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KRKA Beat Dexia Again

15 February 2011
EuroChallenge
12. Christopher Booker (KRKA)
Christopher Booker put up a nice double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, helping KRKA in their third Last 16 triumph

KRKA Novo Mesto moved closer to a spot in the Quarter-Finals of the EuroChallenge by winning 84-75 at Dexia Mons-Hainaut on Tuesday night.

Coming off a disappointing defeat to Union Olimpija in the domestic cup over the weekend, KRKA rebounded to clinch their third win in four Group J games in the Last 16.

Pinar Karsiyaka are also 3-1 in the group after falling to a surprise home defeat to Antwerp Giants.

Dusan Djordjevic led the KRKA scoring parade with 19 points while the Slovenian side also got a great effort from Christopher Booker, who had 14 points and 13 boards.

Goran Ikonic was also in fine fettle, scoring 14 points, handing out four assists, grabbing four rebounds and coming up with two steals.

Dexia led 24-18 early in the second quarter but then saw their chances take a major hit.

KRKA's Smiljan Pavic caught a pass by Ikonic and dunked on a fast break to trigger a 15-0 run that put the visitors into a 33-24 lead.

Dexia closed the gap to six but an Ikonic jumper gave KRKA a 42-34 advantage at half-time.

The KRKA lead ballooned to 56-39 midway through the third quarter, only for Dexia to battle back and trail 60-55 late in the third period.

A three-ball by Alexandre Libert then reduced the arrears to 62-58 with 46 seconds to play in the frame.

That was as close as they would get.

Zoran Dragic hit a jumper and then two Djordjevic baskets for KRKA at the beginning of the fourth put them on the way to victory.

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