By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Chris Dowe delivered the game-winning three-pointer as Prometey prevails, 82-79, in overtime versus Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem Tuesday.
The Bellarmine product extended the last remaining Basketball Champions League Play-In series to a deciding Game 3, scheduled to be held Thursday at Pais Arena.
Dowe, 30, ended up with nine points in Game 2 of the best-of-three series. Despite falling shy of his season average of 11.9 points per BCL game, he connected the long-range shot with 2.7 seconds left in the extra period to secure the win for the Ukraine champions.
D.J. Kennedy hit a team-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Miro Bilan and D.J. Stephens added 13 points each, while D’Angelo Harrison contributed ten more points at Zaporizhia’s Yunist Palace of Sports.
Big man Sean Evans was out for the team usually coached by Ronen Ginzburg. The Israeli-Czech tactician testing positive for COVID-19 landed assistant Milenko Bogicevic as the acting head coach.
The team led by retired player Yotam Halperin was on the winning side of its three previous Champions League showings. From the 0-3 start in the Regular Season to clinch a Play-In berth but remains one win away of the Round of 16 after the Ukraine visit.
Experienced forward/center Suleiman Braimoh with 21 points, including 18 after the break, was not enough. Former Connecticut standout Jalen Adams recorded a game-high 25 points in the losing effort. Sean Kilpatrick did not make the trip due to a knee injury.
The Game 3 winner will join Group K of the Round of 16 taking on Unicaja, U-BT Cluj Napoca, and Filou Oostende. The top two teams will progress to the Quarterfinals.
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