Prometey nipped Hapoel Jerusalem in overtime 82-79 as Chris Dowe drilled a game winning 3-pointer as time expired to send the Champions League Play In series back to Israel for a decisive game 3. Jalen Adams and Suleiman Braimoh paced the Reds early on as the visitors took a 60-53 after thirty minutes of action. But DJ Kennedy scored clutch points down the stretch to tie up the game and head into the extra session where Dowe took over and put Prometey in front for good to even the best of 3 series up at one game a piece.
The hosts were without their Israeli head coach Ronen Ginzburg who contracted COVID-19 and won’t make the trip back to the Holy Land for Thursday night’s rubber match at the Jerusalem Arena. D’Angelo Harrison will also be available after having been ejected when he picked up back to back technical fouls with six minutes left in the third quarter.
Adams led Jerusalem with 23 points, Braimoh added 21 points and Retin Obasohan scored 12 points in the loss. DJ Kennedy led the way for Prometey with 20 points while Miro Bilan and DJ Stephens each scored 13 points in the victory.
“We knew it would be a tough game not like the one in Jerusalem,” Reds coach Yotam Halperin explained. “Offensively we were not good enough and 22 turnovers in an away game is not acceptable. They are well coached and they have big guards who can defend well and we need to find a way to play better offense.”
“Tough win,” began Prometey’s assistant coach Milenko Bogicevic. “We had a big loss there so we came with good character. We controlled their rebound and we were better this game with the fighting. We had a game plan coming in and we played like a team we do not depend on any one player.“
Veteran forward Suleiman Braimoh echoed his coach’s sentiments, “The story of the game was 22 turnovers. I have to do a better job taking care of the ball, but we have game 3. We will look at the film, get better and try to finish it on Thursday.”
Game MVP Chris Dowe was all smiles after his game winner, “We live to fight another day, happy we won and we wanted it more. We got embarrassed last game but we did everything to win and now we are heading to Israel for a game 3. I made some game winners but this was probably my best one. This is my new favorite.”