Lukoil Complete Sweep Of Haifa

15.02.2011

EuroChallenge

11. Devin Green (Lukoil Academic)
Devin Green was red hot from three point land with 3 makes in 6 attempts in a convincing Lukoilwin

Lukoil Academic beat Maccabi Haifa for the second time this season to move closer to the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals.

Jovica Arsic's team claimed an 87-69 triumph, its third win in four Group I games in the Last 16.

After trailing 27-22 in the last minute of the first quarter, the Bulgarian side found its rhythm and eventually took a 53-35 lead with 43 seconds to go in the opening half.

Devin Green had 14 points and Dominic James 10 at the interval for the home side.

Haifa prevented the hosts from pulling away, though.

They threatened to reel them in the third quarter.

Behind 62-48, the visitors went on an 8-0 run over to close the gap to just six with 2:06 to play in the frame.

Lukoil, who entered the game with wins in two of their first three Last 16 games, knocked the wind out of the visitors with a 6-0 run early in the fourth.

On top 69-60 with 8:08 to go, James buried a three-pointer and was fouled on the shot.

He went to the line and sank the free-throw for a rare four-point play and the Sofia side added two more free-throws for a 75-60 advantage with 6:04 to go.

They were in command the rest of the game.

Green led the Lukoil scorers with 21 points on eight of 12 shooting, including three of six from behind the arc.

James added 15, Bruno Sundov 14 and Travis Peterson nine, along with 11 rebounds.

Haifa's Marco Killingsworth scored 20 points and corralled 11 boards but his team suffered its third defeat in four Last 16 games.


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