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Group:  A | 06.11.2012, 20:00h
Group:  A | 06.11.2012, 20:00h
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21 - 1217 - 1913 - 2312 - 10
21 - 1217 - 1913 - 2312 - 10
Venue: Bursa (TUR) |
Spectators: 960 |
Referees: Milan Mazic (SRB), Saverio Lanzarini (ITA), David Romano (ISR)

GAME REPORT


Topaloglu Hits Winner For Karsiyaka

6. William Thomas (Pinar Karsiyaka)
William Thomas helped Pinar Karsiyaka begin the 2012/2013 EuroBasket season with a close fought win

Caner Topaloglu scored the game-winner with one second left as Pinar Karsiyaka beat Tofas SC Bursa 64-63 on the road in an all-Turkish showdown in Group A of the EuroChallenge.

Topaloglu and Jon Diebler both scored 12 points while Robert Dixon had 17 points and eight assists. Tofas, who watched as 17-year-old Kenan Sipahi missed a free-throw with eight seconds left, were led by Steven Burtt with 16 points while Chinemelu Elonu had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Just days after Tofas beat Pinar 95-94 in the Turkish league, Tofas went on a 14-1 first quarter run to grab a 16-7 advantage. And the hosts' lead was 21-12 after one period.

A Tomislav Rozic triple pushed the lead to 12 points 33-21. Pinar trimmed the margin to five points but trailed 38-31 going into the break.

The hosts had the lead at 44-34 before two Elonu dunks started a 15-0 Pinar run, which also featured a four-point play by Diebler, as the guests were up 49-44. Tofas answered with the next five points but Dixon nailed a three and Pinar led 54-51 after three quarters.

Elonu and Burtt combined for 11 points in an 11-0 run for a 62-56 Tofas lead with three minutes to play. The hosts failed to convert on four straight possessions while Dixon nailed a long ball and Topaloglu's layup tied the game at 62-62 with 26 seconds left. The highly-touted prospect Sipahi made just one of two free throws with eight seconds left which left the door open for Topaloglu's winner with one tick left.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Tofas SC vs. Pinar Karsiyaka

Tofas head coach Ahmet Caki
"I think the last ball was not a score but we couldn't do the right things during the game. Especially, we had 23 turnovers, also allowing the oppenent 19 offensive rebounds. We wanted to win the first match in the EuroChallenge group stage but we couldn't. We lost the game with a wrong decision. We will try to get better."

Tofas player Kenan Sipahi
"We won the last game with the last shot in the Turkish League. This time, Karsiyaka made the same thing. I must grab the last lose ball."

Karsiyaka player Onur Kentli
"This is our third year in the EuroChallenge. It's an important win on the road as to my exprience. We are playing good in home games. I think we will win our home games. We won the game against Tofas. I congratulate Tofas forthe big fight."

Karsiyaka head coach Ufuk Sarica
"This game was the same like the last game in the Turkish league. In the first half we played our worst game in this season. We got the chance this time. We won the game by playing better basketball in the second half."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

47.6%

20/42
FG
M/A

28.8%

21/73

53.6%

15/28
FG2P
M/A

28.9%

13/45

35.7%

5/14
FG3P
M/A

28.6%

8/28

81.8%

18/22
FT
M/A

70.0%

14/20

43

8/35
RT
RO/RD

34

19/15

10

AS

13

23

TO

7

1

ST

10

4

BS

0

21

PF

21

63

Pts

64

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