Aalstar Out-Fox ETHA In 4th Quarter



Okapi Aalstar enjoyed a big second half at ETHA in Cyprus and cruised to a second straight victory in the EuroChallenge.

The Belgian club won the Group F clash, 80-61, with Christopher Copeland's 18 points leading a balanced attack.

The Aalst outfit were in front 37-33 early in the second half when it started landing blows that ETHA would not recover from.

Jorn Steinbach connected from the arc before Justin Holiday and Christopher Young added dunks.

Steinbach followed with another three-pointer for a 47-33 lead.

Bradley Dean's team outscored the hosts 25-16 in the frame.

ETHA didn't give up gave their fans hope at the beginning of the fourth quarter when lay-ups by Shawn Ray, Dejan Cup and Darryl Jackson and a jumper by Cup closed the gap to 57-51.

After each side scored, Nate Fox hit a three-pointer and made two free-throws for Aalstar to settle their nerves.

They finished strong, pouring in 23 points in the quarter to pull away for a decisive victory.

Fox finished with 13 points and Holiday had 15.

Jackson and Cup had 12 points apiece in defeat.

ETHA are now 1-2.


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