Top 16 team focus: GALATASARAY LIV HOSPITAL ISTANBUL

Dec 29, 2014 by Euroleague.net Print
Top 16 team focus: GALATASARAY LIV HOSPITAL ISTANBUL

A huge Round 10 victory over against Olympiacos Piraeus allowed Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul to reach to the Top 16 as the fourth-ranked team in Group D. It was an epic run for Galatasaray. It won a double-overtime classic against Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade on a game-saving prayer from Zoran Erceg at the end of the regulation. Galatasaray only had seven players available against Olympiacos, but still managed to win behind solid performance from Carlos Arroyo and Patric Young. Galatasaray never surrendered, never had excuses – and survived.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: History will be made in Top 16 Round when Galatasaray visits Panathinaikos Athens in Top 16 Round 5. Incredibly enough, it will be the teams' first showdown in European competitions. Galatasaray is 1-6 on Greek soil; its only win came against Olympiacos back in 1960! It will be an extraordinary opportunity to rewrite history. It won't be easy, however, as Panathinaikos has a 16-2 home record against Turkish team and won its last eight home games against teams from that country.

 

 

GOING FORWARD: Some players left the team and Galatasaray needs a bigger rotation in order to be able to return to the Euroleague playoffs for the second consecutive season. It is an aggressive team, which leads the 2014-15 Euroleague in fouls drawn (23.1 per game) and free throws made (17.6 per game), so it needs many players to keep its level of intensity high. Galatasaray is last in steals (4.3 spg.) and ranks low in blocks (1.8 bpg.), so even more hustle will be needed for the Top 16.