Qualifying Round Round 2 - October 01, 2011 CET: 19:00 Local time: 20:00 - SIEMENS ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
1-0 Qualifying Round 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Referee
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Umpire
MANTYLA, PETRI, Finland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.0 Points 77.0
37.0 Rebounds 33.0
11.0 O. Rebounds 9.0
26.0 D. Rebounds 24.0
15.0 Assists 11.0
10.0 Steals 11.0
4.0 Blocks 2.0
14.0 Turnovers 11.0
44.7 % 2PT 50.0 %
36.4 % 3PT 41.7 %
84.6 % FT 78.3 %
87.0 Index 88.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
25.0 / Goss Points 21.0 / Gordon
8.0 / Jackson Rebounds 9.0 / Aldemir
2.0 / Jackson OR 3.0 / Aldemir
6.0 / Jackson DR 6.0 / Aldemir
5.0 / Goss Assists 7.0 / Acik
2.0 / Thompson Steals 4.0 / Gordon
1.0 / FOFANA, BANGALY Blocks 1.0 / Gordon
6.0 / Goss Turnovers 2.0 / Gordon
66.7 % / Tillie 2PT 66.7 % / Shipp
100.0 % / Tillie 3PT 100.0 % / Gordon
100.0 % / Armstrong FT 100.0 % / Aldemir
20.0 / Tillie Index 19.0 / Gordon

THE TAKE

Galatasaray
Asvel Basket
RECORDS
3-3 (third place, Group F)
Eurocup
Regular season 2010-11
3-3 (third place, Group B)
Eurocup

PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

Both teams face their second make-or-break games of the weekend. Galatasaray has the chance to reach the Euroleague for the first time since the early 1990s. Asvel, a long-time Euroleague participant, wants to give France a second team in the regular season for the first time in years.

INJURIES

Both teams are injury-free and ready to face each other at Siemens Arena.

THE TAKE

Asvel survived its first game against a familiar opponent largely on the basis of Phil Goss's long-range accuracy and the ability of 9 different players to get to foul line and shoot well there. Galatasaray rebounded well, protected the ball and, most importantly, forced 18 turnovers with very aggressive defense. How Asvel is prepared to withstand that defensive pressure, not to mention overcome Galatasaray's vast advantage in experience at this level, will be the keys to this game.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Fernando Rocha
Fernando Rocha
Portugal
Jakub Zamojski
Jakub Zamojski

Poland
Petri Mäntylä
Petri Mäntylä
Finland
Saturday, October 1, 2011
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Darius Songaila - Galatasaray (photo galatasaray.org)Galatasaray got closer to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season for the first time ever by downing Asvel Basket 83-93 in the second semifinal of the Qualifying Round in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday. Galatasaray will reach the 2011-12 Euroleague if it beats Lietuvos Rytas in the go-ahead game tomorrow. The club last had a similar chance to get to Europe's top competition in 1990-91, losing in a two-way series against defending champion Pop 84 Split in the final two-way qualifying round. Asvel will play the 2011-12 Eurocup, in which will be its fifth appearance in the competition in the last seven years. Jaka Lakovic paced the winners with 22 points on 6-of-8 triples. Darius Songaila added 18, Cehver Ozer had 12 while Luksa Andric and Josh Shipp each got 11 for Galatasaray, that hit 14-of-23 shots from downtown tonight. Leo Westermann led Asvel with 18 points. Dijon Thompson added 17, Phil Goss 13, Hilton Armstrong 11 and Edwin Jackson 10. Galatasaray led 51-52 at halftime and a dunk by Jamon Gordon made it a double-digit game, 69-79, early in the fourth quarter. Jackson, Thompson and Bangaly Fofana managed to bring Asvel within 80-84 but Lakovic struck from downtown to seal the outcome down the stretch.

Armstrong got Asvel going with a jump hook but Shipp answered from downtown for a 2-3 Galatasaray lead. Goss joined the three-point shootout and Jackson added a fast break layup to put Asvel back ahead, 7-3. Ender Arslan downed a three-pointer in transition and found Songaila for a backdoor basket but a layup-plus-foul by a red hot Jackson gave Asvel a 10-8 lead. Goss sank a five-meter shot but Songaila matched it with a long shot and scored down low for a 12-12 tie. Thompson hit a fallaway jumper but a three-point play by Luksa Andric and a triple by Lakovic quickly restored a 14-18 Galatasaray lead. Paul Lacombe scored in penetration but Lakovic struck again from downtown. Westermann made free throws and Lacombe scored ahain but back-to-back baskets by an unstoppable Songaila kept Galatasaray ahead, 20-25. Three-pointers by Westermann and Gordon fixed the score at 23-28 after 10 minutes.

Galatasaray tried a matchup zone defense early in the second quarter but Westermann and Goss punished it with back-to-back three-pointers that made Asvel regain the lead, 29-28. Preston Shumpert also hit one from beyond the arc but a driving layup by Lacombe tied it at 31-31. Ozer joined the three-point shootout and Fulkan Aldemir added free throws but Westermann followed a rainbow jumper with a layup-plus-foul to provide another lead change, 37-36. Ozer and Goss traded triples but Westermann - who else? - gave Asvel a 42-39 lead. Kim Tillie found his first points from foul line, as Asvel improved its perimeter defense. Gordon followed free throws with a jumper but Armstrong and Thompson made Asvel get a 47-43 edge. Songaila shined with another reverse layup and Lakovic bettered Westermann's foul shots with a bomb from downtown. Free throws by Lakovic and a reverse layup by Andric allowed Galatarasay to reach halftime with a 51-52 lead.

Songaila scored in transition immediately after the break, as Galatasaray held Asvel scoreless for more than 2 minutes. Jackson stepped up with a floater in penetration that Shipp matched with a backdoor layup for a 53-56 score. Armstrong took over with a tip-in but Lakovic sank his trademark jumper off a screen. Asvel kept struggling to score and Lakovic downed a wide open three-pointer for a 55-61 Galatasaray lead. Songaila scored around the basket, as Asvel tried to run its offense through Armstrong. A three-point play by Lacombe gave Asvel some fresh air at 59-63. Songaila sank a baseline shot but free throws by Armstrong and Jackson got Asvel even closer, 62-65. Andric scored down low but Galatasaray kept collecting loose ball fouls while being in the penalty. Goss hit free throws and a jumper by Thompson made it a two-point game, 66-68. A free throw by Aldemir fixed the score at 66-69 after 30 minutes.

Ozer buried his third triple early in the fourth quarter to boost his team's lead to 66-72. Galatasaray kept excelling in defense and controlled the game tempo with Arslan and Tutku Acik together on court. Andric scored down low but a three-point play by Thompson gave Asvel some hope at 69-74. Lakovic buried his fifth three-pointer, however, and a fast break dunk by Gordon soon gave Galatasaray its first double-digit lead, 69-79. Jackson scored in transition but Ozer answered from downtown for a 71-82 Galatasaray lead. Bangaly Fofana scored around the basket and Thompson struck from downtown for a 76-84 Asvel deficit. Another basket by Fofana forced Galatasaray to call timeout, 78-84, with 3:06 left. Thompson scored off a steal but Lakovic beat the shot clock buzzer with a wild three-pointer. Asvel kept trying but Galatasaray had cruised to an well-deserved win.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Javier Gancedo, Vilnius
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN)
Attendance: 450 (Tentative)
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Galatasaray28526993
Head coach: VINCENT, PIERRE
Asvel Basket
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 ARMSTRONG, HILTON 25:41 11 4/9   3/4 5 6 11 1   1 1   1 4 20
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 22:13 9 4/6 0/1 1/1 1 2 3 3         2 1 11
8 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 26:30 18 3/4 2/5 6/7   4 4 1 1 1   1 4 6 19
10 FOFANA, BANGALY 14:19 4 2/2     3   3     1 2   4 2 6
11 JACKSON, EDWIN 28:50 10 4/6 0/5 2/3       1   2   1 2 3 1
12 THOMPSON, DIJON 28:27 17 4/8 2/4 3/3   2 2 1 3 2 2     3 20
13 SKEEN, JAMIE 14:24     0/2     1 1   1            
14 TILLIE, KIM 12:40 1   0/1 1/2   2 2 1 1       5 2  
15 GOSS, PHILLIP 26:56 13 1/2 3/6 2/2   1 1 2 1 3     2 1 9
19 LEON, THEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DIACONO, LAMBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 83 22/37 7/24 18/22 10 19 29 10 7 10 5 2 20 22 88
59.5% 29.2% 81.8%
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
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Galatasaray
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 SHIPP, JOSHUA 23:42 11 1/1 1/3 6/6   8 8 1 1 2     3 3 17
5 LAKOVIC, JAKA 31:53 22 1/3 6/8 2/2       3 1     1 4 3 20
8 TOPALOGLU, CANER 7:36         1   1           1    
9 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 8:42 3 0/3 1/2   1   1 1   1          
11 ACIK, TUTKU 11:32   0/1           6   1       1 5
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 28:30 11 4/7   3/3 1 3 4 2 1 2 2 1 2 5 17
17 SANLI, SERTAC 2:39                         1   -1
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 8:51 3 0/1   3/4   2 2     2     2 2 1
22 GORDON, JAMON 19:35 9 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 2 3 3 3 1     3 2 13
25 SONGAILA, DARIUS 26:12 18 9/13     1 4 5   2 3   2 2 2 16
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 17:00 4   1/2 1/2 1   1 5   1     2 1 6
41 OZER, CEVHER 13:48 12 0/2 4/6   1 2 3         1 2 1 9
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 93 17/35 14/23 17/19 9 23 32 21 8 14 2 5 22 20 106
48.6% 60.9% 89.5%
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Head Coaches

VINCENT, PIERRE
Asvel Basket
"Obviously, I'm sad but at the same time I am really proud of my team. We did a good job. Now we know where we have to improve. We have to understand the game better, to adjust our defense where it needs to be adjusted, etc. Lakovic had his day tonight. We tried to stop him, we tried to force him to penetrate, but their big guys set good screens and he made his shots. But it's not only him; other Galatasaray players also shot really well. Danger was coming from everywhere."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Galatasaray
"I think that both we and Asvel were really weak on defense in the first half. On the other hand, both teams played really well offensively. Sometimes this happens. I suppose we started playing real basketball in the second half. We opened up a gap, we were leading. The aim was to win and we did it, that's most important. We have huge respect for Lietuvos Rytas. It's a big club with great Euroleague tradition."
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