Despite suffering an 18-point defeat to MiZo Pecs, BK Loko Trutnov produced one of their best peformances of the season in front of 1300 home fans. It was only a 15-3 run in the final 5 minutes which saw Pecs escape with a hard-earned victory.
Trutnov were without 2 players, but the fans appreciated their team's brave efforts and gave the players a standing ovation at the final buzzer.
|Trutnov's fans turned out in force to watch their side play Pecs|
Pecs controlled the first half of the game and took a 12-point lead into the halftime break. It was in the third period that Trutnov played their best basketball, outscoring Pecs 16-9 and reducing the gap to six at the end of the quarter.
With 5:34 remaining and the score 61-67, Pecs made their break for victory. A steal by Zsófia Fegyvernek and 5 consecutive points by Dalma Ivanyi began the run which gave Pecs the win.
Daliborka Vilipic finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Pecs, including 6 at the offensive end.
Hana Ziklova and Michaela Uhrová both scored 14 points for Trutnov.
László Rátgéber, Head Coach MiZo Pécs:
"I can say we really didn't play well, we didn't move and had a real trouble when Trutnov was only 3 or 5 points behind. Our defence didn't work properly and especially in the 3rd quarter when we missed a lot of easy shots."
Trutnov's players showed plenty of effort and I am sure they can be better and better from game to game. I want to thank all the fans in the gym for having created such a great atmosphere. It was nice to be here and play in the wonderful gym. Regarding the coming matches, we want to win all of them. We must fight and open the way to the Final Four."
Zdenek Sýkora, Head Coach BK Loko Trutnov:
"We were properly prepared for this game and have shown our maximum despite the fact we weren't at full strength. If it weren't for our 2 injured players who couldn't take part, the result could have been a bit better for us. We weren't influenced by the bad beginning when we couldn't score. On the contrary, in the 3rd quarter our defence showed its best performance. I want to thank all my players."
Timea Ivkovicne Beres, MiZo Pécs:
"It was the first game in the new year. We didn't show our best performance. Trutnov played well and we had to fight a lot.
Michaela Uhrová, BK Loko Trutnov:
We played a very hard match – and what's more, we missed two important players. We struggled and I think we reached a good result. The 3rd quarter was our best performance. We were faster and practised tough defence. Pecs didn't surprise us, we studied the video and were well prepared. However, we didn't manage to keep a proper defence during the whole game. I admire a wonderful atmosphere in the gym. We strongly believe we will win our game with Kosice which is of extreme importance."