2005-06Regular SeasonRound 10
January 11, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 RHENUS SPORT
Euroleague newcomer GHP Bamberg had another magic night with its second consecutive road win and the fourth straight overall, this time at Strasbourg by a narrow 68-71 scoreline. Derrick Phelps was again the hero in the end, hitting a three-pointer with 2 seconds remaining to seal the win. Bamberg improves to 6-4 and earned at least a share of second place in Group A. Strasbourg drops to 3-7 and needs to step on the gas to remain in the running for the Top 16. Tim Begley and Spencer Nelson led the way for the winners with 12 points each, while Phelps and Koko Archibong posted 11 points apiece and Chris Ensminger had 8 points and 10 rebounds. For Strasbourg, Ricardo Greer led the way with 15 points, Jeff Greer posted 14 and Stanley Jackson 13.

Archibong opened the scoring with a dunk, but Jeff Greer soon matched him and on the following play, Ricardo Greer launched Strasbourg to a 5-2 start with a three-point play. The guests struggled on offense inside as Ensminger had problems finding the basket, while on the other side Jeff Greer nailed a triple to make it 8-2. Nelson scored again after 3 minutes for Bamberg, but Strasbourg had found the pace it liked on offense, which meant fast baskets. However, Archibong used his athleticism to break the local defense when he dunked again to make it 10-8. Nelson tied the score at 12-12 when Bamberg beat the shot clock as both teams paid the price for the lightening pace. However, four points by Ricardo Greer sandwiched a K'Zell Wesson three to make it 18-12. Strasbourg. Ricardo Greer added another triple and Jackson stole the ball to build a double-digit lead (23-12), which became 26-16 by the end of the first quarter.

Tim Begley found the net from downtown for Bamberg and Phelps joined him, but Strasbourg maintained the lead at 30-21 on a Sacha Giffa basket. Phelps took responsibility on offense with another basket, but it seemed like all the baskets came easy for the hosts, as Jeff Greer hit a jumper for a 32-23 score. Ensminger committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Ondrej Starosta, which brought two more free throws for Strasbourg, but the team was unable to use the ensuing possession for points. The ball changed hands quickly with many turnovers on both sides until Phelps stepped up again with a triple, but Starosta scored again for the hosts to send the game to the halftiime with a 40-27 edge for Strasbourg.

Bamberg started the second half scoring the first three points and it took three minutes before Strasbourg got on the board as Starosta's free throw made it 41-30. Giffa and Demond Mallet traded triples and Jackson scored a three-point play to keep Strasbourg ahead with a 10-point lead (49-39). But Bamberg never surrendered and scored five straight points on Begley's three and an Archibong dunk. The temperature rose when Robert Garrett drilled a triple that trimmed the deficit even more, but Jeff Greer used the last seconds of the quarter to hit a late jumper for a 55-47 Strasbourg lead after 30 minutes.

A Nelson three capped a 6-0 run that made it 55-53 early in the fourth with plenty of time to go for Bamberg to complete the comeback. However Nelson committed an unsportsmanlike foul on the following play and the hosts got 4 points from the situation to create some breathing room. Begley drilled a triple, but Strasbourg maintained the momentum when Jackson blocked Mallet on a fast break in spectacular fashion. But Strasbourg blacked out on offense and Ensminger found his way to the basket to tie the game again after 34 minutes (59-59). He then scored to give Bamberg the first lead of the night. Three minutes went by before Ricardo Greer scored again for Strasbrourg from the line. Bamberg didn't use its opportunities to pull away and Ricardo Greer again scored for the hosts. Every basket was pure gold for each side now, and they were scarce. Garrett managed to hit a bucket for Bamberg and the ball returned to the visitors, who missed three attempts. Strasbourg didn't have it easy either, but at least Ricardo Greer found points from the free-throw line for a 64-63 lead. Nelson pulled a crucial offensive rebound to score for Bamberg, while John McCord missed his attempt on the other side. Begley added two more free throws for the visitors, but Ricardo Greer could only answer with one for a 65-67 with 24 seconds to go. Nelson hit one from the line too for a 65-68 advantage, but Jeff Greer stepped up with a triple that tied the game at 68-68. With 6 seconds to go, Bamberg looked for the shot and with 2 seconds to go, Phelps blasted a three that saved Bamberg and put the team well on its way for a historic Top 16 spot.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS; DOZAI, SRDAN; GKONTAS, SPIROS; RADONJIC, GORAN
Attendance: 0
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GHP Bamberg16112024
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Strasbourg26405568
GHP Bamberg16274771
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 30:00 3 0/3 1/1   5 4 9 4   6     2 1 6
5 MENDY, ELSON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 YAICI, BOUDJI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GREER, RICARDO 31:00 15 3/5 1/2 6/9 1 2 3 3 3 2     1 6 21
8 GREER, JEFF 35:30 14 4/6 2/8   1 4 5 1   2     1 1 10
9 JEANNEAU, AYMERIC 20:30     0/1     1 1 1   4     3 4 -2
12 McCORD, JOHN 19:00 2 0/5   2/2       1   2 1   2 1 -4
14 PALMER, CRAWFORD 13:45 4     4/4   6 6     2 1   2 3 10
23 JACKSON, STANLEY 20:15 13 6/9 0/1 1/1   4 4 2 2 2 1   3 1 14
31 GIFFA, SANYA 11:30 8 1/1 2/3           1   1   2   7
33 STAROSTA, ONDREJ 18:30 9 3/5   3/4   4 4     1 2   1 2 12
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 68 17/34 6/16 16/20 8 25 33 12 6 22 6 0 17 19 74
        50% 37.5% 80%
Head coach: GIRARD, ERIC
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
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 27:00 8 4/8     5 5 10 2 2 4     4 1 11
5 MALLET, DEMOND 31:00 7 1/2 1/5 2/4   1 1 5 3     2 3 3 7
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 6:30 2 0/1   2/4   1 1 1   2     1 2  
7 STAFFORD, RICHARD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 HELMANIS, UVIS 15:45     0/1   1   1   2       2 1 1
11 PAVIC, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GARRETT, ROBERT 24:45 8 1/4 2/5 0/1       1   1   1 2 1 -1
15 PHELPS, DERRICK 19:45 11 2/4 2/2 1/3   3 3 1   3   2 1 2 7
20 ARCHIBONG, KOKO 26:45 11 5/6 0/2 1/1   2 2   4 1     2 3 14
22 NAHAR, MIKEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 BEGLEY, TIM 21:15 12 0/2 3/6 3/4 2 3 5 2 1       1 2 15
33 NELSON, SPENCER 27:15 12 4/8 1/2 1/2 1 2 3 1 1 1   1 3 2 8
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 71 17/35 9/23 10/19 10 18 28 13 13 12 0 6 19 17 64
        48.6% 39.1% 52.6%
Head coach: BAUERMANN, DIRK
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Head Coaches

GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"A very big disappointment this evening to lose in that way. A match lasts a full forty minutes and it’s the third time that we have lost like this right at the end. Perhaps we took the lead too quickly in the first half and subconsciously the players felt the worst was over. In a high-level competition like the Euroleague 22 turnovers is far too many for a team and I think it is virtually impossible to win a game in such conditions, even though on this occasion we almost made it. Bamberg played with more experience and more application that we did in the second half. They have had a good first season. We will try to get back on track as soon as possible and on Saturday we play at Brest which could prove to be a trap but we will just need to be ready for that."
BAUERMANN, DIRK
GHP Bamberg
"They’re a great team but I was very disappointed and upset with our defense. I've got to give the guys a lot of credit as they really found their hearts in the second half. When we defend, we become a better offensive team, too. It’s a great win for us. Strasbourg is a very good team. Maybe we surprised them a little bit because of how we came back, but the one thing we don’t do is give up. We keep believing in ourselves and we play hard because of the circumstances and the guys showed a lot of pride and heart. It’s a big win for us, no question, but as a team, the players have to learn to play forty minutes and not just twenty."

Players

GREER, RICARDO
Strasbourg
"That was one of the toughest losses. We had so many games so close at the end in the Euroleague. We gave them the game tonight. Now we’ve got to concentrate on the next game in the French championship. I just want to congratulate Dirk Bauermann. We’ve got to continue to work hard and hopefully still have a good season."
GREER, JEFF
Strasbourg
"A tough game. We played well in the first half but they played better in the second half. with good defense. It was a close game and they got the big shot at the end so they deserved to win."
JACKSON, STANLEY
Strasbourg
"What can I say the point is winning We’ve got to turn and try to make it positive come back and get the same feeling they have. We played hard too but we just made too many mistakes."
NELSON, SPENCER
GHP Bamberg
"We played a lot harder, and were a little more physical. We weren’t afraid to give up fouls. I think we tried to make the game uglier, and we play better when the game is ugly. Neither team was getting good looks. I think it suited us better that way. We got into a dog fight and we were lucky enough to get in within striking distance. We made some shots at the end and Jeff Greer made a huge shot. We have our go-to-guys ready for the last twenty seconds, I can’t say enough about Derrick Phelps coming in and hitting the big shot."
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