Play-Off Preview: Strauss Iscar v. Turk Telekom

Jon Ingram

Turk Telekom looked like FEL strugglers at the start of the season, but a 3 game winning streak saw them sneak into the play-offs with a 6:6 record. Strauss Iscar on the other hand, made their mark early on the competition with 3 opening wins, and have never looked back.

Both teams have performed similarly well in their national leages. Turk Telekom are in 5th position in the Turkish league, while Nahariya are in 3rd with a 9-3 record, including victory over champions Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Past Peformances

In terms of pure experience alone, Turk Telekom has been a more regular participant in European competition over the years. They qualified for the Pan-European phase of the Champions Cup last season, before bowing out with a 4-1 record. They retain the guard-forward partnership of Semsettin Bas (12.8 ppg) and Bekir Yarangume (12.1 ppg) from last season.

Nahariya are European club competition newbies, having never before participated. However, players such as Barak Peleg, Amit Ben David, Stevin Smith and Sharon Shason have extensive experience of national team and club competitoin.

Key match-up

Nahariya have 6 players who average double digits in scoring and are offensively strong all over the court. Turk Telekom get their leadership from the backcourt of Bas and American Monty Mack. Both players will have to increase their numbers

Vital Statistic

Nahariya have quite literally exploded onto the FEL this season, most notably on the offensive front. They lead all teams in scoring at 90.7 ppg. Turk Telekom have struggled putting the ball in the basket and have managed 74 ppg, finishing the qualifying round with a goal average of –15.

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