Minsk Hit Triple Figures Again



22. Demonte Harper (Tsmoki Minsk)
Demonte Harper scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter

Tsmoki Minsk torched Team TEHO Sport Kotka as they romped to a 104-73 victory in Group L of the EuroChallenge.

Minsk put one foot in the quarter-finals as they poured in 38 points in the first quarter alone and just kept going, shooting 41-of-71 (57.7%) from the field on the night.

Demonte Harper scored 20 points to lead five Minsk players scoring in double figures, and they dominated in every department, out-rebounding the visitors 41-21.

It was never really a contest, with Dzianis Korshuk putting Minsk up 19-6 midway through a first quarter which finished with a Aliaksei Lashkevich lay-up that made it 38-15.

They led 60-40 at half-time and continued to pour it on even as coach Donaldas Kairys brought in his bench players.

Bright spots were in short supply for Kotka, but Sharaud Curry - the EuroChallenge's leading scorer - managed 15 points of 7-of-10 shooting from the field while also dishing out eight assists and grabbing four rebounds.

Keith Benson Jr had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Minsk, while Vitali Liutych added 14 points, Branko Mirkovic 13 and Tyrone Brazelton 10.

It is a second consecutive big win for Minsk against Kotka after they won the reverse fixture 100-64.


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