Nizhny Run Riot To End Winless Run

28 February 2012

EUROCHALLENGE

14. Nemanja Protic (BC NN)
Serbian guard Nemanja Protic led BC NN to their first win in the Last 16 with a season-high 28 points 

Nizhny Novrogod won the battle at the bottom of Group K as they used a huge first quarter to beat BK Pardubice 86-65.

With nothing but pride on the line, Nizhny exploded out of the blocks, scoring the first 14 points unanswered and taking a 25-2 lead when Artem Yakovenko sank a jump-shot with a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Pardubice were shell-shocked but did at least find a little rhythm early in the second quarter, with a three-pointer from Michal Carnecky making it 35-12 midway through the period.

They continued to chip away at the lead, and Zbynek Pospisil had the last word in the second half to make it 39-23.

However, the hosts were able to pull clear once more early in the second half, and their advantage was back to 25, 60-35, when Ivan Paunic broke away for a lay-up midway through the quarter.

The gap hovered at around 20 points for the rest of the game as Nizhny eased their way home.

Nemanja Protic led Nizhny with 28 points while Paunic added 14 and Yakovenko 11 points with seven rebounds and four assists.

Petr Bohacik led Pardubice with 22 points.

The victory means Nizhny claim a victory in the group with their last chance.


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