Lashkevich Late Show Lifts Minsk


Aliaksei Lashkevich hit a game-winning jump shot with just two seconds to go on Tuesday as BC "Minsk-2006" beat Türk Telekom in the EuroChallenge.

The side from Belarus finished their European campaign with a 78-76 Group G victory.

Minsk snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 while Türk Telekom slumped to 2-4.

Neither side had a chance to advance to the Last 16 before the contest.

Even so, the fans were treated to a thriller.

Ali Karadeniz made two free-throws to tie the game at 76-76 just eight seconds from the end.

Minsk called a timeout.

When play resumed, the visiting team got the ball to Courtney Eldridge but he missed a jumper.

However, Lashkevich grabbed the rebound and put the ball back up and in.

Türk Telekom called a timeout with two seconds to go to discuss their last play.

When play resumed, Can Ogut launched a potential game-winning shot from behind the arc but was off target and the buzzer sounded.

The hosts lost, despite getting 25 points and nine rebounds from center Kaspars Kambala.

His teammate Nedim Yücel also contributed 10 points and 10 boards.

The irony of the last several seconds will not be lost on losing coach Timucin Meric, whose team had 24 second-chance points to just two for BC "Minsk-2006" before the visitors claimed the vital offensive rebound and scored at the end.

The Turkish club out-rebounded Minsk 40-29 but got the result they deserved when considering their profligacy at the free-throw line.

Türk Telekom missed nine of their 19 attempts at the stripe while Minsk hit nine of 12.

The winners, who were seven of 14 from behind the arc, were led by Eldridge's 17 points.

Lashkevich had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.



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