Turk Telekom stayed second in Group A by thrashing Guildford Heat 67-107 on the road on Tuesday. Turk Telekom improved to 4-1 and is just one win away DKV Joventut, that leads Group A with a 5-0 record and is one of 3 unbeaten teams in the competition. Meanwhile, the Heat dropped to 0-5 and needs a major comeback to reach the elimination rounds. Khalid El-Amin paced the winners with 28 points on 5-for-5 two-pointers, 6-for-8 triples, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Michael Wright added 26 points on 9-for-10 two-pointers and 8-for-8 free throws in just 23 minutes, Erwin Dudley had 11 while Chris Williams got 10 for Turk Telekom. Tony Dorsey had 24 points for the Heat while Daniel Gilbert added 23. Turk Telekom opened the game with a 3-13 run and soon boosted its margin to 13-26 after 10 minutes. The Heat got within 23-32 after 10 minutes, but an unstoppable right allowed the guests to get a 42-56 margin at halftime. El-Amin broke the game in the third quarter, as Turk Telekom boosted its magin to 53-82 after 30 minutes and never looked back.
Tutku Acik opened the scoring with a triple while Wright added free throws for a 0-5 Turk Telekom edge. Mike Martin stroke from downtown but a 0-8 run that El-Amin capped with a layup off a steal boosted the guests' lead to 3-13. The Heat improved its offense but an unstoppable Wright and a three-pointer by Bekir Yarangume kept Turk Telekom way ahead, 13-26. Gilbert had 10 points, including consecutive triples, in 2 minutes to get the Heat within 23-32 after 10 minutes. El-Amin and Williams led a 0-7 run that broke the game, 23-39, early in the second quarter. Dorsey tried to ignit the Heat comeback but Williams and Dudley kept Turk Telekom ahead, 33-46. Dudley, El-Amin and Wright combined for all points in a 0-11 run that gave the guests a 33-54 lead. Dorsey and Gilbert got the Heat closer, 42-56, at halftime. El-Amin, Wright and Dudley shined after the break, allowing Turk Telekom to get a 42-65 margin. Dean Williams and James Jones stroke from downtown but only managed to make it a 17-point game at 50-67. El-Amin led a 0-14 run that sealed the outcome, 50-81, still in the third quarter. Another basket by El-Amin fixed the score at 52-83 after 30 minutes. The Heat kept struggling to score while El-Amin was on fire. He buried two more shots from downtown for a 37-point Turk Telekom lead, 54-91. The Heat kept fighting to please its fans in the stands but Oren hit a triple to make Turk Telekom break the 100-point mark, 67-102. It was all said and done, as the Heat need to improve right away while Turk Telekom got closer to the elimination rounds.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007