2007-08Regular SeasonRound 13
January 23, 2008 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Hanno Mottola - Aris TT Bank Aris TT Bank scored an impressive 74-84 road win over Efes Pilsen on Thursday night at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey. With the victory, Aris improved to 7-6 and can pass Efes for fourth place in Group B if it beats Maccabi Elite next week and Efes falls to Unicaja. Efes, which dropped its second home game of its last three, fell to 8-5 this season. Efes led for much of the first half, taking a 25-14 lead early in the second period, but Reyshawn Terry led a 0-7 charge before halftime to get the visitors within 34-31 at the break. Hanno Mottola tied the game with a three to start the second half and Savvas Iliadis soon introduced his hot hand to the game and Efes never recovered. The deficit was manageable for most of the third and fourth quarters, but unable to regain the lead, the hosts grew frustrated, began taking poor shots and eventually Darius Washington stepped up to seal a valuable road win for Aris. Mottola scored a season-high 22 to lead the visitors. It was his most points scored in a Euroleague game since netting 23 for Scavolini Pesaro in an overtime win over Real Madrid in March 2005. Jeremiah Massey added 19 points and 9 rebounds, while in just his second game with the club Washington scored 16. Iliadis finished with 11 points. Drew Nicholas paced Efes with 20 points, Kenny Gregory added 13, Loren Woods posted 10 points and 9 rebounds and Ermal Kuqo had 10 points.

Both teams went inside in the early going, with Kerem Gonlum and Woods creating points for Efes, while Mottola and Massey answered the same way to keep the score balanced. It wasn’t until Nicholas took the place of Rashad Wright a little before the end of the period that Efes pulled away. Nicholas scored 5 points – a three-pointer and then a fade-away jumper in the last seconds – to give a 17-10 lead to Efes after 10 minutes.

Kenny Gregory - Efes PilsenAris was trying to cool down the game while Efes did the opposite to increase the lead to double digits immediately in the second period. Gregory made it 22-12 and then another triple from Nicholas increased it to 25-14. Washington broke the silence for Aris with a triple, then a jumper a minute later and a basket-plus-free throw to reduce the difference to 6 points. Efes increased the lead back again to 10 points when Scoonie Penn and Nicholas scored, but the visitors finished the half with 7 unanswered points in the last 160 seconds – 5 points from Terry and 2 Massey free throws to end the first half down only 34-31.

Mottola started to the second half with a triple to complete a 0-10 Aris run and tie the game at 34-34. Then Iliadis jumped to the front row with consecutive three-pointers. The guard gave Aris its first lead with his first bomb and later his third from downtown put the visitors ahead 46-50. Kuqo kept Efes in the game, but Massey’s clever penetration inside and jump shot over Woods ended the third quarter with Aris leading 51-54.

The barrage of Aris three-pointers continued into the fourth quarter as the visitors strengthened their lead and gained confidence. Mottola made a three-pointer followed by a Bracey Wright triple to give Aris a 55-60 lead. Massey and Wright increased the lead to 9 points as Efes lost the control of the game, started putting up panic shots and helped Aris grow the lead more and more. Washington’s layup at with a minute-and-a-half remaining made the score 69-82 and his next basket sealed the win at 70-84 to seal the outcome.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Gökhan Türe, Istanbul
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA)
Attendance: 7700
By Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen17171723
Aris TT Bank10212330
End of Quarter1234
Efes Pilsen17345174
Aris TT Bank10315484
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NICHOLAS, DREW 31:28 20 4/6 3/8 3/3   3 3 1 2 3     2 3 17
5 PENN, SCOONIE 32:38 6 2/3 0/3 2/2   1 1 5 3       3 2 10
6 WOODS, LOREN 27:54 10 4/6   2/2 3 6 9   1 3 2   2 3 18
9 GREGORY, KENNY 25:50 13 4/9 1/3 2/2   3 3 1 1 3   2 2 1 5
10 ABI, MUSTAFA 14:32 2 1/1       1 1           2   1
11 PACUN, BORA HUN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GONLUM, KEREM 11:40 7 3/6   1/1   1 1 1   1   2   1 4
13 WRIGHT, RASHAD 10:58   0/1 0/1     3 3 1   1   1 1   -1
23 KUQO, ERMAL 17:09 10 4/4 0/1 2/5 1 2 3 1         3 4 11
32 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 6:37 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1 1 1         3
34 HUTSON, ANDRE 21:14 3 1/4   1/1       1 1     1 1 2 2
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 74 23/41 5/18 13/16 4 21 25 12 9 13 2 6 16 16 69
        56.1% 27.8% 81.3%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
Aris TT Bank
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 TERRY, REYSHAWN 21:56 9 2/4 1/3 2/2   5 5 1   1 2     2 14
8 WRIGHT, BRACEY 26:20 7 2/7 1/3     1 1 3     1   3 2 4
9 KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS 20:13     0/1     2 2   3 2     3 1  
10 ILIADIS, SAVVAS 18:41 11 1/3 3/3     2 2 1   1       1 12
11 BOISA, VLADIMER 16:05           3 3     1     3 2 1
12 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MOTTOLA, HANNO 27:20 22 5/10 3/4 3/3   2 2 3 1   1   4 3 22
14 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 34:05 19 7/14 1/3 2/2 6 3 9 2 1   2 2 1 2 23
16 TSALDARIS, DIMITRIOS 13:30   0/1     1   1   1 3     1   -3
18 KARADOLAMIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 TSAIRELIS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 WASHINGTON, DARIUS 21:50 16 5/5 1/1 3/3   4 4 2   4     1 3 20
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 84 22/44 10/18 10/10 7 22 29 12 7 12 6 2 16 16 94
        50% 55.6% 100%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Efes Pilsen
"Congratulations to Aris TT Bank for their great match winning effort in the second half of the game. From our point of view, the thing is that we had three top-level games just in seven days and this is what we couldn’t handle. Aris TT Bank was the third of those game and we weren’t resistant enough to overcome. We played really well against Lietuvos Rytas, but then we failed in the games both against Fenerbahce Ulker and Aris TT Bank. We weren’t able to do what we had planned. But for sure, we have to refresh ourselves and bring back the character of our game immediately."
HERBERT, GORDON
Aris TT Bank
"First of all, I congratulate all my players for their great effort to win this very important game. My players are all performed well, both the starters and the others coming from the bench. They all did great jobs in offence and also defense. They were really good in controlling the weapons like Drew Nicholas , Kenny Gregory and Scoonie Penn. We had an excellent win here in Istanbul and I hope it helps us to improve our game. I'm also happy about the way my players responded when they were 10 points behind in the first half. They didn't accept it and it's a good sign fort he future."

Players

ARSLAN, ENDER
Efes Pilsen
"It's really terrible to lose at home when you are challenging for the top. We played really bad tonight and didn't deserve to win. They had a good percentage from the three-point line and that’s what we couldn’t answer. I think we still have a chance to finish in the second position. But it’s only possible if we beat Unicaja Malaga in the last game."
KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS
Aris TT Bank
"I believe that we won the fair way. Efes Pilsen is a very good team and especially in their home court, it's not easy to beat them. We focused on the game in all 40 minutes. We did a great job especially to stop them inside the paint. That was the key for the win."
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