Minsk-2006 Blow Out Sokhumi To Advance

11 October 2011

BC Minsk-2006 fell flat last week in a heavy defeat at Sokhumi but bounced back to claim a place in the EuroChallenge Regular Season.

Thrashed 94-78 in the first leg of their Qualifying Round tie in Georgia, Minsk stormed to a 97-63 home triumph on Tuesday evening to win the tie by 18 points on aggregate.

Julius Hodge led the Minsk team's rampage with 23 points.

The forward also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Aliaksei Lashkevich added 20 while Justin Hawkins and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau contributed 18 apiece.

Minsk were so soundly beaten in the first leg that they couldn't afford to waste any time making inroads in the second meeting.

By the end of the opening quarter, the comeback was well and truly on.

The Belarus side led 15-8 and at half-time, the second-leg advantage had ballooned to 38-23.

Sokhumi still had their noses in front on aggregate but the hosts weren't to be denied in the second half.

Two Hawkins free-throws and five straight points from Kudrautsau stretched the lead to 54-31, and when Aliaksei Trastsinetski scored to cap the 10-0 run, Minsk had a 56-31 advantage with 4:42 left in the third quarter.

Minsk pulled away for a decisive win.

By the end of game, the home side had out-rebounded Sokhumi 46-31.

The visitors had just two assists all night.


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