The Arena in Dorsten was about to burst tonight as over 1000 spectators wanted to see their side upset the Turkish topteam from Fenerbahce.
Both teams started with very fast offense and hard defense. Istanbul acted luckier under the basket, got the rebounds and scored. Especially Coco Miller of Istanbul, who made her first game for her club today, scored with undefendable jumpshots.
But Dorsten did not let go of their guests. Especially Center Maria Nikkitenko was very steady from middistance. Istanbul's Beathny Donaphin answered and used every little space under the basket to score.
But Dorsten found their gaps as well as Istanbul spread their defense wide and the German players pushed through to the basket. But Istanbul simply dominated the rebounds and had easy put backs.
After the break both teams tightened the defense and made the other team violate the 24 second rule. The guests held on to a close lead.
Dorsten responded in person of Isabelle Grenier who connected a long 3-pointer for the German's first lead (43-42) six minutes into the third quarter. Now it was Dorsten's turn. Within two minutes the Germans built up a six point lead but then left open spaces again.
In the fourth quarter Istanbul fought back their leadership with Dorsten still on their heels. The last minutes became a thriller. With 1:38 minutes to play the game was tied at 61-61. Istanbul had the momentum: Coco Miller hit another excellent jumpshot.
Then things got wild. Mirka Jarchowska (Dorsten) made her first freethrow, missed the second one, but Dorsten had the rebound. The put back was missed again. The Germans got the rebound again but missed and had several chances to score. The ball simply denied to find his way through the basket.
With 5 seconds to go Isabelle Grenier made an courageous steal, passed to Mirka Jarchowska but BG's point guard was blocked by her opponent. Dorsten was still in possession but Istanbul stole it and played down the last seconds to the scarcely 62-63 victory.
MVPs of the game: Dorothea Richter (Dorsten) and Colleen Mary Miller (Istanbul)