2001-02Regular SeasonRound 5
November 08, 2001 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BALLSPORTHALLE
If anyone ever doubted it before, Opel Skyliners of Frankfurt are certainly for real after raising their Gruop B record to 4-1 with a 74-70 comeback victory at home over powerful Ulker Istanbul. Opel was down 12 at the half, but used a killer defense, its home crowd and a collective offensive effort to move past the Turkish champions in the Group B standings. Chad Austin led five Opel scorers in double figures with 19 points. Marcus Goree with 15, Virgil Stanescu with 13, Pascal Roller and Alex Lokhmanchuk with 11 each rounded out the scoring for the winners. Opel's defense held Ulker to 26 points in the second half and only allowed Miljan Goljovic to reach double figures at 17 points. It's second loss dropped Ulker to 3-2 and third place behind Opel in Group B.

Stanescu was the most effective player during a slow Frankfurt start. Ulker took a 9-13 lead after five minutes. The score was close until Quadre Lollis left with his third foul after just 8 minutes. His teammates woke up and scored 9 unanswered points to make it 15-24 and finished the first quarter with an 11-point lead 15-26. Frankfurt played better defense in the second quarter, and after a huge three by Kai Nurnberger, the home team made its first attempt to get back into the game at 20-27. After Ulker pulled away again, led by Miljan Goljovic's 17 first-half, power forward Marcus Goree finally woke up for Frankfurt. He scored six points in a row , the last two with an incredible dunk. Frankfurt even had the chance to take the lead at 30-31 but committed too many turnovers offense. That allowed Ulker, which kept its cool, to reboot and power to a 32-44 halftime lead.

The second half began with a bang, another three-pointer for Ulker. Down 15 on its home floor, the last thing Frankfurt did was give up Both teams exchanged threes after that and Frankfurt came closer, point by point. Ulker ran into big foul trouble now as its key big men, Lollis and Bud Eley, collected their fourth fouls. The team from Turkey lost focus for a moment. Roller hit a big three with a minute to go in the third quarter, then Frankfurt got loose and suddenly, with the help of the home crowd, tied the game after 30 minutes, 58-58.

To start the fourth quarter, Ulker pulled away by four again, 58-62, and despite Eley leaving with his fifth foul, kept on going to 60-68. The visitors looked like winners, however, Roller was ready with the big plays for the hometeam, and led 10-0 run that gave Frankfurt its first lead since the opening minutes. Ulker took a timeout, but then Lollis left with his fifth foul. With the score at 72-70 for Frankfurt, Ulker had one last chance to tie it, but Frankfurt's defense forced a 24-second shot clock violation. Goree scored the final basket and Frankfurt was suddenly 4-1, which nobody expected!
Thursday, November 8, 2001
H.W., Frankfurt
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Referees: BETANCOR, MIGUEL (ESP), MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), BRAATHEN, BJORN INGE (NOR)
Attendance: 3070
By Quarter1234
Opel Skyliners15172616
Ulker26181412
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Opel Skyliners15325874
Ulker26445870
Opel Skyliners
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STANESCU, VIRGIL 32:53 13 4/7 1/2 2/4 3 1 4 1 1 3   1 3 3 9
5 HENNEN, DOMINIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DIARRA, IBRAHIM 2:24                              
7 NURNBERGER, KAI 21:14 3 0/1 1/1         4 1 1     1   5
8 GOREE, MARCUS 38:43 15 5/15 1/2 2/4 2 3 5 2 1 1 4   1 8 20
9 WINTERMANTEL, ROBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ROLLER, PASCAL 33:47 11 1/2 3/6   2 1 3 5 3       3   15
12 AUSTIN, CHAD 33:01 19 4/9 2/6 5/6 1 4 5   4       1 7 24
13 MARAS, ROBERT 16:02 2 1/1     1 3 4 1   1     2 1 5
14 LUTCKE, NIKLAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LOKHMANCHUK, ALEXANDER 21:56 11 1/4 2/5 3/4 4 6 10   1 2   2 5 3 9
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 16/39 10/22 12/18 13 18 31 13 11 8 4 3 16 22 87
        41% 45.5% 66.7%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
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
Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOLLIS, QUADRE-MICHAEL 19:31 1 0/2   1/2 3 3 6 2         5 3 4
5 PARS, ASIM 20:39 9 4/6   1/2 2 2 4 2     1 1 4 2 10
6 ABI, MUSTAFA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 STELMAHERS, ROBERTS 24:50 7 1/4 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 4   2     1 1 8
8 GOLJOVIC, MILJAN 26:46 17 3/7 3/6 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 2     4 3 12
9 ERDENAY, HAKKI HARUN 18:32 9 3/6 1/7     1 1 1           1 3
10 ELEY, WILLIAM KEITH 19:21 7 3/8   1/2 6 5 11     4 2 2 5 2 5
11 ACIK, TUTKU 15:10 4 0/1 1/3 1/2   1 1 1   1         1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 20:29 8 4/9     3 1 4 1   1   1 2 2 6
13 PACHULIA, ZAZA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 YILDIRIM, HALUK 34:42 8 1/2 2/7     2 2 1   4     1 2 2
15 GULER, MURATCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 70 19/45 8/24 8/12 16 18 34 13 1 14 3 4 22 16 51
        42.2% 33.3% 66.7%
Head coach: DIDIN, MURAT
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Head Coaches

HERBERT, GORDON
Opel Skyliners
"We had a great atmosphere in the gym tonight. The crow really pushed us in the second half. At the half, when we were down, we still knew that we could win this game. We looked at each other and said 'Let's go out and win it'. Pascal Roller played a great game for us and made some huge shots. For me, he is the best German player in the German League at the moment. He has great confidence in everything he does."
DIDIN, MURAT
Ulker
"Frankfurt played great physical defense at the end and now everybody should know that this is a very good team. They made themselves a name today! We were up 12 at the half and couldn't hold on. Frankfurt got aggressive and we did not shoot the ball well. Of course, our foul trouble at the end was another big factor for this loss today. I'm very dissapointed."
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