Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Euroleague 5/2009 - Ros Casares 63, Galatsaray 62

Jia Perkins of Galatsaray tries to get by Laia Palau of Ros Casares.

El Ros (4-1) had to go all the way to Istanbul, where they played against Turkish power Galatsaray (3-2) in front of a crowd of...400 spectators? Not four thousand, but four hundred. I guess either Ros Casares has reached a rough spot or those four hundred fans were cheering really loudly, as Galatsaray came close to knocking off Ros Casares 63-62.

The game report, the box score, play-by-play results and a small photo gallery can all be found right here.

Part of the reason the game was so close was that Ros Casares got off to a bad start. A basket by Yelena Leuchanka put Galatsaray up 15-5 with 2:07 in the first quarter. Ros Casares was held to eight points in the first quarter. At one point, Galatsaray was up by 11 points, 25-14 in the second but Ros Casares ended the second quarter with three consecutive three-pointers to close the gap to 33-29.

In the third quarter, Ros Casares continued their struggle and Galatsaray stayed ahead, but only by one or two baskets. With 1:04 left in the third quarter, Ros Casares finally regained the lead with 1:04 left in the third, 49-48 on a basket by Delisha Milton-Jones. Galatasaray retook the lead, but a pair of free throws by Anna Montañana gave Ros Casares the lead 51-50.

At one point in the fourth, Ros Casares led by six points, 63-57 with 3:45 to go...but Ros Casares would not score another point as Galatsaray's defense kicked in. A jump shot by Jia Perkins closed the gap to 63-61 in favor of Ros Casares with 2:02 left. Unfortunately, neither team could buy a shot after that. Galatsaray missed three shots. On the Ros Casares end of the court, Elisa Aguliar missed a jump shot and Laia Palau missed a pair of free throws with only six seconds on the clock. Galatsaray would have the ball, and they could score either a potential tying or winning shot.

With one second left, Jia Perkins of Galatsaray was fouled by Jana Vesela. This put the game in her hands with one second left. She made the first free throw. 63-62 Ros Casares, and Perkins could tie the game on the next shot....

....but...she missed. Delisha Milton-Jones got the rebound, and the game was over.

And now, a look at the Four Factors of the game:

Field goal percentage: Ros Casares 41 percent, Galatsaray 39 percent. Almost even. Ros Casares, however, hit more 3-pointers, going 7-for-20 from long range.
Turnovers: 13 turnovers for each team, no advantage.
Offensive rebound percentage: Galatsaray 38 percent, Ros Casares 29 percent. Yelena Leuchanka was a beast with six offensive rebounds and 13 total rebounds.
Free throws: Galatsaray 11-for-14, Ros Casares 8-for-11.

And now, the name performers from each club:


Jia Perkins: 19 points, 5 rebounds. 7-for-14. A great game, but sadly, she missed that final free throw. Perkins plays for the Chicago Sky.
Yelena Leuchanka: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists. Leuchanka last played for the Mystics. They keep saying that she'll play for the Dream...I think we have her rights, anyway.
Sophia Young: 12 points, 5 rebounds for the San Antonio player.

Ros Casares

Delisha Milton-Jones: 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists. 6-for-12 shooting.
Erika de Souza: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.
Anna Montañana: 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists as well.
Belinda Snell: 8 points, 3 rebounds.
Becky Hammon: 5 points and 3 assists in 23 minutes of play. 1-for-6 from 3-point range.

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