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Group:  L | 23.01.2013, 19:00h
Group:  L | 23.01.2013, 19:00h
87-91
26 - 1912 - 1622 - 1213 - 268 - 86 - 10
26 - 1912 - 1622 - 1213 - 268 - 86 - 10
Venue: Minsk (BLR) |
Spectators: 3000 |
Referees: Dragan Neskovic (SRB), Serkan Emlek (TUR), Ilya Putenko (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Okapi Work Overtime to Top Minsk

Derek Raivio (Okapi Aalstar)
Derek Raivio led the way for Okapi Aalstar with 25 points

Okapi Aalstar needed two overtimes but finally completed a stirring comeback to beat Tsmoki-Minsk 91-87 on the road for their first win in Group L of the EuroChallenge.

Minsk led from the opening minutes until late in the fourth quarter, and looked ready to cruise to the finish as they held a 63-49 advantage early in the fourth period.

But Okapi stormed back, and they took a shock lead, 69-68, on Derek Raivio's three-pointer with 2:22 to go.


Aliaksandr Kudrautsau's free throws put Minsk back in front but Ryan Thompson hit a lay-up to give Okapi the lead again.

Further free throws gave Minsk a 73-71 lead in the final seconds but Raivio's lay-up almost on the buzzer forced overtime.

The teams continued to trade the lead with neither able to find any separation.

Aliaksei Trastsinetski's free throw put Minsk up 81-79 with 17 seconds left in overtime, but Chris Young went to the line with one second left and hit both to send it to a second extra period.

Minsk hit first, with Pavel Ulyanko's free throws giving them a four-point lead but Okapi wiped it out with six straight.

They won it on defence at the end, getting away with missed free throws down the stretch as they held Minsk scoreless for the final two minutes.

Raivio led Okapi with 25 points while Larry Anderson had 16 and Young 13.

Ulyanko had 18 points for Minsk with Kudrautsau adding 16 and Pushtahvar 15. Lashkevich finished with 13.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Tsmoki-Minsk - Okapi Aalstar

Okapi Aalsar player Derek Raivio

"It was a very tough game. But we had more luck and our opponents missed some important shots in the end."

Okapi Aalstar head coach Bradley Scott Dean


"Minsk was in control of the game for about 30 minutes. Only in the last quarter we had chance to make a comeback. We are very lucky that we could make a good response."

Tsmoki-Minsk player Aleksei Trostinetski


"We played well but lost control in the last quarter and couldn't come back."


Tsmoki-Minsk head coach Andrei Krivonos


"I can say that we lost this game, not that Okapi won it. If you want to win, you must play in full strength till the end. However, we didn't do it today."

Accumulated statistics

35.8%

29/81
FG
M/A

50.8%

33/65

34.0%

18/53
FG2P
M/A

53.2%

25/47

39.3%

11/28
FG3P
M/A

44.4%

8/18

72.0%

18/25
FT
M/A

70.8%

17/24

44

15/29
RT
RO/RD

42

5/37

14

AS

10

10

TO

16

5

ST

4

5

BS

4

24

PF

26

87

Pts

91

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