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Group:  B | 17.12.2008, 18:00h
Group:  B | 17.12.2008, 18:00h
73-76
19 - 1923 - 1916 - 1715 - 21
19 - 1923 - 1916 - 1715 - 21
Venue: Brno (CZE) |
Spectators: 1250 |
Referees: Chrisostomos Schinas (GRE), Dariusz Szczerba (POL), Elena Chernova (RUS)

GAME REPORT


MKB Euroleasing Edge Gambrinus To Steal Second Place

European sensation Jelena Milovanovic struck again with a late three-pointer to lift MKB Euroleasing to a vital win at Gambrinus Sika Brno.

The 19-year-old power forward from Serbia, fresh off a 27-point game-winning performance over CSKA Moscow, drilled a three-ball with just 28 seconds remaining as MKB beat Gambrinus 76-73.

Brno, beaten finalists in last year's EuroLeague Women, had a chance to force overtime but Hana Horakova and Tamika Whitmore each missed shots from the arc before time expired.

Milovanovic finished with 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.

The outcome means MKB have leapfrogged CSKA into second place, and home court advantage in the Eighth-Finals while at the same time complicating CSKA's path to the Quarter-Finals.

Gambrinus, meanwhile, finished 4-6 and they will now face an xtremely difficult Eighth-Finals tie.

The Czech giants led by 10 seven minutes into the second quarter but went to half-time only with a 42-38 advantage.

Milovanovic had just three points at the break.

The game remained tight with Gambrinus taking a 58-55 advantage to the final quarter.

Whitmore opened the final frame with a three, but Dóra Horti made two free throws and Milovanovic started to heat up with a three-pointer.

MKB's crowning blows came after Hamchetou Maiga-Ba's jump shot had put the home side in front at 73-70.

Amber Holt nailed a three with 1:40 remaining to tie the game.

After Brno's Timea Ivkovicné Béres missed two free throws, MKB's Kathleen MacLeod launched a long-range shot but was off target.

Hana Horakova rebounded but Katalin Honti stole the ball soon after from Whitmore.

That set up Milovanovic who hit the game-winning three.

Gambrinus made just 17 of 26 free throws compared to an impressive 26 of 32 effort for MKB.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Gambrinus vs. MKB Euroleasing

Jan Bobrovsky, Gambrinus Brno coach:
"Sopron played very agresive in defense. We would have liked to win, but we started very bad and we lost a lot of power in the first quarter, when Sopron led. The game was very tough and our rival was luckier. We preapered for the Sopron good defense, our rival played excellent and we couldn´t find a space for shooting."

Norbert Székely, MKB Euroleasing coach:
"I am very satisfied with this result. We had the good support of our fans, they helped us to play one of our best games. We were luckier. Very important was the end of the first period. Brno led by ten points but we turned the game over. The result was a gift to our fans for Happy New Year."

Accumulated statistics

41.9%

26/62
FG
M/A

41.5%

22/53

50.0%

22/44
FG2P
M/A

42.1%

16/38

22.2%

4/18
FG3P
M/A

40.0%

6/15

65.4%

17/26
FT
M/A

81.3%

26/32

34

12/22
RT
RO/RD

34

9/25

12

AS

8

12

TO

14

3

ST

6

1

BS

0

23

PF

24

73

Pts

76

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