Beşiktaş scores second Euroleague win in a row
DHA photoBeşiktaş beat Germany’s Brose Baskets 86-71 to continue its winning start to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague on Oct. 18.
The defending Turkish champion improved to 2-0 in Group D with the win, while the Germans fell to 0-2.
“We played really aggressive and had a good collective team effort. We got some big shots, Beşiktaş guard Patrick Christopher was quoted on the official Euroleague website.
“This is a big win. Any time we can win two in a row in the Euroleague, it’s really important. Now we have to keep working.”
Beşiktaş used a 2-16 run en route to a convincing 71-86 road win over Brose Baskets at Stechert Arena.
Muratcan Güler scored half the Beşiktaş points in the first big run, which bridged the first and second quarters and gave the Turkish titleholder the lead for good.
It was at 31-47 at halftime and reached 25 after the second 2-16 run at the end of the third quarter. American point guard Curtis Jerrells starred for the winners, leading the attack with 27 points.
Güler added 14 points and seven rebounds and Damir Markota scored 11 for the visitors, who shot a blistering 10 of 18 (55.5%) from downtown. Anton Gavel paced Bamberg with 21 points and Bostjan Nachbar scored 11 in defeat.
“In the Euroleague, every win is very big, especially if you can win on the road,” coach Erman Kunter said. “It’s a perfect situation. We did a very good job in the second and third quarters. Only when the players understood that we had won the game in the fourth quarter was there a defensive letdown. But the defense was the key of the game.
“There are eight games left, but there are still a lot of things to do,” the coach said.