We have delivered the win, but we still have a lot of work to do.
PINKK-Pécsi 424 - Sopron Basket 54-82 (16-20, 18-27, 14-20, 6-15)
PINKK-Pécsi 424: Cukic 9/3, Szűcs R. 20/6, Sánta 4, Jáhni 2, Markovic 13/6 Sub.: Szűcs L. 3/3, Vári 3
Sopron Basket: Fegyverneky 3/3, Salvadores 11/3, Czukor -, Dupree 6, Határ 15 Sub.: Crvendakic 14/6, Zahui 12, Turner 11/9, Dubei 7/3, Weninger 3/3, Varga K. -
2-PTS: 14/34 41% ill. 23/40 58%
3-PTS: 6/20 30% ill. 9/22 41%
FTS: 8/13 62% ill. 9/12 75%
Rebounds: 34 (Markovic 9) ill. 38 (Crvendakic, Zahui 6-6)
Assists: 9 (Szűcs R., Sánta 3-3) ill. 23 (Crvendakic 4)
Steals: 7 ill. 11 (Czukor 3)
Turnovers: 19 ill. 13
Faults: 21 ill. 20
VAL: 42 (Szűcs R. 20) ill. 111 (Crvendakic 20)
Our first road game called us to the home of PINKK-Pécsi 424, for whom this game meant the home-court debut in the season.
Because of some technical issues the game started a bit later, and that was visible on both teams (5th minute 8-7). In the 7th minute Réka Szűcs scored the first triple of the game, to which Debi Dubi answered back with a lay-up after a nice penetration. Szűcs"s next attempt from behind the three-point line did not hit the target. The home team called a time-out (11-13). After the short break Yvonne, who had her birthday today hit one from downtown, and so did Cukic at the other end (9th minute 14-16). The last successful offensive possession of the quarter was led by Candice, who put the ball in the net right when the buzzer rang (16-20). Debi has assisted Amanda quickly twice in a row to increase our lead all the way up to eight points (11th minute 16-24). In the 13th minute Markovic cut the deficit in half, but then Yvonne came up with another triple (14th minute 23-30). Following Zsófi Fegyverneky's triple in the 15th minute the difference has reached double digits for the first time during the game (23-35). In the second half of this period the difference varied between 10-12 points. In the 19th minute Roberto Iniguez called a time-out (30-42). After Yvonne's triple the home team still had time to counter, and we fouled Cukic, who made three free throws, because we also received a technical foul for the bench (34-47).
Our hosts started the second half better, they quickly put five points on the scoreboard. Just before they got excited Aleks restored the difference with a well-aimed triple (22nd minute 39-50). We maintained a secure lead, in the 25th minute the difference was already 14 points, which forced the next time-out for the home side (42-56). The flow of the game didn't change, we have increased our lead with some nicely choreographed offenses (48-67). We have managed to find Betti in the paint multiple times, which was noticed by head coach Miklós Laczka, who immediately called a time-out (33rd minute 51-73). In almost four minutes the teams were able to score only once. Except for Angela's jump shot there were only missed attempts during this stage of the game (51-75). We have gone through the last ten minutes with only 6 points scored by the home side and scored 15, which resulted in a 28-point win (54-82).
We will play twice next week. On Wednesday we will travel to Zalaegerszeg, and then host Győr on Saturday in Novomatic Aréna.
Roberto Iniguez: We have won the game, but lost a day.