After four victories from four away games, Oostende finally clinched its first home win by beating Türk Telekom Ankara 102-87.
Both teams started the game nervously, missing shots and turning the ball over, but Ankara was able to end the first quarter with a small lead of 22-19.
Between the 11th and the 17th minute Christophe Beghin and Quinton Ross turned up the rhythm of the game and led Telindus on a 25-5 run (44-27). With quick and efficient basketball Oostende took easily control of the game and had a comfortable lead at half time (49-33).
Ankara, however, did not let go and Monty Mack got a lot of support from former Oostende player, Virgil Stanescu who hit 16 points, scoring 52%, and grabbed 5 rebounds. Nevertheless, an outstanding Joey Beard (24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists) sent his team from 50-42 to 71-52, but again the visitors reacted and cut their deficit to 75-66.
Oostende, being dominant in rebounding but very pour from behind the arch (1 out of 10 3-pointers) wasn't willing to let this first FEL home victory go. After Ross brought the century on the board, Oostende put the cherry on the pie with a magnificent alley-hoop by Beard.
Game-MVP: Joey Beard
Eddy Casteels, Head Coach, Telindus BC:
“Today we put a lot of frustration behind us. We played very intensively and this time we did not let them come back into the game.”
Gerrit Major, Telindus BC:
“We started the game well and tried to run when possible. Every time we speeded up the game, we were able to make the difference.”
Ercument Sunter, Head Coach, Türk Telekom:
“I have to congratulate Oostende with its game tonight. They were very good in fastbreaks and transition. The difference was made in the first half in rebounding (Oostende had twice as much rebounds) and turnovers (10). That difference remained the entire game. We will have to work hard in order to qualify.”
Virgil Stanescu, Türk Telekom:
“I was excited to come and play here but I would have felt better with a win. Oostende was more eager to win today and that was shown on the court.”