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.
|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.