Fener tightens grip on TBL lead, Galatasaray kicks bucket

It was a profitable week for Fenerbahe ulker as Zeljko Obradovic’s men cruised to a 71-62 road victory over Rnesans TED Ankara Kolejliler to keep its lead in the Turkish Basketball League (TBL) in week 23 on Monday. In the day’s other game, Turk Telekom stunned Galatasaray Liv Hospital 80-76, a defeat that came after two consecutive derby wins.

Semih Erden paced Fenerbahe with 15 points, while Ricky Hickman hit 14 an

It was a profitable week for Fenerbahandccedile andUumllker as Zeljko Obradovicand#39s men cruised to a 71-62 road victory over Randoumlnesans TED Ankara Kolejliler to keep its lead in the Turkish Basketball League (TBL) in week 23 on Monday.

In the dayand#39s other game, Tanduumlrk Telekom stunned Galatasaray Liv Hospital 80-76, a defeat that came after two consecutive derby wins.

Semih Erden paced Fenerbahandccedile with 15 points, while Ricky Hickman hit 14 and Andrew Goudelock added 12 points. James Florence netted 16 points for the hosts.

The visitors dominated the rebounds, 39-29, to secure victory.

Obradovic said after the game it was important that they performed well in rebounds.

andquotWe committed too many turnovers in the first half. We mostly controlled the game, but we were bad in offense.

In some parts, my players looked tired,andrdquo he noted.

TED coach Burak Gandoumlren noted that they tried to reduce the double-digit deficit in the second quarter but couldnand#39t.

andquotWe were successful in offensive but faltered in defense. Iand#39m happy with the overall motivation and resistance of my team,andquot he said in his post-game remarks.

The hosts started off the game well, taking a 9-5 aantage in the first four minutes, while Fenerbahandccedile claimed the upper hand later and got a 10-2 run to lead the first quarter 15-11. Hickman and Goudelock let the visiting side extend the margin and Fenerbahandccedile took it to double digits at the halfway mark to the quarter: 27-17.

Clay Tucker and Dexter Pittman tried to keep the hosts alive with their points as the visitors were up 39-30 at halftime.

Fenerbahandccedile took control around the rim game after the hostsand#39 former NBA player Pittman was disqualified with a second technical foul in the third quarter, and the margin never dropped below the 10-point mark.

Jan Vesely and Erden scored in the paint, and Hickman and Goudelock hit from downtown to hand the visitors a 59-46 lead in the third period. There was little resistance from the hosts in the final quarter, and Fenerbahandccedile wrapped up the game 71-62.

h2Galatasaray faltersh2 Elsewhere, Galatasaray missed a chance to get closer to upper rankings with a bitterly disappointing home defeat in its week 23 clash with Tanduumlrk Telekom Sharp-shooter Kristaps Valters of the visiting side was the top scorer with 18 points, and four other players reached double digits to contribute to the victory. Zoran Ercegand#39s 16 points did not suffice to save the hosts.

An impressive 50 percent accuracy rate in the three pointers eased Tanduumlrk Telekomand#39s way to victory.

Galatasaray coach Ergin Ataman was upset after the game and said they lost a game that they were favorites to win.

andquotDespite all the troubles we had during the season, we set our sights on the top three. It was a heavy loss for us.

Tanduumlrk Telekom played good basketball,andquot he added.

Tanduumlrk Telekom started the game with Ben McCauleyand#39s points and was up 14-9 halfway through the quarter Evren Banduumlkerand#39s five back-to-back points handed the visitors a double-digit lead, 19-9, but Justin Carter and Erceg scored to reduce the deficit, and Tanduumlrk Telekom took a 25-20 lead in the first quarter

Erceg brought the hosts as close as two points, while the visitors reclaimed control and took a 48-43 aantage at halftime.

Atamanand#39s men started the third quarter with a 7-0 run and got the aantage for the first time.

BarII ErmiI did not let the hosts thrive at the end of the third quarter, and the visitors were up 67-58 going into the last 10 minutes.

The Erceg-Carter duo was at work to reduce the deficit to four however, an amazing three-pointer performance put Tanduumlrk Telekom back in control and did not allow Galatasaray to come back, reaching a 80-76 win eventually.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman