Gorbunova Put-back Gives Avenida Win At The Death

09.12.2009

Olexandra Gorbunova scored right before the final buzzer to give Halcon Avenida an 81-79 victory over upset-minded Gospic Croatia.

Avenida (5-2), who joined Beretta-Famila Schio at the top of EuroLeague Women Group B with the triumph, trailed 64-58 early in the fourth quarter but held their nerve.

Le'Coe Willingham scored to start a 9-0 run that was capped by two Sancho Lyttle free-throws.

The Salamanca club went in front by six only for the Croatians to twice knot the contest in the last 1:36, the last at 79-79 after two free-throws by Carla Thomas.

After Lyttle, who had 24 points and 15 rebounds, missed with a jump shot, Andja Jelavic tried to put the Croatians on top but she was off target with a jumper.

Avenida regained possession and Anke De Mondt missed a three-pointer only for Gorbunova to haul in the rebound and score on the put-back to clinch victory.

Willingham scored 19 points and Spain's exciting youngster, Alba Torrens, poured in 14 for Avenida.

Thomas finished with 24 points and six boards for Gospic, who fell to 1-6 with the defeat.

 


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