Super late Sopron surge sinks Schio; Valencia back on track
MUNICH (Germany) - A stunning last quarter by Sopron Basket took them past Beretta Famila Schio on Tuesday night, while Valencia Basket Club also did the business late to get a win at Olympiacos SFP.
Sopron blasted Group B leaders Schio off the court with a scintillating 17-0 start to the fourth period in their matchup that paved the way for the Hungarian side to take a vibrant 80-61 victory.
The result had been in the balance for three quarters, but when Sopron shifted up a gear, Schio had no answer and both teams are now locked up with 5-2 records.
While a fine team performance, it was Serbian duo Jelena Brooks and Dragana Stankovic that did most damage. The former collected 24 points, while Stankovic was the spark to snap the game open. She came off the bench and helped swing the momentum in Sopron's favor with an all-action 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Schio were led by Astou Ndour, who claimed 13 points.
Still searching for their first success of the season, Olympiacos looked on course to make it seventh time lucky but a final quarter collapse meant they went down 65-59 against Valencia.
Heading into the last period with a handy seven point advantage, Olympiacos suffered an offensive drought which proved fatal. They didn't score a single point during the last five minutes of the contest as Valencia completed a comeback victory.
As usual, Megan Gustafson bagged her trademark double-double in defeat with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while her teammate Kylee Shook also amassed 21 points.
From a Valencia standpoint, the team defense was the difference-maker. Raquel Carrera was their top performer with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals as they avoided a third straight defeat in Group A to move to 4-3.
The action continues with five more games taking place on Wednesday.