|Christopher Young had 12 points and pulled down 8 boards for Okapi Aalstar in the road win|
Five players scored in double figures as Okapi Aalstar came back from a 12-point deficit to grab an 84-77 road victory over Belfius Mons-Hainaut in a battle of Belgian teams in Group E of the EuroChallenge.
Derek Raivio led the way for Aalstar with 18 points while Jason Clark had 15 points and Ryan Thompson scored 14 points. Christopher Young chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds with Larry Anderson hitting for 10 points. Justin Cage paced the hosts with 17 points and Brian Qvale had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Quincy Taylor collected 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the defeat.
Mons-Hainaut jumped out to an early 13-1 lead as Aalstar failed to score from the floor until the 5:17 mark of the first quarter on a three-ball from Anderson. The guests pulled within 13-9 but the deficit was out to 26-14 at the end of the opening period.
The lead twice grew back to 12 points - 40-28 and 47-35. And Mons-Hainaut led 47-39 at halftime.
The hosts still led 52-43 when Aalstar finally started their comeback midway through the third with Raivio, Anderson, Thompson and Hans Van Langenhove all nailing three-pointers to cut the margin to 60-57. It was 61-57 after three quarters.
When Thomas Dreesen knocked down a triple early in the fourth quarter, it was Aalstar's first lead of the game at 64-63. Joshua Bostic and Dreesen swapped triples, the latter starting a 7-0 Aalstar run with four straight points by Thompson. And the guests finished the game strong with Raivio, Clark and Thompson combining to hit eight-of-eight free throws in the final 1:08.