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Gaziantep Comeback Stuns Minsk

11.03.2014

EUROCHALLENGE PLAY-OFFS

10. Baris Ermis (Royal Hali Gaziantep)
Baris Ermis helped Royal Hali Gaziantep stage an amazing comeback

Royal Hali Gaziantep wiped out a 21-point deficit to take a 59-58 victory in the first leg of their EuroChallenge quarter-final play-off series against Tsmoki Minsk.

Domen Lorbek's free throw with four seconds left completed a job which once looked well beyond a Gaziantep team who were thoroughly outplayed for the first 17 minutes of the game.

Minsk began the game on fire, scoring the first seven points and taking an 18-7 lead on Jason Washburn's dunk late in the first quarter.

When Branko Mirkovic and Aliaksei Trastsinetski hit back-to-back three pointers they led 32-12 midway through the second quarter and the lead hit 21 soon after on Tyrone Brazelton's jump shot.

But that finally sparked Gaziantep into some kind of life as Baris Ermis and Ernest Bremer hit back-to-back threes of their own.

However, the comeback did not begin in earnest until midway through the third period when Lorbek scored the first five of 10 unanswered points to bring the deficit back into single figures at 45-37.

Minsk briefly stretched it back out again, but a 9-0 burst had the hosts within two with 2:20 to go.

Pavel Ulyanko's three gave Minsk breathing room, but after Oliver Stevic hit a jump-shot, Brazelton could only split his free throws and Gaziantep punished him with back-to-back threes from Can Ogut and Ermis to take their first lead of the game, 58-56, with just 42 seconds left.

Brazelton tied it with a jump-shot, but Gaziantep took time off the clock before sending Lorbek to the line with four seconds left.

He hit the first and missed the second, but although Ulyanko grabbed the rebound for Minsk, Ermis stripped the ball away from Brazelton to seal the victory.

In all, Gaziantep had been ahead for all of 16 seconds in the game, but that was all they needed.

Lorbek led Gaziantep with 15 points while Ermis had 13 with seven assists. Stevic scored eight while pulling down 16 rebounds.

Mirkovic finished with 19 points for Minsk.

 

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