|MVP of the game: Chasity Melvin (Lotos VBW Clima)|
In Gdynia, Lotos VBW Clima defeated Lietuvos Telekomas 74-72 to move into 5th place in Group B of the EuroLeague Women. Experts agreed before the start of the season that this group would be the toughest of the 2 and it is proving to be the case.
With the win, Gydnia move into 5th place, still one outside a play-off spot. Lietuvos Telekomas in the meantime can consider themselves unlucky. Of the 7 games they have played this season, 5 have been decided by less than 5 points, and they have lost 4.
The home team started the stronger with points by Malgorzata Dydek and Agnieszka Bibrzycka to gain an early 12-2 lead. Irena Baranuskaite was the only Lithuanian player to answer Gdynia with points by that time.
Later she was supported by her teammates and after a 3-pointer by Rima Valentine Lietuvos Telekomas took a 16-17 lead. Finally the host team managed to tie the first quarter at 22 with Israeli national team captain Limor Mizrachi`s points in the last seconds.
The game remained close throughout the second quarter. Jurgita Streimikyte, Valentiene and Baranuskaite (17 points in the first half) kept the pressure on Gdynia with their scoring.
In the 16th minute, Chesity Melvin caught fire and Lotos VBW Clima took 42:36 lead after the American Center scored 4 points in a row. In the end Gdynia won the first half by two points (44-42).
There were no major changes to the stlye of the game in the second half - tough defense, close result and a fast game. Gdynia took an 11-point lead after Bibrzycka's 3-pointer (72-61) with 6 minutes to go. From that point Gdynia seemed unable to score again and the Lithuanians cut their point deficit to get right back into the game.
|The worried look on the Gdynia player´s faces soon vanished|
That action brought Melvin MVP honours. According to coach Algirdas Paulauskas Malgorzata go Dydek had the biggest influence on the final result as she was the top player of Gdynia in scoring (19), rebounds (11) and assists (4).
On the other side Krzysztof Koziorowicz (Head Coach of Gdynia) was very impressed by Irena Baranuskaite's shooting performance (27 points, 13 of 21FG).
MVP of the game: Chesity Melvin (Gdynia) with 13 points and 7 rebounds
Algirdas Paulauskas, Head Coach, Lietuvos Telekomas:
"Guess, we gave a lot of excitement to the fans of both teams. I don't have a right to any
claims. We lost because we weren't cool in the end. Margo Dydek had the
biggest influence on the final result, and in my opinion it was also her
fault we lost in Gdynia."
Krysztof Koziorowicz, Head Coach, Lotos VBW Clima:
"I' m amazed by the good attitude of both centers. Baranauskaite almost didn't miss a shot today and it was impossible to stop her. We gained a big lead in the end, but didn't
manage to keep it. It cost us a nervous finish. This is how basketball games
look like, so I don't complain about it. "