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Group:  K | 28.02.2012, 20:00h
Group:  K | 28.02.2012, 20:00h
77-78
12 - 2528 - 1623 - 914 - 28
12 - 2528 - 1623 - 914 - 28
Venue: Istanbul (TUR) |
Spectators: 1750 |
Referees: Boris Schmidt (GER), Ognjen Jokic (MNE), Bojan Jovanic (BIH)

GAME REPORT


Fuenlabrada Beat Besiktas, Top Group K

12. Saul Blanco (Fuenlabrada)
Shooting guard Saul Blanco scored 12 points and grabebd a season-high 11 rebounds as Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada earned a famous win in Istanbul

Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada came roaring back to edge out Besiktas Milangaz 78-77 in Istanbul and snatch top spot in Group K of the EuroChallenge.

The Spanish side maintained their unbeaten record in the group stage as they came from 13 points down at the start of the fourth quarter to win it in the final seconds.

They trailed 63-50 but began the final stanza with an 12-3 run as Saul Blanco's jump-shot with seven minutes to go made it 66-62.

Ersen Dagli hit a jumper to pad Besiktas' lead and the hosts still looked to be in control, up 74-66 with 3:06 to go.

But Joaquin Colom's jump-shot started an 8-0 run that saw Ferran Lavina tie it from the free-throws line with 16 seconds left.

David Hawkins could only split a pair of free throws to leave Besiktas clinging to a narrow lead with Blanco erased with two from the charity stripe at the other end.

A lay-up form Hawkins had Besiktas temporarily back on top, but Blanco stayed cool to make two more free-throws, and Fuenlabrada survived a last-second miss from Pops Mensah-Bonsu to take the win.

Leonardo Mainoldi led Fuenlabrada with 17 points while Blanco had 12 and 11 rebounds and Michael Hall scored 11.

Mensah-Bonsu finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Zoran Erceg and Hawkins had 15 points each, Adam Morrison adding 11.

Carlos Arroyo was restricted to three points in four minutes of action.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Besiktas Milangaz vs. Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada

Fuenlabrada Head Coach Porfirio Fisac
"We played against a great team and we are still on the way to go to the next level as a team. I am very glad that we got the win. It's a great feeling for me to win here, but it's even a greater experience for my players to play here and also get the win."

Besiktas Milangaz Head Coach Ergin Ataman
"It's a tough loss but being already qualified for the quarter- finals matters the most. So, we'll focus to do our best, against our opponents in the QF which is Artland Dragons. And I think in Germany we will have a good support from our fans."

Fuenlabrada player Alvaro Munoz
"We opened the game with a very good offensive performance and later they managed to come back. For the second half we had a slow start, but we performed really well on defense inthe 4th quarter. It helped us to get the win. I think it was a very exciting game for all the fans."

Besiktas Milangaz player Serhat Cetin
"For me, it's hard to accept such a loss. But we have to look the situation game by game. So now we'll have to focus on our game in Germany."

Accumulated statistics

51.7%

30/58
FG
M/A

40.5%

30/74

56.1%

23/41
FG2P
M/A

48.8%

21/43

41.2%

7/17
FG3P
M/A

29.0%

9/31

52.6%

10/19
FT
M/A

81.8%

9/11

38

9/29
RT
RO/RD

40

15/25

19

AS

17

14

TO

8

4

ST

4

1

BS

3

17

PF

20

77

Pts

78

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