2017-18Regular SeasonRound 10
December 27, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA

Johnson helps Darussafaka overcome Andorra in thriller

Group A winner Darussafaka Istanbul concluded its 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season by edging MoraBanc Andorra 68-69 for an exciting road win. It was a real thriller, which was close all the way, with no more than 6 points separating the teams during the second half. In the end it all came down to the final shot, but Jaka Blazic missed and Darussafaka held on to improve to 8-2, while Andorra exited the competition with a 3-7 record. JaJuan Johnson led the scoring with 19 points, all of which came in the second half, and Will Cummings added 16 for the winners. Blazic was outstanding for the home team, scoring 18 points and taking 5 steals. OIiver Stevic added 11 points and John Shurna 10 in defeat. A poor night of three-point shooting condemned Andorra, with the hosts making just 3-of-22 long-range attempts (13.6%).

A low-scoring and closely contested start featured 4 points for Furkan Aldemir, while opposing big man Przemek Karnowski limped off with an ankle injury. Blazic went coast to coast to make it 11-8, but back-to-back scores from Michael Eric ended the first quarter at 15-12. A three-point play from Blazic made it an 8-point lead early in the second, and a trio of free throws from the livewire Blazic extended the lead further as Darussafaka continued to struggle without injured offensive leader Scottie Wilbekin, but another Eric dunk sparked a 0-6 run to gradually tighten up the scoring before Aldemir left the floor with a facial injury. Another Darussafaka run levelled the scoring at 27-27, and a triple from Muhammed Baygul finished the first half at 31-32.

It stayed close early in the third quarter as Blazic’s triple was answered by a pair of close-range scores by Johnson, but Darussafaka then eased ahead as Johnson continued to pile on the points, making it 48-52 at the end of the third. There was nothing between the teams in a low-scoring start to the final quarter notable for a high-flying dunk from Howard Sant-Roos, before Moussa Diagne and Johnson both threw down alley-oops to set up a grandstand finish. Stevic’s lay-up for Andorra made it a 1-point game with 5 seconds left and Darussafaka turned it over to give Andorra another possession, but Blazic couldn’t convert his mid-range jumper and the visitors held on.

Jajuan Johnson - Darussafaka Istanbul - Albert Martin Imatge) - EC17
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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Referees: BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA), HORDOV, TOMISLAV (CRO), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT)
Attendance: 2462
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MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 FERNANDEZ, JAIME 19:09 2 1/5 0/2     2 2 4   1   1 3   -3
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 22:28 18 5/7 1/4 5/6 2 1 3 1 5 2     1 3 21
12 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 22:11 2 1/3 0/3   1 1 2 2       1 1 2 1
14 STEVIC, OLIVER 15:43 11 4/5   3/4 3 4 7   1 2   1 2 3 15
15 KARNOWSKI, PRZEMEK 1:03                         1   -1
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 24:13 8 3/5   2/2 1 2 3     3 1   3 3 7
22 SHURNA, JOHN 27:11 10 1/3 2/4 2/2 2 2 4       2 1 1 2 12
23 WALKER, DAVID 25:38 6 3/5 0/3     1 1 3             5
24 COLOM, GUILLEM 18:18 4 2/4       3 3 2   1     1 2 7
25 JELINEK, DAVID 21:34 7 3/7 0/6 1/1   3 3 4       1 2 1 2
26 BARTOLOME, HUGO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GACIC, SANDRO 2:32                         1   -1
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 68 23/44 3/22 13/15 12 21 33 16 6 11 3 5 16 16 68
        52.3% 13.6% 86.7%
Head coach: PENARROYA, JOAN
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
Darussafaka Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KIDD, STANTON 1:55                         1   -1
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 6:37           1 1 1   1       2 3
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED 11:05 3   1/1     1 1 1           1 6
9 KOSUT, EMIRCAN 10:00     0/1         2     1   2    
12 CUMMINGS, WILL 24:10 16 6/6 0/1 4/4   2 2 4 2 4   1 3 4 19
13 ULUBAY, OKBEN 25:14 7 1/4 1/5 2/2   2 2 2   2   1 1 1 1
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 11:05 2 1/3             1       2   -1
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 7:22 4 2/4     1 1 2       1 1     4
23 SANT-ROOS , HOWARD 22:00 7 2/5 0/1 3/4 2 4 6 2 2 3     1 3 11
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 33:02 19 8/15 1/2     8 8       2     4 25
31 BELL, JAMES 27:45 3 0/1 1/5     3 3 3   1     5   -2
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 19:45 8 4/6       5 5   1 2 1   2 1 10
Team           5 1 6     2         4
Totals 200:00 69 24/44 4/16 9/10 8 28 36 15 6 15 5 3 17 16 79
        54.5% 25% 90%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

PENARROYA, JOAN
MoraBanc Andorra
"It was a game where neither team had anything really in play, classification wise. It took both teams some time to get into rhythm. Our percentages were very bad today, but we were able to keep it close. At the end of the game we had a couple easy shots that we missed and we ended up losing by 1 point. The worst part of the game was the injury to Karnowski. This is basketball. Some coaches would sit here and list off the injuries they have had during the season. I don’t even know how many we have had, my medical staff does. Tomorrow we will see if they are able to play, but either way we will be ready to play [in the Spanish League] against Obradoiro."
BLATT, DAVID
Darussafaka Istanbul
"I appreciate the fact that both teams played hard and played with a desire to win even though the game had no significance in terms of the standings. In my opinion coach Peñarroya has done a great job with this team and I think they are worthy of a playoff spot. I want to wish them well in the rest of their season. Andorra and the team that they have and the program they have put together is worthy of playing in European competition, no doubt. It also a beautiful place, I was here 13 years ago with Dynamo St. Petersburg playing an exhibition game against Barcelona, and I remember we won, so now I love Andorra twice as much!"
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