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Apoel Hold On To Beat Zadar

14 December 2010
EuroChallenge

Apoel stayed in the hunt for a place in the EuroChallenge Last 16 with a 61-56 home victory over BC Zadar.

In the Group G win, Kevin Tiggs' 19 points led the Nicosia club and the excellent Jakov Vladovic had 24 in defeat.

Vladovic also had six assists and five steals.

A Tiggs three-ball snapped an early 7-7 tie and ignited a 15-0 run for Apoel that appeared to put them in command but Vladovic triggered a 7-0 Zadar spurt with a lay-up.

Apoel then reclaimed the initiative and went back in front by 15 before taking a 36-24 lead to the break.

The hosts had their noses in front for good but Vladovic did help keep his team in the contest and another of his driving lay-ups reduced the arrears to 56-52 with 5:45 to go.

Zadar had three other chances to get even closer but Marko Car missed two shots from long range and Pavle Marcinkovic failed to make a lay-up.

Ian Hanavan made one of two at the free-throw line for Apoel and after Zvonko Buljan hit a couple of late shots for the home side, they sealed their second win of the season and left both outfits with 2-3 records.

Next week, Apoel will host Group G leaders Pinar Karsiyaka while Zadar must square off against ETHA Encomi.

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