Pınar Karşıyaka cruises to Eurochallenge Cup Final
Pınar Karşıyaka will play on April 28 against Russians Krasnye Krylya. AA photoPınar Karşıyaka is now one game away from winning the FIBA Eurochallenge Cup trophy after defeating their German rivals Ewe Basket Oldenburg 66-62 in the semifinals of the competition on April 26.
Pınar Karşıyaka, which are currently hosting the Final Four in İzmir, will play on April 28 against Russians Krasnye Krylya, which edged out France's Gravelines Dunkerque 81-78 in a thrilling game.
If they win in the final in front of their buoyant supporters, the İzmir side will become the third Turkish team to win a continental European country, following defending Eurochallenge champions Beşiktaş. Efes Pilsen became the first Turkish team to lift a European trophy with its Korac Cup victory in 1996.
U.S. playmaker Bobby Dixon led the charge for Karşıyaka with 18 points and six assists, stepping up to the plate at the end of the fourth quarter when his team most needed him. Jon Dibbler also added 10 points for the crucial home win.