Huge Rally Keeps Montenegro Unbeaten

08 September 2012

EUROBASKET QUALIFIERS

10. Taylor Rochestie (Montenegro)
Montenegro's Taylor Rochestie shot 10 of 14 from the field, including four of six three-pointers

Montenegro stormed back from a 22-point half-time deficit to keep their unbeaten record in Group A of the EuroBasket Qualification Round alive with a 101-92 win over Iceland.

The hosts, long since eliminated from the qualification picture with a 1-7 record, enjoyed an outstanding first half and led 61-39 at the break.

But Montenegro looked a completely different team in the second half as they burned Iceland from long-range and turned the tables on their hosts.

Iceland started strong, and an 11-4 run gave them a 32-23 lead early in the second quarter.

Haukur Palsson's lay-up moved them into a double-digit lead midway through the quarter, and big three-pointers from Jon Stefansson and Jakob Sigurdarson made it 61-39 at the break.

But when Montenegro re-emerged from the locker room they quickly started work on catching up.

Sead Sehovic's three was followed by two more from Taylor Rochestie to make it 71-60, and when Rochestie made another to end the third quarter, it was 76-69.

Rochestie nailed yet another three to make it 76-75 early in the fourth, and an Aleksa Popovic's shot from long-range gave Montenegro the lead, 84-83, with 2:39 to go.

Vladimir Dasic followed it with another and they had moved into a 91-83 lead on Sehovic's free throws with 56 seconds left.

Dasic poured in 38 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, while Rochestie scored 31.

Sehovic also finished in double figures with 11 points.

Montenegro made 12 of 23 (52%) of their three-point attempts.

Stefansson had 32 points for Iceland with Hlynur Baeringsson adding 22 and Sigurdarson 10.


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