|30 July 2009|
Hungary survived an almighty final quarter scare to see off the Czech Republic 67-64 and get their tournament off to a winning start, thanks mainly to a stellar display from Brigitta Barta.
The power forward was just about unstoppable for three quarters of the game although having led by as many as 23 points, the star admitted that she couldn't fathom why her team took their foot off the pedal in the closing stages.
She explained "I am not sure why we played the way that we did in the last period. We are relieved to get the win because the team played well and we had a big second quarter - perhaps we just got a little tired because I don't think it was concentration."
"I had a big first quarter and I guess that helped us. We played with a lot of heart in this game and we are of course very happy to get the victory."
Hungary went inside looking for Barta right from the outset and it was a strategy that certainly paid dividends as she poured in 12 early points to show the Czech defence that they were in for a long afternoon.
While the Cech Republic looked like they might keep track with Hungary, they trailed by double figures at the interval and a terrible start to the second half gave them a mountain to climb.
However just when it looked like a case of mission impossible, the Hungary team and specifically Barta dried up and the Czech Republic managed to step it up and drill 26 points in the last ten minutes.
However their perimeter game was non-existent and this, combined with their inability to deal with the classy Barta meant they left the gym with a loss but at least a strong finish to take into their second group game with Russia.