2017-18Regular SeasonRound 1
October 10, 2017 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 RATIOPHARM ARENA

Lewis sparkles to lead Ulm to victory in opener

Trey Lewis and Toure Murry combined for 12 points during an 18-0 fourth quarter-run that saw ratiopharm Ulm come from behind for an 83-73 victory over Tofas Bursa in the 7DAYS EuroCup season opener at ratiopharm Arena on Tuesday. Ulm kept Tofas scoreless for more than six minutes to take the victory and start the Group D campaign at 1-0. Lewis finished with 26 points in his EuroCup debut, Da’Sean Butler scored 13, Ryan Thompson 11 and Isaac Fotu had 10 for the short-handed hosts. Ulm was without Per Guenther, who became a father earlier in the day, and injured big man Tim Ohlbrecht. Kenny Kadji set the tone early for Tofas with 12 first-quarter points and finished with 22. Former Ulm star Raymar Morgan netted 16 points, Yigit Arslan added 12 and Baris Ermis dished 10 assists in defeat.

Big men Luke Harangody and Fotu stood out early for the hosts as Ulm jumped out to an 11-6 start. Tofas rallied back with a 0-6 spurt capped by a Kadji slam to even the score at 14-14. Kadji stayed hot with a go-ahead three, a floater and another three, but Butler’s layup on the buzzer kept the hosts within 21-22 after 10 minutes. Both teams scored with ease at the start of the second quarter, which featured five lead changes in the first three minutes. Tofas looked to pull away at one point, but Ulm kept it close and trailed only 42-44 at the break. Thompson scored for Ulm to tie the game at 50-50, but Josh Owens stepped up to push Tofas ahead and the difference surged to 51-60 on a Sammy Mejia triple. And the visitors held a 55-62 advantage through three quarters. Lewis connected twice from downtown early in the fourth quarter and then added a free throw to bring Ulm within 2. And Murry’s fast break layup evened the game. Murry and Lewis each added layups in what became an 18-0 Ulm charge that made it 78-66. The Ulm defense kept Tofas scoreless for more than six minutes as the locals started to celebrate a season-opening win.

Joseph Lewis - ratiopharm Ulm (photo Ulm) - EC17
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB), RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP (CRO)
Attendance: 2501
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ratiopharm Ulm21211328
Tofas Bursa22221811
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ratiopharm Ulm21425583
Tofas Bursa22446273
ratiopharm Ulm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 21:17 11 5/7 0/1 1/4       2   1     4 3 5
7 FERNER, JOSCHKA 4:44       0/1                     -1
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 30:19 8 2/6 0/5 4/4 2 3 5 7 2 1   1 3 4 12
11 PAPE, TILL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LEWIS, TREY 30:24 26 5/8 4/9 4/7   2 2 4 1 3     3 4 20
17 BUTLER, DA SEAN 27:42 13 4/5 1/5 2/2 2 3 5   2       2 2 15
22 ROHWER, BJOERN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 MURRY, TOURE 23:40 6 2/4   2/2 1 5 6 5 2 2   1 4 2 12
33 PONGO, MARCELL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 HARANGODY, LUKE 26:30 9 3/5 1/2   2 4 6 1 2       1 3 17
42 FOTU, ISAAC 25:48 10 5/9   0/1 3 2 5   1 2   1 5 3 6
44 KRAEMER, DAVID 9:36   0/1                   1 1   -3
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 83 26/45 6/22 13/21 13 19 32 19 10 10 0 4 23 21 85
        57.8% 27.3% 61.9%
Head coach: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
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
Tofas Bursa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 MORGAN, RAYMAR 32:17 16 8/11 0/1   2 6 8 2   4     4 1 15
3 DURMAZ, BERKAN 0:01                              
6 ERMIS, BARIS 26:46 2 0/3 0/1 2/2   1 1 10   1     1 3 10
7 ARSLAN, YIGIT 18:15 12   4/7     4 4 1   2     3 2 11
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 31:15 9 3/7 1/3     1 1 2 1       2 1 6
15 HENRY, PIERRIA 23:28 2 1/2           6 1 2     3 2 5
21 KONUK, MERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 OWENS, JOSH 17:33 5 1/3   3/4 1 5 6 1 1   2   2 2 12
28 BAYRAM, KADIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 PAUNIC, IVAN 23:10 5 0/1 0/1 5/8   1 1     2     3 5 1
35 KADJI, KENNY 24:14 22 7/9 2/3 2/4 2 3 5     3 2   3 6 24
77 YASAR, MUHSIN 3:01           1 1 1   1       1 2
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 73 20/36 7/16 12/18 8 23 31 23 3 16 4 0 21 23 89
        55.6% 43.8% 66.7%
Head coach: ENE, ORHUN

Head Coaches

LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
ratiopharm Ulm
"I felt this time we kept our composure, we didn’t panic, we didn’t try too hard to win it on our own. But we kept sharing the ball, we kept making extra passes and we had the desire to go for second chances; we had a lot of offensive rebounds in the second half and I think that was the key on top of a very solid effort on defense."
ENE, ORHUN
Tofas Bursa
"First of all I want to thank the organization of Ulm for the great hospitality. We will show them the same thing. We had a great effort in the first half and also in the third quarter. But after that we played a terrible fourth quarter, defensively and offensively. Ulm played more aggressive; we gave up in some parts of the game. For our team it’s the first time playing European games and it’s not easy to play the Turkish league and the EuroCup at the same time. We have to work on our mistakes to get more experienced."

Players

LEWIS, TREY
ratiopharm Ulm
"Defensively we were just on the same page. We stuck to the game plan; we did what coach told us and defended as a unit. That led to easy baskets. We just executed our game plan. "
HENRY, PIERRIA
Tofas Bursa
"Ulm stood aggressive until the end. You have to tip your hat to Trey Lewis. He hit some big shots. Basketball is simple: You have to find your rhythm as a team and stay together. In the end, it comes down to who wants the win more."