2018-19Regular SeasonRound 1
October 02, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Auguste, Hayes lead Galatasaray to victory

Galatasaray Istanbul opened the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season in style by downing Morabanc Andorra 84-73 at Sinan Erdem Dome on Tuesday. Galatasaray became the first team to get a win in Group A and did so by playing with high intensity and shooting with great effectiveness (60.4% 2FG). Nigel Hayes led the winners with 19 points, Zach Auguste added 18, Aaron Harrison had 15 and Jaka Klobucar 10 for Galatasaray. Dylan Ennis led Andorra with 20 points.

An unstoppable Auguste helped Galatasaray to an early 18-9 lead. Michele Vitali and Ennis rescued Andorra and a three-pointer by John Shurna gave the guests a 22-23 edge early in the second quarter. Klobucar had five points in a 10-0 run and joined forces with Auguste to make sure Galatasaray kept a 43-36 margin at halftime. Hayes and Auguste took over after the break and a jumper by Tai Webster made it a double-digit game, 55-44. Galatasaray kept finding open shots, getting a 66-54 margin after 30 minutes. Ennis tried to change things for Andorra early in the fourth quarter and a layup by Vitali gave the guests hope at 75-66. Hayes and Harrison stepped up in crunch time, making sure Galatasaray cruised to a well-deserved win.

PIVOTAL PERFORMER

Auguste was all over the place against Andorra, contributing in many ways: 18 points on 9-of-14 two-point shooting, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 5 blocks for a PIR of 29. He dominated from the very beginning of the game, throwing down a put-back dunk on the game's opening play, and never stopped.

GAME-CHANGING MOMENT

When Shurna gave Andorra its last lead, 22-23, Galatasaray improved its defense and went on a 10-0 run, led by Klobucar and Auguste. Galatasaray took the lead for good, 32-23, and Andorra never really recovered after that.

FIRST IMPRESSION

Nigel Hayes played his first-ever game in European club competitions and Galatasaray fans got to see him perform at a very high level - 19 points on 8 of 8 two-point shooting, good hustle - a steal, a block, 2 offensive rebounds - and a PIR of 24. Not a bad start!

STELLAR STAT

Galatasaray forced Andorra into up 20 turnovers in this game. Andorra only had more than 20 turnovers once in EuroCup history - 21 against Fiat Turin last season. That allowed Galatasaray to get 11 steals and get its transition game going. Galatasaray committed just 11, too.

NEXT GAME:

Galatasaray visits ratiopharm Ulm on Wednesday at 19:30 CET. Half an hour later, Andorra hosts Germani Brescia Leonessa, Vitali's former team.

Aaron Malik Harrison - Galatasaray Istanbul (photo Galatasaray) - EC18
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PUKL,SASA; PANTHER, ANNE; RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP
Attendance: 1915
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Galatasaray Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEBSTER, TAI 25:06 7 2/4 1/3         4   1     3 1 4
2 HARRISON, AARON 29:40 15 4/6 0/2 7/11 1 1 2 3 1 1     2 7 17
3 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 10:16 2 1/5 0/1   4 1 5 1   1 1 1 2    
7 HAYES, NIGEL 30:07 19 8/8 1/5   2 1 3 2 1   1   1 3 24
8 KORKMAZ, CAN 14:51 2 1/2 0/2   2 2 4 2   1     1 1 4
11 ARAR, EGE 1:07                   1     4   -5
12 ERDENIZ, CANER 2:39                         1   -1
15 CINKO, EROLCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 OLMAZ, AYBERK 9:53 3 0/1 1/1           1       3    
24 KLOBUCAR, JAKA 25:33 10 2/4 2/5     3 3 3 3 4       1 11
30 AUGUSTE, ZACH 28:37 18 9/14   0/2 3 5 8 3 2 1 5 1 3 5 29
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 22:11 8 2/4 1/2 1/2 2 1 3 1 3 1   1 4 1 6
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 84 29/48 6/21 8/15 14 18 32 19 11 11 7 3 24 19 93
        60.4% 28.6% 53.3%
Head coach: ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
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
MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LUZ, RAFA 23:14 4 2/2 0/1   3 1 4 4   6     2 2 5
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 18:52 8 4/5   0/1 1 5 6     1   1 3 2 9
16 ALBICY, ANDREW 17:30 5 1/2 1/2         1 1 3     1 2 3
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 16:52 9 1/3   7/8 2 5 7     1 1   2 5 16
22 SHURNA, JOHN 19:23 6 0/1 2/2   3 3 6     2   1 1   7
24 COLOM, GUILLEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 JELINEK, DAVID 20:22 7 3/4 0/4 1/1 2   2 1   2     5 1 -1
30 UPSHAW, REGGIE 12:02 2 1/5 0/1   1 2 3   1   1 1     1
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 26:26 20 6/11 0/1 8/8   2 2 2 2 2   2 3 5 18
32 WHITTINGTON , SHAYNE 12:51 5 2/4 0/1 1/2 2   2 1   1 1   2 2 4
33 VITALI, MICHELE 32:28 7 2/8 1/5   1 2 3 4 3 2   2   4 7
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 73 22/45 4/17 17/20 18 20 38 13 7 20 3 7 19 23 72
        48.9% 23.5% 85%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON

Head Coaches

ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
Galatasaray Istanbul
" We played with high energy and our fans supported us well. We are a young team, so we make some unbelievable mistakes too. Overall I’m satisfied with the team today."
NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"When we approached the game, we talked about matching their strength and intensity, but we didn't. If a team scores 57% of its two-point shots using just seven fouls, it is because you didn't understand the game plan. We tried in the third quarter, but Galatasaray had confidence and made 2-3 big shots, taking a big difference that made it difficult for us to get back. We tried until the end, but again, what we have to do is compete better from the first second in this kind of game in the EuroCup. We have to understand we have to put 100% of our energy on the court."

Players

AUGUSTE, ZACH
Galatasaray Istanbul
"I think we came out here and had a good win. We played together. Andorra is a great team, you have to give a lot of credit to them, but I think we played a great game overall. A lot of players stepped up, everybody came in and contributed, and I think it was a great team win."