2018-19Regular SeasonRound 6
November 07, 2018 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA

MoraBanc outlasts Galatasaray after OT

MoraBanc Andorra survived a heart-breaking buzzer-beater at the end of regulation and pulled out a 95-87 overtime win over visiting Galatasaray Istanbul on Wednesday night. MoraBanc won its third home game and improved to 3-3, while Galatasaray dropped to 2-4, however it did win the tiebreaker against MoraBanc, which could come into play if the teams finish the regular season with identical records. Moussa Diagne finished as MoraBanc's top scorer with a career-high 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Andrew Albicy had 18 points and 4 steals in victory. Nigel Hayes led Galatasaray with 20 points and Aaron Harrison had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and 2 blocks in defeat.

Dylan Ennis got MoraBanc going early, and Albicy hit a transition triple to make it 12-5. While Harrison and Hayes hit from long range for the hosts, a long jumper from Michele Vitali and a three-pointer from David Jelinek opened a 23-12 lead. Marko Arapovic hit from downtown to cut the deficit to 26-19 after 10 minutes. At the start of the second quarter, Ege Arar scored inside and Harrison hit another triple to help cut the deficit to 33-32. But Vitali hit a three and John Shurna scored from close range to give Andorra a 46-37 halftime lead. Galatasaray opened the third quarter much better, with Hayes converting a three-point play before Tai Webster and Jaka Klobucar each knocked down a triple. Webster's runner-plus-foul tied it at 51-51 midway through the quarter. Ennis and Shayne Whittington made sure the hosts took a 59-58 lead into the fourth quarter. A triple from Hayes helped the visitors finally take their first lead early in the fourth, 61-62, but MoraBanc restored its lead with Albicy hitting from outside and Diagne inside. Shurna had a put-back and a tough jumper to make it 77-71 with 2 minutes to go, but Hayes answered with a triple from the corner to cut it to 77-74. The score remained unchanged and on Galatasaray's final trip down the floor, and Harrison stepped on the foul line with 1.7 seconds to go. He made the first and purposely missed the second free throw. Webster got to the rebound and banked in a tough shot at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime. Harrison opened the extra session with a triple, but then fouled out. Diagne helped Andorra get back in front before Jelinek nailed a triple to make it 89-82 with 2:05 to go, and there was no coming back for the visitors.

Memorable buzzer-beater

It looked as though Andorra had done enough to win the game in regulation, but with 1.7 seconds to go and the score 77-75, Aaron Harrison purposely missed his second free throw, which set up Tai Webster to get to the rebound and bank in a near-impossible shot at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime. It was the second overtime game of the season for Galatasaray and its second overtime road-loss.

Game-changing sequence

Galatasaray opened the extra session with a three-pointer by Aaron Harrison, but MoraBanc answered and held Galatasaray to a single field goal for the next three minutes. MoraBanc used a 14-2 run to take control. It was the largest run of the entire game for either team.

Movers and shakers

Apart from Diagne and Albicy, Andorra had three more scorers in double figures. David Jelinek netted 17 points, Dylan Ennis collected 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, and John Shurna scored 11. Galatasaray got massive efforts from Hayes and Harrison, while Webster finished with 18 points. Jaka Klobucar added 10 points in defeat.

Did you notice?

In addition to the game going into overtime, it also had a 25-minute break between the first and second quarters due to a problem at the scorers' desk. It all led to the game lasting 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Next game

In Round 7, both teams will play on Wednesday. Galatasaray will host ratiopharm Ulm in a must-win game, while MoraBanc will travel to Germani Brescia Leonessa.

Andrerw Albicy - MoraBanc Andorra (photo Marti Imatge - Andorra) - EC18
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; HORDOV, TOMISLAV ; REITER, MORITZ
Attendance: 4121
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MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LUZ, RAFA 21:33 2 1/2 0/3   2 5 7 3 2 2     2 1 7
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 7:02 2 1/1             1       1   2
16 ALBICY, ANDREW 31:47 18 1/3 3/8 7/7 1 1 2 3 4 4   1 2 5 18
19 HENTON, LADONTAE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 26:20 20 4/6   12/14 5 3 8   2 2   1 3 7 27
22 SHURNA, JOHN 31:08 11 4/4 1/4   2 3 5 2     2   1   16
24 COLOM, GUILLEM 3:34   0/1                   1 2   -4
25 JELINEK, DAVID 25:37 17 3/6 3/6 2/2   2 2     1   1 2 1 10
30 UPSHAW, REGGIE 9:25   0/1   0/2         1 1     1 2 -2
31 ENNIS, DYLAN 27:27 12 2/7 1/4 5/6 1 6 7 6 1 3 1 2 3 6 16
32 WHITTINGTON , SHAYNE 15:52 5   1/3 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 5 2 2
33 VITALI, MICHELE 25:15 8 1/3 2/4   1 3 4 4   4     3 2 7
Team           3   3               3
Totals 225:00 95 17/34 11/32 28/33 16 24 40 19 12 19 4 7 25 26 102
        50% 34.4% 84.8%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON
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 Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEBSTER, TAI 33:30 18 4/9 1/3 7/8 2   2   2 2   1 4 6 13
2 HARRISON, AARON 25:56 19 2/3 4/6 3/4 2 4 6 6 1 4 2   5 3 24
3 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 24:15 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 2   2   1 5 1 1 3 2 -4
4 GOKALP, EMIR 1:59                              
7 HAYES, NIGEL 30:14 20 4/9 3/5 3/3 1   1   2 1     1 2 16
8 KORKMAZ, CAN 13:04 2 0/1 0/3 2/2   1 1   1 1       2 1
11 ARAR, EGE 18:54 5 2/4   1/2 3 6 9 1   2 3   2 2 13
12 ERDENIZ, CANER 1:25                              
15 CINKO, EROLCAN 1:11                   1         -1
24 KLOBUCAR, JAKA 30:47 10 1/5 1/5 5/6 3 3 6 2 2 2 1 2 5 4 7
30 AUGUSTE, ZACH 15:34 4 1/5   2/4 3 1 4           3 4 3
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 28:11 6 3/8             3       3   1
Team           5 2 7               7
Totals 225:00 87 18/47 9/23 24/31 21 17 38 9 12 18 7 4 26 25 80
        38.3% 39.1% 77.4%
Head coach: ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL

Head Coaches

NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra
"I want to congratulate my team and players on the victory. Overtime was a test of our mental strength, and we passed this exam. It was not easy after the way we went into overtime. Maybe another team would give up, but we did not do it. We kept going on and fighting, and I think we deserved the win because of the mental strength we showed in the last five minutes."
ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
Galatasaray Istanbul
"I would like to thank Andorra for its hospitality. Congratulations to them, they are in really good shape, and I think we played pretty good except for the first five minutes and the last five minutes. We had a few chances to win the game, but unfortunately made very simple mistakes. I don’t remember how many unsportsmanlike fouls and our two main players, especially Aaron Harrison fouled out. but after losing at Andorra in overtime, I cannot be mad at my players. It was an important game for both teams, and I hope we will keep our chance alive in the next game at home against Ulm. I think we will need to win one more game on the road, either against Brescia or Monaco. Our goal is to make the Top 16, but this group is open, and we will try to do our best to qualify for the next stage."

Players

ALBICY, ANDREW
MoraBanc Andorra
"We put energy into this game. We tried to keep the same energy the entire game. They made tough shots and we went into overtime, but we kept playing. We want to go to the Top 16, so this is an important win. We did not win the tiebreaker, but it is a win and we will take it."
HAYES, NIGEL
Galatasaray Istanbul
"We almost had the game. We made a couple mistakes. Need to watch the film, try to get better and hopefully we come out and win our next game."