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22.02.2013, 18:00h
22.02.2013, 18:00h
63-78
19 - 178 - 1317 - 1919 - 29
19 - 178 - 1317 - 1919 - 29
Venue: Prague (CZE) |
Spectators: 1100 |
Referees: Nebojsa Kovacevic (GER), Csaba Cziffra (HUN), Tomasz Kudlicki (POL)

GAME REPORT


Torrens, Lyttle Take Galatasaray To F8

20. Sancho Lyttle (Galatasaray)
Sancho Lyttle was unstoppable for Galatasaray in Prague
Spanish national team duo Alba Torrens and Sancho Lyttle proved too hot to handle for ZVVZ USK Prague as Galatasaray returned from the Czech capital with a convincing 78-63 victory and a ticket for the Final Eight.

Torrens, who has spent much of the last year injured on the sidelines, showed she is slowly getting back to her brilliant best with 20 points, whilst Lyttle had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

After a nail-biting duel in Istanbul, this contest saw Gala produce a late surge to pull away in the final quarter and take a much more comfortable win than their narrow one point success from the first game of the series.

It has actually been the home side who started more brightly, Anna De Forge handing them an early 19-11 lead - only for Gala to the end the first quarter with six points without reply.

The hosts then endured a real problem scoring in the second period as the defence which has served Gala so well all season came back into evidence, holding Prague to a measly eight points.

That helped the visitors move 30-27 in front, although notably they couldn't find a basket in almost four minutes at the end of the first-half.

Gala held onto their lead in the third quarter at 49-44 and the gap was still five points when the impressive Kia Vaughn scored for Prague with six minutes left on the game clock.

But, the hosts were then killed off by a 22-12 run to finish the game by Gala who had Isil Alben dish up seven assists.

Vaughn had 20 points and eight rebounds in defeat.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes ZVVZ USK Prague vs Galatasaray

Ekrem Memnun , Galatasaray coach:

"It is a great victory for us, we got into the Final Eight. We expected a hard game and that's what we got. USK was one of the most dangerous opponents, be we managed it. The defence worked excellent today. We had 20 turnovers in the first game, it was better today and we won. Congratulation to USK team for great performance and I wish them good luck."

Isil Alben, Galatasaray:

"The fans came to support us and that helped us a lot. They gave us power. We managed to win the game, we are really happy now and we will try to make a good result in the Final Eight. "

Natália Hejková, ZVVZ USK Prague coach:

"We are disappointed. After the performance in Istanbul, we believed that we could win this game. We lost the rebounding, we had more turnovers. We weren´t  very successful today in defence, Alba Torrens confirmed she is a good player. Our shooting was under pressure, it was a real playpoff game."

Eva Vítečková, ZVVZ USK Prague

"There was one basket missing for us in Istanbul. I believed we would play in a similiar fashion today, but then it showed that every game is different. They played different today, some of their players who weren´t too successfull in Game One played better today."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

39.3%

24/61
FG
M/A

48.5%

32/66

45.1%

23/51
FG2P
M/A

49.1%

28/57

10.0%

1/10
FG3P
M/A

44.4%

4/9

82.4%

14/17
FT
M/A

66.7%

10/15

36

13/23
RT
RO/RD

40

14/26

7

AS

15

14

TO

6

3

ST

10

6

BS

1

19

PF

17

63

Pts

78

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