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Grim Draper Calls Time on Keravnos Upset Bid

02.12.2008

SAOS Hyeres trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and were still behind midway through the final quarter but won 88-85 at Keravnos in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday.

Dontaye Draper exploded for 29 points for Hyeres, hitting five of nine shots from long range.

Keravnos looked determined to banish the memory of last week's 78-55 home drubbing at the hands of Telekom Baskets and started well.

Panagiotis Trisokkas, Andre Woolridge and Barisa Krasic poured in the bulk of the points in the first quarter as they led 28-17.

The French outfit cut the deficit back to four points but ended up trailing 50-43 after Andreas Pilavas' jump shot at the buzzer for the Cypriot team.

A Draper three-pointer with 2:24 to go in the third gave Hyeres their first lead only for Keravnos to get their noses back in front.

LaMarr Greer's lay-up gave the hosts a 70-67 advantage heading into the last 10 minutes.

Keravnos scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to move in front 77-67 and it began to look as if victory might be theirs.

Jarrett Hart's lay-up with 7:39 to go extended the advantage to 81-69.

Draper sparked the French into life with one of his three-balls and Kyle Milling scored on a lay-up before Draper added two free throws to cut the deficit to 81-76.

Hyeres kept the pressure on and finally took an 86-85 lead on another Draper shot from long range.

Draper had an opportunity to secure the victory with eight seconds remaining but made just one of two free throws for an 88-85 lead.

Wooldrige was off target with a potential game-tying three-pointer for Keravnos two seconds from the end as Hyeres held on.

Greer led a balanced scoring attack for Keravnos with 15 points and Aleksandar Damjanovic contributed 15.

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