2005-06Regular SeasonRound 3
November 17, 2005 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAVERDE
Benetton alone is undefeated in Group A through three games after it turned back Climamio Bologna 94-84 at home in Treviso in an all-Italian showdown on Thursday. Benetton improved to 3-0 and took over first place in the group standings, while Climamio dropped to 1-2. Drew Nicholas led the winners with 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting and 6 of 7 free throws. Petar Popovic added 15 points, Nikos Zisis shined with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, while Marcus Goree and Matteo Soragna each had 12 points for Benetton. For Climamio, Erazem Lorbek had 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting, Marco Belinelli added 16 on 5 of 6 triples. Sani Becirovic scored 12 points, Travis Watson 11 and Dalibor Bagaric 10 for the guests. Benetton used a 11-2 run early in the game to get a 22-15 lead after 10 minutes, and even when Climamio cut its deficit to 37-34 at halftime, Goree and Uros Slokar combined 6 points in a 12-1 run which allowed the hosts to preserve the lead for good.

Climamio started by feeding big men and got the first bucket from Lorbek before setting up its 2-3 zone on defense. Benetton faced it confidently, with Nicholas hitting a corner triple and Popovic a pair of inside buckets to take a 7-2 edge. After Lorbek and Nicholas traded jumpers, Matteo Soragna’s no-look pass found Popovic for an easy layup and Nicholas seized another triple opportunity to pump the lead to 8 points, 14-6, midway through the quarter. Climamio kept feeding Bagaric but his hooks came up short and coach Jasmin Repesa called a triple substitution. New entry Travis Watson responded with a nice move but Nicholas scored from the line and Zisis ignited a 6-0 run capped by a reverse layup from Goree for Benetton's highest lead yet, 22-10 in minute 9. Climamio minimized the damage with Sani Becirovic, whose 5 points in a row got the guests within 22-15 at the first break.

Watson kept Climamio's running to start the second quarter at 22-17. Marco Mordente’s pair of foul shots broke the drought for Benetton and Nicholas drained another triple to lift the lead to 26-19. Belinelli's points came from the foul line but then he fouled Nicholas, whose free throws made it 28-21. A triple from Nate Green trimmed the gap for the guests but Nicholas was unstoppable now and reached 19 points himself with an impressive fade away jumper. Trailing 32-24 midway through the quarter, Climamio's response started with a dunk and a turnaround shot by Tomas Ress. After Andrea Bargnani fed Popovic for 36-28, Climamio mounted a 0-5 closing run on a jumper by Lorbek and a Belinelli three-pointer to narrow the difference to 37-34 at halftime.

Goree's three-pointer capped a 7-2 run to open the second half for the hosts, who now led 44-35. Then it became a three-point contest as the teams exchanged 6 straight triples. Nicholas closed the flurry with Benetton still in charge, 53-44. Slokar scored inside to push the lead into double digits, but Belinelli nailed another big shot to make it 55-48. Watson caught fire with 5 points in a row as Climamio came within a single basket, 55-53, but Slokar replied with a later three-pointer. Good ball circulation now got Goree open for another three-pointer, Benetton’s sixth in the quarter, as the lead reached 65-55. And Benetton wasn't done, as Slokar and Goree dunked to end a 12-1 run with a 69-58 scoreboard after 30 minutes.

The teams traded 5-0 runs to enter the final quarter but Climamio had the best spark as Lorbek scored a fake-and-jump shot to keep the guests close, 74-67. A flagrant foul by Kiwane Garris on Marco Mordente only cost Climamio one but after the guests failed to capitalize, Soragna made them pay with 5 straight points to widen the gap to 12, 82-70. Belinelli and Garris rattled intriples to boost Climamio within 7 again, 83-76, with 3 minutes left, but Mordente and Popovic were perfect at free throws to widen Benetton's lead to 87-76. Belinelli - who else? - nailed a three-pointer and Lorbek added free throws to cut the edge to 6 points, 87-81. But Soragna had ice in the hands as he scored a clutch triple from the corner to make it 90-81 with 1:06. Benetton could now enjoy its third win as Zisis and Nicholas hit baskets on the way to a 94-84 final
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Marco Martelli, Treviso
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS; MARTIN, JOSE; MAESTRE, NICOLA; CAZZARO, STEFANO
Attendance: 0
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Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KALVE, ERNESTS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 36:15 13 0/2 3/5 4/8 1 5 6 7 1 2     2 5 20
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 27:45 12 3/6 2/5   1 1 2 3 2       3 3 13
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 18:30 9 0/2 1/2 6/8   3 3 3 2       1 5 16
10 SLOKAR, UROS 9:15 7 2/3 1/1   1 1 2   2       3   7
11 BARGNANI, ANDREA 11:00     0/1         2   1     3 1 -2
12 NICHOLAS, DREW 33:15 26 4/7 4/6 6/7 1 3 4 1   2     3 4 24
14 SZALAY, GABRIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 SOTTANA, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GOREE, MARCUS 34:00 12 3/5 2/3   4 4 8 2 1 3     2   15
19 POPOVIC, PETAR 28:00 15 5/11   5/7 3 2 5 1 1       3 4 15
20 GIOVANNONI, GUILHERME 2:00                         1   -1
Team             3 3   4           7
Totals 200:00 94 17/36 13/23 21/30 11 22 33 19 13 8 0 0 21 22 114
        47.2% 56.5% 70%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
Climamio Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ROMBALDONI, RODOLFO 0:30                              
6 MANCINELLI, STEFANO 24:45   0/1 0/2   1 4 5 2 1 1     2   2
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 20:30 12 2/2 2/4 2/6   1 1 2   3     4 4 6
11 BAGARIC, DALIBOR 21:00 10 4/8   2/4 1 6 7 1 1 3     3 4 11
12 GREEN, NATHAN 19:30 3 0/2 1/1     3 3 3 2 2     1 2 8
14 RESS, TOMAS 10:00 6 2/3 0/2 2/2                 2 1 2
15 LORBEK, ERAZEM 31:00 19 5/7 2/3 3/4 1 1 2   1       1 4 21
17 BRUTTINI, DAVIDE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 KOMMATOS, NESTORAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GARRIS, KIWANE 24:45 6 0/1 2/2   1 2 3 4   2     3 1 8
23 BELINELLI, MARCO 30:00 17 0/3 5/6 2/2 1 1 2 2 1       4 2 16
35 WATSON, TRAVIS 18:00 11 4/7   3/4 1 3 4 1         2 3 13
Team                   2 1         1
Totals 200:00 84 17/34 12/20 14/22 6 21 27 15 8 12 0 0 22 21 88
        50% 60% 63.6%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Benetton Basket
"Great game for us against a great team. This win has a special meaning because it’s been another Italian derby. Tonight we played in a great atmosphere and I want to thank the crowd. We knew rebounding would be the key of the game after the losses in Bologna and we succeeded to win the battle with the team spirit. We have been criticized for our team strategy but tonight we found the first harvest. In the second half, I cut the player rotation searching for stability. We were up and there wasn’t a reason to change."
REPESA, JASMIN
Climamio Bologna
"We can’t think of winning allowing 94 points. My team scored 84 points, shot 60 percent from the arc and usually win with these numbers. Tonight we didn’t because we played bad on the defensive end. Offensive rebounds were the key in our wins. Tonight we lost under the boards and they deserved the game. Their third quarter has been great but we allowed 32 points and committed just 3 fouls. It’s not the way to win in the Euroleague. Mancinelli 0 points? He’s young, he has to start the game well. This time he didn’t and struggled to resurface."

Players

SORAGNA, MATTEO
Benetton Basket
"We wanted to prove we can withstand physically and we talked a lot about it. Their few offensive rebounds show we can. We always had the right choices and thanks to our supporters. They spurred us and we won. My first thought goes to Ramunas Siskauskas, who lost his dad. I hope Siska will come back soon."
BELINELLI, MARCO
Climamio Bologna
"It’s been a different game compared to the first two. We felt it was playing in Treviso and not in our home. They started great, we didn’t and we couldn’t get back on track. We managed to stay close but it wasn’t enough. We made many mistakes in defense, especially in defensive rebounds. We just have to forget and focus on Sunday game against Milano. Nicholas? He’s a great player. When he steps on court in such a way, it’s almost impossibile to stop. I did my best, tried to limit him, but wasn’t enough too."
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