|10 November 2004|
Lietuvos telekomas tops group ALietuvos Telekomas played a home game for the second time in a row and tonight there was never any question of any other result than 2 wins out of 2. The Lithuanians stormed MKB-Euroleasing Sopron by 19 points and with the win top Group A.
The Lietuvos Telekomas players can be satisfied with the result although the game was much tougher than it looks on the score sheet.
Prior to the game there was much ado about the health of the two leaders of of the local team: Katie Douglas and Jurgita Streimikyte-Virbickiene. Both players had caught a cold earlier in the week and could not practice with the team as usual. Nevertheless, both came out on the floor tonight and made the biggest impact on the game.
The score was equal at the starting minutes (2:2, 4:4, 8:8). Jurgita Streimikyte-Virbickiene gave the home team the lead (10:8) which then grew constantly. At the end of the first quarter Lietuvos Telekomas led 24:16.
Lucie Blahuskova fought well for Sopron in the second quarter. She scored 2 points in the 17th minute to cut the deficit to 3 (29:26). 1 and half minutes later Bronislava Borovickova made 3 points (33:30), but Jurgita Streimikyte-Virbickiene answered with 2 and gave Lietuvos a 5 point lead at half time – 35:30.
Streimikyte-Virbickiene and Douglas were the core offensive power for Vilnius in the third quarter. While scoring 16 points, the Lithuanians did well in defense by allowing their Hungarian counterparts to score just 9 points.
The fourth period started with a Lietuvos Telekomas scoring run. They scored 8 points in a row to increase the margin to 17 points (61:44 at 37th minute). The game was done at this moment and the 2000 spectators stood up to thank their team. The ovation reached it’s peak when Douglas made a 3 point shot at the buzzer to increase the local lead to 19 – 69:50.