Wanamaker, Anderson led Darussafaka to big road win
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul grabbed its second road win in this year's Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by downing Unics Kazan 87-94 on Tuesday. Darussafaka improved to 2-1 while Unics dropped to 3-0. Bradley Wanamaker led the winners with 22 points. James Anderson added 18, Scottie Wilbekin had 13, Birkan Batuk got 12 on 4-for-4 three-point shooting while Oguz Savas contributed 10 on 5-of-5 two-point shots for Darussafaka. Keith Langford led Unics with 22 points. Art Parakhouski added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks, Quino Colom and Anton Ponkrashov each had 16 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou got 11 for the hosts. Parakhouski, Langford and Ponkrashov combined for all the points in a 12-0 run to start the game. Wanamaker and Savas stepped up for Darussafaka, helping it tie the game, 28-28, late in the first quarter. Langford kept pacing Unics and got plenty of help from Parakhouski to let Unics regain the lead, 47-46, at halftime. Anderson took over after the break and free throws by Wilbekin gave Darussafaka a 59-65 lead after 30 minutes. Batuk struck twice from downtown and Wilbekin hit another one early in the fourth quarter, as Darussafaka boosted its margin to 63-78 and never looked back. Darussafaka won despite a 34-19 disadvantage in rebounds. goes back home to face Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Thursday, when Unics visits reigning Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion CSKA Moscow.
Parakhouski had a couple of layup-plus-fouls and Ponkrashov struck from downtown in a 12-0 opening run which Langford capped with a driving layup. Wanamaker rescued Darussafaka with a three-pointer and a mid-range jumper which Wilbekin followed with a four-point play for a 17-11 deficit. Langford dunked and an unstoppable Ponkrashov kept Unics way ahead, 26-18. Savas and Batuk helped Darussafaka tie the game, 28-28, but a free throw by Pavel Antipov restored a 29-28 Unics lead after 10 minutes. A jumper by Wanamaker get Darussafaka its first lead, 29-30, early in the second quarter. Langford took over with consecutive baskets but three-pointers by Batuk and Anderson tied it at 38-38. An outstanding Parakhouski allowed Unics to get a 47-46 edge at halftime. Langford sank another triple soon after the break but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Dairis Bertans and Anderson put Darussafaka back in charge, 52-55. Colom stepped up for Unics but Wanamaker kept the guests ahead, 59-65, after 30 minutes. Wilbekin scored again and a three-pointer by Batuk made it a double-digit game, 59-70. Batuk and Wilbekin struck from downtown and a layup by Wanamaker broke the game open, 63-78, with 6 minutes left. Unics got within 78-84 but it was too little, too late for the hosts.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016