2019-20Regular SeasonRound 2
October 09, 2019 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.

Galatasaray sinks Oldenburg to go 2-0

Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul rallied from an early double-digit deficit to down the visiting EWE Baskets Oldenburg 92-79 in a Group D clash on Wednesday. Galatasaray improved to a 2-0 record and a share of first place, while Oldenburg dropped to 0-2. The visitors held an 11-point lead after the first 10 minutes, but Galatasaray erased that deficit before halftime, then pulled away to 64-49 in the third quarter and never relinquished the lead. Zach Auguste collected 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, while Aaron Harrison had 17 points and 8 rebounds for Galatasaray. Lazeric Jones added 13 points, Yigits Arslan and Zach Moore 11 each for the winners. Rickey Paulding led Oldenburg with 17 points, while Gerry Blakes and Rasid Mahalbasic scored 16 apiece. Braydon Hobbs had 11 points and 7 assists in defeat.

Mahalbasic got Oldenburg started with 8 points before Philipp Schwethelm's triple opened a 6-13 lead. A three-point play from Robin Amaize got Oldenburg to a double-digit lead, 11-22 late in the first quarter, but Auguste and Arslan had a strong start to the second for the hosts. They combined for 10 points, which along with a triple from Jones erased the deficit, helping Galatasaray take a 33-32 lead. Harrison scored 8 straight points, including a triple, which Arslan followed with a three-pointer of his own as Galatasaray led 41-37 at halftime. The hosts opened the third quarter with more intensity, and triples from Harrison, Jones and Goksenin Koksal capped a 13-2 run to a 54-42 margin. Koksal hit another three and Greg Whittington had a three-point play to extend it to 64-49, but Paulding kept Oldenburg in range. The hosts took 71-56 lead into the final quarter, but in just over 2 minutes of the fourth, Blakes scored 6 points and Schwethelm nailed a triple as the visitors closed within 72-66. The hosts were without field goal for more than 4 minutes to start the quarter, but Jones snapped the drought with a three, and Koksal hit a triple at 86-71, after which Galatasaray never looked back.

Dishing it up

The hosts dished 25 assists, which is tied for the third most in the club's EuroCup history. The club record of 30 dates to December 2012.

Hidden contributors

Galatasaray had seven players score 90 of its 92 points in this game. In addition to five players in double figures, two players really stepped up when needed most. Greg Whittington muscled his way to 9 points, and Goksenin Koksal hit key three-pointers, also finishing with 9 for the game.

Rebounding to victory

Galatasaray outrebounded the visitors 35-23, and had twice as many offensive rebounds (10) than Oldenburg (5). In the key second and third quarters combined, Galatasaray had a 17-7 rebounding advantage.

Next up

Both teams will be on the road next week in Round 3. Galatasaray will pay a visit to Unicaja Malaga on Tuesday, while Oldenburg will travel to face Dolomiti Energia Trento a day later.

Zach Auguste - Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul (photo Galatasaray) - EC19
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PERUGA, CARLOS; RACYS, SAULIUS; LAVRUKHIN, ARTEM
Attendance: 2405
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EWE Baskets Oldenburg24131923
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Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul13417192
EWE Baskets Oldenburg24375679
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WHITTINGTON, GREG 18:08 9 4/7   1/1 2 3 5 1 1     2 3 1 9
2 HARRISON, AARON 35:05 17 3/3 2/6 5/5   3 3 8   3     2 5 24
4 GOKALP, EMIR 2:51               1   1     1 1  
7 ARSLAN, YIGIT 25:03 11 4/6 1/5     7 7 3             15
8 KORKMAZ, CAN 5:11     0/1     1 1 1         1    
10 JONES, LAZERIC 21:35 13 1/4 3/3 2/2       3   3   1 3 1 7
11 ARAR, EGE 9:43 2 1/1           1     1   1 1 4
12 ERDENIZ, CANER 3:34   0/1     1   1                
22 OLMAZ, AYBERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 MOORE, BEN 22:48 13 4/4   5/7 1 4 5 1 1 1       4 21
30 AUGUSTE, ZACH 29:21 18 7/10 0/1 4/6 1 5 6 4 2   2 1 2 4 27
61 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 26:41 9 0/2 3/5   2 1 3 2 1 2     1   8
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 92 24/38 9/21 17/21 10 25 35 25 5 11 3 4 14 17 118
        63.2% 42.9% 81%
Head coach: ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
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
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 26:00 11 1/2 3/4     2 2 7 2 4         16
4 BLAKES, GERRY 20:38 16 6/8 1/3 1/1   1 1 2 1 1   1 2 3 15
5 SEARS, JUSTIN 12:19 4 1/2   2/2 1 1 2       1   4 4 6
9 TADDA, KARSTEN 16:30     0/1     1 1   1       4 1 -2
11 MCCLAIN, KEVIN 12:05 2 1/1       1 1       1     1 5
15 KESSEN, MARCEL 2:41   0/1 0/1                 1     -3
16 ISEMANN, TILL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 AMAIZE, ROBIN 14:41 3 1/3   1/1 1 3 4   1 1     1 1 5
23 PAULDING, RICKEY 30:06 17 3/4 3/5 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 1       2 21
24 MAHALBASIC, RASID 25:08 16 8/16     1 1 2 2 2   2 1 3 1 13
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 14:29 6   2/3     3 3 1             9
45 BOOTHE, NATHAN 25:23 4 2/7 0/1   1 2 3     2     3 1 -3
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 79 23/44 9/18 6/6 5 18 23 13 9 9 4 3 17 14 83
        52.3% 50% 100%
Head coach: DRIJENCIC, MLADEN

Head Coaches

ERDOGAN, ERTUGRUL
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
"Congratulations to my players. Before the game I was talking about Oldenburg, they are very dangerous and if we don't play our pace, our tempo, they will have a huge chance to win the game. Most probably the players did not listen to me because in the first quarter we were out of our tempo, out of our game strategy, out of our concentration. But, especially in the second and the third quarter, we played our tempo, we found the open court, and we attacked how we had planned to before the game. So we got something offensively. We made very simple mistakes, if you are a team which is staying together for the next season, you have to make less mistakes on the court than we made tonight. So we need to improve our game, to play better basketball, better situations. We can say 92 points is a lot; most of the points did not come out of a great offensive organization. We have a talented team, but we have to show our IQ. But under these conditions, I cannot complain about the result. Winning is winning. Now we have an important road game in Malaga next week. They are a really good team, good players, big-time tradition, that is why I worry how we are going to play against them on the road, most probably in front of a full house. "
DRIJENCIC, MLADEN
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"A game with great atmosphere, with both teams wanting to win the game. We started the game very well, in the first 10 minutes we were very good on defense, especially we did a good job in pick and roll defense. After that we had confidence with our offense, we moved the ball very well. But in second quarter we lost confidence in defending the pick-and-roll, and we lost by a lot, 28-13. I think the problem was we did not control the situation on the court for too long. After halftime, Galatasaray was more physical. We showed desire on the court, but we were not successful, and we did not make open shots and did not make good decisions. That's why Galatasaray won. I am proud that my guys fought in the final quarter, came within 6 points. We lost, and I congratulate Galatasaray, but we go home with a good 25 minutes of the game, which we have to stretch to playing a good 40 minutes."

Players

ARSLAN, YIGIT
Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
"This is our home, we have to protect our home because our fans are some of the best in the Europe. When they come to the game it is a different story, and I want to thank our fans for the support."
HOBBS, BRAYDON
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"We started very well into the game. Unfortunately, we could not keep the pace and Galatasaray took control of the game at halftime. Now it's time to build on the good things next week and to get our first win in Group D."