Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Iziane Castro Marques forces her way through Perfumerias.
It was a double meeting: not only would Iziane Castro Marques and Sancho Lyttle get a chance to say hello, but Perfuermias hoped to avenge its upset loss in Salamanca to Krakow at the beginning of the season. However, it looks like the first game was not an upset as Krakow won the two-game series against Perfumerias at home, 62-58 in front of 1800 Polish fans.
The win advances Krakow to 6-0 in the ten-game first round of Euroleague. As the top four teams of each six-team group advance to the second round, Krakow is assured of advancing further into the post-season. The game report, box score and a small gallery are all here.
The first quarter stayed close with Perfumerias leading 18-14 at the end of ten minutes. At one point in the second quarter, Krakow tied the score but Perfumerias took a 32-27 lead into halftime. Up 41-34 with 4:31 left in the third quarter, Perfumerias faces a run by Krakow, who closed to within three points at the end of the third quarter with 1:46 left, 44-41. Both teams combined for three turnovers over the rest of the quarter, and the score remained 44-41 in favor of Perfumerias going into the fourth.
Liron Cohen of Krakow opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to tie the score at 44-44, and the fight was on. Perfumerias could only remain at best a couple of baskets ahead, and Krakow tied the score again with 3:12 left, 54-54 on a jump shot by Marta Fernandez. A shot by Iziane Castro Marques put Krakow up 57-56 with 2:16 left, and Krakow went 1-for-4 from the field for the rest of the game as Krakow remained calm and won the game.
A look at the four factors of the game:
Field goal shooting: Krakow 40 percent, Perfumerias 33 percent. Both teams made 23 field goals. Krakow was 5-for-16 from 3-point range; Perfumerias shot 3-for-21.
Turnovers: Perfumerias 15, Krakow 21. It's surprising that Krakow won with so many turnovers.
Offensive rebound percentage: Perfumerias 34 percent, Krakow 27 percent. However, it seems that Perfumerias couldn't get the ball into the basket.
Free throws: Krakow 11-for-13, Perfumerias 9-for-13.
Looking at the game performances:
Liron Cohen: 16 points, with 4-for-10 shooting from 3-point range.
Marta Fernandez: 19 points, 4 rebounds. 6-for-11 shoting.
Janell Burse: 16 points, 12 rebounds for the only double-double of the game. Burse went 7-for-13 from the field.
Iziane Castro Marques: 9 points in 22 minutes of play. One article stated that Iziane played "with the stubbornness of a maniac gave projections of prepared positions."
Le'coe Willingham: 14 points, 8 rebounds.
Sancho Lyttle: 12 points, 8 rebounds.
Olga Podkovalnikova: 10 points, 7 rebounds.