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14.03.2013, 20:00h
14.03.2013, 20:00h
66-72
16 - 1810 - 2116 - 1924 - 14
16 - 1810 - 2116 - 1924 - 14
Venue: Paris (FRA) |
Spectators: 2000 |
Referees: Benjamin Jimenez Trujillo (ESP), Saverio Lanzarini (ITA), Gintaras Vitkauskas (LTU)

GAME REPORT


Paris And Karsiyaka Returning To Turkey

6. William Thomas (Pinar Karsiyaka)
William Thomas and Abdul Aminu dominated offensively for Pinar Karsiyaka

Pinar Karsiyaka have narrowly avoided a dangerous case of déjà vu, holding on to defeat Paris Levallois 72-66 in game 2 of their best-of-three EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series.

After capitulating at the end of their game at home on Tuesday, Pinar Karsiyaka were in danger of repeating the feat in Paris on Thursday, allowing their hosts to come back from 13 points in arrears with less than four minutes remaining to be within four points with 21 seconds to play, on the back of an Antoine Diot and Julius Hodge-inspired run.

Trailing 64-51, Diot started the comeback with a three-pointer, Hodge picked up five points in the middle, whilst Diot ended it with a two-point jump shot with the score at 70-66.

However, a late free throw each to Robert Dixon and William Thomas allowed Pinar Karsiyaka live to see another day in Europe.

Pinar Karsiyaka took the lead outright with the final points of the first quarter and would be leading by as much as 20 points early in the second half but an inability to once more put the game away will be something that will need to be addressed prior to game 3 next Tuesday.

Abdul Aminu and Thomas dominated scoring for Pinar Karsiyaka, scoring 24 and 22 points respectively whilst no other member of their team would surpass seven points.

For the home side, Hodge justified his return to the team with a team-best 18 points, alongside six boards.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Paris Levallois vs. Pinar Karsiyaka

Pinar Karsiyaka player William Thomas

"We played great offence and great defence on the first three quarters, and then Paris picked up energy, started to hit more shots. We are very happy to take this game and have a third game coming and the opportunity to go to the Final Four."

Pinar Karsiyaka coach Ufuk Sarica

"We are very happy to have this many supporters that came from all over Europe and from Turkey to support us. It played a great role in tonight's win!"

Paris Levallois player Julius Hodge

"We showed a lot of fight and a lot of character. We were 20 points behind in the 3rd quarter and we came back. We are going to take that with us in our next trip to Turkey on Tuesday!"

Paris Levallois coach Christope Denis

"We fought hard in the last quarter. My only regret is that we didn't fight that hard in the first quarter. But this team without Sean May and Jawad Williams showed a lot of character and I am proud of that. No matter what happens, no matter what the scenario of the game is on Tuesday, I know my team will never give up. They will fight until the last second."

Accumulated statistics

38.1%

24/63
FG
M/A

52.6%

30/57

43.2%

16/37
FG2P
M/A

74.3%

26/35

30.8%

8/26
FG3P
M/A

18.2%

4/22

62.5%

10/16
FT
M/A

47.1%

8/17

30

9/21
RT
RO/RD

43

10/33

16

AS

19

12

TO

18

9

ST

5

2

BS

4

23

PF

19

66

Pts

72

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