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Group:  D | 22.10.2008, 18:45h
Group:  D | 22.10.2008, 18:45h
72-64
24 - 1319 - 1216 - 1413 - 25
24 - 1319 - 1216 - 1413 - 25
Venue: Vilnius (LTU) |
Spectators: 300 |
Referees: Fedor Dmitriev (BLR), Andris Aunkrogers (LAT), Tanel Suslov (EST)

GAME REPORT


TEO Hammer Free-Throw Challenged Spartak

TEO Vilnius destroyed two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region on Wednesday night.

USA international Crystal Langhorne, who was left off her country's Olympic roster, reminded everyone of her quality with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead TEO Vilnius to a 72-64 win.

The Lithuanian team went in front by as many as 19 in the first half and were on top at 43-25 at the break.

Spartak reeled off the first nine points of the second half to trail 43-34, a run that was capped by a Sylvia Fowles basket that took her points haul to 18.

TEO then hurt Spartak by scoring 16 of the game's next 18 points for a 59-36 stranglehold on the contest inside the final minute of the third quarter.

Daina Staugaitiene scored eight of her 13 points in the big surge, which included a pair of three-balls.

Spartak made it interesting in the final 2:34 of the game.

Fowles sparked a 10-0 run by making one of two at the stripe.

In that spurt, Diana Taurasi got fouled while attempting a three-pointer and made the first two but missed the third with 34 seconds remaining to leave the visitors trailing 70-64.

They got no closer.

Fowles finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Spartak, who also got 18 and six from Taurasi.

TEO won the rebounding battle, 48-32.

Spartak were awful at the free throw line, making just 13 of 37 (48.1%).

Fowles and Taurasi missed four shots apiece at the charity stripe.

TEO lost their first game last week at home to Fenerbahce and are now 1-1, while Spartak dropped to 1-1 after opening their season with a victory over Beretta Famila.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes TEO Vilnius vs. Spartak Moscow Region

Rutenis Paulauskas, coach TEO Vilnius:

"I anticipated the hard game. Maybe our opponents didn't play at their best, but we have to take chances like that. We played a good game for 38 minutes. Then we made a couple of mistakes, but I'm happy that we were able to remain in front."

Crystal Langhorne, player TEO Vilnius:

"I like playing here. We play as a team. When the whole team plays well it is easier for me to score and get rebounds."

Lazslo Ratgeber, coach Spartak Moscow Region:

"Most of our players had a busy summer. The whole team have been practising together for 10 days. TEO played well and that didn't surprise me, since Lithuania is a basketball nation. We have to get more rebounds, score from the free throw line, play more aggressively and to organize the game better."

Diana Taurasi, player Spartak Moscow Region:

"TEO had a great game. They defended well, were aggressive in offence. They deserved this victory."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

49.1%

28/57
FG
M/A

34.3%

23/67

56.8%

21/37
FG2P
M/A

38.3%

18/47

35.0%

7/20
FG3P
M/A

25.0%

5/20

90.0%

9/10
FT
M/A

48.1%

13/27

48

10/38
RT
RO/RD

32

14/18

13

AS

14

24

TO

10

4

ST

12

1

BS

2

21

PF

17

72

Pts

64

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