Banvit opened one of the top International Pre-season tournaments in Europe before the start of the Regular Season. Besiktas, Crvena Zvezda, Banvit, Panellinios, Union Olimpija, Galatasaray and Efes Pilsen are all ready to battle for the trophy. The teams were divided into two groups with four and three teams respectfully.
In Day 1 Besiktas overcame Crvena Zvezda 82:74 as Lonny Baxter top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 6 caroms. Cevher Ozer scored 14 and Mire Chatman nailed 11. Oliver Stevic brought 14 points in the losing effort.
The hosts of the tournament Banvit beat Greek Panellinios 85:77. The latter was too good from the start and grabbed 30-15 lead after the first 10 minutes. Banvit responded with 23-16 in the second quarter to reduce the gap at the halftime. The hosts brought 18-17 in the third period and had a fabulous last stanza. The Turkish side produced 29-14 in the last 10 minutes to celebrate the victory. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) paced all the winners with 23 points and Charles Davis posted 21. Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) ended up with 9 points and Barıs Ermis notched 8. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and Kostas Charalampidis delivered 12 points for the Greek side. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) nailed 11, while Duro Ostojic added 8.
Union Olimpija cruised past Galatasaray in the opener of the International tournament in Turkey. The Slovenian team won the opening quarter 25-17 and added 14-13 in the second period. The Turkish team bounced back later in the game and tied the score at 60:60. Union however reached the necessary victory to win the opener. Matt Walsh top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Gasper Vidmar nailed 10. Uros Slokar and Sani Becirovic produced 9 each, while Vladmir Golubovic collected 8 points and 11 boards. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) ended up with 15 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.
In Day 2
Efes Pilsen rolled over Galatasaray Cafe Crown 87:64. The winners started with 24-19 in the opening quarter and posted 21-18 in the second frame. The third quarter became more defensive and Efes added 19-7 in it. Preston Shumpert
(198-G-79, college: Syracuse
) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Igor Rakocevic nailed 14. Bostjan Nachbar delivered 10 points, while Charles Smith added 9. Radoslac Rancik and Cemal Nalga nailed 15 points apiece in the losing effort.
Panellinios outscored Crvena Zvezda 78:67 to tie their record at 1-1. The Greek side had a great start and enjoyed 23-8 at the end of the first period. They also won the second period 22-20 to take 17-point advantage at the halftime. Crvena Zvezda reduced the gap after 23-17 in the third period, but could not catch up with the opponent. Devin Smith led the way with 23 points and Kostas Charalampidis posted 17. Elmedin Kikanovic poured in 19 points in the losing case.
Banvit upset Besiktas 83:79 as Keith Simmons
led the way with 18 points, while Lance Williams
and Barıs Ozcan chipped in 15 points each. Mire Chatman shined with 25 points in the losing effort.