We are happy to report that over the weekend (11/27/10), Allen Iverson had far and away his best game in Turkey. After starting, but seeing limited minutes and scoring only two points last game, Iverson certainly needed a break out effort. On Saturday, Iverson was again in the starting lineup for the Besiktas Cola Turka Black Eagles and played over 20 minutes on the night. In true Iverson fashion he responded with a great game.
Included in Iverson’s 14 point, 8 dime outing was a late second half explosion that kept his Beşiktaş team in the game and helped produce a much need win for the Black Eagles who are now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in league play since Iverson’s arrival.
Beşiktaş held an 18-16 edge, heading into the second quarter when the Eagles suddenly went cold. In the mean time, the visiting Medical Park Trabzonspor team got rolling and with 7:55 remaining in the first half, MPT had a 23-20 lead.
That’s when Allen went to work. Iverson hit several clutch jumpers and dished out a number of assists to single handidly keep Beşiktaş in the game — 41-41 tie at the half. According to reports on the Internet, Iverson directly contributed to at least 27 of the Eagles points in the first half. One European basketball site called his first half performance, “dominant”.
Beşiktaş Cola Turka switched to zone defense in the second half which limited Trabzonspor’s scoring and with the help of more solid play from Iverson Beşiktaş rolled to a 94-85 win and now stands at 4-3 in league play (7th place).
Iverson’s next game is on December 3rd.