Relieved Prague Hold Nerve In Shoot-Out


15. Eva Vitecková (ZVVZ USK Prague)
Eva Vitecková led the way for Prague with 21 points

ZVVZ USK Prague did the business during crunch time by holding their nerve to ride out 91-88 winners in a real shoot-out against Novi Zagreb in EuroLeague Women Group C.

Defeat for the home side would have been a real hammer-blow to their play-off ambitions, but they pulled out a tight win after finally finding some telling defence during the last three minutes.

Having leaked 86 points, Natalia Hejkova and her players managed to find a way to lock down the visitors and restrict them to just one further basket and this was critical in a nervy conclusion.

It had initially looked like it was going to be a stroll in the park for Prague when a score by Ilona Burgrova put them 29-19 ahead at the beginning of the second period.

But, some four minutes later, they found themselves in shock as Novi Zagreb managed to get themselves 36-35 in front.

It then became a real roller-coaster ride with dramatic lead swings. Firstly, Prague went up by double-digits again at 50-40, only for the visitors to seemingly turn the game on its head with a spellbinding 21-3 run.

Ultimately, it ended up coming down to who could execute in the clutch and the answer was Prague who had Eva Viteckova harvest 21 points - her highest and most timely tally of the season so far.

Burgrova and Kia Vaughn missed out on double-doubles by one rebound apiece, whilst Elina Babkina debuted for Prague in the wake of her recent move from Municipal Targoviste but only played a handful of minutes.

There were also a string of excellent contributions from Novi Zagreb as Sandra Mandir finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Latoya Williams coralled 24 points and 12 rebounds.



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