TV Game Preview: Türk Telekom Vs. Bonn

05.12.2011

EUROCHALLENGE

Watch Türk Telekom vs. Telekom Baskets Bonn LIVE here Tip off Tuesday at 18:00 CET

Türk Telekom Ankara began the EuroChallenge with back-to-back defeats in Group G but have rebounded with two consecutive victories.

On Tuesday, Timucin Meric's side will attempt to avenge one of their setbacks when hosting Telekom Baskets Bonn.

The Turkish club will be at home but without one of their biggest weapons this season as Mehmet Okur is returning to the United States to resume his NBA career with the Utah Jazz.

The 32-year-old Okur, a sweet-shooting 2.12m center, averaged 15.8 points and eight rebounds for Türk Telekom during the NBA lockout and had a game-winning three-ball at the end of last week's 83-81 triumph at Pinar Karsiyaka.

In their first game without Okur, Türk Telekom fell hard at home against Aliaga Petkim, 78-59, on Saturday.

Aliaga out-rebounded Meric's team, 50-38.

Bonn, meanwhile, slumped to a 74-72 defeat at Walter Tigers Tübingen in Germany on Saturday.

They are 2-2 in the EuroChallenge.

What they have yet to do in Europe this season is win a game on the road.

Last week, Michael Koch's side prevailed at home over BC "Minsk-2006", 93-81.

The club has point guard Jared Jordan on the books but over the weekend added combo-guard Taylor Battle, a former standout at Penn State, to reinforce its backcourt.

Battle had been on the books of Cholet in France, shooting 33% (seven of 21) from long range and averaging eight points in 18 minutes per contest.

"After four years at Penn State and three months under (Cholet) coach (Erman) Kunter, he is used to playing structured basketball," said Koch.

"He can not only relieve Jared Jordan (at point guard) and create for himself and his teammates, but his offensive abilities give us an extra option in attack."

Battle will not be eligible to play against Türk Telekom, but is expected to reinforce the Bonn team for the remainder of the season.

8. Darius Washington (Türk Telekom)
Darius Washington is the hot hand of Türk Telekom and will need to continue to shine with Mehmet Okur back in the USA

Season so Far
In the EuroChallenge, all four teams in Group G have 2-2 records. Bonn's latest setback in Germany has left the club in 10th place with a 6-5 record while Türk Telekom are 5-3 and in seventh place in the BEKO Basketbol Ligi.

The Hot Hand
Darius Washington had 19 points in Türk Telekom's win last week over Karsiyaka and is averaging 22 - third best in the EuroChallenge behind Deron Williams and Michael Roll.
• Jared Jordan poured in 20 points and handed out seven assists in Bonn's victory over Minsk. He is almost averaging a double-double at 13 points and 9.8 assists per contest. The 1.88m point guard is also corralling 7.3 boards per contest.

The X Factor
Simonas Serapinas can cause a lot of problems for Bonn's opponents with his perimeter game but is shooting just 34.5% from long range.
• If Muratcan Güler can produce as he did last week for Türk Telekom, the club will be tough to beat. He had 13 points, six assists and eight rebounds in the victory over Karsiyaka.

Key Match-Up
Darius Washington v Jared Jordan


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