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Killingsworth, Haifa Stop Netanya

25 January 2011
EUROCHALLENGE

Having already beaten them twice on the domestic scene in Israel, Haifa defeated Barak Netanya 80-73 in the EuroChallenge Last 16 on Tuesday night.

With Adrian Banks, the leading scorer in the EuroChallenge Regular Season, struggling from the floor for the second consecutive week, Haifa got 21 points and seven rebounds from Marco Killingsworth.

The 2.01m center had his best moments when the game was on the line.

Eran Asante had just made a lay-up to extend Netanya's lead to 67-62 with 4:34 left when Killingsworth shifted into overdrive.

He answered with a lay-up and following a 24-second shot-clock violation by Netanya, Killingsworth nailed a jumper to cut the deficit to just one.

The 28-year-old then drew a foul by Banks and made both free-throws for a 68-67 lead.

After Haifa's Avraham Ben Chimol and Netanya's Romeo Travis traded baskets, Killingsworth replied with another lay-up to make it 73-69 with 1:37 remaining.

With 49 seconds to go, Haifa went inside to the big man and once again, he delivered for a 77-69 lead.

He added two more free-throws with 33 seconds left for an 80-72 advantage.

In the fourth quarter alone, Killingsworth scored 13 points.

Netanya are now 0-2 in the Last 16.

They were awful from long range, hitting just one of 13 on the night and at the free-throw line they sank 10 of 16.

Haifa, meanwhile, are 1-1.

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