Besiktas Back On Level Terms

18 May 2012

34. David Hawkins (Besiktas Milangaz)
Captain David Hawkins led the way for Besiktas with 24 points

EuroChallenge champions Besiktas Milangaz pulled even in their Turkish play-off semi-final showdown with Galatasaray by winning Game 2 on Thursday night at the Abdi Ipekci.

After falling 75-74 in the opener, Ergin Ataman's side prevailed 81-72 after a strong second half display from his troops.

Trailing 21-17 at the end of the first quarter and 40-39 at the break, Besiktas turned on the style in the second half and recorded an 81-72 victory.

David Hawkins led the way with 24 points and Zoran Erceg had another strong game with 21 for the winners.

"Now the series is in our hands," said the sharpshooting guard and Turkish Cup MVP of Besiktas, Serhat Cetin.

"We want to finish the (best-of-five) series, 3-1. I hope everything goes as planned."

Gala out-rebounded Besiktas, who played big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu for less than six minutes, 41-30, but they made just 11 of 17 free-throws.

Besiktas were right on target at the charity stripe, drilling 20 of 23 attempts.

Cetin added 13 points for the winners, who host Game 3 on Sunday.

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