05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
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Pinar Karsiyaka live to fight another day, force Game 3 with Lenovo Tenerife

IZMIR (Turkey) - Facing elimination in Game 2, Pinar Karsiyaka defended their home court with an 88-80 win over Lenovo Tenerife to force a win-or-go home scenario for Game 3.

Turning point: After it was only a five-point margin at halftime, Tenerife stretched their lead to as many as 12 points in the third quarter, but Karsiyaka held their ground and fought back.

A three-pointer by Amath M'Baye at the end of the third quarter cut Tenerife's lead to 65-63 heading into the fourth.

The final quarter was a tennis match that went back-and-forth between the two sides, as there were seven lead changes.

Once Karsiyaka went up 73-72, they held the lead for the rest of the game.

An alley-oop from Amath M'Baye to Alex Tyus put the exclamation mark on Karsiyaka's victory:


Game heroes: Karsiyaka had balanced scoring, as five players scored in double figures with Bonzie Colson (19 points), M'Baye (17 points), James Blackmon (17 points), Tony Taylor (15 points) and Tyus (15 points).

The five players combined for 83 of the team's 88 points.

This is only the sixth time that a team have had five players score 15 or more points in a single BCL game ever and the first time it happened since Tenerife did it against Dinamo Sassari in January 2021.

Colson also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals, while shooting 8-of-11 from the field.

Bonzie Colson

Tyus double-doubled with his 15 points and 10 rebounds on 7-of-14 shooting from the field.

M'Baye finished with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals along with his 17 points.

Stats don't lie: Karsiyaka outscored Tenerife 22-12 in second chance points despite only grabbing one more offensive rebound (12-11).

Karsiyaka also shot an efficient 11-of-22 from three-point, while Tenerife only shot 12-of-35.

Tenerife snatched away eight steals, more than their average of 5.7 per game.

Bottom line: Sasu Salin led Tenerife in scoring with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from three-point.

The Finnish national is now the only player to have made 6+ shots from behind the arc in multiple BCL games this season.

Tenerife's Marcelinho Heurtas dished out 8 assists tonight and became only the fourth player to record 80+ assists in the BCL Playoffs/Play-Ins, as he now has 93 assists in that phase of the competition.

Karsiyaka have now forced a deciding Game 3 on January 20 at 20:30 CET, where Tenerife will be back at home in San Cristobal de La Laguna, Spain.

The winner will advance to the Round of 16 Group L.


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