Bears Bring Up Century In Big Win

12 November 2013
9. Kenneth Barker (Bakken Bears Aarhus)
Kenneth Barker led the way for the Bakken Bearswith 20 points and 8 assists

Bakken Bears Aarhus collected their second win in Group G of EuroChallenge as they saw off Kataja Basket in a 101-90 shoot-out.

The Bears took control with an 11-0 run in the first quarter and were rarely troubled again thereafter with a late Kataja rally having insufficient legs to threaten the lead.

Thomas Laerke and Kenneth Barker poured in 20 points each, Barker adding eight assists, to lead six Bears scoring in double figures, with Brandon Penn adding 12 rebounds to his 14 points.

After Kataja enjoyed a fleeting taste of the lead at the start of the night, the Bears swiftly took control and when Nicolai Iversen made a lay-up to cap a 9-0 burst, they were up 27-11 late in the first quarter.

Penn's lay-up made it 37-20 early in the second quarter - the biggest bulge of the night - before Kataja began to make at least some headway, cutting it to 48-40 with seven unanswered points just before half-time.

They did enough to keep the Bears honest in the second half, but after the hosts enjoyed a 9-0 burst that bridged the third and fourth quarters - capped by Chris Christoffersen's dunk, any hopes they had of getting back into the game had gone.

That did not stop them trying as a late three from Juho Lehtoranta, followed by a jump shot from Petri Virtanen, got them back within single figures, but there was no stopping the Bears, who moved into triple figures when Penn sank a three-pointer at the death.

Renaldo Major led Kataja with 21 points and nine rebounds while Michael Morrison had 17 with 11 boards.


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