Ekaterinburg Hang On To Top Tofas

12 November 2013
6. Aaron Mc Ghee (Ural Ekaterinburg)
 Aaron Mc Ghee had 13 points as Ural Ekaterinburg got off the mark in Group F

A late rally fell short as Tofas SC Bursa went down 74-70 to Ural Ekaterinburg in Group F of the EuroChallenge.

Ekaterinburg led by as many as 16 early in the fourth quarter and although Tofas capped a late run with seven straight points to get within four with 56 seconds left, they could not score again as the hosts hung on.

Lance Harris led Ekaterinburg with 19 points while Aaron McGhee added 13, with the 22 points and 11 rebounds amassed by Marcus Denmon in vain for Tofas.

The first half was a close battle with 13 lead changes and eight ties but, having nosed in front just before half-time, Ekaterinburg made their move at the start of the third period.

Three-pointers from Dmitrii Nikolaev and Anton Glazunov helped them open up a 45-36 lead, and another three from Baranov with 1:48 left in the third made it 56-44.

When Harris followed another Baranov three with a put-back from McGhee's miss early in the fourth period the lead was 64-48.

With time running down, Tofas launched their comeback attempt when Rok Stipcevic sank a three-pointer with 3:31 left, cutting the gap to 11 and sparking a 12-2 run.

Another three from Denmon made it 74-68 with 1:28 to go and after Dmitrii Arteshin missed from long range for Ekaterinburg, Denmon added two more from the free throw line with 56 ticks left.

An Ekaterinburg turnover gave them the chance to cut the lead further, but Denmon was off-target with a three-pointer and Ekateriburg saw the game out safely.

The win gets Ekaterinburg off the mark in Group F following their narrow loss to KRKA Novo Mesto last time out while Tofas drop back to 1-1.


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