Besiktas Scrape Win At Artland

13 March 2012

EUROCHALLENGE

7. Zoran Erceg (Besiktas Milangaz)
Big man Zoran Erceg had 24 points and eight rebounds for Besiktas Milangaz

Besiktas edged Artland Dragons in a thrilling Game 1 of their EuroChallenge Quarter-Final series in Germany.

Carlos Arroyo scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half on Tuesday night, including a go-ahead free-throw with just three seconds remaining, as Besiktas claimed a 74-73 victory.

Brandon Thomas had pulled Artland level with two free-throws just 22 seconds from the end.

After Besiktas called a timeout, the Turkish club ran the clock down to just a few seconds and Arroyo launched a shot from behind the arc.

He missed, but was fouled by Bryan Bailey on the attempt.

Arroyo made the first free-throw but then missed the next two to leave Artland with a chance to claim victory.

After a timeout, Nathan Peavy, a Puerto Rico international like Arroyo, missed from three-point land as Besiktas claimed a one-point win.

Besiktas, who led by as many as 10 points early in the contest, got 24 points and eight rebounds from Zoran Erceg while Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 22 and grabbed 10 boards.

Anthony Hilliard and Thomas each scored 13 points while Peavy poured in 12 and Anthony King 11.

King also finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.


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