Serbia Win Dramatic Overtime Thriller

16 August 2012

U20 WOMEN

Natasa Kovacevic (right) made the decisive three-pointer at the buzzer to secure Serbia a win in their opening game

Natasa Kovacevic was the hero for Serbia after she drained a buzzer-beating triple in overtime to propel her team to a 68-67 Group D win against a crestfallen Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship Women.

The Slovak Republic missed their opportunity to seal victory when they had the chance to win the game during regulation, but Barbora Balintova wasn't able to convert the last play.

Their cause wasn't helped by losing the influential Martina Kissova for a large chunk of the game due to an injury, although she bravely returned and despite clearly still struggling, she was instrumental in an improved display during the second half.

In an encounter which saw both teams enjoy sustained spells of dominance during the first two quarters, it was perhaps ironic that ultimately it came down to just one dagger shot to decide the outcome.

One other decisive factor was the Slovak Republic only managing a horrific one of thirteen from long-range.

In addition to her last second heroics, Kovacevic poured in a game high 20 points while Zofia Hruscakova continued her great form from the U18 European Championship Women with a sparkling 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Slovak Republic.


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