|Veteran Jovo Stanojevic once again was a tower of strength for Pinar Karsiyaka with 20 points|
Pinar Karsiyaka moved closer to the next stage of the EuroChallenge with a 79-70 win at BC "Minsk-2006" on Tuesday night.
Goran Ikonic had 21 points and Jovo Stanojevic 20 for the Turkish club, which improved to 3-2 in Group G.
All four sides in the pool - Karsiyaka, Minsk, Türk Telekom and Telekom Baskets Bonn - went into the penultimate week of the Regular Season with two wins and two defeats.
Karsiyaka will finish Group G play next week at Bonn.
BC "Minsk-2006" had a 36-33 lead late in the first half against Karsiyaka but weren't able to press home the advantage.
Engin Bayav's lay-up reduced the arrears to one and then Mire Chatman's three-ball put the visitors in front 38-36 at half-time.
The run continued in the third quarter when Ilkan Karaman reeled off five straight points at the start.
He connected from behind the arc and followed with a lay-up before a basket by Ayhan Kentli stretched the lead to 45-36 and forced Minsk to take a timeout.
Karsiyaka ended up outscoring the hosts 25-16 in the frame and Minsk, who lost for the third time in succession, got no closer than five points in the last quarter.
Chatman had 15 points and nine rebounds and Karaman 13 points with seven boards.
Aliaksei Trastsinetski led Minsk with 16 points.
Karsiyaka held Aliaksandr Kudrautsau to just 11 points on four of 11 shooting.
Pinar Karsiyaka small forward Alper Saruhan:
"We were expected to have a hard game here. We learned much from our loss in Izmir. It was our last opportunity to go to the next round. It’s a surprise for us to get a victory."
Karsiyaka head coach Hakan Demir:
"We deserved the game and victory in it. We played very good. Today we showed our new strategy and character. And as a result we won."
Minsk guard Uladzimir Charko:
"We could have won, as we can see from the result of the first quarter. But we had a lack of strength, many wrong decisions were done. The leaders of the team didn’t show game on such level, as everybody had expected from them."
Minsk head coach Andrei Krivonos:
"It was probably our last chance in the EuroChallenge, but we didn’t use it. Our main problem is that many of our players are injured."