Darussafaka beats Cedevita for first Top 16 road win
Marcus Slaughter carried his team for stretches and Scottie Wilbekin hit a pair of crucial jumpers late as Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul edged Cedevita 77-83 Thursday at Drazen Petrovic Zagreb for its first road win of the Top 16. The victory lifted Darussafaka to 3-6 in Group E, while Cedevita fell to 2-7. The visitors jumped ahead early with some hot three-point shooting and remained ahead though the first half, which ended at 38-43. Jacob Pullen, who tied his one club scoring record with 26 points, fueled a third-quarter comeback and Marko Arapovic free throws gave Cedevita a 61-59 lead entering the fourth quarter. There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, but Wilbekin fed Slaughter for the go-ahead basket, added a three-point play with a minute left and a jumper over Pullen with 30 seconds to go, which paved Darussafaka’s way to victory. Slaughter finished with a season-high 17 points to lead the winners, Manuchar Markoishvili was 4 for 4 from downtown for 16 points, Reggie Redding scored 10 and Wilbekin totaled 8 points and 6 assists. For the hosts, Miro Bilan added 13 points and Nemanja Gordic 11.
First quarter: Threes by Harangody, Redding propel visitors
Bilan struck first for the hosts with a reverse layup and then James White fed Arapovic for a basket inside. Luke Harangody got Darussafaka in the books with a three from the top of the key and then Redding’s triple gave the visitors a 4-6 lead. Semih Erden went down the middle for a layup to add to the Darussafaka run. Gordic drew a pair of fouls from Mehmet Yagmur and sank a pair of free throws before Arapovic evened the score with a tip-in. Harangody’s second three put his tea, up 8-11. Luka Zoric finished nicely after a good pass from Gordic, but Yagmur countered with a layup-plus-foul. Luka Babic scored after a fastbreak and with a drive, though Redding hit his second triple in between. After Erden scored inside, Henry Walker nailed a three on his first touch to cut the gap to 2. Zoric committed his third foul while trying to stop Erden, who split the resulting free throws. Gordic sank a jumper in the lane, but Wilbekin lobbed a pass to Erden for basket. Wilbekin added free throws to make it 19-24 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Markoishvili shines to help Darussafaka protect lead
Markoishvili and Fran Pilepic traded jumpers to start the quarter. Slaughter denied Bilan and Markoishvili nailed a three for a 21-30 advantage. Emir Preldzic’s fast break layup gave Darussafaka its first double-digit lead. Pullen and Markoishvili traded threes. A second Pullen triple made it 27-35. Despite a Darussafaka timeout, White drove for a layup and Pullen finished a three-point play in transition to cap an 8-0 spurt. Jamon Gordon split free throws and Slaughter fought for a layup and foul to give Darussafaka some breathing room. After Pullen sank free throws, Harangody took a great pass from slaughter for an easy bucket and Slaughter put his own miss. Gordic countered with a long jumper. Babic dunked on the break to end the half at 38-43.
Third quarter: Cedevita completes comeback and jumps in front
Pullen opened the second half with a triple. After Erden split free throws, Bilan nailed a long baseline jumper and split free throws on the next possession to tie the game at 44-44. Erden then missed twice from the line, but Yagmur put Darussafaka back on top with a three-pointer. Pullen drained free throws and Bilan’s layup in transition gave the hosts their first lead since the first quarter, 48-47. Slaughter and Pullen traded baskets Redding gave Darussafaka the lead with a jumper. Arapovic put back Bilan’s miss, but Markoishvili countered with a three-pointer. Pullen’s free throws tied it again at 54-54. Slaughter scored inside and Zoric finished in transition. Then Markoishvili and Gordic swapped triples. Arapovic’s free throws with 6.6 seconds left in the quarter put Cedevita up 61-59 at its end.
Fourth quarter: Wilbekin shines late to lift Darussafaka
Preldzic rebounded a Wilbekin miss, drew a foul and split free throws. Gordic hit a long jumper and Milko Bjelica matched him with a jumper in the lane. Slaughter grabbed a missed Wilbekin shot and stuffed it in with one hand to put the visitors up 63-64. Arapovic airballed a triple and Slaughter took a dish from Preldzic to score inside again. Then the Darussafaka big man netted 2 free throws for a 5-point edge with five-and-a-half minutes to go. But after an alley-oop slam by Bilan and a long jumper from Pullen, it was 67-68. Gordon kept Darussafaka ahead with a mid-range jumper before Redding sank free throws. White set up Bilan for another slam and scored on the break to bring the hosts within 1 with three minutes left. White put Cedevita ahead with a baseline jumper, but Markoishvili’s free throws made it 73-74. Bilan muscled his way to a reverse layup, which Slaughter matched with a layup assisted by Wilbekin. The Darussafaka playmaker took Pullen one-on-one and came away with a pull-up jumper and foul for a 4-point lead with a minute to go. After a timeout, Pullen went at Wilbekin and scored, but Wilbekin answered with a jumper. Pullen missed a critical three and Bjelica iced the win with a long jumper.
Thursday, March 3, 2016