Late Comeback Fills Szolnoki With Hope

EuroChallenge Qualifying Round
5. Damon Williams (Tampereen Pyrintö)
Damon Williams and Tampereen Pyrintö led comfortably against Szolnoki before the Hungarian side stormed back to make it a close encounter in the first leg

Szolnoki Olaj return home for the second leg of their EuroChallenge Qualifying Round tie with Tampereen Pyrintö on Tuesday night emboldened by their impressive late comeback in the opener in Finland.

Tampereen seemed to have a strong grip on the tie when leading 76-56 with 4:11 remaining in the first leg but the Finnish outfit was outscored 13-1 the rest of the way.

Now Szolnoki Olaj are going into the second game in buoyant mood because eight points is not an insurmountable first-leg deficit in a qualifying round tie.

Just last week, Dexia Mons Hainaut hit back from a first-leg defeat at Besiktas in Turkey to win the Qualifying Round tie for the Eurocup.

The Belgian side even trailed by 17 early in the second half of the home leg yet still managed to come from behind and advance.

"We were a little fortunate when we were at the end down by just eight points," Szolnoki Olaj's Hungary international Marton Bader said.

"We're looking forward to the second leg."

Every team that lost the openers, even by considerable margins, should give itself a fighting chance of winning the tie.

BC Enisey will attempt to overturn an 17-point first-leg deficit when they host Spartak Primorye.

Spartak so far look very concentrated because they followed up their romp over Enisey with a big win against UNICS Kazan in Russia's PBL.

The difference for the Primorye outfit, however, is that they won't be playing the second leg against Enisey at home in the Far East of Russia but rather in Krasnoyarsk.

Triumph Lyubertsy have a 23-point lead on their tie against Krasnye Krylia after winning at home.

Tuesday's second leg is in Samara.

BC "Minsk-2006" will be hoping home support in Belarus helps them play better as they take on Sokhumi, winners of the first leg in Tblisi, Georgia, by 16 points.

Sokhumi's victory last week captured the imagination of their fans both at home and abroad because the club fielded numerous requests to see video footage of the game.

The outfit decided to upload a televised replay of the game on their website,

The other tie sees Hungarians Atomerömü SE carrying a 22-point lead from the first leg to Arkadia Traiskirchen in Austria.


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