Szolnoki Olaj60-64

17-13, 13-20, 10-14, 20-17

Besiktas Milangaz

 

Date: 27.04.2012, 18:00hVenue:   Debrecen (HUN) Spectators: 3500
Referees:  Miguel Perez Perez (ESP), Fernando Rocha (POR), Tomasz Trawicki (POL)
TEAM LEADERS
Szolnoki Olaj Besiktas Milangaz
Hristo Nikolov (13)PtsZoran Erceg (17)
Marton Bader (14)RebPops Mensah-Bonsu (13), Erwin Dudley (13)
Obie Trotter (7)ASCarlos Arroyo (5)
Marton Bader (1), Obie Trotter (1)ST4 players tied with 1
Péter Grebenár (3)BSErwin Dudley (2)

GAME REPORT

27.04.2012
Besiktas Outlast Hosts To Reach Final

TURNING POINT: Besiktas were still trailing by four points and seemed to have no answer to Szolnoki's hard-nosed defence when, just over four minutes before half-time, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Ersin Dagli took it upon themselves with consecutive personal plays to establish the Turkish side's dominance in the paint and brought their team up by three, 29-26. Besiktas never trailed again until the end.

GAME HEROES: Besiktas's frontline. Despite fighting every battle against a much bigger Szolnoki frontcourt, Mensah-Bonsu, Dagli and Zoran Erceg gave their team much-needed second chances with their offensive rebounds.

STATS DON'T LIE: With the Turks shooting only 31 percent from the floor (an astonishing 13% from behind the three-point arc), Besiktas's 22 offensive rebounds made all the difference.

44. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Besiktas Milangaz)
Pops Mensah-Bonsu fighting for a loose ball with Marton Bander - The Besiktas power forward collected 13 rebounds and the Szolnoki center 14

Besiktas Milangaz booked their place in Sunday's EuroChallenge final in Debrecen with a 64-60 victory over Olaj Szolnoki.

The Turks, the presumed favourites, had to scrap and scrape until the bitter end.

The Final Four hosts were anything but welcome. Unproven and untested at this level, they again surpassed expectations.

In the end however, their amazing journey came up just short.

Zorac Erceg hit a game-high 17 points amid Besiktas shooting struggles but it was a team effort that ground out the chance to make amends in the competition's climax.

And they will take nothing for granted after this.

Skip Mills' three-point play gave the hosts an early 13-8 lead and defensively the underdogs were holding firm, matching Besiktas on the boards and erecting barricades in their path.

Eventually the Istanbul outfit began to assert themselves with David Hawkins levelling at 13-13 but Szolnoki declined to roll over.

Peter Por's men grabbed a 17-13 cushion at the end of the opening period and their momentum was maintained into the second.

It needed the veteran savvy of Ersin Dagli to raise Besiktas from such uncertainty.

The veteran forward produced a hook shot to grant his team only their second lead of the game with 3:25 remaining in the quarter but it was defence which did most to undermine Szolnoki's efforts.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a destructive force at both ends in piling in 13 points and 13 rebounds, pushed Besiktas 33-30 in front at half-time.

They would never trail again.

Up 41-40 in the middle of the third period, Besiktas held their opponents scoreless for over five minutes, embarking on a 9-0 run that threatened to kill off the hosts challenge.

Szolnoki retained ample fight within. Little by little, they clawed back from the brink, Akos Horvath and Brandon Gay hitting three-pointers to re-ignite their hopes, and then Skip Mills driving inside to polish off a 7-0 burst that brought his team level at 56-56 with 2:52 left.

The huge home support, arriving to Debrecen by bus, car and a specially chartered train, held their collective breath.

Yet when Obie Trotter fouled out with 59 seconds remaining, it seemed to puncture their hopes.

Carlos Arroyo hit four free-throws and although Szolnoki - paced by 13 from Hristo Nikolov - had three late shot attempts, none dropped and their dream of winning this title slipped away.

Besiktas still retain their grand ambitions. Battle-tested, they'll be ready for another war.



COACH QUOTES

27.04.2012
Quotes Szolnoki Olaj KK - Besiktas Milangaz

Besiktas Head Coach Ergin Ataman
Congratulations to Szolnoki and their fans, who created a great atmosphere. Szolnoki analysed us very well and played aggressive defense. We only shot 31% on our fieldgoals and were stopped at nine assists. Usually, it is impossible to win a game with such offensive statistics. According to the rosters, everybody would think we are the clear favourites, but we missed the few opportunities to make it a clear game for us. In the end we won on hustle and offensive rebounds. Crongatulations to my team for reaching the first international final for Besiktas. I hope that on Sunday all our fans living around Debrecen come to support us in the final.


Szolnoki Olaj Head Coach Peter Por
Congratulations to Besiktas. They proved how big they are and what tradition they have. In my opinion there are three main reasons for our loss. First of all, Besiktas was very aggressive on defense, second they got lots of second chance points on offensive boards and we shot below our usual three-point percentage. But we can be very proud of us. When we wake up in the morning we can say that we did everything but that it just wasn't enough.

Besiktas player Ersin Dagli
It was a very tough game for us. Szolnoki had their crowd behind them and managed to make the big shots. But we hustled back and always stuck to our gameplan.

Szolnoki Olaj player Marton Bader
We prepared well, watching lots of video. Besiktas are a very experienced team. In the game we were feeling a small chance to win in front of our great crowd, but couldn't control the game. Reaching the Final Four was already a big success and now we want to take bronze on Sunday.

Top performers

Szolnoki Olaj Besiktas Milangaz

Marton Bader

 

Pops Mensah-Bonsu

11Pts13
14Reb13
0AS0
1ST1
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Szolnoki Olaj Besiktas Milangaz
22/61FG M/A23/73
15/36 (41.7%) FG2P M/A21/58 (36.2%)
7/25 (28.0%) FG3P M/A2/15 (13.3%)
9/10 (90.0%) FT M/A16/17 (94.1%)
39 (12-27) Reb (O-D) 50 (22-28)
16AS9
14TO7
2ST4
5BS4
22PF14
60Pts64

PHOTO GALLERY

SZOLNOKI OLAJ
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
4Nagy, B. DNP
*5Horvath, A. 294/1040.02/540.02/540.00/00.0145210011-210
6Grebenár, P. 161/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0303130321-42
7Soós, G. DNP
8Fodor, M. 150/40.00/20.00/20.00/00.0000000030-120
9Gay, B. 213/837.51/250.02/633.30/00.0000020032-28
*10Nikolov, H. 265/1338.52/728.63/650.00/00.0033100030-313
*11Trotter, O. 332/633.32/2100.00/40.03/3100.003373115457
*12Mills, J. 382/1020.02/825.00/20.05/5100.0279520114-29
13Gaál, R. DNP
*14Bader, M. 245/955.65/955.60/00.01/250.05914021042011
15Trepák, Z. DNP
TEAM/COACH11210
TOTAL22/ 6136.115/ 3641.77/ 2528.09/1090.0122739161425221460
BESIKTAS MILANGAZ
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
4Yagmur, M. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.011201000020
5Hersek, B. DNP
6Özmizrak, K. DNP
*7Erceg, Z. 364/1330.84/1136.40/20.09/1090.0729001049-117
11Yatagan, M. DNP
12Ören, A. DNP
*15Cetin, S. 190/40.00/10.00/30.00/00.001110000020
21Kemp, M. 251/714.30/40.01/333.30/00.003321010153
*30Arroyo, C. 373/1225.03/742.90/50.04/4100.0022510035210
*34Hawkins, D. 375/1926.34/1723.51/250.02/2100.0134001115113
35Dudley, E. 234/850.04/850.00/00.00/00.06713121220138
*44Mensah-Bonsu, P. 216/1060.06/1060.00/00.01/1100.05813011042-413
TEAM/COACH21310
TOTAL23/ 7331.521/ 5836.22/ 1513.316/1794.12228509744142264
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Szolnoki Olaj Besiktas Milangaz

Marton Bader

 

Pops Mensah-Bonsu

11Pts13
14Reb13
0AS0
1ST1
0BS0
24Min21

TEAM STATS

Szolnoki Olaj Besiktas Milangaz
22/61FG M/A23/73
15/36 (41.7%) FG2P M/A21/58 (36.2%)
7/25 (28.0%) FG3P M/A2/15 (13.3%)
9/10 (90.0%) FT M/A16/17 (94.1%)
39 (12-27) Reb (O-D) 50 (22-28)
16AS9
14TO7
2ST4
5BS4
22PF14
60Pts64

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeSZOLNOKI OLAJScoreBESIKTAS MILANGAZ
09:4211 O. Trotter 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   15 S. Cetin Def. Rebound
09:33 0 - 2 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Alley-oop) MADE
Assist: 30 C. Arroyo
09:2512 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
09:1814 M. Bader Def. Rebound   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
09:0314 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 H. Nikolov 
2 - 2 
08:44   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 34 D. Hawkins
08:44   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound:
08:4412 J. Mills block   
08:42   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound:
08:4211 O. Trotter block   
08:3812 J. Mills Def. Rebound   7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:3111 O. Trotter 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 Z. Erceg Def. Rebound
08:3110 H. Nikolov Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
08:15 2 - 4 7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:535 A. Horvath 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 12 J. Mills 
5 - 4 
07:44 5 - 6 30 C. Arroyo 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
07:2010 H. Nikolov 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   30 C. Arroyo Def. Rebound
07:1014 M. Bader Def. Rebound   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
06:5210 H. Nikolov 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   34 D. Hawkins Def. Rebound
06:495 A. Horvath Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   30 C. Arroyo Foul drawn
06:4311 O. Trotter Def. Rebound   15 S. Cetin 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:3612 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   34 D. Hawkins Block
44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
06:255 A. Horvath Def. Rebound   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
06:1410 H. Nikolov 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 O. Trotter 
8 - 6 
05:5914 M. Bader Def. Rebound   30 C. Arroyo 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:5512 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 5 A. Horvath 
10 - 6 
05:5512 J. Mills Foul drawn   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
05:5512 J. Mills Free throw MADE(1/1) 11 - 6 
05:3411 O. Trotter Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
05:24 11 - 8 34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Driving lay-up) MADE
05:065 A. Horvath 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 13 - 8 
04:4814 M. Bader Def. Rebound   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:3411 O. Trotter Turnover (Travelling)   
04:28Substitution: 14 M. Bader out,
6 P. Grebenár in 
  
04:14   15 S. Cetin 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu
04:116 P. Grebenár Block
10 H. Nikolov Def. Rebound 
  44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
03:5410 H. Nikolov 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   7 Z. Erceg Def. Rebound
03:54   Substitution: 15 S. Cetin out,
21 M. Kemp in
03:54   Substitution: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu out,
35 E. Dagli in
03:4212 J. Mills Def. Rebound   7 Z. Erceg 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:275 A. Horvath 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   35 E. Dagli Def. Rebound
03:126 P. Grebenár Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   30 C. Arroyo Foul drawn
03:12Substitution: 12 J. Mills out,
8 M. Fodor in 
  
02:5811 O. Trotter Foul drawn   35 E. Dagli Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
35 E. Dagli Turnover (Offensive foul)
02:2810 H. Nikolov 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   35 E. Dagli Def. Rebound
02:2110 H. Nikolov Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
02:21Substitution: 5 A. Horvath out,
9 B. Gay in 
  
02:21Substitution: 10 H. Nikolov out,
12 J. Mills in 
  
02:21 13 - 9 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:21 13 - 10 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:589 B. Gay Turnover (Out of bounds)   
01:389 B. Gay Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
01:38   7 Z. Erceg Free throw missed(1/2)
01:38 13 - 11 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:219 B. Gay 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   35 E. Dagli Def. Rebound
01:12   30 C. Arroyo 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 35 E. Dagli
01:0712 J. Mills Def. Rebound   30 C. Arroyo 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:029 B. Gay Turnover (Out of bounds)   
00:538 M. Fodor Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)   34 D. Hawkins Foul drawn
00:53 13 - 12 34 D. Hawkins Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:53 13 - 13 34 D. Hawkins Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:388 M. Fodor 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 P. Grebenár 
  
00:336 P. Grebenár 2PtsFG (Put-back) MADE 15 - 13 
00:1812 J. Mills Def. Rebound   35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:009 B. Gay 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 O. Trotter 
17 - 13 
00:00Substitution: 6 P. Grebenár out,
14 M. Bader in 
  
TimeSZOLNOKI OLAJScoreBESIKTAS MILANGAZ
09:33 17 - 15 30 C. Arroyo 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
09:189 B. Gay 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 12 J. Mills 
20 - 15 
08:53 20 - 18 34 D. Hawkins 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 21 M. Kemp
08:349 B. Gay Foul drawn   7 Z. Erceg Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
08:3414 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   21 M. Kemp Def. Rebound
08:1914 M. Bader Def. Rebound   21 M. Kemp 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:119 B. Gay 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 M. Bader 
  
08:0114 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 11 O. Trotter 
22 - 18 
07:33   7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 35 E. Dagli
07:29 22 - 20 35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:1014 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 11 O. Trotter 
24 - 20 
06:43   30 C. Arroyo 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 Z. Erceg
06:4211 O. Trotter Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
06:42   Substitution: 35 E. Dagli out,
44 P. Mensah-Bonsu in
06:42Substitution: 11 O. Trotter out,
5 A. Horvath in 
  
06:42   Substitution: 30 C. Arroyo out,
4 M. Yagmur in
06:3014 M. Bader Def. Rebound   21 M. Kemp 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:168 M. Fodor 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   21 M. Kemp Def. Rebound
06:078 M. Fodor Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   34 D. Hawkins Foul drawn
05:545 A. Horvath Def. Rebound   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:359 B. Gay 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
05:12   7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 M. Yagmur
05:0814 M. Bader Steal   4 M. Yagmur Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:0312 J. Mills Turnover (Backcourt violation)   
05:03Substitution: 9 B. Gay out,
10 H. Nikolov in 
  
05:03   Substitution: 4 M. Yagmur out,
30 C. Arroyo in
04:57 24 - 22 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 30 C. Arroyo
04:355 A. Horvath 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 12 J. Mills 
26 - 22 
04:16 26 - 24 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 21 M. Kemp
04:1614 M. Bader Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Foul drawn
04:16   Substitution: 7 Z. Erceg out,
15 S. Cetin in
04:16   Substitution: 34 D. Hawkins out,
35 E. Dagli in
04:16 26 - 25 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Free throw MADE(1/1)
04:0414 M. Bader Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
14 M. Bader Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Foul drawn
03:5214 M. Bader Def. Rebound   21 M. Kemp 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:4212 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed    Def. Rebound
03:42Substitution: 14 M. Bader out,
6 P. Grebenár in 
  
03:42Substitution: 8 M. Fodor out,
11 O. Trotter in 
  
03:25 26 - 27 35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Hook shot) MADE
Assist: 15 S. Cetin
03:23Timeout   
03:0111 O. Trotter Turnover (Bad Pass)   35 E. Dagli Steal
02:43 26 - 29 35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 30 C. Arroyo
02:2611 O. Trotter 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Mills 
  
02:1610 H. Nikolov 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 12 J. Mills 
28 - 29 
01:49   30 C. Arroyo 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu
01:45 28 - 31 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE
01:2912 J. Mills Foul drawn   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
01:2912 J. Mills Free throw MADE(1/2) 29 - 31 
01:2912 J. Mills Free throw MADE(2/2) 30 - 31 
01:10   35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 35 E. Dagli
00:51   21 M. Kemp 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu
00:4711 O. Trotter Def. Rebound   15 S. Cetin 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:4711 O. Trotter Foul drawn   35 E. Dagli Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
00:47   Substitution: 21 M. Kemp out,
34 D. Hawkins in
00:305 A. Horvath Turnover (Ball Handling)   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Steal
00:20   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu
00:20 30 - 33 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:20Timeout   
00:20Substitution: 6 P. Grebenár out,
9 B. Gay in 
  
00:0010 H. Nikolov 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:00   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
00:00   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:00Substitution: 9 B. Gay out,
14 M. Bader in 
  
00:00   Substitution: 35 E. Dagli out,
7 Z. Erceg in
TimeSZOLNOKI OLAJScoreBESIKTAS MILANGAZ
09:4512 J. Mills 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 M. Bader 
  
09:2811 O. Trotter Turnover (Bad Pass)   7 Z. Erceg Steal
09:1614 M. Bader Def. Rebound   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
09:025 A. Horvath 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 M. Bader 
  
09:0214 M. Bader Foul drawn   30 C. Arroyo Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:0214 M. Bader Free throw MADE(1/2) 31 - 33 
09:0214 M. Bader Free throw missed(2/2)   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
08:4210 H. Nikolov Def. Rebound   7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:3312 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
08:14 31 - 35 34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:0614 M. Bader Turnover (Bad Pass)   34 D. Hawkins Steal
08:04   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 Z. Erceg
08:0414 M. Bader Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
08:04 31 - 36 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:04 31 - 37 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:435 A. Horvath 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
07:20 Def. Rebound   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:0814 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 11 O. Trotter 
33 - 37 
06:395 A. Horvath Def. Rebound   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:2110 H. Nikolov 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 M. Bader 
  
06:2114 M. Bader Foul drawn   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)
06:1310 H. Nikolov 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 A. Horvath 
36 - 37 
05:5611 O. Trotter Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   30 C. Arroyo Foul drawn
05:43   7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu
05:41 36 - 39 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
05:3311 O. Trotter Foul drawn   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)
05:33   Substitution: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu out,
35 E. Dagli in
05:2414 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 11 O. Trotter 
38 - 39 
05:06   7 Z. Erceg 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 35 E. Dagli
04:55 38 - 41 34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 30 C. Arroyo
04:4511 O. Trotter 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 40 - 41 
04:20   15 S. Cetin 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 Z. Erceg
04:16Substitution: 14 M. Bader out,
6 P. Grebenár in 
  
04:16Substitution: 12 J. Mills out,
8 M. Fodor in 
  
04:16    Turnover (24 secs)
04:005 A. Horvath 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 P. Grebenár 
  
03:566 P. Grebenár Turnover (Out of bounds)   
03:39 40 - 43 34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:12 Turnover (24 secs)   
02:588 M. Fodor Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   34 D. Hawkins Foul drawn
02:58Substitution: 10 H. Nikolov out,
9 B. Gay in 
  
02:58Substitution: 11 O. Trotter out,
12 J. Mills in 
  
02:45   7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 Z. Erceg
02:386 P. Grebenár Block
12 J. Mills Def. Rebound 
  7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
02:1812 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   35 E. Dagli Block
35 E. Dagli Def. Rebound
01:56 40 - 45 35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:49   Substitution: 15 S. Cetin out,
21 M. Kemp in
01:49   21 M. Kemp block
01:496 P. Grebenár Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
6 P. Grebenár Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  34 D. Hawkins Foul drawn
01:3212 J. Mills Def. Rebound   35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
01:188 M. Fodor 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   35 E. Dagli Def. Rebound
01:106 P. Grebenár Foul drawn   30 C. Arroyo Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
30 C. Arroyo Turnover (Offensive foul)
01:10   Substitution: 30 C. Arroyo out,
4 M. Yagmur in
00:545 A. Horvath 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   4 M. Yagmur Def. Rebound
00:47   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 Z. Erceg
00:43 40 - 47 7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE
00:259 B. Gay 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Mills 
  
00:0012 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   35 E. Dagli Def. Rebound
00:00Substitution: 6 P. Grebenár out,
11 O. Trotter in 
  
00:00Substitution: 8 M. Fodor out,
14 M. Bader in 
  
00:00   Substitution: 4 M. Yagmur out,
30 C. Arroyo in
TimeSZOLNOKI OLAJScoreBESIKTAS MILANGAZ
09:38 40 - 50 21 M. Kemp 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 35 E. Dagli
09:215 A. Horvath 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 O. Trotter 
43 - 50 
08:54   30 C. Arroyo 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 35 E. Dagli
08:5011 O. Trotter Steal   35 E. Dagli Turnover (Ball Handling)
08:4014 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   34 D. Hawkins Def. Rebound
08:2314 M. Bader Def. Rebound   21 M. Kemp 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:1114 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   35 E. Dagli Def. Rebound
07:4812 J. Mills Def. Rebound   34 D. Hawkins 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:4612 J. Mills Foul drawn   34 D. Hawkins Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
07:279 B. Gay 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 12 J. Mills 
46 - 50 
07:02 46 - 52 30 C. Arroyo 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
06:465 A. Horvath Foul drawn   7 Z. Erceg Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
06:3212 J. Mills Turnover (Travelling)   
06:32Timeout   
06:32   Substitution: 35 E. Dagli out,
44 P. Mensah-Bonsu in
06:185 A. Horvath Def. Rebound   30 C. Arroyo 2PtsFG (Driving lay-up) missed
06:1011 O. Trotter Foul drawn   30 C. Arroyo Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
06:1011 O. Trotter Free throw MADE(1/3) 47 - 52 
06:1011 O. Trotter Free throw MADE(2/3) 48 - 52 
06:1011 O. Trotter Free throw MADE(3/3) 49 - 52 
05:5212 J. Mills Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   34 D. Hawkins Foul drawn
05:52Substitution: 5 A. Horvath out,
10 H. Nikolov in 
  
05:4310 H. Nikolov Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
05:43 49 - 53 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(1/2)
05:43 49 - 54 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(2/2)
05:1511 O. Trotter 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Def. Rebound
05:11 49 - 56 7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 30 C. Arroyo
05:11Timeout   
05:11Substitution: 14 M. Bader out,
6 P. Grebenár in 
  
04:5210 H. Nikolov 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 52 - 56 
04:339 B. Gay Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
04:1711 O. Trotter Def. Rebound   30 C. Arroyo 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:1010 H. Nikolov 2PtsFG (Alley-oop) missed   30 C. Arroyo Def. Rebound
04:04   21 M. Kemp Turnover (Ball Handling)
03:596 P. Grebenár Turnover (Ball Handling)   
03:3910 H. Nikolov Def. Rebound   34 D. Hawkins 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
03:2810 H. Nikolov 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 54 - 56 
03:10   44 P. Mensah-Bonsu Turnover (Ball Handling)
02:5212 J. Mills 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 56 - 56 
02:3611 O. Trotter Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)   21 M. Kemp Foul drawn
02:36   Substitution: 44 P. Mensah-Bonsu out,
35 E. Dagli in
02:18   21 M. Kemp 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 35 E. Dagli
02:166 P. Grebenár Block   35 E. Dagli 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 7 Z. Erceg
02:08 56 - 58 7 Z. Erceg 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:5112 J. Mills 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 P. Grebenár 
  
01:4711 O. Trotter 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 P. Grebenár 
58 - 58 
01:31   30 C. Arroyo 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 Z. Erceg
01:299 B. Gay Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)   7 Z. Erceg Foul drawn
01:29Substitution: 6 P. Grebenár out,
14 M. Bader in 
  
01:29 58 - 59 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:29 58 - 60 7 Z. Erceg Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:0910 H. Nikolov 2PtsFG (Hook shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 M. Bader 
  
01:0914 M. Bader 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   21 M. Kemp Def. Rebound
01:09Timeout   
00:4911 O. Trotter Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 5th)   30 C. Arroyo Foul drawn
00:49 58 - 61 30 C. Arroyo Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:49 58 - 62 30 C. Arroyo Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:409 B. Gay Foul drawn   7 Z. Erceg Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
00:3712 J. Mills Foul drawn   7 Z. Erceg Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)
00:3712 J. Mills Free throw MADE(1/2) 59 - 62 
00:3712 J. Mills Free throw MADE(2/2) 60 - 62 
00:1614 M. Bader Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)   30 C. Arroyo Foul drawn
00:16 60 - 63 30 C. Arroyo Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:16 60 - 64 30 C. Arroyo Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:13Timeout   
00:13Substitution: 14 M. Bader out,
5 A. Horvath in 
  
00:058 M. Fodor 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 A. Horvath 
  
00:055 A. Horvath 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound:  
  35 E. Dagli Block
00:009 B. Gay 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   34 D. Hawkins Def. Rebound

Accumulated statistics

Szolnoki Olaj Besiktas Milangaz
22/61FG M/A23/73
15/36 (41.7%) FG2P M/A21/58 (36.2%)
7/25 (28.0%) FG3P M/A2/15 (13.3%)
9/10 (90.0%) FT M/A16/17 (94.1%)
39 (12-27) Reb (O-D) 50 (22-28)
16AS9
14TO7
2ST4
5BS4
22PF14
60Pts64

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Szolnoki Olaj Besiktas Milangaz

Marton Bader

 

Pops Mensah-Bonsu

11Pts13
14Reb13
0AS0
1ST1
0BS0
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GAME PREVIEW

25.04.2012
Semi-Final: Szolnoki v Besiktas
Click to watch the Semi-Final clash between Final Four hosts Szolnoki Olaj and Turkish giants Besiktas Milangaz live and for free on FIBA Europe TV. 

Besiktas Milangaz have fulfilled the pre-season predictions of many a basketball expert by reaching the EuroChallenge Final Four.

Now surprising Szolnoki Olaj, the hosts of this weekend's spectacle, are going to pull out all stops in a bid to stop the star-studded team from capturing the title when the sides meet in the Semi-Finals on Friday.

The event is being staged in Debrecen, Hungary.

While Szolnoki will not be in their own arena, one that has been a fortress in Europe the past two season, they are almost certain to have the benefit of home-court advantage.

And they'll need it against Besiktas, who boast arguably the most talented line-up of the teams at the Final Four.

Linchpins in Ergin Ataman's Turkish squad include Zoran Erceg, Carlos Arroyo, David Hawkins and Pops Mensah-Bonsu.

Besiktas also have Serhat Cetin, the MVP of their Turkish Cup Final triumph over Banvit, Ersin Dagli and Marcelus Kemp.

Arroyo has carried a few knocks this season and hasn't always been in top form since joining the club in late December.

But the Puerto Rico international has been healthier of late and he demonstrated that at the weekend when leading the team with 17 points in an 81-77 triumph over Trabzonspor.

Kemp missed three months of EuroChallenge action while recovering from injury but returned and played in a vital game on 13 March at Artland Dragons that Besiktas won, 74-73.

They won the next encounter at home to progress to the Final Four.

"We currently have an opportunity in our hands," Ataman said.

"A European Cup gives hope to Besiktas and Turkish basketball.

"Besiktas is a great community ... a EuroChallenge win would be an important achievement in my career."

Unlike Besiktas, who swept Artland 2-0 in their Quarter-Final series to reach the Final Four, Szolnoki had to claw back a 1-0 deficit against BK Ventspils.

Peter Por's men were soundly beaten in the opener, 82-63 in Latvia, yet rebounded and claimed an 82-76 victory at home before prevailing at Ventspils 20 March, 82-78.

Similar to Besiktas, Szolnoki are already assured of ending the season with at least one trophy as they downed Atomeromu SE in the Hungarian Cup final earlier this month.

Season So Far

Szolnoki Olaj have enjoyed a dream season in Europe. The club had to survive a tense Qualifying Round tie with Tampereen Pyrintö. After falling in the first leg, 77-69, in Finland, the Hungarian outfit bounced back with a 69-57 win in the return leg for a four-point success on aggregate. At home this season, Szolnoki were nearly unbeatable. They won eight of their nine games, including the second-leg triumph over Tampereen in the qualifiers. Last season, Szolnoki prevailed in all four of their games at home. Despite the Final Four being in Hungary, Szolnoki are not being touted as favorites. That, coupled with the facts that Por's team has already won the domestic cup and is also in the Hungarian play-off semi-finals eases some of the pressure on the players as they look to beat Besiktas.

Besiktas have caused a stir like never before in the EuroChallenge and much of that is owed to the fact that Deron Williams turned out for the club during the NBA Lockout. Williams had a 50-point explosion in a game against BG Göttingen on 22 November, his last in the competition. Williams then had his jersey raised to the rafters in the Besiktas arena before his return to the New Jersey Nets. His departure did not signal a decline for Besiktas, who actually began the season looking to qualify for the Eurocup but were eliminated by Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Instead, Besiktas moved from strength to strength and lost just twice. Both defeats came against Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada. In their decisive series against Artland, a team that had been red hot, Mensah-Bonsu was immense. The Great Britain big man had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the one-point triumph in Game 1, and then 25 points, 17 boards, two blocks and two steals in Game 2.

The Hot Hand

Carlos Arroyo seems to have shifted into a higher gear the past couple of weeks and not just with his

44. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Besiktas Milangaz)
Pops Mensah-Bonsu is a dominant force for Besiktas Milangaz under the basket

playmaking ability. The Puerto Rican has made 11 of his last 25 attempts from long range in Turkey's Beko Basketbol Ligi and has buried 47.3% (25 of 57) on the season. He is shooting 89% (57 of 64) from the charity stripe.
Szolnoki's Akos Horvath is a player that can stretch the Besiktas defense. He has been prolific from long range, nailing 53.5% (38 of 71) of his attempts in the EuroChallenge. Horvath is not a player that shies away from the big occasion, either. The 31-year-old made all four of his three-ball attempts in the decisive Game 3 win against Ventspils that got Szolnoki into the Final Four.

The X-Factor

The pressure is going to be on Szolnoki point guard Obie Trotter, who has been a handful for opponents. He has led his team with averages of 17 points and 4.4 assists, but it remains to be seen if he can withstand the attention that he is sure to receive from the Besiktas defense. If Trotter is allowed to run wild, creating opportunities for himself and his teammates, Szolnoki will be right in the game until the end.
Marcelus Kemp is a force for Besiktas when healthy, and particularly on offense. If he can provide some points from the perimeter, big men Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Ersin Dagli and Zoran Erceg will have more room to operate in the low post.

Key Match-Up

Pops Mensah-Bonsu v Marton Bader. Mensah-Bonsu is the leading rebounder in the EuroChallenge at 10.8 per game and ranks fourth in scoring at 18.3. Bader crashes the boards well himself, averaging eight while in the scoring department, he's been scoring at a clip of 9.1 per contest.