An inspired Valencia Basket on Wednesday controlled the Turk Telekom Ankara and with a great offensive repertoire added a victory that allows him to recover the leadership of his group, thanks also to the defeat of ASVEL Villeurbanne.
Despite some losses in their first attacks, Valencia, well led by Van Rossom, managed to feed their marker with a good circulation in the first minutes but the aim of Redding and the good movements of Stimac near the basket gave the initiative to Turk Telekom (14-21, m.6).
The rotation of the visitors reduced them offensive fluidity but also lost the premises without the Belgian base. In addition his lack of forcefulness in defense, including the rebound, and Gabriel's points kept the Turkish team a few minutes ahead.
But the success in the outside shot, scored six of his first nine triples, ended up putting Valencia ahead. With renewed confidence, the team of Jaume Ponsarnau began to tighten in defense and to drown his rival, who could not find the way to the basket (42-32, m.16).
The mobility of Tobey was a headache for the Turkish team and their counterattacks gave Valencia a new source of power. Only a couple of triples allowed the Ankara team to arrive alive at halftime (50-42, m.20).
Two almost consecutive triples put Valencia in the game at the start of the third quarter and contained the renewed push with which Turk Telekom returned to the court. In addition the good defense of Doornekamp on Landesberg forced the Turkish team to exploit the aim of Gabriel from the corners and it was not bad (64-58, m.26).
Valencia focused their game on Dubljevic and resisted the siege of the persistent Ankara side (72-64, m.30). The defense of Peker neutralized Montenegrin, each basket began to cost him a world but Matt Thomas appeared to pull the team in the most complicated moments.
A mistake by Peker in a seemingly easy basket took a mental toll on Turk Telekom and Valencia read that it was time to close the match, he did it and Ponsarnau could even make it back after five months injured Rafa Martínez, who with a triple put the icing on the cake.
101. – Valencia Basket (17 + 33 + 22 + 29): Van Rossom (13), Matt Thomas (11), Doornekamp (2), Will Thomas (14), Dubljevic (12) – Five title holder – Sergi García (6) ), Abalde (7), Labeyrie (9), Tobey (15), San Emeterio (9), Rafa Martínez (3) and Galarza (-).
83.- Turk Telekom Ankara (21 + 21 + 22 + 19): Campbell jr. (6), Landsberg (17), Redding (12), Turen (5), Stimac (16) -5 title holder- Kaya (-), Akin (-), Sonsirma (1), Peker (8), Cetin (5) ), Yildrim (-) and Gabriel (13).
Referees: Javor (ESL), Juras (SER) and Thepenier (FRA). Without eliminated.
Incidents: match corresponding to the seventh day of the first phase of the Eurocup played in the pavilion of the Fountain of San Luis before 6,089 spectators. Before the match began, a minute of silence was observed for the death of Abelardo Salvo, founder of Power Electronics, a sponsor of the Valencian club. EFE
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