2014-15EighthfinalsRound 2
March 11, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 KARSIYAKA ARENA
Jon Diebler - Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir - EC14 (photo Karsiyaka)

Karsiyaka downs Rytas, stays alive

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir advanced to the Eurocup Quarterfinals for the first time in club history by downing Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 97-81 at home on Wednesday. Series was tied after Game 1, turning tonight's showdown into a make-or-break battle in which Karsiyaka prevailed. Jon Diebler led the winners with 26 points. Bobby Dixon added 14, D.J. Strawberry had 13, 5 assists and 5 steals while Erkan Veyseloglu got 10 points for Karsiyaka. Gediminas Orelik led Rytas with 22 points. Martynas Gecevicius added 17 while Zygimantas Janavicius had 11 for the guests. A 9-0 run which Kenny Gabriel capped with a three-pointer gave Karsiyaka a 18-11 lead. Karsiyaka boosted its margin to 38-24 midway through the second quarter and found a go-to guy in Diebler, who had 15 points in 4 minutes to give the hosts a 53-34 lead at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Karsiyaka boosted its margin to 65-42 and then again to 89-64 early in the fourth quarter, enough to seal the outcome and make it to the next round.

Dixon got Karsiyaka going with a three-pointer. Janavicius made free throws and a triple by Orelik gave Rytas its first lead, 3-5. Baris Hersek followed a layup with a fast break slam but a three-point play by Orelik restored a 7-8 Rytas edge. Hersek dunked again, Janavicius struck from downtown but 6 unanswered points - including 2 dunks - by Strawberry ignited the crowd at 15-11. Gabriel capped a 9-0 run with a three-pointer, as free throwd by Adas Juskevicius kept Rytas within 18-13. Veyseloglu hit a six-meter jumper to fix the score at 20-13 after 10 minutes. Gecevicius hit a three-pointer early in the second quarter. Veyseloglu answered from downtown, igniting a 7-0 run highlighted by Gabriel's dunk. Travis Leslie stepped up with a layup that Strawberry bettered with a triple. Orelik, Veyseloglu, Leslie and Hersek also hit shots from beyond the arc and another dunk by Strawberry made it a 14-point series, 38-24. Diebler sank foul shots and soon added a jumper, a dunk and three bombs from downtown to break the series open, 53-34, at halftime.

Antanas Kavaliauskas dunked immediately after the break and a three-pointer by Gecevicius gave Rytas hope at 56-39. Diebler answered from downtown and a dunk by Strawberry made it a 22-point game, 61-39. Gecevicius insisted from beyond the arc, Diebler made free throws and a layup by Juan Palacios made the guests call timeout at 65-42. Mindaugas Lukauskis and Janavicius joined the three-point shootout but Cemal Nalga and Palacios kept the hosts way ahead, 71-50. Gecevicius hit another triple and Lukauskis added an acrobatic layup but Karsiyaka started to get the foul line often and a layup by Sonen Senturk gave the hosts a 78-57 edge. Another basket by Veyseloglu restored an 80-59 margin after 30 minutes. Rytas struggled to score early in the fourth quarter while a dunk by Gabriel and back-to-back triples by Dixon sealed the outcome, 89-64. Rytas kept trying in the final 5 minutes but all Karsiyaka had plenty of time to celebrate that their team will keep fighting for Eurocup glory!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), MITROVSKI, IGOR (MKD)
Attendance: 4850 (Tentative)
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Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir20332717
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius13212522
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Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir20538097
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius13345981
Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PALACIOS, JUAN 25:05 8 4/7   0/2 1 1 2 3 2 2     3 4 9
5 HERSEK, BARIS 22:21 9 3/3 1/5     4 4 5 2 1     3 2 14
8 STRAWBERRY, DJ 31:29 13 5/8 1/4     3 3 5 5 3 1   2 1 17
12 KOC, INANC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MUHAMMED, ALI 27:19 14 0/2 4/8 2/2   4 4 5 2 3     3 3 16
14 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 19:27 10 2/3 2/2     1 1 1         2 1 10
19 SONSIRMA, YUNUS 0:28                              
22 GABRIEL, KENNY 17:39 9 3/4 1/1   1 5 6 1 1 1     1   14
24 ALTAY, CEYHUN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
28 NALGA, CEMAL 14:55 6 2/3   2/4 1   1 5         1 4 12
32 DIEBLER, JON 33:24 26 2/2 5/8 7/8 2 2 4 1 1 1 1   3 6 31
34 SENTURK, SONER 7:53 2 1/1 0/1   1   1 1         2   1
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 97 22/33 14/29 11/16 9 22 31 27 13 11 2 0 20 21 129
        66.7% 48.3% 68.8%
Head coach: SARICA, UFUK
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 LESLIE, TRAVIS 19:45 10 2/3 2/4   2   2 2   1     1   9
3 JASAITIS, SIMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 21:01 5   1/4 2/2 2   2 3   1     2 4 8
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 21:46 8 1/2 2/6     1 1 1 1 1     4   1
9 BARON, BILLY 2:00     0/1                       -1
11 VALEIKA, ARTURAS 9:32 4 1/1   2/3   3 3   1         2 9
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 4:14 2 1/1               1         1
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 34:22 17 0/1 5/8 2/2 1 2 3 3   6   1 4 4 12
14 ORELIK, GEDIMINAS 31:41 22 4/4 4/5 2/3 1 4 5 1 1 5       6 28
19 JANAVICIUS, ZYGIMANTAS 21:06 11 3/7 1/3 2/2   2 2 3   3   1 3 3 6
21 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 26:14 2 1/4       3 3   2 1     4 1  
43 MOSER, MIKE 8:19     0/1     1 1     1     3   -4
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 81 13/23 15/32 10/12 7 16 23 13 5 20 0 2 21 20 70
        56.5% 46.9% 83.3%
Head coach: NICOLA, MARCELO

Head Coaches

SARICA, UFUK
Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
"We played a great game. We were very good offensively and so was the defensive portion. We fought against competition's best-scoring team. Now we have to aim higher. We aimed the first place in the Last 16 group, now we put our name into the quarterfinals. The job gets more difficult, but our next goal is a place in the semifinals."
NICOLA, MARCELO
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"In the second quarter we allowed them to score 33 points. From the beginning of the game we were not respecting our rules and our game plan. That's the only thing. We did not play physical, we did not play with good execution no offense, and we gave them too many easy baskets. We made 14 turnovers in the first half, and let them score 70% of two-point shots before halftime. If you allow them in this gym with this crowd to get that kind of confidence, you are in trouble. We were not doing things we prepared to do. It’s about mental concentration and mental toughness, and we have to keep working on that."