Champions End Avenida's Unbeaten Run

24.11.2010

Halcon Avenida crashed to a first loss of the season in EuroLeague Women Group C after a final quarter explosion by defending champions Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje who claimed a 72-60 success.

Still a one shot game at 51-48 with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest, the home team hit the accelerator and posted a devastating 15-4 run which left the Spanish visitors dead in the water.

In truth, neither team were at their best offensively with Salamanca a shocking 2 of 17 from outside although the hosts weren't much better.

Even in victory, the classy Lauren Jackson was a surprising 1 of 7 inside and 1 of 6 from downtown but Pokey Chatman's team showed their depth by still claiming an impressive win.

Much of that was due to not only their final quarter burst of scoring but also a couple of solid performances.

Notably from Epifaniya Prints who dished up 7 assists while Irina Osipova was also excellent, claiming 15 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje always held the upper hand in the game and were ahead 31-27 at the break.

While a rare triple dropped for Halcon Avenida courtesy of Belinda Snell shortly after the team returned to the floor to get the visitors to within one point at 33-32, it was as close as they would get.

Sancho Lyttle had a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds for Salamanca.


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