Unics stayed undefeated in Group D by thrashing Besiktas Cola Turka 70-98 in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday night. Unics improved to 5-0, was already qualified to the Last 16 and will win Group D if it beats DKV Joventut next week or loses by up to 10 points. Meanwhile, Besiktas dropped to 1-4 and was already mathematically out of the Last 16 race. Marko Popovic led the winners with 18 points. Terrell Lyday added 16, Igor Tkatchenko got 15, Igor Zamanskiy had 12 while Saulius Stombergas contributed 10 for Unics. Cehver Ozer had 16 points for Besiktas, that played without Mire Chatman and Brad Newley. Engin Atsur added 13 while Kevin Fletcher got 12 for the guests. Popovic sank consecutive three-pointers in a 0-10 run that broke the game for good, 7-20. Besiktas managed to get within 18-28 but Lyday and Kresimir Loncar allowed Unics to boost its margin to 30-52 at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Unics boosted its margin to 33-61 and kept full control of the game until the final buzzer.
Kerem Ozkan got Besiktas going with a three-pointer but Lyday and Zamanskiy answered from downtown in a 1-10 run that Loncar capped with a jumper for a 4-10 Unics lead. Ozer joined the three-point shootout but Unics stayed unstoppable. Lyday followed free throws with a dunk while Popovic buried consecutive triples for a 7-20 score, after a 0-10 run. Besiktas called timeout Fletcher and Stombergas traded jumpers, as Unics kept controlling the game at both ends. Free throws by Stombergas and Lyday fixed the score at 9-24 after 10 minutes. Popovic and Omer Unver traded layups early in the second quarter and a three-pointer by Omer gave the hosts some hope at 14-26. Loncar scored down low but Unver and Arin Sogancioglu got Besiktas even closer, 18-28. Popovic nailed his third triple but a dunk by Fletcher made Unics call timeout at 20-31. An unstoppable Popovic followed a three-pointer with a layup while Petr Samoylenko soon broke the game open, 20-38. Fletcher and Loncar traded layups and Stombergas struck from downtown to make it a 19-point game, 22-43. Besiktas kept struggling to organize its offense while Samoylenko, Zamanskiy and Valiantsin Yurchyk kept Unics way ahead, 30-52, at halftime.
Ozer hit a layup soon after the break but Unics kept rolling. Zamanskiy followed free throws with a three-pointer in a 0-7 run that Vladimir Veremeenko capped with a dunk for a 33-61 Unics lead. Atsur buried a jumper and soon added a triple but he didn't find much help around. Besiktas only managed to trade baskets now, as Zamanskiy downed another three-pointer for a 38-66 score. Atsur and Muratcan Guler struck from downtown to get the hosts within 45-68, but Unics got its first unit back in the game right after that. Lyday and Popovic hit consecutive layups to boost their team's lead to 47-74 after 30 minutes. The outcome was clear already but Besiktas kept fighting, trying to please its fans in their team's final Eurocup home game this season. Atsur and Unver fueled a 9-2 run that brought the hosts within 54-76. Tkatchenko nailed a triple, as Unics decided to finish the game with its second unit on court. Everything was said and done already, as Unics will keep fighting for Eurocup glory while Besiktas will try to finish the regular season with a road win in Bonn, Germany.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010