Hemofarm Stada improved its chances to advance to the Top 16 and moved up to 3-2 in Group B by edging Besiktas Cola Turka 101-100 in Vrsac, Serbia on Tuesday night. Boris Savovic paced the winners with 23 points on 10-of-11 free throws. Milan Macvan added 22, Miljan Pavkovic added 16 - all in the second half and overtime -, Mustafa Abdul-Hamid got 12 while Jerome Jordan contributed 10 for Hemofarm. Mire Chatman led Besiktas with 43 points on 12-of-14 two-pointers and 13-of-15 free throws. He had the third single-best scoring night in Eurocup history, right behind Randy Duck (49) and Bobby Brown (44). Chatman also had the second-best overall performance in Eurocup history with a 53 index. Priest Lauderdale had a 55 index game with Lukoil Academic early in the 2003-04 season. Michal Ignerski added 19, Serhat Cetin had 12 while Fedor Likholitov got 10 for the guests. Chatman forced overtime, 89-89, with a floating jumper. Both teams decided to foul the opponents' best free throw shooters in the final second of overtime. Pavkovic gave Hemofarm a 101-100 lead and Ismail Cevin missed an off-balance shot at the buzzer.
Jordan got Hemofarm going with a dunk that Ignerski bettered with a three-pointer for a 2-3 Besiktas edge. Macvan and Chatman traded baskets but a jump hook by Likholitov gave his team a 4-7 lead. Abdul-Hamid sank a long jumper, igniting a 6-0 run that Jordan capped with a dunk to put Hemofarm back ahead, 10-7. Besiktas found a go-to guy in Chatman, who had 6 points in a 2-10 run to restore a 12-17 lead. Macvan and Jordan kept pacing Hemofarm but Chatman followed a jumper with a layup off a steal to make the hosts call timeout at 16-21. A jump hook by Likholitov and free throws by Chatman kept Besiktas ahead, 20-25, after 10 minutes. Savovic beat the guests' zone defense with a backdoor layup early in the second quarter and added free throws for a 24-25 score. Likholitov stepped up for Besiktas but Savovic singlehandedly completed the hosts' comeback, 29-28. Chatman shined with a driving layup but a dunk by Borisov and an acrobatic three-point play by Milos Borisov gave Hemofarm a 36-32 lead. Chatman kept pacing Besiktas and got some help from Cehver Ozer and Likholitov to provide another lead change, 40-41. Nikola Knezevic scored in transition and Macvan shined with an off-balance layup for a 44-41 Hemofarm lead. Chatman followed free throws with a buzzer-beating jumper for a 45-47 Besiktas edge at halftime.
Cetin struck from downtown immediately after the break and Ozer added an up-and-under layup for a 45-52 Besiktas lead. Abdul-Hamid and Savovic struck from downtown but put-back baskets by Cetin and Ignerski kept the guests ahead, 51-56. Abdul-Hamid took over with an acrobatic jumper that Bekir Yaragume improved with a triple. Pavkovic followed free throws with a wild three-pointer, added a layup-plus-foul and fed Abdul-Hamid with a triple for a 66-61 Hemofarm lead. Ignerski rescued Besiktas with free throws and Cetin nailed a triple off a scream to cap a 0-7 run. Jordan hit free throws and Pavkovic added a big basket but a three-pointer by Ignerski gave the guests a 70-71 edge after 30 minutes. Pavkovic banked in a driving shot and free throws by Jordan gave Hemofarm a 74-73 edge. Chatman and Ignerski hit free throws but Savovic kept Hemofarm within 76-77 with under 6 minutes left. Macvan and Chatman traded three-pointers and the game turned into a thriller once Sutalo banked in an incredible shot for a 82-82 tie with over 3 minutes to go. Macvan took over with a power layup and Krstovic forced Besiktas to call timeout at 86-82. Ignerski struck from downtown but a tip-in by Krstovic made it a three-point play, 88-85. Chatman made free throws and a foul shot by Savovic gave Hemofarm a 89-87 edge. A floating layup by Chatman tied the game at 89-89 with 16 seconds left and Pavkovic missed an off-balance shot at the end of regulation.
Cevik nailed a corner triple early in the extra period and Chatman added a long jumper soon after that for a 89-94 Besiktas lead. Savovic found space for an uncontested dunk that Ozer matched with a jump hook. Sutalo shined with a reverse layup and Savovic made free throws to get Hemofarm within 95-96 with a minute left. Ozer missed a layup but free throws by Macvan gave Hemofarm a 97-96 edge with 25 seconds to go. Both teams opted to foul on purpose, as Chatman and Pavkovic traded 4-of-4 free throws for a 101-100 Hemofarm lead with 9 seconds left. Besiktas had a final chance to win it but Cevik missed a one-handed five-meter shot at the buzzer.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010