2008-09Regular SeasonRound 6
January 13, 2009 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 BJK COLATURKA ARENA
Jimmy Baxter - Besiktas Cola TurkaBesiktas Cola Turka rallied from 18 points behind to defeat visiting STB Le Havre of France 96-91 at home in Istanbul on Tuesday in what was their last Eurocup games this season, as both had been previously eliminated in Group C. Besiktas finished in third place with a 3-3 record while Le Havre finished 0-6 as one of two winless teams in the regular season. Jimmy Baxter exploded for 33 points to lead the winners, including 7 in a row late in the third quarter to put Besiktas ahead for good. Mire Chatman added 20 points for the winners, Haluk Yildirim 18, including 6 three-point shots, and Adem Oren a near triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Le Havre, which went hard trying to get a first win, got 25 points from T.J. Thompson, 23 from Marcus Slaughter, 19 from Bingo Merriex and 11 from Fabien Causeur.

Le Havre had a fine start in the game and offensively rose up minute by minute in the first quarter. After falling behind 8-4 on an early three-pointer by Baxter, the French side found a rhythm in the fast game and shot ahead 10-12 in a couple minutes ended with Merriex blasting his own shot from downtown. Le Havre rolled from there to a 27-30 first-quarter advantage and controlled the rest of the half, too. Even though Dennis Mims tied for Besiktas at 34-34 with a layup early in the second quarter, Thompson answered from long range to start another fire under visitors. Inded, that sparked a 2-15 run by Le Havre as its lead increased to 36-49 on a basket by Slaughter. He would be back with late layup to preserve Le Havre's 42-54 with halftime edge. When Thompson comes out from the break and downed consecutive three-pointers, Le Havre's lead had skyrocketed to 18 points, at 42-60. Then, however, a stronger defensive attitude by Besiktas started to match its offensive show until then and the combination resulted in a takeover move. Yildirim gave momentum to the hosts with a triple that Chatman soon copied. That duo quickly put the game in comeback made, as within 3 minutes, Chatman had Besiktas within 56-60. The hosts had caught fire now as Muratcan Guler, Baxter and Oren joined Yildirim and Chatman to make carry the rally to fruition. The hosts' six-minute, 18-point comeback was complete when Oren's layup supplied the go-ahead points, after which Baxter's 7 straight points made it 70-63. The total run had been 28-3 in 8 minutes for Besiktas, which entered the last quarter ahead by 70-67. The tide continued as Besiktas took advantage of Le Havre's defensive problems to lengthen the lead to 14 points, 83-69, after 33 minutes. Slaughter and Merriex points in the remaining minutes only helped to reduce the gap for French side as Besiktasended the regular season of Eurocup with a 96-91 victory.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS; ESTERON, OMER; JURAS, JASMINA
Attendance: 500
By Quarter1234
Besiktas Cola Turka27152826
STB Le Havre30241324
End of Quarter1234
Besiktas Cola Turka27427096
STB Le Havre30546791
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 14:40     0/1         4   2     1    
5 GULER, MURATCAN 26:59 2 1/3 0/2   3 2 5 5 2 3   1 3 2 5
10 KABA, YAGIZ 1:18                         1   -1
11 BAXTER, JIMMY 33:59 33 10/14 4/5 1/1   3 3 1 4 2   1 3 2 32
12 SOGANCIOGLU, ARIN 1:18                   1     1   -2
13 UNVER, OMER 4:31   0/1 0/1     1 1     1   1 1   -4
14 YILDIRIM, HALUK 28:30 18   6/9     3 3 1 2 1     2   18
15 MIMS, DENNIS 17:16 6 3/3     2 2 4   1 3     4 1 5
19 TURGUT, AZMI 1:18                              
21 OREN, ADEM 38:22 17 6/8 1/3 2/4 5 6 11 7   4     2 3 26
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 31:49 20 5/10 3/6 1/1 2 4 6 3 3 1   1 1 4 25
Team                                
Totals 200:00 96 25/39 14/27 4/6 12 21 33 21 12 18 0 4 19 12 104
        64.1% 51.9% 66.7%
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
STB Le Havre
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GAILLOU, XAVIER 3:34                 1           1
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 40:00 11 3/5 1/2 2/2 1 3 4 5 2 1     2 3 19
6 JOMBY, RUDY 22:28   0/2 0/3   1 2 3 2   3     1   -4
7 MERRIEX, BINGO 34:40 19 1/2 5/7 2/2 2 2 4 2 2 1     1 1 23
8 BOJIC, ALEKSANDAR 19:34 7 2/2   3/4   2 2 1   2 1   2 4 10
9 THOMPSON, TJ 34:30 25 1/4 7/13 2/2   2 2 4 2 3     2 2 21
10 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 25:46 23 8/18 0/1 7/10 7 2 9   2 3 3   2 8 26
11 PITARD, GEDEON 1:18         1   1               1
12 BERNAGE, JEAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 LAING, BRIAN 18:10 6 1/2 1/2 1/2         1 1     2 1 2
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 91 16/35 14/28 17/22 13 13 26 14 10 14 4 0 12 19 100
        45.7% 50% 77.3%
Head coach: SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL

Head Coaches

DEMIR, HAKAN
Besiktas Cola Turka
"It was a game in which both teams had ups and downs. It's not easy to motivate when you have nothing to chase for but I'm proud of my players that they did a great job especially in the second half, when we were down by 18 points. We proved that we are a good team getting better day by day. I'm also happy to see my team playing that way even without our young talent Cevher Ozer because of injury."
SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL
STB Le Havre
"It was a game without any target for both teams. We just wanted to focus on the way we play. There was good defense from our side in the first half as we were ahead by 12 points at the break. But we stopped playing good in the third quarter. We stopped defending as Besiktas took control of the game very easily. It was a special environment before the game which make it difficult situation for the players. It's difficult to play for everybody when you have nothing to chase."

Players

YILDIRIM, HALUK
Besiktas Cola Turka
"We just started the game without motivation and made many mistakes in defense especially. We let our opponent play the game they wanted to. Things changed in the third quarter when we were falling by 18 points. It was enough to motivate us, not to lose a game that way in front of our own fans. We challanged well in defense, had good percentage from three points and caught Le Havre in a sudden. We were hot and they were shocked as we controlled the rest of the game easily."
SLAUGHTER, MARCUS
STB Le Havre
"We knew that it was going to be a hard game. We all thought that we had won the game when we had an 18-point lead at the beginning of the second half. That was a big mistake. We lost control of the game and couldn't recover in the next minutes. Congratulations to Besiktas Cola Turka."
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