Szolnok Advance Despite Loss



9. Aleksandar Mladenovic (Gaz Metan Medias)
Aleksandar Mladenovic was Mures' top scorer with 26 points, adding 11 rebounds

Szolnoki Olaj booked their ticket to the EuroChallenge Last 16 despite falling to BC Mures, 76-68, in Group H action on Tuesday night.

The Hungarian side have won the head-to-head thanks to an 85-72 win in the reverse fixture, having a top-two finish guaranteed regardless of the outcome of next week's final group games.

Aleksandar Mladenovic collected 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks for the winning side, while Goran Martinic added 16 points.

Szolnoki were led by Akos Keller, who got 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Justin Holiday who contributed 14 points.

Mures jumped ahead early 7-0 and were still up 15-8 when Szolnoki finished the first quarter on a 9-0 run for a 17-15 lead after one quarter.

The hosts led 23-22 until Mures used a 12-2 surge for a 34-25 lead. The gap was cut to 39-34 before Mures went into the break ahead 42-34.

Szolnoki got to within 44-43 early in the second half but Mures pulled ahead 62-53 at the end of the third quarter.

The hosts got the gap down to 64-57 but Mures took control with a 10-2 run for a 74-59 advantage with less than four minutes left.

Szolnoki held the guests scoreless for more than three minutes but could not get closer than six points the rest of the game.



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