Romania Prevail Thanks To 20-0 Run

13 September 2006

Trailing in the second half, Romania scored 20 unanswered points to eventually defeat Finland 77-64 and improve to 2-0 in Group D.

With Finland ahead 53-51, Romania reeled off six straight points to close the third quarter with a 57-53 advantage.

The Romanians didn’t stop there, as Ildika Vass scored four straight points to begin the fourth.

Finland was sloppy, committing five turnovers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

While Finland was futile offensively, Romania continued to pour it on and a three-pointer from Simina Mandache followed by a jumper from Vass put Romania in front 71-53 at the midway point of the fourth quarter and extended the run to 20-0.

From that point on, Finland never seriously challenged Romania.

“All thanks' goes to my players, which did excellent job out on the court,” said Romanian head coach Predrag Vasic.

“We weren't able to stick with our game plan and couldn't keep up the movement we needed,” explained Finnish head coach Hilpi Savikko.

“In the defensive end of the floor we had some black-out moments and Romania was able to walk their way to baskets. They also managed to use their fast-breaks, which really hurt us.”

Mandache was the game's top scorer with 21 points while Taru Tuukkanen added 20 in a losing cause for Finland.



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