2017-18Regular SeasonRound 1
October 11, 2017 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAIS DES SPORTS MARCEL CERDAN

Darussafaka edges Levallois on the road

Darussafaka Istanbul overcame an early double-digit deficit on the road before pulling out a hard-fought 64-69 win over Levallois Metropolitans on Wednesday night. The hosts took an early lead, but Darussafaka quickly rallied and neither team went ahead by more than 5 points in the final two and a half quarters of the game, turning it into a contest full of lead changes. In the end, it was Darussafaka that prevailed behind 13 points from each Scottie Wilbekin and JaJuan Johnson. Wilbekin also had 5 assists, while Howard Sant-Roos had 12 points in victory. Klemen Prepelic netted 20 points for the hosts, while Onyenma Nwaelele and Remy Lesca scored 10 apiece in defeat.

Levallois opened the game strong, with a triple from Cyrille Eliezer and back-to-back baskets from Gavin Ware that opened a 13-5 lead. Darussafaka closed in from the free throw line, but 2 more three-pointers, one by Nwaelele and another in the last second of the quarter by Lesca made it a double-digit, 23-13 Levallois advantage after 10 minutes. Darussafaka hit its first triple on the opening possession of the second quarter and slowly started melting the deficit. Wilbekin caught fire, stringing together 7 points that put the visitors up 32-34. Nonetheless, Prepelic scored 10 points in the final 3 minutes of the half to keep things levelled as the teams were tied 41-41 at halftime. Sant-Roos and Johnson hit consecutive triples for the visitors at the start of the third quarter, but Levallois kept it close, and with the help of offensive rebounds from Florent Pietrus, retook a 53-52 lead. Then, however, Wilbekin hit a triple and Will Cummings scored on a breakaway to give Darussafaka 55-57 going into the fourth quarter. Nwaelele hit from the outside and Boris Diaw muscled his way inside to put the hosts back ahead, 60-59, midway through the final quarter, but Sant-Roos answered with a three-pointer that put Darussafaka in front for good.

In Round 2 next Wednesday, Darussafaka will host Cedevita Zagreb, while Levallois travels to face UNICS Kazan.

Will Cummings - Darussafaka Istanbul (photo Levallois - Karen Mandau) - EC17
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Referees: JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), JURAS, MARKO (SRB), RODSAND, TORKILD (NOR)
Attendance: 1381
By Quarter1234
Levallois Metropolitans2318149
Darussafaka Istanbul13281612
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Levallois Metropolitans23415564
Darussafaka Istanbul13415769
Levallois Metropolitans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FRANCISCO, SYLVAIN 7:10 2 0/1   2/2   1 1     1     1 1 1
5 LESCA, REMY 17:54 10 2/3 2/4     1 1   1 3     2 1 5
7 ROOS, MAXIME 13:22   0/2 0/1   2 1 3       1   2   -1
10 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 27:17 20 3/4 2/7 8/10   1 1     1     3 9 18
11 NWAELELE, ONYENMA 18:20 10 2/3 2/7     5 5           1   8
13 CAMPBELL, LOUIS 19:13   0/1           4   2   1 3   -3
20 WARE, GAVIN 21:49 8 4/8   0/2 1 3 4     3 1   3 1 2
26 ELIEZER, CYRILLE 21:42 8 2/4 1/5 1/1   5 5 2 1       4 3 9
30 PIETRUS, FLORENT 20:39 2 1/1     3 3 6     1 1   3   5
33 DIAW, BORIS 28:21 4 2/3 0/2   3 5 8 5 1 1     2 4 16
77 FEVRIER, IVAN 4:13   0/1                     2   -3
Team                                
Totals 200:00 64 16/31 7/26 11/15 9 25 34 11 3 12 3 1 26 19 57
        51.6% 26.9% 73.3%
Head coach: FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC
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
Darussafaka Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KIDD, STANTON 16:09 4   1/3 1/2 2 3 5 1           4 11
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 34:55 13 3/4 2/7 1/2       5 1 1     3 3 11
3 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 2:39 2 0/1   2/2 1   1   1         1 4
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED 2:02                   1     2   -3
12 CUMMINGS, WILL 20:42 7 3/4 0/4 1/2   2 2 2 1 2   1 1 3 5
13 ULUBAY, OKBEN 6:57   0/1       1 1         1     -1
18 OZDEMIROGLU, DOGUS 11:41 2 0/1   2/2 1   1   3 1     3 2 3
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 22:57 5 2/5   1/2 3 6 9 2   1     1 1 11
23 SANT-ROOS , HOWARD 25:49 12 0/2 2/5 6/6   4 4 3   1   1 3 4 13
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 27:08 13 3/8 1/3 4/4 1 1 2 1         3 4 10
31 BELL, JAMES 18:27 8 1/2 2/5   1 4 5           2 2 9
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 10:34 3 1/3   1/2 1 2 3     1 1   1 2 4
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 69 13/31 8/27 19/24 10 25 35 14 6 9 1 3 19 26 78
        41.9% 29.6% 79.2%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC
Levallois Metropolitans
"There is a lot of satisfaction in having played like this against such a great team. But we have to win in order to get more confident."
BLATT, DAVID
Darussafaka Istanbul
"This was a very typical first game, for both team. Obviously for us to come in and win, our first game away, that’s an important beginning. This group is, like all groups in EuroCup, very tough. The nature of this competition has changed drastically since last year with the addition of French and Italian teams, and although it is still a step below EuroLeague level, this is a tough competition and I am sure fans will enjoy it. Every win in this group is extremely important, and to start the season with a road win is a good thing for our team."

Players

LESCA, REMY
Levallois Metropolitans
"We have been told not to be disappointed, but I am very disappointed anyway. We have to make sure to get quickly to the same game level as our most experienced players to be able to play better in the last quarter."
SANT-ROOS , HOWARD
Darussafaka Istanbul
"It was definitely tough. We knew it from the beginning, especially in an away game. But we were able to do a great job in rebounding, and in defense in the second half. We held a good scoring team to 64 points. I feel we are a new team, especially for EuroCup, we are still getting to know each other, but we managed to stay together and win."
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