Galatasaray Café Crown stormed to its second win of the young Eurocup season by beating Bennet Cantu 76-57 on Tuesday in Istanbul. With the game tied 22-22 in the second quarter, Ermal Kuqo fueled a 10-0 Gala run that gave the hosts control of the game and a 40-26 halftime lead. Maarten Leunen helped cut the gap to 44-38 early in the third quarter, but Luksa Andric took over inside and Cantu had no answers. The lead continued to swell throughout the second half, reaching 24 points, as Galatasaray celebrated its second win. Andric paced the winners with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting, Taylor Rochestie added 14 by going 4 for 4 from downtown and Kuqo added 12. Galatasaray puts its 2-0 record on the line next week against Panellinios BC. Vladimir Micov led Cantu with 14 points and Leunen finished with 10 for Cantu, which dropped to 1-1 and visits GasTerra Flames next week.
Galatasaray started strong with an Andric slam and a Rochestie triple, but Cantu closed the gap quickly through Ben Ortner. Micov knotted the game at 7-7 with a triple. Josh Shipp caught fire and lifted the hosts ahead again and Kuqo made it 14-9, but it was even again when Michele Mian connected from downtown. Kuqo converted on the offensive glass to give Galatasaray an 18-16 lead after 10 minutes. Manu Markoishvili and Ortner managed to tie the game three more times, but soon Galatasaray made its move. Kuqo scored twice inside, Tutku Acik converted in transition, Preston Shumpert added a jumper and Rado Rancik made a pair of free throws to account for a 10-0 run. Rancik and Rochestie added triples to help the home team take a 40-26 lead at the half.
Kuqo took the Galatasaray lead to 15 at the start of the second half before Cantu found an answer. Micov scored and Leunen tacked on a three to close the gap to 10. Leunen remained a factor and Mike Green added a steal and a layup to get Cantu as close as 44-38. The Cantu defense stymied the hosts, but on the attack the visitors missed four shots from downtown in trying to cut the gap further. Acik ended a drought for Galatasaray with a triple and after Leunen scored on the offensive glass, Andric restored a double-digit lead. Mike Green netted a pair of free throws, but Andric scored twice to put Galatasaray up 56-42 with one quarter left to play. Canto had no answer for Andric and despite a Markoishvili three, Andric lifted the lead further and Rochestie connected from downtown to put the hosts up 20. Even after a Micov triple, Galatasaray continued to stretch the lead, peaking at 75-51 on an Evren Buker layup en route to a big win.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010