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Friday, 12 December 2014

Daniel Hackett secures dramatic Euroleague win for EA7 Olimpia Milano

Svetislav Pesic's Bayern side went into Group C clash with a 1-6 record, one win fewer than Milano.

It appeared as though they would take the match into overtime when the scores were locked at 81- 81, but with the clock ticking down towards the buzzer Hackett netted a two-point jump shot with fewer than three seconds remaining to break Bayern hearts.

The German side, who led at the end of the second and third quarters, were outscored 24-21 in the fourth and with just two group games remaining their prospects of making the Top 16 now appear extremely bleak.

For Milano the picture looks a lot better and they are primed to clinch the fourth and final qualifying spot from the group.

Hackett was the star for the hosts at the Mediolanum Forum, the point guard finishing with 25 points and three assists in just over 30 minutes of court time.

Heiko Schaffartzik top scored for Bayern with 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic and John Bryant reached double figures.

Bayern led by a solitary point after a tight first half and the advantage remained intact by the end of a back-and-forth third quarter.

The tense nature of the contest continued into the final quarter, but the home side looked like they would move clear when they earned a four-point advantage in the closing stages.

Bayern refused to give up the fight, though, and overtime looked on the cards when they levelled at 81-81, only for Hackett to have the last say - sparking jubilant scenes on the home bench.

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