Dexia Sink Samara In Overtime

24.02.2009

Dexia Mons-Hainaut needed overtime to earn their second win in EuroChallenge Top 16 action, beating CSK-VVS Samara 77-73 on the road on Tuesday night.

The struggling hosts, who remain winless with the defeat, finished regulation time on an 8-2 run to force the extra period, and then quickly raced out to a four point lead.

But Dexia finished the game on a 9-1 run to improve their record to 2-2.

Dexia took a 66-60 lead with 6:45 remaining in the fourth quarter when Travis Conlan nailed a three-pointer.

But Samara clawed their way back, tying the game at 66 on Andrew Sullivan's dunk and then taking the lead, 68-66, through Virgil Stanescu 37 seconds from the buzzer.

But just when the home crowd though a first win was coming, Great Britain international Nate Reinking hit a jump shot seven clicks from time to send the game to overtime.

Early free throws from Mladjen Sljivcananin and a Stanescu jump-shot gave Samara a 72-68 lead, but Dexia came roaring back, taking the lead at 74-73 on Ben Ebong's jump-shot with 52 seconds left before Conlan's three-pointer ended the contest with seven seconds on the clock.

Dexia used a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures.

Kelvin Torbert led the way with 14 while Caleb Green had 12, Ebong and Conlan finished with 11 each and Bryan Bracey and Elton Nesbitt finished with 10 apiece.

Samara wasted 21 points from Sljivancanin, while Sullivan had 17 and Stanescu 14.


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