and fed Marconato for a dunk to keep Barcelona ahead, 81-74, with 1:40 remaining. A reverse layup by Kakiouzis and free throws by Lakovic sealed a well-deserved win for Barcelona, which had to battle hard to beat a tough, historical opponent.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK; ZURAPOVIC, ADEMIR
Attendance: 4852
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Winterthur FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 23:30 8 1/1 2/8     1 1     1     2    
8 TRIAS, JORDI 9:00   0/2     2 2 4   1           3
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 23:00 8 4/5     2 5 7   1 3 2   4 1 11
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 30:45 17 4/4 2/5 3/4 1 1 2 3   3     3 6 18
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 34:45 26 7/10 2/6 6/7   4 4 2 2 4     3 7 26
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 19:45 4 1/1 0/1 2/2       1         1 1 4
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 18:30 5 2/7   1/2 3 5 8 2   1 1   2 1 8
20 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 21:30 13 5/9 0/3 3/4 4 4 8   1     1 3 2 12
21 UKIC, ROKO 9:15 1     1/2   1 1 3 2       2 1 5
41 KASUN, MARIO 7:45 4 1/3   2/2                 3 1  
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 2:15                              
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 86 25/42 6/23 18/23 12 25 37 11 7 12 3 1 23 20 89
        59.5% 26.1% 78.3%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
Aris TT Bank
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 CASTLE, TERREL 34:45 5 2/4 0/1 1/2 1 3 4 2   4     4 3 2
5 SIGALAS, GIORGOS 12:15 3 0/1 1/3     2 2   1 1     3   -1
7 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 5:00           1 1   1           2
8 SCALES, ALEX 35:00 15 3/7 1/6 6/6   3 3 2 2 2     1 6 16
9 KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS 25:15 3 1/2   1/2   3 3 2   2     4 1 1
10 ILIADIS, SAVVAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 WILKINSON, MIKE 30:00 25 7/11 1/2 8/9 2 4 6 1       2 3 7 28
12 FLETCHER, KEVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 37:45 25 8/13 1/1 6/9 2 5 7 2 2 1 1 1 2 5 30
15 GIANNOULIS, YANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 TSALDARIS, DIMITRIOS 0:15                              
20 ABDUL-RAUF, MAHMOUD 19:45 7 2/5 1/2     1 1 1 1       3 1 4
Team           1 1 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 83 23/43 5/15 22/28 6 23 29 10 8 10 1 3 20 23 85
        53.5% 33.3% 78.6%
Head coach: MAZZON, ANDREA
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Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"It was a very difficult game, as we tought. Aris likes to play a hard basketball, with many contacts. We all knew in advance that it would be a difficult task to defend their inside players, but we let them take too many advantages. We controlled the game most of the time. I think we are able to defend one to one in a better way than we did today and with more help in defending, too. Of course our first goal is to make the Top 16 and we’ll make it with only one or two more wins."
MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris TT Bank
"We had tonight a good opportunity to get an upset win, but we made some mistakes in the end of the game. Human mistakes, I say. And Barcelona has some players like Navarro who are outstanding. We are proud about things we are doing through the season. Today we won two quarters and lost two more. We played at the same level with a team that can win the Euroleague. We lacked some experience at the end. In fact, there is only one player in my team that has some experience at this level."

Players

DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"We all knew that Aris is a hard team to beat. We played a serious and clever game, with a lot of intensity throughout the forty minutes. Today there weren’t the ups and downs of other nights in our basketball. Now the team is getting into a better shape and we are happier after these two wins in a row, in the Spanish League and the Euroleague. But this is definitely a long way."
WILKINSON, MIKE
Aris TT Bank
"Good game. We lacked just one play that changed the momentum. When you play on the road you always try to make the game close until the end. And tonight the game was very close against a very good team. We just need to keep improving. We have to get always the same focused gamne that we had today. Unfortunately, we made a couple of mistakes in the last seconds, but we need to play hard. Our fans? The crowd is perhaps the thing that makes Aris a special club."
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