|Robert Dixon was the top scorer for Pinar Karsiyaka, as they handed Galatasaray their first loss in the Turkish league|
EuroChallenge Group A leaders Pinar Karsiyaka snapped Galatasaray Medical Park's unbeaten run in the Turkish BEKO Ligi on Saturday, with a hard-fought 72-69 victory at home.
The Izmir side was trailing by seven points after the third buzzer but a big final quarter lifted them over the domestic league leaders and helped them stay in fourth place in the standings with a 7-2 record.
The club announced over the weekend that they have added another promising home-grown player to their roster, Oktay Ulubay.
Also on Saturday, Tofas SC Bursa were so good in the first and third quarters of their clash with Hacettepe Üniversitesi that they could afford to lose the fourth by 12 points and still take an 87-79 victory and improve to 4-5 on the league table.
Ten Tofas players were given minutes on the floor and six of them scored in double digits, with Steven Burtt once again leading the team with 21 points and seven assists.
Krasnye Krylia took an important victory on the road on Saturday to stay in fourth spot on the VTB League Group A table.
Tough Weekend For KRKA And Szolnoki
Adriatic League leaders Igokea proved too strong for KRKA Novo Mesto, who failed to follow up their big win over Karsiyaka on Tuesday with a second consecutive success at home and slumped to an 83-63 loss.
Jure Lalic was the best on the Slovenian side, with 11 points and five rebounds in defeat.
Szolnoki Olaj also had a bad weekend in the same competition, losing their pivotal encounter at Zadar, 72-54.
Latvian forward Ernests Kalve had 13 points in a losing effort for Szolnoki, who remain at the bottom of the league's standings.
Another Hungarian side, Lami-Véd Körmend, are Szolnoki's rivals for the remaining ticket to the EuroChallenge Last 16 from Group F and did not fare much better on Saturday night.
Körmend were facing domestic league leaders Atomeromu on the road and managed to stay in the game only for the first ten minutes, eventually succumbing to a 93-63 defeat.
Zvonko Buljan provided the only ray of hope for the guests, with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Croatian-born forward led all scorers with 21 points while Simms picked up a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The Dolphins meanwhile suffered an embarrassing 82-71 loss at home to bottom-of-the-table Nassjo.