Wednesday, December 10, 2008
After today's Euroleague match, there would be only one more game before teams advanced to the second round. Ros Casares (7-2) had an outside chance of finishing first in Group C, but the outcome of their game against Union Hainaut (3-6) didn't matter much - Ekaterinburg beat Prague 103-57, pretty much securing first place in Group C.
Union Hainaut had to win both of its remaining games to secure a chance to go onto Euroleague. They would have to beat El Ros, a team that beat them 48 points in Spain. In France this time, the outcome was different - they only lost by thirty points, 91-61, at home in front of 1100 spectators.
The boxscore is here.
According to the game report, the score was close...for the first 15 minutes. Ros Casares led 27-25, and then started to pull away. It was 41-32 at halftime, 71-47 after three quarters and Ros Casares added six more points in the fourth.
It was simply a matter of scoring - Ros Casares hit 51 percent of their shots and Union Hainaut only hit 39 percent. Believe it or not, Union Hainaut had more offensive rebounds than Ros Casares. Ros Casares, however, went 16 for 18 from the free throw line.
Clémence Biekes led all Union Hainaut scorers with 10 points. Vedrana Grgin Fonseca scored nine points and five rebounds, and Laetitia Kamba scored four points and eight rebounds. Tiffany Stansbury would score eight points and Chioma Nnamaka would score four for Union Hainaut.
For Ros Casares, four players scored in double figures. Amaya Valdemoro socred 19 points to lead all players on both teams. Delisha Milton-Jones scored 17 and Roneeka Hodges scored 13. Erika de Souza would only play 14 minutes and score four points - they didn't need her much in a blowout win.
Union Hainaut doesn't have the pictures up on the hainaut-basket.com site just yet. I'll post them when they get there.