Pesaro Lock Up Minsk In Thrashing


Scavolini Pesaro are struggling in Italy but on Tuesday night they stormed to a second straight victory in the EuroChallenge.

The Italian club, which led from start to finish, broke open a close game in the second quarter and pulled away for an 80-49 triumph at BC "Minsk-2006".


Luca Dalmonte's side, off to an 0-8 start in Italy's Lega A, only led 19-18 when Marques Green buried a three-ball to trigger an avalanche of points for Scavolini.

Dusan Sakota followed with a trey to make it 25-19.

With the Belarus team trying to stay within striking distance, Green and Michael Hicks Taylor struck again with shots from behind the arc before Green added a lay-up to make it 35-22.

A three-ball and a lay-up by Belgium international Sam Van Rossom capped the 22-6 Scavolini run and gave the visitors a 41-24 stranglehold on the contest.

The home side briefly reduced the arrears to 16 points in the third quarter but by the end of the frame, the Scavolini advantage had ballooned to 68-35.

Dalmonte's men cruised the rest of the way.

Hicks Taylor had 19 points to top the scoring for Scavolini while Minsk had no players reach double figures in points.

Minsk were just two of 23 from long range while Scavolini were 10 of 31.


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