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BSL Round 9: Fenerbahce beats Darussafaka in a derby game Nov 25, 2019
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Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#3) and Darussafaka (#8). Fenerbahce (8-1) won against visiting Darussafaka (4-5) 83-75. Fenerbahce shot 66.0 percent from the field. Fenerbahce had a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) who scored 14 points and 6 assists. French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bonzie Colson-Jr (198-96, college: Notre Dame) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Pinar Karsiyaka. Darussafaka lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. Fenerbahce is looking forward to face Pinar Karsiyaka (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Darussafaka will play against Tofas (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Galatasaray (6-3) outscored 9th ranked OGM Orman (3-6) 105-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OGM Orman. It was a good game for point guard Can Korkmaz (187-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Zach Auguste contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for OGM Orman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray maintains sixth place with 6-3 record. Newly promoted OGM Orman keeps the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Galatasaray’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Anadolu Efes.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Istanbul: Anadolu Efes (#3) and Acibadem (#15). Acibadem was crushed at home by 26 points 67-93. Shane Larkin stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners. The best for the losing side was Mangok Mathiang with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anadolu Efes (8-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion (8-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Pinar Karsiyaka and Fenerbahce. Acibadem at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with ITU BB. Anadolu Efes’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Galatasaray.

Other games of round 9 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Buyukcekmece was defeated by Gaziantep in a road game 88-73. Tofas beat Besiktas at home 86-80. Bandirma won against Turk Telekom on the opponent’s court 91-81. Afyon unfortunately lost to Pinar Karsiyaka in a home game 66-75. Bursaspor rolled over ITU BB on the road 90-71.

Gaziantep – Buyukcekmece 88-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Gaziantep and 13th ranked Buyukcekmece had identical 2-6 record. This time Gaziantep used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Buyukcekmece 88-73 on Saturday night. They outrebounded Buyukcekmece 40-28 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Gaziantep looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Buyukcekmece’s players. Croatian power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, agency: Wasserman) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) chipped in 21 points. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kenny Hayes (186-87, college: Miami, OH) with 16 points and 4 assists and the other American import center Robert Upshaw (213-94, college: Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Buyukcekmece players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gaziantep (3-6) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Buyukcekmece at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Gaziantep will meet higher ranked Bursaspor (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buyukcekmece will play against Turk Telekom (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Buyukcekmece: O.Eldridge 17+1reb, K.Hayes 16+4reb+4ast, A.Andrews 13+4reb+3ast, R.Upshaw 10+10reb+1ast, K.Sariaslan 6+1reb, J.Saffold 4+3reb
Gaziantep: D.Crawford 21+4reb+1ast, I.Buva 21+22reb+1ast, J.Sanders 9+1reb+8ast, S.Jelovac 9+4reb+2ast, O.Haciyeva 9+6reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 8+1reb+10ast

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Tofas – Besiktas 86-80

No shocking result in a game in Bursa where fifth ranked Tofas (7-2) defeated 11th ranked Besiktas (3-6) 86-80 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Tofas made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. British-American guard Tarik Phillip (190-93, college: WVU) stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 assists for the winners and American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: ASU) with 23 points and the other American import forward James Michael McAdoo (206-93, college: UNC) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Besiktas’ coach Dusko Ivanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Tofas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bandirma. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Tofas will meet Darussafaka (#8) in the next round. Besiktas’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul ITU BB.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: S.McKissic 23+4reb, N.Djurisic 12+2reb+1ast, J.Theodore 11+3reb+7ast, J.Michael McAdoo 11+10reb+5ast, T.Gotcher 8+3reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 4
Tofas: T.Phillip 22+4reb+4ast, D.Williams 15+7reb+5ast, B.Ugurlu 13+3reb+5ast, M.Lojeski 10+3reb+3ast, M.Yasar 8+4reb+1ast, D.White 8+1reb+1ast

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Turk Telekom – Bandirma 81-91

Very expected game in Ankara where 11th ranked Turk Telekom (3-6) was defeated by fifth ranked Bandirma (7-2) 91-81 on Saturday. Bandirma made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Tyler Kalinoski (193-92, college: Davidson) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and his fellow American import center Emanuel Terry (206-96, college: Lincoln Memorial) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Muhammed Baygul (191-92) with 17 points and 5 assists and French center Moustapha Fall (218-92) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Turk Telekom’s coach Burak Goren rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Bandirma have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tofas. Turk Telekom lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Bandirma will meet at home Acibadem (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Turk Telekom will play against Buyukcekmece (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: M.Baygul 17+4reb+5ast, K.Wiltjer 16+2reb, M.Turen 16+1reb+1ast, M.Fall 12+9reb+1ast, R.Hunter 6+6reb+5ast, N.Johnson 5+3reb+4ast
Bandirma: T.Kalinoski 21+3reb+2ast, J.Smith 16+2reb+6ast, O.Prewitt 13+5reb, R.Oncel 12+3reb+1ast, I.Hummer 11+6reb+5ast, S.Hazer 9+2reb+1ast

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Afyon – Pinar Karsiyaka 66-75

Very predictable result in Afyonkarahisar where third ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (8-1) beat 9th ranked Afyon Bld (3-6) 75-66 on Sunday. They outrebounded Afyon Bld 48-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pinar Karsiyaka made 7 blocks. International forward Metecan Birsen (208-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Jordan Morgan (203-91, college: Michigan) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jordon Crawford (168-90, college: Bowling Green) with 19 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Peyton Aldridge (203-95, college: Davidson) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pinar Karsiyaka keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Afyon Bld at the other side keeps the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Pinar Karsiyaka will meet at home league’s second-placed Fenerbahce in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Afyon Bld will play against OGM Orman (#13) in Ankara and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Afyon: J.Crawford 19+4reb+7ast, P.Aldridge 13+7reb+1ast, B.Eslik 11+1ast, G.Erdi Gulaslan 9+2reb+1ast, C.Davis 7+1reb+3ast, T.Zanna 4+11reb+2ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Birsen 21+13reb+2ast, J.Morgan 14+11reb+3ast, T.Taylor 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Sonsirma 11+6reb+3ast, A.M’Baye 8+5reb+6ast, N.Yildirim 3+2reb

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Galatasaray – OGM Orman 105-73

The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Galatasaray (6-3) outscored 9th ranked OGM Orman (3-6) 105-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OGM Orman. Galatasaray shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for point guard Can Korkmaz (187-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Ole Miss) added 18 points in the effort for OGM Orman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray maintains sixth place with 6-3 record. Newly promoted OGM Orman keeps the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Galatasaray’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Anadolu Efes.
Top scorers:
OGM Orman: E.Kikanovic 21+10reb+1ast, C.Warren 18+2reb+2ast, K.Bayram 11+1reb, D.Engindeniz 6+1reb, C.Ercan 6+3reb, C.Kloof 5+5reb+3ast
Galatasaray: C.Korkmaz 20+2reb+3ast, Y.Arslan 19+2reb+3ast, G.Whittington 17+4reb+2ast, Z.Auguste 13+9reb+3ast, L.Jones 9+2ast, G.Koksal 7+5reb+2ast

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ITU BB – Bursaspor 71-90

Not a big story in a game in Istanbul where 16th ranked ITU BB (1-8) was outplayed by seventh ranked Bursaspor (5-4) 90-71 on Sunday. Bursaspor looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Perry Jones-III (211-91, college: Baylor) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Allerik Freeman (190-94, college: NC State, agency: Slash Sports) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Bahamas forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, college: WKU, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Matt Mobley (190-94, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Bursaspor maintains seventh place with 5-4 record. ITU BB lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. They share it with Bahcesehir. Bursaspor will meet at home Gaziantep (#9) in the next round. ITU BB’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Besiktas.
Top scorers:
ITU BB: M.Mobley 17+4reb+2ast, D.Coleby 15+13reb+1ast, A.Goodwin 14+2reb+3ast, C.Akyol 10+4reb+1ast, A.Campbell 9+4reb, M.Yagmur 6+1reb+7ast
Bursaspor: P.Jones III 27+7reb+2ast, A.Freeman 20+5reb+3ast, C.Jones 15+4reb+6ast, G.Olaseni 11+5reb, T.Akdamar 10+5reb+1ast, E.Arslan 5+3reb+8ast

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Fenerbahce – Darussafaka 83-75

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#3) and Darussafaka (#8). Fenerbahce (8-1) won against visiting Darussafaka (4-5) 83-75. Fenerbahce shot 66.0 percent from the field. Fenerbahce had a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) who scored 14 points and 6 assists. French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bonzie Colson-Jr (198-96, college: Notre Dame) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Hungarian-American power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) added 22 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Pinar Karsiyaka. Darussafaka lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. Fenerbahce is looking forward to face Pinar Karsiyaka (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Darussafaka will play against Tofas (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Colson Jr. 23+8reb, J.Jones 22+2reb+1ast, K.Ozmizrak 8+2ast, S.Guler 7+1reb+6ast, G.Browne 6+5ast, E.Veyseloglu 3
Fenerbahce: N.Kalinic 14+2reb+6ast, M.Mahmutoglu 13+4reb+2ast, B.Dixon 13+3reb, J.Lauvergne 10+9reb+2ast, D.Williams 9+4reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 7+1reb+5ast

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Bahcesehir – Anadolu Efes 67-93

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Istanbul: Anadolu Efes (#3) and Acibadem (#15). Acibadem was crushed at home by 26 points 67-93. Anadolu Efes made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and international swingman Tolga Gecim (206-96) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Australian-South Sudanese center Mangok Mathiang (208-92, college: Louisville) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward JaJuan Johnson (206-89, college: Purdue) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anadolu Efes (8-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion (8-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Pinar Karsiyaka and Fenerbahce. Acibadem at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with ITU BB. Anadolu Efes’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Galatasaray.
Top scorers:
Bahcesehir: J.Johnson 15+8reb, M.Mathiang 12+12reb+2ast, T.Golden 12+3reb+3ast, D.Hardy 11+2reb+4ast, L.Perrantes 5+4reb+8ast, T.Akyazili 3+1ast
Anadolu Efes: S.Larkin 22+3reb+3ast, T.Gecim 14+5reb+3ast, Y.Saybir 11+3reb+2ast, K.Simon 11+3reb+5ast, S.Sanli 9+5reb+2ast, C.Singleton 7+3reb+3ast

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youtube Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#3) and Darussafaka (#8). Fenerbahce (8-1) won against visiting Darussafaka (4-5) 83-75. Fenerbahce shot 66.0 percent from the field. Fenerbahce had a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian forw…  
Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#3) and Darussafaka (#8). Fenerbahce (8-1) won against visiting Darussafaka (4-5) 83-75. Fenerbahce shot 66.0 percent from the field. Fenerbahce had a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) who scored 14 points and 6 assists. French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bonzie Colson-Jr (198-96, college: Notre Dame) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Pinar Karsiyaka. Darussafaka lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. Fenerbahce is looking forward to face Pinar Karsiyaka (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Darussafaka will play against Tofas (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Galatasaray (6-3) outscored 9th ranked OGM Orman (3-6) 105-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OGM Orman. It was a good game for point guard Can Korkmaz (187-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Zach Auguste contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for OGM Orman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray maintains sixth place with 6-3 record. Newly promoted OGM Orman keeps the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Galatasaray’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Anadolu Efes.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Istanbul: Anadolu Efes (#3) and Acibadem (#15). Acibadem was crushed at home by 26 points 67-93. Shane Larkin stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners. The best for the losing side was Mangok Mathiang with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anadolu Efes (8-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion (8-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Pinar Karsiyaka and Fenerbahce. Acibadem at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with ITU BB. Anadolu Efes’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Galatasaray.

Other games of round 9 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Buyukcekmece was defeated by Gaziantep in a road game 88-73. Tofas beat Besiktas at home 86-80. Bandirma won against Turk Telekom on the opponent’s court 91-81. Afyon unfortunately lost to Pinar Karsiyaka in a home game 66-75. Bursaspor rolled over ITU BB on the road 90-71.

Gaziantep – Buyukcekmece 88-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Gaziantep and 13th ranked Buyukcekmece had identical 2-6 record. This time Gaziantep used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Buyukcekmece 88-73 on Saturday night. They outrebounded Buyukcekmece 40-28 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Gaziantep looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Buyukcekmece’s players. Croatian power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, agency: Wasserman) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 22 rebounds for the winners and American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) chipped in 21 points. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kenny Hayes (186-87, college: Miami, OH) with 16 points and 4 assists and the other American import center Robert Upshaw (213-94, college: Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Buyukcekmece players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gaziantep (3-6) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Buyukcekmece at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Gaziantep will meet higher ranked Bursaspor (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buyukcekmece will play against Turk Telekom (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Buyukcekmece: O.Eldridge 17+1reb, K.Hayes 16+4reb+4ast, A.Andrews 13+4reb+3ast, R.Upshaw 10+10reb+1ast, K.Sariaslan 6+1reb, J.Saffold 4+3reb
Gaziantep: D.Crawford 21+4reb+1ast, I.Buva 21+22reb+1ast, J.Sanders 9+1reb+8ast, S.Jelovac 9+4reb+2ast, O.Haciyeva 9+6reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 8+1reb+10ast

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Tofas – Besiktas 86-80

No shocking result in a game in Bursa where fifth ranked Tofas (7-2) defeated 11th ranked Besiktas (3-6) 86-80 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Tofas made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. British-American guard Tarik Phillip (190-93, college: WVU) stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 assists for the winners and American center Devin Williams (206-94, college: WVU) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: ASU) with 23 points and the other American import forward James Michael McAdoo (206-93, college: UNC) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Besiktas’ coach Dusko Ivanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Tofas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bandirma. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Tofas will meet Darussafaka (#8) in the next round. Besiktas’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul ITU BB.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: S.McKissic 23+4reb, N.Djurisic 12+2reb+1ast, J.Theodore 11+3reb+7ast, J.Michael McAdoo 11+10reb+5ast, T.Gotcher 8+3reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 4
Tofas: T.Phillip 22+4reb+4ast, D.Williams 15+7reb+5ast, B.Ugurlu 13+3reb+5ast, M.Lojeski 10+3reb+3ast, M.Yasar 8+4reb+1ast, D.White 8+1reb+1ast

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Turk Telekom – Bandirma 81-91

Very expected game in Ankara where 11th ranked Turk Telekom (3-6) was defeated by fifth ranked Bandirma (7-2) 91-81 on Saturday. Bandirma made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Tyler Kalinoski (193-92, college: Davidson) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and his fellow American import center Emanuel Terry (206-96, college: Lincoln Memorial) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Muhammed Baygul (191-92) with 17 points and 5 assists and French center Moustapha Fall (218-92) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Turk Telekom’s coach Burak Goren rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Bandirma have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tofas. Turk Telekom lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Bandirma will meet at home Acibadem (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Turk Telekom will play against Buyukcekmece (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: M.Baygul 17+4reb+5ast, K.Wiltjer 16+2reb, M.Turen 16+1reb+1ast, M.Fall 12+9reb+1ast, R.Hunter 6+6reb+5ast, N.Johnson 5+3reb+4ast
Bandirma: T.Kalinoski 21+3reb+2ast, J.Smith 16+2reb+6ast, O.Prewitt 13+5reb, R.Oncel 12+3reb+1ast, I.Hummer 11+6reb+5ast, S.Hazer 9+2reb+1ast

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Afyon – Pinar Karsiyaka 66-75

Very predictable result in Afyonkarahisar where third ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (8-1) beat 9th ranked Afyon Bld (3-6) 75-66 on Sunday. They outrebounded Afyon Bld 48-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pinar Karsiyaka made 7 blocks. International forward Metecan Birsen (208-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Jordan Morgan (203-91, college: Michigan) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jordon Crawford (168-90, college: Bowling Green) with 19 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Peyton Aldridge (203-95, college: Davidson) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pinar Karsiyaka keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce. Afyon Bld at the other side keeps the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Pinar Karsiyaka will meet at home league’s second-placed Fenerbahce in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Afyon Bld will play against OGM Orman (#13) in Ankara and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Afyon: J.Crawford 19+4reb+7ast, P.Aldridge 13+7reb+1ast, B.Eslik 11+1ast, G.Erdi Gulaslan 9+2reb+1ast, C.Davis 7+1reb+3ast, T.Zanna 4+11reb+2ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Birsen 21+13reb+2ast, J.Morgan 14+11reb+3ast, T.Taylor 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Sonsirma 11+6reb+3ast, A.M’Baye 8+5reb+6ast, N.Yildirim 3+2reb

gschID: 758774

Galatasaray – OGM Orman 105-73

The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Galatasaray (6-3) outscored 9th ranked OGM Orman (3-6) 105-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OGM Orman. Galatasaray shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for point guard Can Korkmaz (187-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Ole Miss) added 18 points in the effort for OGM Orman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray maintains sixth place with 6-3 record. Newly promoted OGM Orman keeps the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Galatasaray’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Anadolu Efes.
Top scorers:
OGM Orman: E.Kikanovic 21+10reb+1ast, C.Warren 18+2reb+2ast, K.Bayram 11+1reb, D.Engindeniz 6+1reb, C.Ercan 6+3reb, C.Kloof 5+5reb+3ast
Galatasaray: C.Korkmaz 20+2reb+3ast, Y.Arslan 19+2reb+3ast, G.Whittington 17+4reb+2ast, Z.Auguste 13+9reb+3ast, L.Jones 9+2ast, G.Koksal 7+5reb+2ast

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ITU BB – Bursaspor 71-90

Not a big story in a game in Istanbul where 16th ranked ITU BB (1-8) was outplayed by seventh ranked Bursaspor (5-4) 90-71 on Sunday. Bursaspor looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Perry Jones-III (211-91, college: Baylor) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Allerik Freeman (190-94, college: NC State, agency: Slash Sports) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Bahamas forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, college: WKU, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Matt Mobley (190-94, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Bursaspor maintains seventh place with 5-4 record. ITU BB lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. They share it with Bahcesehir. Bursaspor will meet at home Gaziantep (#9) in the next round. ITU BB’s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Besiktas.
Top scorers:
ITU BB: M.Mobley 17+4reb+2ast, D.Coleby 15+13reb+1ast, A.Goodwin 14+2reb+3ast, C.Akyol 10+4reb+1ast, A.Campbell 9+4reb, M.Yagmur 6+1reb+7ast
Bursaspor: P.Jones III 27+7reb+2ast, A.Freeman 20+5reb+3ast, C.Jones 15+4reb+6ast, G.Olaseni 11+5reb, T.Akdamar 10+5reb+1ast, E.Arslan 5+3reb+8ast

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Fenerbahce – Darussafaka 83-75

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#3) and Darussafaka (#8). Fenerbahce (8-1) won against visiting Darussafaka (4-5) 83-75. Fenerbahce shot 66.0 percent from the field. Fenerbahce had a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fenerbahce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) who scored 14 points and 6 assists. French power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bonzie Colson-Jr (198-96, college: Notre Dame) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Hungarian-American power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) added 22 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fenerbahce have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Anadolu Efes and Pinar Karsiyaka. Darussafaka lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. Fenerbahce is looking forward to face Pinar Karsiyaka (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Darussafaka will play against Tofas (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Colson Jr. 23+8reb, J.Jones 22+2reb+1ast, K.Ozmizrak 8+2ast, S.Guler 7+1reb+6ast, G.Browne 6+5ast, E.Veyseloglu 3
Fenerbahce: N.Kalinic 14+2reb+6ast, M.Mahmutoglu 13+4reb+2ast, B.Dixon 13+3reb, J.Lauvergne 10+9reb+2ast, D.Williams 9+4reb+3ast, K.Sloukas 7+1reb+5ast

gschID: 758777

Bahcesehir – Anadolu Efes 67-93

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Istanbul: Anadolu Efes (#3) and Acibadem (#15). Acibadem was crushed at home by 26 points 67-93. Anadolu Efes made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and international swingman Tolga Gecim (206-96) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Australian-South Sudanese center Mangok Mathiang (208-92, college: Louisville) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward JaJuan Johnson (206-89, college: Purdue) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anadolu Efes (8-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion (8-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Pinar Karsiyaka and Fenerbahce. Acibadem at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with ITU BB. Anadolu Efes’ supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Galatasaray.
Top scorers:
Bahcesehir: J.Johnson 15+8reb, M.Mathiang 12+12reb+2ast, T.Golden 12+3reb+3ast, D.Hardy 11+2reb+4ast, L.Perrantes 5+4reb+8ast, T.Akyazili 3+1ast
Anadolu Efes: S.Larkin 22+3reb+3ast, T.Gecim 14+5reb+3ast, Y.Saybir 11+3reb+2ast, K.Simon 11+3reb+5ast, S.Sanli 9+5reb+2ast, C.Singleton 7+3reb+3ast

gschID: 758778

Tags : NIKOLA KALINIC, FENERBAHCE DOGUS ISTANBUL, TURKISH BASKETBALL

youtube 35-year old power forward Hakan Yapar (202-PF-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Petkim and receives a Interperformances TBL Player of the Week award for round 7. He had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Final Spor (#8, 4-3) 90-83. Petkim is placed at 4th position in Turkish TBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Petkim will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In…  
35-year old power forward Hakan Yapar (202-PF-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Petkim and receives a Interperformances TBL Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Final Spor (#8, 4-3) 90-83. Petkim is placed at 4th position in Turkish TBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Petkim will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team’s last game Yapar had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Petkim’s top player in his first season with the team. Hakan Yapar averages this season 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Myles Mack (178-PG-93, agency: HMS) of top-ranked Balikesir. He is American guard in his first season at Balikesir. In the last game Mack recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 assists. It was enough for Balikesir to edge the lower-ranked Konyaspor (#9, 4-3) by 1 point 72-71. Of course Balikesir still keep the league’s top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Mack is a newcomer at Balikesir and quickly became one of team’s most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.9rpg and 8.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ricky Tarrant (188-PG-93) of MAMAK BELEDIYESI (#3). Tarrant got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Mamak, leading his team to a 99-92 win against the lower-ranked Yalova Bld (#11, 3-4). Mamak needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Tarrant has a great season in Turkey. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league’s leaders in points with 30.3ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marlain Veal (175-PG-96) of Final Spor – 35 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Diante Watkins (174-PG-90) of Gemlik – 35 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Ercan Osmani (206-PF-98) of Bandirma Kir. – 20 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of Gemlik – 24 points and 9 rebounds
8. Erick Neal (178-PG-95) of Fethiye – 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Konyaspor – 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Burak Dilmac (97) of Manisa – 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is selected based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it’s accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) – 2*BSAG – 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM – 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) – 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) – (FTA-FTM)


Tags : HAKAN YAPAR, SOCAR PETKIMSPOR, TURKISH BASKETBALL

youtube Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad. This week’s number one is an international point guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, agency: BeoBasket). He could not help Maccabi T-A (6-4) in their last game. Despite Wilbekin’s very good performance Maccabi T-A lost 88-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Armani Milano.   
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad.
   #1. This week’s number one is an international point guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, agency: BeoBasket, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Maccabi T-A (6-4) in their last game. Despite Wilbekin’s very good performance Maccabi T-A lost 88-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Armani Milano. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Wilbekin also added 5 assists in 27 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Wilbekin has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 48.1%(37-77) and FT: 76.9% in 10 games he played so far. Wilbekin is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U19 national team, Wilbekin is currently a member of the Turkish senior national team. He used to play for Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in Turkish league.
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Cedi Osman (204-95, currently plays in NBA). Osman was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-11) were crushed 143-101 in Dallas by the Mavericks. Osman was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Osman has relatively good stats this year: 8.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 56.3%. He has a dual citizenship: North Macedonian and Turkish. Ex-Pertevniyal Istanbul player is in the roster of the Turkish senior national team.
   #3. The Turkish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Furkan Korkmaz (198-97, currently plays in NBA). Korkmaz led Philadelphia 76ers to a victory against the San Antonio Spurs (6-11) 115-104 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Philadelphia 76ers have a solid 11-5 record this season. It was his team’s fourth consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. This year Korkmaz has relatively solid stats: 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 38.9% in 15 games. He is also a member of the Turkish senior national team.
   #4. Swingman Okben Ulubay (200-97, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to secure a victory for FMP (5-3) in their game against Cedevita Olimpija (6-1) in the ABA League. Ulubay recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. But FMP was defeated 93-89 in Ljubljana by the second-ranked Cedevita Olimpija. Ulubay’s overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Turkish U20 national team back in 2016.
   #5. Former international center Enes Kanter (211-92, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) couldn’t help the Boston Celtics (11-4) in their last game. Despite Kanter’s good performance the Boston Celtics (11-4) were edged 100-99 in Sacramento by the Kings. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. This year Kanter’s overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 5.6rpg in eight games. He used to play for the Turkish national team five years ago.
   #6. Forward Kerem Kanter (208-95, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona to win against the 14th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-6) 98-95 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Kanter recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalonais placed in the Liga Endesa. It’s Kanter’s first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 3.8ppg and 2.4rpg. Kanter is a former U20 international player as he played for the Turkish team five years ago.
   #7. International forward Ersan Ilyasova (208-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks‘ victory against the Chicago Bulls (6-11) 115-101 in the NBA in Monday night’s game. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have a very solid 13-3 record this season. It was his team’s seventh consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. This year Ilyasova’s total stats are: 5.7ppg and 4.8rpg in 14 games. He is also Turkish national team player.
   #8. An experienced swingman Serhat Cetin (197-86, currently plays in Romania) helped Voluntari win their game against the eighth-ranked Targu Jiu (1-6) crushing them 85-64 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Cetin recorded 7 points and added 5 assists. CSO Voluntari (7-0) is placed first in Group B. So far his team won all seven games in the Regular Season. Cetin has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Turkish national team back in 2014.
   #9. International point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Real Betis in their game against CB Canarias (6-4) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Sipahi recorded 8 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes. his team lost 89-94 in Tenerife to the lower-ranked (#5) CB Canarias. Sipahi has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg in 10 games. He used to play for the Turkish national team last year.
   #10. Guard Mert Akay (198-0, currently plays in Serbia) helped Dynamic VP win their game against the 12th-ranked Kolubara (2-6) crushing them 109-70 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night’s game. Akay recorded only 3 points and added 6 assists. KK Dynamic Vip Pay Beograd (6-2) is placed second in the KLS. It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen. Akay has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.7apg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Turkish National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Ege Havsa (193-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn’t help the Utah Valley in their last game. Despite Havsa’s good performance his team lost 68-74 in Beaumont to the Lamar University. He scored 12 points in 28 minutes. Havsa has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in seven games. He used to play for the Turkish U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Erkam Kiris (203-98, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Davis & Elkins College win their game against the Clarion University 89-75 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Kiris scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kiris averaged so far 10.8ppg and 6.8rpg. He used to play for the Turkish U18 national team back in 2016.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Erten Gazi (190-97, currently studies in the States) helped Fordham win their game against the Marist College 58-41 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 6 points. Gazi has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Turkish U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international power forward Arber Berisha (202-97, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn’t help Peja in their game against Academik Plovdiv in the Balkan League. He cannot count Thursday’s game as one of the best ones. Berisha recorded only 2 points in 14 minutes. His team lost 87-98. Berisha has averaged so far 2.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the Turkish U18 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international center Mutlu Demir (211-87, currently plays in France) couldn’t help GET Vosges in their game against Saint Vallier in the French NM1 (third division). Demir scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 87-77. Demir has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Turkish national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Canberk Kus (198-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Arkansas St. to a victory against the University of Idaho 82-68 in the NCAA last Sunday. Kus had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 37 minutes. The Arkansas State University has conference record this season. Kus averaged so far 13.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.8apg and 2.0spg in six games he played so far.

   #2. Baris Aktas (192-SF-91, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Rapid‘s victory against the closely-ranked Univ.Cluj (4-1) 63-56 in the Romanian Liga I (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. 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. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Aktas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 7.4apg and 2.0spg. He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and Romanian.

   #3. Elvan Iljazi (203-SF-93, currently plays in Kosovo) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Trepca (2-5) 80-65 in the Kosovan Superliga on Saturday night. Iljazi scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KB Bashkimi Prizren (6-0) is placed first in the Superliga. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Iljazi has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.9rpg in nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Turkish and Kosovan.

   #4. Deniz Celen (203-F, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Medgar Evers College (2-5) crushing them 122-58 in a derby game in the NCAA in Thursday night’s game. Celen scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The St. Francis College (NY) has conference record this season. Celen has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 5.6rpg.

   #5. Alperen Kurnaz (203-F-99, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Denver in their last game. Despite his good performance his team was crushed 73-49 at home by the University of California – Riverside. Kurnaz recorded 10 points in 16 minutes. Kurnaz has averaged so far 2.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in four games.

   #6. Alihan Demir (206-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Minnesota to win against the Central Michigan University crushing them 82-57 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Demir has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #7. Atakan Sahinkaya (196-G/F-99, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Troy in their game against the Texas A&M University in the NCAA. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team lost 52-56. Sahinkaya has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in three games.

   #8. Emre Yildirim (188-G-98, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Davis & Elkins College in their game against the California University of Pennsylvania in the NCAA2. Yildirim scored 7 points and added 3 passes in only 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 86-63 in the NCAA2. This year Yildirim averages only 4.7ppg in three games.

   #9. Kemal Canbolat (211-C-94, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Palanga crushing them 98-77 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Saturday night’s game. He recorded 8 points. Canbolat has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 6.2rpg.

   #10. Sercan Sarikayali (182-G-87, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Sion crushing them 97-53 in the Swiss NLB (second division) in Saturday night’s game. Sarikayali scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. It was his first game for Villars this season.


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