Zagreb Scrape Narrow Home Win Over Keravnos


Krunoslav Simon and Damir Mulaomerovic combined to hit six free-throws in the final 87 seconds to help KK Zagreb hold on and defeat Keravnos in the EuroChallenge.

Zagreb, beaten at BC Kyiv last week, got a game-high 19 points from Simon and 14 from center Ante Tomic in a 79-73 victory.

The Croatian club went in front for good at 38-37 early in the second half following a jump shot from Tomic.

Keravnos and their Puerto Rico international Carmelo Lee wouldn't allow them to pull away, though.

A Lee jumper reduced the arrears to 70-68 with 2:46 remaining only for Mulaomerovic to reply with a jump shot at the other end to restore the four-point cushion.

Lee, who had 18 points, answered with a three-ball to cut the Cypriot team's deficit to 72-71 with 1:45 left to play.

Simon and Mulaomerovic each hit two free-throws to take the advantage to 76-71.

After Aleksandar Damjanovic buried two shots from the charity stripe for Keravnos to close the gap to 76-73, Simon sealed the win with two more free-throws of his own for Zagreb.

Simon also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Zagreb finished the contest 23 of 27 from the stripe and also hit six of 16 from long range.

Keravnos were four of 20 from behind the arc and 15 of 20 at the free-throw line.


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