Galatasaray cruises past Krasny Oktyabr
Last 32-bound Group F leader Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul remained in the first place in the standings with a comfortable 103-76 win over the visiting Krasny Oktyabr Istanbul on Wednesday. Galatasaray improved to 7-2, while already-eliminated last place Oktyabr is at 1-8 record. Errick McCollum had 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds in only 17 minutes on the floor to lead the hosts. Huseyin Koksal had 14 points and 7 rebounds, Stephane Lasme also scored 14. Caleb Green and Blake Schilb scored 12 apiece, while Joey Dorsey added 10 with 5 steals in victory. Dmitry Sokolov amassed 19 points plus 10 rebounds, and Vasily Zavoruev and Viacheslav Zaytsev netted 15 apiece for the visitors.
Sokolov scored 8 points to help get Oktyabr to an early 13-14 lead. Green and Lasme had Galatasaray rolling on offense early on, but back-to-back triples from McCollum sparked a 15-2 run, during which Dorsey scored twice inside, and McCollum hit his third from long distance, helping make it 28-16. A triple from Zavoruev and a put-back from Dmitry Gerasimenko kept the visitors in range, before a 4-12 run capped by back-to-back threes from Maxim Tkachenko and Evgenii Voitiuk cut it to 41-37. However, Vladimir Micov from long range, Lasme with a pair of baskets, and eventually Koksal with a put-back made it 52-41 at halftime.
Schilb opened the third with a triple, and even though Zavoruev answered with a three for Oktyabr, Green, Schilb and McCollum with his fourth three-pointer broke the game open after 3 minutes of the quarter, 64-46. Zavoruev single-handedly kept the visitors in the game, hit triples on the next three possessions, and cutting it to 68-55. But Green and Lasme, combining to score the next 9 points for the hosts, helped open 85-63 after three quarters. Maks Adam Konate, Dmitriy Korshakov and Zaytsev with a fastbreak basket stopped the leak early, keeping Oktyabr at the same distance for time being, 91-69. However, Dorsey and Safak Edge sparked another run for the hosts, before Koksal, Izzet Turkyilmaz and Ege Arar opened 103-69 lead, icing the game.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015