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Group:  B | 19.11.2008, 18:00h
Group:  B | 19.11.2008, 18:00h
69-59
22 - 2118 - 1513 - 1316 - 10
22 - 2118 - 1513 - 1316 - 10
Venue: Sopron (HUN) |
Spectators: 1400 |
Referees: Vladimir Okhrimenko (RUS), Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU), Gil Oved (ISR)

GAME REPORT


Second-Half Defense Propels MKB To Triumph Over Riga

MKB Euroleasing Sopron piled on the agony for Latvian strugglers TTT Riga on Wednesday in a Group B clash in Hungary.

Sopron only led 55-53 early in the fourth quarter but the visitors went nearly seven minutes without scoring a point and ended up losing 69-59.

The home side outscored them 12-0 in that decisive stretch.

Székely Norbert, the coach of MKB, felt the difference had been the team's willingness to play better defense in the second half.

"Our defense was very bad in the first half, but we found the right way after half-time and were able to play faster," he said.

Amber Holt finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for Sopron, who improved to 4-2 in Group B while Riga fell to 1-5.

Belarus international Tatyana Troina poured in 19 in defeat for Riga, who also got 10 points and 11 rebounds from Elizaveta Kityzina.

"I'm not happy," Riga captain Ieva Kublina said.

"We just slept in the third quarter and with this we also lost the game."

COACH QUOTES


MKB Euroleasing-TTT Riga Quotes

Székely Norbert (Headcoach - MKB-EUROLEASING SOPRON):

"Our defense was very bad in the first half, but we found the right way after the half-time, and could play faster."

Ainars Cukste (Headcoach - TTT Riga):

"It was a hard game! Sopron played faster and better in a few parts of the game, thats why they won."

Honti Kata (MKB-EUROLEASING SOPRON):

"We got few hard words from our coach in the half-time, that was necessary to win the game."

Ieva Kublina (TTT Riga):

"I'm not happy. We just slept in the third quarter and with this we also lost the game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.9%

30/64
FG
M/A

38.7%

24/62

54.7%

29/53
FG2P
M/A

40.4%

19/47

9.1%

1/11
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

5/15

72.7%

8/11
FT
M/A

85.7%

6/7

39

14/25
RT
RO/RD

31

8/23

16

AS

6

13

TO

18

7

ST

5

7

BS

4

12

PF

17

69

Pts

59

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