2017-18Top 16Round 2
January 10, 2018 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Darussafaka downs Gran Canaria to top Group E

Darussafaka Istanbul continued its dominant start to the Top 16 by never trailing on Wednesday on the way to an 88-70 win over the visiting Herbalife Gran Canaria. Darussafaka took sole possession of first place in Group E with 2-0 record, while Gran Canaria dropped to 1-1. The hosts started to break the game open in the third quarter with Kartal Ozmizrak playing a key role in a 16-2 run as Darussafaka opened a 20-point margin and cruised to victory. 7DAYS EuroCup top scorer Scottie Wilbekin led the way with 20 points. JaJuan Johnson had 15, Stanton Kidd netted 14, and Howard Sant-Roos finished with 10 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in victory. D.J. Seeley had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Gran Canaria, while Ondrej Balvin and Pablo Aguilar had 10 points and 7 rebounds apiece.

Darussafaka started strong right as Kidd sparked a 10-0 run with a pair of triple before Wilbekin's driving layup made it 12-2. After a timeout, Marcus Eriksson hit a triple for Gran Canaria, but Johnson had a three-point play that extended the margin to 12 points. Aguilar had a layup and a triple to keep Gran Canaria in range, but Michael Eric scored 5 points to help Darussafaka hold a 24-11 advantage after 10 minutes. Darussafaka did not score a single basket for the first 5 minutes of the second quarter, however, and during that time Balvin and Oriol Pauli made runners and Eulis Baez scored a reverse layup for the visitors. Sant-Roos snapped the drought for Darussafaka, but Aguilar hit a triple and Seeley scored 6 points, including a baseline jumper, that gave the visitors a 28-30 lead. Kidd answered with a three on the other end and the teams traded baskets for the rest of the half, which Wilbekin ended by beating the buzzer with a long triple, making it 40-38 at halftime.

Wilbekin opened the second half with a three-pointer. Gran Canaria saw Pauli and Balvin score from close range, but a dunk from Furkan Aldemir and a runner from Will Cummings started a Darussafaka run during which Ozmizrak hit a triple then had a steal that led to an easy layup at 56-44. The hosts forced 3 consecutive turnovers as Wilbekin's free throws opened a 61-44 gap. Balvin and Seeley helped the visitors get within 64-51 after three quarters, but baskets from Johnson, Wilbekin and Kidd made it 72-52 early in the fourth. Balvin and Seeley again cut into the lead, but the visitors never came closer than 13 points the rest of the way as a pair of big dunks by Johnson helped Darussafaka maintain a big lead to the finish.

Scottie Wilbekin - Darussafaka Istanbul (photo Darussafaka) - EC17
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MANTYLA, PETRI; FRITZ, CLEMENS ; AMBROSOV, MYKOLA
Attendance: 2589
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Darussafaka Istanbul24162424
Herbalife Gran Canaria11271319
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Darussafaka Istanbul24406488
Herbalife Gran Canaria11385170
Darussafaka Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KIDD, STANTON 26:24 14 1/2 4/8 0/1 1 4 5 1 3       3 4 18
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 27:37 20 4/8 2/7 6/9       4         2 6 16
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 8:51 7 2/2 1/2     1 1 3 1 2         9
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED 3:20               1         1    
12 CUMMINGS, WILL 10:43 4 1/2   2/2   1 1 1 1       3 1 4
13 ULUBAY, OKBEN 16:41 5 1/1 0/3 3/4 2 1 3 1 1 1     2 2 5
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 0:07                         1   -1
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 10:24 4 2/5     2 3 5     1     1 1 5
23 SANT-ROOS , HOWARD 32:56 10 3/4   4/4 1 6 7 10 4 4     1 3 28
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 34:26 15 6/10 0/1 3/3 2 2 4 2 2   1   2 2 19
31 BELL, JAMES 19:56 4 2/3 0/1   1 1 2     1   1 3   -1
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 8:35 5 2/5   1/2 2 1 3   1     1 1 1 4
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 88 24/42 7/22 19/25 13 21 34 23 13 9 1 2 20 20 109
        57.1% 31.8% 76%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
Herbalife Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 14:12 7 1/2 1/2 2/2       4   3     2 1 5
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 18:01 6 0/3 2/4   1   1 1           2 5
9 MEKEL, GAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BRUSSINO, NICOLAS 15:17   0/1 0/1     2 2 1 1       3 1  
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 29:29 24 8/12 2/5 2/2 2 4 6 6   3     3 2 25
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 28:51 10 5/5     3 4 7 1   3 1   3 1 14
13 BAEZ, EULIS 17:01 3 1/4 0/2 1/2   2 2     1   1 2 2 -3
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 10:58 5 2/3   1/2 1 2 3 1 1 2     3 4 7
21 PAULI, ORIOL 23:53 5 2/4 0/2 1/2 1 1 2 3 1 3 1   3 3 4
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 19:19   0/1 0/1     1 1 1   1         -1
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 22:59 10 2/4 2/4   1 6 7 1 1 1     1 4 17
40 FISCHER, LUKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 70 21/39 7/21 7/10 10 22 32 19 4 18 2 1 20 20 73
        53.8% 33.3% 70%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Darussafaka Istanbul
"We knew that we had to bring our A-game tonight. And the way we started, it certainly looked like we did, but we had a very big defensive letdown in the second quarter, mostly because Gran Canaria is a good and strong, high-scoring team. At halftime we settled down, talked about a few things, made a few adjustments, technically and mentally. And we played a consistent pretty high-level defense in the third and fourth quarters, and that’s the reason why we won. Gran Canaria is a great team, and they will continue to speak loudly in this group in my opinion. We need to put this game behind us and focus on the Turkish League game and four games we have left in this group, starting with ALBA Berlin next week, one at a time. Kartal Ozmizrak gave us a huge lift. Him, Okben Ulubay and Furkan Aldemir were instrumental for us regaining our rhythm and increasing our lead in the third quarter. Those three guys were terrific."
CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"The game was very difficult. We had two injured guards; Gal [Mekel] from the beginning and Albert [Oliver] played with discomfort and could not finish because of a problems with his the hamstrings. We played against a very physical team, our attack made it very difficult for us. We competed in some parts of the game very well, but in the end the physical exhaustion and not having our guards kept us from reaching the final moments of the game in a competitive manner."

Players

SEELEY, DENNIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"DJ Seeley It was a very intense game from the beginning. We tried to do our job, but Darussafaka played really great on defense in some key moments of the game. We are looking forward to our next game in Istanbul."