The first “devil’s week” of the Euroleague ended in the most impressive way Fenerbahce!
Two days after defeating him Panathinaikouthe team of Dimitris Itoudis also prevailed Villerban in the “Ulker Sports Arena” of Istanbul with the an impressive 101-86 for the 4th game of the tournament, thus raising her record to 3-1!
A victory that, however, did not come easily for the Turks, as in the first half they found themselves on the ropes, even staying at -18 against the French!
Top for the winners were Scotty Wilbekin and Tarik Biberovic with 18 and 17 points respectively, with Motley (15pts), Goodrich (14pts) and Hayes-Davis (14pts) following in scoring. Key in the great upheaval was also Nick Calatheswith the Greek guard… reaching the triple-double (7 points, 8 points, 9 assists)!
For the French who fell at 0-4 and now coach Parker’s future is more uncertain than ever, Jackson led the way with 25 points.
THE Villerban entered the match very strongly, “shocking” the home team early on. With Loverne and Jackson leading the charge, the French ran away with 15-6 in 5′while with a quick 6-0 run they shot the difference to +13 (8-21) a bit later! The visitors continued to play at a high tempo, thus closing the quarter in front of the score with 28-16.
Villerban’s offensive crescendo continued in the second periodwhere with Paris Lee and Ebaye in the foreground they got as far as +18 (25-43) at 15′! At that point, Fenerbahce reacted and with Wilbekin up front they produced an attacking ‘pulse’, reducing to 13 for the 55-42 at halftime.
The competitive “explosion” and the great counterattack of his team Dimitris Itoudis came in the third period, there, where I preceded him Nick Calathes in defense and creation, not only reduced the difference, but turned the match upside down (67-66) in the 28th minute! In fact, with five collected points by Hayes-Davis, the hosts went to +4 (72-68), with Jackson making it 72-70 in the quarter.
More in a while…
The quarters: 16-28, 42-55, 72-70, 101-86.
Source: Sport Fm
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