Benson Free-Throws Lift Minsk Over Mures

04 December 2013
34. Keith Benson Jr (Tsmoki Minsk)
Keith Benson dominated the boards for Tsmoki Minsk, good for 26 points and 8 rebounds

Keith Benson's free-throws at the death clinched an 84-82 victory for Tsmoki Minsk at BC Mures for their third win in Group H of the EuroChallenge on Wednesday night.

In a game that saw the lead change hands 12 times and scores tied on another 11 occasions, neither side was able to get a lead bigger than six points.

Mures opened a quick lead at the start of the game, which increased to six points at 14-8 after two points by Ivan Ivanovic.

However, Minsk responded immediately and took the lead themselves for the first time after 11 minutes when Benson completed a three-point play after being fouled on a lay-up.

That would not break the hosts' spirit and nothing separated the teams when they went into the locker-rooms with the scores tied, 40-40.

Nothing changed in the third frame, but when Parrish Petty drained a three-pointer early in the final quarter, it looked like the Belarussian side might have an edge over their opponents.

Mures battled back though and regained a slim lead, which they were able to extend to five points when Goran Martinic made two of his game high 27 points to make it 77-72 with three minutes to play.

Tsmoki would not go away and had the game tied once more at 82 apiece with only 40 ticks left on the clock after a big three by Branko Mirkovic.

On the other side, Demonte Harper blocked Ivanovic and Teodor Jucan was off target with his lay-up attempt.

Ivanovic could only stop Benson with a foul and the Minsk center calmly sank his free-throws for a team-high 26 points to go with his eight rebounds.


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