Khimik Hold On For Key Win

12.02.2013

EUROCHALLENGE

34. Devoe Joseph (Khimik)
Khimik's Devoe Joseph finished as the game's top scorer with 18 points

BC Khimik Yuzhne used an early charge to power their way to a crucial 69-62 win over Tofas SC in Group K of the EuroChallenge, with a late charge from the visitors falling short.

With both teams entering the contest with a 1-2 record, victory was vital to hopes of progressing from the Last 16.

Khimik blew the game open with a 12-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters, turning a tied game into a 25-13 lead they would never surrender.

Sava Lesic started it with a big three-pointer while Artem Pustovyi capped the run with a jump-shot.

They continued to pull away, and the contest appeared all but over when Sergiy Popov's jump-shot saw the lead bulge to 49-31 with 3:07 left in the third quarter.

But Tofas began to fight back, ending the quarter with a 10-3 run - capped by Ibrahim Yildrim's three - to make it 52-41.

The gap continued to narrow in the final period, with Chinemelu Elonu's dunk bringing it into single figures at 54-46 before Austin Nichols' free throws gave the home fans further cause for concern.

Devoe Joseph steadied those nerves with three straight free throws followed by a three-pointer, but Tofas hung around to the finish, unable to bridge the gap as Kenan Sipahi missed late three-point chances.

Joseph led Khimik with 18 points while Lesic had 11 and Suad Sehovic and Willie Deane contributed 10 each.

Nichols led Tofas with 14 points while Elonu had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.


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