Proteas EKA AEL claimed the first berth in the EuroChallenge Final Four with an 83-72 victory at EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam on Thursday night.
Haris Mujezinovic had 21 points and Quincy Taylor 19 for the Cypriot outfit, which had won the opening game of the Quarter-Final tie in Limassol, 82-72.
Amsterdam, playing again without injured center Peter van Paassen, led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter and still enjoyed a 51-36 advantage two minutes into the third period after a Clint Harrison dunk.
Proteas fought back and a 10-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters saw them take a 64-61 lead.
LaVell Blanchard's lay-up was the go-ahead basket at 62-61 and a Taylor jump shot finished the run with 9:17 remaining.
Tamien Trent answered with a basket for Amsterdam to close the gap to one, but that was as close as they would get.
Dragan Raca's team gradually pulled away over the rest of the frame for an impressive road win that ended the EuroChallenge campaign of the battling Dutch.
Teddy Gipson scored 19 points for Amsterdam, who had three others reach double figures.
Dragan Raca - Proteas EKA AEL Head Coach:
"We are happy that we reached the Final Four. But I would like to congratulate Amsterdam for being the best team we've played during this competition."
Haris Mujezinovic - Proteas EKA AEL Player :
"This was a game with two complete different halfs. The first half we had problems with our defense but in the second half we picked it up."
Arie Shivek - EclipseJet Amsterdam Head Coach:
"The best team over eighty minutes of basketball won. Any excuse we could have, takes the shining of the victory of Proteas away. We played good during some parts of both games, but they were more consistent then we were."
Teddy Gipson - EclipseJet Amsterdam Player:
"Our spirit faded a bit when Proteas started to play better defense in the second half. We still worked hard, but couldn't make the shots anymore."