Dexia Claim Battle Of Neighbours

20.11.2007

Dexia Mons-Hainaut beat My Guide Amsterdam 73-63 in Holland to take a big step towards the third elimination round of the EuroCup.

In a bizarre game, the visitors showed they could blow a big lead but still run out impressive winners.

Dexia veteran George Evans scored the first six points of the game as the visitors raced into a 20-4 lead with 3:02 to play in the first quarter, although the lead had been reduced to 25-13 by the end of the period.

Chris Finch's team then went to the changing rooms with the My Guide having stolen the momentum.

That's because the Dutch, much to the delight of their home support, stormed back with 12 unanswered points in the second to lead 37-35 at half-time.

In a tight third period, Dexia held a slender 53-51 advantage, but with Evans and Roger Huggins dominating the boards - they out-rebounded them 40-26 - Finch's team began to put pressure on the home team.

In the final quarter, the visitors scored the first five points to open up a seven-point lead and when Michael Lenzly sunk a three-pointer with 4:44 on the clock to open up an 11-point gap, there was no way back.

Dexia's supremacy from the free-throw line - they made 17 from 20 compared to Amsterdam's 12 from 19 - played a big part in the win.

Great Britain coach Finch owed a lot to his British contingent with Nate Reinking scoring 18 points and Lenzly pouring in 12 points.

Evans was solid as ever, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.



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