2018-19Regular SeasonRound 8
November 21, 2018 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALALEONESSA

Brescia crushes Galatasaray to boost Top 16 hopes

Germani Brescia Leonessa boosted its Top 16 hopes by crushing Galatasaray Istanbul 88-65 at home to leave both teams with a 3-5 record. The hosts led from start to finish, securing the victory with a decisive third quarter which left Galatasaray with no hope. Bryon Allen led the scoring with 18 points, but a more influential all-round display came from Jordan Hamilton with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Awudu Abass also scored 14, and Gerald Beverly paired 13 points with 7 boards. Galatasaray was beaten in every statistical category, and was paced by 16 points and 9 rebounds from Nigel Hayes.

Brescia soon got its offense moving sweetly, scoring the first 4 points and then advancing into a 10-2 lead through a pair of triples from Allen. Beverly also shone with a flurry of baskets inside, including a highlight reel slam from Luca Vitali’s assist for a 16-9 edge. A pair of three-pointers from Erolcan Cinko pulled Galatasaray closer, but a big slam from Eric Mika saw the first quarter finish 26-18. Both offenses stalled early in the second, before 5 consecutive points from Can Korkmaz and a reverse layup by Zach Auguste made it 33-30. But Hamilton netted a pair of triples to protect his team’s lead, and it was 48-40 at the interval. A four-point play from Abass started the second half, and a pair of triples from Allen plus three more points from Abass and another long-range strike from Brian Sacchetti completed a 16-0 run to sentence the game at 64-40. Abass netted from deep again early in the fourth, Vitali did likewise to keep the lead in the 20s, and there was never the faintest sign of a comeback from Galatasaray.

Vitoli sets personal best

Brescia’s fast start to the game owed a lot to point guard Luca Vitoli. Although he didn’t score, the veteran Italian executed a smooth running of his team’s offense and delivered no less than 7 assists in the first quarter – setting a new personal high for his 39-game EuroCup and EuroLeague career before the first ten minutes had even elapsed. He ended up demolishing his previous best of 6 assists by registering 9 on the night.

Dry run derails Galatasaray

The outcome was settled at the start of the second half, when Galatasaray went seven minutes and 34 seconds without scoring as the home team enjoyed a 16-0 run. Even then, the visiting team could only add free throws and had to wait a while before finally scoring its first field goal of the second half. That added to a 2:38 barren run at the end of the second quarter, meaning Galatasaray went a total of 11 minutes and 20 seconds between field goals. You generally don’t recover from that.

Season high from long-range for Brescia

It was a profitable night from three-point range for Brescia, which converted 13 of its 33 attempts from downtown – its highest number of triples so far this season, beating the 11 converted in a victory over AS Monaco earlier this month. Bryon Allen led the way with 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, while Jordan Hamilton, Awudu Abass and Vitoli all struck multiple triples.

Next round

Brescia will seek to take another step towards the Top 16 with a key road trip to Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, and Galatasaray will seek a return to winning ways away to already-qualified AS Monaco.

Gerald Beverly - Germani Brescia Leonessa (photo Brescia) - EC18
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; FRITZ, CLEMENS ; JURAS, MARKO
Attendance: 2001
By Quarter1234
Germani Brescia Leonessa26221822
Galatasaray Istanbul1822520
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Germani Brescia Leonessa26486688
Galatasaray Istanbul18404565
Germani Brescia Leonessa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ALLEN, BRYON 30:54 20 3/5 4/7 2/3 1 3 4 1 1 3     2 2 17
1 HAMILTON, JORDAN 25:50 14 2/3 2/5 4/4 1 5 6 7   1     2 2 22
4 CERON, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 ABASS, AWUDU 28:08 14 1/2 3/6 3/5 1 5 6 1       1 2 3 15
7 VITALI, LUCA 29:42 6   2/7   1 6 7 8   2 1   3 1 13
8 LAQUINTANA, TOMMASO 9:12 4 2/2 0/2         1 1 3     5 3 -1
10 CAROLI, MATTEO 0:53   0/1 0/1             1     1   -4
12 MIKA, ERIC 12:47 4 1/3   2/4 1 3 4     1   1 4 2  
18 BEVERLY, GERALD 24:46 13 4/8   5/6 3 2 5   1 4 2   3 3 12
29 ZERINI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 MOSS, DAVID 21:11 8 2/2 1/3 1/1 1 3 4 2 4 1     1 2 16
41 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 16:37 5   1/1 2/3   3 3 1   1     4 3 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 88 15/26 13/32 19/26 9 30 39 21 7 17 3 2 27 21 96
        57.7% 40.6% 73.1%
Head coach: DIANA, ANDREA
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 18:25 8 2/5 1/4 1/2   4 4 2   3   1 1 3 5
2 HARRISON, AARON 20:35 2 0/5 0/2 2/2       2   2   1 4 3 -7
3 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 15:51 2 0/3 0/1 2/2       1 1     1   1  
4 GOKALP, EMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HAYES, NIGEL 34:36 16 3/8 2/6 4/4 4 5 9 2 2 2     3 2 17
8 KORKMAZ, CAN 19:17 6   1/2 3/4 1 1 2   1 1     1 6 11
11 ARAR, EGE 10:09 2 1/3     3 1 4 1         2 1 4
12 ERDENIZ, CANER 9:47 2 0/1 0/1 2/3   1 1 1   1     3 1 -2
15 CINKO, EROLCAN 6:22 6   2/5                   2   1
24 KLOBUCAR, JAKA 22:55   0/1 0/1 0/2       5 1 3     4 2 -3
30 AUGUSTE, ZACH 19:16 14 5/9   4/7 3 2 5     1 2   1 5 17
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 22:47 7 2/3 1/2 0/2   2 2 2 1       1 3 10
Team                                
Totals 200:00 65 13/38 7/24 18/28 11 16 27 16 6 13 2 3 22 27 53
        34.2% 29.2% 64.3%
Head coach: ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL

Head Coaches

DIANA, ANDREA
Germani Brescia Leonessa

“Very tough game, good game, great approach. We maintained the same approach through the second part of the game, especially in the third quarter when usually we don’t play well. Great defense in the third quarter was the key. We need to maintain this kind of approach.”

"I’m very happy about this game. We pressed full-court for many minutes with a great attitude from my guys. We shared the baskets and played together, and this kind of game must give us great confidence for the future.

ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
Galatasaray Istanbul
“Congratulations to Brescia. They played really good. But at the beginning of the game and the beginning of the second half we made really significant mistakes. It was an important game and the team has to take more responsibility. In the first five minutes of the third quarter I don’t understand how we played offensively or defensively. We shut down. We played very bad but we have to keep our heads up and figure it out.”

Players

MOSS, DAVID
Germani Brescia Leonessa
"Finally we played all together for 40 minutes in the right way. If we defend as a team, this is the result."
SACCHETTI, BRIAN
Germani Brescia Leonessa
"We needed to win with a gap of more than 9 points, and we did it. We are more trustful and from today we must give a change to our season. We don’t have to look back but forward because the qualification is still possible."
ABASS, AWUDU
Germani Brescia Leonessa
“I’m so happy for the team because we started the season really slow. We started 0-4 in EuroCup so this victory is very important. We showed everybody it’s not easy to win here in our house. I’m so proud of my teammates. We deserved the victory and this is only the beginning.”
KOKSAL, GOKSENIN
Galatasaray Istanbul
"We came out in the third quarter missing everything. That was our worst quarter of the season. We didn’t deserve to win so congrats to Brescia team for a strong showing."