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Group:  B | 21.11.2007, 20:30h
Group:  B | 21.11.2007, 20:30h
69-65
22 - 2316 - 1212 - 1919 - 11
22 - 2316 - 1212 - 1919 - 11
Venue: Salamanca (ESP) |
Spectators: 3000 |
Referees: Ronny Denis (BEL), Chris Dodds (SCO), Catherine Molloy (IRL)

GAME REPORT


Bourges Edged Out In Spain

Halcon Avenida edged a tight EuroLeague Women encounter with Bourges Basket in Salamanca on Wednesday to pick up their first win in Group B.

Forward Anna Montanana top-scored for the Spaniards with 16 points in a match which
Belinda Rose Snell (Bourges Basket)
Belinda Rose Snell had 19 for Bourges in the loss.
swayed this way and that before the hosts finally pulled clear in the final seconds.

Bourges, who are now on a 1-2 record as well, had a game-high haul from Australian power forward Belinda Snell (19 points) but they were just pipped at the end.

It was nip and tuck throughout an even first half, with the opening quarter ending 23-22 in Bourges' favour.

The Spaniards had edged ahead 38-35 by the half-time hooter and at the start of the third quarter, they pushed 42-37 clear.

But inspired by Snell, the French side - who qualified for the competition's Final Four last season - bounced back and scored the quarter's last nine points to lead 54-50 going into the last 10 minutes.

Neither side were able to stretch clear in a tight, low-scoring fourth quarter, building up to a tense final two minutes.

Montanana and Silvia Dominguez landed jumpers to push Halcon 67-62 up with 10 seconds left and Sonja Petrovic replied with a two-pointer of her own to make it 67-64.

Halcon's Anke De Mondt and Bourges' Nora Bujdoso exchanged a pair of free-throws before the French side's hopes evaporated when time ran out.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Halcon Avenida vs. Bourges Basket

Halcon Avenida forward Anna Montañana:

"It was a very difficult game, but we won because our defense was better".

Bourges coach Pierre Vincent:

"The game was very intense. It's very difficult to play here and these fans are incredible, the best supports in the world. They have won the game".

Halcon Avenida coach José Ignacio Hernández:

"This victory is very important because we had lost the first two games and we needed to start to win. Now, we recover our options in this competition and we can go to Prague with another face."

Accumulated statistics

39.7%

23/58
FG
M/A

31.8%

21/66

40.4%

19/47
FG2P
M/A

31.1%

14/45

36.4%

4/11
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

7/21

73.1%

19/26
FT
M/A

76.2%

16/21

41

15/26
RT
RO/RD

42

19/23

12

AS

10

9

TO

13

10

ST

3

2

BS

3

18

PF

21

69

Pts

65

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