Paris Stun Hosts Karsiyaka

12 March 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

20. Andrew Albicy (Paris Levallois)
Andrew Albicy shined for Paris Levallois with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

Paris Levallois have returned from the dead on the road to record a famous 76-74 victory in the opening game of their EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series against Pinar Karsiyaka.

In scenes barely believable to the partisan crowd, they watched as Pinar Karsiyaka gave up a William Thomas-inspired nine-point lead with less than five minutes to play as Paris came back to win the game on a pair of Antoine Diot free-throws with 14 seconds to play.

Following a tense opening three quarters in which neither team gave an inch, it appeared that Pinar Karsiyaka had made the decisive break in the opening minutes of the final frame as Thomas - who became a menace under the baskets following the early injury-forced departure of Sean May - contributed eight points on a 16-7 run, transforming a tied-ball game into a seemingly one-sided affair.

Thomas ended the night with a game-high 25 points.

However, the Parisians were not about to be counted out with Diot and John Cox lighting it up at the death, combining to score all 13 of their teams final points on a 13-2 run to give the visitors a near-unthinkable win.

Diot ended with nine points and Cox had 12 but perhaps the most impressive stat-line was that of youngster Louis Labeyrie who surpassed his season-best 13 points to end with 19 on 9-for-13 shooting from the field. Andew Albicy was also prominent with 14 points.


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