Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul confirmed its status as a pre-season favorite by going on the road to beat Trefl Sopot 65-94 in Poland on Tuesday in the first Group E game for each team. A blazing 0-13 start to the game for Galatasaray put Sopot on its heels. Sopot got back as close as 4 points before halftime, but suffered similar Galatasaray runs to start the third and fourth quarters as the visitors ran away to a big victory. Galatasaray had seven scorers post between 8 and 14 points, with Boni Ndong at the top of that scale. Ender Arslan added 13, Jamont Gordon 12, David Hawkins 11 and Milan Macvan 10 for the winners, who made 62% of their two-point shots (25 for 40) and 50% on threes (9 for 18). For Sopot, Filip Dylewicz made 4 of 6 threes for 14 points. Adam Waczynski added 13, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, while Michal Michalak scored 11 points.
Galatasaray sent a message from the start by storming to the game's first 13 points as all five of its starters scored at least once. After close to 5 minutes, Filip Dylewicz got Sopot on the scoreboard from downtown, but Hawkins and Macvan gave Galatasaray another 0-6 run before his second one made it 6-19. Waczynski finally joined Dylewicz in the scoring column with a put-back, although Galatasaray still dominated with an 8-23 lead after 10 minutes. But not much longer. Although Dylewicz soon drilled his third three-pointer, a different Sopot team came out for the second quarter, pressuring Galatasaray up and down the floor during a 15-5 run that featured 2 triples and 8 points by Michal Michalak. With the battle rejoined, Sopot stayed within 33-39 before 4 free throws by Ndong preceded another by Macvan and his three-pointer to close the half as Galatasaray recouped a double-digit difference, 36-47, at the break.
Galatasaray kept moving ahead with another triple by Arslan and shorter shots by Gordon for a 40-54 lead. They were interrupted by a basket from Waczynski before another burst started with 5 points from Hawkins en route to a 42-61 score. Furkan Aldemir got in on the act soon and Engin Atsur finished the quarter with a triple that had Galatasaray comfortably in front, 51-68, after 30 minutes. Akyol broke the game open for good with 8 points himself in a 4-10 run to open the final quarter for Galatasaray by boosting the difference to 55-78. From there the teams traded baskets as to the finish as Galatasaray's shooting percentages stayed high and the visitors rained on the Eurocup opener for Sopot and its fans.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012