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Saarlouis Steamroll Hemofarm In Fourth Quarter

27 January 2010

It's hard to believe, but Saarlouis Royals trailed by six points going into the fourth quarter of their EuroCup Women Eighth-Finals game against KK Hemofarm Stada on Wednesday night yet won the game 86-65.

The German club, not wanting to face a first-leg deficit in Serbia next week, ended up claiming a convincing victory that has put them very close to the Quarter-Finals.

René Spandauw's team put the shackles on Hemofarm in the final period, holding them to just five points.

The Serbian team had nine of their 26 turnovers over the last 10 minutes.

Czech Republic international Petra Manakova poured in a season-high 26 points for the Royals on 12 of 18 shooting inside the arc.

She was supported by Germany's Romy Bär, who ended up with 19 points.

For at least three quarters, Hemofarm was the better team.

Manakova, Candyce Bingham and Stina Barnert each scored at the start of the fourth to knot the contest at 60-60.

After Biljana Stankovic made one of two free-throws to put the visitors back in front, Bär and Manakova answered with lay-ups.

Bingham then added a basket in transition after a Hemofarm turnover.

Bär capped the run with a jump shot to make it 68-61.

Danijela Rizvic tried to stop the bleeding with a three-pointer, but that proved to be her team's last basket of the game.

They were outscored 18-1 over the last 6:27 of the contest.

Saarlouis won the game but they were plagued by 21 turnovers - six by Bär and four from Manakova.

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