Brose Baskets beats Darussafaka in home opener
Brose Baskets Bamberg used a balanced attack to pull away early and hold on late to beat Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 86-76 on Friday night at Brose Arena. The victory vaulted the hosts to 1-1 in Group D and dropped the visitors to the same record. Daniel Theis threw down four dunks in a 10-0 second quarter run that put the hosts ahead 36-22. Darussafaka came back to within 9 at halftime and cut the deficit to 7 in the third quarter, but a Janis Strelnieks triple capped Bamberg’s 9-0 response and the hosts remained in control the rest of the way. Darius Miller and Strelnieks paced the winning attack with 13 points apiece, while Elias Harris and Brad Wanamaker netted 11 points each, Nikos Zisis scored 10 and dished 5 assists and Nicolo Melli contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds. Milko Bjelica led Darussafaka with 16 points and Serhat Cetin, Jamon Gordon and Ender Arslan added 12 points apiece in defeat.
First quarter: Zisis helps Bamberg climb ahead
Neither team scored on its first two possessions. Darussafaka broke through first on a Jamon Gordon jumper. Darius Miller started things for the hosts with a triple. Gordon matched him with Darussafaka’s first three-pointer. Nikos Zisis drove into the paint to tie it at 5-5. Serhat Cetin came off a screen to drill a three and put the visitors back ahead. Nicolo Melli spotted Elias Harris for a short jumper to make it 7-8 midway through the quarter. After the TV timeout, Brad Wanamaker dished to Harris for a two-handed jam. Cetin responded quickly with his second triple, but Wanamaker tied things at 11-11. Gabe Olaseni put Bamberg on top again. Zisis heated up with free throws followed by a three-pointer to make it 18-12. Janis Strelnieks drove and created space for Olaseni, who took the formers pass and converted a layup. Semih Erden split free throws to make it 20-13 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Theis dunks four times in 10-0 run
Milko Bjelica went inside for a turn-around jumper for Darussafaka. Strelnieks countered with a layup, but Cetin’s next three-pointer drew the visitors within 4. Reggie Redding’s steal and layup made it 22-20. Miller revived the Bamberg attack with free throws and Wanamaker added a jumper. Former Bamberg player Marcus Slaughter came in and made 2 free throws. Zisis floated a pass that Daniel Theis detonated with an alley-oop slam. Zisis and Theis teamed up for almost the same play to stretch the lead to 8. Then it was Melli who found Theis for a two-handed slam. After Melli added free throws, Theis broke free on the offensive glass for a follow slam to cap a 10-0 run that made it 36-22 in which he dunked four times. Oguz Savas ended the Darussafaka drought with free throws and Gordon added a three-pointer to end the half with his team down 36-27.
Third quarter: Triples, slam keep Bamberg in control
Wanamaker drove for a layup to restore a double-digit lead. Cetin’s jumper and a Gordon layup got Darussafaka going. Miller countered with a basket-plus-foul, however Luke Harangody got on the scoreboard for the visitors with a reverse layup. Harris wowed the crowd with another alley-oop slam, but Emir Preldzic’s triple kept Darussafaka in the hunt at 43-36. Melli dunked on the break before Harris flashed another incredible dunk and made the free throw that came with it. Strelnieks finished a break with a layup to cap a 9-0 run that made for a 14-point lead. Erden scored inside for Darussafaka, but Lucca Staiger’s three-pointer kept Bamberg in control. Milko Bjelica and Harris traded baskets. Slowly Darussafaka chipped away at its deficit. Redding made 1 free throw and Slaughter added 2. Bjelica’s dunk made it 55-45. A jumper by Gordon drew Darussafaka within 9. But Staiger hit a tough jumper. After Slaughter netted 2 free throws, Miller and Ender Arslan traded triples. Staiger buried a long triple and Arslan sank free throws. Redding got to the line and closed the difference to 8, but Strelnieks beat the buzzer to end the quarter at 67-56.
Fourth quarter: Strelnieks, Wanamaker wrap up the victory
Melli drained an open foul-line jumper to the delight of the fans. Arslan and Strelnieks traded threes. Strelnieks third triple of the game made it 75-59. After a timeout, Preldzic showed his soft hands with a fade-away jumper. After Bjelica split free throws, Melli’s tip-in made it a 17-point game. Free throws by Bjelica and Erden did little to threaten the outcome. Bjelica added two more baskets, though Wanamaker made a tough layup in between. Wanamaker’s next layup – and the free throw that came with it – all but wrapped up the victory with time to spare.
Friday, October 23, 2015