Baskonia blows past Darussafaka, opens home account
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz got back to its winning ways and registered its first home win of the season by topping visiting Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 82-56 on Thursday night. Baskonia used a strong finish to the second and a good opening of the third quarter to run away to a big win, all while snapping its three-game losing streak. Baskonia improved to 2-3, while Darussafaka registered its third consecutive defeat and dropped to 1-4 in the standings. Tornike Shengelia paced the winners with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Darrun Hilliard scored 12, and Vincent Poirier collected 10 points and 10 rebounds for Baskonia. Veteran center Oguz Savas scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half, and Michael Eric had 12 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.
Shengelia and Hilliard combined to score 9 unanswered points as Baskonia took an early 9-5 lead, but Savas was productive inside for the visitors, and Berk Demir hit a triple that helped Darussafaka tie the score. It was 16-16 on the scoreboard after 10 minutes, and Darussafaka used a three-pointer each from each Jon Diebler and Demir to go in front 18-22. However, the hosts forced a series of turnovers while a three from Jayson Granger sparked Baskonia’s 10-0 run during which Janning hit a triple and Vincent Poirier capped it with a big dunk. The hosts led 38-30 at halftime, then in the third quarter increased the margin to double figures in a hurry. Baskonia used two 8-0 runs fueled by Shengelia and opened a 58-36 lead midway through the third quarter. Diebler hit a triple for Darussafaka to stop the bleeding, but Baskonia did not slow down. The hosts used an Ilimane Diop alley-oop dunk to make it 64-41 at the end of the third quarter and the margin grew to 73-46 in the fourth as the hosts cruised to a big win.
Darusafaka led 24-28 in the third quarter, but Jayson Granger hit a three-pointer that sparked a 10-0 run Baskonia used to go in front for good. The lead was still only 38-30 at halftime, but Tornike Shengelia scored half of Baskonia’s points in a 16-2 charge during a span of only three and a half minutes that opened a 58-36 advantage with four minutes left in the third quarter.
Baskonia sharpshooter Matt Janning, a veteran of 101 EuroLeague games, had his first game with multiple blocked shots; he blocked 2 in this game. He now has 12 blocks in his career.
Darussafaka's veteran big man Oguz Savas, who has made 180 EuroLeague appearances, finished with 12 points. That is not only his season-high, but the most points he scored in a EuroLeague game since he had 15 points in December 2014 while playing for Fenerbahce Istanbul against FC Bayern Munich.
Darussafaka stays on the road in Round 6 when it visits FC Bayern Munich in a rematch of last season's 7DAYS EuroCup semifinals, while Baskonia stays at home to host Fenerbahce Istanbul in a rematch of one of last season's EuroLeague Playoffs series.
Thursday, November 1, 2018