Karsiyaka Edge Close Encounter With Bonn


Pinar Karsiyaka avoided a second home defeat in the EuroChallenge by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday night against Telekom Baskets Bonn.

The Izmir outfit prevailed 66-65 as a potential game-winning three-pointer for Bonn by Simonas Serapinas stayed out at the end.

Karsiyaka, led by Jovo Stanojevic's 16 points and 11 rebounds, had to come from behind in the fourth quarter.

A Serapinas shot from long range gave the visitors a 56-47 lead with 9:15 to go in the game.

Stanojevic hit a jump shot and Birkan Batuk a three-pointer to start a 10-2 run that left the home side trailing 58-57.

Bonn snapped a 60-60 tie when Fabian Thülig went in for a lay-up with 2:42 to play.

But another Batuk three-ball gave the home side a 63-62 advantage.

Goran Ikonic then added a trey before Anthony Gaffney's shot from long range for Telekom Baskets cut the Karsiyaka lead to 66-65.

After Batuk missed for Karsiyaka, Serapinas was off target for the visitors.

But Mire Chatman's wayward three-pointer with 10 seconds to play gave the visitors one last chance.

Serapinas launched the shot but missed as Michael Koch's team suffered a one-point defeat.

Gaffney had 18 points and eight rebounds for Bonn, who also got a game-high 14 assists from Jared Jordan.

Karsiyaka improved to 2-1 in Group G and Bonn fell to 1-2.


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