|Sani Becirovic will get to taste more EuroChallenge action after helping Krka into the Last 16 in his first appearance |
Sani Becirovic scored 12 points on his debut to lift KRKA Novo Mesto into the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with a 71-61 victory over Tofas SC Bursa.
In a straight fight for second place in Group F, KRKA led from start to finish as former Slovenia international Becirovic delivered on his first appearance for the club, also registering four assists.
Edo Muric pipped him to the team's top-scorer honours with 13 while Zvonko Buljan added 11.
KRKA established their dominance early on with Muric's free throws making it 20-9 with 2:16 to go in the first quarter.
Tofas scored 10 unanswered points to end the first half, closing the gap to 35-32 on Jure Balazic's three-pointer, but KRKA began to pull away again in the second half.
Becirovic's three made it 51-40 with 3:35 to go in the third quarter, and although they briefly got the gap back to four in the fourth quarter, there was no way back for the visitors.
Balazic led Tofas with 17 points while Chinemelu Elonu had 15.