KRKA Survive Karsiyaka Rally To Top Group J


KRKA Novo Mesto hung on down the stretch to seize control of EuroChallenge Group J with an 86-81 win over Pinar Karsiyaka.

Both teams entered the game with 3-1 records but it was Krka who held the edge most of the way.

That did not stop Karsiyaka attempting one final rally however.

They were down 80-69 with 3:47 to go, but two free throws from David Holston were followed by a three-pointer from the American guard that made it 80-74.

Christopher Booker could only split a pair of free throws for KRKA, allowing Alper Saruhan's three to cut the gap to four 3:07 from time.

However, they could get no closer as Edo Muric held his nerve at the line to make it 83-77 and, after Engin Bayav's lay-up for Karsiyaka, Krivec nailed two more free throws to make it 85-79 going into the final seconds.

Osiris Eldridge hit a jump-shot for Karsiyaka, but after Krivec split a pair form the line, they missed their final chance to get back into it as Ahmet Erdogan's three-point attempt was off-target and Andre Smith turned the ball over after Eldridge grabbed the rebound.

Smiljan Pavic and Jure Balazic had 13 points each for KRKA, while Booker collected 12, Goran Ikonic 11 and Bojan Krivec 10.

Smith had 18 for Karsiyaka, while Holston finished with 16 and Eldridge 15.

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