Taranto Rejoice After ‘David beats Goliath’

20 November 2009

As victories go, they don't come any bigger than Cras Basket Taranto's over Ros Casares on Wednesday night.

The Spanish team, looking primed for a run at the EuroLeague Women title after three straight wins to start to the season by huge margins, fell 78-69 in Italy.

"It was a magical game, fantastic, thrilling," Taranto coach Roberto Ricchini said.

"It was down to tactics, the technique and the love of the fans.

"David has beaten Goliath. Now Cras believes more in its means."

Taranto, who reached the final of the EuroCup Women last season, lost their first two games in the EuroLeague Women to Galatasaray and UMMC Ekaterinburg but now they have recorded back-to-back triumphs.

In Italy's top flight, they have gone unbeaten so far.

"My team has always remained together, this time what happened against Ekaterinburg has not happened," Ricchini said.

"When the Valencia team was coming back, my team reacted.

"This is an immense success."

Indeed, Cras jumped out to a 60-36 lead midway through the third quarter only for Ros Casares to claw their way back and twice close to within five points in the final 1:27 of the contest.

There are many hard games to follow for the Italians, though, which is something Ricchini has already told his players.

"We have to remain with our feet firmly on the ground but to continue to think positively," he said.

"Everything is possible. We will continue to work to grow in the EuroLeague.

"The next round is just one step away from us and we cannot rule out anything, starting in our next game at (TEO) Vilnius."

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