Famutimi, Khimik Comeback Stuns Barons

19 December 2007

Khimik maintained their unbeaten start to their EuroCup Group D campaign as they snatched a 84-78 win at Barons LMT.

Olumuyiwa Famutimi top-scored for the visitors with 20 points and they also had three other players record double figures in Riga.

Giedrius Gustas poured in 17 points for Barons but could not prevent them slipping to defeat.

Giedrius Gustas (Barons LMT )
Giedrius Gustas' 17 points were not enough for the Barons LMT )

The hosts started the better, storming into an early lead thanks to pouring in 11 points with no reply.

The Ukrainians by contrast looked sluggish and found themselves 24-10 behind at one point and only managed to reduce the deficit to 28-18 by the end of the first quarter.

But they managed to haul themselves back into the game and drew level with the Latvians midway through the second period although Barons did manage to take a 50-43 lead at the halfway stage of the game.

And the third quarter saw more misery for Khimik as, although they poured in 15 points, their opponents recorded 17 to go into the final 10 minutes 67-60 ahead.

But Famutimi netted 13 points in the final quarter - nine from the charity stripe - to get the Ukrainians back on level terms before they went on to inflict Barons' first defeat of the campaign.

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