ESRA – Galatasaray avenges football defeat to Fener with TBL win

Galatasaray avenges football defeat to Fener with TBL winA day after after Fenerbahe beat Galatasaray in the Spor Toto League football derby in KadIkoy, Galatasaray Liv Hospital had every excuse in the world to perform poorly against its arch-rival in the menand#39s Turkish Basketball League (TBL) derby at Abdi Ipeki Sports ArenaVengeance is mine, saith Galatasaray Liv Hospital — and there is no room for excuses when Fenerbahe ulker is at issue. Galatasaray, therefore, beat all odds to clinch a 92-88 league victory over Fenerbahe ulker thanks to sharp-shooting duo Sinan Guler and Zoran Erceg, who paced the hosts with a total of 51 points, in front of its home crowd on Monday.

Erceg starred with 26 points and five rebounds and Guler added 25 and four rebounds. US shooting guard Andrew Darius Goudelock hit 19 points as Jan Vesely and Nemanja Bjelica chipped in with 14 points each in defeat.

The hosts were without head coach Ergin Ataman who was on the bench after he was suspended for unsportsmanlike behavior during last weekand#39s Anadolu Efes match. They have also recently lost their playmaker Carlos Arroyo because of financial troubles.

Assistant coach YaIIzer UluI had to cope with a short rotation and six players in hand because of injuries. The Galatasaray win also ended Fenerbaheand#39s six-match winning streak in the TBL and took the winners to fifth in the table.

andquotWith this spirit we would have won this game even if we had only five players,andquot Ataman said after the game. andquotIt was incredibly exciting in the final two to three minutes.

Iand#39ve had a coaching career of many years but I trembled for the first time.andrdquoUluI told a similar tale to the broadcaster after the game.

andquotI congratulate my players for the extraordinary effort they put out,andquot he said. andldquoThey never hesitated.

Our fans believed in us and empowered us.andrdquouler, who played despite a wrist injury, said afterwards that he could hardly stand up or walk but it had all been worth it.

andquotI hope this will be the wind to carry us until the end of the season,andquot he added.The game started as a close contest, but it was the visiting Fenerbahe who took a 9-6 lead halfway through the first quarter and later hit from downtown to increase the margin to six: 12-6.

Galatasaray made the difference below the rim and an Erceg triple handed the hosts a 15-14 edge and they eventually led the quarter 16-14.Galatasaray had a storming start in the following quarter as Guler quickly made it 24-18, before a Goudelock triple tied the score at 27-27 midway through the quarter Ricky Hickman hit from downtown on the buzzer and Emir Preldzic added a layup to make it 35-30, then Galatasaray answered with an Erceg two-pointer plus a foul.

Kerem Gnlum scored a free throw and then two layups to give his side a 38-37 edge. Erceg netted a three-pointer and Vesely responded as Galatasaray took a 41-39 lead at half-time.

Vladimir Micov opened the second-half scoring with a three-pointer Fener was aggressive in defense in the early minutes and prevented several Galatasaray attempts but could not stop Carter: 47-43. Erceg hit from behind the arc for a game-high eight-point margin: 63-55.

The visitors then enjoyed a 6-0 run to come within two points: 63-61. Guler sank a triple and Goudelock responded with a mid-range shot before a Gnlum tip-in handed the hosts a 68-63 lead going into the last 10 minutes.

Fenerbahe started off the fourth period with a 4-0 run to reduce the deficit by one. Gnlum restored a three-point edge but Vesely hit a dunk to make it 70-69.

Guler hit from mid-range to give his side a 77-73 lead at the halfway mark. Micov and Guler made no mistakes with free throws and Galatasaray went up 92-85 with 40 seconds to the final buzzer Preldzic hit a triple but it was too little too late as the hosts won the game 92-88.

Elsewhere, championship contender Anadolu Efes cruised past Istanbul BuyukIehir Belediyesi 106-64 on the road to reach the top of the league.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman