Oldenburg cruises to fourth straight win
EWE Baskets Oldenburg improved its chances to reach the Top 16 by downing Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul 79-72 at home on Wednesday. Both teams now have 4-3 records in Group D, but Galatasaray has the tiebreak advantage between them since it registered a 92-79 home in against Oldenburg in Round 2. Tyler Larson led the winners with 21 points, Rasid Mahalbasic added 13 while Braydon Hobbs scored 12 for Oldenburg. Yigit Arslan paced Galatasaray with 20 points, Aaron Harrison added 15 and Tai Webster had 12 for the visitors. Webster and Harrison stepped up early, giving Galatasaray a 9-14 lead after 10 minutes. A three-point play by Mahalbasic briefly put Oldenburg ahead, 17-16. Harrison and Arslan fueled an 0-8 run which allowed the visitors to regain a 26-32 edge at halftime. Philipp Schwethelm buried a couple of three-pointers in an 11-0 run that gave Oldenburg a 39-36 edge after the break. An outstanding Larson helped the hosts to a 50-47 lead after 30 minutes. Larson got help from Hobbs and Mahalbasic, who made sure Oldenburg kept control of the game until the final buzzer.
Webster got Galatasaray going with a driving layup and Harrison added a three-pointer. A coast-to-coast layup by Webster caused Oldenburg to call timeout at 1-7. Mahalbasic scored down low, but Goksenin Koksal and Ege Arar kept the visitors in control, 3-10. Larson hit a jumper and Rickey Paulding added a fastbreak layup before the visitors stopped the game at 7-10. Greg Whittington took over with a put-back layup and got help from Harrison to lift Galatasaray to 9-14 after 10 minutes. Gerry Blakes and Webster exchanged baskets early in the second quarter and a three-pointer by Larson brought Oldenburg within 14-16. Mahalbasic took over with a three-point play that gave the hosts their first lead, 17-16. Arslan scored around the basket and got help from Harrison and Arar to make it 17-24 for Galatasaray after a 0-8 run. Lazeric Jones and Whittington each struck from beyond the arc to boost the visitors' lead to 21-30. A tip-in by Koksal made it a double-digit game, but Schwethelm hit a triple and Justin Sears added a jump hook to make it 26-32 at halftime.
Harrison and Blakes traded baskets after the break and a jumper by Webster gave Galatasaray a 28-36 lead. Hobbs struck from downtown and Schwethelm added two more from beyond the arc to restore an Oldenburg lead, 37-36. Paulding capped an 11-0 run with a layup before Whittington quickly tied the game with a triple at 39-39. After Mahalbasic and Zach Auguste exchanged jumpers, Larson gave the hosts a 43-41 edge. Arslan buried a three-pointer and Harrison added a layup-plus-foul, but Larson singlehandedly boosted Oldenburg to a 50-47 margin after 30 minutes. Nathan Boothe took over with 4 quick points early in the fourth quarter and Larson added a triple and a layup for a 59-50 Oldenburg margin. Arslan rescued Galatasaray with a reverse layup and a three-pointer, but a put-back layup by Mahalbasic and a bomb from beyond the arc by Hobbs boosted the hosts' lead to 64-55 midway through the fourth quarter. Hobbs struck twice from downtown, however, Arslan gave Galatasaray hope at 70-64 with less than 3 minutes left. Mahalbasic and Karsten Tadda sealed the outcome at 75-64 in the next-to-last minute.
In just his second EuroCup game with Oldenburg, Larson came off the bench and led the club to a big win. He finished the game with 21 points on 6-of-7 two-point shooting and 3-of-6 on three-pointers plus 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 3 fouls drawn for a PIR of 19 in less than 23 minutes.
Galatasaray dominated most of the way in the first half and built a 28-36 margin soon after the break, but Schwethelm buried a couple of three-pointers and Hobbs added another one in an 11-0 run that Paulding capped with a layup. Oldenburg got a 39-36 lead and never trailed after that momentum-switching run.
Oldenburg's aggressive defense made the difference in this game. The hosts forced Galatasaray into 24 turnovers, which is a new club record for the Turkish powerhouse. Oldenburg only made 12 and those 10 extra possessions were important to the outcome of the game.
Did you notice?
After a 0-3 start, Oldenburg is now on a four-game winning streak; it bested Unicaja Malaga at home and got road wins against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica and Asseco Arka Gdynia.
Both teams return to 7DAYS EuroCup action next week. Galatasaray hosts Unicaja Malaga on Tuesday, November 19. A day later, Oldenburg welcomes Dolomiti Energia Trento.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019