Schio Return To F8 After Overtime Drama

27 February 2013


25. Laura Macchi (Beretta-Famila )
Laura Macchi led the way for Famila Schio with 23 points

Famila Schio sealed consecutive EuroLeague Women Final Eight places after their Italian contingent starred in a thrilling 79-75 overtime success against last year's finalists Rivas Ecopolis.

Home favourite Laura Macchi has missed much of the campaign through illness, but she headlined in a memorable game with a masterful 23-point performance.

Macchi was well supported by fellow veteran Raffaella Masciadri who played big minutes and contributed an economical 10 points, whilst Giorgia Sottana drained a three-point dagger during the extra period and finished the job from the free-throw line.

Rivas had started the contest brightly, opening up a 20-13 advantage thanks to a couple of triples from the excellent Oleksandra Kurasova, but Schio then came roaring back to briefly take control.

However, there was nothing to separate the teams at 54-54 and the game remained in the balance until Macchi nailed a three-ball and then made a reverse lay-up to put Schio 61-57 ahead.

But, Rivas managed to rally with a sweet shot off the glass by Anna Cruz putting the visitors 65-63 to the good, with less than two minutes remaining.

Elodie Godin tied the game up for Schio and when Jantel Lavender made what seemed to be the decisive basket in crunch time, it looked like the hosts would get the job done in regulation.

Kurasova had other ideas and made a great move to the hoop to force overtime, although Rivas had to survive a last ditch triple-attempt from Masciadri.

As the extra five minutes unfolded, Schio looked to have more energy and purpose as Rivas began to fade, and it was a big three-pointer from Sottana which made it 74-69 that eventually killed off the Spanish side.

Lavender did a job on the glass for Schio with 12 rebounds and Kurasova finished with 24 points for the losing team.



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