It's Sweet 16 For Szolnoki Olaj

13.12.2011

EUROCHALLENGE

11. Obie Trotter (Szolnoki Olaj)
Obie Trotter inspired Szolnoki Olaj with 22 points as the Hungarian side qualified for the Last 16

Szolnoki Olaj moved into the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with a 91-82 victory at Keravnos on Tuesday.

The Hungarian club, which lost the first Group H encounter between the sides, improved to 4-2 and dropped Keravnos to 2-4.

The Cypriot club played well and led until 2:53 remained in the third quarter.

That's when Szolnoki's Péter Grebenár caught a pass from Akos Horvath and powered his way up for a lay-up, a basket that knotted the contest at 56-56.

Obie Trotter followed with a lay-up and then Horvath capped the 8-0 run with a drive.

The decisive spurt for Szolnoki did not come until the fourth quarter, though.

With 7:42 left in the game, Trotter passed to Zoltán Trepák and the veteran center connected from behind the arc for a 71-67 lead.

Horvath then sank two free-throws before Trotter drilled a three-pointer to make it 76-67.

Szolnoki Olaj pulled away, going in front 88-75 when Trotter hit another three-pointer.

The Hungarians were 11 of 22 from long range.

Trotter ended up four of six from behind the arc and led his team with 22 points.

Brandon Gay added 17 points, Julien Mills 16 and Horvath 14.

Szolnoki shot a woeful 12 of 24 at the free-throw line but still won comfortably in the end.

For Keravnos, the 31-year-old center Ales Chan of the Czech Republic had 22 points and Marcus Moore poured in 19.


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