Gambrinus Sika Brno held on for dear life to beat MiZo Pecs on the opening night of eighth finals play-off action in the EuroLeague Women.
In one of the best games of the year, one that was close from start to finish, Pecs' Zsfia Fegyverneky tied
the contest at 61-61 with 2:34 remaining to set up a thrilling finish.
|Zuzana Zirková was one of the top scorers for Brno with 11 points. |
Gambrinus' Timea Ivkovicné Béres replied for the hosts, and all star Eva Viteckova added another jumper for a 65-61 lead with 1:37 left.
Dalma Ivanyi, MiZo's veteran and all-star, drained her fourth three-pointer of the game to close the gap to 65-64, only for Zuzana Zirkova to answer immediately with a three-pointer for Gambrinus.
Pecs refused to give in.
After Ivanyi split a pair of free throws, Emilija Podrug stole the ball away from Hana Machova and buried a jump shot with 18 seconds left to leave MiZo trailing 68-67.
They fouled Viteckova, however, and she made three free throws at the end for the final scoreline.
Ivanyi led all scorers with 15 points in defeat.
Gambrinus struggled shooting the ball on the night.
The home side probably would have won more comfortably had they been able to make their free throws.
They finished 13 of 24 (54%) for the game.
From three-point range, Jan Bobrovsky's team was also ineffective, making just four of 16 (25%).
MiZo out-rebounded their hosts 36-32.