In a re-match from last year’s semi-finals, Gambrinus Sika Brno once again came out on top with a 62-46 triumph over US Valenciennes.
Gambrinus, after an opening setback to start the season, are resembling their side which beat USVO 61-54 in the Final Four a year ago en route to the title.
Meanwhile, USVO is tredding unfamiliar waters.
|Deanna Nolan (Gambrinus Sika Brno) |
Gambrinus set the tone early in this evening’s match-up by going on a decisive 17-2 first quarter run. They never trailed afterwards.
Down 4-3 early on, Deanna Nolan hit a jumper to start the spurt.
Sofia Young scored six points during the run and a basket from Alena Kovacova put Brno in charge 20-6.
USVO fought back in the second quarter and got to within three points and trailed 35-29 at the half.
The two sides were still separated by six points after three quarters of play, and then Jan Bobrovsky’s women delivered the knockout blow with a 13-0 run to start the fourth.
Jana Vesela and Zuzana Zirkova opened the final stanza by connecting on three-pointers.
A lay-up and three-pointer from Hana Machova followed by a steal and break-away lay-up from Vesela put Brno in front 58-39.
USVO would finish the fourth quarter with just seven points as Gambrinus wrapped up their third straight win of the season.
Vesela had her season-high with 13 points, while Young had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Sandrine Gruda was the lone player in double figures for USVO with 11.
The 19-year old has now tallied double-digit scoring in all four of her EuroLeague Women games.