Trutnov weren't able to repeat on their recent good Euroleague performances against Sporting Athens and Dynamo Moscow and lost at home to three-time EuroLeague champions Bourges 56:84.
The course of the match was almost completely influenced by the crushing start by the more experienced Bourges - within barely a few minutes they had a 10:0 advantage.
|Jana Stejskalová (right - Trutnov) and Bourges' Pauline Krawczyk |
The visiting team killed any hopes by scoring for three points and from then on controlled the game.
"Bourges showed a perfectly organised defence. We kept the pace only in the first half. Coming to the end we ran out of the strength and the score was growing. What´s more, we were physically drained due to the barrage of three points scoring by Bourges“, says Zdenek Sýkora, head coach of Trutnov.
From the French team, which has played in the Final Four of European Cups seven times in the last 10 years, the main hero was Latvian sniper Aete Jekabson. She scored seven times for three points (from 11 attempts!). In total she had 27 points.
"We were effective in scoring. The home team played actively, with the support of their fans (although they were down early). We showed we had more experienced team", claimed Pierre Vincent , head coach of Bourges.
Zdenek Sýkora, Head Coach Trutnov:
"Team Bourges was quicker and more effective in scoring. We kept the pace only in the first half. Coming to the end we ran out of the strength and the margin kept growing. What´s more we were physically drained due to the barrage of three point scoring by Bourges. Our rivals also showed a perfectly organised defence. I congratulate them on their performance and the well-deserved victory.“
Pierre Vincent Head Coach Bourges:
"We were effective in scoring. The home team played actively and with heart, with the support of their fans (although they were losing soon). We showed we had more experienced team.“
Michaela Uhrová (player Trutnov):
"It was the next of a series of difficult games. We were down early due to Bourges scoring so many 3 pointers. They managed to score 10 times for three points, which is too much. They also played well in defence and were strong in offence.“
Sabrina Reghaissia (player Bourges):
"It was a very fast and and a hard game. We started the game in a very good way, soon reached the lead and then controlled the whole game. We also succeeded in scoring from the long distance.“