|Top scorer of the night for Oostende with 17 points: Matthew Lojeski|
BC Oostende claimed a valuable road win on the opening night of the EuroChallenge Last 16, beating BK Prostejov 74-66.
Matthew Lojeski led the attack with 17 points for Oostende, who won Group H in the Regular Season despite losing two of their first three games.
Prostejov were on top 40-35 with 6:44 to go in the third quarter when things began to unravel for the hosts.
A William Thomas lay-up followed by a Veselin Petrovic three-ball allowed Oostende to knot the Group L game at 40-40.
After a pair of Radoslaw Hyzy free-throws gave Prostejov their last advantage at 42-40, Oostende responded with a 10-2 run and went in front to stay.
Lojeski buried a jumper to tie it and then Thomas hit another for a 44-42 lead.
Oostende stretched their lead to eight and found themselves with a 66-56 lead with 5:47 to go in the game.
That's when Prostejov made their move.
Kyle Landry nailed a jumper and then Benas Veikalas, who had a game-high 18 points, buried a shot from the arc.
A Jaromír Bohacík free-throw and another jumper by Veikalas cut the Prostejov deficit to just two points.
Thomas stopped the bleeding with a jump shot and then Lojeski drilled a three before Caleb Green struck from the arc and just like that, the advantage was back to 74-64 with 1:53 to go.
Veikalas added another jumper for the final points of the contest.
Oostende Head Coach Jean-Marc Jaumin:
"We knew, when coming here, we had to put every effort in defense. We played very good on our defensive rebound. This is a very offensive team with a lot of good shooters. The key in our defense was to take contest on opponent's three-point shots. It is a team who scores 85 points or more every game in domestic league and in EuroChallenge they proved that they can compete with everyone."
Oostende Player Will Thomas:
"It was a good game, we knew we had to fight. We really had to do our job to get every rebound we could. We also knew we had to play good defense against Prostějov. They are a very offensive team with good shooters."
Prostejov Head Coach Peter Bálint:
"Both teams played very good defense, I can not say that we would make any serious mistakes. We knew that Oostende is a very strong team. They scored a lot from the outside, which is not usual with them. Their percentage of three-point scoring was enormously high and when we had the chance to equal the score, they scored another three-points shots and managed to hold the lead."
Prostejov Player Benas Veikalas:
"We knew that Oostende is a very good team and in the first half, we let them shoot from side very often. In the second half, when we tried to make the things work, it was too late."