Qualifying Round Round 1 - September 30, 2011 CET: 17:00 Local time: 18:00 - SIEMENS ARENA

Records

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0-0 Qualifying Round 0-0
0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
JUNGEBRAND, CARL, Finland
Referee
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Umpire
REITER, MORITZ, Germany

Team Stats

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0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

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0 Steals 0
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0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
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0 FT 0
0 Index 0

THE TAKE

PAOK BC
Galatasaray
RECORDS
4-2 (first place, Group E)
Eurocup
Regular season 2010-11
3-3 (third place, Group F)
2-4 (third place, Group K)
Last 16
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PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

Both teams face their first make-or-break game of the competition. Galatasaray has the chance to reach the Euroleague for the first time since the early 1990s. PAOK last played the competition in 2000-01, the original Euroleague season, and now has the chance to come back.

INJURIES

Rashad Wright and Martynas Andriuskevicius have missed games recently but should be ready to face Galatasaray, which has no injury problems.

THE TAKE

Expect nothing but a balanced, intense game that may go down to the wire. Jaka Lakovic, Darius Songaila and Jamon Gordon are marquee additions for Galatasaray, but PAOK offers a new frontline with Marty Andriuskevicius, Marcus Goree and Demos Dikoudis that can pay off right away. Galatasaray has more clutch players but PAOK offers intensity and power in this showdown.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Carl Jungebrand
Carl Jungebrand

Finland
Fernando Rocha
Fernando Rocha
Portugal
Moritz Reiter
Moritz Reiter
Germany
Thursday, September 29, 2011
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Players

Luksa Andric - Galatasaray Cafe CrownGalatasaray took a step closer to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by opening the qualifying rounds with a commanding 64-77 victory over PAOK on Friday in Vilnius, Lithuania. Galatasaray will play the winner of the French showdown between Asvel and Gravelines later on Friday in the weekend semifinal less than 24 hours later. Jamon Lucas scored 18 of his 21 points after halftime to lead the winners. Luksa Andric added 15 and Ender Arslan 14, while youngster Furkan Aldemir debuted with 11 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. Arslan's three-pointers to end the first half and start the second proved important, as PAOK never led after that. PAOK got 17 points from Marcus Goree, 16 from Ioannis Kalampokis, 11 from Rashad Wright and 10 from Dimos Dikoudis, but was hurt by 18 turnovers. After the loss, PAOK will now play in the 2011-12 Eurocup starting in November.

Andric scored inside before his steal led to a fastbreak layup by Shipp and a 0-4 lead for Galatasaray, which pressured the ball to no avail, as the recently-arrived Goree quickly tied for PAOK. Dikoudis raced coast to coast for PAOK's first lead, 6-4. Galatasaray soon got it back, however, as Jaka Lakovic hit technical free throws charged to Dikoudis. Galatasaray threatened to run away at 6-11, but after a timeout, PAOK got back-to-back triples by Wright and Goree. PAOK's run ended at 10-1 for a 16-12 lead when Tutku Acik pumped from downtown for Galatasaray. Goree's free throws, giving him 9 points already, left PAOK up 18-15 after 10 minutes.

Galatasaray struck back quickly, scoring the second quarter's first 6 points between Aldemir and Preston Shumpert to lead 18-21. Goree re-started PAOK's offense with a long two-pointer then detonated a huge go-ahead dunk on a great feed from Wright. Back and forth they went, with Lucas reclaiming the lead for Galatasaray, as Niko Kalles did for PAOK. Andric scored 8 points in a row for Galatasaray that Kalampokis and Dikoudis answered with twin triples. But a turnover with 3.6 seconds left allowed Acik and Ender Arslan to execute a great play for a buzzer-beating triple that gave Galatasaray a 32-34 halftime lead.

Arslan started the second half as he ended the first, drilling from long range, and with Darius Songaila's jump hook, Galatasaray suddenly led 34-39. Wright scored a third-chance basket to get PAOK closer before Arslan shot off one foot in response. The lead was 38-43 before Dante Stiggers cut it with a smooth triple, but Aldemir matched it with a rolling basket-plus-free throw. Soon, Galatasaray's lead was up to 43-50 on free throws by Songaila as PAOK looked a step behind. Arslan boosted the lead into double digits, 43-54, with 4 perfect free throws before Kalampokis answered with a straight-on three-pointer, which he repeated to end the third quarter, but it was only enough to cut Galatasaray's lead to 51-60.

Galatasaray came out strong with consecutive baskets by Lucas to boost the gap to 53-64. Goree cut into that difference with a short shot, but Lucas kept his team rolling with a three-point shot now. Even when Dikoudis matched that with a put-back and free throw, time was running short on PAOK, down 56-67 with under 6 minutes left. And when Gordon scored acrobatically between two defenders, Galatasaray seemed blessed. Kalampokis got 3 points back from the corner for PAOK, but Lucas was unstoppable and assured his team would move a step forward in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), REITER, MORITZ (GER)
Attendance: 1000 (Tentative)
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Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK BC
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 GIDDENS, J.R. 12:34   0/4       3 3 1 1 1   1 3 1 -3
5 STIGGERS, DANTE 27:33 6 0/2 2/5 0/2 1   1 1 3 1     2 3 4
6 ARAPIS, DIMITRIS 1:42                              
8 GOREE, MARCUS 33:32 17 5/10 1/2 4/4 3 3 6     1 2   2 5 21
9 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 25:59 10 3/4 1/1 1/1 3 5 8 1   3     4 2 13
10 KALAMPOKIS, IOANNIS 32:21 16 2/3 4/6     3 3 1   2     2 2 15
11 ANDRIUSKEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 5:02   0/1                     2   -3
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 34:21 11 4/6 1/4   1 3 4 3 1 6     3 3 8
13 GIANNAKIDIS, MICHAIL 13:34     0/3             3   1 2   -9
14 KALLES, NIKOS 12:33 4 1/4   2/2   2 2           1 3 5
16 KALAMPAKAS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 TSAKALERIS, EFTHYMIOS 0:49   0/1                         -1
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 64 15/35 9/21 7/9 9 21 30 7 5 18 2 2 21 19 52
42.9% 42.9% 77.8%
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
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Galatasaray
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 SHIPP, JOSHUA 30:13 4 2/3 0/2   2 4 6 1 2 2     2 1 7
5 LAKOVIC, JAKA 15:19 2   0/2 2/2         1 1     1   -1
8 TOPALOGLU, CANER 1:24                     1       1
9 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 21:21 2 1/3 0/1     3 3 1 1       3 2 3
11 ACIK, TUTKU 20:49 3 0/2 1/3   1   1 7 1       3 2 7
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 21:01 15 6/10   3/6   3 3   1 2     4 5 11
17 SANLI, SERTAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 18:59 11 3/7   5/5 3 6 9   1     1 1 4 19
22 GORDON, JAMON 21:54 21 7/13 2/2 1/2   4 4   4 2 1   3 1 19
25 SONGAILA, DARIUS 18:53 5 1/3   3/4 1   1 1   1       3 6
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 22:16 14 2/3 2/2 4/4   2 2 1   2   1 1 2 14
41 OZER, CEVHER 7:51         1   1     1     1   -1
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 77 22/44 5/12 18/23 9 24 33 11 11 11 2 2 19 20 88
50% 41.7% 78.3%
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Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK BC
"We were simply not ready. It's only the beginning of the season. Four of our players just joined the team, some of them 48 hours before this game. Still, I think we played very well in the first half. Unfortunately, we couldn't continue doing that later. It's true we got tired in the second half and turned the ball over much too often, especially our playmaker Rashad Wright. Besides, Galatasaray managed to convert a lot of easy baskets inside the paint."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Galatasaray
"It was a tough game, especially the start of it, so obviously I'm satisfied with this win. The first half was even but we intensified our defense after the halftime break and managed to widen the gap. It wasn't easy because PAOK is a good team, but, of course, nobody really expects easy games at this level. We won in the end and that's what matters."
ANDRIC, LUKSA
Galatasaray
"Defense is always the key to a win. We played good defense and even when they made some tough shots, we knew that if we kept playing good defense, our second half would be much better. This is the first win of the three we need to get to the Euroleague. I expect tomorrow's game to be much harder but we will get ready and try to win."
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