2019-20Regular SeasonRound 6
November 05, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Trento rallies to stun Galatasaray

Dolomiti Energia Trento came back from a 14-point halftime deficit to stun host Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul 76-81 on Tuesday at Sinan Erdem Dome. Trento bounced back after back-to-back losses to lift its record to 3-3 in Group D while handing a first home loss to Galatasaray, which slipped to 4-2. Toto Forray hit a pair of three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to ignite a decisive 2-16 charge and after Galatasaray rallied back in the penultimate minute, the Trento captain's four-point play proved to be the game-winning shot. Forray finished with 19 points in 17 minutes, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Justin Knox added 14 points, James Blackmon scored all of his 11 points in the third quarter, Rashard Kelly amassed 10 points and 3 steals and Aaron Craft tallied 10 points, 11 assists and 2 steals for the winners. Aaron Harrison paced Galatasaray with 18 points, Zach Auguste posted 17 points and 9 rebounds and Greg Whittington had 13 and 7.

Despite a spectacular defensive play by George King on the game' first play, it was Galatasaray that took control by scoring the game's first 5 points. King helped the visitors tie it and the score was 10-9 after 6 minutes of action. Galatasaray started to pull away and Goksenin Koksal's three-pointer made it 18-11. After Toto Forray closed the gap, a three by Can Korkmaz boosted the margin to 21-14 after 10 minutes. Trento turned up the defensive pressure and kept the hosts scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the second quarter, but only got within 21-18. Once Galatasaray recovered, it surged ahead. Yigit Arslan punished Kelly for a missed slam with a three-pointer at the other end followed by a tip-in. Auguste added a basket-plus-foul before Whittington's free throw capped a 13-2 run that made it 38-23. Fabio Mian's three-pointer helped Trento trim the gap to 40-26 at the break. A pair of Blackmon three-pointers fired Trento up at the start of the second half. Craft added 4 points as part of a 3-13 charge that drew the visitors within 4. Auguste helped the hosts regain their composure and his three-point play made it 49-41. Knox and Craft helped Trento rally again and Knox's put-back made it 55-53. Whittington scored in the final seconds of the third quarter to give the hosts a 61-56 advantage. A pair of threes by Forray set the stage for Kelly to give Trento its first lead of the game, 63-64, 2 minutes into the fourth quarter. Kelly and Trento each scored again before Andrea Mezzanotte knocked down a triple for his first points of the night. Kelly split free throws to cap a 2-16 charge that made it 65-72 with 4 minutes to go. The lead was 8 when Mezzanotte was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Whittington, who made 4 free throws to invigorate his team and the fans. Ben Moore's put-back kept the pressure on and Harrison completed the comeback with 2 free throws with 1:23 on the clock to complete a 9-0 run for a 75-74 edge. Forray answered with a four-point play that gave Trento the lead for good. Galatasaray had a chance to tie it late, but Whittington missed a put-back and Kelly and King iced the game from the line.

Game-changing run

Though there were many key runs in this game, it was Trento's 3-13 charge early in the third quarter that brought the visitors back after trailing by as many as 15 in the first half and 26-40 at the break. James Blackmon hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the run and netted 8 points, while Aaron Craft contributed 4 points, 2 assists and 1 steal as Trento drew within 43-39.

Player of the game

Team captain Toto Forray had scored 24 points in Trento's first five games combined. He went for 19 in 17:27 minutes on Tuesday, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Forray drained three-pointers on Trento’s first two possessions of the fourth quarter to bring his team within 63-62. He also scored the bucket that gave Trento its biggest lead, 66-74. After Galatasaray roared back, it was Forray who stepped up and made - thanks to a lucky bounce - a three-pointer-plus-foul that gave the visiting tea the lead for good, 75-78, with 1:01 remaining.

Key statistic

Trento tallied 19 assists in the game with 11 of them coming from the hands of Aaron Craft. Galatasaray had just 12 assists and no player had more than 3.

What’s next?

Trento returns to EuroCup action on Tuesday with a home date against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. Galatasaray heads to Germany to face EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Toto Forray - Dolomiti Energia Trento (photo Galatasaray) - EC19
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
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Referees: PEREZ, EMILIO; MAJKIC, MARIO ; HADZIC, DENIS
Attendance: 1935
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Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul21192115
Dolomiti Energia Trento14123025
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Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul21406176
Dolomiti Energia Trento14265681
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEBSTER, TAI 16:30 2 1/6 0/1   1 2 3 3 1 1   1 2   -1
1 WHITTINGTON, GREG 31:03 13 4/9 0/2 5/6 3 4 7 2   1   1 1 4 15
2 HARRISON, AARON 34:19 18 3/4 1/5 9/11 1 4 5   2 2       8 24
7 ARSLAN, YIGIT 12:24 9 2/2 1/4 2/2 2   2 1   2     3 1 5
8 KORKMAZ, CAN 11:32 5   1/3 2/2                 1 1 3
10 JONES, LAZERIC 18:45 3 1/2 0/2 1/2 1 1 2 3 1 1     2 1 3
11 ARAR, EGE 5:36   0/1       1 1     1     1 1 -1
12 ERDENIZ, CANER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 OLMAZ, AYBERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 MOORE, BEN 17:24 6 2/3   2/2 4 1 5 1   1 1   3 1 9
30 AUGUSTE, ZACH 27:34 17 6/9   5/7 3 6 9 1 1 2     5 8 24
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 24:53 3 0/2 1/1         1 4 1   1 3   1
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 76 19/38 4/18 26/32 15 21 36 12 9 14 1 3 21 25 82
        50% 22.2% 81.3%
Head coach: ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
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
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KELLY, RASHARD 30:51 10 4/9 0/1 2/5 1 3 4   3 2     4 3 5
1 BLACKMON, JAMES 31:27 11 2/3 2/6 1/2   1 1 1   4     3 5 5
4 CRAFT, AARON 30:13 10 3/4 0/2 4/4 1 2 3 11 2 2     4 2 19
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE 5:30   0/1                         -1
9 MIAN, FABIO 15:06 5 1/1 1/2     3 3           1 1 7
10 FORRAY, TOTO 17:27 19 4/7 3/4 2/3 1   1 2 1 1     5 4 16
13 KNOX, JUSTIN 27:27 14 6/8   2/2 2 4 6 3 1 1 1   2 3 23
14 MEZZANOTTE, ANDREA 16:12 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1   1     3   -1
24 KING, GEORGE 25:47 9 0/1 1/4 6/7 2 3 5 1   1 2 1 3 3 10
25 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 81 20/35 8/21 17/23 9 20 29 19 7 12 3 1 25 21 88
        57.1% 38.1% 73.9%
Head coach: BRIENZA, NICOLA

Head Coaches

ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
"First of all, I congratulate Dolomiti Energia Trento. It was like day and night, the first and second half. The second half we just didn't think about our offense and we never put effort from the beginning. Lack of concentration. And unfortunately, we acted like spoiled kids on the court. And then of course after giving them confidence as a team, it’s not easy. We gave them a lot of confidence. We have to think about and change our attitude for sure. I hope they understand every single point and every single win counts in the EuroCup. If you think we have done a great job until now, okay we did a great job, but we have to keep going. They must understand this is EuroCup and we cannot relax at any time. Any time."
BRIENZA, NICOLA
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"Of course we are very happy about this victory. I think we played a good game for 40 minutes. In the first half, we had problems and didn't score some easy shots or good shots. In the second half, we had better percentages and a good mentality, good defense to recover the gap and create the break that was important to win the game. We shot the ball very well, everybody was rewarded on offense and we packed the zone with the right mentality on defense. We are happy for the win."

Players

HARRISON, AARON
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
"Any minute of confusion or a bad stretch of plays can be costly and today we experienced it. We are still in good shape in the group and we will hopefully improve our game."
FORRAY, TOTO
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"I am happy for the team because we won after some bad games and today we started the game with the right mentality. Galatasaray played really good in the first half, but we were there, we kept the focus and we made the break. That was the key. We got confidence there and we were focused until the end. Of course, we try to win. It’s our mentality."
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