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Group:  A | 15.06.2015, 20:30h
Group:  A | 15.06.2015, 20:30h
82-71
20 - 1819 - 1724 - 1819 - 18
20 - 1819 - 1724 - 1819 - 18
Venue: Timisoara (ROU) |
Spectators: 800 |
Referees: Anne Panther (GER), Gellert Kapitany (HUN), Arturas Sukys (LTU)

GAME REPORT


Czech In, Romania Out

Czech Republic secured third place in Group A with an 82-71 victory over co-hosts Romania in Timisoara, joining France and Montenegro in advancing to Second Round Group E in Debrecen. 

 

Turning Point: This Romanian team might not have experience but they do have fight. But after trailing 41-38 early in the third quarter, they suffered a defensive drop off and a 10-2 run took the Czechs clear. With their rivals missing seven three-pointers in succession as they tried to regain lost ground, the ball wasn't falling their way, and even though they closed to 72-69 with a late 9-0 run, their experienced foes responded with nine consecutive points to bolt the door.

 

Stats Don't Lie: There wasn't much between these two but the Czech Republic did get a push from their three-point shooting, going 8-of-19 while Romania converted 4-of-15. It was just enough.

 

Game Hero: With Ilona Burgrova spending much of the second half on the bench on four fouls before fouling out with 6:45 left, Alena Hanusova stepped up to anchor the defence. But her two three-pointers in quick succession during the Czech's surge in the third quarter were massively vital with the forward ending up with a game-high 24 points.

 

The Bottom Line: The Czechs avoided a First Round exit that might have proven the end of the international road for much of their great team. But they will need to improve to reach the quarter-finals, starting with Thursday's Group E opener against their old rivals Belarus on Wednesday. As for Romania, paced here by 22 points from Gabriela Marginean, they depart without a victory but the knowledge gained here should be hugely valuable once they start the qualification round for EuroBasket Women 2017. 

 

Accumulated statistics

42.6%

26/61
FG
M/A

42.2%

27/64

42.9%

18/42
FG2P
M/A

46.9%

23/49

42.1%

8/19
FG3P
M/A

26.7%

4/15

84.6%

22/26
FT
M/A

86.7%

13/15

40

15/25
RT
RO/RD

33

11/22

23

AS

15

16

TO

15

3

ST

8

2

BS

4

19

PF

27

82

Pts

71

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