Szolnoki Rally To Top Hapoel

23.01.2013

EUROCHALLENGE

5. Akos Horvath (Szolnoki Olaj)
Akos Horvath topped scoring for Szolnoki Olaj with 20 points

Szolnoki Olaj came back in the fourth quarter to beat Hapoel Holon 77-72 on the road and move to 2-0 in Group J of the EuroChallenge.

Hapoel - chasing a first win in the Last 16 - led throughout the first three quarters, and their advantage was as much as 13, 42-29, midway through the second quarter.

But Szolnoki responded to that by reeling off seven straight points to go into the break 42-36 down after Sead Sehovic's lay-up.

Jerome Dyson opened the third quarter with a three for Hapoel but Szolnoki soon got back to work, and a Sehovic three cut the gap to just 49-47 midway through the third period.

Hapoel just kept their noses in front for the rest of the quarter, but Szolnoki scored the final four points before Rashad Bell opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer that gave them a 57-55 lead.

They scored a further six points unanswered - making it 13 in all - to build an eight-point advantage.
Dominic Waters' lay-up stopped the rot for Hapoel as they cut the gap back to two.

Horvath's three gave Szolnoki further breathing room but the lead was 66-65 when Dyson split a pair of free throws with 3:07 to go.

But they then missed a pair of three-point attempts as Hapoel pulled ahead again, leading 73-65 on James Florence's free throws 44 seconds from time.

Dyson's three threatened a Hapoel fightback, but free throws from Marton Bader and Florence saw Szolnoki home.

Horvath led Szolnoki with 20 points, making six-of-10 three-pointers, while Bader had 14, Ernests Kalve 13 and Florence 10.

Dyson poured in 27 points for Hapoel while Franklin Hassell collected 14, Shlomo Harrush 12 and Zachary Rosen 11.

 


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