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Group:  B | 15.10.2008, 18:00h
Group:  B | 15.10.2008, 18:00h
68-77
16 - 2422 - 1410 - 1920 - 20
16 - 2422 - 1410 - 1920 - 20
Venue: Brno (CZE) |
Spectators: 1045 |
Referees: Jasmina Juras (SRB), Elena Chernova (RUS), Piotr Ivashkov (BLR)

GAME REPORT


Umana Reyer Thump Czech Giants Gambrinus

Umana Reyer Venezia opened their EuroLeague Women account with a resounding 77-68 victory at Gambrinus Sika Brno.

The victory will leave Umana Reyer in a very upbeat mood as it comes not long after the team's Supercoppa Italiana victory over Famila Schio.

The result will send shockwaves across the beautiful Czech Republic city of Brno because the basketball fans there are accustomed to watching a powerhouse Gambrinus team.

In 2006, Gambrinus won the competition and just last season they reached the final.

But they are missing two key players with Jana Vesela and Ivana Vecerova having decided to leave for Ros Casares for 2008-09.

The Italian club trailed 40-38 a minute into the second half but outscored their hosts 19-6 over the next nine minutes for a 57-46 lead.

Gambrinus, beaten finalists in last season's competition, closed the gap to 69-66 with 1:55 remaining but got no closer.

Daliborka Jokic replied with a jump shot and Giorgia Sottana followed with four consecutive free throws as Umana Reyer took command for good.

Jenifer Nadalin led the way for the winners with 14 points while four other Venezia  players finished in double figures in scoring.

For Gambrinus, Zuzana Zirkova and Eva Viteckova each had 13 points while new signing Liene Jansone, the Latvia international, scored 11 with five rebounds.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Gambrinus SIKA Brno vs Umana Reyer

Jan Bobrovsky, coach Gambrinus Sika Brno:

"We didn´t start lucky. We had a lot of information about our rival. The Italian team played with the same system as in the italian first division. Venezia played very good in defense, sometimes their defense was very hard. In the first quarter we didn´t trap the Italian shooters from long distance. In the first period Venezia recorded 66 procent in shooting. In the second period our team fought back. I believed in our victory at that moment, when difference was down to ten points. But we suffered in the one on one situations."

Manolo Real, coach Umana Reyer:

"It´s a historic sucssess, we played and won our first game in EuroLeague and we won away, at the home court of last season's EuroLeague runner-up team. We played a very good defense, I wasn´t worried about the result 90 seconds before the end, when the gap was reduced to only three points. We stuck with the same system and we were the luckier team."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

42.4%

25/59
FG
M/A

56.1%

32/57

46.3%

19/41
FG2P
M/A

60.4%

29/48

33.3%

6/18
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

3/9

66.7%

12/18
FT
M/A

90.9%

10/11

24

7/17
RT
RO/RD

34

5/29

12

AS

9

15

TO

15

6

ST

9

1

BS

1

19

PF

19

68

Pts

77

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