Credit: D.Repečka/BasketNews
Credit D.Repečka/BasketNews

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul gave hosts Darussafaka a dose of their own medicine by beating the 2018 EuroCup winners 73-69 (20-14, 20-21, 18-13, 21-15) on the road and taking a 2-1 lead in the Turkish League semifinal series.

Free throws this season

74%
11,5
Points made: 11,5
Accuracy: 74,2%
Place in standings: 12
Record max: 21
Record min: 4
Most made FTs: Nando De Colo

Now, the team coached by Sasa Djordjevic have the upper hand in this best-of-five series. Game 4 is scheduled for next Monday in Dacka's home court.

Fenerbahce were leading since the beginning, but a lackluster third quarter almost cost them the game.

Wayne McCullough scored 4 straight points to put the hosts within reach (68-69). Jan Vesely replied with a couple of free-throws, before Isaiah Pineiro hit 1/2.

That was a real difference-maker, since Dacka fouled again, this time on Marko Guduric. The Serbian guard-forward sank both of his attempts and the 2017 EuroLeague champs escaped with an important win that can propel them to the finals.

Fenerbahce had three players in double digits - Guduric with 12, Birsen and De Colo with 10 apiece. Darussafaka had more options, but Olaseni's 15 points and Ozdemiroglu's multi-faceted contribution didn't amount to anything. 

The hosts shot bad from the perimeter (6/27) and weren't able to respond in the final stretch.

Darussafaka: Gabriel Olaseni 15 (5/10 FG, 5/6 FT), Troy Caupain 12 (4/13 FG, 5 REB, 6 AST), Wayne McCullough 11, Dogus Ozdemiroglu 10 (10 REB, 8 AST), Isaiah Pineiro 10. 

Fenerbahce: Marko Guduric 12 (6/6 FT, 4 AST), Metecan Birsen 10, Nando De Colo 10 (5 REB, 5 AST, 3 TO), Melih Mahmutoglu 9, Jan Vesely 8.

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