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First European champion title for the female basketball team of Greece

09 April 2010 / 13:04:02  GRReporter
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The basketball game for the Eurocup between the female teams of Athinaikos – Greece and With a final score of Nadezhda – Russia, which was played in Athens on the field in Virona ended with a final score of 53 – 57. Even though it lost this game, Greece won it first European cum in the history of the female basketball in the country. The Russian athletes definitely made it difficult on the hosts, however in spite of all this the basketball players of Athinaikos managed to keep their lead of 8 points which they had earned in their first game from the finals between the two teams in Orenbourg.

The guests took care of the strong start of the game and from the very beginning they played a very offensive game. The quickly managed to accumulate a lead of 4-0 and then 7-3. After a short mobilization of the Greeks they managed to reach their opponents and like this the first 10 minutes of the game ended with an even score for both teams – 11 – 11. The lucky stage for the hosts continued in the second set when they took the lead in the result by 16-14. In spite of the better dynamics of the game in the beginning of the second set, at the end of it the Greeks were definitely having a hard time finishing their offenses by scoring a point… So the first half of the game ended with a score of 36-33 in favor of the guests.

The second half did not bring considerable changes for the hosts. They were striving to score points and take the lead in the result, however not always their results had any success. For a stronger game from mental point of view did not help even the 8 points accumulated in the previous game between the two teams, or the fact that the game is played on their field in front of the eyes of their many fans. There were some moments when the game was turning into a hard derby, which final score could have been predicted. The guests were taking a lead which even reached 5 points. The good defense play organized by the Greek player Hadzinikolaou did not help as well.

A great contribution for the score of the guests this evening had Wiggins and Visbariene. Crucial for the final score turned out to be the 3 points scored exactly by Wiggins, few minutes before the end of the game. The team of Nadezhda made its final attacks and an unsuccessful attempt to score 3 points made Karei. This put the end to the enormous pressure on the field. Even though they were a step away from their goal, the team of Nadezhda did not manage to even the difference from their previous game. This gave the team of Athinaikos the first European title in the history of the female basketball in Greece.

Athinaikos (Dikeoulakos): Kalentzou, Limoura, Hadzinikolaou, Volonaki, Soulis, Petronite, Saregou, Wiggins, Kosma, Raili, Visbariene

Nadezhda (Koloskov): Burik, Snitsina, Ovarenko, Veremenko, Mosk, Karei, Baranov



Tags: basketball sport Athinaikos Nadezhda Virona Eurocup
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