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Spanish League Quarterfinals, Game 3: May 24-25, 2007
The Spanish League has its first semifinalist and will have a new champion after Tau Ceramica dethroned injury-plagued Unicaja with an 88-63 home victory in Game 3 on Friday to sweep their best-of-five quarterfinal. Friday's series-clinching win came by 88-63, giving Tau an average victory margin of 24 points during the series. Serkan Erdogan hit 6 of 11 triples on his way to 18 points for Tau while Luis Scola added 18 for the winners. The three remaining quarterfinals in Spain will continue. Real Madrid took the upper hand against Pamesa Valencia with a solid 100-7 decision in their third game as Lou Bullock poured in 21 points. Madrid is up 2-1 in that series, as is Winterthur FC Barcelona after it topped visiting Akasvayu Girona 84-77 behind 22 points from J.C. Navarro. The other 2-1 leader is DKV Joventut, which missed a chance to sweep and clinch the semifinals at home when it was ambushed in a 63-74 decision by Dunas Gran Canaria, for whom Jim Moran provided 14 points. The fourth games in the three remaining quarterfinal series fall on Saturday and Sunday.
Tau picked up in Game 3 where it had left off against Unicaja, with Fred house and Igor Rakocevic splitting 4 early triples on the way to an 14-9 lead. After Scola and Tiago Splitter got in on the act, Tau had doubled Unicaja already at 22-11. Lou Roe joined the fun in the second quarter and helped boost the difference over 20 points, 45-23. It was 51-30 early in the third when Unicaja made its last charge with a 0-10 run. Soon, Carlos Jimenez's three-point play got the difference down to 57-46, but Unicaja could get no closer. Besides Erdogan and Scola, Tau had three more double-digit scorers: Rakocevic with 14 points, Roe and House with 13 each. Berni Rodriguez was the big gun for Unicaja with 18 points.
Madrid scored at will everywhere but the free throw line in Game 3, but needed a 31-point third quarter to leave Pamesa behind for good. The visitors had taken an early 6-12 advantage before Axel Hervelle scored 9 consecutive points to force a 22-22 tie late in the first quarter. Bullock heated with the second quarter's first 5 points, after which Madrid never again lost the lead, rolling ahead by 47-40 at the half. Pamesa hung within 56-51 early in the third quarter before a 14-2 blast by Madrid, featuring 2 triples by Kerem Tunceri and another by Raul Lopez, pretty much settled it. Pamesa never got closer than 8 points thereafter. Felipe Reyes followed Bullock with 16 points for Madrid, while Hervelle and Charles Smith added 15 each. Pamesa got 17 from Ruben Douglas.
Winterthur FC Barcelona made sure of its crucial home win in the final minute of Game 3 by the hand of its ace, Navarro. Earlier, the hosts had recouped a 12-17 first-quarter deficit to go up by as much as 39-26 as Gianluca Basile, Navarro and Michalis Kakiouzis combined on a string of 4 triples. Girona got back to within 44-38 at the break and used the third quarter to keep closing the gap until, early in the fourth, Arriel McDonald put the guests ahead 64-66. The scoreboard went back and fourth, with Girona using a triple by Fernando San Emeterio and 4 points in a row by Gregor Fucka to lead 73-75 with 3 minutes left. Navarro, Kakiouzis and Roger Grimau answered with the game's next 5 points, but it was still tight at 78-77 entering the final minute. Navarro drew a foul on McDonald while shooting from the arc and made all 3 free throws and followed on the next possession with a running one-hander, his famous "bomba", to seal the victory. Basile put up 15 points for Barcelona, while Kakiouzis and Grimau chipped in 11 each. Fucka had 19 points to lead Girona.
Behind some serious defense, Gran Canaria pulled off a rare first win in Game 3 on the road to stay alive against Joventut. The islanders stole the victory after having trailed 46-45 late in the third quarter. Sitapha Savane's three-point basket-plus-free throw put the scoreboard in Gran Canaria's favor and the visitors took over in the fourth quarter, when they outscored Joventut 14-22. Moran's 3 shots from the arc boosted Gran Canaria ahead by 51-63 with 6 minutes left and assured that Game 4 will be up for grabs on Sunday. Moran had 4 three-pointers among his points, while Savane and Jimmie Hunter added 12 each for the winners. Only Rudy Fernandez, with 11 points, scored in double figures for Joventut, which also lost the battle for rebounds by 40-30 on its own floor.
May 24-25, 2007