Taranto Looking To Stop The Rot

EuroLeague Women

15. Sophia Young (Cras Basket Taranto)
Sophia Young scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Cras to a dramatic victory in Prague

Cras Basket Taranto fans will be on the edge of their seats in Italy on Wednesday night when the club hosts ZVVZ USK Prague in a deciding third game of the EuroLeague Women Eighth-Finals tie.

It's not a stretch to call it the biggest game in club history.

"It's been nine years since an Italian team has reached the Quarter-Finals of the EuroLeague, the last being Lavezzini Parma in 2002," said Cras executive Roberto Anelli.

"Wednesday's game at the PalaMazzola against Prague is for Cras a meeting with history.

"Our team is among the stars of this prestigious tournament, with Cras taking the city of Taranto across Europe."

The drama that has unfolded in the series is hard to believe.

In Game 1, Prague trailed 39-35 at half-time but then got a scoring explosion from Katerina Elhotova and claimed a stunning 73-56 victory.

Elhotova had just five points at the break but finished with 21.

In Game 2, Taranto rebounded.

It didn't help the Prague team when a fractured finger sent one of their Czech international stars, Eva Viteckova, to the sidelines.

The Italians prevailed 75-73.

Anelli is hoping that Taranto's home-court advantage will this time carry the Italians to victory.

"As representatives of the club, we expect a great response from our fans and sponsors because a piece of history is at stake," Anelli said.

Beretta-Famila Schio also have a chance to reach the Quarter-Finals as they play in a Game 3 decider at Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.

Good Angels Kosice forced a Game 3 decider in their tie with Bourges.

They have travelled to France looking to complete the upset.

"Certainly, it will be very balanced match, which won't be decided until the end," said Good Angels general manager Daniel Jendrichovsky.

MKB Euroleasing, meanwhile, are back in the sunny climes of Valencia, Spain, to take on Ros Casares in a decider.

Ros won't have Laia Palau because of a groin injury.


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