Fatts Russell lives up to the hype in Galatasaray debut

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Giannis Askounis

24/Jan/23 19:36


A convincing win with plenty of help from newcomers power Galatasaray Nef at the start of the Round of 16 of the Basketball Champions League

By Eurohoops Team/ info@eurohoops.net

Taking care of the ball and crashing the boards, Galatasaray Nef ran past undermanned Limoges CSP, 100-73, in Sinan Erdem Dome Tuesday.

Coming in a few days ago, Fatts Russell came off the bench to debut at the continental level and dropped 20 points in 23 minutes. Besides connecting five triples and five free throws, he set up six assists producing an efficiency rating of 24 in his first appearance for the Lions. “Moving forward, I hope it’s a lot more wins,” said the explosive point guard with NCAA experience split between Rhode Island and Maryland.

Another recent addition helped the team coached by Andreas Pistiolis in the Basketball Champions League Round of 16 Group K Gameday 1. Serbian center Dusan Ristic posted an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double to go with three assists in an efficiency rating of 29 in his BCL debut.

Other heavy-hitters, Angelo Caloiaro packed 18 points and Tyrus McGee added 14 points. A much-needed win, following four losses in a row in Turkey’s BSL.

In a solid showing, the Istanbul outfit registered a large chunk of the 12 turnovers in garbage time. Outrebounding the team coached by Massimo Cancellieri, 41-22, leading to most of the 20 second-chance points was key as well.

Play-In Game 3 hero for Limoges Bryce Jones dealing with a thigh injury was ruled out for the trip to Turkey. Newcomer Malcolm Miller, signed as injury relief for sidelined Desi Rodriguez, traveled but is not yet registered and did not suit up. For the hosts, Mahir Agva and Sedat Ali Karagulle did not dress in the first game of the Round of 16.

Czech Tomas Kyzlink logged a team-high 16 points in the blowout loss. Buffalo product Jayvon Graves had 13 points but was responsible for six turnovers as well.

Postgame press conference

Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League

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