Saturday, February 7, 2009

LFB (Spain) 18/2008 - Ros Casares 78, Olesa 57

It was your typical day of Ros Casares (17-1) basketball. After setbacks early on incluing a loss to Perfumerias and some Euroleague opening round losses, Ros Casares has been dynamite. Olesa (10-8) was the latest team to be blown up, losing 78-57 at Ros Casares's home in Valencia as Ros Casares comes closer to securing a place in the post-season.

Ros Casares has set a Spanish League record for Most Consecutive Wins (including Euroleague Games). Ros Casares's win was its 22nd straight win of the year.

The box score is here.

Believe it or not, Olesa actually led Ros Casares after the first quarter by a 15-12 score, but Ros Casares won each of the following quarters. El Ros was ahead 33-30 at halftime, and led 53-47 after the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the visitors were held to just 10 points.

Both teams shot equally well - hitting 40 percent of their shots, but Ros Casares had more field goal attempts. Ros Casares clearly won the battle of offensive rebounds by a factor of 19 to 13. Olesa would also turn the ball over 24 times compared to the 19 times for Ros Casares, and Ros Casares would get 20 visits to the free throw line, where they would hit 16 of their shots.

Elene Tounikidou was probably the Ros Casares player of the game. She scored 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists - the only double-double of the game by either side. Erika de Souza had 13 points and seven rebounds for Ros Casares, and both of the other WNBA imports scored in double digits. Delisha Milton-Jones had 17 points and nine rebounds. Amaya Valdemoro, who was suffering a knee strain and did not play, was substituted for by Candace Wiggins added 10 points.

Crystal Kelly was visiting Olesa's showcase player with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kelly is a forward for the Sacramento Monarchs. Olga Podkovalnikova was the leading scorer for the visitors with 13 points and seven rebounds. Anna Cruz scored 11 points and seven rebounds, and Tracy Reid, who last played for the Phoenix Mercury and was a former WNBA Rookie of the Year would score six points.

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