Barcelona lose the second in a row on the road as they go down to an impressive Euroleasing Orsi Sopron 63-88 tonight.
From the start both teams showed a high tempo and tried to score easy points from fast breaks.
|Sopron's fans were a big factor in their team's win|
Sopron took over the control in the second quarter and simply overran Barcelona. Every player on the Hungarian team contributed to the game from this point, Barcelona just had Reid, who showed some danger to the basket.
But no one could match Russian centre Oxana Zakalyuzhnaya (Sopron). She ruled the baskets on both sides and collected 15 rebounds. Euroleasing Orsi was up by 6 at the half.
The 3rd quarter was heaven for Sopron and hell for Barcelona. Sopron's defense was almost perfect and this resulted in a lot of easy fast-breaks for the Hungarians.
The Spanish team just scored 5 points in the entire third quarter, to 25 from Sopron. The fans at the arena went absolutely bonkers and raised while cheering "Ole-ole-ole" with applause.
At the last quarter Barcelona tried everything to make the score look nicer but they only had a few good minutes.
Sopron simply couldn't lose this game and made an other big step towards the playoffs.
MVP of the game: Oxana Zakalyuzhnaya (26 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals)
Natalia Hejkova, Head Coach, Euroleasing-Orsi Sopron:
"We knew after the game in Barcelona, that they are very good at rebounds and fast-breaks. So we tried to interfered them in this. Im very happy, tha we could play under 40 minutes on the same good level! It was our first game in this year, when we played without nervousness, and did everything what we planned."
Carmen Lluvers, Head Coach, Universitat FC Barcelona:
"This wasn't our night. Congratulations to Sopron, they were better in all parts of basketball."
Laia Palau, Universitat FC Barcelona:
"I can't tell more, than what our coach told. Sopron's defense was very good, we couldn't play our style."
Oxana Zakalyuzhnaya, Euroleasing-Orsi Sopron:
"With the win in a horror-game last week we lost the pressure from our shoulder. We were good at rebounds and defense tonight, that won us the game."