Heath Comes Through In Overtime

15 December 2009

Apoel needed overtime to beat Strasbourg IG 85-83 in a thrilling victory that keeps them top of Group B in the EuroChallenge.

Brandon Heath was the hero with seven of the eight points his team scored in the extra period.
Apoel surrendered a seven-point advantage late in the final quarter as Strasbourg tied the game 75-75 and forced the extra period.

The visitors then jumped out to an early lead through Benjamin McCauley's three-pointer and, after Heath got two back from the free-throw line, a Tremmell Darden jump-shot that put them on top 80-77.

But Apoel clawed their way back. Lewis Hopkins split a pair of free throws and Heath then tied it with a driving lay-up with 3:02 on the clock.

Another lay-up from Heath put them in front and they kept their advantage as Sacha Giffa could only make one from the free-throw line for Strasbourg.

Heath then nailed a three-pointer to make it 85-81 with 1:34 to go, and although Thomas Heurtel responded with a lay-up, McCauley missed a jump-shot and Steeve Essart was off-target with a three-pointer as time expired.


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