PGE Turow registered its first win in Group G and rejoined the race to make it to the Last 16 by downing previously
undefeated Panellinios 81-76 in Zgorzelec, Poland on Tuesday night. Turow improved to 1-3 and faces a do-or-die road battle
against Sluc Nancy on January 5, 2010. Meanwhile, Panellinios drops to 3-1 and will qualify if it downs Gran Canaria on the
road also on January 5. Konrad Wysocki paced the winners with 22 points on 5-of-8 three-pointers. Michael Wright added 21
points and 8 rebounds while Justin Gray dished 11 assists for Turow. Kostas Charalampidis led Panellinios with 30 points.
Britton Johnsen added 12 while Rod Blakney had 10 for the guests, that led 2-10 early in the game. Robert Witka led a 17-2
run that put Turow ahead for good, 19-12. Wright allowed Turow to extend its margin to 49-39 at halftime. Charalampidis singlehandedly brought Panellinios within 58-56 but an 11-0 run helped Turow to boost its margin to 60-56. Free throws by Wysocki allowed Turow to seal a much-needed home win.
Johnsen and Blakney got Panellinios going with consecutive layups and both players struck from downtown to boost the guests'
margin to 2-10. Turow quickly called timeout to adjust its defense and found a go-to guy in Wysocki, that hit back-to-back
three-pointers. Wright shined with a layup-plus-foul in a 17-2 run in which Witka downed consecutive triples to give Turow a
19-12 margin. Charalampidis sank a jumper that Wright erased with free throws. Charalampidis and Josh Davis brought
Panellinios within 22-20 but back-to-back layups by Michal Chilinsky and Krzysztof Roszyk gave Turow a 26-20 edge after 10
minutes. Charalampidis and Roszyk traded triples early in the second quarter and an unstoppable Wright soon made it a
nine-point game, 32-23. Djuro Ostojic and a triple by Manolis Papamakarios brought Panellinios back to life, 34-29.
Three-pointers by Gray and Chilinsky boosted the hosts' lead to 40-29. A jumper by Roszyk and a layup off a steal by Brandon
Wallace made the guests call timeout at 44-31. Johnsen tried to change things with a triple and free throws by Charalampidis
got Panellinios within 46-38. A three-pointer by Chilinsky made Turow restore a double-digit lead, 49-39, at halftime.
Panellinios improved its defense after the break and free throws by Johnsen got the guests within 49-41. Gray stepped up with
a jumper but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, a layup by Blakney and free throws by Chalarampidis gave Panellinios
some hope at 51-45. Wysocki took over with his third triple and soon added a layup but Smith kept Panellinios in the game,
56-48. Charalampidis stayed on fire with consecutive three-pointers that got the guests as close as 56-54. Wright sank a
mid-range jumper and Wallace added a put-back layup to give Turow some fresh air, 61-56, after 30 minutes. Wysocki struck
again from downtown and Wright scored down low to make Turow restore a double-digit lead, 66-56, early in the fourth quarter.
Panellinios had been scoreless for 3 minutes and Wysocki downed another triple for a 69-56 lead, after an 11-0 run. Johnsen
tried to ignite his team's comeback but Turow had opted to use long possessions and feed Wright down low for a 73-60 score.
Both teams fought for points differential. Nothing changed in the final minutes, as Panellinios only rallied when the outcome
was clear and all Turow fans celebrated their team's first 2009-10 Eurocup win minutes before the final buzzer.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009