20 points of Toms Leimanis and double-double of Max Salash brought Minsk team to victory



Holon, who had averaged 84.5 points over their first two games in Group C, were playing without the sidelined through injuries Richard Howell and Willy Workman on Tuesday.

Minsk employed an excellent half-court press to make life difficult for the hosts and reached a 12-point lead as early as 1:26 from the first buzzer, on a Benjamin-Pavel Dodoo layup in transition that made it 26-14 for the Belarus champions.

Isaiah Miles knocked down his fourth triple in as many attempts to reduce the deficit to 26-23 just before the 9-minute mark in the second frame, but Minsk stopped the rot Toms Leimanis sunk two free-throws 1:58 from halftime to give Minsk their biggest first-half lead, 47-32.

Holon didn't show any signs of life after the interval and after Leimanis drilled a triple at the end of the possession, Dodoo followed up with two free-throws to stretch the Minsk lead to 60-41 with just 36 seconds left to the third buzzer.

Leimanis paced Minsk with his 20 points off the bench while Maksim Salash posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds and yrus McGee had 20 points for Holon in defeat.