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Paris And Karsiyaka Returning To Turkey

14.03.2013
EUROCHALLENGE
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.

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