2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 17, 2015 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Team Stats

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70.9 Points 75.6
36.0 Rebounds 35.2
11.2 O. Rebounds 12.0
24.8 D. Rebounds 23.2
16.4 Assists 17.7
6.9 Steals 4.2
2.9 Blocks 3.4
14.6 Turnovers 13.4
47.7 % 2PT 44.8 %
33.2 % 3PT 40.7 %
70.9 % FT 74.5 %
78.4 Index 75.4

Player Stats

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10.2 / Bjelica Points 14.2 / Rochestie
5.2 / Erden Rebounds 7.8 / Mbakwe
2.0 / Erden OR 3.6 / Mbakwe
3.7 / Preldzic DR 4.3 / Smith
4.4 / Preldzic Assists 5.6 / Rochestie
1.7 / Gordon Steals 0.9 / Farmar
1.2 / Slaughter Blocks 1.3 / Mbakwe
2.0 / Gordon Turnovers 2.1 / Rochestie
61.9 % / Slaughter 2PT 59.5 % / Randle
50.0 % / Harangody 3PT 75.0 % / Ofoegbu
100.0 % / Gordon FT 100.0 % / Rochestie
11.8 / Bjelica Index 14.4 / Rochestie


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-5 Regular Season 3-6
4-5 Overall 3-6


Crew Chief

The Take

This will be a season-defining game for Euroleague newcomer Darussafaka and one of the competition’s classic teams, Maccabi. Only one will seal fourth place in Group D and with it a ticket to the Top 16.The other’s Euroleague season will end. Maccabi must win by at least 11 points to advance. Any other result is enough for Darussafaka to go through thanks to its 73-84 victory in Tel Aviv last month. Manu Markoishvili led the charge with 22 points and Semih Erden did not miss a shot for 18 for the winners. Maccabi has since undergone a coaching change and won its last two games. Point guard Taylor Rochestie and swingmen Sylven Landesberg and Devin Smith have been the keys to Maccabi’s resurgence, but Darussafaka has weapons to hound them on the perimeter in Jamon Gordon, Reggie Redding and Scottie Wilbekin. Where the hosts have the big advantage is in the paint with Erden, Milko Bjelica and Marcus Slaughter playing alongside stretch power forwards Luke Harangody and Emir Preldzic. Maccabi will need Brian Randle, Trevor Mbakwe and Arinze Onuaku to avoid foul trouble and bang with the Darussafaka bigs. Maccabi has struggled on the road this season with three losses by more than 10 points, but it does have four former Euroleague champs that bring the necessary mentality to survive this do-or-die contest.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Game Notes

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul

Jamon Gordon has picked up at least 1 steal in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Gordon is 4 steals shy of becoming the 12th player in competition history with 200 career steals.

Marcus Slaughter has blocked at least 1 shot in six straight Euroleague games.

Slaughter was a teammate of Maccabi captain Guy Pnini for part of the 2007-08 season with Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem.

Slaughter needs 11 more points to reach 500 for his Euroleague career.

Oguz Savas has made 11 free throws in a row in Euroleague games.

Reggie Redding has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Milko Bjelica’s first – and to date only – career double double came in Tel Aviv. He posted 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Laboral Kutxa beat Maccabi 65-70 in November 2013.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Maccabi FOX leads the league in fouls committed with 213 (23.7 per game) through Round 9.

Trevor Mbakwe leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounding though Round 9 with an average of 3.6 boards per game.

Zan Tabak coached Darussafaka big man Milko Bjelica during the 2012-13 season at Caja Laboral Vitoria.

Taylor Rochestie was the 2015 Ford Trophy winner after leading the Euroleague in scoring with 18.9 points per game.

Rochestie has made 22 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Rochestie has scored in double figures and made multiple three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.

Rochestie was a teammate of Darussafaka forward Milko Bjelica at Laboral Kutxa during the first half of the 2012-13 season.

Jordan Farmar played for Darussafaka during the second half of last season. He played under Coach Oktay Mahmuti and was a teammate there of current Darussafaka players Jamon Gordon, Erwin Dudley and Mehmet Yagmur.

Devin Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games. He’s made multiple threes in eight of those games.

Smith has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague games.

Smith was a teammate of Darussafaka players Semih Erden and Oguz Savas during the 2008-09 season at Fenerbahce.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"We'll play our final regular season game in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in our arena in front of our own fans. Thanks to that, we want to get to the Top 16. Our opponents are very experienced at that level. By the way, we won't get distracted by the points-gap advantage. We'll get on the court and give everything we have to win this game."
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"If you only look at the importance of the game and not at basketball, you're in trouble. I'm trying to get the players to focus on basketball, and not on the importance of the game or what might happen after the game. The first thought is most of all to win, because you can't think about winning by 11 points. First we have to think about how we can win the game, and only after that about the point difference. We have a few injured players, Sylven Landesberg, Yogev Ohayon, and Jordan Farmar, and we are not sure if they will play. It's very difficult to know how the game will develop, because Maccabi will be playing with a different style from the last game we played against them. The Turkish team has a deep roster, a few players for each position. It's a complete team. We have confidence because we won our last game. For a game like this you don't need special preparations, because everyone understands the importance of this game."


Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"This is a really big game for us. I'm sure that there will be a great atmosphere in the arena tomorrow. Our goal will be get on the court, stay focused and follow the tactics our coach will give us. We don't want to think about any points-gap advantage. I want to come out and win this game. A win would boost our confidence for the next round as well. Reaching the Top 16 would be a great achievement for the club. It would be a good step, too, in establishing Darussafaka as a strong club within the Turkish Airlines Euroleague."
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I've been looking for my place on the team, how I can help wherever possible, whether by scoring or in other ways. As for the point difference, we just need to go out there and win, to play the best we can, and see what happens. We're coming to this game after two big wins in a row, and we feel we're starting to come together."

Darussafaka celebrates Top 16 berth despite losing to Maccabi

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul was the real winner on Thursday even though it lost a close game. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv defeated the Euroleague newcomer 66-70, but it wasn’t by the necessary margin; Maccabi needed to win by at least 11 to advance. As a result, both teams finished with 4-6 records, but Darussafaka placed fourth and went through, while Maccabi is fifth will instead play the Eurocup Last 32 for the first time. Maccabi threatened and led by as many as 6 points in the third quarter, but a 13-2 start to the fourth put the hosts up 62-52. Maccabi rallied back in the closing minutes and knowing that it couldn’t reach the necessary margin by the end of regulation, played for a tie to force overtime. The visitors intentionally missed shots, but when Reggie Redding went to the line with 19 seconds left, he intentionally made only 1 to ensure the game would not be extended. Taylor Rochestie’s triple won the game for Maccabi, but it proved to be a pyric victory. Sylven Landesberg paced Maccabi with 14 points, Jordan Farmar scored 13, Rochestie 12 and Trevor Mbakwe posted 9 points and 10 rebounds. Furkan Aldemir led Darussafaka with 12 points, Jamon Gordon added 11 and Milko Bjelica 10.

First quarter: Harangody and Aldemir spark the hosts

After a clock malfunction in the opening second created a delay, Rochestie sank a pull-up jumper and Luke Harangody nailed a three. Rochestie found Arinze Onuaku inside for a slam, but Harangody hit a baseline jumper and a three-pointer to give the hosts an 8-4 edge. Landesberg crashed the offensive glass for a put-back and foul. Jamon Gordon banked in a jumper and then scored a layup on the break to make it 12-7 midway through the quarter. Rochestie hit a jumper, but Gordon’s long three made it a 6-point game. After a Mbakwe jumper, Semih Eren got on the scoreboard with a spin move and slam. Rochestie netted a pair of free throws and Aldemir, fresh off the bench, took a pass from Scottie Wilbekin and dunked it. Landesberg and Guy Pnini hit back-to-back threes to tie the game at 19-19. Aldemir put the hosts back up with a tip-in and finished the quarter with a layup to make it 23-19.

Second quarter: 0-8 run puts Maccabi on top

Farmar hit a three to close the gap, but Wilbekin impressed with a floater off the glass. Mbakwe found Brian Randle inside for an easy score, but Bjelica pushed the difference to 28-24 with a triple. Aldemir finished a four-chance attack, but Farmar sank his second three. Another Aldemir put-back prompted a Maccabi timeout at 32-27. Onuaku put back his own miss and Farmar split free throws to bring the visitors within 2. Ender Arslan connected from downtown for Darussafaka. Farmar drove for a baseline layup to keep the visitors close. Rochestie lobbed a pass inside for an Onuaku layup. Neither team scored for more than three-and-a-half minutes before rookie Itay Segev’s tip-in gave Maccabi a 35-36 lead. Yogev Ohayon added free throws to make it 35-38 at the break.

Third quarter: Maccabi goes up by 6, but Darussafaka rallies

A triple by Manu Markoishvili tied it, but Onukau overpowered Erden for a score and Landesberg spun on the baseline to make it 38-42. Devin Smith’s first points came on a one-hander in the lane that brought Maccabi within 5 of its goal. Wilbekin answered with a three-pointer and then went through the Maccabi defense for a layup that made it 43-44. Erden was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Landesberg, who split the free throws and then hit a shot with his toes on the three-point line. After Gordon hit a baseline floater, Randle banked in a bucket. After a series of turnovers, Gordon’s steal and great pass to Reggie Redding made it a 2-point game. Randle split free throws and Bjelica made 2 to put 49-50 on the scoreboard.

Fourth quarter: Maccabi’s late strategy fails, settles for pyric victory

Back-to-back threes by Bjelica and Redding gave Darussafaka a 15-point cushion in respect to advancing. Redding added a free throw before a Mbakwe jumper ended a four-plus minute stretch for the visitors without a basket. After a Marcus Slaughter tip-in, the hosts got an Aldemir slam off an inbounds play and a Bjelica slam in the break to cap a 13-2 start to the quarter and give Darussafaka a 10-point lead. Farmer hit a jumper with less than five minutes left and Landesberg buried a three-pointer. Mbakwe added 3 free throws over two possessions to make it 62-60. After Wilbekin split free throws, Rochestie tied the game with a three-pointer. Mbakwe free throws capped a 1-13 run to put the visitors on top. Gordon free throws tied it again. Maccabi chose to play for overtime. Farmar and Rochestie intentionally missed free throws to keep the game tied in the final minute. But after an offensive rebound by Redding, he made 1 free throw with 19 seconds left for a 66-65 lead and intentionally missed the second. A Rochestie triple in the closing seconds won the game for Maccabi, but it would be a pyric victory.

Milko Bjelica celebrates - Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul - EB15
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Attendance: 4926
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 25:13 8 2/7 1/4 1/2   2 2 4   2     4 3 2
4 YAGMUR, MEHMET 5:39     0/1     1 1 1         1    
5 REDDING, REGGIE 27:43 7 1/2 1/3 2/4 1 4 5 4   2     3 4 10
7 TUREN, METIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 14:18 2 1/1       3 3   1 1 1   3 2 5
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 16:16 3 0/3 1/5     1 1             3  
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 14:15 12 6/7   0/2 5 1 6     1 1   2 1 14
22 GORDON, JAMON 31:04 11 3/7 1/1 2/4   2 2 3 1 1 1   3 3 11
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 14:56 3   1/3 0/2   1 1 1 1 2     4 2 -2
42 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 11:14 2 1/1     1 2 3   1 3     3    
44 HARANGODY, LUKE 17:45 8 1/1 2/5   1 2 3     1 1   2   6
51 BJELICA, MILKO 21:37 10 1/8 2/3 2/2 4 5 9 2   1       4 16
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 66 16/37 9/25 7/16 13 26 39 15 4 15 4 0 25 22 64
        43.2% 36% 43.8%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 FARMAR, JORDAN 21:35 13 3/4 2/4 1/4   7 7 2   2     1 3 16
3 BENDER, DRAGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SMITH, DEVIN 29:09 2 1/7 0/3   1 6 7 1   2   1 3 3 -2
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 15:25 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 1   1     2     4 1 -2
9 SEGEV, ITAY 3:51 2 1/1     1 1 2   1       1   4
10 PNINI, GUY 22:31 3   1/2     1 1 2 1 2     3 1 2
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 8:17 2 0/1 0/1 2/2                 1 2 1
14 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 32:17 14 3/8 2/4 2/3 1 2 3 2 1 1   1 1 4 13
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 30:50 12 2/6 2/9 2/4   3 3 5   1   1 4 4 5
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 24:46 9 2/5   5/6 6 4 10 2 1 2   1 3 7 19
33 ONUAKU, ARINZE 11:19 8 4/5     1   1   1       1   8
Team           4 4 8     1         7
Totals 200:00 70 18/40 7/24 13/21 15 28 43 14 5 13 0 4 22 25 71
        45% 29.2% 61.9%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"I think the second half we played a really good game. We took the lead and I think at that moment we realized we had the lead by 10 points and we slowed down. At the end in the last minute they tried to do something different to catch the score and we did something different to not go to overtime. This club one year and a half ago was playing to enter the [Turkish] first division and now after just 18 months later is with the best 16 clubs in Europe. I think this is a great success for all of the people here. "
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I am very disappointed for the club and our fans, players and staff. They brought me to Maccabi with one of the goals being to reach the Top 16 and we didn’t do it. We suffered from injuries and not everyone was fit, but even if everyone was healthy it would have been difficult to win by 11. It is very difficult to be so dependent one making three-pointers and I have always said that, even after the last two games when we shot amazingly from behind the arc. We need to know how to score in different ways, but we don’t have too many different options on our roster. The target was to get the desired result, so at the end we tried to play for overtime. I’m not proud of that and I won’t do it again."


Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"32 years I’ve never played this kind of game. In the beginning it was weird, but after we figured out the point difference and that the other team is trying to tie. I think we made a very good answer for this and we deserve this victory and Top 16. I can say that this was one of the goals for this season. We made it. "
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"The disappointment is great. Our mistakes were mainly at the beginning of the season, not today. We played against a good team with a lot of tools on their court. We needed a perfect game to win by the needed margin. We missed a few three-pointers that could have changed everything and we didn’t play defense the way we needed to. We understood that only through overtime we could get the needed margin, so we did what we did. We did not want to get to that situation; it’s not good to see, but we had no choice. "
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