2015-16Regular SeasonRound 7
November 27, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 VOLKSWAGEN ARENA

Bamberg downs Darussafaka to reach Top 16

Brose Baskets Bamberg became the third team to make it to the Top 16 from Group D by downing Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 54-65 on the road on Friday. Bamberg improved to 5-2 after getting its fourth consecutive win and mathematically made it to the next round. Darussafaka dropped to 3-4, ranks fourth in Group D and still holds a two-win gap over fifth-place Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv. Daniel Theis led the winners with 13 points. Bradley Wanamaker added 11 while Nicolo Melli grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds for Bamberg. Jamon Gordon led Darussafaka with 13 points. Marcus Slaughter added 12 while Milko Bjelica had 10 for the hosts, who bounced back from a slow start to tie the game, 17-17 after 10 minutes. Melli shined in the second quarter, allowing Bamberg to get a 29-32 lead. Bamberg improved its defense after the break, as Wanamaker allowed the guests to get a double-digit margin, 39-50, after 30 minutes. Gordon brought Darussafaka within 51-57 but Theis took over in crunch time to make sure that Bamberg got the win it needed to reach the Top 16.

First quarter: Brose starts strong, Darussafaka recovers

Melli found Elias Harris for a reverse layup that got Bamberg going before an off-balance basket by Darius Miller gave the guests a 0-4 lead. Harris capped a 0-6 opening run with a jumper before Semih Erden split free throws for Darussafaka's first point. Nikos Zisis hit both of his foul shots for Brose, but then Slaughter scored around the basket and Milko Bjelica hit a three-pointer by that kept Darussafaka within 6-8. Zisis scored in penetration and a layup by Leon Radosevic boosted the guests' lead to 6-12. Slaughter ignited the crowd with a dunk and soon added a put-back basket to keep the hosts as close as 10-12. And even though Radosevic swished a mid-range jumper and Patrick Heckmann added a free throw for Brose, Bjelica singlehandedly brought Darussafaka even closer, 14-15. Darussafaka's defense stopped allowing easy shots, but Heckmann finished a three-chance Bamberg offense with a tip-in before free throws by Slaughter tied it 17-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Melli puts Bamberg ahead

Ender Arslan hit a technical free throw early in the second quarter for Darussafaka's first - and in the end, only - lead of the egame, because soon Bamberg brought more intensity to both ends of the court. Wanamaker¬°s layup and an alleyoop dunk by Theis gave the guests a 17-20 margin. Reggie Redding hit a mid-range jumper for Darussafaka that Melli bettered with a bomb from downtown. Jamon Gordon took over with a driving layup which a red hot Melli matched with a tip-in for a 22-26 Bamberg lead. A mid-range jumper by Wanamaker made Darussafaka coach Oktay Mahmuti call timeout at 22-28. Scottie Wilbekin made free throws for the hosts, but another three-pointer by Melli kept Brose ahead 24-30. Harris and Gordon exchanged free throws and a tip-in by Furkan Aldemir gave Darussafaka hope as Arslan split foul shots to fix the halftime score at 29-32.

Third quarter: Bamberg extends its margin

Radosevic shined with a driving layup immediately after the break, as Darussafaka went scoreless for more than 2 minutes. Gordon stepped up with a five-meter jumper but Heckmann did better with a bomb from downtown, good for a 31-37 Bamberg lead. Wilbekin sank a stop-and-pop jumper that Harris matched with a reverse layup. Gordon kept pacing Darussafaka with free throws and Slaughter provided a highlight with an alley-oop dunk which kept the hosts as close as 37-40. Heckmann shined with a three-point play and Slaughter dunked again, as the game turned into a physical battle. Both teams struggled to score until Theis stepped up with a put-back layup, good for a 39-45 Bamberg edge. Wanamaker fired in a wide-open three-pointer that forced Darussafaka to stop the game at 39-48. Theis finished a good team play with a layup and Redding made free throws to keep the hosts within 41-50 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Bamberg is in the Top 16!

Theis scored around the basket early in the fourth quarter, as Bamberg kept dominating the game with outstanding defense. A long rebound allowed Wanamaker to score at the other end, forcing Darussafaka to call timeout at 41-54. The hosts could not find the way to the basket for more than 3 minutes until Aldemir made a three-point play. Gordon soon added a bomb from downtown to being Darussafaka within 47-54. Theis stepped up with a big bomb himself, which Manu Markoishvili answered with a put-back basket, his first points. Free throws by Gordon got the hosts closer, 51-57, with over 3 minutes left. Janis Strelnieks, who had been scoreless until then, buried a critical three-pointer which Theis followed with a three-point play to seal the outcome, 51-63. Darussafaka kept trying but Bamberg had already cruised to a well-deserved, historical road win.

Bradley Wanamaker - Brose Baskets Bamberg - EB15
Friday, November 27, 2015
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 3852 (Tentative)
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Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 20:04 4 1/9 0/2 2/2 1   1         1 1 3 -4
5 REDDING, REGGIE 22:58 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 4 1 3 1   1 1 9
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 6:10 1 0/1   1/2           1     3 1 -4
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 15:11 2 1/1 0/3   1   1 2     1   5 1 -1
15 CETIN, SERHAT 0:07                              
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 15:55 5 2/2   1/1 1 4 5           1 1 10
22 GORDON, JAMON 31:32 13 2/8 1/2 6/6 1 3 4 2 1 3 1 1 2 6 14
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 19:17 2 0/3 0/2 2/3 2 2 4 1   2     3 1 -3
42 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 17:55 12 5/7   2/2 2 2 4       1 1 2 4 16
44 HARANGODY, LUKE 13:54   0/3 0/2   1 2 3         2 1   -5
51 BJELICA, MILKO 23:37 10 1/3 2/2 2/3   4 4 1   1     1 3 13
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 13:20 1 0/3 0/3 1/2   3 3         1   2 -2
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 54 13/43 3/17 19/23 13 24 37 10 2 11 4 6 20 23 45
        30.2% 17.6% 82.6%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 26:55 7 2/5 1/1   2 10 12 2   1 4   4 1 18
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 27:50 4 1/7 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 2   1       5 8
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 THEIS, DANIEL 20:25 13 5/7 1/2 0/1 2 4 6     3 1   4 1 10
11 WANAMAKER, BRAD 31:55 11 3/8 1/6 2/4 1 4 5 4 2 1     3 5 11
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 26:14 5 1/2 1/6     3 3 2   2       2 4
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 7:36 8 3/5   2/2 2 3 5     2   1 5 1 4
21 MILLER, DARIUS 21:00 2 1/5           3   1   1 3   -4
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 19:54 9 2/3 1/1 2/3 2 2 4 2 1 1 1   3 2 13
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 1:24   0/1               1   1 1   -4
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 16:47 6 3/4   0/3 1 1 2         1   3 6
Team           4 1 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 65 21/47 5/17 8/15 15 32 47 15 3 14 6 4 23 20 70
        44.7% 29.4% 53.3%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"First of all, congratulations to Brose. We didn't put enough heart into tonight's game. I'm very disappointed with some of our players. We didn't let Brose score more than usual, but our effort on offense was very insufficient. But it's useless to discuss technical issues when you don't put your 100 percent on the court. It's a job and you have to respect the rules of that job. If we keep on playing this way we won't be able to qualify to the Top 16 and we won't deserve to qualify."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"I believe that we played very good defense. We were solid and stable. Actually, we made some mistakes, but we always bounced back. On offense, we played as a team because none of our players had 20 points, but I believe Daniel Theis was very good. This is his first Euroleague season, he was very good on finding his right spacing on offense and I have good guards, so we passed the ball very well and Theis was very good today."

Players

WANAMAKER, BRAD
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"The key point in this game was our defense. Then we managed to score at go-to moments on offense. Every season, my goal is the win games, to win championships. You don't always achieve those goals, but you have to go for them."
MELLI, NICOLO
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We have been a team, that's the key. It was not a nice game but we won it with a great effort. It was a low-scoring game, but we came here to win and to go to the Top 16 with three games left. We achieved the goal, so we are very, very happy."