Johnson, Wilbekin lead Darussafaka past Buducnost

2018-03-06T20:17:13+00:00 2018-03-06T20:27:59+00:00.

Dionysis Aravantinos

06/Mar/18 20:17

Darussafaka defeated Buducnost in Game 1 of the EuroCup quarterfinals thanks to its defense, keeping the home court advantage.

By Eurohoops Team /

Game 1 goes to Darussafaka Istanbul as the Turkish team defeated 57-54 Buducnost Voli Podgorica in a game deceived on details.

The first half ended 27-26, but with an 8-0 run in the third quarter, Blatt’s team got a small advantage. Scottie Wilbekin and JaJuan Johnson led the way for the home side, which increased this lead to double-digits. In the fourth period, however, the visitors tried to come back and even cut the deficit to a one-possession game (54-57) but eventually fell short.

Scottie Wilbekin had an all-around good performance as he flirted with a triple-double: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists. JaJuan Johnson was also effective with his 17 points and 9 rebounds. For the losing side, Danilo Nikolic had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Both teams shot poorly beyond the arc (Darussafaka: 25% / Buducnost: 23.5%) but the visiting side had trouble even in the free-throw line (61.1%) and that of course affected the final outcome.