|Chris Christoffersen of the Bakken Bears had 15 points and 12 rebounds in a close-fought win|
Andreas Jacobsen's layup with two seconds left gave Bakken Bears a 68-66 victory at Joensuun Kataja after blowing an 11-point fourth quarter lead.
Brandon Penn collected 16 points and 14 rebounds as Bakken improved to 3-2 in Group G. Chris Christoffersen added a double-double of 15 and 12 as well as the game-sealing block at the buzzer.
Joensuun took the lead late but ended up falling to 2-3, wasting 19 points from Teemu Rannikko and 11 each from Petri Virtanen and Brian Greene.
Joensuun used an 8-0 run for a 10-4 lead. It was 14-13 for Bakken after six straight points. After three more lead changes, Joensuun were ahead 19-17 after one quarter.
Bakken's 7-0 run to pull ahead 24-21 was answered later in the quarter by seven straight points from Joensuun for a 34-31 lead. The hosts were up 37-35 at intermission.
Joensuun still led 40-39 when Bakken went on an 18-5 surge for a 57-45 cushion, which was 57-49 after three quarters. Bakken pushed the lead to 60-49 before Joensuun went ahead 63-62 with a 14-2 run. Bakken went back up 66-63 until Rannikko's three with 11 seconds remaining, setting up the heroics by Jacobsen and Christoffersen.
Kataja Basket Head Coach Jukka Toijala
"Conglatulations to the Bakken Bears. We couldn't execute our offence like we wanted to because of Bakken´s excellent defence. Chris Christoffersen's defensive threat was too much for us tonight."
Kataja Basket Player Petri Virtanen
"At first I need to congratulate Bakken Bears for the victory. Defensively we did pretty good job, but our offence was unbalanced. That wasn't enough tonight."
Bakken Bears Head Coach Ville Tuominen
"It was kind of unlikely to get a victory from Joensuu. Our main goal was to stop Kataja´s pick and roll offence and we succeeded. Now we have a great chance to qualify to the next round and I think that would be a huge step for Danish basketball."
Bakken Bears Player Andreas Jakobsen
"It was a tough atmosphere to play here. We couldn't execute our offence like we planned, but the key was our defensive effort."