2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 15, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 PALAIS DES SPORTS
Okaro White - Aris Thessaloniki - EC15 (photo AEK - megapress)

Aris Thessaloniki clinches first in Group D

Aris Thessaloniki pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Banvit Bandirma 72-53 and clinch first place in Group D. Banvit trailed by 2 early in the fourth quarter before the hosts went on a 20-1 tear that decided the game. The result boosted Aris to 7-3, while Banvit slipped to 5-5 and finished the regular season in fourth place; both teams will play in the Last 32. Aris outrebounded Banvit 48-37 – including 17 offensive boards – and made 11 of 25 three-point shots (44%), while Banvit shot just 4 for 25 (16%) from downtown. Jerel McNeal led the winners with 20 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, Jamelle Hagins posted 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, Okaro White added 12 points and 8 boards and Jake Cohen 10 and 7 in just 12 minutes. Dominique Johnson paced Banvit with 20 points and Gasper Vidmar added 6 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Aris took charge early as Hagins scored twice and McNeal drilled a three in a 7-0 start. Banvit stormed back as Johnson connected from deep and then converted a fast break three-point play to push Banvit ahead 7-8. Johnson remained red-hot as Aris twice tied it and Johnson twice responded for Banvit; he had 11 points through seven minutes as the visitors led 12-15. Cohen free throws brought the hosts with 16-17 after 10 minutes. Cohen opened the second half with a go-ahead triple, but Johnson tied it at 19-19 with his 15th point! A.J. Slaughter free throws gave the visitors a 21-23 edge midway through the second quarter, but Theodoros Zaras tied it from the line, McNeal’s steal and score put Aris ahead and Zaras added a triple in a 9-0 run that made it 30-23. A McNeal triple put Aris up 8, but Courntey Forston closed the gap to 33-29 at the break.

Banvit surged ahead as Adrien Moerman drained a pair of threes in a 0-10 run that helped the visitors to a 35-39 lead. Spyros Mourtos tied it, but a triple by Johnson put Banvit back ahead. White tied it twice for Aris before McNeal put the hosts in front and a Dominic Waters’s three made it 51-46 through three quarters. Vidmar and Forston scored to bring Banvit within 52-50. But Aris then held Banvit without a basket for nearly seven minutes during which time it went on a 20-1 run to put the game on ice. McNeal hit a pair of threes and Waters and Mourtos each made another during the game-winning run.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Referees: MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB)
Attendance: 4000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Aris Thessaloniki16171821
Banvit Bandirma1712177
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Aris Thessaloniki16335172
Banvit Bandirma17294653
Aris Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 DIMAS, TASOS 1:35                              
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 15:28           1 1 1 1 1     3 1  
9 FLIONIS, DIMITRIS 3:44 2 1/1             1       2   1
10 WHITE, OKARO 21:44 12 3/3 2/5   3 5 8 2   2     2 1 16
11 WATERS, DOMINIC 31:39 6 0/4 2/3     3 3 8 2 1     1 1 13
12 DIPLAROS, NIKOS 8:03     0/2         1         4 1 -4
13 ZARAS, THEODOROS 18:16 5 0/1 1/4 2/2       1 1 1       1 3
14 HAGINS, JAMELLE 27:36 12 6/12     3 6 9   1 4 2   2 2 14
15 COHEN, JAKE 12:35 10 2/6 1/3 3/4 4 3 7         2 2 3 9
16 MOURTOS, SPYROS 15:26 5 1/3 1/3     4 4     1     1 3 6
17 SYMTSAK, VASSILIS 12:24   0/1   0/2 6 1 7   1 1     2 1 3
22 McNEAL, JEREL 31:30 20 3/13 4/5 2/3 1 5 6 2 1 2     1 5 19
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 72 16/44 11/25 7/11 17 31 48 15 8 14 2 2 20 19 82
        36.4% 44% 63.6%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIOS
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
Banvit Bandirma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 ULUSOY, ISMAIL CEM 1:35 2 1/1   0/2   1 1             1 2
4 FORTSON, COURTNEY 35:36 8 3/6 0/4 2/2   6 6 5 3 5     2 7 15
5 JOHNSON, DOMINIQUE 37:24 20 6/8 2/6 2/2   3 3     2     2 3 16
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 13:03 2 0/4 0/3 2/3   1 1 1   1       1 -4
8 GECIM, TOLGA 21:42 4 2/3 0/4   1 3 4 2 1 2     3   1
13 SIMMONS, KEITH 14:16   0/1 0/1     2 2 1       1 2   -2
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 22:06 6 3/3   0/2 4 4 8 3 1 1 1   2 4 18
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 20:35 6 0/3 2/6   2 4 6 1   1     3   2
20 ALTUNBEY, TALAT 3:38                              
21 YILDIRIM, NUSRET 7:08     0/1     1 1     1     2   -3
26 YILMAZ, ERKAN 0:44                              
32 CARMICHAEL, JACKIE 22:13 5 2/7   1/6 1 2 3   1 2 1 1 3 4 -2
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 53 17/36 4/25 7/17 9 28 37 13 6 15 2 2 19 20 45
        47.2% 16% 41.2%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELÇUK

Head Coaches

PRIFTIS, DIMITRIOS
Aris Thessaloniki
"It is beautiful night for us because we took an emphatic victory. We won first place in the group. Today I am happy because we showed tremendous mentality in the way we played, we had tremendous energy and everyone was ready. That makes me very happy and optimistic. Congratulations to everyone. The teams has cohesion and chemistry. At the moment I do not think we will change a player, unless we find someone shockingly good that can give us a boost. But at this stage it is not a priority. "
ERNAK, SELÇUK
Banvit Bandirma
"Aris has a very long tradition in Europe. We knew from the start that it will be very difficult to cope in the face of such an opponent and its fans. Aris is best when playing at home. I have come to this court five times with five different teams and it was always difficult here. Our main goal was to qualify for the Last 32 and we did that. Surely it would have been better if we finished in a higher position. Last year we got the Eurocup semifinals, but we have only one player back from last year's team. So overall I'm pleased. Aris used a pick-and-roll system that caused us many problems in our defense. "

Players

McNEAL, JEREL
Aris Thessaloniki
"The guys did an excellent job. Congratulations to everyone. We have had some great victories and, of course, suffered some tough defeats, but the result clearly satisfies us. I want to congratulate the coach and the coaching staff. They did excellent work to prepare us each for all these difficult games. No victory is easy in this tournament. Today I missed some easy layups. The important thing is to keep on playing. It is a game. A lot can happen during the game. What I have in my mind is to keep going regardless of what happens, to always look forward."
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