Domercant Sparks Spartak



Spartak Saint-Petersburg took a big step towards a place in EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals on Tuesday night by winning 71-63 at Lukoil Academic.

Henry Domercant, the PBL's Player of the Week after scoring 35 points in Spartak's overtime defeat at Lokomotiv Kuban, continued to provide offense.

He had 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-ball that snapped a 57-57 tie with 4:49 to go.

After his lay-up gave the visitors a 64-59 lead, Brandon Heath tried to rescue Lukoil, a club that had suffered just one defeat in the EuroChallenge this season before Tuesday's clash.

The 1.93m guard scored on consecutive drives to cut the gap to just one point.

Recent signing Patrick Beverley made a pair of free-throws for Spartak to stretch the lead back to three, though, and following Travis Peterson's missed jumper, Domercant added a basket.

Miha Zupan and Anton Ponkrashov shortly after drove the final nails in the Lukoil coffin.

Heath drove into the lane and tried to make a lay-up but Slovenia international Zupan swatted the shot.

Ponkrashov connected from behind the arc for the eight-point Spartak lead.

That three accounted for the last points of the contest.

Russia international Ponkrashov finished with 21 points and Zupan had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Spartak's Pero Antic scored just one point after missing all seven of his shots from the floor but did corral 10 rebounds.

Lukoil didn't have Dominic James. The point guard has averaged 14.8 points and 5.3 assists per game for the Bulgarian team in the EuroChallenge but missed the contest with an injury.


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