Murcia ride Lima first-half explosion to opening leg triumph at Pinar Karsiyaka
IZMIR (Basketball Champions League) - UCAM Murcia jumped on the back of their Brazil international Augusto Lima in the first half and ended up claiming a 79-65 victory in the first leg of their Basketball Champions League Quarter-Final tie against Pinar Karsiyaka in Izmir.
Lima hit jump shot after jump shot and was 9 of 10 from the field in the first two quarters while scoring 19 of his game-high 24 points.
When Lima wasn't pouring in the points, Ovie Soko and Cleven Hannah were. Great Britain international Soko had 13 points in the opening half and Hannah 9 on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range.
After a lengthy delay to start the second half due to a scoreboard malfunction, Pinar Karsiyaka attempted to claw their way back. They managed to reduce the arrears to 9 points on a layup by Bryon Allen.
Scott Wood fouled Alex Urtasun, however, with Pinar Karsiyaka trying to force a turnover in the backcourt and the Spaniard made both free-throws.
Jarrod Jones then missed a layup with several seconds remaining, giving Murcia just enough time to get the ball up the floor and for Urtasun to hit a 3-pointer for an 11-point triumph.
The game, in addition to the scoreboard problem, saw another delay with 3:51 remaining when Berk Ugurlu was fouled on a drive by Brad Oleson. Ugurlu fell awkwardly on the play and had to be helped off the court.
Words were then exchanged and Sadiel Rojas of Murcia was assessed an unsportsmanlike foul, while both Hannah and Soko were hit with disqualifying fouls.
Lima fouled out in the final minute, but Murcia managed to make some important plays at the end for a 14-point success.