TODAY’S – Fenerbahe beats EskiIehir to tie leader, Galatasaray loses

Fenerbahe beats EskiIehir to tie leader, Galatasaray losesFenerbahe ulker cruised to a comfortable 89-69 road win over a mediocre NSK EskiIehir Basket to tie with leader DaruIIafaka DoIuI on the top of the menandrsquos Turkish Basketball League (TBL) while crisis-stricken Galatasaray Liv Hospital was beaten 98-87 by TofaI at home in Sundayandrsquos matches.At EskiIehir Anadolu University Arena, Andrew Goudelock shined with 21 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 for Fenerbahe.

Jerome Randle and Matt Walsh scored each 19 in defeat.The match started off with three pointers and there was a close race halfway through the first quarter as EskiIehir held an 11-10 aantage.

Fenerbahe took the control later on and never looked back. The visitors took a 23-19 edge in the first quarter EskiIehir was able to produce only two points in the second quarter as Fenerbahe grabbed a commanding 47-21 aantage into halftime.

Coach Obradovicandrsquos men started the following quarter with a 7-0 run and eventually led it 72-41. EskiIehir tried to reduced the 31-point deficit but it was not to be accomplished with Fenerbahe wrapping up the game 89-69.

Fenerbahe coach Zeljko Obradovic said after the match that they took the game quite seriously despite playing it 48 hours after a Euroleague match and his team respected themselves and their opponents.Elsewhere an exhausted Galatasaray could not last against TOFAI in front of its home audiences and lost its week 11 match 98-87 to be stuck in the mid rankings of TBL, ranking 8th now.

Coach Ergin Atamanandrsquos side had a historic win over Greek powerhouse Olympiacos on Thursday to go through in topflight Euroleague in spite of a financial crisis that led to the departure of its several key players. The same roster of seven players who earned a Top 16 ticket in the continental competition were on the court in the TOFAI match.

Ataman said his side was down with exhaustion from the Thursdayandrsquos match. andldquoIn fact, we managed to come back in the second half but, on the other hand, our level of exhaustion hit its maximum towards the end.

TOFAI played with an amazing three point accuracy,andrdquo he said after the match. On the court at Abdi Ipeki Arena, the visiting side dominated the entire match, leading the first quarter 25-14, the second 46-38 and the third 73-67 before wrapping up the match 98-87 in the end.

Other results of TBL matches: Istanbul BIB 69, Trabzonspor Medical Park 78 Banvitspor 80, BeIiktaI Integral Forex 81 Rnesans TED Ankara Kolejliler 113, Royal HalI Gaziantep 112 UIak Sportif 76, Turk Telekom 79 DaruIIafaka DoIuI 82, PInar KarIIyaka 66 and Torku Konyaspor Basket 64, Anadolu Efes 74.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman