Shock Win For Hungary

15.07.2006

Tournament hosts Hungary stunned defending champions France in overtime on Saturday to reach the final of the OSTCHEM U20 European Championship Women.

Barbara Semsei's two free throws with seven seconds remaining in the extra period lifted the Hungarians to an 87-85 victory.

Sylvie Gruszczynski (FRA)
Sylvie Gruszczynski scored 17 points for France in a losing cause.
The French are not going to sleep well after this setback.

Sylvie Gruszczynski had just tied the contest at 85-85 with a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining when she was called for a foul on Semsei.

The 1.78m point guard, whose previous high had been 11 points against Ukraine, converted the two shots from the charity stripe to clinch the victory and take her personal tally to 17 points.

France had looked good bets to prevail at the end of the third quarter when they led 61-51.

With 4:17 to play, the lead was 69-62 but the Hungarians would not be denied.

Dora Horti and Semsei made lay-ups, and Andrea Somogyi converted a pair of free throws to close the gap to 69-68 with 2:42 to go.

Gruszczynski powered her way up for a basket, but Hungary's Rita Ibolya Kollo nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 73-71.

Anael Lardy replied with a basket for France, but Somogyi levelled the contest again with a jumper at the 1:34 mark, taking her points haul to 16.

Gruszczynski, leading the way for France, put her country back in front with another lay-up but Semsei tied game at 75-75 with a basket.

Semsei then contributed with her defense, taking the ball away from a dribbling Isabelle Yacoubou and Hungary had a chance to win but Kollo, Semsei and Katalin Honti all missed shots and the game went to overtime and the hosts prevailed in a thriller.


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