Regular-season wins don't get much bigger than the one Turk Telekom Ankara registered on Tuesday night. Hosting previously unbeaten Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Turk Telekom never trailed and eventually staved off the visitors' big comeback for an 88-85 win.
It was the third home win in as many Group A games for Turk Telekom, whose head coach Burak Goren was brave enough to predict the win last week after his team lost on the road at Joventut Badalona. But that prediction is just a result of the growing confidence that's surrounding this team.
"Beginning to the end, my players did everything on the court, on the offensive and defensive side", Coach Goren said after the game. "It is a huge win for us."
Even in the loss against Joventut, it was visible that the team is playing well and clicking, but on Tuesday night Turk Telekom showcased much of what it is capable of and also put some of the individual quality it possesses on display.
In addition to the big-man duo of Octavius Ellis and JaJuan Johnson, which has dominated games in previous rounds, now it was time for Turk Telekom's backcourt to shine. Aaron Harrison starred with 28 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range, while Anthony Clemmons in his first EuroCup game with the team netted 18 points playing a team-high 33:42 minutes.
Point guard Alex Perez ran the show with 11 points and 11 assists, becoming the first player this season to have three games with 10 or more assists. Perez had double-digit assists in each of the team's home wins.
The next step for Turk Telekom is to start winning on the road and for Perez to duplicate what he does at Ankara Spor Salonu in the other EuroCup arenas across the continent. The team and its playmaker will have two chances to get that maiden road win in December when they visit MoraBanc Andorra and Dolomiti Energia Trento.