Gran Canaria are flying high at the top of Group H in the Eurocup Women after escaping O8 Stockholm HR with a 71-68 triumph - their fifth win in as many games.
Roneeka Rayshell Hodges sparked the Canary Islanders, playing all 40 minutes and scoring a game-high 24 points while also grabbing seven rebounds.
The Swedish team went into the contest with just one victory but they led 42-40 at half-time.
|Jennie Thingwall (O8 Stockholm HR)|
After a Jennie Thingwall lay-up stretched the lead to four at the start of the third quarter, the Spanish team's Brooke Wyckoff started a 9-0 run with a three-pointer.
Gran Canaria would end up leading 58-50 by the end of the third quarter and extending that to 10 early in the fourth.
But the Swedes showed a great fighting spirit and reeled off eight consecutive points to trail 60-58.
With 1:27 to go, a lay-up by Amber Petillon put the Stockholm team into a 68-67 lead but 14 seconds later and Hodges put the visitors back in front with a jumper.
Eva Montesdeoca then split a pair of free throws for a 70-68 lead with 21 seconds to go.
The hosts still had a chance to tie the game, or take the lead but Thingwall's pass was picked off Leonor Rodriguez and Petillon fouled her.
Rodriguez sank one of two at the line for the three-point win.
“We have lost too many close games now, I’m disappointed," said 08 Stockholm coach Anders Härd.
"We had a crucial turnover at the end, but it was not that one that cost us the game.
"We have too little experience. But hey, we lost to a great team which are undefeated in the EuroCup.”
08 Stockholm captain Nina Bärlin added: “It’s extremely frustrating to lose such a close game. We played with confidence and feel we can play at this level. But it wasn’t enough tonight.”
|Gran Canaria Head Coach Domingo Diaz|
“I want to congratulate 08 Stockholm to a very good performance in their first EuroCup," Gran Canaria coach Domingo Diaz said.
"They have fought well, and they’re a good team which have lost by few points in their previous games. But I think our experience and poise led us to victory in this particular match.”
In other games, MBK won 73-70 over Université BC Neuchâtel, Chevakata hammered Electra Ramat-Hasharon 80-59 and Zala Volán ZTE were thumped 71-55 in Hungary by Kozachka-Zalk.
Panküp TED Koleji won 76-67 in Turkey over Baschet ICIM, CCC Polkowice prevailed 73-60 in Poland Kara Trutnov and BSC Dnipro scraped a 71-67 win in Ukraine over Elitzur Ramla.
Dynamo Kursk thrashed Seat Foton Györ 66-43 in Russia and Besiktas Cola Turka rolled to a 94-59 success in Istanbul over BC Zeljeznicar.
Lavezzini Basket crahsed to a 76-60 home defeat in Italy to Pays Aix Basket, TSV Wasserburg edged Szeviép 83-82 in Germany and Cras Basket Taranto claimed an 81-66 win in Italy over Challes-Les-Eaux Basket.
CAB Madeira were 67-43 victors in Portugal over Novia Munalux Namur.