|Zoi Dimitrakou had a solid game for Nadezhda|
The Russian side held a commanding 16-point lead heading into the final quarter and were seemingly coasting to victory, only for the wheels to almost come crashing off in spectacular fashion.
Arriving hot on the heels of their Polish Cup success, it was the the visitors who struggled to find any kind of offensive rhythm for the entire first three quarters of the contest.
Although Nadezhda themselves weren't exactly engaged in their highest gear offensively, they took full advantage of their defensive stranglehold, with eight unanswered points either side of the first and second quarter break helping build a 30-18 lead by the interval..
Much to the delight of home fans, Greek forward Zoi Dimitrakou sunk successive scores from downtown to finish the third quarter with a flourish and at 47-31, Wisla looked dead and buried.
But, Stefan Svitek and his players turned the tables on their opponents and suddenly it was Nadezhda who couldn't buy a bucket, as Wisla scored the first eighth points of the fourth period to cut the gap in half.
Marina Kuzina looked to have finally snapped the barren spell of the home team when she drained a big triple, but they only managed one more score in the entire final quarter.
Unfortunately for the rejuvenated Wisla, time ran out and they couldn't complete a potentially great escape.
Dimitrakou fired a team-high 13 points for Nadezhda and Jantel Lavender impressed with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wisla.
Elina Babkina, Nadezhda :
"My congratulations to my team for this win. My team-mates were great! Unfortunately, after the third quarter we relaxed, perhaps, too much - perhaps, we believed we had already won the game and as a result we lost the final quarter. I believe we will work on our mistakes during preparation for the second game."
George Dikeoulakos, Nadezhda coach:
"While preparing for the game we realized that the main thing for the opponent was to win the first game and I'm happy it was our team who won. We played well in defence but did bad in the last quarter, perhaps it's due to the stress the team is under. We are very close to our goal to get to FInals and I hope we win in Poland and won't have to play a third game."
Jantel Lavender, Wisla:
"Nadezhda played hard at the very beggining and took a good point difference. We almost took it back by the end of the game but it was too big and it's pitty we lost as a result."
Stefan Svitek, Wisla coach:
"The start of the game was very nervous but it's hard to win the game when you score only six points in the first quarter. This was a fight on both ends. Later we made three three-point shots and it brought our confidence back and we showed character, played good defence. Of course, we will be fighting at home and we want to show a good game to our fans and use this advantage of playing on home court."