Antwerp Giants needed two overtimes but won 87-83 in the EuroChallenge over Lokomotiv Kuban on Tuesday.
|Bryan Hopkins was good for 24 points and 6 rebounds in a hard fought game|
Bryan Hopkins hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 3:52 left in the second extra period to propel the hosts to victory.
A great defensive play by the hosts sent the game to the first overtime.
With the score knotted at 66-66, Salah Mejri blocked a Lionel Chalmers jump shot just five seconds from the end.
Antwerp led by six in the first overtime but Jeremiah Massey's tip-in off a Chalmers' miss with 1:09 to go tied the game at 74-74.
Neither side scored the rest of the extra period with Mejri's jumper off target just two seconds from the death.
After Hopkins' three put Antwerp in front, a Goran Jeretin shot from the arc for Lokomotiv closed the gap to 83-82.
Lokomotiv center Mike Wilkinson ended up with a chance to tie the game with 22 seconds to go in the second OT but made just one of two free-throws to leave his side down 84-83.
Antwerp added three more free-throws to ice the victory.
Hopkins had 24 points to lead Antwerp while Chalmers had 20 in defeat.
Antwerp Head Coach Eddy Casteels:
"My team has fought hard. I want to congratulate them with the victory. Krasnodar Lokomotiv is my favorite in this group. "
Antwerp Player Tim Black:
"The key of the game was Salah Mejri and our dominance in the rebound. It is also important to started the group stage of EuroChallenge with a victory."
Kuban Head Coach Kestutis Kemzura:
"We knew that here in Antwerp it would be no easy. Yet we had chances but we failed in moneytime. My congratulations to the Giants. "
Kuban Player Lionel Chalmers:
"I played last season with Krasnoyarsk against Antwerp Giants. Most players have stayed and I alerted my team what's the strength of this team. Losing after two overtimes hurts. This is a European missed opportunity.