2017-18Top 16Round 5
January 31, 2018 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Darussafaka downs Galatasaray to clinch first place

Darussafaka Istanbul locked up first place in Group E of the Top 16 by downing cross-town rival Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 77-63 at home on Wednesday. Darussafaka improved to 5-0 in the standings and thus secured home-court advantage for the quarterfinals. It also remains in the hunt for the best Top 16 record overall, which would also give the club home-court advantage in any series it plays after that. Galatasaray, which was already eliminated before the game, dropped to 1-4. James Bell led the winners with 17 points, JaJuan Johnson added 16, Furkan Aldemir amassed 9 points and 14 rebounds and Scottie Wilbekin scored 9 points, delivered 9 assists and collected 4 steals for Darussafaka. DaJuan Summers led Galatasaray with 18 points, Adas Juskevicius added 16 and Richard Hendrix had 10 for the visitors. The game was tied, 33-33, at halftime and a jump hook by Hendrix gave Galatasaray a 33-39 lead soon after the break. However Johnson took over after that, leading a 15-3 run that gave Darussafaka the lead for good and Bell and Wilbekin took charge in the fourth to seal the victory.

Summers got Galatasaray going with a jumper, but Wilbekin struck from downtown and Michael Eric added a layup for a 5-2 Darussafaka edge. Hendrix and Alex Renfroe stepped up for Galatasaray and another jumper by Summers gave the guests a 9-12 edge. Bell hit a triple and free throws by Will Cummings and Aldemir set a 16-14 Darussafaka lead after 10 minutes. After Aldemir made foul shots, Bell and Juskevicius exchanged three-pointers and Hendrix scored again, which caused the hosts to call timeout at 21-19. Bell hit twice more from beyond the arc, but Juskevicius followed a layup with a triple and a red-hot Summers added a close basket, a bomb from downtown and a step-back jumper for a 29-31 Galatasaray lead. Aldemir took over with a put-back slam and Johnson erased Hendrix's layup with a driving basket to tie the game, 33-33, at halftime.

A jumper by Juskevicius sparked a 0-6 run, which Hendrix capped with a jump hook for a 33-39 Galatasaray lead. Darussafaka found a go-to guy in Johnson, who had 5 points in an 11-0 run that Cummings capped with a driving layup for a 44-39 advantage. Juskevicius kept pushing the visitors, but Johnson remained unstoppable in the paint and got help from Wilbekin and Howard Sant-Roos to boost Darussafaka's lead to 53-47 after 30 minutes. Stanton Kidd scored in penetration early in the fourth quarter and Cummings followed a layup with a jumper to give the hosts their first double-digit lead, 59-49. Darussafaka excelled on defense when it mattered most and a coast-to-coast layup off a steal by Wilbekin sealed the outcome at 67-53 midway through the fourth quarter. Galatasaray did not give up, but Darussafaka kept pushing until the final buzzer.

JaJuan Johnson - Darussafaka Istanbul (photo Darussafaka) - EC17
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), FOUFIS, IOANNIS (GRE), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU)
Attendance: 3702
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Darussafaka Istanbul16172024
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul14191416
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Darussafaka Istanbul16335377
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul14334763
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 10:54 4 2/3 0/1         1     2   1   4
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 31:53 9 2/6 1/5 2/3 1 4 5 9 4 3     1 5 19
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED 17:36 5 1/2 1/3   2 2 4 2   1     3 3 7
12 CUMMINGS, WILL 17:22 8 3/5 0/2 2/2   1 1     1   1 1 1 3
13 ULUBAY, OKBEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 27:34 9 1/3   7/8 5 9 14   1       2 5 24
23 SANT-ROOS , HOWARD 27:14 4 1/2 0/1 2/2 1 6 7 3 1 2   1 2 1 9
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 30:12 16 6/8 1/2 1/2   2 2 1 1 1 1   1 2 17
31 BELL, JAMES 27:23 17 2/5 3/8 4/4 1 1 2 1     1 1 3 3 12
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 9:52 5 2/4   1/2 1 3 4     2     2 2 4
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 77 20/38 6/22 19/23 11 30 41 17 7 12 4 3 16 22 99
        52.6% 27.3% 82.6%
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
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HARDY, DWIGHT 20:39 4 2/4 0/2     2 2 2   3     3 3 1
2 TAYLOR, JORDAN 20:28 2 1/5       1 1 2       1   3 3
3 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 26:32 16 4/6 2/5 2/2   3 3 2       1   1 16
4 YAGMUR, MEHMET 21:45 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   3 3 3   1     5 1  
5 WALKER, HENRY 14:13 3   1/2     1 1     2   1 4   -4
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 21:18 10 4/6   2/2   5 5 2   2     1 2 14
11 ARAR, EGE 15:49 2 1/2     1 2 3     1 2   5    
12 RENFROE, ALEX 17:14 3 0/2 1/3     1 1 2 1 2 1   1 1 2
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 24:43 18 6/9 2/5   1 2 3 2 1     1 1 2 18
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 17:19 3   0/3 3/4   1 1 1 1 3     2 2 -1
63 AYDIN, SERKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 63 18/35 6/22 9/10 2 23 25 16 3 14 3 4 22 15 51
        51.4% 27.3% 90%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Darussafaka Istanbul
"Galatasaray Odeabank played a good game. I have known Oktay Mahmuti for many years. We had a very good second half and it was enough for us. We are a team, so one or two players in every game can come forward and put the team on their back. Today we got a good contribution from our captain Furkan Aldemir and James Bell. I am very happy that we won this group."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul
"I hope Darussafaka will be successful in the EuroCup. After yesterday's Gran Canaria game, we did not have a chance to get out of the group even mathematically, and this affected our game."