Czech Republic: Bobrovsky Delighted With Machova

02 March 2006

Gambrinus Brno coach Jan Bobrovsky singled out Hana Machova for special praise after seeing his side seal a place in the EuroLeague Women Final Four with a narrow win in Game 3 of their quarter-final against Bourges Basket.

One of the most closely fought play-off ties in recent memory went to Gambrinus as they won a tense decider 70-69 in France on Wednesday night to prevail 2-1 overall.

Gambrinus had a number of stand-out performers on the night but Czech national team star Machova - who scored 13 points and claimed four steals - was the star, according to Bobrovsky.

Catherine Melain (Bourges Basket)
Catherine Melain had a chance to win the game for Bourges but missed a three-pointer.
"We carved out this win," he said. "All our players played very well, but I would especially like to thank Machova.

"She gave 100% for us and it was her who brought about victory in the last few minutes."

Machova was ably assisted by Petra Kulichova, who matched her 13 points and also made nine rebounds.

But Bobrovsky can be thankful French internationals Cathy Melain and Elodie Godin missed potential game-winning three-pointers at the death for Bourges, winners of the EuroLeague Women in 1997, 1998 and 2001.

BC Volgaburmash, Lietuvos Telekomas and US Valenciennes join Gambrinus in the Final Four.

Gambrinus will be looking to go one better than they did last year, when they finished runners-up to two-time world champions BC Volgaburmash of Russia.

For now, though, Bobrovsky is just happy to have come through a testing series against Bourges

"This win is very important for us. By winning the third game of a quarter-final away from home by one point, another of my basketball dreams has came true."

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