Prokom Trefl stayed alive in the race to make it to the Euroleague Top 16 in Group B by downing visiting Armani Jeans Milano 73-60 in Sopot, Poland on Wednesday. Prokom improved to 3-7 and is one win away from Olympiacos, sixth at 4-6. Meanwhile, Milano dropped to 2-8 and has limited chances to advance to the next round. Istvan Nemeth led the winners with 16 points, Christian Dalmau had 14 on 7 of 8 two-pointers. Adam Wojcik added 13 points and Goran Jagodnik 11 for Prokom. Giacomo Galanda had 11 points for Milano, while five other players scored 8 points. Prokom led 34-22 midway through the second quarter but Milano rallied to get a 40-42 edge after the break. It didn't last long, as Dalmau and Jagodnik shined in a 12-2 run which gave Prokom the lead for good. Wojcik and Tomas Pacesas took over in the final period to seal the win.
Andersen got Prokom going with a turnaround jumper. Armani tried a 3-2 zone defense that Dalmau beat with a drivie for a 4-0 Prokom lead. Calabria fired in a three which Fajardo followed with an easy basket to bring Milano within 6-5. Nemeth fired up the crowd with his first triple, but Milano's Mario Gigena buried a three from the left wing to tie , 9-9. Nemeth and Blair exchanged baskets before Jeff Noordgard hit a corner three that gave Prokom a 14-11 edge. Milano made the most out Prokom being in the foul bonus as Gigena and Bulleri combined for 5 quick points for the visitors' first lead, 14-16. It didn't last, however. Jagodnik nailed a three-pointer to spark an 8-0 run in which Nemeth also scored from downtown for a 24-18 Prokom lead after 10 minutes.
The second quarter started just as the first ended, with a three-pointer by Nemeth tht made it 27-18. Tyrone Grant stepped up with a close basket but Prokom was now in charge. Jagodnik followed a layup with a three-point play to force a Milano timeout at 32-20. Galanda came to the rescue with a jumper and a basket-plus-foul which brought Milano within 34-25. Prokom did not panic and carried on powering the boards, but Milano was a different team now. Galanda stroke from downtown and followed Blair's layup with a free throw to bring the guests within 37-31 after 18 minutes. A fallaway jumper by Calabria and a free throw by Sven Schultze got Milano even closer, 38-35, at halftime.
Grant made a short jumper to keep the Milano comeback alive, but Dalmau matched it with a fast break basket. Grant kept pacing the guests with a close basket while Calabria fired in a big three to give Milano a 40-42 lead. Wojcik tied it with a layup and Noordgard hit a three for a 45-42 Prokom edge. Nemeth capped a 7-0 run with free throws, but Bulleri hit a jumper for a 47-44 score. Wojcik took over with a basket-plus-foul and Dalmau slashed for an easy layup to force a Milano timeout at 52-44. Galanda tried to wake Milano up with a close basket but once again Dalmau erased with a fast break layup. Wojcik and Claudio Coldebella exchanged free throws to fix the score at 56-48 after 30 minutes.
Wojcik scored in the low post to boost Prokom's lead back to double digits, 58-48. Blair came to the rescue with a put-back dunk but Wojcik answered from downtown to make it an 11-point game, 61-50. Fajardo scored inside and Gigena hit a three to give Milano some hope at 61-55. Tomas Pacesas made a three from the top of the key to keep Prokom fully in charge. Fajardo was the only one to score in the next 2 minutes, but his free throws only brought Milano within 64-57 with under 4 minutes to go. Jagodnik sealed the outcome with a bomb from downtown, 67-57. Milano kept trying, as Bulleri hit a corner triple but Pacesas joined the three-point festival to make all Prokom fans celebrate a key win which keeps their team alive in the Top 16 race!
Wednesday, January 11, 2006