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KRKA Rally To Top Cholet

11.02.2014

EUROCHALLENGE

7. Sani Becirovic (KRKA Novo Mesto)
Sani Becirovic delivered a well-rounded performance with 21 points, five rebounds and six assists

KRKA Novo Mesto rallied from 17 points down in regulation to top Cholet Basket 93-88 in overtime in a key battle in Group J of the EuroChallenge.

A match-up of teams needing to improve 1-2 records was often intense, but Cholet dominated the third period as they built a huge lead only to see KRKA close all the way back up and then force overtime with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Zvonko Buljan.

They then made sure it did not go to waste as further threes from Erjon Kastrati and Jaka Klobucar helped them pull away in the extra period.

Cholet had begun to edge clear late in the second period and kept the momentum going early in the third.

When Torey Thomas hit three-pointers to bookend an 11-0 run they had jumped into a 54-38 lead and it was 57-40 when Rudy Jomby connected from deep.

KRKA responded with six straight but it was not until the fourth quarter that their rally got going, with a 12-2 run giving them a 68-67 edge on Sani Becirovic's jump-shot.

That set-up another scrap to the finish. Eric Chatfield's free throws gave Cholet a late 80-77 lead, but after Lamayn Wilson missed a three which would have iced it, Buljan sent the game into overtime.

KRKA scored the first five points and the big shots from Kastrati and Klobucar ensured there was no way back for the hosts.

Becirovic finished with 21 points for KRKA while Christopher Booker had 17, Klobucar and Buljan adding 13 each.

Wilson had 20 for Cholet with Jomby collecting 13.


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