Fotu leads Ulm to double-overtime home win
In a double-overtime thriller, ratiopharm Ulm bested Galatasaray Istanbul 103-92 at home on Wednesday. Both teams now have 1-1 records. Ismet Akpinar led the winners with 26 points, Isaac Fotu added 19, Javonte Green had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals and Dwayne Evans tallied 11 points for Ulm. Nigel Hayes led Galatasaray with 26 points and 13 rebounds and Marko Arapovic scored 20 points. Tai Webster recorded 17 points and 10 assists and Jaka Klobucar added 10 points for the visitors.
Hayes shined early with a layup-plus-foul, a triple and a couple of jumpers to give Galatasaray a 7-10 lead. A tip-in by Zach Auguste soon boosted the margin to 11-19. Akpinar and David Kraemer brought Ulm closer, 21-25, early in the second quarter. The hosts excelled on defense and 7 quick points by Green put Ulm in charge, 35-33. Hayes struck twice from downtown, but Akpinar and Green answered for a 46-43 Ulm edge at halftime. Galatasaray took the lead soon after the break before Green drew Ulm within 52-55. Klobucar and Hayes fueled a 0-11 run that seemed to seal the outcome, 52-66, at the end of the third quarter. Akpinar had other ideas, scoring 8 points in a 18-1 run that Katin Reinhardt capped with a layup to put Ulm ahead, 68-67, with over four minutes left in regulation. Webster and Arapovic combined for all the points in a 0-7 run, but a driving layup by Akpinar sent the game to overtime, 78-78. A tip-in by Evans put Ulm in charge, 84-82, with 54.3 seconds left in the first overtime. Green and Klobucar exchanged free throws before a layup by Webster forced double overtime, 85-85. Fotu took over in the second extra period with his team's first 9 points, including a triple that sealed the outcome, 92-86.
Fotu had 11 of his 19 points in the second overtime, including his team's first 9 points. Jump hooks, free throws and a three-pointer that made the difference.
Akpinar had a career-best performance with 26 points and a performance index rating of 22. His previous career-best efforts were in a home game against Herbalife Gran Canaria on October 25, 2017 - 14 points and 13 PIR.
With Galatasaray up by 14 at the start of the fourth quarter, Ulm improved its defense and went on a game-saving 18-1 run that eventually allowed the German powerhouse to win the game.
Did you notice?
Hayes hit his first 4 two-pointers tonight - and was 8 for 8 in Round 1 against Morabanc Andorra. Therefore, he made his first 12 two-point shots and is 16-for-21 (76.2%) so far this season.
Ulm plays against at home against AS Monaco on Wednesday, October 16 at 19:30 CET. Half an hour earlier that day, Galatasaray welcomes Germani Leonessa Brescia.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018