Okapi Work Overtime to Top Minsk

23 January 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

Derek Raivio (Okapi Aalstar)
Derek Raivio led the way for Okapi Aalstar with 25 points

Okapi Aalstar needed two overtimes but finally completed a stirring comeback to beat Tsmoki-Minsk 91-87 on the road for their first win in Group L of the EuroChallenge.

Minsk led from the opening minutes until late in the fourth quarter, and looked ready to cruise to the finish as they held a 63-49 advantage early in the fourth period.

But Okapi stormed back, and they took a shock lead, 69-68, on Derek Raivio's three-pointer with 2:22 to go.


Aliaksandr Kudrautsau's free throws put Minsk back in front but Ryan Thompson hit a lay-up to give Okapi the lead again.

Further free throws gave Minsk a 73-71 lead in the final seconds but Raivio's lay-up almost on the buzzer forced overtime.

The teams continued to trade the lead with neither able to find any separation.

Aliaksei Trastsinetski's free throw put Minsk up 81-79 with 17 seconds left in overtime, but Chris Young went to the line with one second left and hit both to send it to a second extra period.

Minsk hit first, with Pavel Ulyanko's free throws giving them a four-point lead but Okapi wiped it out with six straight.

They won it on defence at the end, getting away with missed free throws down the stretch as they held Minsk scoreless for the final two minutes.

Raivio led Okapi with 25 points while Larry Anderson had 16 and Young 13.

Ulyanko had 18 points for Minsk with Kudrautsau adding 16 and Pushtahvar 15. Lashkevich finished with 13.


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