Beşiktaş thrashes Bandırma
Star point guard Deron Williams to victory in his first league game in Turkey.DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL.
Beşiktaş Milangaz beating Bandırma Kırmızı at home by 38 points, 107-69, made a great start to the Beko Basketball League yesterday.
The victory came mainly with the performances of Beşiktaş players from overseas. Marcelus Kemp led the Istanbul club with 27 points and David Hawkins chipped in 22 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Istanbul club’s star signing, guard Deron Williams, put on a mediocre performance with 11 points and five rebounds. Semih Erden, who also joined Beşiktaş due to the ongoing players boycott, scored 13 points.
Games on Oct. 15 showed favorite sides did not have many problems against the minnows. Anadolu Efes won 89-53 at Erdemir away and. Galatasaray Medikal Park hoisted a 27-point victory against Olin Edirne 71-98. Fenerbahçe Ülker beat Trabzonspor 88-63 at home and Mersin BB lost 61-72 at home to Tofaş.
New signing Sasha Vujacic led Anadolu Efes in scoring with 18 points with a 100 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line. Esteban Hernandez chipped in 17 points and five rebounds while another new signing from NBA, Ersan İlyasova, scored 10 points.
“I congratulate all my players for their discipline,” Anadolu Efes coach Ufuk Sarıca told a post game press conference. “I’m happy that we started the league with a good level of play and victory.”
Anadolu Efes will play Partizan Belgrade in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague on Oct. 20. “We are not 100 percent ready for the competition on the European stage, but we are improving fast,” Sarıca said. “We want to win at Partizan away and the game we played tonight raised our hopes.”