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Rising force Gran Canaria set to test Galatasaray's mettle; BASKETBALL.

GALATASARAY have been the most powerful home force in this season's Eurocup campaign but Gran Canaria can test their mettle in the first leg of their semi-final, writes Steve Davies.

The Turks boast a 9-1 home record and have used that dominance in Istanbul to good effect in the two knockout rounds they've played.

In the last 16 they lost in Izmir but hit back to win 93-65 at home and then beat Bayern Munich 72-59 having lost the away leg by ten.

They are deservedly favourites at home to Gran Canaria, therefore, but the Canary Islanders can run them close.

No one travels quite like Aito Garcia Reneses's men, who have won their last seven road trips, including both knockout matches against Limoges and Ziolona Gora.

Gran Canaria are definitely a rising force having reached the final last year and they have strengthened markedly in a bid to go one better this time.

They rank third in scoring, assists and three-point shooting and boast the second highest performance index rating throughout the whole campaign.

Galatasaray had to wait until 32 seconds were left of their second leg against Bayern to eventually take the lead and then defended brilliantly to preserve their advantage.

This, though, is an altogether tougher test again and the bet looks to be Gran Canaria with

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 30, 2016
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