Galatasaray bids to remain in Euroleague

Galatasaray bids to remain in Euroleague

Galatasaray bids to remain in Euroleague

Galatasaray will need to avoid defeat against Barça in its next games in a bid to survive in the Euroleague. AA Photo

Galatasaray Liv Hospital is on the brink of elimination after suffering a second defeat in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 8 playoffs on April 17.

The Turkish champions suffered another blowout defeat at the hands of Barcelona, who romped past the Lions 84-63 at Palau Blaugrana.

If Barça can win the third game on April 20, it will clinch the best-of-five series and return to the Final Four. Barcelona won the series’ opening game 88-61.

However, Galatasaray, a debutante at this stage, will try to remain in the competition with a win at its home.

On April 17, Brad Oleson and Alex Abrines combined for 27 points on perfect shooting off the bench to pace the winners.

Olseon scored 14 with a pair of triples, Abrines netted 13 with three three-pointers. Marcelinho Huertas added 12 points and six assists for Barcelona, whose star Juan Carlos Navarro left the game in the first quarter due to a leg problem. Oleson fueled a 14-0 run that broke the game open, 25-8, early in the second quarter and the visitors never put together a threatening run the rest of the way.

Missing playmaker Carlos Arroyo, Galatasaray had only two points with double figures, with Henry Domercant producing 11 points and back-up point-guard Ender Arslan adding 10 points and seven assists.