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02/03/2018
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A blessing for ESBVA-LM, or did the Ozturk buzzer-beater give momentum to Hatay?

MUNICH (EuroCup Women) - One of the most interesting first leg games in the Quarter-Finals came in Villeneuve, as ESBVA-LM took a narrow win against Hatay that leaves the return game in Antakya beautifully poised. 

Most observers likely deem Hatay to be the clear favorites, even if they fell 74-72. It might have even been a two-possession game to retrieve, had it not been for a timely intervention right on the final buzzer from Bahar Ozturk.

 

She struck what could yet prove to be a pivotal three-point shot, perhaps shifting the momentum towards the ambitious Turkish side. 

However, ESBVA-LM head coach Fred Dusart is looking on the bright side and feels that the late twist will only serve to focus his team more intensely next week.

He stated: "We could have lost that game, but my team never let it go. We only have a 2-point lead but it may be a blessing in disguise.

"Hatay players will have to face pressure. We've also got a lot of things to improve and we will have to cope with a hot atmosphere in Turkey."

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