|Jared Jordan dished out 10 assists to go with his 10 pints in Telekom Baskets win over Pinar Karsiyaka|
Telekom Baskets Bonn clinched first place in EuroChallenge Group G with a 80-65 victory over Pinar Karsiyaka.
The German club, which led from start to finish on Tuesday, got 19 points from 23-year-old point guard Talor Battle.
Both teams knew beforehand they were headed to the Last 16 before the game.
Now the German outfit will advance with a 4-2 record - the best in the group.
Karsiyaka (3-3) had won the first encounter by a single point earlier.
They never recovered from a terrible start on Tuesday in which Telekom Baskets Bonn opened up a 27-12 advantage early in the second quarter.
Karsiyaka managed to reduce the deficit to 34-27 on a jumper by Goran Ikonic with 1:43 to go in the first half, but the German team stayed on top.
Jared Jordan's lay-up pushed the advantage back to 45-30 early in the second half, though Engin Bayav's first points of the game - a shot from the arc at the end of the third quarter - closed the gap to 55-50 for the visitors.
Zvonko Buljan's three-point play at the start of the fourth quarter pushed the advantage back to eight and Bonn, who out-rebounded Karsiyaka 37-26 and also handed out 16 assists to just nine for the visitors, won comfortably.
Buljan had 10 points and nine rebounds while Jordan did have a double-double.
The playmaker walked off the court with 10 points and 10 assists.
Ikonic had 16 points in defeat.
„It is a good feeling to be on the first place in this strong group. Because of our win we avoid the far trip to Moscow. Talor Battle made a good game today, played hard defense and had some good plays in the offense. His transfer gives us the opportunity to share the minutes of all players to a moderate level."
Telekom Baskets Bonn player Talor Battle:
"I am satisfied with my first game but it is much more important that the team won the game. I was lucky that Jared Jordan gave me some good assists to hit the open three-pointers. We played good as a team and are looking forward to the next round."
Pinar Karsiyaka player Mire Chatman:
„We did not play as a team today. Bonn played with much more energy. The decision fell in the first and in the last quarter. I can promise that we will play better in the second round."
Pinar Karsiyaka head coach Hakan Demir:
„For us this was the third away game in a row within one week. So my team was a little bit tired while Bonn played with high energy. We lost the first quarter and could not reduce this residue during the game. But I congratulate my team for reaching the second round in this strong group."