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Group:  B | 19.01.2011, 18:00h
Group:  B | 19.01.2011, 18:00h
69-73
26 - 714 - 2022 - 277 - 19
26 - 714 - 2022 - 277 - 19
Venue: Gdynia (POL) |
Spectators: 1330 |
Referees: Johannes Sarekoski (FIN), Igor Mitrovski (MKD), Maka Kupatadze (GEO)

GAME REPORT


Fourth-Quarter Heroics By Aguilar Lift Rivas

Rivas Ecopolis rode the hot hand of Elisa Aguilar and came from behind in the fourth quarter to prevail at Lotos Gdynia.

Still sky high after winning the Copa de la Reina, Rivas edged the battling Polish team, 73-69.

Should Gospic Croatia upset MKB Euroleasing, then Rivas (5-5) would finish in third place in Group B.

A Sopron victory would secure third place for them since they have a superior goal differential in their two meetings with Rivas.

With 6:45 to go, Lotos Gdynia led 65-57 after two free-throws by Elina Babkina.

Veteran guard Aguilar drilled back-to-back three-balls for Rivas to spark their comeback.

Milka Bjelica (Lotos Gdynia)
Milka Bjelica had 15 points for Lotos Gdynia
Monica Wright replied with a jumper to take the lead back to 67-63, only for Anna Cruz to hit a jumper and reduce the deficit again to 67-65.

A Milka Bjelica basket restored the four-point Lotos Gdynia lead, but Aguilar hit two free-throws and then buried another three-pointer to put Rivas into a 70-69 lead with 2:09 to go.

Cruz followed with a lay-up and DeWanna Bonner, who had a quiet game, made one of two free-throws for the final score.

The awesome Aguilar ended up with 14 points - 11 in the last quarter.

Amaya Valdemoro poured in a game-high 25 in the victory while for Lotos, Wright had 18.

The American also had seven of her team's 20 turnovers.

Lotos wrapped up their season with one victory in 10 Qualifying Round games.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Lotos Gdynia vs Rivas Ecopolis

George Dikeioulakos, head coach Lotos Gdynia:

"Congratulations to the team of Rivas Ecopolis for this game and the victory in the Spanish Cup. They played a very good game today. We had a few moments when we played very well. We played excellent in the first quarter. But in the second half my team was very tired. In our team we're still missing a center. We played very aggressively in defense but in the third part of the game Amaya Voldemoro punished us. They played very well so in the end we lost by 4 points. "

Daria Mieloszynska, Lotos Gdynia:

"Congratulations to Rivas. For our new coach defense is very important. Unfortunately, especially in the second half, we weren't consistent enough. During halftime our coach warned us that Rivas will be back from the locker room more focused. We have great potential but we have to be more focused and consistent in the next game. "

Javier Fort, head coach Rivas Ecopolis:

"Congratulations to both teams. We won this game but Lotos played very well in the first two quarters. In the second half we had to pick up the score. We started to play something different than pick-and-roll. We played faster and with heart. Thank you to my team for this attitude and for the kind of basketball we played in the second half. "

Amaya Voldemoro, Rivas Ecopolis:

"We won this game but we started very badly. They were very aggressive and we weren’t concentrated and this surprised us. We lost the last game in our league and we were down in the first half so in the locker room we tried to get focused. We started to play differently, particularly in defense. So in the end we won the game. "

Accumulated statistics

42.1%

24/57
FG
M/A

38.2%

26/68

43.5%

20/46
FG2P
M/A

42.2%

19/45

36.4%

4/11
FG3P
M/A

30.4%

7/23

81.0%

17/21
FT
M/A

73.7%

14/19

37

10/27
RT
RO/RD

39

14/25

18

AS

15

20

TO

15

8

ST

10

5

BS

3

22

PF

18

69

Pts

73

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