Besiktas Icrypex survive Rytas Vilnius comeback to win double OT thriller
ISTANBUL (Turkey) - Besiktas Icrypex were able to hold off Rytas Vilnius, 82-79, in a double overtime thriller in front of their home crowd.
Besiktas have now won their last five home games in the BCL regular season, while Rytas have now lost their last four away games in the BCL.
Turning point: Besiktas held a 21-point lead in the third quarter, but Rytas went on an 11-0 run to end the quarter and cut the lead down to seven (55-48).
After outscoring Besiktas 21-11 in the third, Rytas outscored Besiktas again in the fourth quarter 21-14 and were able to force overtime.
Both teams came out sloppy in the first overtime, each turning the ball over four times.
In the second overtime, Gytis Radzevicius knocked down a three with 48 seconds left to tie the game at 79 until Isaiah Whitehead responded with a shot of his own to put Besiktas up 81-79.
After a free throw by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson put Besiktas up 82-79, Rytas had multiple opportunities, but Mindaugas Girdziunas and Margiris Normantas both missed possible game-tying threes.
Game heroes: Trevon Bluiett, Dedric Lawson and Whitehead combined to score 54 points, about 66% of the team's total.
Bluiett was the game's top scorer with 21 points, along with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Lawson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, also chipping in 5 assists and 2 steals.
Whitehead also almost double-doubled with 16 points and 9 assists.
Stats don't lie: At halftime, Besiktas scored 22 points in the paint out of their 44 total points and they went on to score 42 points in the paint out of their 82 total points.
Besiktas shot 48.5% from the field in the game compared to only 35.6% for Rytas.
Besiktas were also able to get out in transition and get some high percentage shots, as they scored 15 fast break points.
Coming into the game, Rytas had given up the most fast break points per game so far this season in the BCL.
Bottom line: Besiktas are now 2-1 and temporarily sit in first place in Group H.
The Turkish club will travel to face Rytas again next on Nov. 17.
Rytas, meanwhile, fall to 1-2 in the group.
The Lithuanian club will host Besiktas in their next game on Nov. 17.
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