In the first week of the Basketball THY Europa League, Fenerbahçe Beko defeated the Italian host team EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 85:82 in overtime of the game that ended 76:76 in regular time.
The visiting team started with a high rate of three-point shots and ended the first third with a 23:19 win against the yellow-dark blue team, with Guduric taking the lead.
Fenerbahçe Beko tied the game in the second quarter and took the lead with Wilbekin’s three-point field goal in the 16th minute: 30-29. The home team, which defended well during this phase, had a lead of 38:35 at half-time against the Italian team, which Mirotic helped score.
Fenerbahçe Beko responded with baskets from Madar and Papagiannis to EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, who started the third half well with Voigtmann’s points, and increased the difference to double digits with the score at 55-45 in the 27th minute. The final third of the game went to the home team with a lead of 62:54.
The visiting team entered the final quarter with an effective attack and took the lead 69:68 in the 36th minute with a three-point shot from Mirotic. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan responded with Melli to Fenerbahçe Beko, who scored with Papagiannis in the period, and regulation time ended in a 76-76 draw.
The yellow and dark blue team, which dominated its opponent with three-pointers from Wilbekin and Pierre in overtime, defended the last attack well, won the game 85:82 and started the season with a victory.
Wilbekin played an important role in Fenerbahçe Beko’s victory with 19 points. Mirotic’s “double-double” performance of 27 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting team could not prevent the defeat.
A CEREMONY WAS HOLD FOR DATOME
Luigi Datome, the former Italian basketball player of the yellow and dark blue team who ended his career, was honored at the pre-game ceremony.
Appearing before fans and giving a farewell speech in Turkish, Datome said: “This hall is a part of my heart. I love this hall, I love these colors, I loved my teammates, my coaches, the office, the management, everyone and everything in Istanbul. I love you very much too. I’m here.” “We weren’t just players, we were together the best team in the world. Your love for me is more important than trophies. “I will be a Fenerbahçe fan forever,” he said.
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Referee: Sasa Pukl (Slovenia), Carlos Peruga (Spain), Uros Nikolic (Serbia)
Fenerbahçe Beko: Madar 8, Dorsey 15, Pierre 11, Hayes-Davis, Motley 2, Wilbekin 19, Sertaç Şanlı, Papagiannis 15, Guduric 15, Calathes, Sestina, Melih Mahmutoğlu
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan: Flaccadori 3, Shields 10, Melli 7, Mirotic 27, Voigtmann 21, Poythress 5, Bortolani, Pangos 2, Tonut 3, Ricci, Hines 4
1. Period: 19-23
3rd period: 62-54
Normal time: 76-76