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Göttingen Go Out Battling Against Armia

29 November 2011
EUROCHALLENGE
4. Jeremy Richardson (Armia)
Jeremy Richardson lead Armia with23 points past battling Violets in Göttingen

Jeremy Richardson hit five shots from long range and poured in a game-high 23 points as Armia prevailed 69-61 at BG Göttingen in EuroChallenge Group B action on Tuesday night.

The Georgian outfit won for the third time in four games while the Violets' faint hopes of advancing to the Last 16 were extinguished.

Armia host Besiktas (4-0) next week and will seal a place in the next phase of the competition with a victory.

A loss could leave them needing a win in their Group B finale against ZZ Leiden, who are 1-3 after Tuesday's loss at Besiktas.

Against the Violets, the club that won the EuroChallenge in 2010, Armia broke open a close game midway through the second quarter.

On top 28-24, Will Thomas made a lay-up on a fast-break to ignite an 11-1 run that Sundiata Gaines capped with a three-pointer.

Richardson buried a three-pointer at the end of the half for a 44-29 lead.

The American had nine points at the break while Joakim Kjellbom scored 11 in the first half and Thomas eight.

The German club trailed by 20 in the second half but fought until the end and twice closed the gap to five in the last two minutes.

Armia held on for the victory.

Thomas scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Kjellbom had 11 points and 10 boards.

Sean Evans and Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 12 points apiece for Göttingen.

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