2019-20Top 16Round 2
January 15, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA

Short-handed Tofas wins in Andorra

Tofas Bursa overcame injuries and absences to beat MoraBanc Andorra 63-69 on the road in Group H on Wednesday. Tofas leads the standings with a 2-0 record while Andorra dropped to 0-2. Berkan Durmaz and Tarik Phillip led the winners with 17 points apiece, Muhaymin Mustafa added 10 points and Devin Williams posted 9 with 10 rebounds for Tofas, which was without head coach Orhun Ene and stars D.J. White, Sammy Mejia and Matt Lojeski. Dejan Musli led Andorra with 13 points while Jeremy Singler added 10. Andorra held a 63-59 margin midway through the fourth quarter, but Durmaz led a closing 0-10 run allowed Tofas to walk away with a well-deserved win.

Williams and Berk Ugurlu got Tofas going with consecutive layups. Senglin and Phillip traded three-pointers before Mustafa struck from downtown for a 5-10 Tofas lead. Durmaz scored in the low post, but Dejan Todorovic and Frantz Massenat each buried a triple to bring Andorra within 11-12. Durmaz scored around the basket and got help from Phillip and Baris Ermis to set a 13-18 Tofas edge. Perez stepped up for Andorra with 6 quick points, including a wild put-back slam, and Colom nailed a three-pointer that tied the game, 22-22, after 10 minutes. Muhsin Yasar hit a jump hook early in the second quarter and got help from Ermis to give Tofas a 23-28 lead. Colom stepped up with a basket off the baseline and Nacho Llovet followed a jump hook with a reverse layup that tied the game at 29-29. Durmaz and Yasar kept pushing Tofas and got help from Mustafa to give Tofas a 29-34 margin. Jelinek buried a three-pointer and Todorovic added a layup-plus-foul that gave Andorra its first lead, 35-34. Durmaz hit a catch-and-shoot jumper, but Musli answered with a jump hook to fix the halftime score at 37-36.

Durmaz scored around the basket immediately after the break, but Massenat erased that with a jumper and Perez added a layup for a 41-39 Andorra edge. Phillip struck from beyond the arc. Musli did better with consecutive reverse layups in a 6-0 run that restored a 47-42 lead. Senglin bettered Yasar's layup with a wild three-point play and soon added a step-back jumper. Phillip kept Tofas close at 53-49 after 30 minutes. Musli followed a layup with a hook shot early in the fourth quarter. Phillip hit a jumper before Mustafa and Durmaz each struck from downtown to tie the game at 57-57 with 7 minutes left. Senglin rescued Andorra and Clevin Hannah added a turnaround jumper for a 61-57 Andorra lead. Williams made free throws and Durmaz added back-to-back layups for a 63-63 tie with 4 minutes to go. Ermis scored around the basket and Williams beat the shot clock buzzer with a put-back basket for a 63-67 Tofas lead in the next-to-last minute. Andorra kept struggling to score and Williams hit free throws to seal the outcome at 63-69 with 27.5 seconds remaining.

Pivotal performer

Berkan Durmaz had averaged 3.7 points in 10 EuroCup games until this game, but made the most of out the opportunity with extended playing time due to Tofas's circumstances. He finished the game with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 two-point shooting, 1-of-1 three-pointers and 2-of-4 free throws, plus 7 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and 3 fouls drawn for a PIR of 23, a new personal-best.

Game-changing moment

Andorra led 63-59 midway through the fourth quarter, but was held scoreless over the final 4 minutes when it missed 4 shots and 2 free throws and committed 3 turnovers. Meanwhile, Berkan Durmaz scored twice around the basket, Baris Ermis added a layup, Devin Williams hit a critical shot that beat the shot clock buzzer and soon added free throws to cap a closing 0-10 run that led Tofas to this outstanding road win.

Stellar stat

In a low-scoring game, small details made the difference. Tofas had a better free throw shooting percentage, hitting 22 of 25 attempts (84%) against Andorra's 12 of 19 (63.2%). Andorra had 15 turnovers and Tofas only 11, which was also one of the keys.

Did you notice?

It was Andorra's third home loss in the last two EuroCup seasons. After nine consecutive wins, Andorra only lost once at home last season - against ALBA Berlin in Game 2 of the semifinals, 81-87. This season, Andorra had only lost at home against Promitheas Patras, 81-91, in Round 5 of the regular season.

Next game

Both teams return to EuroCup action next week. Andorra hosts Unicaja Malaga on Tuesday, January 21. Tofas visits Joventut Badalona the following day.

Tarik Phillip - Tofas Bursa  (Photo Martin Imatge) - EC19
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Referees: NEDOVIC, MILAN; SUKYS, ARTURAS; HADZIC, DENIS
Attendance: 1815 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 PEREZ, TYSON 16:01 8 3/6 0/2 2/3 5 1 6 1 1 1 1     2 12
5 SY, BANDJA 23:51 3 1/1 0/4 1/2 1 4 5 2   1 1 1 3 1 2
9 LLOVET, NACHO 13:30 6 3/5       3 3     1     5 1 2
10 MASSENAT, FRANTZ 22:51 7 1/1 1/2 2/2   1 1 4   2     2 1 8
11 HANNAH, CLEVIN 15:43 2 1/3 0/1         2   2     2 2 -1
15 KRAMPELJ, MARTIN 3:12           1 1           2 2 1
20 TODOROVIC, DEJAN 26:09 6 1/3 1/4 1/1   4 4 6   1     1 1 10
24 COLOM, GUILLEM 14:36 5 1/2 1/1     1 1           1 1 5
25 JELINEK, DAVID 17:37 3 0/4 1/4             1   1 2   -8
30 SENGLIN, JEREMY 23:12 10 2/3 1/1 3/4   2 2     3     2 2 7
44 MUSLI, DEJAN 23:18 13 5/8   3/7   4 4 1   3 1   4 6 11
88 CLARK, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 63 18/36 5/19 12/19 9 24 33 16 1 15 3 2 24 19 55
        50% 26.3% 63.2%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON
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
Tofas Bursa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MUSTAFA, MUHAYMIN 34:31 10 1/3 2/6 2/2   2 2 1         3 3 7
3 DURMAZ, BERKAN 33:48 17 6/8 1/1 2/4 2 5 7 3   1 1   3 3 23
5 UGURLU, BERK 29:56 2 1/4 0/2     3 3 3   2   2 2 1 -2
6 ERMIS, BARIS 19:38 6 1/2 0/2 4/4   3 3   1 2     2 3 6
7 TUNA, BATIN 8:25     0/2           1 1     2 1 -3
10 SATIR, BORA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 YAVAS, OMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 PHILLIP, TARIK 30:26 17 3/4 2/6 5/5   1 1 4 3 2 1   2 5 22
23 ATSUREN, ATA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 WILLIAMS, DEVIN 20:56 9 2/8   5/6 3 7 10 4 1 1   1 4 6 17
77 YASAR, MUHSIN 22:20 8 2/6   4/4   5 5     1     1 2 9
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 69 16/35 5/19 22/25 8 28 36 15 6 11 2 3 19 24 83
        45.7% 26.3% 88%
Head coach: ENE, ORHUN

Head Coaches

NAVARRO, IBON
MoraBanc Andorra

"First of all, I would like to congratulate Tofas Bursa on the victory. I think they had an excellent performance with all the problems they had tonight with injured players. Maybe it was one of the worst performances of our team. We played without energy, without intensity, with a big lack of aim to compete and fight. We gave them the chance to win in the last 3-4 minutes and they grabbed it. In the last three games, we arrived at the final 2-3 minutes without spark, without energy. The team did not arrive to the final 2-3 minutes the way we wanted. We have to find out why and fix it because games are 40 minutes long. It is not just one thing, but several. We have players who have been out of the team and when they come back, they do it with energy but their competition rhythm is low, as they need 2-3 weeks. It is normal. I think we are also a little bit tired, but we have to find the answers."

Yalcin Kucokozkan

Tofas assistant coach

"I didn't expect to win this game. It was just thinking about the difference, if it was big or not, but I am very happy. I thank all of my players, they put their heart on the court and got this success. We were lucky, but played very well. They wanted this win more than anyone, and that is why we got the win."

Players

DURMAZ, BERKAN
Tofas Bursa
"First of all, we played smart for 40 minutes. We had sick players and injuries, but it didn't matter: we had heart and put it on the court. We stuck to the game plan, especially on defense. We got rebounds and knew they were shooters, so we got the rebounds and then we got the win. This win is for our coach and for the injured and sick players. Road games are always hard in the EuroCup, so this is a huge win for us. Now we have to win all the home games, this is important. We are so happy right now, but we have to keep building up."
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