Liege Slump To Third Loss Against FMP

09.02.2010

In Liege, both teams kept their respective records intact as BC FMP gleefully preserved their unbeaten record with an 77-72 success at winless Belgacom Liege who remain rock bottom of Group J with three straight defeats.

Nemanja Protic (BC FMP)
Nemanja Protic was the top-scorer for the Serbian side in the road win

That is despite a sparkling effort from behind the arc by the home team who made 10 of 16 but couldn't get anywhere near as much joy in the paint.

The home team started slowly and trailed 20-17 behind by the end of the first quarter but started the second period well. By the time Xavier Collette bagged an outside score, they moved 25-23 ahead but things would soon change as FMP took control.

The group leaders outscored the home team 20-10 to lead 43-35 as they left the court for the interval.

With FMP having managed to build up a double-digit advantage at the end of the third period, things looked bleak for the Belgians but with just over three minutes to play, it was a one-shot game at 66-63 after another big triple by Collette.

However this was as close as the home team would get as FMP kept their cool to pull away down the stretch.

As usual it was Adrian Banks who carried the fight for Liege by harvesting 23 points while FMP had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds from the in-form Miroslav Raduljica.

Nemanja Protic top scored for the victorious Serbians with 19 points.

 


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