Climamio Bologna had to battle all 40 minutes for its first Group A road win of the season, edging Strasbourg 75-78 on Wednesday. Climamio improved to 3-2 after rallying in the final 3 minutes to win. Meanwhile, Strasbourg dropped to 1-4 with its third loss by 3 points or less. Marco Belinelli led the winners with 23 points on 4 of 8 three-point shooting while Kiwane Garris added 14 with the same accuracy on triples for Climamio, who didn't have Sani Becirovic due to a last-minute injury. Alvin Young had 20 points for Strasbourg. Ricardo Greer had an all-around game with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals, while Ondrej Starosta added 12 points for the hosts. Strasbourg led most of the way, with Ricardo Greer helping the hosts hold a 69-64 advantage with 3 minutes remaining. Climamio used a 3-10 run to regain the lead, but a three-point play by Young gave Strasbourg its last lead at 75-74. Then, however, Travis Watson made free throws and Belinelli dunked to seal the win in the final 20 seconds.
Young followed a free throw with a driving layup to get Strasbourg going early, but Erazem Lorbek scored inside and Dalibor Bagaric added a wild three-point play to give Climamio a 3-5 lead. Strasbourg had troubles to find easy options in offense, until Young stepped up with a fastbreak layup, but Bagaric erased that a turnaround jumper for a 7-9 Climamio advantage. Strasbourg tightened its defense, while Young nailed a big three and Ricardo Greer added free throws in a 6-0 run that sent the hosts in front, 13-9. Climamio's Watson scored inside and Ress added a fastbreak dunk to tie. The visitors switched to zone defense, but Ondrej Starosta scored in the paint, igniting a 6-0 run for Strasbourg that John McCord capped with a six-meter jumper for a 19-13 margin. Nate Green had 4 quick points for Climamio, however, to fix the score at 19-17 after 10 minutes.
Green tied the game with a driving layup to start the second quarter for Climamio, but after that the visitors struggled offensively. Ricardo Greer stepped up with a second-chance basket for a 22-19 Strasbourg edge. Belinelli nailed a triple, but Aymeric Jeanneau answered with a long jumper. Garris came off the bench and immediately fired in a three-pointer to give Climamio a 24-25 lead midway through this period. Jeff Greer broke the guests' zone defense with a pull-up jumper but Belinelli matched it with a reverse layup. When Crawford Palmer scored and Starosta added free throws, Strasbourg had a 30-27 Strasbourg, but Belinelli erased it with another triple and put Climamio back in front with a fallaway jumper. Young, with 5 quick points, and Belinelli, adding a fastbreak dunk, continued to duel until Stanley Jackson's buzzer-beating corner triple let Strasbourg lead 38-34 at halftime.
Stefano Mancinelli worked in the paint for a jump hook, but Young followed Jeanneau's triple with a driving layup to give Strasbourg its biggest lead that far, 43-36. Belinelli came to the rescue again for Climamio, with consecutive triples, but offensive rebounds and a slashing layup by Jeanneau steadied Strasbourg. Ricardo Greer copied him for a 49-42 lead after 25 minutes, then Jackson hit a reverse layup and Starosta a mid-range jumper to make it a nine-point game, 53-44. Climamio switched back to zone defense and got a jumper from Ress, but Starosta and Wesson shared 3 free throws for the hosts. Watson finally ignited a 0-9 run by Climamio in which Ress had 4 points and Garris capped with a triple to bring Climamio all the way back to within 56-55 after 30 minutes.
Wesson scored his first basket in the paint, but Garris immediately answered from downtown to tie the game at 58-58 in a low-scoring start of the fourth quarter. Palmer buried a five-meter jumper, but Garris fired in another corner three to give Climamio a 60-61 lead. Ricardo Greer returned the favour with a three in the other end and Wesson made free throws to give Strasbourg a 65-61 edge with 5 minutes to go. Rodolfo Rombaldoni woke Climamio up with a triple, but Ricardo Greer followed Jeanneau's running layup with a fast break dunk to force the guests' timeout at 69-64. Rombaldoni kept Climamio close with a fadeaway jumper, while Belinelli and Green combined for 4 free throws to give Climamio a 70-71 lead with 2 minutes remaining. Wesson scored free throws, Belinelli made 1 of 2 for Climamio while Green made a two-handed dunk off a steal for a 72-74 Climamio edge. Young took over with an off-balanced jumper and an additional free throw, while Watson made free throws for a 75-76 Climamo edge with 20 seconds to go. Young missed a crucial shot while Belinelli sealed the win with a two-handed dunk.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005