Regular Season Round 20: Mersin - Banvit BK 90-92 (25-25, 25-14, 24-21, 16-32)
Date: March 2, 2013 Twelfth-ranked Mersin (5-15) made lots of trouble for second ranked Banvit BK (18-2) in Akdeniz. The visitors from Balikesir managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected much easier game. Mersin was ahead by 14 points after three quarters before a 32-16 charge of Banvit BK, which allowed them to win the game. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international guard Serkan Erdogan (190-78) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Naturalized American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St., agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Mersin. Four Banvit BK and five Mersin players scored in double figures. Banvit BK have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fener.Ulker. Mersin lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Olin Edirne. Banvit BK will play against Besiktas (#6) in Istanbul in the next round where they are favorite. Mersin will play at home against Hacettepe (#16) in Ankara and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Mersin: A.Karadeniz 26+7reb+3ast, W.Solomon 23+1ast, D.Holston 13+6reb+6ast, A.Scales 13+2reb+1ast, J.Prince 11+5reb+1ast, A.Erol 2+1reb Banvit BK: C.Davis 24+6reb+2ast, S.Erdogan 17+2ast, K.Bajramovic 11+5reb+1ast, S.Mejia 10+5reb+3ast, V.Stimac 9+4reb, K.Lucas 6+1reb+4ast
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