Frisco Sika Brno coach Jan Bobrovsky breathed a sigh of relief after his team turned back a determined Fenerbahce on Tuesday night to clinch their first win of the new EuroLeague Women campaign.
The Czechs, beaten last week at three-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region, opened up a 47-28 lead at half-time only for Fenerbahce to claw their way back to within six points in the fourth quarter.
The home side held on, though, for a 74-66 triumph.
"In the first half, we played our best game of this season," Bobrovsky said.
Fenerbahce got back in the game, however, when limiting Brno to just nine third-quarter points. The visitors shaved 10 points off the deficit in the frame.
"We do not have such a big squad of players and in the second half, I came into a crisis," Bobrovsky said.
Indeed, Brno were without their playmaker Zuzana Zirkova due to injury.
In the end, though, Brno did enough to claim their first victory in Group D.
"Even though we lost the second half, I'm glad how we managed the game," Bobrovsky said.
As for Fenerbahce, they had won their opener last week against Lotos Gdynia but the hole they dug themselves in the first half against Brno was too deep to climb out of.
"Players were still thinking about vacation," coach Haydar Kemal Ates said.
"I could not believe my eyes how badly we missed when shooting."
Fenerbahce ended up hitting 20 of 51 (39.2%) of their shots inside the arc and six of 23 (26.1%) beyond it.
"Trailing by so much after the first half, it was difficult to come back against such an experienced team," the Fenerbahce coach added.