The EuroChallenge Championship Curse: What of Beşiktaş’ future?
In this second piece of a two-part series, sportswriter/commentator Uygar Karaca again considers the EuroChallenge Championship Curse, with special reference to this year’s champions, Beşiktaş; unfortunately for the Eagles, Karaca feels a distressing amount of déjà vu… In this article, I will try to answer the question as to whether Beşiktaş Milangaz fits into the […]
TBL roundup: Bandirma Kirmizi stuns Fenerbahce Ulker; Morrison, Pops star for Besiktas; Galatasaray holds on to third place
The Turkish Basketball League, rapidly becoming the most competitive European basketball league, saw a number of key games go down this weekend to tighten things up some at the top of the table. While TBL teams gained much international attention for signing big-name NBAers, e.g. Deron Williams, Sasha Vujacic, Ersan Ilyasova, Mehmet Okur, etc., during […]
Top 100 teams in Europe: Week of upsets edition
While NBA fans were mostly talking about Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony last week, the buzzword around Europe last week was “upset.” Seemingly from end to end, Continental leagues saw their respective mighty – if not fall – at least stagger from a blow dealt by a lower seed. Real Madrid lost to new no. […]
Iverson’s 26 points for naught as Tofas blows out Beşiktaş Cola Turka, 94-72
Allen Iverson’s best performance since signing with Beşiktaş Cola Turka was all futile, as eleventh-placed Tofaş took a 33-13 first quarter lead and never looked back for the 94-72 victory. Mr. Answer produced 26 points on 9-of-16 overall shooting plus in time-honored Iversonian fashion also took nine free throws, second highest in the game, plus […]
Iverson returns, Besiktas knocks off Pinar Karsiyaka, 89-65
After having the original date for the game set back a day from Christmas, Allen Iverson and Beşiktaş Cola Turka punished Pınar Karşıyaka on Boxing Day instead, 89-65; Karşıyaka had pulled off a 101-98 upset of Euroleague contenders Fenerbahçe Ülker last week but was not to reproduce their fortune in this game. In his return […]
Besiktas Cola Turka schedule: Who's in Iverson's future?
With Allen Iverson to join the TBL’s Beşiktaş Cola Turka, BallinEurope reckons the team will be getting a little (read: a lot) of extra attention from all parts. And so today, a brief look at the team’s current state in the 2010-11 season. After two games, Beşiktaş stands at 1-1: The club won an away […]