Dexia Turn Back Determined Banvit

15.01.2008

Dexia Mons-Hainaut led for virtually the entire game but had to survive a nervous final quarter to beat winless Banvit for their third triumph in EuroCup Qualifying Round Group B.

Narrowly beaten at Ural Great last week, Chris Finch's team put the disappointment behind them and overcame the Turkish outfit 85-81 despite turning the ball over 26 times.

Benjamin Ikpeme Ebong (Dexia Mons-Hainaut)
Ben Ebong led the way for Dexia with 23 points in the win.
Dexia enjoyed a 43-25 lead with 3:49 remaining in the first half with Ben Ebong scoring 18 of his game-high 23 points and Travis Conlan dishing out eight assists.

They looked to be cruising to a decisive win, but Banvit had other ideas.

At the start of the second half, Inanç Koç and Derya Yannier hit on successive trips down the floor from behind the arc to close the gap to 47-39.

After Ebong was off target, Joseph Crispin buried a three-ball and the Belgian team's lead was suddenly just 47-42 ahead.

Banvit shortly after reduced the deficit to 49-46 when Koç made a lay-up to raise his points haul to 13.

Michael Lenzly sparked a 6-0 run with a jump shot for Dexia, however, as the Belgian team kept their noses in front.

A Conlan three-point play took the lead back to 63-50 late in the third quarter, but Banvit had issued a warning with that terrific fightback and were not about to give in.

They would get even closer in the fourth quarter.

The Turkish team started their comeback when Dexia led 74-63 with six minutes remaining.

Andrew "Kenny" Adeleke scored to spark a 9-0 run that was capped by another Yannier three-pointer as Banvit pulled to within 74-72 with 4:11 to go.

Lenzly split a pair of free throws to make it 75-72, but Yigitcan Turna went in for a lay-up to make it a one-point game.

Controversy ensued.

A technical foul was called against Banvit, and that allowed Nate Reinking to go to the charity stripe and make two free throws.

Koç was also called for a technical, and Reinking made two more technical free throws from the line.

When it was over, Dexia had gone from trying to hold on to dear life with a one-point advantage to a 79-74 lead with 3:00 to play.

Banvit got no closer than four points the rest of the way.

Dexia could have had a more comfortable win had they been better at the line. They finished 22 of 33 (66.6%), compared to eight of 13 (61.5%) for Banvit.

Most of the damage inflicted by Dexia came inside. They out-rebounded their visitors 33-21, and shot 27 of 42 (64.2%) inside the arc.

Banvit were also impressive shooting the arc, making 26 of 40 (65%).


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