We have won our first game in the cup hugely based on the performance of our Hungarian players.
CMB CARGO UNI Győr - Sopron Basket 55-69 (17-17, 10-12, 16-26, 12-14)
CMB CARGO UNI Győr: Mandic 2, Raksányi 8/3, Gray 19, Spanou 15/6, Krnjic 6 Sub.: Brown 3/3, Varga Zs. 2, Czank -, Török Á. -
Sopron Basket: Fegyverneky 9/3, Czukor -, Dubei 12/3, Dupree 4, Határ 16 Sub.: Turner 12/6, Jovanovic 10, Weninger 4, Zahui 2, Honti -, Varga K. -
FGS: 14/31 45% ill. 26/48 54%
3-PTS: 4/17 24% ill. 4/20 20%
FTS: 15/16 94% ill. 5/6 83%
Rebounds: 29 (Gray 8) ill. 40 (Határ 10)
Assists: 14 (Mandic, Brown 4-4) ill. 17 (Fegyverneky 6)
Steals: 5 ill. 13
Turnovers: 19 ill. 12
Faults: 15 ill. 20
VAL: 59 (Gray 22) ill. 82 (Határ 21)
Betti opened the game with a put-back after a miss by Candice from mid-range, to which Spanou answered back converting both shots rom the foul line. Then Betti showed her class from mid-range as well (2nd minute 2-4). A little while later it was our Hungarian center again who scored off a nice spin move under the rim. After that Mandic and Raksányi scored twice in a row to tie the game up. What's more, Gray was able to give the hosts the lead with two baskets of her own (10-6). Then came Candice who made a shot while being fouled, but couldn't convert the extra shot, however, on the other end Brown drained a triple from the corner. Yvonne answered back likewise, and then after being fouled in the act of shooting Zsófia Varga made two shots from the free throw line (7th minute 15-11). The hosts kept scoring, this time it was Krnjic who made a lay-up, to which Betti answered back with a double, and then she added another one. After that Tina was able to tie it up, just before the end of the period (10th minute 17-17).
Following a couple of failed attempts to score Győr was able to get the go-ahead basket (12th minute 19-17). Then Zsófi made one of her signature jumpers from the base-line to tie it back up again, and then with a triple by Debi the lead was ours (14th minute 19-22). Not for long, though, Raksányi hit one from downtown to equalize. It was Debi again who came up with a three-point play, to which Gray answered back with a buzzer-beating double, and then she added two successful free throws to her total regaining the lead for Győr, forcing Roberto Iniguez's first time-out in the game (17th minute 26-25). Following the short pause Debi buried a double from mid-range off a screen by Betti, and this tim eit was Milos Pavlovic's turn to call his team to the bench. After the break Raksányi stood behind the free throw line to shoot two, and split the pair. However, Yvonne had the final say in the half beating the buzzer for a lay-up to give us a single possession lead (20th minute 27-29).
Candice got us going in the third quarter from mid-range, to which Betti added two more off a spin move under the basket (22nd minute 27-33). After that Gray hit a double from just inside the three-point line and she drew a foul on Betti as well, then converted the and-one. Then came Zsófi with a triple, followed by a double from Betti (25th minute 32-38). Gray beat Betti under the rim for a lay-up, to which Yvonne answered back with a shot from downtown. Then Spanou copied her actions at the other end. Our Hungarian-American guard made two free throws, and Tina hit a double from close in, followed by a lay-up by Zsófi, which forced Győr'S next time-out (27th minute 37-47). After the break Gray hit two from the line, to which she added two more from inside the paint off the assist by Spanou. Then Yvonne ran down the court for a lay-up, to which Tina added a double from close in (41-51). Raksányi made two free throws, to which Amanda answered back with a double from inside the paint, and then Yvonne handed out an assist to Virág (30th minute 43-55).
The final stage of the game began with a great defensive effort from both sides, neither team was able to score for the first three minutes. That is when Tina finally made a double to grow our lead even further (33rd minute 43-57). After that Debi made an open shot from the corner just inside the three-point line, to which Spanou answered back likewise scoring the first basket for Győr in the quarter. Following a time-out by Győr Tina was able to score from inside the paint after we grabbed multiple offensive rebounds. After that Spanou converted an and-one. Virág and Krnjic exchanged baskets, and then Zsófi hit a jumper from inside the paint (51-65). For the last minute Kami came on court, too. We have won our first game in the cup, and we are through to the semis, where we will face the winner of the game between PEAC-Pécs and DVTK (40th minute 55-69).