Batuk Burst Leads Pinar Karsiyaka Past Zadar


Pinar Karsiyaka got a nice one-two punch from Birkan Batuk and Osiris Eldridge and claimed an 88-81 victory over BC Zadar in the EuroChallenge Group G opener in Turkey on Tuesday evening.

8. Birkan Batuk (Pinar Karsiyaka)
Birkan Batuk was red hot for Pinar Karsiyaka in their EuroChallenge home opener

Batuk and Eldrige each scored 19 points for the Izmir side.

The game was knotted at 48-48 early in the second half when Pinar Karsiyaka started to make their move.

Omar Sneed made a lay-up and drew a foul on the play but failed to sink the free-throw.

Batuk then picked off a pass by Marko Car and raced in for a lay-up and a four-point lead.

Pinar Karsiyaka's Batuk shortly after lowered the boom.

With his team on top, 54-52, the 20-year-old small forward made a three-pointer, a fastbreak lay-up after a Zadar turnover and another three-ball for a 62-52 lead.

The hosts added one more basket for a 12-point advantage.

Zadar managed to pull to within four points late in the game but the burst of points from Batuk proved decisive.

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