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Triumph-antly Into Last Sixteen

03 December 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

7. Courdon Higgins (Triumph Lyubertsy)
Courdon Higgins assured Triumph Lyubertsy remained perfect with 19 points.

Triumph Lyubertsy booked their ticket to the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge with an 80-70 victory at Körmend to remain perfect at 4-0 in Group D.

Courdon Higgins led Triumph with 19 points while Dmitry Kulagin scored 15 points and Kyle Landry collected 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Körmend dropped to 1-3 despite Zarko Rakocevic scoring 20 points. Rolland Török added 14 points and Muhammad El-Amin had 12 points in the loss.

With the guests leading 12-9, Higgins and Kulagin combined for 10 points in a 12-0 Lyubertsy run to open a 15-point lead 24-9. The cushion was 26-14 after one quarter.

Körmend were able to close the gap to eight points in the second quarter - 32-24 - but Lyubertsy were up 42-30 at intermission.

The hosts trimmed the deficit to nine points but Triumph used a 7-0 surge to take a game-high 16-point advantage, 53-37. After closing the gap to 10 points, Körmend trailed 65-53 after three quarters.

Gergely Kutasi's triple trimmed the margin to nine points and it was only an eight-point game 76-68 with 1:23 left to play. But Körmend turned the ball over on their next two possessions.


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