Thursday, November 5, 2009

Euroleague 2/2009 - Krakow 85, Pécs 78

The best way to beat jet lag.

Before I write anything about the Krakow-Pécs game, I have to write about Iziane Castro Marques.

My understanding is that Castro Marques arrived in Krakow on Tuesday. Supposedly, the plane trip from where she lives in Brazil all the way to Krakow, Poland took about 18 hours and she had at least two or three stopovers. So after an 18 hour flight, she gets off the plane, is met by Wisla Can-Pack Krakow...and practices.

Not only that, but when she was expected to not start until Saturday's game, Castro Marques leapt right into Euroleague action with her new club against Mizo Pécs (0-2), which has been a traditional powerhouse in Hungary and Europe. Despite having little practice time, Castro Marques scored 22 points in 24 minutes to help Krakow on the way to an 85-78 victory.

The box score, play-by-play, game report and a few pictures are all here.

Iziane didn't play in the first quarter, but Krakow managed to take the lead early on and keep it through the first quarter, leading 24-16 after ten minutes. Castro Marques didn't make her first appearance until the second quarter with 8:00 remaining. Kelly Mazzante managed top a 10-2 run by Pécs with a 3-pointer to tie the game at 26-26 and the game became a real grapple. Castro Marques hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in the first half for Krakow to take a 39-36 lead at halftime in front of the home crowd of 1500 spectators.

At one point, Pécs had a five point lead in the third quarter, but Krakow came back. The game went back and fourth until the fourth quarter when Castro Marques hit a 3-pointer with 4:41 left in the game to put Krakow up 69-67 and give them the lead for good.
Looking at the Four Factors of the game....

Field goal percentage: Krakow 48 percent, Pécs 44 percent. Each time had a lot of 3-pointers: Krakow was 6-for-14 from long range and Pécs was 7-for-18.

Turnovers: Pécs 7, Krakow 12. AMAZING. I don't think I've ever read about a game with so few turnovers.

Offensive rebound percentage: Krakow 35 percent, Pécs 32 percent. Each team had 12 offensive rebounds.

Free throws: Krakow 23-for-33, Pécs 11-for-14. This was most likely the most important key of the game - Krakow won the game on the free throw line.

And now, some of the individual performances....


Iziane Castro Marques: 22 points. 4-for-9 from 2-point range, 3-for-8 from 3-point range.
Janell Burse: 18 points, 15 rebounds for a double-double. 6-for-10 shooting.
Ewelina Kobryn: The second double-double for Krakow. 15 points, 10 rebounds. Kobryn had an amazing seven offensive rebounds.
Marta Fernandez: 13 points, 7 assists.
Liron Cohen: 8 points, 9 assists.


Nicole Ohlde: 17 points, 9 rebounds from the Phoenix Mercury reserve.
Dalma Ivanyi: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists. An amazing performance.
Kelly Mazzante: 14 points, with 4-for-9 from 3-point range from the Phoenix guard.
Allie Quigley: 3 points in 13 minutes of play from the Phoenix reserve. Maybe we should call Mizo Pécs the Mizo Mercury?

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