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BSL Round 6: Galatasaray is upset by Tofas Nov 4, 2019
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It’s still too early stage of the Regular Season in BSL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most important game in the last round took place in Bursa between second ranked Galatasaray (4-2) and fourth ranked Tofas (5-1) on Saturday night. Galatasaray was crushed by Tofas on the road 112-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Galatasaray. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tofas shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Tofas looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. The best player for the winners was Belgian-American Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Tofas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Darussafaka and Bandirma. Tofas is looking forward to face Afyon Bld (#11) in Afyonkarahisar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray’s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Darussafaka.
Buyukcekmece can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Besiktas (2-4) on the road game in Istanbul 87-84. It was a good game for American point guard Kenny Hayes (186-87, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 assists. Mert Celep contributed with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: ASU) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds for Besiktas. Buyukcekmece (1-5) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with ITU BB and OGM Orman. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Gaziantep and Afyon. Buyukcekmece will play against higher ranked Bursaspor (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Besiktas’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Fenerbahce.
Undefeated leader Pinar Karsiyaka delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Turk Telekom (3-3) 85-66. Tony Taylor scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Egemen Guven with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Pinar Karsiyaka (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Loser Turk Telekom dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Bursaspor. Pinar Karsiyaka will meet bottom-ranked Acibadem (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Turk Telekom’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara OGM Orman.
Bottom-ranked Acibadem (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-76 loss to eighth ranked Darussafaka (4-2) in Istanbul. Dogus Ozdemiroglu notched 13 points and 5 steals to lead the effort. Darussafaka’s coach Selcuk Ernak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Galatasaray and Bandirma. Acibadem at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Darussafaka’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Galatasaray.
The game in Balikesir was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Bursaspor (3-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Bandirma (4-2). Bandirma defeated Bursaspor 72-62 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Omar Prewitt who scored 21 points. Bandirma’s coach Hakan Demir used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Bandirma moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Darussafaka and Galatasaray. Newly promoted Bursaspor dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Bandirma will face ITU BB (#14) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bursaspor will play at home against Buyukcekmece (#15) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Gaziantep crushed OGM Orman in a road game 83-59. Fenerbahce beat Afyon at home 86-80. ITU BB was destroyed by Anadolu Efes on the opponent’s court 108-62.
The best stats of 6th round was 9 points and 7 rebounds by Emanuel Terry of Bandirma.

Besiktas – Buyukcekmece 84-87

Buyukcekmece can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Besiktas (2-4) on the road game in Istanbul 87-84. Buyukcekmece made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Buyukcekmece players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Kenny Hayes (186-87, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 assists. Mert Celep (206-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: ASU) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds and Burak Can Yildizli (202-94) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Buyukcekmece (1-5) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with ITU BB and OGM Orman. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Gaziantep and Afyon. Buyukcekmece will play against higher ranked Bursaspor (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Besiktas’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Fenerbahce.
Top scorers:
Buyukcekmece: K.Hayes 28+3reb+6ast, A.Andrews 18+1reb+5ast, R.Upshaw 14+4reb+1ast, M.Celep 10+11reb+5ast, D.Kilicli 7+3reb+2ast, J.Saffold 6+5reb+1ast
Besiktas: S.McKissic 28+5reb+3ast, J.Michael McAdoo 15+7reb, B.Can Yildizli 13+8reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 13+1reb+3ast, O.Al 6+1reb+3ast, T.Gotcher 4+1reb

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Pinar Karsiyaka – Turk Telekom 85-66

Undefeated leader Pinar Karsiyaka delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Turk Telekom (3-3) 85-66. Point guard Tony Taylor (185-90, college: GWU) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Brandon Triche (193-91, college: Syracuse) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international center Egemen Guven (210-96) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Muhammed Baygul (191-92) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinar Karsiyaka (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Loser Turk Telekom dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Bursaspor. Pinar Karsiyaka will meet bottom-ranked Acibadem (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Turk Telekom’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara OGM Orman.
Top scorers:
PINAR KARSIYAKA: T.Taylor 20+2reb+2ast, O.Bitim 13+3reb, M.Birsen 12+3reb+2ast, S.Erden 9+5reb, B.Triche 9+4reb+4ast, J.Morgan 8+5reb+1ast
TURK TELEKOM: E.Guven 13+6reb+1ast, M.Baygul 12+2reb+5ast, N.Johnson 11+1reb+3ast, M.Fall 10+6reb, M.Turen 6+6reb, T.Campbell 6+2reb+5ast

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Tofas – Galatasaray 112-93

The most important game in the last round took place in Bursa between second ranked Galatasaray (4-2) and fourth ranked Tofas (5-1) on Saturday night. Galatasaray was crushed by Tofas on the road 112-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Galatasaray. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tofas shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Tofas looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. The best player for the winners was Belgian-American Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and New Zealand guard Tai Webster (193-95, college: Nebraska) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively. Five Tofas and four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Tofas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Darussafaka and Bandirma. Tofas is looking forward to face Afyon Bld (#11) in Afyonkarahisar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray’s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Tofas: D.Williams 25+5reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 22+7reb+7ast, S.Mejia 21+1reb+6ast, B.Ugurlu 18+3reb+7ast, B.Ermis 11+2reb+7ast, M.Yasar 7+3reb+1ast
Galatasaray: Z.Auguste 24+5reb+3ast, T.Webster 19+3reb+6ast, A.Harrison 14+2reb+3ast, G.Whittington 11+4reb+2ast, B.Moore 8+2reb+1ast, C.Korkmaz 6+1ast

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OGM Orman – Gaziantep 59-83

Everything could happen in Ankara at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Gaziantep and 14th ranked OGM Orman had identical 1-4 record. But OGM Orman was not able to use a home court advantage and was crushed by the opponent from Gaziantep 83-59 on Saturday night. Gaziantep made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by OGM Orman’s players. OGM Orman was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized Azerbaijani Orhan Haciyeva (200-89) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Ismail-Cem Ulusoy (183-96, agency: Agency) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Gaziantep players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (189-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaziantep (2-4) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Besiktas and Afyon. OGM Orman lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with five games lost. Gaziantep will face league’s second-placed Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. OGM Orman’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Turk Telekom.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: O.Haciyeva 17+6reb+1ast, D.Crawford 16+2ast, I.Buva 11+3reb, C.Ugur Ogut 11+4reb+3ast, I.Cem Ulusoy 9+6reb+7ast, M.Akyel 6+4reb+1ast
OGM Orman: E.Kikanovic 16+8reb, C.Kloof 11+3reb, K.Bayram 7+3ast, C.Ozer 6+3reb+1ast, C.Warren 6+2reb+1ast, R.Christmas 4+3reb

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Fenerbahce – Afyon 86-80

No shocking result in a game in Istanbul where fourth ranked Fenerbahce (5-1) defeated 10th ranked Afyon Bld (2-4) 86-80 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Fenerbahce made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Greek point guard Kostas Sloukas (197-90) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian power forward Talib Zanna (206-90, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Peyton Aldridge (203-95, college: Davidson) added 17 points respectively. Fenerbahce moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Tofas. Loser Afyon Bld keeps the tenth position with four games lost. Fenerbahce’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Besiktas.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: K.Sloukas 20+5reb+6ast, N.Kalinic 15+5reb+3ast, J.Lauvergne 14+10reb+3ast, M.Mahmutoglu 11+1reb, N.De Colo 9+2reb, A.Al-Dwairi 8+1reb
Afyon: T.Zanna 24+8reb+1ast, P.Aldridge 17+2reb+1ast, G.Hrovat 13+2reb+4ast, B.Eslik 8+2ast, C.Davis 5+2reb+3ast, J.Crawford 5+1reb+1ast

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Anadolu Efes – ITU BB 108-62

Very expected game in Istanbul where 13th ranked ITU BB (1-5) was rolled over by third ranked Anadolu Efes (5-1) 108-62 on Sunday. Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to ITU BB’s 24. They outrebounded ITU BB 43-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Anadolu Efes shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by ITU BB’s players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Sertac Sanli (211-91) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 16 points. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, college: WKU, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Matt Mobley (190-94, college: St.Bonaventure) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Tofas and Fenerbahce. Loser ITU BB keeps the thirteenth position with five games lost. Anadolu Efes will face Gaziantep (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ITU BB will play against Bandirma and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: S.Sanli 22+14reb, J.Anderson 16+3reb+1ast, A.Tuncer 16+2reb+1ast, A.Peters 14+4reb+2ast, M.Kurtuldum 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Saybir 7+8reb+3ast
ITU BB: D.Coleby 15+7reb+1ast, K.Dillard 13+3ast, M.Mobley 13+7reb, A.Goodwin 7+3reb+1ast, M.Yagmur 6+3reb+6ast, Y.Akcay 3+3reb

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Darussafaka – Bahcesehir 83-76

Bottom-ranked Acibadem (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-76 loss to eighth ranked Darussafaka (4-2) in Istanbul. Point guard Dogus Ozdemiroglu (191-96) notched 13 points and 5 steals to lead the effort and American forward Bonzie Colson-Jr (196-96, college: Notre Dame) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Darussafaka’s coach Selcuk Ernak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists by American point guard Trae Golden (189-91, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Network Sports International) did not help to save the game for Acibadem. His fellow American import forward Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma, agency: Network Sports International) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Acibadem players scored in double figures. Darussafaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Galatasaray and Bandirma. Acibadem at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Darussafaka’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Galatasaray.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Colson Jr. 14+5reb, D.Ozdemiroglu 13+4reb+2ast, D.Lamb 11+1ast, B.Demir 10+3reb, S.Guler 9+3reb+6ast, M.Agva 7+6reb+1ast
Bahcesehir: C.Clark 16+7reb+1ast, M.Mathiang 15+8reb, J.Johnson 13+7reb+1ast, D.Hardy 12+2reb+2ast, T.Golden 11+5reb+9ast, C.Altintig 4

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Bandirma – Bursaspor 72-62

The game in Balikesir was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Bursaspor (3-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Bandirma (4-2). Bandirma defeated Bursaspor 72-62 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Omar Prewitt (201-94, college: William & Mary) who scored 21 points. Point guard Jaime Smith (190-89, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Wasserman) chipped in 19 points. Bandirma’s coach Hakan Demir used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Allerik Freeman (190-94, college: NC State, agency: Slash Sports) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Chris Jones (188-93, college: Angelo St.) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Bandirma moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Darussafaka and Galatasaray. Newly promoted Bursaspor dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Bandirma will face ITU BB (#14) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bursaspor will play at home against Buyukcekmece (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bandirma: O.Prewitt 21+4reb, J.Smith 19+1reb+2ast, E.Terry 9+7reb+2ast, T.Kalinoski 8+2reb+6ast, I.Hummer 6+6reb+3ast, H.Furkan 4+4reb
Bursaspor: A.Freeman 18+7reb+3ast, C.Jones 15+4ast, G.Olaseni 11+5reb+2ast, P.Jones III 8+1reb, I.Turkyilmaz 8+6reb+1ast, M.Riley 2+7reb

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youtube It’s still too early stage of the Regular Season in BSL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most important game in the last round took place in Bursa between second ranked Galatasaray (4-2) and fourth r…  
It’s still too early stage of the Regular Season in BSL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most important game in the last round took place in Bursa between second ranked Galatasaray (4-2) and fourth ranked Tofas (5-1) on Saturday night. Galatasaray was crushed by Tofas on the road 112-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Galatasaray. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tofas shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Tofas looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. The best player for the winners was Belgian-American Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Tofas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Darussafaka and Bandirma. Tofas is looking forward to face Afyon Bld (#11) in Afyonkarahisar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray’s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Darussafaka.
Buyukcekmece can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Besiktas (2-4) on the road game in Istanbul 87-84. It was a good game for American point guard Kenny Hayes (186-87, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 assists. Mert Celep contributed with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: ASU) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds for Besiktas. Buyukcekmece (1-5) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with ITU BB and OGM Orman. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Gaziantep and Afyon. Buyukcekmece will play against higher ranked Bursaspor (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Besiktas’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Fenerbahce.
Undefeated leader Pinar Karsiyaka delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Turk Telekom (3-3) 85-66. Tony Taylor scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Egemen Guven with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Pinar Karsiyaka (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Loser Turk Telekom dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Bursaspor. Pinar Karsiyaka will meet bottom-ranked Acibadem (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Turk Telekom’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara OGM Orman.
Bottom-ranked Acibadem (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-76 loss to eighth ranked Darussafaka (4-2) in Istanbul. Dogus Ozdemiroglu notched 13 points and 5 steals to lead the effort. Darussafaka’s coach Selcuk Ernak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Galatasaray and Bandirma. Acibadem at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Darussafaka’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Galatasaray.
The game in Balikesir was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Bursaspor (3-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Bandirma (4-2). Bandirma defeated Bursaspor 72-62 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Omar Prewitt who scored 21 points. Bandirma’s coach Hakan Demir used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Bandirma moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Darussafaka and Galatasaray. Newly promoted Bursaspor dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Bandirma will face ITU BB (#14) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bursaspor will play at home against Buyukcekmece (#15) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Gaziantep crushed OGM Orman in a road game 83-59. Fenerbahce beat Afyon at home 86-80. ITU BB was destroyed by Anadolu Efes on the opponent’s court 108-62.
The best stats of 6th round was 9 points and 7 rebounds by Emanuel Terry of Bandirma.

Besiktas – Buyukcekmece 84-87

Buyukcekmece can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Besiktas (2-4) on the road game in Istanbul 87-84. Buyukcekmece made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Buyukcekmece players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Kenny Hayes (186-87, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 assists. Mert Celep (206-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: ASU) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds and Burak Can Yildizli (202-94) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Buyukcekmece (1-5) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with ITU BB and OGM Orman. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Gaziantep and Afyon. Buyukcekmece will play against higher ranked Bursaspor (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Besiktas’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Fenerbahce.
Top scorers:
Buyukcekmece: K.Hayes 28+3reb+6ast, A.Andrews 18+1reb+5ast, R.Upshaw 14+4reb+1ast, M.Celep 10+11reb+5ast, D.Kilicli 7+3reb+2ast, J.Saffold 6+5reb+1ast
Besiktas: S.McKissic 28+5reb+3ast, J.Michael McAdoo 15+7reb, B.Can Yildizli 13+8reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 13+1reb+3ast, O.Al 6+1reb+3ast, T.Gotcher 4+1reb

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Pinar Karsiyaka – Turk Telekom 85-66

Undefeated leader Pinar Karsiyaka delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Turk Telekom (3-3) 85-66. Point guard Tony Taylor (185-90, college: GWU) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Brandon Triche (193-91, college: Syracuse) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international center Egemen Guven (210-96) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Muhammed Baygul (191-92) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinar Karsiyaka (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Loser Turk Telekom dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Bursaspor. Pinar Karsiyaka will meet bottom-ranked Acibadem (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Turk Telekom’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara OGM Orman.
Top scorers:
PINAR KARSIYAKA: T.Taylor 20+2reb+2ast, O.Bitim 13+3reb, M.Birsen 12+3reb+2ast, S.Erden 9+5reb, B.Triche 9+4reb+4ast, J.Morgan 8+5reb+1ast
TURK TELEKOM: E.Guven 13+6reb+1ast, M.Baygul 12+2reb+5ast, N.Johnson 11+1reb+3ast, M.Fall 10+6reb, M.Turen 6+6reb, T.Campbell 6+2reb+5ast

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Tofas – Galatasaray 112-93

The most important game in the last round took place in Bursa between second ranked Galatasaray (4-2) and fourth ranked Tofas (5-1) on Saturday night. Galatasaray was crushed by Tofas on the road 112-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Galatasaray. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tofas shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Tofas looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. The best player for the winners was Belgian-American Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and New Zealand guard Tai Webster (193-95, college: Nebraska) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively. Five Tofas and four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Tofas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Darussafaka and Bandirma. Tofas is looking forward to face Afyon Bld (#11) in Afyonkarahisar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray’s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Tofas: D.Williams 25+5reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 22+7reb+7ast, S.Mejia 21+1reb+6ast, B.Ugurlu 18+3reb+7ast, B.Ermis 11+2reb+7ast, M.Yasar 7+3reb+1ast
Galatasaray: Z.Auguste 24+5reb+3ast, T.Webster 19+3reb+6ast, A.Harrison 14+2reb+3ast, G.Whittington 11+4reb+2ast, B.Moore 8+2reb+1ast, C.Korkmaz 6+1ast

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OGM Orman – Gaziantep 59-83

Everything could happen in Ankara at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Gaziantep and 14th ranked OGM Orman had identical 1-4 record. But OGM Orman was not able to use a home court advantage and was crushed by the opponent from Gaziantep 83-59 on Saturday night. Gaziantep made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by OGM Orman’s players. OGM Orman was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized Azerbaijani Orhan Haciyeva (200-89) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Ismail-Cem Ulusoy (183-96, agency: Agency) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Gaziantep players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (189-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaziantep (2-4) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Besiktas and Afyon. OGM Orman lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with five games lost. Gaziantep will face league’s second-placed Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. OGM Orman’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Turk Telekom.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: O.Haciyeva 17+6reb+1ast, D.Crawford 16+2ast, I.Buva 11+3reb, C.Ugur Ogut 11+4reb+3ast, I.Cem Ulusoy 9+6reb+7ast, M.Akyel 6+4reb+1ast
OGM Orman: E.Kikanovic 16+8reb, C.Kloof 11+3reb, K.Bayram 7+3ast, C.Ozer 6+3reb+1ast, C.Warren 6+2reb+1ast, R.Christmas 4+3reb

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Fenerbahce – Afyon 86-80

No shocking result in a game in Istanbul where fourth ranked Fenerbahce (5-1) defeated 10th ranked Afyon Bld (2-4) 86-80 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Fenerbahce made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Greek point guard Kostas Sloukas (197-90) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian power forward Talib Zanna (206-90, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Peyton Aldridge (203-95, college: Davidson) added 17 points respectively. Fenerbahce moved-up to second place, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Tofas. Loser Afyon Bld keeps the tenth position with four games lost. Fenerbahce’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Besiktas.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: K.Sloukas 20+5reb+6ast, N.Kalinic 15+5reb+3ast, J.Lauvergne 14+10reb+3ast, M.Mahmutoglu 11+1reb, N.De Colo 9+2reb, A.Al-Dwairi 8+1reb
Afyon: T.Zanna 24+8reb+1ast, P.Aldridge 17+2reb+1ast, G.Hrovat 13+2reb+4ast, B.Eslik 8+2ast, C.Davis 5+2reb+3ast, J.Crawford 5+1reb+1ast

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Anadolu Efes – ITU BB 108-62

Very expected game in Istanbul where 13th ranked ITU BB (1-5) was rolled over by third ranked Anadolu Efes (5-1) 108-62 on Sunday. Anadolu Efes dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to ITU BB’s 24. They outrebounded ITU BB 43-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Anadolu Efes shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by ITU BB’s players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Sertac Sanli (211-91) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 16 points. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, college: WKU, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Matt Mobley (190-94, college: St.Bonaventure) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Tofas and Fenerbahce. Loser ITU BB keeps the thirteenth position with five games lost. Anadolu Efes will face Gaziantep (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ITU BB will play against Bandirma and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: S.Sanli 22+14reb, J.Anderson 16+3reb+1ast, A.Tuncer 16+2reb+1ast, A.Peters 14+4reb+2ast, M.Kurtuldum 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Saybir 7+8reb+3ast
ITU BB: D.Coleby 15+7reb+1ast, K.Dillard 13+3ast, M.Mobley 13+7reb, A.Goodwin 7+3reb+1ast, M.Yagmur 6+3reb+6ast, Y.Akcay 3+3reb

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Darussafaka – Bahcesehir 83-76

Bottom-ranked Acibadem (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-76 loss to eighth ranked Darussafaka (4-2) in Istanbul. Point guard Dogus Ozdemiroglu (191-96) notched 13 points and 5 steals to lead the effort and American forward Bonzie Colson-Jr (196-96, college: Notre Dame) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Darussafaka’s coach Selcuk Ernak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists by American point guard Trae Golden (189-91, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Network Sports International) did not help to save the game for Acibadem. His fellow American import forward Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma, agency: Network Sports International) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Acibadem players scored in double figures. Darussafaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Galatasaray and Bandirma. Acibadem at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Darussafaka’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Galatasaray.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Colson Jr. 14+5reb, D.Ozdemiroglu 13+4reb+2ast, D.Lamb 11+1ast, B.Demir 10+3reb, S.Guler 9+3reb+6ast, M.Agva 7+6reb+1ast
Bahcesehir: C.Clark 16+7reb+1ast, M.Mathiang 15+8reb, J.Johnson 13+7reb+1ast, D.Hardy 12+2reb+2ast, T.Golden 11+5reb+9ast, C.Altintig 4

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Bandirma – Bursaspor 72-62

The game in Balikesir was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Bursaspor (3-3) played at the court of seventh ranked Bandirma (4-2). Bandirma defeated Bursaspor 72-62 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Omar Prewitt (201-94, college: William & Mary) who scored 21 points. Point guard Jaime Smith (190-89, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Wasserman) chipped in 19 points. Bandirma’s coach Hakan Demir used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Allerik Freeman (190-94, college: NC State, agency: Slash Sports) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Chris Jones (188-93, college: Angelo St.) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Bandirma moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Darussafaka and Galatasaray. Newly promoted Bursaspor dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Bandirma will face ITU BB (#14) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bursaspor will play at home against Buyukcekmece (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bandirma: O.Prewitt 21+4reb, J.Smith 19+1reb+2ast, E.Terry 9+7reb+2ast, T.Kalinoski 8+2reb+6ast, I.Hummer 6+6reb+3ast, H.Furkan 4+4reb
Bursaspor: A.Freeman 18+7reb+3ast, C.Jones 15+4ast, G.Olaseni 11+5reb+2ast, P.Jones III 8+1reb, I.Turkyilmaz 8+6reb+1ast, M.Riley 2+7reb

gschID: 758754

Tags : MATT LOJESKI, TOFAS BURSA, TURKISH BASKETBALL

youtube Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket (TBL) signed 33-year old Jamaican ex-international center Jerome Jordan (215-113kg-86, college: Tulsa). He played last season at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 19 games he had 6.4ppg and 2.9rpg. Jordan also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The other team Jordan played that season for was Leche Rio Breogan (also in Liga Endesa). In 13 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 5….  

Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket (TBL) signed 33-year old Jamaican ex-international center Jerome Jordan (215-113kg-86, college: Tulsa). He played last season at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 19 games he had 6.4ppg and 2.9rpg. Jordan also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 8.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The other team Jordan played that season for was Leche Rio Breogan (also in Liga Endesa). In 13 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (44th overall). The former University of Tulsa staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Drew League in 2014. Jordan was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team back in 2013.
He represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) seven years ago. Jordan’s team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 73.9%.
Jordan is quite experienced player. He has played in eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Jordan has played previously professionally in China (Shaanxi Xinda), Italy, Philippines, Serbia, Slovenia, NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies) and NBA G League (College Park Skyhawks and Stockton Kings).

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Tags : JEROME JORDAN, MERKEZEFENDI BELEDIYESI DENIZLI BASKET, TURKISH BASKETBALL, TURKISH TRANSACTIONS

youtube We bring you last week’s top performances from Turks who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week’s number one is an international point guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, agency: BeoBasket). He led Maccabi T-A to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night’s game.   
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We bring you last week’s top performances from Turks who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
   #1. This week’s number one is an international point guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, agency: BeoBasket, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi T-A to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (3-1) 89-73 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night’s game. Wilbekin was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 5 passes in 30 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (4-0) is placed first in the Winner League. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Wilbekin has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 55.6%(15-27) in four games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wilbekin played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is currently a member of the Turkish senior national team. Wilbekin used to play for Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkish league.
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Kerem Kanter (208-95, college: Xavier, currently plays in EuroCup). He contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Cedevita Olimpija (0-5) crushing them 101-81 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Kanter recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (3-2) is placed third in group C. This season Kanter averages: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%. He played for the Turkish U20 national team in 2014.
   #3. The Turkish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced U20 international guard Mert Akay (198-0, currently plays in Serbia). Akay contributed to a Dynamic VP‘s victory against the closely-ranked Zlatibor (3-1) 94-82 in the Serbian KLS on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in 29 minutes. KK Dynamic Vip Pay Beograd (3-2) is placed seventh in the KLS. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It’s Akay’s first year with the team. This season Akay’s overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.8apg, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 75.0% in four games. He is also a member of the Turkish U20 national team.
   #4. Guard Furkan Korkmaz (198-97, currently plays in NBA) helped Philadelphia 76ers win their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-1) crushing them 117-95 in the NBA in Wednesday night’s game. Korkmaz scored 17 points. The Philadelphia 76ers have 5-0 record this season. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. Korkmaz’s total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 1.6rpg. He is also Turkish national team player.
   #5. International forward Cedi Osman (204-95, currently plays in NBA) helped Cleveland Cavaliers win their game against the Chicago Bulls (2-4) 117-111 in the NBA last Wednesday. Osman scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 2-3 record this season. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. This year Osman has relatively solid stats: 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in five games. He has a dual citizenship: North Macedonian and Turkish. Osman plays currently for the Turkish national team.
   #6. Forward Ersan Ilyasova (208-87, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (4-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (4-2) were defeated 131-126 on the road by the Miami Heat. Ilyasova scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. Ilyasova has reliable stats this season: 8.2ppg and 6.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Turkish National Team roster.
   #7. International point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Betis win their game against the 12th-ranked Andorra (3-4) 86-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night’s game. Sipahi scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Coosur Real Betis Sevillais placed in the Liga Endesa. It’s Sipahi’s first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.8apg in six games. Sipahi used to play for the Turkish national team last year.
   #8. Swingman Okben Ulubay (200-97, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help FMP in their game against Partizan NIS (3-2) in the ABA League, despite his good performance on Saturday night. Ulubay scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. But FMP lost 85-90 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#5) Partizan NIS. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. Ulubay has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg in five games. He used to play for the Turkish U20 national team back in 2016.

The list of other players, who all have Turkish passport but never been selected to any of Turkish national teams:

   #1. Reginald Becton (206-C-91, currently plays in Japan) could not help Yokohama BC (5-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Yokohama BC (5-6) were edged 77-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Diamond Dolphins (#3) in the Central group. Becton recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. Becton has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6bpg.

   #2. Baris Aktas (192-SF-91, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Rapid‘s victory against the closely-ranked CS Agronomia 4 Sports Bucuresti (3-1) 69-61 in a derby game in the Romanian Liga I (second division) in Saturday night’s game. Aktas scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CS Rapid Bucuresti (0-3) is placed second in the Liga I. The Regular Season already ended. Aktas averaged so far 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.5apg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and Romanian.

   #3. Kemal Canbolat (211-C-94, currently plays in Lithuania) led Silute to a victory against the league outsider Jonava (2-7) 99-88 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Thursday. Canbolat scored 11 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. It was his first game for Silute this season. His team is placed second in the NKL. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen.

   #4. Volkan Ozdemir (188-G-96, currently plays in Austria) was not able to help KOS in their game against Lions (6-1) in the Austrian 2.Bundesliga (second division). Ozdemir recorded 8 points. KOS was crushed 94-61 at home by the leading Lions. It was KOS’s third consecutive loss in a row. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. Ozdemir has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Turkish and Austrian.


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