Ekaterinburg Advance To Last 16

10 December 2013

22. Lance Harris (Ural Ekaterinburg)
Lance Harris led all scorers with 24 points

Ural Ekaterinburg nearly wasted a 20-point fourth quarter lead but beat Tofas SC Bursa 82-77 to book their ticket to the EuroChallenge Last 16.

Lance Harris poured in 24 points and Aaron McGhee had 21 points and 18 rebounds as Ekaterinburg improved to 4-1 in Group F. Tofas' late 21-4 run was not enough in dropping to 3-2.

Chinemelu Elonu scored 19 points, Marcus Denmon had 15 and Evren Büker 13 in losing efforts.

The game went back and forth in the first quarter with five lead changes and the biggest advantage being three points. Tofas led 14-13 after 10 minutes.

The hosts still led 22-21 when Ekaterinburg scored seven straight points to break away for the first time. The guests' lead was 30-27 at intermission.

Ural used a 10-4 run to take the first double-digit lead at 45-35. The advantage grew quickly and was 59-42 after three quarters.

The cushion was up to 20 points in the fourth quarter at 70-50. The margin was still 72-53 with 5:39 left when Tofas started a 21-4 run - 11 points from Büker - to cut it to 76-74 with 20 seconds left. But Ekaterinburg went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch for the win.


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