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Minsk Rally To Top Szolnoki

20 November 2013

EUROCHALLENGE

22. Demonte Harper (Tsmoki Minsk)
Demonte Harper took over for Tsmoki Minsk, paving the way to victory with 5 points in the last minutes

Tsmoki Minsk staged a stunning fourth quarter fightback to hand Szolnoki Olaj their first defeat in Group H of the EuroChallenge, 76-68.

The hosts outscored Szolnoki 28-9 in the final period, having trailed by 11 in the closing stages of the third period.
Demonte Harper had 19 points and nine rebounds in the win, with Parrish Petty adding 15 with nine boards.

The two teams had been locked in a tight battle throughout the first half, but Szolnoki began to take control early in the third period, with a 12-1 burst giving them a 59-48 lead when David Vojvoda made a lay-up.

They took that 11-point lead into the fourth quarter but Minsk immediately began chipping away as Petty made three of four from the line.

When Harper sank a three-pointer with six minutes left the gap was 63-59, and Keith Benson Jr's lay-up then cut it to two.

Szolnoki did their best to hold the hard-charging hosts off, but Minsk eventually drew level on a Harper three that made it 66-66 with 2:14 to go.

The teams were tied together once more with 1:34 left, but Minsk grabbed their first lead of the second half when Petty sank a three with 65 seconds left, and he would add another at the death after Branko Mirkovic's lay-up finished Szolnoki off.

Peter Lorant led Szolnoki with 21 points and 12 rebounds, with Vojvoda adding 14.


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