Artland Win At Liege To Set Up Dramatic Finale

Artland Dragons set up a potentially mouth-watering winner-takes-all tie next week against KK Zagreb after securing an important and hard -fought 100-92 road win at Belgacom Liege in Group J.

The game still hung in the balance heading into the final quarter with the scpre tied at 74-74 but Artland finished strongly to secure victory and grab an opportunity to book their place in the Quarter-Finals with success in the last game.

It was a strong offensive performance by the German side with six players managing to chalk up double-figure scores and Nathan Peavy leading the way with 23 points while Toby Bailey dished up 7 assists to go with his 16 points.

It was a real roller-coaster of a game with both teams enjoying periods in front. Artland edged the opening period 28-24 but the home team tied the game up again at 41-41.

It looked like the visitors might canter to victory when they finished the first half powerfully to open up an eight point advantage at 57-49. However Belgacom showed real fight and determination in the third to haul themselves back into the game but the Dragons had more in their tank to ease away down the stretch.

The loss was particularly tough on Adrian Banks and Michael Green. The Belgacom duo were in fine form with Banks burying a magnificent seven triples on his way to 26 points while Green had 18 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.


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