Darussafaka holds on in Ljubljana
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul got its return to the 7DAYS EuroCup off to a great start with a road win, holding off Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana 73-79 on Wednesday night at Arena Stozice. Darussafaka led for the majority of the second half, but after falling behind late finished the game with a 2-9 run in the final 3 and a half minutes to pull out the victory. Bonzie Colson paced the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Gary Browne scored 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter, while Doron Lamb netted 13 points for Darussafaka. Codi Miller-McIntyre collected 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts, Marko Simonovic scored 14 points, while Edo Muric, Jaka Blazic and Andrija Stipanovic netted 10 apiece in a losing effort.
Cedevita was the first team to pull away. Back-to-back Simonovic triples sparked a 12-0 Cedevita run to finish the first quarter with a 24-12 lead. Stipanovic extended it to 28-14 early in the second, but Darussafaka answered with triples from Lamb, Sinan Guler and Jarrod Jones in a 0-13 run. More threes, one from Lamb and one from Kartal Ozmizrak, helped the visitors take a 35-39 edge into halftime. One triple from Lamb and a pair from Browne helped push the lead to 43-54 midway through the third. Miller-McIntyre fueled the hosts and Blazic hit a half-court shot at the end of the third quarter as Olimpija slowly rallied. Miller-McIntyre scored 6 more points driving to the basket and Muric nailed a corner three-pointer to give the hosts a 71-70 lead. But Johnathan Hamilton had a put-back dunk and Lamb added a triple to make it 71-75 before Browne put the finishing touch with a spinning driving layup to make it 73-77 with 26 seconds left, as Darussafaka held on.
Olimpija led 28-14 in the second quarter and seemed to be in control when Darussafaka answered with 13 consecutive points, including a triple apiece from Doron Lamb, Sinan Guler and Jarrod Jones. After the hosts' timeout, Lamb hit another one and Kartal Ozmizrak banked one to cap a 5-25 run that turned the game around.
Darussafaka outrebounded the hosts 48-31 and had 17 offensive rebounds, many of them long bounces off the rim after missed three-point shots. Olimpija had 7 rebounds on the offensive glass.
The free throw story
There were a total of 23 free throws in the game, but on this rare instance, none until 3:52 left in the second quarter when Marko Simonovic stepped to the line to sink a pair for Cedevita. Those were the only free throws of the first half, and Darussafaka didn't take any until 6 minutes and 43 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Next week in Round 2, Darussafaka will host Nanterre 92 in its home opener on Tuesday. Cedevita will travel to face UNICS Kazan on Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019