Dolphins Hold On At Death

22.01.2013

EUROCHALLENGE

8. Edgars Jeromanovs (Norrköping Dolphins)
Edgars Jeromanovs made a clutch two-pointer for Norrköping Dolphins, tying the game up with two seconds to play

Mikael Lindqvist scored two free throws in the last second as the Norrkoping Dolphins came back in the final 10 seconds to edge Tofas SC 84-82 for their first win in Group K of the EuroChallenge.

The Dolphins had led most of the way in a tight contest, although their largest lead of the night, a 64-56 advantage in the third quarter, was hardly comfortable.

Things got very edgy at the finish, however, as a lay-up from Steven Burtt and a three-pointer from Inanc Koc turned an 80-77 Dolphins lead into an 82-80 Tofas edge with 25 seconds left.

The Dolphins called timeout and set up a shot for Edgars Jeromanovs to tie it back up with nine seconds left.

Burtt tried to respond with a jump-shot for the visitors, but after he missed, Lindqvist drew a foul from Austin Nichols, his fifth.

With the game on the line, Lindqvist held his nerve to sink both shots and give the Dolphins victory.

The free throws took Lindqvist's total to a game-high 21 points as he led five players in double figures. Christian Maraker added 14 while Joakim Kjellbom had 13, Oladapo Ayuba 11 and Jeromanovs 10.

Chinemelu Elonu led Tofas with 17 points while Koc collected 15, Burtt 13 and Joshua Heytvelt 11.

The result leaves both teams at 1-1 in the group.


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