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14.03.2014, 20:30h
14.03.2014, 20:30h
54-75
12 - 1612 - 1816 - 2214 - 19
12 - 1612 - 1816 - 2214 - 19
Venue: Salamanca (ESP) |
Spectators: 3200 |
Referees: Haydn Jones (WAL), Paulo Marques (POR), Bernard Vassallo (MLT)

GAME REPORT


Torrens, Galatasaray Punch F8 Ticket

10. Marta Xargay (Perfumerias Avenida)
Marta Xargay led Perfumerias Avenida in assists and steals but it was not enough
Alba Torrens once won the EuroLeague Women title with Perfumerias Avenida but the Spanish star returned to her former home to haunt her ex-employers and help Galatasaray odeabank seal a 75-54 win and collect a precious ticket for the Final Eight.

The Spanish star claimed 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, to headline for the Turkish side as they avenged their regular season defeat in Salamanca with a convincing victory.

As was the case in the opening game of the play-off series, Avenida endured a near non-start and stumbled out of the blocks which meant they had to play catch-up early.

They fell 11-2 behind and much worse was to follow as Galatasaray continued to impose themselves on their hosts, eventually increasing their lead to an emphatic 16 point margin.

It was a stylish ‘and-1' play by Torrens which etched a high-tide mark for the visitors at 32-16 shortly before the interval and they kept control for most of the third quarter.

Avenida did rally and got themselves back to within six points after a huge triple by Marta Xargay, as they tried to give themselves momentum for the last ten minutes.

But they couldn't get closer to Galatasaray, who shot the ball superbly from long-range themselves and also relied on 22 points from Shavonte Zellous who produced a display on a par with that of Torrens.

Angelica Robinson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Avenida to underline why she has been retained for the 2014-15 campaign.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Perfumerias Avenida vs. Galatasaray odeabank

Ekrem Mennum, Galatasaray coach:

"Last time I was here, I apologised to the Salamanca fans because we didn´t play well, but today we did a great job, we executed our game plan perfectly, we stopped their fast-breaks and we had a great overall perfomance. I think we deserve to be in the F8."

Alba Torrens, Galatasaray:

"We came here very focused, because we knew it could be a hard game but we planned the game really well, we came with a lot of respect for Avenida. We did a great game offensively and defensively; we took the right decisions on every play and I think, probably, we had one of our best performances."

Víctor Lapeña, Avenida coach:

"First of all, congratulations to Galatasaray for reaching the Final 8, it is well deserved. I am proud because my team wanted to come back many times during the game, but at the end they were exhausted. Anyway, I think if we would have played as we know, probably we could have produced a toughest game. Globally, I think we had an acceptable Euroleague Women, we are a young team and [this experience] will serve for the future."

Marta Fernández, Avenida:

"We faced a really great team, they played very good and we couldn´t produce our best performance. We have to stay focused for 40 minutes is order to beat a team like Galatasaray and we missed too much under the basket. Obviously, they deserve the victory and the F8."

Accumulated statistics

35.3%

24/68
FG
M/A

51.7%

30/58

37.7%

20/53
FG2P
M/A

48.9%

23/47

26.7%

4/15
FG3P
M/A

63.6%

7/11

100.0%

2/2
FT
M/A

80.0%

8/10

35

14/21
RT
RO/RD

35

7/28

12

AS

16

16

TO

14

7

ST

12

2

BS

3

14

PF

15

54

Pts

75

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