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Medias Fall Short Against PO Antwerp

11.02.2014

EUROCHALLENGE

9. Ryan Pearson (PO Antwerp Giants)
Ryan Pearson paved the way for the Giants with a game-high 23 points

Gaz Metan Medias' hopes of reaching the EuroChallenge quarter-finals are over after a late rally fell short in an 81-79 loss to Port of Antwerp Giants in Group I.

Medias needed a win to have any chance of progressing after losing their first three games in the Last 16, but although they fought back from 14 points down to get within two 44 seconds from time, they could not get over the hump as the Giants claimed win number two of this round.

Medias did not leave contention quietly, however.

The Giants led 78-68 after Barry Stewart nailed a three-pointer with 1:53 to go, but Medias responded as Willie Kemp followed a jump-shot with a three, and then capped that by getting the assist on another big three from Kyle Shiloh.

Suddenly a team who had trailed 62-48 late in the third quarter found themselves just two down, 78-76, inside the final minute.

But the Giants took time off the clock before Ryan Pearson drew a foul and hit both free throws, and after Kemp missed a three for Medias, Stewart split his free throws to make it 81-76 with 10 seconds left.

Aurelian Dumitrescu swished a three on the buzzer, but time had already run out on Medias.

Pearson led all scorers with 23 for the Giants, while Stewart added 14 and Maxime De Zeeuw 13.

Kemp poured in 20 points for Medias while dishing out 11 assists, whilst Shiloh had 20 points and Dumitrescu 18.


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