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Group:  B | 22.01.2004, 17:30h
Group:  B | 22.01.2004, 17:30h
74-69
14 - 1916 - 2018 - 1726 - 13
14 - 1916 - 2018 - 1726 - 13
Venue: Gdynia (POL) |
Spectators: 1200 |
Referees: Jaroslav Janac (SVK), Apostolos Kalpakas (SWE)

GAME REPORT


Lotos VWB Clima Gdynia 74 US Valenciennes 69

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Margo Dydek (Lotos VBW Clima) uses her lenght to score over USVO Center Suzy Batkovic
For the second time only in 5 Euroleague years Lotos VBW Clima managed to beat USVO. In the most dramatic game of this season, the Polish champions beat the French team by 74:69.

The American Guard Elaine Powell (18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) gained the MVP title for leading Gdynia to a great come back resulting in the victory in the fourth quarter. Powell's shooting was very hot as she shot 6 from 6 from the field.

From the start, Lotos VBW Clima did their best to win but until the 35 minute, the French were the better team. Gdynia comitted too many turnovers and missed too many shots in the first half.

Allison Feaster completely broke Gdynia's defence. The American Forward scored 19 points in 20 minutes including five 3-pointers. She added another four to achieve her season high of 23 points. So the first half ended 30:39. 

When USVO incresed their lead to 14 points (40:54) early in the second half, it seemed to be over for Lotos VBW Clima. The host team struggeled to cut their deficit to 8 points after 3 quarters (48:56). Then Elaine Powell came off the bench to help her team with some great drives. USVO answered with a 3-pointer by Suzy Batković and a 2-point fast break by Audrey Sauret. So there was a gap of 11 points again and only 7 minutes to ogo.

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Lotos VBW Clima fans pushing their team to a big win over USVO
In the last five minutes Gdynia showed a very tough defence and the important points were made by Powell at the other end of the court. Bibrzycka and Dydek also scored. Gdynia tied the game at 69:69 with two 3-pointers by Powell and Vodopianova with 60 seconds remaining.

The fans in the GOSiR arena watched their players scoring the necessary 5 points of the game.

The French coach Laurent Buffard was pleased with his team in the first 3 quarters. In the fourth quarter, however, his players were no longer able to keep up with Elaine Powell and Co.

On the other hand Krzysztof Koziorowicz, head coach of Lotos Clima Gdynia, was satisfied only with the final 10 minutes of the game when his young players cought up and eventually beat the great European team of Valenciennes.

MVP of the game: Elaine Powell (Lotos VBW Clima)

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Lotos VBW Clima - USVO

Laurent Buffard, Head Coach, US Valenciennes Olympic:

"The Team from Gdynia only confirmed a fact, we knew since we played against each other in EuroLeague Final: they can beat any team. We played good in first three quarters but later it occured that we had too few players in the team, and we lost."

Krzysztof Koziorowicz, Head Coach, Lotos VBW Clima Gdynia:

"USVO is a top team in Europe, so beating them is a big success for us. Especially we played not a good match. The Will foro the victory and a bit of luck enabled us to win today. I would like to give credit to Limor Mizrachi for showing great attitude at the end of the game."

Accumulated statistics

49.1%

28/57
FG
M/A

44.1%

26/59

49.0%

24/49
FG2P
M/A

45.2%

19/42

50.0%

4/8
FG3P
M/A

41.2%

7/17

58.3%

14/24
FT
M/A

83.3%

10/12

34

9/25
RT
RO/RD

25

6/19

12

AS

19

19

TO

14

4

ST

11

3

BS

1

15

PF

20

74

Pts

69

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