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Friday, April 11, 2014

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Highlights: Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul vs. Partizan NIS Belgrade (4/11/2014)

Decimated by injuries to start the season, Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul completed an inspirational comeback story with a 64-55 home win over Partizan NIS Belgrade on Friday to claim the fourth and last playoff spot, the first in club history, from Top 16 Group F. A packed crowd of 11,400 at Abdi Ipecki Arena was on its feet all night long to will their team to victory and a 7-7 record in Top 16, good for a fourth-place tie with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Galatasaray won their tie-break by virtue of a better points difference in their Top 16 group (+7) than Lokomotiv (-17) and will now face FC Barcelona in the best-of-five playoffs starting Tuesday in Spain.

Manuchar Markoishvili, who missed 16 games earlier in the season, paced the winners with 16 points in 34 minutes. He is the only Galatasaray player of four who were injured in the first month of Euroleague play to return yet. Furkan Aldemir hit 6 of 6 two-pointers for 13 points and pulled 7 rebounds for the winners, while Zoran Erceg had 13 and 6, respectively. Galatasaray's defense uniformly shut down Partizan's scorers as Davis Bertans, Joffrey Lauvergne and Bogdanovic scored 11 each, while Sasha Pavlovic added 10.

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