Siva's overtime show lifts ALBA over Galatasaray
In a clash between two previously eliminated teams that went into overtime, ALBA Berlin edged Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul on the road 92-97 on Tuesday. ALBA's hero was Peyton Siva, who scored all 12 of his team's points in overtime, lifting the visitors to victory. Siva finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Marius Grigonis added 20 points in victory. Spencer Butterfield and Luke Sikma had 14 points apiece, Dennis Clifford collected 11 points plus 8 rebounds, and Joshiko Saibou scored 10 for ALBA, which finished third in Top 16 Group E with a 2-4 record. For the hosts, Richard Hendrix had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists, while Goksenin Koksal also scored 20 points. Dwight Hardy had 17 and Alex Renfroe 10 points in defeat. Galatasaray ended its Top 16 campaign with a 1-5 record.
Siva hit a triple and Clifford scored twice from close range in the early going, before a pair of baskets from Tim Schneider and a triple from Grigonis opened 10-18 lead for ALBA. Galatasaray had six different players score its first seven baskets. Back-to-back triples from Hardy and Jordan Taylor late in the first quarter cut the difference to 18-21 after 10 minutes. A triple from Adas Juskevicius early in the second gave the hosts their first lead, 23-21. Hendrix got it going then, helping to increase the lead to 29-24, but couple of triples from Butterfield kept ALBA close and a three-point play from Grigonis tied it at 34-34. Koksal answered with a triple, but ALBA scored 11 consecutive points behind Sikma and Saibou, taking a 39-45 lead into halftime.
Hardy and Koksal hit consecutive triples to make it 47-49 at the start of the third quarter. Sikma answered with a couple of close-range baskets, and after a big dunk by Clifford, a three-pointer from Grigonis opened a 51-60 margin. Galatasaray battled inside, with Hendrix and DaJuan Summers getting the difference down to 58-61. Before the end of the quarter, Koksal hit a corner three-pointer, but Sikma had a three-point play and Siva hit a last-second jumper for the visitors to lead 64-71. In the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter, Butterfield and Stefan Peno hit threes for ALBA that Juskevicius and Renfroe answered from the same distance for Galatasaray. Close-range baskets from Clifford and Saibou opened a 72-81 advantage midway through the quarter. After a timeout, however, Galatasaray scored 11 straight points, with Koksal's three-point play tying it at 81-81, and Hardy's runner putting Galatasaray in front. Saibou stopped the bleeding for ALBA and a short jumper from Grigonis with 24 seconds to go in regulation time sent the game to overtime tied 85-85.
In the extra session, the teams went blow for blow as Siva took the main role. He hit a triple, then kept the visitors ahead with a driving layup and made 4 of 4 free throws. Another driving layup from Siva made it 92-96 with 39 seconds on the clock. Siva then came with the key defensive rebound on the ensuing Galatasaray possession, sealing the deal.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018