Slovak Republic Fix Their Broken Heart

17 August 2012

Marta Páleníková (Slovak Republic)
Marta Palenikova (pictured) and Zofia Hruscakova led all scorers with 15 points each 

After suffering a heart-breaking overtime loss on day one, the Slovak Republic bounced back in the best possible way at the U20 European Championship Women in Debrecen by clinching an exciting 64-61 success against Russia.

It was a magnificent accomplishment for the Slovak Republic who showed tremendous character during crunch time, just when it looked like there was scope for a miserable déjà vu.

Having benefitted from a terrific start to the game and a wonderful 34-19 opening half, Russia came back from the dead to apply huge amounts of pressure but Slovak Republic weren't going to be denied.

Also impressive was the fact they had to make do it without the services of their influential forward Martin Kissova who sat out the game injured.

As for Russia, they continued where they left off in their unconvincing opening win against Great Britain.

They looked second best against their opponent for the majority of the game but almost saved their unbeaten record with a stunning last quarter.

Having trailed by double-digits for long periods and still down 51-39 at the end of the third, they launched a survival bid during the last ten minutes and not only got back on level footing but even took the lead.

However, the Slovak Republic showed nerves of steel in the closing minutes as they made a bunch of free-throws to take a precious victory.


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