2008-09Regular SeasonRound 1
November 25, 2008 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 BJK COLATURKA ARENA
Sandro Nicevic - Benetton TrevisoA game of swings between experienced clubs in Group C saw visiting Benetton Basket Tamoil rally from 16 points behind after halftime to down Besiktas JK Cola Turka 72-77 in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday. The good-as-gold comeback victory was led by a former Besiktas player, center Sandro Nicevic, whose 19 points paced Benetton. Besiktas had seemed in command while taking a 43-27 lead right after halftime to culminate a 23-4 advantage over the previous 7 minutes. However, the pendulum swung fully in Benetton's direction the rest of the way. Domen Lorbek and Radoslav Rancik followed for the winners with 14 points each, while Gary Neal was right behind them with 13. Besiktas relied on big men Cevher Ozer and Adem Oren, who had 23 and 16 points, respectively, but most of those came in the firrst half. In the second, when Benetton turned the tables, Besiktas could not find a go-to guy and saw the result slip away at home.

Bobby Dixon's three-pointer for Benetton opened the scoring but the lead changed to Besiktas after an Ozer layup followed by Mire Chatman free throws. Benetton stayed strong inside and with the help of offensive rebounds, Nicevic and Dixon paired up to give Benetton a 6-11 lead after 5 minutes. Ozer and Chatman kept Besiktas on the heels of the visitors, who nonetheless finished the first quarter ahead 12-15. Benetton pushed ahead again in the second quarter as Lorbek 's layup made it 17-23, the highest lead so far. Besiktas shooks itself away then, using defensive pressure and especially inside strength from Ozer and Oren to start turning the tide. First, the home team made an 8-0 run to gain the lead again, 25-23, on Muratcan Guler's jumper. After Rancik scored a layup for Benetton, the hosts were at it again, tacking on another huge run of 15-0 thanks to 3 triples from Oren. His third blast from the arc extend Besiktas's lead to 40-25, and only a layup by Neal broke Benetton's silence before halftime. By that point, Besiktas has outscored the visitors 23-4 in 7 minutes to take a 40-27 advantage to the locker room.

Haluk Yildirim - Besiktas Cola TurkaVeteran forward Haluk Yildirim's three-pointer to open the second half gave Besiktas a seemingly insurmountable lead at 43-27. But it also seemed to wake Benetton from its sleep. Soon, Matteo Soragna opened fire for the visitors with a triple while Roberto Rulo damaged the Besiktas defense inside with consecutive baskets that lowered the difference all the way to 47-40 to cap a 4-13 run. Benetton was not done, either. Lorbek landed a triple to get the visitors within 4 points, a gap that held at 52-48 at the end of the third period. Things continued to go bad for Besiktas as Benetton gained defensive confidence with every minute. After Chatman's dunk for Besiktas made it 59-52 early in the final quarter, Benetton was blasting off again, this time with a 0-8 run in which Lorbek, Rancik and Nicevic didn't stop until the visitors had claimed the lead again, 59-60 with 7 minutes left. A short while later, Rancik buried a big triple at 63-67 and heading into the last 2 minutes, Neal's jump shot boosted Benetton's advantage to 7 points, 64-71. Jimmy Baxter and Ozer tried hard in the remaining seconds to revive Besiktas, but Benetton was safe from the foul line and preserved a very valuable 72-77 road win.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Referees: PEREZ, EMILIO; LATISEVS, OLEGS; CIULIN, MARIUS
Attendance: 500
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Besiktas Cola Turka
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 YAGMUR, MEHMET 20:37 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   2 2 5 2 2     2 2 7
5 GULER, MURATCAN 21:16 2 1/3 0/2             1 1     1 -1
11 BAXTER, JIMMY 33:45 9 3/6 1/5   2 2 4   4 1   1 3 1 6
12 SOGANCIOGLU, ARIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 UNVER, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 YILDIRIM, HALUK 21:32 3 0/2 1/4     2 2 4 1 2   1 3 4 3
15 MIMS, DENNIS 13:11 7 3/4   1/2 3 4 7     2 2   4 2 10
19 TURGUT, AZMI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 OREN, ADEM 20:40 16 1/1 4/4 2/2   2 2     1 1   2 1 17
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 25:09 8 1/3 0/4 6/8 1 1 2 4 2 6     2 4 4
41 OZER, CEVHER 31:52 23 3/6 5/9 2/2 1 5 6 2     1   2 3 26
55 BUTLER, REGGIE 11:58 2 1/3       2 2   1 1 1 1 2    
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 72 13/29 11/29 13/16 7 21 28 15 10 16 6 3 20 18 73
        44.8% 37.9% 81.3%
Head coach: DEMIR, HAKAN
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
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MUHAMMED, ALI 20:23 7 2/3 1/6         3 3 3   1 2   1
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 27:33 3 0/1 1/2     2 2 1   1 1   1 1 4
8 LORBEK, DOMEN 23:46 14 2/3 2/4 4/4 1 4 5 2   1     2 2 17
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 35:08 19 8/12   3/3 2 5 7 5 3 2 2   2 7 35
11 RULLO, ROBERTO 19:37 5 2/5   1/2   3 3 3 1 2   1 2 3 6
13 RANCIK, RADOSLAV 22:44 14 4/7 2/4     4 4     1   3 3   6
14 NEAL, GARY 29:49 13 5/6 0/3 3/4 4 3 7   2 3     2 4 16
16 CAZZOLATO, NICOLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 MARKOVIC, STEVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 13:47 2 1/3 0/1   2 2 4 3 2 1   1 4 3 5
19 RENZI, ANDREA 7:13                 1 1          
Team                                
Totals 200:00 77 24/40 6/20 11/13 9 23 32 17 12 15 3 6 18 20 90
        60% 30% 84.6%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

DEMIR, HAKAN
Besiktas Cola Turka
"It was a game in which we played a great first half. But we struggled to score in the second half. It's because we couldn't control the game when we were leading by 16 points. If we could have a good center, than we would be able to move the ball in to balance the game. It could help us to keep the control in our hands. It would be what it is with Sandro Nicevic for Benetton Treviso. Now we have to work harder to save our chance for the next games in our group."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Basket
"We had a bad start to the game and failed in scoring with the open shots. At the same time, we were not good enough in defense. Besiktas Cola Turka caught a respectable percentage behind the three-point line especially in the second quarter. But we made great defense in the second half, especially in the third period. We didn't give them a chance to score easy shots. And it also helped us to find fastbreak chances. It's good to win a game in which you were down by 16 points."

Players

OZER, CEVHER
Besiktas Cola Turka
"Unfortunately, we lost a game which we had to win in our home court. We had a very good first half and a 13-point lead, which was over our expectations. We lost the game when we tried to defend this difference. Our opponent Benetton Treviso was too strong in defense in the second half which was the key factor to our loss."
NICEVIC, SANDRO
Benetton Basket
"First of all, it’s a little bit emotional for me to come back to Istanbul to play against my exteam Besiktas Cola Turka. We had a very bad second quarter in which we went down by 16 points. But we proved that we are strong enough to come back in the third and the last periods. We fought good in defense and did better in the paint both on score and rebounds. I think we deserved to win the game and it's always good to win by coming from 16 points behind."
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