Pınar Karşıyaka wins first Turkish Basketball League title in 28 years

Published 20.06.2015 00:17
Updated 21.06.2015 14:03
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Pınar Karşıyaka beat Anadolu Efes, 85-71, to become winners of the 2014-15 Turkish Basketball League in the fifth game of the playoff series at the Abdi İpekci Sports Hall in Istanbul on Friday night.

Dominating the game especially in the third quarter, Karşıyaka won the series 4-1.

Pınar Karşıyaka's Colombian center Juan Palacios was red-hot as he scored 22 points and took 10 rebounds. U.S. guard D. J. Strawberry tallied 19 points, while playmaker Bobby Dixon, power forward Kenny Gabriel and U.S. shooting guard Jon Diebler reached double digits.

Anadolu Efes' Greek small forward Stratos Perperoglou was his team's top scorer with 18 points. He was followed by French point guard Thomas Heurtel having 14 points; however, their individual efforts were not enough to win the match.

Turkey's southern Izmir province's legendary team had been longing for the championship for 28 years.

Pınar Karşıyaka playmaker guard Dixon was picked as "the Most Valuable Player" of the finals.

Turkish Basketball Federation Chairman, Harun Erdenay handed the trophy to Karşıyaka players at the ceremony.

Fans and players of the Izmir team were jubilant, and celebrated their victory after the team was handed over the trophy.

Anadolu Efes players were given their runners-up medals and plaque by Turkish Basketball Federation Deputy Chairman, Akın Süel.

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