Szolnoki Pull Away For Big Win

12 November 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

9. David Vojvoda (Szolnoki Olaj)
David Vojvoda picked up 22 points to assure that Szolnoki Olaj stayed perfect

Szolnoki Okaj turned in a dominant fourth quarter to cruise to an 85-72 victory over BC Mures, but this EuroChallenge Group H contest was not as one-sided as it was made to look.

The visitors outscored Mures 24-9 in the final 10 minutes, turning a once intense battle into a laugher.

But for more than three quarters the teams were neck-and-neck as they traded the lead - something Mures held as late as the first minute of the fourth quarter.

Szolnoki were the first to build a significant lead in the game with David Vojvoda on fire in the early going. He had 11 of their first 17 points, and helped them go up 21-13 with 93 seconds left in the first quarter when Chris Oliver sank a pair of free throws.

But Mures fought all the way back and a 9-0 run saw them turned a 36-31 deficit into a 40-36 lead as Tyrone Mitchell drained a three-pointer late in the second quarter before the teams went in tied at 42.

Mures edged the start of the third quarter, and led 48-43 on Ivan Ivanovic's lay-up but Szolnoki kept scrapping as they remained locked together until the start of the final period.

It started with Mures up by two, and after two quick Szolnoki baskets Ionut Lupusavei's three-pointer gave them a 66-65 edge with 8:29 to play.

But it was the last they would see of the lead as Miljan Rakic reeled off three three-pointers in a row to start a 13-0 run, with Szolnoki finishing the fourth quarter four-of-five from beyond the arc.

Mures had entirely lose their way as turnovers and misses mounted, and Szolnoki ensured there was no respite as they continued to pull away.

Vojvoda finished with 22 points while Akos Keller had 16, Oliver 13 and Rakic 11.

Vaidotas Peciukas led Mures with 16 points, while Aleksandar Mladenovic added 15.

 


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