In round 9 of Eurocup, in Group C, Darussafaka will meet Brescia in a duel that two months ago were scored only 96 points, 61-35 for the Turkish side in Italy. Both teams have the aim to win the game because this group is very balanced and every game is important. Let’s see what they’ve achieved during the weekend.
Hard times ahead for Darussafaka because they will be without Doron Lamb, the third-best scorer of the team and Gary Browne, their first player that comes from the bench providing big help from the second unit. With the loss of these two important players, I expect a bigger impact from their foreigners left but also from the Turkish core of the team. In the last league game, against Besiktas, they won the game 78-59 after a very good defensive effort. The main scorers were: Bonzie Colson (16 points and 11 rebounds), Sinan Guler (15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists) and Jarrod Jones (14 points and 5 rebounds).
For Brescia, this game is very important because currently, they are on the 4th place in the group, so a victory should give them some extra motivation. They need to take advantage of Darussafaka’s problems and prove that the 35 points they scored in the last encounter were only a surprise due to a bad day because normally they should have won that game. In the weekend they played at home against Pistoia and won the game 86-74 after a very good first quarter. They took the advantage in the first period and protect it until the final of the game. The main scorers for Brescia were: DeAndre Lansdowne (20 points and 3 rebounds), Luca Vitali (16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists) and Awudu Abass (13 points and 3 rebounds). For this game they have an important missing player in Kenneth Horton who currently is the best scorer for Brescia in Seria A, averaging 13.6 points in 10 games. He will be out for six weeks.
Their last game head to head was a big surprise for every basketball fans due to their low scoring game. Brescia scored only 19.7% of their shots, while Darussafaka ended slightly better with 27.8%. Both teams have important missings, but despite that, they won their league games and that makes even harder to predict who will win this game. Maybe Darussafaka has an advantage because they play at home, but it’s too hard to name them as firm favourites.
Bogdan Vasile Tirc