Galatasaray secure maiden road win, EuroLeague Friday round up
Galatasaray scored an impressive road win at Barcelona as the Catalan side’s woeful season continues.
A fourth quarter comeback and 19 points from Alex Tyus helped Galatasaray to a 69-62 win against Barcelona.
The win lifts Galatasaray off the bottom of the standings and just one win away from Barcelona in 12th.
“For us, it is important,” Galatasaray coach Ergin Ataman.
“It is our first road win in the EuroLeague. We don’t have a big chance to make it to the playoffs, but we fought tonight and won the game.”
Darussafaka Dogus stayed in the EuroLeague Playoff hunt as they completed a season sweep of neighbours Fenerbahce with a 72-65 win.
Ante Zizic and Brad Wanamaker each posted double-doubles as Darussafaka improved to 11-11 and is one of four teams within one win of each other between sixth and ninth place.
The loss dropped fourth place Fenerbahce to 14-8.
“We beat tonight a high-level team in a very important game and a lot of credit to our players for the effort that they made and the basketball that they played,” Darussafaka coach David Blatt said.
“Particularly, I want to say a good word for my staff, my assistant, who did such a great job preparing this game. We had time this week because of the Friday game and our last game being some days ago, we had three full practice days which is rare in this year’s EuroLeague and Turkish League season. And my assistants did just a tremendous job preparing us for the many different things you see in the game against Fenerbahce.”
Will Cyburn led the winners with 20 points.
Olympiacos struggled but eventually pulled away from Zalgiris to claim a hard-fought 73-64 win in Piraeus.
It was the 11th win in the last 13 games for the Reds and their seventh straight home win, which improved the team to the league’s second-best record, 16-6.
Zalgiris dropped to 9-13, sitting just outside the Playoff picture.
Georgios Printezis led Olympiacos with 17 points and 10 rebounds.