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Group:  D | 15.06.2013, 18:30h
Group:  D | 15.06.2013, 18:30h
60-39
21 - 56 - 1212 - 1221 - 10
21 - 56 - 1212 - 1221 - 10
Venue: Trelaze (FRA) |
Spectators: 4728 |
Referees: Emilio Perez (ESP), Sérgio Silva (POR), Özlem Yalman (TUR)

GAME REPORT


Czech Republic Suffer Double Despair

Katsiaryna Snytsina (Belarus)
Katsiaryna Snytsina and Belarus got off to the perfect start at EuroBasket Women

By Joe Hewison

Turning point: It may only have been three minutes into the contest but Jana Vesela's painful-looking injury instantly sapped the spirit from the Czech Republic, who were already 6-0 down.

Stats Don't Lie: Belarus big Anastasiya Verameyenka blocked five shots and even when she didn't get a hand on the ball, forced her opponents to adjust their shots and think twice about driving to the basket.

Game Hero: Aliaksandra Tarasava didn't fill the stat sheet but she made a crucial steal and scored from the ensuing fast break to curtail the Czech Republic's biggest resurgence, and appeared in control throughout.

Belarus took full advantage of a potentially tournament-ending injury to Jana Vesela and thrashed the Czech Republic 60-39 in their opening EuroBasket Women game.

The game was only three minutes old when Vesela fell awkwardly and had to be carried off.

The Czech team seemed stunned but Belarus weren't waiting for their opponents to steady themselves, as they surged into a 21-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Belarus never gave up that lead and continued to extend it until the final buzzer. The closest the Czechs came was a 9-0 run in the second quarter that brought them within seven.

Anastasiya Verameyenka was dominant inside for Belarus, blocking five shots while Yelena Leuchanka finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Michaela Zrustova also finished with 14 points for the Czech Republic but by the time she racked up the majority of them, the damage was already done.

Belarus Head Coach Rimantas Grigas accepted the impact Vesela's early injury had on the game.

"We faced one of the most competitive teams in Europe, from the elite group," he said.

"The Czech team couldn't show their best because of Jana Vesela's injury and after that they lacked power. It is a big loss for their team."

Czech Republic Head Coach Lubor Blazek then effectively confirmed what many had feared: "I feel she won't participate any more in this tournament."

 

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Belarus vs. Czech Republic

Czech Republic Head Coach Lubor Blazek

"Jana [Vesela]'s injury came too early in this game and tournament. I feel it is a big loss for our team because we were playing a very strong Belarus team, who after their World Championship in 2010 just grew up and stayed together while we are forming a new team, slowly."

Czech Republic Player Michaela Zrustova

"We started very badly in our first game. The disaster started with Jana's injury, but it shouldn't make us lose our approach. We couldn't get over it quickly enough so we were losing very quickly and we couldn't catch up. Whoever is on the court we will just play, no matter who is left."

Belarus Head Coach Rimantas Gricas

"The Czech team couldn't show their best because of Jana Vesela's injury and after that they lacked power. It is a big loss for their team."

Belarus player Yelena Leuchanka

"The first game is always important at any tournament. We knew we had to come out and play hard form the beginning and I think we did that even though we had a lot of turnovers."

Accumulated statistics

44.2%

23/52
FG
M/A

24.6%

16/65

48.8%

21/43
FG2P
M/A

30.0%

15/50

22.2%

2/9
FG3P
M/A

6.7%

1/15

85.7%

12/14
FT
M/A

75.0%

6/8

48

11/37
RT
RO/RD

29

11/18

10

AS

6

22

TO

14

10

ST

10

8

BS

2

16

PF

20

60

Pts

39

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