Triumph Blow By Ekaterinburg

13 March 2014

EUROCHALLENGE

7. Courdon Higgins (Triumph Lyubertsy)
Courdon Higgins had the hot hand, making 6-of-7 from outside the arc

Triumph Lyubertsy raced into the Final Four of the EuroChallenge with a 110-67 demolition of Ural Ekaterinburg to complete a 2-0 series win.

Triumph won the first game 80-72 despite blowing a comfortable first-half lead, but left no doubt in the second game as they dominated from start to finish.

Courdon Higgins poured in 32 points to lead four Triumph players scoring in double figures as they shot 41-of-67 (61.2%) from the field.

Only once in the game did Ekaterinburg appear capable of making a fight of it, clawing their way back from a double-digit deficit to sit within four when Aaron McGhee's three-pointer made it 39-35 with 4:15 left in the first half.

But Triumph's response was an 8-0 run highlighted by Higgins' three and they led 52-39 at half-time.

They then finished off the visitors in a brutal third quarter in which they outscored Ekaterinburg 35-15, including a 13-0 run that made it 67-40 when Higgins sank a three just 3:40 into the second half.

There was no easing up in the fourth quarter as they continued to pull away, bringing up triple figures on Ivan Lazarev's jump-shot with six minutes remaining in the game and holding their biggest lead of the contest shortly after when Artem Kuzyakin's basket made it 106-60.

Kyle Landry finished with 16 points for Triumph, while Dmitry Kulagin added 11 and Milovan Rakic had 10.

McGhee and Fedor Kliuchnikov had 18 points each for Ekaterinburg but Triumph were able to shut down Lance Harris, holding him to 10 points after his game-high 27 in the first game.


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