ESRA – Fener ulker outlasts mediocre Istanbul BIB in TBL OT

Fener ulker outlasts mediocre Istanbul BIB in TBL OTFenerbahe ulker is having a hard time concentrating on its domestic league campaign following victories in the topnotch Euroleague it was a hard-fought 91-89 victory against Istanbul BuyukIehir Belediye at home in overtime for coach Zeljko Obradovicand#39s side in their Turkish Basketball League (TBL)lash.Andrew Goudelock led the scoring with 24 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16.

Michael Jenkins added 19 in defeat.Obradovic said after the game that he gave playing time to those who usually have less time on court however, they failed to meet his expectations.

andquotIf we go on like this, weand#39ll have difficulty in the future. Everybody needs to contribute,andquot he said.

Fenerbahe tightened its grip on the TBL lead with its 17th victory in 22 games. Istanbul BIB is placed 12th.

At ulker Sports Arena, the visiting side gave a hard time to the hosts and quickly reached a double-digit margin, 20-6, in the sixth minute. Fenerbahe brought it to 25-17 at the end of the first quarter Istanbul BIB restored its 14-point lead.

Fenerbahe increased momentum with Nemanja Bjelica as the visiting side took a 45-39 lead at halftime. Despite Fenerbahe dominating the rebounds, Istanbul BIB led the third quarter 64-56.

The hosts took the aantage for the first time with Bjelica scoring with 16 seconds to the final buzzer, 78-76, and the regular time ended in a 78-78 tie. Goudelock sank free throws to give his side the lead and set the score: 91-89.

Elsewhere Galatasaray maintains momentum in the domestic league with its second consecutive derby win over BeIiktaI Integral Forex, 65-64, on Saturday after losing almost all hope to go through in the topflight Europa League.Coach Ergin Atamanand#39s side improved its ranking to fifth place with back-to-back wins and strengthened its hand en route to the championship playoffs, while BeIiktaI keeps falling, having taken its eighth blow in the last nine games.

Vladimir Micov paced Galatasaray with 13 points. Justin Carter added 12 while Sinan Guler chipped in 11 and Patric Young netted 10.

JaJuan Johnson and Hilton Armstrong scored 12 points in defeat.Other results: Royal HalI Gaziantep B 69, TofaI 51 NSK EskiIehir Basket 89, Banvit 81 Turk Telekom 66, PInar KarIIyaka 83 Torku Konyaspor Basket 89, Muratbey UIak Sportif 86 Trabzonspor Medical Park 67, DaruIIafaka DoIuI 75.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman