Cancel
15.03.2012, 19:00h
15.03.2012, 19:00h
77-63
19 - 1725 - 811 - 2322 - 15
19 - 1725 - 811 - 2322 - 15
Venue: Istanbul (TUR) |
Spectators: 2000 |
Referees: Aleksandar Glisic (SRB), Francisco Araña (ESP), Saso Petek (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Besiktas Book First Ticket To Final Four

44. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Besiktas Milangaz)
A dominant Pops Mensah-Bonsu finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Besiktas Milangaz

Besiktas Milangaz nearly blew a huge lead but steadied themselves over the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter and beat Artland Dragons on Thursday evening to reach the EuroChallenge Final Four.

Getting a 25-point, 17-rebound performance from Great Britain international Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Besiktas prevailed 77-63.

Winners of the Turkish Cup already this summer, Besiktas are now just two victories away from celebrating a EuroChallenge title.

Artland did themselves justice with a gritty display that will have pleased the fans back home, especially as they had to play without star Nathan Peavy.

The sweet-shooting forward had to return home to the United States after Tuesday night's one-point loss in Germany following the death of a member of his family.

Besiktas went in front by 21 two minutes into the second half but Artland dug in their heels and fought back.

Anthony King's lay-up with 8:56 remaining trimmed the Besiktas lead to 58-55 and the fans grew restless.

Adam Morrison went to the other end and calmly sank a mid-range jumper for Besiktas before Zoran Erceg split a pair of free-throws to take the advantage back to six.

Mensah-Bonsu then stamped his authority on the contest by scoring eight unanswered points for Besiktas - four at the line and two with a thunderous dunk - as Besiktas went back in front, 69-55.

Artland continued to battle but this time, Stefan Koch's team wasn't able to get back into the game.

They lost the series, 2-0.

Erceg finished with 19 points while Artland were led by Holston's 15.


COACH QUOTES


Quotes Besiktas Milangaz vs. Artland Dragons

Artland Dragons Head Coach Stefan Koch
"We lost thıs play-off serıes ın the fırst game by losıng at home. Besıktas Mılangaz deserved the Fınal Four by today's game. Playing wıthout Nathan Peavy was very hard for us. I think Besiktas is theis the favourite team at the Fınal Four."

Besıktas Mılangaz Head Coach Ergin Ataman
"We are very happy for thıs vıctory. We believed it from the begınnıng. Artland ıs a really tough team. In the second half, Carlos's ınjury broke our balance. In the end we got the game and took the Fınal Four tıcket. We want to brıng the cup to Turkey."

Artland Dragons player David Holston
"I am very upset about fınıshıng our EuroChallenge adventure tonıght. Losıng the fırst game ıs the reason for our elimination in the play-offs. We had a good season in the EuroChallenge."

Besiktas player Davıd Hawkıns
"The first game was very close. We dıdn't want to risk this game and started very strong. Wınnıng thıs Cup ıs our target from the begınnıng. We want to brıng thıs Cup to Turkey."

Accumulated statistics

52.6%

30/57
FG
M/A

35.2%

25/71

60.5%

26/43
FG2P
M/A

34.0%

16/47

28.6%

4/14
FG3P
M/A

37.5%

9/24

59.1%

13/22
FT
M/A

44.4%

4/9

40

9/31
RT
RO/RD

37

18/19

18

AS

16

11

TO

10

3

ST

5

4

BS

0

16

PF

20

77

Pts

63

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