Beretta-Famila Stave Off MiZo-Pecs Comeback

03.12.2009

Beretta-Famila moved closer to clinching a spot in the Eighth-Final Play-Offs of the EuroLeague Women with a 69-62 victory over MiZo Pecs.

Sandro Orlando's side, which improved to 4-2 in Group B, got 22 points from Mudju Ngoyisa and 18 from Italy superstar Laura Macchi.

Had Mizo won, they would have been level with the Schio club at 3-3 but instead, they fell to 2-4.

A lot of work is to be done by the Hungarian giants if they are to progress to the next phase of the competition.

Beretta-Famila seemed to take control of proceedings with the blink of an eye.

Trailing 17-15, Marissa Jo Coleman connected from long range and Macchi followed with back-to-back three-pointers for a 24-17 lead.

The run continued into the second quarter with Ngoyisa making a lay-up, Macchi splitting two free-throws and Coleman sinking a jumper.

That made the Schio advantage 29-17.

When Chiara Pastore sank one of two free-throws with 1:43 remaining, the Schio lead was 40-23.

MiZo are a resilient bunch and not surprisingly, they fought hard to get back into the game.

Trailing 57-45, the Hungarian side began the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run to close the gap to 59-57.

Hungary international Zsófia Fegyverneky scored eight points in the spurt.

Macchi knocked down a three-pointer and Ngoyisa followed with a three-point play for a 65-57 lead.

The Italians held on over the last 1:30 for a seven-point triumph.

Ákos Füzy's MiZo were just 14 of 33 inside the arc compared to Beretta-Famila's 22 of 43.

Anna Vajda finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for MiZo.


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