Dumerc, Bourges Keep Feet On Ground After Win

21.02.2007

Bourges Basket guard Celine Dumerc has warned her side still have a lot of work to do if they are to reach the Final Four of EuroLeague Women.

The French team made the perfect start to their best-of-three quarter final series against TEO Vilnius by winning the first leg 66-60 on Tuesday night.

When you lose the ball in the EuroLeague, you pay dearly.
Celine Dumerc
A victory in Lithuania on Friday evening will be enough to secure Pierre Vincent's outfit a spot in the Final Four.

But Dumerc, a constant menace throughout the game with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, has a lot of respect for TEO, who were ahead 49-42 going into the final quarter.

And she wants her team-mates to keep their feet on the ground.

"The Final Four is still far off," she said.

"We need another victory which will be very hard to pull off. 

"They are very aggressive and we took a while to respond to the physical challenge. When you lose the ball in the EuroLeague, you pay dearly."

Center Emmeline Ndongue (21 points and 13 rebounds) excelled for Bourges, while Greece star Evanthia Maltsi weighed in with 12.

Vincent believed his tactics paid off on the night, saying: "Vilnius have a weakness on defense at center. We exploited that very well."

And he is delighted to have two more bites at the cherry, adding: "We start at zero again in Vilnius.

"We want to go and win in Vilnius, but if we don't succeed, we will concentrate on the third match."

TEO coach Algirdas Paulauskas bemoaned his side's failure to hold their lead in the final 10 minutes.

"If you want to win, you must play for 40 minutes," he said.

"We also shot poorly at the free-throw line, with eight from 18."

Guard Katie Douglas was TEO's stellar performer with 16 points and Milica Dabovic also had a decent 15-point haul.

 


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