|Anthony Gaffney slams one home on Telekom Baskets' home win over Okapi Aalstar|
Telekom Baskets moved clear at the top of Group J in the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with a 71-63 win over Okapi Aalstar.
Although Okapi made a stronger challenge than was perhaps expected, staying in touching distance until the mid-point of the fourth quarter, Telekom began to ease away down the stretch to improve to 3-1.
Chris Copeland's jump-shot had Okapi within five, 60-55, with 7:32 to go, but Chris Ensminger split a pair of free throws, and then Jared Jordan and Talor Battle made back-to-back baskets to stretch the lead to 10, 65-55.
Kevin Kruger's three-pointer cut the gap, but a free throw from Anthony Gaffney and a hook-shot from Ensminger again gave Telekom breathing space.
Copeland hit a three with 52 seconds left, but time was against them, and a three from Simonas Serapinas effectively settled it 35 seconds from time.
Benas Veikalas led Telekom with 15 points while Serapinas and Jordan had 12 each, with Jordan also handing out 10 assists.
Gaffney also scored in double figures with 10 points.
Christopher Young led Okapi with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Copeland had 14 points and Kruger 12.