2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 21, 2015 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 SALA POLIVALENTA
Titus Nicoara - Steaua CSM Exibank Bucharest - EC15 (photo Steaua - Catalin Soare - sportaction.ro)

Steaua downs Trabzonspor, gets first-ever Eurocup win

Steaua CSM Eximbank Bucharest recorded its first-ever Eurocup win by edging Trabzonspor Medical Park 76-71 in the Romanian capital in Group D on Wednesday. Both teams are now tied in Group D, each with a 1-1 record. Titus Nicoara led the winners with 18 points. Denis Ikovlev added 15 on 5-of-6 three-point shots, Aleksandar Rasic had 14 while Marko Marinovic had 12 and 6 assists for Steaua. Tarence Kinsey led Trabzonspor with 21 points. Andrija Stipanovic added 13 while Dwight Hardy had 12 for the guests. Ikovlev hit three consecutive three-point shots while Mihail Paul and Marinovic added one each to give Steaua a 24-23 edge after 10 minutes. Sertac Sanli briefly gave Trabzonspor the lead, 26-27, as Ikovlev, Aleksandar Rasic and Marinovic allowed the hosts to extend their margin to 43-39 at halftime. An outstanding Nicoara allowed Steaua to get a 56-50 lead but Kinsey and Hardy made Trabzonspor tie it at 58-58 after 30 minutes. It all came down to the final seconds, as the guests got within 72-70, but Marinovic hit 4-of-4 free throw to secure his team's win.

Nicoara and Stipanovic traded baskets to get their teams going and a layup by Chris Cooper gave Steaua a 4-2 lead. Dwight Hardy sank a catch-and-shoot triple which Ikovlev matched at the other end. Ikovlev hit another three-pointer, and another one but Hardy and Stipanovic got Trabzonspor as close as 15-13. Paul and Marinovic joined the three-point shootout but an outstanding Kinsey allowed the guests to stay in the game, 23-21. Levente Szijarto split foul shots and a layup by Hakan Demirel fixed the score at 24-23 after 10 minutes. Rasic and Kinsey exchanged baskets early in the second quarter and Sanli put Tranzonspor back ahead, 26-27. Rasic nailed an eight-meter bomb but an unstoppable Kinsey tied the game again, 29-29. Rasic and Cooper fueled a 5-0 run which made Trabzonspor call timeout at 34-29. Darius Johnson-Odom followed a one-handed jumper in the lane with a triple but Paul kept Steaua in charge, 38-34. Hardy nailed a three-pointer, Marinovic answered with a five-meter jumper and another triple by Ivoklev boosted the hosts' lead to 43-37. A layup by Stipanovic kept Tranzonspor within 43-39 at halftime.

Rasic nailed a three-pointer immediately after the break and Cooper added a layup for a 48-41 Steaua lead. Stipanovic tried to change things with a three-point play and Kulig took over with consecutive bombs from downtown to get Tranzonspor as close as 52-50. Steaua found a go-to guy in Nicoara, who followed a big basket with a three-pointer for a 56-50 score. Kinsey answered with back-to-back shots from from downtown to tie the game at 56-56. A red hot Nicoara scored again and a one-handed jumper by Hardy tied it again, 58-58, after 30 minutes. Both teams struggled to score early in the fourth quarter until Bill Amis gave Steaua a 60-58 lead. Kinsey scored again but an outstanding Nicoara restored a 64-60 Steaua lead. Ibrahim Yildirim buried one from beyond the arc but Nicoara and Marinovic gave Steaua a 69-63 lead with less than 4 minutes left. Kulig hit a three-pointer and got help from Kinsey and Stipanovic to bring Trabzonspor as close as 72-70 with 23 seconds left. Marinovic drew a couple of fouls and hit all 4 free throws to lead a Steaua to a truly historical win!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Referees: PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS; PUTENKO, ILYA; CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY
Attendance: 2100 (Tentative)
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Steaua CSM EximBank Bucharest
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PAUL, MIHAIL 16:32 5 0/2 1/2 2/2       2 1       3 2 4
6 SZIJARTO, LEVENTE 9:29 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 2         2 1  
8 ROSU, ADRIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 AMIS, BILL 15:44 2 1/2     2 5 7 1   2         7
14 NICOARA, TITUS 28:17 18 9/13 0/1   1 3 4 4 1 1     4 2 19
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 27:48 14 2/3 2/4 4/4   2 2 6         4 4 19
20 COOPER, CHRIS 27:09 9 4/8   1/4 1 3 4 1 1 2     2 4 8
23 POPA, BOGDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 IKOVLEV, DENIS 33:07 15 0/1 5/6     4 4   1 1     2 3 18
41 MARINOVIC, MARKO 33:04 12 1/3 2/5 4/4 1 2 3 6 3 5     1 6 19
55 DRAGUSIN, IONUT 8:50           1 1 2     2   1   4
Team           3 3 6     2         4
Totals 200:00 76 17/34 10/19 12/16 9 24 33 24 7 13 2 0 19 22 102
        50% 52.6% 75%
Head coach: SAPERA, HRISTU
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
Trabzonspor Medical Park
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON-ODOM, DARIUS 24:05 5 1/2 1/1   1 4 5 6 1       5 4 15
5 SANLI, SERTAC 4:49 2 1/1           1   1     1   1
6 CANDAN, BERKAY 22:44   0/2 0/3   2 2 4 1 1         1 2
7 HARDY, DWIGHT 33:09 12 3/7 2/6   1   1 2   3     4 3 3
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 DEMIREL, HAKAN 15:40 2 1/2           3 1 3     1 2 3
21 KINSEY, TARENCE 23:55 21 6/6 2/7 3/4 1 5 6     1     3 3 20
22 YILDIRIM, IBRAHIM 12:17 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   2 2 1         4 1 5
25 GULASLAN, GANI ERDI 10:54   0/1 0/1     2 2                
35 TOZ, FIRAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
61 STIPANOVIC, ANDRIJA 28:22 13 6/10   1/3 3 2 5 3 1 1   1 2 3 15
77 KULIG, DAMIAN 24:05 9 0/2 3/5     1 1 1 2     1 2 2 8
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 71 19/34 9/26 6/9 11 19 30 18 6 10 0 2 22 19 75
        55.9% 34.6% 66.7%
Head coach: MARKOVIC, NENAD

Head Coaches

SAPERA, HRISTU
Steaua CSM EximBank Bucharest
"It is a big win for us, for Steaua and for Romanian basketball. We have to keep our feet on the ground; this is our first Eurocup season, we play in a tough group and we have to look to the next game. We have to play very well as a team, like we did today. In the end, it was a game with pressure, but we wanted the victory. Probably this is where the errors came from, but it is important that we won. "
MARKOVIC, NENAD
Trabzonspor Medical Park
"It was a tough game for us. Steaua has some good, experienced players, and for us it was not the best moment. They played very good against us, were impressive in defense, and the atmosphere in the hall was great. In the last seconds, the score was tight, but we kept making the same mistakes. It is very hard for us; we have nine new players in the team this season. We came here to win, but we ended up losing."