|Timothy Black came up with a huge performance for Antwerp on Tuesday night: 22 points, five rebounds, eight assists, seven steals|
Antwerp Giants set up a thrilling conclusion to the qualification race out of EuroChallenge Group L as they routed Pinar Karsiyaka 89-67 to leave a three-way race going into the final games.
Karsiyaka needed a victory to lock up their place, but their defeat, coupled with Triumph Lyubertsy's surprise win over Artland earlier, leaves everything in play in the group.
Timothy Black scored 22 points and dished out eight assists to lead the Belgians home, while Darnell Wilson had 15 points and Salah Mejri and Michael Roll added 14 each, Roll also collecting eight rebounds.
They made their intentions clear from the off, with a 16-4 late in the first quarter, highlighted by big three-pointers from Mejri and Roll, putting them up 29-15 going into the second period.
The onslaught kept coming, and after Ralph Biggs sank a three-pointer to close the first half they headed to the locker room up 53-30.
The advantage passed 30 points at one stage, as Wilson hit back-to-back baskets to make it 71-39 midway through the third period.
Karsiyaka managed to close the gap in the final quarter as Antwerp turned to their bench, but there was never any threat of them making it a contest once again.
Mire Chatman was an unlucky loser after pouring in 28 points for the visitors, while Jovo Stanojevic added 19.
Karsiyaka Head Coach Hakan Demir
"Congratulations to Port of Antwerp Giants. They played hard and earned a big win. Next week we hope to win in Germany and make it to the last eight."
Antwerp Giants Head Coach Eddy Casteels
"It was a big evening. We played hard and made the impossible possible. This was a team effort against a tough Karsiyaka."
Karsiyaka player Engin Bayav
"We played too soft today. This is for us an upset."
Antwerp Giants player Salah Mejri
"The difference was in the first half. We played as a team, on offense and on defence. Next week we try to qualify for the quarter-finals."