Regular Season Round 4 - December 15, 2009 CET: 20:00 Local time: 20:00 - Bizkaia Arena/BEC

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
3-0 Regular Season 1-2
3-0 Overall 1-2

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR, Montenegro
Umpire
GELLER, RENAUD, Belgium

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.3 Points 81.3
30.0 Rebounds 26.0
6.3 O. Rebounds 6.7
23.7 D. Rebounds 19.3
16.7 Assists 19.7
6.7 Steals 7.3
1.3 Blocks 3.0
13.3 Turnovers 13.0
60.0 % 2PT 54.1 %
43.3 % 3PT 46.6 %
72.7 % FT 72.5 %
94.7 Index 88.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
20.3 / Banic Points 19.7 / WILSON, LAMAYNE
5.7 / MOISO, JEROME Rebounds 5.3 / Dudley
1.0 / GUARDIA, SALVADOR OR 2.0 / Dudley
5.0 / MOISO, JEROME DR 3.7 / BESOK, HUSEYIN
3.0 / SALGADO, JAVIER Assists 4.3 / Acik
1.3 / MOISO, JEROME Steals 1.7 / WILSON, LAMAYNE
0.7 / Markota Blocks 0.7 / Dudley
2.3 / Markota Turnovers 2.3 / BESOK, HUSEYIN
83.3 % / Banic 2PT 75.0 % / Mallet
75.0 % / VAZQUEZ, PACO 3PT 71.4 % / Acik
100.0 % / Banic FT 100.0 % / Acik
23.3 / Banic Index 18.3 / WILSON, LAMAYNE

THE TAKE

Bizkaia Bilbao Basket welcomes Turk Telecom to Spain with plans to improve to 4-0 and seal its pass to the Last 16 in the process. Turk Telekom, at 1-2 and in third place in Group E, will need to dig down deep to find a way to beat what is proving to be one of the clear candidates to go all the way in this year’s Eurocup. Just last week, Bilbao handed Turk Telekom a 70-85 defeat on its home court in Ankara. Bilbao dominated by taking Turk Telekom out of its offensive flow. Only one Turk Telekom player, guard Serkan Erdogan, got into double digits as Bilbao threw waves and waves of fresh legs onto the court to wear down the hosts’ main weapons. While Erdogan did get 16 points, his backcourt partner Demond Mallet was forced into shooting 0 for 5 from the behind the three-point arc and finished with just 3 points. Turk Telekom will have to find a way to free up Mallet if it hopes to have a chance this week. Another key to Turk Telekom’s downfall was that Bilbao sent it to the foul line a mere 10 times, where it only made 6. This time around, the team from Ankara will also have to attack the basket and play more aggressively on offense to get more easy points from the line. The problem for any team playing Bilbao is that it is the deepest team in the competition with no absolutely no difference between its starters and bench players. All 12 players saw court time last week. There is one player that does stand out as the offensive leader of Bilbao and his name is Marko Banic. The forward is his team’s leading scorer, and he torched Turk Telekom for 26 points last week. Banic and the do-everything Alex Mumbru team up to make a potent combo of forwards. Chirs Warren is also worth keeping an eye on. Last week, the forward came off the bench to score 11 points. Umit Sonkol and Lamayne Wilson will have to do their best to at least keep pace with Banic and co. scoring the ball if they cannot find a way to slow him down. In the backcourt, Bilbao will once again split court time between no less than five guards. Javi Rodriguez and Javi Salgado are unselfish playmakers while shooting guard Renaldas Seibutis and combo guard Janus Blums can light it up with the best to keep defenses more than honest when they think of doubling down on Banic. To round out the main individual battles, Huseyin Besok and Salva Guardia will be an interesting one to watch at the center position. In short, Turk Telekom will have to play a near-perfect game to come away with the upset.

REFEREES: Romualdas Brazauskas, Radomir Vojinovic, Renaud Geller
Monday, December 14, 2009
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

VIDORRETA, TXUS
Bizkaia Bilbao B
"It is a special game because it can grant us passage to the Last 16. However, Turk Telekom have options to be first in the group if they beat us and moreover, if they lose, they would even depend on our result in the last game to see if they advance, so they will come to Bilbao to take it all. Despite our big win in Turkey, they are a great team. We were trailing by some minutes in the first game, and I think that in the end we dsereved a good win but I think the score didn't reflect what the whole game was. When they play on the road they normally alternate lots of zone and individual defenses and in offense they have quality players. Demond Mallet wasn't on fire last week, but we will have to keep an eye on him all the time."

Players

Damir Markota - Bizkaia Bilbao BasketBilbao Basket is a Last 16 from this Tuesday after defeating Turk Telekom at home by 81-75. The win allows Bilbao to stay undefeated with a 4-0 record at the top of Group E, while Turk Telekom drops to 1-3 but still has chances to advance. Bilbao started strong with 8-0 and 13-0 bursts that earned them double-digit leads for most of the game, but in the final period, the guests came back as close as 75-72, even if the hosts managed their advantage well until the final buzzer. Damir Markoya excelled in offense for the winners with his 27 points and 7 rebounds while Renaldas Seibutis posted 17 and Robert Conley joined in with 12. For the guests, Lamayne Wilson paced with 19 points and Demond Mallet added 18 as Turk Telekom shot an inspired 13 of 24 from the arc that wasn't enough against Bilbao's accuracy from the free throw line.

Damir Markota and Renaldas Seibutis combined for threes to make it an 8-0 start for Bilbao Basket until Serkan Erdogan hit a three of his own to start Turk Telekom's scoring after the mandatory timeout. The instructions proved to be useful for the guests as Demond Mallet found the net from beyond the arc ro put his team within 10-8. The hosts reacted with a 5-0 burst but Mallet and Erdogan insisted on Turk Telekom staying in the scoreboard, 18-16. Things went donwhil from there however for Turk Telekom as Bilbao managed to spark a 13-0 run starting with Markota's third and fourth triples of the game and completed with four straight points by Seibutis to close the first period with a commanding 28-16 lead for Bilbao. Seibutis opened the second period with a new Bilbao three increasing the run to 16-0 until Mallet finally scored for Turk Telekom. Seibutis was on fire however and virtually unstoppable in offense, and only Mallet showed some shy opposition with a new three for him but then Paco Vazquez nailed a new three for the hosts for a 44-29 lead. Bekir Yarangume woke up with five straight points of his own to make it a 10-point game again, 44-34, forcing Bilbao's timeout. There wasn't time for much more as both teams hit the lockerrooms with a 46-38 Bilbao advantage.

Lamayne Wilson - Turk TelekomThe second half started more or less in the same way, with Bilbao dominating the situation. Robert Conley was the man now in offense for the hosts while Turk Telekom kept some hope with a new Mallet three for 56-43 and then Yarangume joined in for a three of his own, 56-46. Markota blasted yet another three to make it his 25th point of the night while Marko Banic scored his first basket to keep Bilbao at a safe distance, 62-50. Conley and Banic connected for five streight more points with no opposition from the guests until Tutku Acik hit twice form the line and then Lamayne Wilson added a three to make it 68-55 after 30 minutes. Wilson's three capped a 0-7 run for Turk Telekom and a 68-62 score, but Bilbao didn't panick. Banic and Jerome Moiso stepped up for the hosts to keep some valuable points in the lead, but Wilson blasted a new three where it hurt the most to make it 73-65 in minute 36. Markota came to the rescue for the hosts but Wilson blasted his third straigh three and with each bite, the guests were one point closer. Missed shots and turnovers of the hosts allowed Turk Telekom tu trim four more points on the scoreboard, 75-72, after Andre Owens scored a layup to force a desperate timeout for Bilbao Basket, but the hosts stayed calm in the final plays and with the help of the fans secured a home win that was worth a Last 16 berth for Bilbao for the second consectuive year.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR (MNE), GELLER, RENAUD (BEL)
Attendance: 6500
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Bizkaia Bilbao B28182213
Turk Telekom16221720
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Bizkaia Bilbao B28466881
Turk Telekom16385575
Head coach: VIDORRETA, TXUS
Bizkaia Bilbao B
# 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 WARREN, CHRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 MOISO, JEROME 18:37 5 2/3   1/2   4 4 3 1 2 2     2 13
6 RODRIGUEZ, JAVI 13:47     0/2   3   3 1 1 1     1 1 2
8 GUARDIA, SALVA 4:19     0/3     1 1     1     1   -4
9 VAZQUEZ, PACO 8:40 3   1/1           1           4
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 29:37 17 4/5 2/3 3/4       1 2 1     2 5 19
11 MARKOTA, DAMIR 32:29 27 6/6 5/11   3 4 7   2 3 1   3 1 26
13 BANIC, MARKO 24:35 6 3/8     4 2 6 1 1 1   1     7
14 SALGADO, JAVI 3:40                              
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 20:47 3 0/2 1/5   1 3 4 2   2     3 3 1
30 CONLEY, ROBERT 20:56 12 3/4 1/2 3/4 1 1 2 4 1 2     2 4 16
45 BLUMS, JANIS 22:33 8 1/2 0/3 6/6 1 6 7 2   3     1 4 13
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 81 19/30 10/30 13/16 15 21 36 14 9 16 3 1 13 20 99
63.3% 33.3% 81.3%
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: OZYER, MURAT
Turk Telekom
# 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 LANG, KRIS 23:47 4 2/4     3 2 5     1     3   3
5 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 22:39 5 1/2 1/3   1 1 2 1 1 3     2 1 2
6 WILSON, LAMAYNE 30:00 19 2/5 5/9   1 4 5     1     2   14
9 YARANGÜME, BEKIR 10:23 8 1/1 2/2     1 1   1 1     1 1 9
11 ACIK, TUTKU 22:58 4 1/1 0/1 2/2 1   1 5 3 3     4 3 8
12 BESOK, HUSEYIN 14:31 5 1/5 1/3 0/1 1 1 2 1 1 2   2 2 2 -2
20 OWENS, ANDRE 19:04 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   1 1     1     3 4 4
21 AKPINAR, MUTLU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 SENTURK, SONER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 DUDLEY, ERWIN 24:14 8 3/7   2/2 4 4 8 2 2 3 1 1 2 2 13
44 SONKOL, UMIT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 MALLET, DEMOND 32:24 18 3/10 4/5     1 1 2 2       1   14
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 75 15/36 13/24 6/7 11 16 27 11 10 15 1 3 20 13 66
41.7% 54.2% 85.7%
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Head Coaches

VIDORRETA, TXUS
Bizkaia Bilbao B
"It has been a complicated game. We started really well with Damir Markota and Ronnie Seibutis, who were very inspired tonight. Telekom managed to stay in the game due to their good individual skills. We managed to get a 16-point lead in the third quarter but they were patient enough to get the ball of their best players, who did well when it mattered. In the end and in crinch time, Jerome Moiso and Robert Conley stepped up. It has been a very important win because it allowes us to qualify to the Last 16."
OZYER, MURAT
Turk Telekom
"We didn't have a good start and had to call all of our timeouts really soon, but were always on the game, especially at the end of it. We were close to completing our comeback in the final minutes. Nevertheless, we make several mistake in defense trailing 75-70 that did not allow us to return to the game. Bilbao Basket did not need Marko Banic and Alex Mumbru tonight because Damir Markota provided a lot of points and rebounds. He had a fantastic game, just as Ronnie Seibutis. I wish Bilbao all the best in the remainder of the season."
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