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Iberostar Tenerife showed why they are one of the strongest teams in Basketball Champions League and defeated Gaziantep 72 – 53 the day that coach Nenad Markovic returned to the island. The reigning champions lead Group B with 8 victories while the Turkish squad remains with just two wins.
The champs struggled offensively in the first half and Gaziantep tied the game at 34 before the break. Tenerife reached a 15-point lead (51 – 36, 25′) but they lost Nico Richotti due to injury.
The key: Fotis Katsikaris’ squad was leading by just 7 points at the end of the third (55 – 48) but they decided the game in the last period. The hosts received just 5 points and they enjoyed a comfortable ending.
The star: Mike Tobey dominated both ends of the floor with 13 points, 11 boards and 4 blocks for the winners. Rosco Allen added 12 while Mateusz Ponitka’s 8 points came on 3-of-11 from the field.
Victor Rudd led all scorer with 19 points and he also grabbed 7 rebounds.
Photo Credit: BCL