2019-20Top 16Round 1
January 08, 2020 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Darussafaka holds off Trento

Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul held on for a hard-fought 73-69 win over visiting Dolomiti Energia Trento on Wednesday to get its Top 16 campaign in Group E off to a winning start. Darussafaka used its defense to build a 36-23 second-quarter lead, but the visitors answered with a 10-0 run to bridge the second and third quarters. Trento never led in the second half, but Darussafaka never led by more than 6 points the rest of the way, either. Eventually, Gary Browne and Bonzie Colson made key plays for Darussafaka to secure victory. Browne finished with 18 points, Jarrod Jones had 13, Mahir Agva scored 11, and Colson had 10 with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 important fourth-quarter blocks for the winners. Alessandro Gentile paced the visitors with 17 points, Aaron Craft had 13 points and 7 assists, James Blackmon collected 13 points plus 7 rebounds and Rashard Kelly also scored 13 points in a losing effort.

Trento got off to a good start that included triples from Blackmon and Craft to open a 6-12 lead. Darussafaka was taking it inside early through Colson and Agva and cut the deficit to a single point, but Fabio Mian hit from long range for Trento to help the visitors lead 16-19 after the first quarter. Darussafaka opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run, which included a three-point play from Colson and a second-chance triple from Sinan Guler. The hosts held Trento to just a pair of free throws for more than 6 minutes and after Craft ended Trento's drought, Agva scored from close and long-range to help open a 36-23 advantage. However, Kelly hit a triple and Gentile made 3 free throws in the final second of the quarter to get Trento within 36-30 at halftime.

Blackmon and Jones traded triples, before Gentile and Craft cut into the deficit. A pair of close-range baskets from Justin Knox tied it at 45-45 with 3:25 left in the third. Berk Demir hit a triple and Doron Lamb had a runner and long jumper to give the hosts 54-49 going into the final quarter, but Andrea Mezzanotte hit a long jumper and Blackmon raced for a fastbreak dunk to get back within 54-53. Darussafaka was held scoreless for almost 5 minutes to open the quarter, but remained in front. Browne had an acrobatic layup and a three-point play to end its drought, but Trento answered with a pair of fastbreak baskets from Craft and Gentile to tie it at 59-59. But the visitors never went in front, as Browne answered with a triple. Jones and Kartal Ozmizrak kept Darussafaka in front before Colson banked a runner with 16 seconds left to make it 71-67 and Darussafaka held on.

Colson steps up

Bonzie Colson had both of his blocks in the final 2:05 of the game, including the one that forced a Trento turnover in the final 10 seconds. He also scored 6 of his 13 points in that span, including the final 3 points that sealed the outcome.

Playing in spurts

The visitors were held to just one field goal and 2 free throws in the opening 9 minutes of the second quarter and trailed 36-23, but then scored 7 points in the final 47 seconds of the half. Darussafaka did not score a single point in the first 4 and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, only to score 19 the rest of the way.

Rebounding revival

Trento had no offensive rebounds in the first half and then had 5 in the third quarter alone and 4 in the final 10 minutes, which kept Trento with chances to win down to the wire.

Next up

Next week in Round 2 of the Top 16, Darussafaka travels to face Segafredo Virtus Bologna, while Trento will be at home to welcome Partizan NIS Belgrade.

Gary Browne - Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (photo Darussafaka) - EC19
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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Referees: FOUFIS, IOANNIS; BAUMANIS, INGUS; HADZIC, DENIS
Attendance: 2973
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Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 15:37 2 0/1 0/6 2/2   2 2 1     1 1   2  
6 AGVA, MAHIR 26:58 11 3/4 1/1 2/3   5 5   1 1     2 2 14
8 BROWNE , GARY 26:47 18 6/11 1/1 3/5 1 2 3 2 1 4       6 19
11 DEMIR, BERK 24:31 9 1/3 2/4 1/3 1 5 6   2     1 1 2 11
14 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 10:23   0/1                     2   -3
15 SARICA, EFE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 14:10 1     1/2   2 2   1 2     4 2 -1
20 LAMB, DORON 16:50 4 2/4           1   1     3   -1
21 JONES, JARROD 26:15 13 2/3 1/4 6/8 3 2 5     5     1 6 12
22 SAV, TROY SELIM 1:22                              
32 GULER, SINAN 11:09 5 1/1 1/1     2 2 1         2 1 7
50 COLSON, BONZIE 25:58 10 4/9 0/1 2/3 1 4 5 3 1 2 2   2 4 14
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 73 19/37 6/18 17/26 9 27 36 8 6 15 3 2 17 25 78
        51.4% 33.3% 65.4%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK
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
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KELLY, RASHARD 29:04 13 3/5 1/2 4/4   3 3 3 2 3     4 2 13
1 BLACKMON, JAMES 25:58 13 2/6 2/3 3/3   7 7   1 1   1 3 4 15
4 CRAFT, AARON 32:49 13 5/9 1/3   2 1 3 7 2 2   1 3 2 15
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 27:52 17 6/13 0/1 5/5 2 3 5 1 1 2   1 2 5 16
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE 22:19 4 2/2 0/1     2 2 2   1     3   3
9 MIAN, FABIO 10:20 3 0/1 1/2     2 2     1     2    
10 FORRAY, TOTO 17:23   0/1 0/5   1 2 3 2   1     4 2 -4
13 KNOX, JUSTIN 13:33 4 2/3     1 2 3   1   2   3 1 7
14 MEZZANOTTE, ANDREA 15:51 2 1/1 0/3     2 2 1         1   1
24 KING, GEORGE 4:51     0/1     1 1     1         -1
25 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 69 21/41 5/21 12/12 9 25 34 16 7 13 2 3 25 16 67
        51.2% 23.8% 100%
Head coach: BRIENZA, NICOLA

Head Coaches

ERNAK, SELCUK
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"The most important decision was to stay with the defensive guys in the fourth quarter. Because, whenever we failed on offense, we let our defense get affected negatively by that. That was the reason to stay in the game with defensive guys. Next week we are on the road against Virtus, one of the title contenders. We are not going to do anything different, but whatever we do, we have to do it better, for sure."
BRIENZA, NICOLA
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"Congratulations to Darussafaka. They played a good game. We tried to follow our game plan and for a lot of minutes, I think we played good basketball. Of course, not in the second quarter, and that quarter decided the game. But we tried to fight, tried to play together, and we were in the game until the last second. In the end, some details made a difference and in this game we were not lucky or we made one mistake more than Darussafaka. We want to continue playing well in the games to come and do the best in the next one."

Players

BROWNE , GARY
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
"It is a statement for the [Top 16]. We are playing at home, every team plays good at home and they make sure they win those games so they can pass to the next round. So, we need to do that in order to go through to the next round. We are confident, we did the job, but of course, we are not satisfied. We got to keep going."