Virtus holds off Darussafaka for first win in Top 16
Segafredo Virtus Bologna captured its first victory in the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 by winning a tough battle against Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 83-72 at home. Milos Teodosic tallied 19 points to lead Virtus, which improved its record to 1-1 in Group E. Julian Gamble added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks, Kyle Weems scored 11 points and Stefan Markovic chipped in 7 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Doron Lamb paced Darussafaka with 16 points while Bonzie Colson and Sinan Guler both scored 13 points in the loss, which dropped the Turkish team’s mark in the group to 1-1.
Virtus came out guns-a-blazing with a 13-2 start including big dunks from Gamble and Weems. Darussafaka needed almost 4 minutes before finally hitting its first basket by Dogus Ozdemiroglu after an 0-for-10 shooting start. Vince Hunter added two more dunks for the home side as the lead grew to 17-4. Lamb knocked down a three-pointer to start a 3-10 close to the first quarter, which included a Gary Browne triple just before the buzzer to make it 20-14 after a nightmare start. Filippo Baldi Rossi’s three-point play extended the margin to 25-16 before Kartal Ozmizrak hit a three for the visitors. Colson made it 27-23. The hosts punched back with a 12-4 surge as Weems scored 5 points for a 37-25 advantage. Six straight Darussafaka points cut the deficit to 6 only to see Teodosic drain a three in a 10-2 finish to the quarter and a 47-33 Virtus lead at the break.
Colson started the second half with a triple and he added 4 more points as Darussafaka cut the gap to single digits 52-43. Teodosic free throws re-established a 12-point lead, but Darussafaka closed the third quarter on a 1-6 spurt to trail just 58-52 after 30 minutes. Virtus responded with a three-pointer from Baldi Rossi to start the quarter and two Gamble scores made it 68-54. With Virtus up 68-56 and just under 6 minutes left in the game, Markovic and Browne were ejected from the game. Virtus extended the lead to 70-57, but Darussafaka would not go away with Lamb’s triple cutting it to 70-62 with 5 minutes to play. David Cournooh answered with a crucial three-point play followed by Teodosic free throws and a 75-62 margin. Teodosic added 2 more foul shots and a Gamble dunk finished off Darussafaka’s hopes at 79-66.
Teodosic near perfect from the line
Milos Teodosic, as usual, was nearly automatic from the free-throw line as he made 14 of 15 free throws among his 19 points. Both marks were personal highs in the 7DAYS EuroCup; he went 9-of-9 from the charity stripe for FMP Belgrade against Lietuvos Rytas in March 2007.
Beating Darussafaka at own game
Darussafaka came into the game as the top-ranked defense, giving up just 70.8 points per game. Virtus held the visitors to just 72 points, tying the team’s fewest points allowed this season - in Rounds 3 and 10 against MoraBanc Andorra and AS Monaco respectively.
Virtus made just 4 of 25 three-pointers (16.0 percent) but survived thanks to holding Darussafaka to 39.2% on two-pointers and 17.9% from long range.
Virtus will stay in Italy and travel to Dolomiti Energia Trento on Tuesday, January 21. Darussafaka heads back home and will welcome Partizan NIS Belgrade the same day.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020