2017-18Top 16Round 6
February 07, 2018 CET: 21:00
Local time: 20:00 GRAN CANARIA ARENA

Gran Canaria snaps Darussafaka's winning streak

Herbalife Gran Canaria finished the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 in style by downing Darussafaka Istanbul 78-70 at home in Group E on Wednesday. Darussafaka, which finished atop Group E with a 5-1 record, saw its six-game winning streak come to an end. Coach David Blatt’s side will face Buducnost VOLI Podgorica in the quarterfinals. Gran Canaria, second in Group E at 4-2, will go against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. D.J. Seeley led the winners with 23 points and Ondrej Balvin added 16. Okben Ulubay paced Darussafaka with 16 points, Stanton Kidd added 12 and Michael Eric 11. Eric shined early, but Balvin, Seeley and Anzejs Pasecniks helped Gran Canaria to a 22-20 edge after 10 minutes. Seeley, Albert Oliver and Pasecniks combined for 12 points in a 16-1 run highlighted by Gal Mekel's buzzer-beating layup for a 45-29 Gran Canaria lead at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Gran Canaria improved its lead to 62-44 after 30 minutes and then again to 70-50 midway through the fourth quarter. Darussafaka only rallied once the outcome was clear.

Eric got Darussafaka going with a layup, but Luke Fischer and Xavi Rabaseda each dunked in a 9-0 run, which Nicolas Brussino capped with a jumper for a 9-2 Gran Canaria lead. Eric dunked in a 0-6 run that Furkan Aldemir capped with a tip-in. Three-pointers by Kidd and Scottie Wilbekin tied the game at 14-14. Seeley downed a jumper and free throws by Pasecniks and Balvin put Gran Canaria back ahead at 22-20 after 10 minutes. Seeley followed a jumper with a layup early in the second quarter and then erased Howard Sant Ross's three-point play with a bomb from downtown for a 29-23 Gran Canaria advantage. Kidd and Muhammed Baygul brought Darussafaka a bit closer, 31-28, but Gran Canaria improved its defense and Pasecniks followed a layup with a jumper. Albert Oliver and Seeley hit free throws and a buzzer-beating coast-to-coast layup by Mekel boosted the hosts' lead to 45-29 at halftime.

Kidd had 7 quick points after the break, but didn't have help much help around. Meanwhile, Brussino and Fischer kept Gran Canaria way ahead, 52-36. Balvin followed a dunk with free throws to make it a 20-point game, 56-36. Ulubay and Will Cummings tried to change things for Darussafaka, but a layup by Seeley and a put-back slam by Balvin restored a 62-44 Gran Canaria lead after three quarters. Wilbekin hit a triple and Eric dunked, but Nikola Radicevic answered from downtown, Balvin downed a turnaround jumper and an alley-oop layup by Fischer sealed the outcome, 70-50, midway through the fourth quarter. Darussafaka kept trying, but Gran Canaria had cruised to a well-deserved and very convincing home win.

DJ Seeley - Herbalife Gran Canaria (photo Gran Canaria) - EC17
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), SILVA, SERGIO (POR), PAPAPETROU, PETROS (GRE)
Attendance: 2858
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Herbalife Gran Canaria22231716
Darussafaka Istanbul2091526
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Herbalife Gran Canaria22456278
Darussafaka Istanbul20294470
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 15:28 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   2 2 2         3 2 7
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MEKEL, GAL 16:34 2 1/4     1 3 4 2 1     1 2   3
10 BRUSSINO, NICOLAS 24:19 9 1/3 1/4 4/4   3 3 1 3 2     4 3 8
11 SEELEY, DENNIS 24:20 23 6/10 2/2 5/6 3   3 2 1 3   1 3 4 21
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ 23:56 16 5/7   6/6 2 5 7 1 2 2     4 5 23
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 25:31 8 3/9   2/2 1 5 6 1   2     3 3 7
15 BALCEROWSKI, ALEKSANDER 5:18   0/1       2 2   1 1 1       2
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER 26:06 2 1/1 0/4   1 4 5 3 3 4     4 2 3
31 RADICEVIC, NIKOLA 16:43 5 0/3 1/4 2/2   1 1 3 2       1 1 5
34 AGUILAR, PABLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 FISCHER, LUCAS 21:45 7 3/3   1/1 1 2 3     2     3 1 6
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 78 22/44 4/15 22/23 9 28 37 15 13 16 1 2 27 21 86
        50% 26.7% 95.7%
Head coach: CASIMIRO, LUIS
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
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 19:01 12 2/4 1/3 5/5 2 2 4 1   1     5 2 9
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 30:21 6 0/2 2/10 0/1   2 2 2 2 1     1 3 2
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 2:55                   3         -3
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED 5:18 2 1/1       1 1     1         2
9 KOSUT, EMIRCAN 5:47 1 0/2   1/2           1     1 1 -3
12 CUMMINGS, WILL 13:26 5 1/3 1/2   1 1 2 1 1 3     2 1 2
13 ULUBAY, OKBEN 23:52 16 1/2 3/5 5/6 2 3 5 1   1     1 3 19
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 26:21 6 2/3   2/2 2 3 5 1   1 1   3 3 11
23 SANT-ROOS , HOWARD 29:53 7 1/2 0/3 5/7 1 2 3 2 2 1   1 4 4 6
31 BELL, JAMES 20:48 4 0/3 0/3 4/4 1 2 3     1     3 3  
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 22:18 11 5/9   1/7 2 5 7   1 3 1   1 7 13
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 70 13/31 7/26 23/34 11 22 33 8 6 17 2 1 21 27 59
        41.9% 26.9% 67.6%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"The first thing we did well tonight was match their physicality and athleticism. We played with high intensity all game long. It was hard to use in the opening minutes, but we adjusted to their physical game and did very well. We played good defense, executed our game plan really well, being smart on defense. I believe that the team work we did to stop Wilbekin, their best scorer and one of the best players in the EuroCup until now, was critical for us to win the game; he only scored 6 points. We did well under the boards and that gave us the rhythm we needed. In the last four minutes, we were up by 20 and they used three-point shots to cut the deficit, but we have to be happy with the job the team did tonight."
BLATT, DAVID
Darussafaka Istanbul
"Congratulations to Gran Canaria, they played well. It is tough when you make this kind of trip and you play at this time, night for your team in terms of the time difference. Three hours is very significant when you have one day to prepare and we didn't handle it well. But of course, we had already finished the group in first place and perhaps that allowed us to be mentally less sharp that we needed to be to win in this tough gym. You can't miss 11 free throws and turn the ball over 17 times and expect to beat almost anybody, certainly not Gran Canaria. But now, we have to prepare for the EuroCup playoffs. We will get players back that are injured and not playing. I hope we can continue our very good season in this competition."