Thursday, December 11, 2008

Euroleague 9/2008 - Pécs 88, Nadezhda 70

Szilvia Török takes on the job of guarding B-Money.

Nadezhda (2-7) would travel to Hungary to keep their faint Euroleague hopes alive. They needed a win against Pécs (5-4), but it was not to be - Pécs beat Nadezhda 88-70 to mathematically eliminate Nadezhda from second round competition. Nadezhda will play Beşiktaş next week in Russia - both 2-7 teams will be playing to avoid last place.

The boxscore is here. A brief game report is here.

As the writeup said, Pécs would take a 6-0 lead and lead the entire game. The score was 54-35 at halftime, and the closest Nadezhda would get in the second half would be closing the gap to 10 points in the third quarter.

Pécs hit 53 percent of their shots compared to Nadezhda's 47 percent. Nadezhda suffered on the boards both offensively and defensively: the total rebounding gap was 38-25. Turnovers and free throws were about even.

The top performer - at least according to Euroleague - was Kelly Mazzante of Pécs, who scored 21 points and had five rebounds and three assists. Mazzante is a guard for the Phoenix Mercury. Anna Vadja would score 26 points and 10 rebounds, a double double for Pécs. Brooke Queenan scored seven points and five rebounds in 18 minutes of play. Queenan saw limited time in 2008 as a forward for the Chicago Sky.

Dalma Ivanyi of Pécs score eight points and 14 assists. It probably doesn't set a record, but it is rather amazing.

For Nadezhda, Betty Lennox was the leading scorer, scoring 23 points - but needing 29 shots to do it. Betty went 0-for-8 in 3-point shooting. Anastasiya Veremeenko scored 10 points and four assists, one of four Nadezhda players to score in double figures.

Shameka Christon did not play for Nadezhda. According to the website, Christon had an injury but there are no other details. In other news, there's a small gallery at the site, and you can find it by following the boxscore link.

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