Prometey stun Jerusalem on the road, complete comeback to claim final spot in Round of 16
JERUSALEM (Israel) - After losing by 25 points in Game 1 of the Play-In series against Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, Prometey have stormed back to win the next two games including the deciding Game 3 tonight by a score of 85-75.
Turning point: Prometey jumped out to a quick start and led 27-12 after one quarter.
Jerusalem shot the ball better in the next couple quarters and outscored Prometey 44-32 in the second and third quarters to trail 59-56 heading into the final quarter.
Jerusalem hung around and were able to keep their deficit within single digits, but in the end, they couldn't overcome their large first quarter deficit and Prometey completed a wire-to-wire victory.
Game heroes: D.J. Kennedy (17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 5-of-12 FG, 3-of-5 3P) and D'Angelo Harrison (18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 6-of-15 FG, 4-of-10 3P) combined to score 35 points and also combined to knock down seven of the team's 11 threes.
This is the third time that Kennedy has finished a game with 15+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists, the most of any player in the BCL this season.
Before Harrison swiped away 4 steals tonight, he only had a total of three in his previous eight appearances with Prometey in the BCL this season.
Stats don't lie: Prometey outscored Jerusalem by five in points from turnovers (16-11).
The biggest difference though, came down to three-point shooting, as Prometey (11-of-31) outscored Jerusalem (6-of-21) by 15 points from beyond the arc.
Bottom line: Retin Obasohan led Jerusalem with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists on 6-of-14 shooting from the field.
Obasohan has combined for 15+ points and 7+ assists for the third time in the BCL this season, the most among all players in the league.
Jerusalem now haven’t qualified for the Round of 16 in two consecutive BCL seasons, after reaching the Quarterfinals in the previous two seasons.
Prometey have advanced to the Round of 16 Group K where they will play against Unicaja (0-1), U-BT Cluj Napoca (1-0) and Filou Oostende.
Prometey is the first Ukrainian team to reach the Round of 16 in a BCL season and they will host Cluj Napoca in their next game on February 1 at 19:00 CET.
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They said: "Tough game, you gotta give credit to Jerusalem of course," said Harrison. "We grinded it out. Coach did a hell of a job and we just stayed together the whole time and made some clutch baskets and got some key stops. ... Crazy three games, so just an unbelievable series."
"I really want to say congrats to the players," said Prometey head coach Milenko Bogicevic. "They showed really big character. It was a tough game from 1-0 to comeback. We won two games in a row. ... This is something really, really big for our younger club, so I think it will keep going to represent the country and the club."
"It was a hard-fought game," said Obasohan. "Obviously, the game didn't go the way we wanted it to. I definitely want to give credit to my teammates, give credit to our coaching staff and also show love to the fans because there was a period where it looked really dark for us. I'm really proud of the fact that we were able to give ourselves a chance even when it looked like we didn't have any."
"First of all, disappointed," said Jerusalem head coach Yotam Halperin. "We were leading 1-0 in the series. ... It's important for me to say that I'm very, very proud of the players. They fought. ... We did some kind of recovery after starting 0-3 in the groups. We managed to qualify, but today, it was too much for us, but we're going to keep our heads up. Two more titles to fight in Israel."