Iscar Strauss 83 vs. Besiktas JK 61

08.02.2005

In a game which would determine the leader of Group B of the FIBA Europe League, Iscar Strauss Nahariya comprehensively defeated visitors Besiktas JK before a crowd of 1,500 vocal supporters.

The visitors from Istanbul got on the board first and took a small four-point lead. The first quarter carried on this way with Besiktas going up by a couple of baskets and then Iscar Strauss fighting back to level the score. Khalid El-Amin drained a shot at the buzzer to give the visitors a 15-19 lead to start the second period.

The second quarter was marked by inconsistent play by the visitors. For the first two minutes they were able to maintain their margin, but at the seven minute mark they went cold and were scoreless for over three minutes. In this time Iscar Strauss was able to claw back and took a five-point lead.

El-Amin snapped the dry spell for the visitors with a long-distance three pointer, and after two free throws by Nedim Yücel the score was even at 30-30 with just over two minutes to play. Iscar Strauss closed out the second quarter with an 8-0 run highlighted by a monster dunk from Itai Lev and an alley-oop from Adrian Pledger to Eric Campbell.

With the help of the home crowd, Iscar Strauss carried over their momentum from the end of the second quarter into the beginning of the third. By the 27th minute of play the home side was able to put the game out of reach for Besiktas by building up a 56-39 lead. The duo of El-Amin and Yücel was not strong enough to make a dent in this lead, and at the end of the third Iscar Strauss led 64-47.

With the game practically over at the start of the fourth quarter and Besiktas struggling to put points on the board, Coach Avi of Iscar Strauss cleared his bench to let the inexperienced players get some playing time. The score at the end was 83-61 in favor of the home team, and with the win Iscar Strauss secured the first place position in Group B.


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