|BSL Round 24: Anadolu Efes are defeated by Gaziantep
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.
The most important game in the last round took place in Istanbul between second ranked Anadolu Efes (21-3) and eighth ranked Gaziantep (12-12) on Sunday night. Anadolu Efes was defeated by Gaziantep at home 96-84. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Denmon (191-90, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who added 25 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) with 26 points and 9 assists. Gaziantep maintains eighth position with 12-12 record. Anadolu Efes at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Gaziantep are looking forward to face Trabzonspor (#12) at home in the next round. Anadolu Efes will play against Pinar Karsiyaka (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
BSL top team - Fenerbahce (22-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Tofas (10-14) in Istanbul 90-75. The winners were led by American forward James Nunnally (201-90, college: UCSB) who scored that evening 26 points and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) and Jan Vesely supported him with 15 points. Even 25 points by American forward Tony Crocker (200-87, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for Tofas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fenerbahce have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-2 record. Tofas lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. Fenerbahce will play against Banvit (#4) in Balikesir in the next round. Tofas will play at home against Besiktas (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Istanbul BBSK (9-15) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Darussafaka (17-7) on Sunday. The visitors managed to secure only one-point victory 94-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Brad Wanamaker who scored 29 points and 6 assists. Darussafaka's coach David Blatt used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Sean Armand who recorded 24 points and 5 assists. Darussafaka have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Banvit BK. Loser Istanbul BBSK keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Yesilgiresun. Darussafaka will meet at home Yesilgiresun Bld (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Istanbul BBSK will play against Galatasaray in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Giresun. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 10th ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (9-15) to seventh ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (13-11) 82-81 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Mateusz Ponitka who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinar Karsiyaka maintains seventh position with 13-11 record. Yesilgiresun Bld lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Pinar Karsiyaka's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Anadolu Efes in Istanbul and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Yesilgiresun Bld will play on the road against Darussafaka (#5) in Istanbul and hope to win that game.
16th ranked TED Kolejliler (2-22) was outscored at home by fourteenth ranked Demir IBB (7-17) with the biggest margin this round 96-73 on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Andrija Stipanovic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. Demir IBB moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Usak. TED Kolejliler lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Demir IBB will face Usak Sportlif (#13) at home in the next round. TED Kolejliler will play against Balikesir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Galatasaray won against Usak on the opponent's court 95-88. Trabzonspor unfortunately lost to Banvit BK in a home game 66-75. Best Balikesir recorded a loss to Besiktas on the road 75-84.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists by Mike Green of Pinar Karsiyaka.
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