2015-16Last 32Round 6
February 10, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 BANVIT KARA ALI ACAR SPORT HALL
Dominique Johnson - Banvit Bandirma - EC15 (photo Banvit)

Banvit downs Bilbao, qualifies to eighthfinals

In a do-or-die battle that went down to the wire in Group G, Banvit Bandirma qualified to the Eurocup eighthfinals by downing Dominion Bilbao Basket 73-65 at home on Wednesday. Banvit finished Group G second with a 4-2 record and will face EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in the eighthfinals while Bilbao was third at 3-3. Courtney Fortson led the winners with 23 points. Dominique Johnson added 18 while Adrien Moerman had 11 and grabbed 15 rebounds for Banvit. Clevin Hannah led Bilbao with 14 points. Georgios Bogris led Bilbao added 12 and 10 rebounds while Alex Mumbru had 11 points for the guests. Banvit had a strong start and a jumper by Johnson gave the hosts a 9-3 lead. Bogris and Alex Ruoff stepped up to tie the game, 14-14, late in the first quarter. Johnson and Fortson fueled a 13-0 run that made Banvit get a 27-14 margin. Axel Hervelle and Mumbru allowed Bilbao to get within 34-27 at halftime. Bogris brought Bilbao within 40-39 soon after the break but an outstanding Fortson restored a 48-39 Banvit lead. A 2-13 run that Aleix Suarez capped with a triple gave Bilbao its first lead of the game, 50-52, after 30 minutes. Hannah gave Bilbao its last lead, 52-55. Moerman and Johnson took over in a 16-2 run that allowed Banvit to keep fighting for Eurocup glory.

Gasper Vidmar got Banvit going with a two-handed dunk and Fortson added a running jumper for a 4-0 lead. Hannah and Fortson exchanged three-pointers and a jumper by Johnson boosted the hosts' lead to 9-3. Bogris hit a close shot which Vidmar matched with free throws. Suarez and Johnson traded shots from downtown and a layup by Bogris kept Bilbao within 14-10. Ruoff followed free throws with a floating layup to tie it at 14-14. A.J. Slaughter nailed a fallaway jumper while Jackie Carmichael and Fortson helped Banvit restore a 19-14 lead after 10 minutes. Johnson struck twice from downtown early in the second quarter to force Bilbao to call timeout at 25-14. Fortson split free throws, as Bilbao had been scoreless for 4 minutes already. Hervelle rescued the guests with a layup and a free throw by Mumbru gave Bilbao hope at 26-17. Dairis Bertans hit a three-pointer and Mumbru copied him to bring Bilbao back to life, 26-23. Carmichael nailed a one-handed floater that Hervelle matched with a put-back slam. Moerman scored in penetration and a driving basket by Slaughter boosted the hosts' lead to 32-25. Vidmar scored again and free throws by Mumbru fixed the halftime score at 34-27.

Mumbru buried a three-pointer immediately after the break and a layup by Bogris brought Bilbao as close as 34-32. Johnson took over with a fast break layup and Vidmar matched Bogris's baseline jumper with a close basket for a 38-34 Banvit lead. Suarez struck from downtown and Bogris scored in the low post but an outstanding Fortson singlehandedly kept the hosts ahead, 43-39. Fortson kept pacing Banvit with a wild triple and a close basket to make Bilbao stop the game at 48-39. Bogris rescued the guests with consecutive layups but a put-back basket by Carmichael kept the hosts way ahead, 50-43. Bertans took over with back-to-back layups, Ruoff scored down low and a three-pointer by Suarez gave Bilbao its first lead, 50-52, after 30 minutes. Moerman stepped up for Banvit early in the fourth quarter but a big triple by Hannah put the guests back ahead, 52-55. Johnson answered from downtown and a layup by Moerman restored a 57-55 Banvit lead with 7 minutes left. Ruoff buried a turnaround jumper but Fortson matched it with free throws and a critical triple by Moerman made Bilbao stop the game at 62-57. A jumper by Johnson sealed the outcome, 64-57, in the next-to-last minute, as Bilbao never recovered.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR), SILVA, SERGIO (POR)
Attendance: 2850 (Tentative)
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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 DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 FORTSON, COURTNEY 31:47 24 5/10 2/6 8/11 1 3 4 3   3     1 8 23
5 JOHNSON, DOMINIQUE 36:58 18 3/6 4/5   1   1 1 1     1 1 3 18
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 15:36 6 2/6   2/2       1   1   1 2 2 1
8 GECIM, TOLGA 11:36   0/1 0/1     1 1 2         1    
13 SIMMONS, KEITH 25:31     0/1   1 2 3 1 1       2 1 3
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 26:57 8 3/6   2/7 3 2 5 2 2 1     3 5 10
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 36:12 11 3/7 1/3 2/2 1 14 15   4 4     1 3 22
20 ALTUNBEY, TALAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 YILDIRIM, NUSRET 3:48           1 1           2   -1
26 YILMAZ, ERKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 CARMICHAEL, JACKIE 11:35 6 3/7     2 3 5 2         1 1 9
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 73 19/43 7/16 14/22 10 31 41 12 8 9 0 2 14 23 91
        44.2% 43.8% 63.6%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK
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
Dominion Bilbao Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 RUOFF, ALEX 18:54 8 3/6 0/3 2/2 1 1 2 2 1 3     2 1 3
8 BORG, TOBIAS 5:09   0/1       1 1 1   1     1   -1
9 BERTANS, DAIRIS 32:50 7 2/2 1/8   1 3 4 3     1   4 2 6
10 MENDIA, BORJA 6:07           1 1 1   1         1
11 HANNAH, CLEVIN 22:07 14 1/3 4/5     2 2 4   2     3 2 14
13 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 34:24 12 6/9     1 9 10 4   1 1   3   20
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 32:59 11 1/2 2/10 3/3   4 4 2   1     3 5 9
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 13:10 4 2/2     1   1   1 1       1 6
20 TODOROVIC, DEJAN 3:53     0/1   1 2 3     1       1 2
25 BEGIC, MIRZA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 LOPEZ, RAUL 12:43   0/2 0/1         1 2       3 1 -2
33 SUAREZ, ALEX 17:44 9   3/7     2 2 1 1 1     4   4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 65 15/27 10/35 5/5 6 27 33 19 5 12 2 0 23 13 65
        55.6% 28.6% 100%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO

Head Coaches

ERNAK, SELCUK
Banvit Bandirma
"First of all, we are very happy as a club because that we qualified and nobody expected this result. We showed our quality with the results of last two years. Last year, we arrived to the semifinals and this year we managed to pass to the eighthfinals. We are trying to create a team with character. Sure, we have good and bad days, but we never give up our character and emotions. That's why I proud of my players. Now, we will play against Milan and nobody will expect that we could beat them. But we will stay strong mentally and physically in order to win against Milan."
ALONSO, SITO
Dominion Bilbao Basket
"We knew the game would be very hard. It is normal because one of the teams would be out after. During the game, we followed our defensive philosophy very well and avoided their pick-and-roll offenses. We made some mistakes in the first half and they went to the locker room with a seven-point advantage. In the second half, we corrected our mistakes and played very well until the score was 55-52. I think this moment has been crucial. Dominique Johnson made a good defensive play and after found a three-point shot. But anyway, today we found very open shots but our shooters could not make the shots with good percentage. In the last minute of the game, our opponent had only one foul because we did not go to the free throw line. We need to improve this aspect of our game. Finally I want to congrats Banvit's team and its supporters. I wish them good luck for the next round."
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