Olivais Come Through In The Clutch


Olivais Coimbra topped Extrugasa 66-65 after overtime to dramatically clinch a place in the sixteenth-finals of the EuroCup Women on Thursday night.

Olivais looked like they might have blown it when they conceded the last four points in normal time to squander a 54-50 advantage, with Sara Gomez ice cool in knocking down a pair of free throws eight seconds from the buzzer.

They quickly established another lead in the extra period and were up 65-59 with 1:17 to go, but it was a familiar story as Extrugasa began chipping away again, as Gomez made a jump-shot for the hosts before Miriam Herrera Arevao sank a three-pointer for the hosts to make it 65-64.

Maria Asurmendi split a pair of free-throws to tie it with 25 seconds to go, but Michelle Brandao did likewise to put Olivais back on top 66-65 with 11 seconds to go.

Extragusa set up one last play, but Jaklin Zlatanova's jump-shot at the buzzer missed.

Ambrosia Anderson led the victors with 28 points.

Natalie Christine Porter (Lavezzini Basket)
Natalie Porter had 20 points for Lavezzini Basket
In Group L, Lavezzini Basket and Ravenna Esperides were already sure of their places in the next round but both took care of business anyway as Lavezzini demolished basement-dwellers KK Zeljeznicar 86-50 and Ravenna toppped SK Cesis 67-56.

Natalie Porter led the Lavezzini wrecking crew with 20 points while Laura Summerton add 16 and Irene Pieropan and Daliborka Vilipic each had 10.

In the other game, Styliani Kaltsidou dominated, pouring in 26 points for Ravenna, who used an 11-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters to come from behind and take a 57-47 advantage with 6:37 to go.

Botas Spor fought back from a double-digit early deficit to beat BC Star TLU 88-76.

Botas found themselves behind 23-12 when Gerly Kostla sank a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

They got it back to 24-20 at the end of the quarter and took the lead on Tisdale's jump-shot two minutes into the second period, never looking back thereafter.

Five players reached double figures for Botas, led by the 21 points from Angela Tisdale. Seda Tabakci and Shannon Bobbitt had 16 each while Katja Bavendam had 13 and Gamze Takmaz 10.

In the group's other game, Dexia W Namur hammered Spartak 93-65 thanks to 27 points from Pauline Akonga Nsimbo.

In other games, CB Feve San Jose topped Athinaikos BC 90-67 in Group E thanks to 33 points from Eshaya Murphy, while in Group F Suzy Batkovic's jump-shot with 12 seconds left in overtime lifted Cras Basket Taranto to an 81-79 win over Gran Canaria.

Biljana Stankovic's 23 points led ZKK Hemofarm Vrsac to an 94-51 rout of Lemminkainen in Group K, while in Group H, Ibiza PDV topped Arvi Marijampole 67-61 thanks to 21 points from Sancho Tracy Lyttle.

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