KRKA Survive In Tense Finish To Advance



11. Devin Green (Lukoil Academic)
Devin Green of Lukoil Akademic led all scorers with 20 points on 70% shooting from the floor, but it was KRKA who earned  a spot in the Final Four

KRKA Novo Mesto clinched a 71-69 victory over Lukoil Academic on Wednesday evening to earn a place at the EuroChallenge Final Four.

The Bulgarian side, which had won Game 1 in Slovenia but then slipped to defeat in Game 2 back in Sofia, led for much of the decider but finished just short of the competition's gala event.

Brandon Heath missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the waning seconds for the visitors.

KRKA have joined Spartak Saint-Petersburg and Lokomotiv Kuban in the Final Four, with those two sides advancing after their respective 2-0 sweeps of Pinar Karsiyaka and BCM Gravelines.

Goran Ikonic led KRKA with 17 points while Chris Booker had a game-high 11 boards to go with his eight points.

Lukoil got a strong performance from Devin Green, who had 11 points by half-time and 18 at the end of the third quarter.

It was late in the penultimate frame when Lukoil had a 48-42 advantage.

Jovica Arsic's team was still on top 61-56 midway through the fourth quarter when they lost the initiative.

Chris Booker made a go-ahead lay-up and Jure Balazic followed with a basket for a 66-63 advantage.

Twice in the last minute, Lukoil trimmed the deficit to just one but KRKA kept their noses in front.

Lukoil hurt their cause with poor free-throw shooting, making a mere 13 of 23.

KRKA won the rebounding battle, 39-28.


KRKA Bring The Trophy To Slovenia01.05.2011
Oostende Down Spartak To Clinch Third01.05.2011
KRKA Win With The Ikonic Show29.04.2011
Lokomotiv In The Final29.04.2011
Oostende Beat Ventspils To Reach Final Four30.03.2011
Ventspils Survive In Double OT Thriller25.03.2011
Kuban Sweep Dunkerque, Reach Final Four24.03.2011

Follow Us On Twitter

Like Us On Facebook