2007-08Regular SeasonRound 1
November 06, 2007 CET: 17:40
Local time: 18:40 SIAULIAI ARENA

The opener between Siauliai and Turk Telekom fell on the side of the guests as the Turkish team escaped Lithuania with a 90-97 win. Michael Wright had an astonishing performance with 37 points and 10 rebounds, Khalid El-Amin added 25. For the hosts, Aurimas Kieza led the way with 19 points, Antonio Grant added 17, Gediminas Maceina 17 and Jose Olivero 13. The game was close until the first half but in the third quarter, Wright and El-Amin fueled Turk Telekom to double digit leads that were enough for the guests to escape with the win.

Aurimas Kieza scored Siauliai's first ULEB Cup basket ever and Antonio Grant boosted the hosts to a 10-4 lead as Michael Wright tried to maintain Turk Telekom in the game with 6 points of his own. Gediminas Maceina and Wright maintained a scoring battle of their own to bring the game down to a 24-24 tie after 10 minutes. Four threes by Kieza, Jose Olivero and Tomas Rinkevicius, two himself, maintained Siauliai ahead in the second period at 41-35. Finally, Khalid El-Amin hit a basket plus foul situation to leave the scoreboard with a 49-47 after 20 minutes. A three by Tutku Acik put Turk Telekom ahead to start the third period and El-Amin did the same to make it a 10-point game, 53-63 as the difference was maintained until the end of the third quarter despites Siauliai's efforts to come back. In the last period, Kieza and Grant scored 6 straight points to make it 78-81 and after El-Amin's miss, Kieza blasted a new three to tie the game at 83-83 with 4 minutes to go. However, El-Amin and Haluk Yildrim blasted three straight threes for 85-93. Siauliai had its last chance but the guests maintained the difference until the end to take the first road win, 90-97.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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Referees: MOUZAKIS, COSTAS; OZOLS, ARNIS; WILLIAMS, KEITH
Attendance: 4200
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Siauliai24251625
Turk Telekom22252822
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Siauliai24496590
Turk Telekom22477597
Siauliai
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MACEINA, GEDIMINAS 27:37 15 6/8 1/1   1 2 3 3 1 1     1   18
5 RINKEVICIUS, TOMAS 9:29 8 1/1 2/2     1 1 1         1   9
8 RUIKIS, MANTAS 23:55 8 1/3 2/8   1   1 4 1     1   1 6
9 MASIULIS, ARTURAS 19:43 4 2/3     1 2 3 1 1 3 1   2 1 5
10 VAICIUNAS, ROLANDAS 9:52   0/1       1 1   1       2   -1
11 KUZMINSKAS, SAULIUS 18:47 6 2/7   2/5 1 3 4 1   5 1 1 5 2 -5
13 KIEZA, AURIMAS 25:43 19 4/7 2/3 5/9 4 2 6 2 2   1   4 4 22
15 GRANT, ANTONIO 31:17 17 6/8 1/3 2/2 1 1 2 2 1       2 1 17
22 OLIVERO, JOSE 29:13 13 3/5 2/6 1/2   3 3 3   1   1 3 2 9
24 PREKEVICIUS, MARIUS 4:24                         1   -1
31 VARNELIS, NERIJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 90 25/43 10/23 10/18 9 15 24 17 7 10 3 3 21 11 79
        58.1% 43.5% 55.6%
Head coach: KUNCAITIS, ROBERTAS
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
Turk Telekom
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GULER, MURATCAN 7:08 2 1/2           1 1       1 1 3
6 AKPINAR, MUTLU 6:34           1 1           2   -1
7 WRIGHT, MICHAEL 32:38 37 15/17   7/9 5 5 10   1 2 1 1 1 8 49
9 YARANGÜME, BEKIR 9:10 3 0/1 1/1         1         3    
11 ACIK, TUTKU 28:42 7 1/3 1/3 2/2       5 1 2       2 9
12 OZCAN, BARIS 15:15 2 1/2 0/1     1 1           1    
14 YILDIRIM, HALUK 24:16 5 0/1 1/5 2/2   2 2 5 1 2     1   5
15 DUDLEY, ERWIN 21:56 5 2/5   1/2   3 3 1   2     3 3 3
21 OREN, ADEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 EL-AMIN, KHALID 31:12 25 5/6 4/7 3/3 2 2 4 4 1 1     2 2 29
33 WILLIAMS, CHRIS 23:09 11 5/8   1/1   3 3   1 1 1 1 3 2 10
Team                                
Totals 200:00 97 30/45 7/17 16/19 7 17 24 17 6 10 2 2 17 18 107
        66.7% 41.2% 84.2%
Head coach: SUNTER, ERCUMENT

Head Coaches

KUNCAITIS, ROBERTAS
Siauliai
"We had problems where we expected them: in the free-throw line. We knew what a strong player Wright is... I'm angry that he scored 37 points. Our players did their best but they couldn't stop him. According to the statistics nobody in European basketball can do that. Our team played quite well but at the end of the game the experience of the players played its major role."
SUNTER, ERCUMENT
Turk Telekom
"I'm happy we won against a strong team. We knew they have injured players. The game was complicated because Siauliai played fast offense, we followed them with difficulty. But they got tired."

Players

KIEZA, AURIMAS
Siauliai
"We fought but we made mistakes in defense. We paid lots of attention to El-Amin, then Wright scored and then the opposite happened. The level of ULEB Cup games is very high. Only Girona from FIBA Europe last season played on such a level."
WRIGHT, MICHAEL
Turk Telekom
"37 scored points are my personal record but a victory is much more important."
EL-AMIN, KHALID
Turk Telekom
"The match was very difficult. We knew they didn't have a leader - Zavackas. We expected a hard fight because they played at home and they had fans next to them. We realized once again how strong Lithuanian basketball is. I am happy I'm leaving with a victory."
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