Bonn Hold Their Nerve To Win Opener

15 January 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

Kyle Weems (Telekom Baskets)
Kyle Weems iced the final result from the free-throw line

Telekom Baskets Bonn hit key free throws in the final minute to continue Okapi Aalstar's disappointing start to 2013 with a 65-60 victory in their EuroChallenge Group L opener.

A tight contest in which neither team ever led by more than five - and the lead changed hands 29 times - went all the way to the wire.

But when it came to crunch time Bonn scored the final six points of the game to come from behind and take the win inside the final 60 seconds.

Christopher Young's dunk had given Okapi a 60-59 lead with 75 ticks left, but they were the last points they would score.

Twenty seconds later, Jonas Wohlfarth-Botterman hit a lay-up to put Bonn back in front.

Derek Raivio missed a lay-up for Okapi and Benas Veikalas drew the foul to go to the line and add two more points.

Thomas Dreesen then came up empty with a three-pointer and Bonn killed the clock before Kyle Weems settled it with two more shots from the line.

Weems finished with 15 points for Bonn while Veikalas had 12 and Chris Ensminger 10.

Ioana Tofi led Okapi with 15 points while Noah Hartsock had 14 and Raivio 12.


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