2014-15Regular SeasonRound 1
October 15, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 BANVIT KARA ALI ACAR SPORT HALL
Banvit rallies past Hapoel, gets first win

In a great showdown that went down to the final seconds, Banvit Bandirma rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat Hapoel Jerusalem 80-76 in Group E on Wednesday. Sammy Mejia led the winners with 17 points. Vladimir Dragicevic added 16 while Vladimir Veremeenko and Keith Simmons each had had 13 for Banvit. Joseph Jones led Hapoel with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Bracey Wright added 14, Donta Smith had 13 while Derwin Kitchen got 11 for the 2004 ULEB Cup champions. Kitchen and Jones shined early, allowing Hapoel to get a 14-19 edge after 10 minutes. A jumper by Smith and a three-pointer by Yotam Halperin made it a double-digit game, 22-33. Can Maxim Mutaf and an outstanding Veremeenko allowed Banvit to get as close as 33-35 at halftime. A big basket by Berkay Candan completed the hosts' comeback, 41-40, soon after the break. Jones kept Hapoel in the game and the game went down to an exciting finish. Simmons hit a triple for a 73-72 Banvit lead, Wright hit a jumper but Mejia answered from downtown and free throws by Veremeenko and Simmons allowed the hosts to seal a valuable home win.

Smith and Jones stepped up early to give Hapoel a 4-6 lead. Kitchen shined with a three-point play and a layup by Smith boosted the guests' lead to 6-11. Banvit found its regular go-to guy, Mejia, who had 6 points in an 8-2 run which put Banvit back ahead, 14-13. Kitchen sank a jumper, Tony Gaffney added a layup and free throws by Wright gave Hapoel a 14-19 edge after 10 minutes. Wright capped an 0-8 Hapoel run with a jumper and traded baskets with Dragicevic for a 16-23 score. Dragicevic kept trying to change things for Banvit but Halperin and Kitchen kept Hapoel way ahead, 20-28. A jumper by Smith soon made it a a double-digit game, 20-30. Mejia nailed a jumper which Halperin bettered with a three-pointer. Simmons and Mutaf rescued Banvit and Veremeenko brought the hosts back to life, 33-35, at halftime. Jones scored down low right after the break but Dragicevic and Mutaf soon tied it at 37-37. Halperin silenced the crowd with a three-pointer but Veremeenko and Candan completed the hosts' comeback, 41-40. An unstoppable Veremeenko and Simmons soon allowed Banvit to get a 45-41 edge but Wright and Yaniv Green soon made Hapoel tie it at 48-48. Veremeenko and Mejia restored a 52-50 Banvit edge after 30 minutes. A dunk by Simmons and a three-pointer by Mutaf seemed to put Banvit in the right track, 60-54, with 7 minutes left. Jones, however, singlehandedly allowed Hapoel to tie it again, 62-62. Safak Edge and Mejia struck from downtown but Wright and Jones kept Hapoel in the game, 70-70, with 2 minutes left. Smith scored down low and Wright added a jumper but Simmons and Mejia made three-pointer for a 76-74 Banvit lead with 30 seconds left. Smith and Wright missed respective shots and free throws by Veremeenko allowed Banvit to seal the outcome.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO), MITROVSKI, IGOR (MKD)
Attendance: 2900 (Tentative)
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Banvit Bandirma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 5:59   0/1     1   1 1         2 1  
4 ROWLAND, EARL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GECIM, TOLGA 3:52     0/1         1   1     1   -2
6 CANDAN, BERKAY 18:32 4 2/2 0/5   1 2 3 2     1   4 1 2
7 EDGE, SAFAK 27:04 9   2/7 3/5       4 1 1     4 3 5
8 DAVIS, CHUCK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 35:32 17 3/6 2/5 5/6 3 4 7 4 1 3   1   7 25
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 20:38 13 4/10 1/2 2/4 3 2 5 1   1     2 3 10
13 SIMMONS, KEITH 31:26 13 3/4 1/4 4/4 2 4 6 1   3     2 5 16
18 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 30:35 16 7/12   2/2 3 5 8 4     3 1 5 1 21
23 MUTAF, MAXIM 20:47 8 1/4 2/6   1 3 4 4 1 2     5 4 7
41 OZER, CEVHER 5:35     0/1           1 1     3   -4
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 80 20/39 8/31 16/21 16 24 40 22 4 12 4 2 28 25 86
        51.3% 25.8% 76.2%
Head coach: LUKIC, ZORAN
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
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GAFFNEY, TONY 16:32 2 1/4 0/1   1 2 3 1 1 2   2 1   -2
5 MAAYAN, TOM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ARIEL, ADAM 0:51                              
7 KITCHEN, DERWIN 31:20 11 5/7 0/2 1/1 1 4 5 1 2 1     4 3 13
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 15:04 3 1/5   1/2       2 1 1   1 3 3 -1
9 JONES, JOSEPH 27:05 19 6/9 1/1 4/9 2 5 7 2 1   1   5 7 24
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 20:51 8 1/2 2/3     2 2 2   2     1 2 9
11 TIMOR, BAR 11:02 2 1/1             2       1 2 5
12 GUR-ARIE, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 WRIGHT, BRACEY 28:50 14 3/9 0/2 8/10 4 2 6 4   2   1 2 5 14
14 GREEN, YANIV 17:01 4 2/3           1         5 2 1
15 SMITH, DONTA 31:24 13 5/10 0/1 3/4 1 6 7 5   5 1   4 4 14
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 76 25/50 3/10 17/26 12 25 37 18 7 13 2 4 26 28 84
        50% 30% 65.4%
Head coach: FRANCO, DANNY

Head Coaches

LUKIC, ZORAN
Banvit Bandirma
"Congratulations to my players for the very important win. As you see, in the first half we missed a lot of open shots. Unfortunately we had pressure. In the second half we started to wake up slowly and we made the open shots and sometimes difficult shoots. It was not easy to play against a good team like Hapoel. They are a very good and experienced team. They know why they came here. And also I have to say that we didn’t win anything. This is just one win, we need to continue like this. Finally thanks to our fans, they were the sixth player for my team."
FRANCO, DANNY
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"First of all, congratulations to Banvit on the win and thanks to the Banvit organization for the hospitality. We had better games this season as a team, but today we did not play as we expected. We had a chance to win the game. But at the end of the game, small details decided the winner. Sixteen offensive rebounds for our opponent and too many turnovers crucial minutes in the game helped Banvit to win."

Players

CANDAN, BERKAY
Banvit Bandirma
"It was a very important game for us. We managed to win. We are so happy now and now we have to prepare ourselves for the game against Galatasaray in the Turkish League."
WRIGHT, BRACEY
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"It was a very difficult game for us to come on the road and play against a good team. We could not play exactly how we wanted. Also Banvit did not play so well, but they played well enough. Although we had the chance end of the game, we couldn’t do it because of the many turnovers. Hopefully we can bounce back and we will be better for next game."
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