Pınar Karşıyaka is looking for an advantage for the final
After defeating Fenerbahçe Beko 83-79 in Istanbul in the semi-finals of the ING Basketball Super League, Pınar Karşıyaka, who took the rematch 80-71 and brought the situation to 1-1 in the series, will host her opponent in İzmir tomorrow.
The match in Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Karşıyaka Sports Hall will start at 19.30. Kaf-Kaf, which will host 2 consecutive matches in the series, in which the team that won a total of 3 wins, will write the name of the party in the finals, will gain a great advantage for the final if it is victorious tomorrow. Under the management of head coach Ufuk Sarıca, the green-red team that has made a breakthrough in the league and Europe for 2 seasons will play the final with Sarıca 6 years after it became champion in 2015, if it beats its opponent in 2 matches.
Stating that they played very difficult matches in Istanbul and put forward a great character in the Fenerbahçe series, Ufuk Sarıca said, “There is a Pınar Karşıyaka who has been fighting on the field since the beginning of the season. We lost two days ago, but we never gave up. Again we gave that fight, we were already good in the overall game. I can say that we made a very good defense, we reflected this on the result. Even I forgot where we are in the last 15-16 days. We will hang on the series as much as our health allows. We did 1-1 in an important place, but the favorite of the series is still Fenerbahçe. “You have to play the same game every day. We need to prepare well.”
PENALTY AGAINST SARICA AND BÜYÜKKARCI
The Disciplinary Committee of the Basketball Federation gave a penalty of 21,875 TL to Pınar Karşıyaka Head Coach Ufuk Sarıca, who was expelled from the field with 2 technical fouls in the first match of Fenerbahçe series on May 20, for attacking and insulting the personal rights of the match referee. Karşıyaka President Turgay Büyükkarcı was also fined 35 thousand TL for the unsportsmanlike statements he made on the social media account of the club after the tense match.
After the first game of the series, the verbal duel between Karşıyaka and Fenerbahçe front continued with the statements of Fenerbahçe Basketball Branch Officer Sertaç Komsuoğlu and Karşıyaka Basketball Branch Manager Cem Karas. On social media, Fenerbahçeli fans shared insulting messages to Fenerbahçe and to the then-president Aziz Yıldırım, alleging that he was expelled from President Turgay Büyükkarcı’s twitter account in 2013.