Harangody's double-double leads Darussafaka past Sassari
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul recorded its second consecutive road win in Group D by downing Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 60-68 on Friday. Darussafaka improved to 3-3, while Sassari dropped to 0-6. Luke Harangody paced the winners with 26 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting plus 13 rebounds. Emir Preldzic added 11, while Semih Erden had 10 points and 8 rebounds for Darussafaka. Joe Alexander led Sassari with 17 points, David Logan added 11 while MarQuez Haynes had 10 for the hosts. Giacomo DeVecchi and Haynes stepped up for Sassari early and a corner triple by Brent Petway gave the hosts a 16-12 lead after 10 minutes. Back-to-back triples by Preldzic sparked a 0-15 run, which Scottie Wilbekin capped with a bomb from downtown for a 20-27 Darussafaka advanatage. Alexander tried to change things for Sassari, but Harangody and Wilbekin restored a 30-37 Darussafaka edge at halftime. A three-point play by Logan gave Sassari the lead, 38-37, soon after the break. But Darussafaka found a go-to guy in Harangody, who had 10 points in a 0-13 run that gave the guests the lead for good, 38-50. Darussafaka led 41-56 after three quarters and kept a safe margin from that moment until the final buzzer.
First quarter: Sassari shakes off slow start
Semih Erden got Darussafaka going with a one-handed dunk and soon added an alley-oop slam. Sassari was held scoreless for more than two minutes while a dunk by Milko Bjelica gave the guests a 0-6 margin. MarQuez Haynes downed a baseline jumper, but Darussafaka, led by Jamon Gordon, dominated the game with great defense. Giacomo DeVecchi hit a mid-range jumper, which Brian Sacchetti followed with a bomb from downtown to give the hosts a 7-6 lead. Darussafaka tried a taller lineup with Gordon and Reggie Redding at the guard spots. After Bjelica made free throws, DeVecchi split attempts. A big basket by Erden put the guests back ahead, 8-10. Haynes shined with a layup-plus-foul. Luke Harangody sank a mid-range jumper, but so did Joe Alexander for a 13-12 Sassari lead. Bent Petway buried a corner triple to boost the hosts' margin to 16-12 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: 0-15 run puts Darussafaka ahead
Alexander made free throws early in the quarter and soon added a driving layup, after which Darussafaka called timeout at 20-12. Emir Preldzic stepped up with a three-pointer and soon added another to bring Darussafaka within 2. Gordon shined with a put-back layup and another jumper by Harangody completed the guests' comeback, 20-22. Sassari missed 6 consecutive shots and committed up a couple of turnovers, while an alley-oop layup by Harangody and a big triple by Scottie Wilbekin capped 0-15 Darussafaka run. The hosts were held scoreless for almost five minutes until David Logan split free throws. Alexander tried to change things with a layup, which Harangody bettered with a three-pointer for a 23-30 Darussafaka lead. Alexander downed a five-meter jumper, which Marcus Slaughter matched with a layup. Haynes struck from downtown and Brian Sacchetti made free throws, but a reverse layup by Harangody gave the guests a 4-point edge. A three-pointer by Wilbekin fixed the halftime score at 30-37.
Third quarter: Harangody breaks the game open
Brian Sacchetti hit a catch-and-shoot six-meter jumper right after the break and DeVecchi added a three-pointer to bring Sassari within 2. A three-point play by Logan soon put the hosts back ahead, 38-37. Harangody hit a jump hook, which he followed with a big triple that gave Darussafaka a 4-point lead. Erden shined with a put-back layup and a free throw by Preldzic made it 38-45. Harangody finished a great team play with a wide-open three-pointer and soon added a fast break layup that capped a 0-13 run. Logan struck from downtown, but Manuchar Markoishvili hit a one-handed jumper around the baseline and another big triple by a red-hot Harangody broke the game open at 41-55. A free throw by Preldzic boosted the guests' margin to 41-56.
Fourth quarter: Darussafaka holds on to safe lead
Jarvis Varnado hit a jump hook immediately after the break and a jumper by Christian Eyenga - his first points - gave Sassari hope at 45-56. Petway picked up a midcourt pass from Logan to detonate an alley-oop slam, after which Darussafaka called timeout at 47-56. A steal by Eyenga allowed Logan to dunk at the other end, capping an 8-0 Sassari run. Sassari missed a couple of three-point shots and could not keep its momentum going. Preldzic took over with a bomb from downtown to keep Darussafaka out of trouble, 49-59. Alexander downed a five-meter jumper that Markoishvili improved on with a three-pointer. Alexander kept pushing the hosts with free throws and a dunk by Erden sealed the outcome, 53-64, with over three minutes to go. Sassari called timeout and never gave up, but Darussafaka had cruised to its second consecutive road win.
Friday, November 20, 2015