2008-09Last 16Round 3
February 10, 2009 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 ATATURK SPOR SALONU
Gary Neal - Benetton Basket (Photo: bckhimki.ru)Benetton Basket Treviso took a big step towards the Final Eight with a resounding 67-99 win over Turk Telekom in the Turkish capital on Tuesday. Benetton improved to 3-0 in the Last 16, while dropping Telekom to 1-2. The two sides meet again in their next Eurocup fixture in two weeks in Italy. The visitors led from start to finish, taking their first double-digit advantage midway through the opening period and never looking back. Gary Neal paced Benetton with 23 points and 3 steals, CJ Wallace recorded 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, Sandro Nicevic scored 15, Matteo Soragna 13 and Bobby Dixon had 11 points and 5 assists. Michael Wright paced Telekom with 15 points and Erwin Dudley added 10 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

It was an ideal start for the visitors as Neal quickly scored the game’s opening basket and Wallace added a triple. More than two-and-a-half minutes passed before Dudley scored on the offensive glass for Telekom’s first points. Kris Lang and Dudley cut the gap to 1 before Wallace’s second three-pointer was followed by Neal’s first to make it 6-13 midway through the opening period. Andrea Renzi came off the bench to stretch Benetton’s run to 0-8 before Kennedy Winston made a pair of free throws for the hosts. Soragna struck from downtown to up the Benetton advantage to 10 points. Points from Wright and Serkan Erdogan did not change much as Dashaun Wood made it 14-24 after 10 minutes. Dudley scored to try to ignite a Telekom comeback at the start of the second period, but Benetton responded with 9 unanswered points for a 16-33 lead. Baris Ozcan’s triple and a pair of Wright baskets inside only got Telekom within 12. Bobby Dixon and Soragna put Benetton back up by 17 before Rod Blakney’s steal and layup and a Dudley basket got the hosts within 31-44 at the half.

Benetton came out strong for the second half. Soragna started with a pair of free throws and Nicevic buried a mid-range jumper as the lead reached 17 again. Blakney fueled a 6-0 spurt with 4 points and an assist, but Wallace’s three-pointer and a Nicevic three-point play made it 37-54. Wood increased the lead to 19. Wright and Winston’s points for the hosts were matched by Nicevic and Neal, whose triple ended the third period at 51-68. Dixon fired in a three to make it a 20-point game at the start of the fourth quarter. Tutku Acik did the same for Telekom, but hope was beginning to run out for the hosts. The Benetton lead would reach 28 when Domen Lorbek drilled a three-pointer and Wallace made it 30 as the visitors celebrated the win before the final buzzer.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO; PEREZ, EMILIO; MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY
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Turk Telekom
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 20:59 8 3/3 0/3 2/2   1 1 2 1 2       1 8
5 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 29:48 8 1/2 2/6     1 1 2   1     2 2 5
6 ERMIS, BARIS 10:00 2 1/4 0/1   1   1 1         1   -1
7 WRIGHT, MICHAEL 30:00 15 6/12   3/6 2 4 6   1 4   1 4 6 10
9 YARANGÜME, BEKIR 9:48 3 0/3 1/1   1 2 3 1   1   1 1   1
10 OZCAN, BARIS 11:44 3 0/1 1/2     2 2 1         2 1 3
11 ACIK, TUTKU 19:01 5 1/2 1/5     3 3 4   2     2 1 4
14 WINSTON, KENNEDY 22:39 8 2/6   4/6   1 1     2     4 4 1
21 AKPINAR, MUTLU 3:25 3   1/1                   2   1
35 DUDLEY, ERWIN 25:04 10 5/8     3 9 12 1 1 3     1 2 19
42 LANG, KRIS 12:39 2 1/2       2 2           1   2
55 PARS, ASIM 4:53   0/1     1 1 2           2   -1
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 67 20/44 6/19 9/14 9 27 36 12 3 16 0 2 22 17 53
        45.5% 31.6% 64.3%
Head coach: SUNTER, ERCUMENT
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
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MUHAMMED, ALI 18:19 11 2/2 2/6 1/4 1 2 3 5   1       2 13
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 34:39 13 0/1 3/6 4/4   2 2 1 2 1 1   2 2 14
8 LORBEK, DOMEN 21:44 5 0/1 1/1 2/2   3 3           1 2 8
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 32:30 15 7/9   1/1   6 6 3 1   1   4 3 23
11 RULLO, ROBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 WOOD, DASHAUN 24:13 6 3/3 0/4     3 3 4 1       1 2 11
14 NEAL, GARY 32:25 23 8/11 2/8 1/3 2 4 6 2 3 1     1 2 23
15 WOJCIECHOWSKI, JAKUB 1:03                              
17 MARKOVIC, STEVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 30:00 22 4/8 3/5 5/5 4 6 10 2 3 2     4 7 32
19 RENZI, ANDREA 5:07 4 1/2   2/4   2 2           4 2 1
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 99 25/37 11/30 16/23 7 29 36 17 10 5 2 0 17 22 126
        67.6% 36.7% 69.6%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

SUNTER, ERCUMENT
Turk Telekom
"I was not able to identify my team on the court tonight. We did nothing in defense and also in offence. This is a real shock for us. Benetton Treviso did everything better than us in all the details in the game and they deserved the win with big difference. Now we have our chances weakened. We have to win all the rest of our three matches to qualify to the next stage. But the reality is that we have a very difficult task."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Benetton Basket
"We had an excellent start to the game and took the momentum in our hands and kept it until the end of the match. We never gave them easy baskets and that was the key for winning the game. I think we had a very important win. But to give a special meaning to this win, we have to add more victories in our group. Now we have to get ready for the next games."

Players

ACIK, TUTKU
Turk Telekom
"It was like a nightmare for us. We started the game very bad and it went the same way until the last second. We couldn’t balance the game in defense or in offence. They really played tough and did things better than us in offence. Now we have to work very hard to compensate for this loss."
NICEVIC, SANDRO
Benetton Basket
"We were expecting a very tough game in Ankara against Turk Telekom. I think they are a little bit shocked the way we started the game. We played great defense and also found the best options to score on offence too. We never let them recover their game the rest of the match. Honestly, we never expected to win the game with that big a difference. I hope we keep playing this way to take the top spot in the group."
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