05 October, 2021
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Stay Melo: Melo Trimble powers Galatasaray Nef to 16-point victory over ERA Nymburk

ISTANBUL (Turkey) - Galatasaray Nef got a big 101-85 win over back-to-back quarterfinalist ERA Nymburk behind Melo Trimble's game-high 33 points.

Trimble is now tied with Lenovo Tenerife's Sasu Salin for most points in a game so far this season. 

Jerrick Harding led the way for ERA Nymburk with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Harding's backcourt partner Sterling Gibbs was back at home, as he couldn't come with the team, so they had to make some lineup adjustments, head coach Aleksander Sekulic said in his postgame press conference.

Turning point: Galatasaray went down by as many as nine (14-5) with 5:16 left in the first quarter, but re-gained the lead (33-30) with 8:06 left in the second quarter.

That was the game's only lead change.

Nymburk did cut the deficit to eight heading into the fourth quarter after a three-pointer at the buzzer by Demetre Rivers.

Instead of that being a potential shift in momentum in favor of the Czech team, they got outscored 26-18 in the final quarter.

Game heroes: Galatasaray were led by their dynamic duo of newcomers, as Trimble went off for 33 points (12-of-17 FG, 8-of-10 3P), 6 rebounds and 3 assists and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell finished with 23 points (6-of-11 FG, 9-of-12 FT), 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

Akoon-Purcell scored 21 of his 23 points through three quarters and then Trimble caught fire, scoring 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter.

The two players combined for 56 points, as well as 18 of the team's 33 field goals.


Stats don't lie: Both teams took good care of the ball with Galatasaray only turning it over nine times compared to Nymburk's 11.

One might say that free throws were a deciding factor in the game, as Galatasaray got several more opportunities from the charity stripe.

Galatasaray shot 19-of-23, while Nymburk shot 9-of-14.

Bottom line: Galatasaray look like they will fare much better this season, as they have already matched their win total (one) from last season.

The Turkish club will be on the road to Laktasi, Bosnia and Herzegovina for their next game, as they face Igokea (1-0) on Oct. 13.

Nymburk begin 0-1 in Group E and will be on the road again to Thessaloniki, Greece to play PAOK Mateco (0-1) on Oct. 12.


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