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Minsk Hang On For Vital Victory

29 January 2013
EUROCHALLENGE
41. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (Tsmoki-Minsk)
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau picked up 14 points in Tsmoki-Minsk's first win in the Last 16

Tsmoki-Minsk breathed life into their EuroChallenge Last 16 campaign as they hung on for a tense 74-70 victory over Telekom Baskets.

After losing their opening two games in Group L, Minsk were desperate for a lift and got it thanks to a key steal from Aliaksei Trastinetski with just four seconds left.

After Aliaksandr Kudrautsau had missed both his free throws, blowing the chance to pad a 72-70 lead 10 seconds from time, Trastsinetski robbed Jared Jordan of the ball and drew a foul from Kyle Weems before icing it from the line.

Up until then, Telekom had been threatening a comeback.

A 9-0 Minsk run in the third quarter saw the guests fall 52-41 behind but they got right back in it with a 9-0 run of their own, with a three-pointer from Benas Veikalas making it 63-60 with 2:48 to go.

Aliaksandr Pushtahvar's three stretched it to 68-62 with 1:52 left but Telekom kept chipping away to get within two points, three times in the final 65 seconds, only for Trastsinetski to snatch it away.

Pushtahvar led Minsk with 16 points while Kudrautsau and Aliaksei Lashkevich had 14 each, Lashkevich adding nine rebounds.

Veikalas led Telekom with 21 points while Robert Vaden had 16 and Jordan 14.

The result leaves the teams level in the group at 1-2.

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