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Bourges Level Contest With Gambrinus

24 February 2006

Slight underdogs Bourges Basket will get another chance against Gambrinus Sika Brno on their home court after winning 75-65 in the Czech Republic.

In the most glamorous of the quarter-finals, Catherine Melain had 20 points to lead Bourges to victory over Gambrinus' star-studded squad.

Anete Jekabsone (Bourges Basket)
Anete Jekabsone
Bourges got on top early, using a 15-6 run late in the first quarter to go into the second period with a 29-19 lead. Laia Palau made two jumpers and Melain and Anete Jekabsone both sank three-pointers to fuel the spurt.

When Celine Dumerc hit a three-pointer with 2:42 left in the first-half, Bourges led by as many as 14 points.

They took a 42-32 lead into the locker room, but Gambrinus began to rein them in after the break, and when Eva Viteckova hit a jump shot with three seconds left in the third period, the score was 54-50 in Bourges' favour.

De Lisha Milton again brought Gambrinus within three points with 4:22 left in the game 64-61, but Bourges finished on an 11-4 run to wrap up the win.

Jekabsone had 13 points for Bourges and Dumerc 11 while Elodie Godin grabbed eight rebounds and added 10 points.

The three-times EuroLeague Women winners will now take Gambrinus back to France for the decider on Wednesday.

Hana Machova led Gambrinus with 18 points, and Viteckova added 15. Milton dominated on the board, grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 10 points.

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