Gradually caught up and overtaken by the Turkish side over the course of the match, JDA Dijon delivered a very intense fourth and final quarter to win against all odds on the Istanbul floor on Wednesday 9 February (72-75).
Four days after winning in Orleans, JDA Dijon was in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday 9 February 2022 to challenge Team Galatasaray there at the end of the day. It’s the frenetic pace of an unabashedly ambitious Dijon team that must do violence to keep it going through a complicated season, or in any case below accounting expectations at a national level.
In the European Cup, JDA Dijon is known to participate in the second stage of the competition – the round of 16 of the Basketball Champions League – after a slap in Germany in Ludwigsburg (95-73 on January 26) and a reaction at home against Hapoel Holon ( 78-66 on February 1, Dijon basketball players took the game at the right end, with good quality in the first quarter. But it wasn’t the same story the following quarter, as JDA Dijon remarkably ceded 12-0.
Orleans’ best player, Chase Simon was present in scoring (12 points in less than 11 minutes), closely followed by Carrington’s cheeks (11 points in 15 minutes). But the shot success was reversed, as Dijon’s defense softened as well. Gavin Weir was missing inside.
Dijon’s offensive solutions weren’t diverse enough, and often were too compelling during the third quarter as Dijon almost paid dearly on the other side of the earth. But without the Dijon basketball players shining, they let the storm pass to survive, relying on Abdoulaye Lum in particular.
Dijonnais remains alive and rebellious
The fourth quarter was the quarter of JDA Dijon. Nenad Markovic’s team regained the necessary intensity and rhythm. With two great shots from distance, struck by David Holston and Chase Simon, Dijonnais regained the advantage (65-66 with 6’45 remaining in the match). What else can we say about David Holston’s caviar between two defenders to dunk Richard Kelly (67-68 with 3’43 remaining).
Defended hard and dangerous by Dijon, such as Chase Simon’s interference on steel inside David Cravish while Dijonnais was under the threat of a fifth personal foul.
David Holston wore his best costume, clear and decisive (67-70, 2’39 left to play). The Dijon captain, whose last shot was huge from distance to allow his team to make a serious winning choice, finished the double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. Chase Simon scored 16 points and 5 rebounds and Abdullah Al-Loum 12 points and 5 rebounds.
In the time of money, it was the Istanbulites who finally lost their footing, in the face of the Dijonnais who died of starvation and were full of cold blood, until the last second of a quarter in which the cheeks of Carrington, Chase Simon, Charles Gallio and Jack Alingo left the suit for good in the event of a fifth personal error .
While JDA Dijon saw Chase Simon missed two free throws and Galatasaray had the last hold to tie or win (72-74 11s from the last bell), Dijon’s defense took the big win. It also raises JDA Dijon’s balance sheet to two wins and one defeat ahead of its three return matches. The rebound shortfall (43 to 29 in favor of Galatasaray) was compensated for by Dijon’s aggressiveness.
Good news, too, to return from Turkey with an even bigger appetite to welcome Bolognese Levallois on Saturday 12 February (between 8:30 pm in Dijon gymnasium).
Pictures: Basketball Champions League
In Istanbul, Galatasaray defeated JDA Dijon: 72-75 (16-24, 25-14, 18-17, 13-20).
Galatasaray points: Kravesh (15), Ulubay (14), Trimble (11), Akon Purcell (11), Post (8), Kabaka (6), Onsel (4), Aydogan (3), Arar (0), Goose (0, didn’t play), spin (0, didn’t play).
Dijon points: Holston (18), Simon C (16), Carrington (13), Lom (12), Kelly (9), Alling (4), Gallio (3), Ducotti (0), Katic (0)), Simon A. (0, not played).