Gaziantep Top Dijon To Stay Perfect

25 February 2014

EUROCHALLENGE

33. Kyle Landry (Triumph Lyubertsy), 7. Mutlu Akpinar (Royal Hali Gaziantep), 24. Terrico White (Royal Hali Gaziantep)
Mutlu Akpinar (right) had 21 points for Gaziantep to assure their perferct Last 16 record remained intact

Royal Hali Gaziantep completed a perfect run through Group K of the EuroChallenge with a 69-60 win over Dijon.

Mutlu Akpinar poured in 21 points while Ernest Bremer had 11 with 11 assists as Gaziantep moved to 6-0 at the top of the group.

They made hard work of it, allowing Dijon to take a 29-14 first-half lead, but they drew level with a 11-0 spurt early in the third period and then pulled clear.

Dijon began to build a lead late in the first quarter, scoring eight unanswered points to go 20-12 up, and then using nine straight to go 29-14 up a little under four minutes into the second period.

That seemed to stir something in Gaziantep, who replied with nine straight of their own, but they still trailed 32-26 at half-time.

Akpinar's three then sparked the run that brought them level in the third period, with Oliver Stevic tying it at 37.

Soon after, a three from Bremer put them on top and they led 50-44 by the end of the period.

Dijon got back within one at the start of the fourth, but Bremer and Akpinar replied with three-pointers that put Gaziantep back in the clear as they eased away to victory.

Terrance Campbell led Dijon with 20 points while Mykal Riley had 11.


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