BSL Round 24: Derby game ends with Anadolu Efes' defeat of Besiktas

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Anadolu Efes (#4) and Besiktas (#3). Anadolu Efes (17-7) won against visiting Besiktas (16-8) 78-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Besiktas. It was a good game for American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American guard Josh Adams (188-93, college: Wyoming) replied with 17 points and 4 assists for Besiktas. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Anadolu Efes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Anadolu Efes are looking forward to face Sakarya BSB (#7) on the road in the next round. Besiktas will play against Gaziantep and is hoping to win this game.

BSL top team - Fenerbahce (21-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Trabzonspor (9-15) in Istanbul 112-83. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Ahmet Duverioglu (209-93) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and Melih Mahmutoglu who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Osiris Eldridge (191-88, college: Illinois St.) with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-3 record. Trabzonspor at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Pinar Karsiyaka. Fenerbahce will play against Yesilgiresun Bld (#13) in Giresun in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Trabzonspor will play at home against Eskisehir Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Ninth-ranked Istanbul BBSK (10-14) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Darussafaka (15-9) on Friday. Darussafaka managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Scottie Wilbekin who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists.
Darussafaka's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Jaka Klobucar did not help to save the game for Istanbul BBSK. Darussafaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Banvit BK. Loser Istanbul BBSK keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Galatasaray. Darussafaka will meet Demir IBB (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Istanbul BBSK will play against Banvit (#5) and hope to secure a win.

A very interesting game took place in Gaziantep. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 16th ranked Usak Sportlif (4-20) to fifteenth ranked Gaziantep (7-17) 68-65 on Sunday evening. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Sean Armand who scored 16 points and 6 assists. Gaziantep's coach Nenad Markovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Gaziantep moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Demir IBB. Usak Sportlif lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be higher ranked Besiktas (#4) in Istanbul and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Usak Sportlif will play at home against Galatasaray (#10) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Yesilgiresun was beaten by Pinar Karsiyaka on the road 77-71. Eskisehir Basket won against Demir IBB on its own court 76-72. Sakarya BSB unfortunately lost to Banvit BK in Balikesir 66-75. Galatasaray recorded a loss to Tofas at home 83-90.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 14 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by DJ Kennedy of Pinar Karsiyaka.

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