MILWAUKEE Brandon Jennings is trying to take over close games in the fourth quarter. Jennings was very successful doing that Tuesday night as he scored nine of his 25 points in the final period to lead the Bucks to a 110-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He also added three assists in the quarter.
Jennings said he wants to be the key player late in games and has been focused on it in recent weeks.
"It is something that I've been working on, especially during the (recent) road trip, just trying to take over games," he said. "I'm just trying to get the best possible shot for the team. That's just me growing and learning."
Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) also came up big again for Milwaukee as he had 27 points and 16 rebounds.
Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (8) dunks in front of Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner, left, and Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. ( (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))He also had 27 points and 14 rebounds in Milwaukee's 110-104 win Saturday over Portland. "Ersan gots his groove back," said Monta Ellis, who added 18 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee. "He really has been playing well for the last few games and has given us a big boost."
Bucks coach Jim Boylan credited Ersan Ilyasova for being a very active player.
"He has that knack for tipping the ball to himself rebounding and coming up with the basket," he said. "When you look at Ersan, you don't really see a great athlete, but rebounding is just determination. When he's determined to get the ball, he's bound to get it."
Milwaukee has won six of eight games since Boylan replaced former coach Scott Skiles, who parted ways with the team following a season-worst four-game losing streak. Jennings said the team has had a lot of success under Boylan because he is letting them "just play."
"Everything is going well right now," Jennings said. "We are playing with lots of confidence. This was a big win for us as in the past when we win a few games, we end up losing to a team we should not lose to."
Evan Turner scored 23 points to lead the 76ers, Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Nick Young
Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings (3) drives against Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. ( (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))scored 20 points. Philadelphia lost its fifth straight on the road, and 15th in its last 21 overall. Young said the 76ers have to figure out a way to win close games.
"Somehow we have to figure it out, come together and stay together as a team," he said. "We know what the problem is. We've been in every game so far and fought back. If we can come out of the gate and get a couple shots to go in, get our blood going a little bit, it'll be a different ball game."
Philadelphia hit just 2 of its first 16 shots, a point not lost on coach Doug Collins.
"First quarter again. We were down 10 so you play uphill the entire game again," he said. "You've got to share the ball, you got to help each other out and you've got to
Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday (11) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. ( (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))talk on defense. We're not good enough to do it ourselves. We've got to do it collectively." The Sixers used a 17-7 run to start the fourth quarter, cutting the Bucks' lead to 90-86 when Thaddeus Young stole the ball and scored on a breakaway layup with 6:47 remaining.
Ersan Ilyasova made 1 of 2 free throws to extend Milwaukee's lead to 99-92 with 3:56 left. He then hit a jumper with about 2 1/2 minutes to go, stretching the advantage to nine points.
Hawes hit a baseline jumper to trim the lead to 101-94 with 1:39 remaining, but Milwaukee made 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Larry Sanders had two blocked shots, giving him at least one in his last 27 games, the second longest streak in the NBA behind Tim Duncan, who has blocked a shot in 29 straight.
NOTES: 76ers guard Royal Ivey made the start in place of Dorell Wright as Collins wanted more speed in his starting lineup to defend Jennings. ... Bucks F Marquis Daniels was sick and inactive for the game. Rookie guard Doron Lamb, who was recalled Monday from the NBA Development League, suffered a sprained ankle and was also inactive. ... 76ers guard Jason Richardson did not travel with the team due to left knee synovitis. Courtesy of: The Associated Press
Engin Atsur selected the top Turk playing abroad in last week's games - 8 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, agency: BeoBasket). He was the major contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Turks who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Engin Atsur (190-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-12) 84-70 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Atsur scored 15 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes on the court.
ALBA Berlin (15-8) is placed fifth in the BBL.
It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
This year Atsur averages: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 36.0% and FT: 84.1% in 23 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and German.
Atsur played for the Turkish senior national team eight years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Ersan Ilyasova (208-87, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (32-26) to beat the Orlando Magic (22-38).
Ilyasova scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks (32-26) were badly defeated 105-86 on the road by the Magic.
It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row.
Ilyasova's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 38.5%.
Former Yesilyurt Istanbul starter played for the Turkish national team in 2015.
#3. The Turkish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Enes Kanter (211-92, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA). He managed to help Oklahoma City Thunder in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-40) 110-93 in the NBA on Friday night.
Kanter recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has 33-25 record this season.
Kanter has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(262-451), 3FGP: 15.6% and FT: 78.9% in 48 games.
Kanter played for the Turkish national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Kerem Kanter (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Green Bay (9-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the Green Bay was defeated 85-72 in Rochester by the Oakland University.
Kanter recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kanter has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg and 5.6rpg.
He used to play for the Turkish U20 national team
back in 2014.
#5. Former U16 international guard Burak Eslik (193, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the SIU Edwardsville (0-13) in their game against the Austin Peay State University (7-8) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Saturday.
Eslik scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes.
But the SIU Edwardsville (#4) lost 84-92 at home to the Austin Peay State University.
So far SIU Edwardsville lost all thirteen games in the conference The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
This year Eslik has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in 29 games.
He used to play for the Turkish U16 national team
seven years ago.
#6. Guard Cavit Ege Havsa (191-97, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Duquesne (7-6) 70-52 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Havsa scored 10 points and added 3 passes.
The Fordham University has rather weak 4-8 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Havsa's first year with the team.
His overall stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 1.1apg.
Havsa is a former U18 international player as he played for the Turkish team two years ago.
#7. U20 international center Omer Yurtseven (213-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Carolina St. (3-10) in their game against the University of Notre Dame (9-5) in the NCAA.
He scored 8 points.
The N.Carolina St. was defeated 81-72 in Notre Dame by the University of.
Yurtseven's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
It's Yurtseven's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg.
Yurtseven is also Turkish U20 national team player.
#8. Forward Yalim Olcay (203, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the W.Carolina (2-11) in their game against the Wofford College (2-8) in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points in only 9 minutes.
The W.Carolina was crushed 84-56 on their home court in Cullowhee by the Wofford College.
Olcay's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important.
This year Olcay's overall stats are: 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg in 25 games.
He used to play for the Turkish U16 national team
back in 2015.
The list of other players, who all have Turkish passport but never been selected to any of Turkish national teams:
#1.Kaan Korkmaz (185-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) led Colorado School of Mines to an easy victory against the Metropolitan State College of Denver crushing them 89-57 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He scored 11 points and added 3 passes in a mere 17 minutes.
The Colorado School of Mines have a very good 15-3 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2.
Korkmaz has been at the team for five years.
This season Korkmaz's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.3apg in 20 games he played so far.
#2.Deniz Celen (203-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Fairfield University to win against the Canisius College (7-9) 58-55 in the NCAA in Friday night's game.
Celen scored only 2 points.
The Fairfield University has 8-7 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season.
Celen's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg.
#3.Samir Zekiqi (202-F-95, currently plays in Kosovo). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Trepca (1-0) to beat Bashkimi (14-3). Zekiqi cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes.
Trepca lost 70-79 on the road to the second-ranked Bashkimi.
Zekiqi has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.8apg in 14 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Turkish and Kosovan.
#4.Genc Sefaja (196-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Kaiserslautern's victory against the fifth-ranked Limburg (14-7) 76-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Sefaja scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
1. FC Kaiserslautern (8-12) is placed eighth in South-West group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Sefaja has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Turkish and German.
Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. [read more]
Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year award back in 2014. He is a very experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.). He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball. Jefferson's game is described as:
An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.
EuroLeague: Fenerbahce spark late, silence Olympiacos - 3 days ago
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Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64 Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Gr... [read more]
Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64
Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team. Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Greek team ignited a 22:7 rally to secure a 56:47 advantage at the final break. But Fenerbahce responded with a massive 20:8 run in the fourth quarter to tame the visitors. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 17 points, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) had 8 points for the home side. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 17 points for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) tossed in 13 points in the loss.
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