Szolnoki Hit Aalstar From Downtown

17.01.2012

EUROCHALLENGE

Szolnoki Olaj passed the century mark in a demolition of Okapi Aalstar on Tuesday.

In the EuroChallenge Last 16 game, the Hungarians prevailed 112-76 to leave both sides with 1-1 records in Group J.

Akos Horvath had 29 points and Obie Trotter 28 for the winners, who were 14 of 26 from long range.

The game was knotted at 28-28 at the end of the opening quarter but the hosts started the second period fast.

Horvath dunked and after teammate Marton Bader drilled a jumper, Horvath caught a pass from Obie Trotter and soared in for a lay-up on a fast break for a 34-28 lead.

Okapi twice reduced the deficit to three points, but Szolnoki were not to be denied.

Horvath's three-pointer stretched the lead to 47-38 with 3:59 to go in the first half and his jumper with 49 seconds to play made it 56-42 in favor of the home side.

Szolnoki ended up outscoring the visitors 28-20 in the third quarter for an 84-64 lead and Okapi capitulated in the fourth, allowing the home side to pour in 28 more points for a 36-point triumph.

The hosts were 60.8% from the floor and Okapi just 40.1%.

The visitors forced just three turnovers while committing 16 themselves.

Trotter and Mills each had four of the team's 15 steals, while Okapi came up with just one.


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