Besiktas Sompo Japan protect home court to top Group D
ISTANBUL (Basketball Champions League) - Besiktas Sompo Japan protected their home court for their sixth straight win in Istanbul, defeating Telekom Baskets Bonn 95-79 on Tuesday evening.
The Turkish side improved to 10-3 with the victory, and with Nanterre's loss to Zielona Gora secured the top spot in Group D heading into the final week of the Regular Season.
The game was a back and forth affair until the third period, when the home-side tightened the screw, opening the quarter on an 8-2 run to gain a lead before a further 14-2 run to take their first double digit lead of the game, 61-49 with 2:29 left in the period, which they would not give up the rest of the way.
Besiktas put on an offensive masterclass, having six players reach double digits, led by 16-a-piece from Jon Diebler and Josh Adams, with Diebler not missing a shot. Sertac Sanli had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Kenan Sipahi had 14 points, with Earl Clark and DJ Strawberry adding 13, the latter also finishing with 6 assists.
"I thought we played really well in the second half," Diebler said. "Bonn is a good team and we knew that coming into the game.
"Second half I thought we did a pretty good job offensively, six players in double-figures scoring, and defensively we played a lot better."
They shot almost 60% from the field, going 11-of-19 from three-point range, and registering 8 assists.
Meanwhile, Bonn dropped to 4-9 with the loss, as a 22-point, 5 assist outing from Mayo would not be enough. Julian Gamble had 18 points, Tomislav Zubcic 13, while Malcolm Hill joined them in double figures with 11.
"I thought we fought pretty well," Anthony Dileo said. "I think Besiktas played a great game, especially towards the end of the third and fourth quarter.
"We were trading baskets with them for too long, we were getting some scores but we couldn't get any stops and eventually they just pulled away. They're a great basketball team."
It was Bonn who got the better of the early exchanges, leading 19-16 after the opening period, behind a red-hot 11 points from Mayo.
A big and-1 dunk from Strawberry, followed by one of Diebler's four three-pointers on the night put Besiktas up 24-22 just three minutes into the second quarter.
Bonn struck back, before baskets again from Strawberry and Diebler saw the home team eventually take a two point cushion into the halftime break, no thanks to an Josh Mayo three with 19 seconds remaining to take his personal tally to 17 on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
Things remained close in the third until Besiktas' 14-2 run, which saw contributions from across the roster, where the home team would retain a double-digit lead for the majority of the fourth.