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Group:  C | 17.08.2010, 20:30h
Group:  C | 17.08.2010, 20:30h
75-73
19 - 1419 - 2921 - 1116 - 19
19 - 1419 - 2921 - 1116 - 19
Venue: Cetinje (MNE) |
Spectators: 1000 |
Referees: Dragan Kralj (BIH), Boris Gabara (SVK), Igor Poljansek (SLO)

GAME REPORT


Montenegro Survive Hungary Threat

A majestic 32 points from Zsofia Fegyverneky catapulted Hungary to within a whisker of upsetting the odds with a win in Montenegro in EuroBasket Women qualification but the visitors came up agonisingly short and were edged out 75-73 by the unstoppable and still unbeaten hosts.

Montenegro made the early running and found themselves 19-14 in front at the end of the first quarter but by just over the midway point of the second period, a three-pointer by Anna Vida levelled things up at 27-27.

Another outside score by Vida then handed the visitors the lead at 34-31 and the same player then scored just before the interval to give her team a 43-38 advantage.

An 11-4 burst at the beginning of the third by Montenegro then ensured the momentum swung back the way of the hosts and when they stretched their advantage to 59-49 it looked like a long way back for Hungary.

However they scored eight points in double quick time to make it a one-shot game and set up a thrilling final few minutes.

When Ana Baletic made it 67-59, it again looked near to done and dusted but again Hungary showed great resilience and led by Fegyverneky, they got back into the game as Dora Horti tied the scores at 71-72 with just over a minute to play.

Baletic and Jelena Skerovic then made vital free-throws as Montenegro scraped home and took one step closer of realising their dream of a place at a first ever EuroBasket Women.

Jelena Dubljevic led the way for Montenegro with 21 points and five assists while Iva Perovanovic finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Montenegro vs. Hungary

Hungary coach Norbert Szekely:
"Congratulation to Montenegro for a great game. We played very well, better than in the home game. Our team is young and new."

Hungary player Tijana Krivacevic:
"We came close to winning it, but we lacked concentration. We are a very young team. We tried everything to change the result but it wasn't enough."

Montenegro coach Miodrag Baletic:
"This is a big triumph and a big day for us. The girls made a great effort. Every player deserves recognition and respect for all the things they have achieved."

Montenegro captain Jelena Skerovic:
"It was a very difficult game, but we managed a big win. We had been feeling the tension because this game was very important for us. We made a lot of mistakes. But [we won also] thanks to the fans and because of how they supported us all they time; they've been our extra player."

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.9%

23/49
FG
M/A

52.8%

28/53

58.8%

20/34
FG2P
M/A

51.2%

21/41

20.0%

3/15
FG3P
M/A

58.3%

7/12

72.2%

26/36
FT
M/A

71.4%

10/14

31

12/19
RT
RO/RD

23

6/17

13

AS

9

11

TO

13

7

ST

5

0

BS

1

19

PF

33

75

Pts

73

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