Pınar Karşıyaka lost 76-69 against Spain’s Lenovo Tenerife in the first match of the FIBA Champions League Play-In tour and could not gain an advantage. The second match of the series will be played on January 18 in Izmir.
Pınar Karşıyaka hosted Lenovo Tenerife in the first match of the FIBA Champions League Play-In tour. Karsiyaka, who closed the first period behind 19-16, showed a good game in the second period and went to the circuit with a 40-37 advantage. Giving the upper hand to their opponent in the second half, the green-red team finished the third period behind 54-52. Karsiyaka, who could not take the upper hand in the last quarter of the fight, lost 76-69 in the match.
Ufuk Sarıca: “We played well but it wasn’t enough for us to win”
Making a statement after the match, Pınar Karşıyaka Head Coach Ufuk Sarıca said, “It was a tough match. We played well, but it was not enough for us to win. Everyone saw what happened on the field tonight. It was not a fair management, especially about fouls. We tried to do our best on the field, the side that played well throughout the match. “We were us. But at the end of the match, our opponent played better and won. I congratulate them.”
The second match will be played on 18 January in Izmir.
The second match of the Play-In tour will be played on Tuesday, January 18 at Karşıyaka Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Sports Hall. Pınar Karşıyaka will be eliminated from Europe if they lose the second match as well. If the green-reds win, the series will be extended to the third game. In the third match to be played in Spain, the side that doubles the number of wins will go to the round of 16.