2005-06Regular SeasonRound 3
November 17, 2005 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ARENA NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNGEN
GHP Bamberg registered its second consecutive Euroleague win in Group A by downing Strasbourg 73-60 at home in Bamberg, Germany on Thursday night. Bamberg, a newcomer to the competition, improved to 2-1 to share the second spot in the group with Tau Ceramica, AEK and Zalgiris. Meanwhile, Strasbourg fell to 0-3, equal with Union Olimpija. Spencer Nelson did it all for the winners with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists. Tim Begley added 16 points, Demond Mallet 11 and Koko Archibong 10 for Bamberg. Zelly Wesson almost registered a double-double for Strasbourg with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Ricardo Greer added 14 points and Alvin Young 11. It was a close game for 35 minutes, as Strasbourg erased a 33-27 halftime deficit to get a 47-49 lead on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Begley took over then, scoring the first 7 points in a 13-1 run in which Nelson and Derrick Phelps shot from downtown to make Bamberg cruise to an important win.

Bamberg's Koko Archibong started very motivated on offense, taking Ricardo Greer to the basket for a 4-3 hosts' lead. Both sides worked very hard defensively as the first 5 minutes were marked by turnovers, steals and blocked shots. After an Archibong steal, Mallet raced down and buried a pull-up three-pointer for a 7-3 lead. Ensminger picked up his second foul then and Aymeric Jeanneau sliced to the lane for a layup to even things at 7-7. Nelson countered with a three-pointer to make it 10-7 but Young's layup and foul shot gave Strasbourg the lead, 12-11. After a Bamberg timeout, Uvis Helmanis arrived to bury a three-pointer for the hosts, while Mallet landed a floater and Begley grabbed a steal and layup for a 7-0 run to make it 18-12. Strasbourg's shooting troubles continued as Garrett buried a three to make it 21-12 after 10 minutes

The German champions kept up their intensity in the second quarter. Mallet's free throw gave them a 10-point bulge, 26-16. But Strasbourg shook off the 15-4 surge and used a 0-9 run - on back-to-back three-pointers by Ricardo Greer - to close to within 26-25. Bamberg found its game again as Garrett hit a driving layup and Nelson hit a jumper to push the lead back up to 5 points, 30-25. Mallet then added a three-pointer for a halftime edge of 33-27.

Ricardo Greer stayed hot, opening the second half with a jumper, followed by Young's drive to the basket as Strasbourg trimmed the lead to 33-31. After three failed trips, Nelson hit a clutch three to give Bamberg breathing room. But Wesson woke up then to score 3 straight baskets to make it 38-37. Bamberg picked up its defense yet again, made 5 free throws and added Begley's floating jumper to push the lead back up to 45-37. Strasbourg now showed why it had taken both AEK Athens and Benetton to the buzzer, rallying with a 6-0 run to within 47-46 after 30 minutes.

Jeff Greer put the Strasbourg ahead again to start the final quarter, but Begley's three-pointer and breakaway layup gave Bamberg a 52-49 advantage back. A Bamberg defensive breakdown allowed Crawford Palmer to tie 53-53 on a wide open jumpshot as the teams found themselves in a slugfest. Begley rose up and hit another three-pointer to put Bamberg up again, then stopped in the lane for a jumper that made it 58-53 with 3 minutes left. He wasn't finished. Begley struck yet again with a fall-away jumper before Bamberg started raining three-pointers: Nelson, Begley, Phelps and Archibong took turns in hitting from outside to close out Bamberg's second consecutive victory.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
David Hein, Nurnberg
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS; CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK; CONDE, ANTONIO; SLEDZ, ULI
Attendance: 0
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GHP Bamberg21121426
Strasbourg12151914
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GHP Bamberg21334773
Strasbourg12274660
GHP Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ENSMINGER, CHRIS 9:45   0/3     1 1 2 2 1 2   1 5 2 -4
5 MALLET, DEMOND 31:15 11 1/5 2/5 3/4       2       2 3 2 2
7 STAFFORD, RICHARD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 HELMANIS, UVIS 17:00 5 1/2 1/3   1 2 3     1     1 1 4
11 PAVIC, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GARRETT, ROBERT 18:00 7 1/2 1/3 2/2 1 3 4 1 3       2 2 12
15 PHELPS, DERRICK 30:45 5 1/5 1/1   1 1 2 3 2     1 2   5
20 ARCHIBONG, KOKO 31:45 10 3/4 1/2 1/2   7 7 3 1 4 1 1 3 3 14
31 BEGLEY, TIM 28:15 16 5/6 2/5 0/2 1   1   1 1     1 2 12
33 NELSON, SPENCER 33:15 19 2/6 3/5 6/9 3 6 9 5 4 3   1 3 7 28
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 73 14/33 11/24 12/19 11 21 32 16 12 13 1 6 20 19 75
        42.4% 45.8% 63.2%
Head coach: BAUERMANN, DIRK
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
Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WESSON, K'ZELL 28:15 16 6/10 0/1 4/6 1 8 9 3 1 3 2   4 5 22
7 GREER, RICARDO 31:00 14 4/6 2/2   2 3 5   2 5 1   1 3 17
8 GREER, JEFF 20:00 5 1/1 1/3 0/2 2 2 4   1 2     1 2 5
9 JEANNEAU, AYMERIC 24:45 4 2/3 0/2         1 1 3 1   2 4 3
12 McCORD, JOHN 19:15 4 2/4     1 1 2     1 1 1 1   2
14 PALMER, CRAWFORD 17:30 6 3/6     1 3 4     2 1   5   1
20 YOUNG, ALVIN 30:15 11 3/8 0/2 5/7   3 3 2 2 1     2 6 12
23 JACKSON, STANLEY 17:15     0/1     1 1 1   1     1   -1
31 GIFFA, SANYA 8:45         1   1     1     1   -1
33 STAROSTA, ONDREJ 3:00   0/1                     1   -2
Team           1 2 3   2           5
Totals 200:00 60 21/39 3/11 9/15 9 23 32 7 9 19 6 1 19 20 63
        53.8% 27.3% 60%
Head coach: GIRARD, ERIC
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Head Coaches

BAUERMANN, DIRK
GHP Bamberg
"You have to give them credit. They did not allow us to have anything easy and kept switching defenses on us. They did everything they could to keep us from finding our rhythm. When you play combinated defenses like that what you need is an inside-out game to open things up. Ensminger was a non-factor with his foul trouble and Mike Nahar was out injured. So that was tough for us. But we again showed that we belong at this level. And Tim showed he's a winner. He's not afraid to take the big shot."
GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"We played our third game in the Euroleauge and we played our third good game. And that proves that we can play at this level. Now we need someone to hit the big shot like Bamberg did tonight. It's never easy to win on the road, but we had a chance."

Players

NELSON, SPENCER
GHP Bamberg
"It was a really tough game for us today. But Tim hit some amazing shots in the fourth quarter and they were big for us."
BEGLEY, TIM
GHP Bamberg
"I have no idea. I just had my looks and hit them. They kept coming back and we had to make some big shots. But all these guys in this league are so good."
GREER, RICARDO
Strasbourg
"We lost this game in the last four minutes. We made some mistakes on defense and they hit some big shots at the end. It was there for us to take. We tied it up but couldn't get those last points. And Begley stepped up big for them."
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