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Higgins Leads Triumph To Victory

20 November 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

7. Courdon Higgins (Triumph Lyubertsy)
Courdon Higgins came to rescue for Triumph Lyubertsy, pouring in six of his 35 points in overtime

Triumph Lyubertsy blew a double-digit second-half lead but managed to edge out Gaz Metan Medias 84-81 in overtime for a road win that keeps them unbeaten in Group D of the EuroChallenge.

In a battle of 2-0 teams, Triumph were up by 11 late in the third quarter only for Kyle Shiloh to inspire a late comeback from Medias that sent the game into an extra five minutes.

But with Courdon Higgins in blistering form on his way to 35 points, Triumph held another narrow lead as the clock ticked down and when Shiloh's three-point attempt bounced clear in the final second, their win was secure.

Triumph led 61-50 when Higgins sank a jump shot with 2:17 to go in the third quarter, but Shiloh followed a pair of free throws with a three-pointer as Medias set about closing the gap.

Back-to-back baskets from Shiloh late in the fourth quarter then made it a one-point game, 70-69, with 64 seconds left.

Higgins padded the lead only for Rares Mandache's three to tie it 29 ticks from time.

Higgins went to the line to add two more but Shiloh's lay-up with a single second left forced overtime.

Triumph struck first and led 82-79 with 64 seconds left after a pair of Higgins free throws.

Kyle Landry missed a three that might have sealed it to allow Shiloh to once more make it a one-point game with 13 seconds left.

But Higgins held his nerve with two more free throws - making him a perfect eight of eight from the line on the night - and Shiloh's late heave was off-target.

Shiloh collected 22 points with 11 rebounds for Medias.


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