Galatasaray Cafe Crown stayed unbeaten in its ULEB Cup debut season as it blasted the Hanzevast Capitals on the road by 60-93 on Tuesday. The win lifts
Galatasaray to a 2-0 record in Group C as the only unbeaten team in the group while the Capitals drop to 0-2. The first quarter ended with a 27-27 tie but when Charles Gaines and Dee Brown woke up, the guests rolled on their way to victory. Robert Hite led the way for the winners with 23 points, Dee Brown added 19, Charles Gaines 18 behind 8 of 11 two-pointers, Chris Owens had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, Murat Kaya netted 11 and Huseyin Besok posted 10. Kevin Melson was the best man for the hosts with 15 points, Guido Grunheid added 13 and Alton Mason had 11.
Five points by Guido Grunheis launched the Hanzevast Capitals to an early 10-5 lead, but Dee Brown and Robert Hite managed to stop th ebleeding and maintain
Galatasaray Cafe Crown in the game. The Capitals managed to build a slim margin with a 22-16 but the guests came back at 23-23 with seven straight points by
Brown, and the tie remained at the end of the first quarter, 27-27. Charles Gaines and Grunheid were the names at the start of the second period, and when
Huseyin Besok joined the party Galatasaray was up by double digits, 30-41. Robert Hite maintained the cushion for Galatasaray as Kevin Melson was a one-man
army for the Capitals, and that wasn't enough as the board showed a 33-45 at the break. It was a Galatasaray party in the third quarter as an 8-21 partial
score in the third period led by Hite, Brown and Gaines killed the Hanzevast Capitals who saw how after 30 minutes the score was 41-66. But the bleeding
didn't stop there as the last quarter started with a 0-9 Galatasaray run with 5 points by Gaines and the guests never looked back again as they stole the show in the last period with a 20-27 partial score again.
Galatasaray Cafe Crown head coach Necdet Ozyer
"We are very happy, we have won here in Groningen. We knew Capitals play hard defense and smart basketball and took this game very seriously from the start. Our goal is to qualify to the next round and we will do everthing we can to achieve that goal. I really liked the Dutch crowd here in Groningen and we also were very pleased that we had a lot of support from our own fans."
Hanzevast Capitals head coach Pep Claros
"I have to apologize to our fans. We played terrible tonight. We can do much better but didn't fight hard enough. The teams in this group are all very good and we have to play a lot better than we did tonight to have a chance to win. We have to learn from this game and then move on to the next game. Our crowd was great and deserved a fighting team. We just didn't try hard enough to win tonight."
Tuesday, November 13, 2007