|Caught fire in the final seconds of the game: Zsófia Fegyverneky|
UE Sopron staged a late comeback to beat BK IMOS Brno 73-67 in their EuroLeague Women Group B opener on Wednesday.
Sopron were looking for their first home win in over a year and did it the hard way, as they trailed for much of the game before Zsófia Fegyverneky caught fire to score the final seven points.
Sopron went in front for the first time since the third minute when Zsófia Simon hit a three-pointer to make it 64-63 with four minutes to play.
But Alena Hanusová twice restored the visitors' lead before Fegyverneky finished on an ‘and-one' to convert the first three of her closing seven points to snatch victory.
Brno had led by as many as 16 points at the end of the first quarter after an ‘and-one' from Danielle Hamilton sparked an 8-0 spurt.
That advantage was still 40-28 at the half despite the back-to-back baskets from Fegyverneky.
New coach Igor Polanek got into his Sopron team at half-time however and they made a strong start in the third period puling back to 49-43 and seizing the initiative that would lead to their late heroics.
Hanusová led all scorers with 27 in a losing effort while Fegyverneky had 25 including those crucial last seven.
UE Sopron head coach Igor Polenek
"We started the game very soft. Later we found our rhytm. We had two key points. Fegyverneky found the right way for the team, and Stankovic made a very good defense under the basket. They played really well, but the whole team made this important victory, which was the 100. in the EuroLeague history of the club."
BK Imos Brno head coach Milan Veverka
"Sopron had today more luck. Fegyverneky played excellent, and she gave a lot of power to her teammates. It was an important game for both teams. Today Sopron won, but we hope we can make an equal at home."
UE Sopron guard Zsófia Fegyverneky
"We couldnt show our right face in the first half. Maybe because the Euroleague is another level, and lot of our players has no experience in it. But in the second half our defense was well, which was the key for this victory."
BK IMOS Brno center Anna Jurcenkova
"We played the game very well, but after Sopron started to be on strongerdefense. From this we lost a lot of balls, and we couldnt stop Fegyverneky, who was brilliant tonight."