We were guests of Fenerbahçe Beko in the first match of the Türkiye Sigorta Basketball Super League Play-off Semi-Finals and we were defeated 66-108. We finished the first half of the match, which was played at Ülker Sports and Event Hall, behind 37-51.
After this score, we fell back 1-0 in the series. The second match of the series will be played on Monday, June 5, in the same hall.
Our team started the game with Larkin, Beaubois, Elijah, Clyburn, and Zizic starting five, and we were ahead 5-0 with Elijah in the first minute. After Clyburn's stylish dunk, we were ahead 15-10 in the fifth minute with four points each from Zizic and Beaubois. Our team was ahead 17-12 in the sixth minute with Elijah's lay-up, and we couldn't find a score in the next four minutes and we were behind 17-23 in the first 10 minutes of the game. We started the second period with Furkan's under-the-rim shot and Elijah's only hit from the foul line, and the score was 20-26 in the 12th minute. When the score was 20-33 at 13:30, coach Ergin Ataman took a time-out. After the time-out, Clyburn's layup and Micic's three-pointer made the score 25-35 in the 15th minute. With Larkin and Micic's points, we brought the score to 32-43 at 18:30. We got five more points with Larkin in the remaining part and finished the first half of the game behind 37-51.
We started the second half with Zizic's three points from the basket foul position: 40-51. With the points of Larkin and Elijah, after the 23rd minute was passed with a score of 44-59, Micic and Furkan also found a score, and the score came to 49-65 in the 25th minute. In the second five minutes of the quarter, we hit the foul line once with Furkan and twice with Zizic and Elijah, and we were behind 54-77 in the last 10 minutes of the game. Our first point in the final period came at 32:30 with Zizic on the foul line: 55-84. After Furkan's lay-up, Erten's three-pointer brought the score to 60-88 in the 34th minute. In the last part of the match, after the points from Egehan and Erten, we were defeated 66-108.