Giants Stave Off Elimination

15.02.2011

EuroChallenge

4. Roel Moors (Antwerp Giants)
Roel Moors and the Antwerp Giants are still breathing in the Last 16 after an upset win in Izmir

Antwerp Giants lived to fight another day in the EuroChallenge by travelling to Turkey and shocking Pinar Karsiyaka, 86-80.

Without a win in their first three EuroChallenge Last 16 Group J games, the Belgian club won and gained partial revenge for their 89-82 overtime setback at home to Karsiyaka last month.

The win would have been even sweeter had Alper Saruhan not scored with an alley-oop dunk for Karsiyaka to finish the game, giving the Turkish side a +1 goal differential in the two games.

Antwerp won with great play on the interior.

They were 34 of 48 inside the arc, off-setting their two of 14 effort from long range and 12-of-20 horror show at the free-throw line.

Big man Graham Brown led Antwerp with a team-high 22 points while guard Timothy Black poured in 20.

Karsiyaka also missed numerous opportunities at the free-throw line, sinking just 18 of 30.

Andre Smith finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds for Karsiyaka, although he made just four of nine at the charity stripe.

Black snapped a 64-64 tie with a jump shot and Ralph Biggs extended the lead with a tap-in off his own missed jumper with 6:12 to play.

Karsiyaka's David Holston later closed the gap to 69-67 on a three-ball but Antwerp's Darnell Wilson scored, and Black then poured in four straight points for a 75-67 Giants advantage.

A three-point play by Karsiyaka's Alper Saruhan reduced the arrears to 75-72 with 3:07 to go, but Black answered with a jumper for Antwerp and the home side got no closer than four over the last 2:36.


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