Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Today's Euroleague Games

Box scores, play-by-play stats and galleries are all at the links below.

Erika de Souza has no problem with Quanitra Hollingsworth.

Ros Casares 75, Vilnius 60: Today's loss in Lithuania puts Vilnius one game away from elimination - if they lose at home against Galatsaray next week, that's it. However, they played well against Ros Casares (6-1) today - they held El Ros to 14 points in the first quarter and actually led 8-7 with 3:50 to go and tied 16-16 two minutes into the second.

Then, Ros Casares went on a 12-0 run and never lost the lead. The last time Vilnius was within single digits was early in the third quarter. Renee Montgomery scored 15 points to lead Vilnius and Quanitra Hollingsworth had 12 points. (Chioma Nnamaka, formerly of the Dream, scored 4 points and 7 rebounds in 35 minutes). As for Ros Casares, Amaya Valdemoro led with 15 points. Valdemoro is just coming off an injury. Erika de Souza only had three points, but she had six rebounds.

Sancho Lyttle makes more money.

Perfumerias 81, Gospic 79: This one went right down to the wire. With one second left on the clock, Olexandra Gorbunova of Perfumeria rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Anna de Mondt to give Perfumerias the home win and keep them tied for first in Group B at 5-2. Gospic falls to 1-6.

Gospic was looking for an upset and both teams played close for the first two quarters. Gospic managed to lead by a couple of baskets (at least) throughout the third quarter but Perfumerias was going to be hard to beat on their own court. Down 64-60 in the fourth, Le'coe Willingham put the team on her back, scoringfive points of an 9-0 run that gave Perfumerias a 67-64 lead with 6:48 to go.

Perfumerias led 77-71 with 3:04 minutes to go, but Gospic followed with six points to tie the game with 1:36 left. With the game tied at 79-79 with 1:09 left, Sancho Lyttle and Andja Jelavic exchanged missed field goals, setting up Anna de Mondt's missed 3-pointer and Gorbunova's putback.

Sancho Lyttle had a monster game: 24 points and 15 rebounds for Perfumerias. Le'Coe Willingham had 19 points for the Salamancans. As for Gospic, Carla Thomas scored 24 points and Andja Jelavic scored 28 points.

If you look carefully, you can see Angel McCoughtry, but Essence dominates the shot.

Bourges 83, Good Angels Kosice 71: Kosice's winning streak is broken in France in front of a crowd of 3000 as Bourges and Kosice end up in the middle of the pack in Group C at 3-4 each.

Bourges took control early in the first quarter and never looked back, leading 42-35 at halftime and expanding their lead to 64-50 after three quarters. Good Angels Kosice never got back to within single digits. Bourges went 18-for-22 at the free throw line, which proved to be the difference.

Essence Carson led Bourges with 22 points. Angel McCoughtry led the Good Angels with 20 points and seven rebounds, shooting 9-for-13 in the game.

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