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Sopron Tried Every Single Way To Stun The Hosts But Never Finished It Up

Avenida came out strong and early in the first José Ignacio Hernández’s team made a 10-1 run to put the Spanish team ahead 15-5 after 5:30, leaving Sopron scoreless 2:30 minutes and leading to a timeout by Norbert Szekely. His team reacted, Katalin Honti made it 15-7 and the teams begin trading until the end of the first which saw Avenida leading 21-14.

Avenida kept young Sopron star Jelena Milovanovic under control, letting her just two points in the first half.

In the second quarter Halcón Avenida controlled the game but Sopron could little by little chip the advantage and put into five points, 27-22, alter a basket from Edit Ratkainé with 5:37 for the break. Le’Coe Willingham’s comeback to court was pivotal for Avenida that made a 11-5 run in the next minutes, with Willingham and Petra Stampalija scoring four apiece and with Isa Sánchez scoring a three pointer to make it 38-27 with 3:08 for the break.

Isa Sánchez scored then her second straight trey to give Avenida its biggest lead of the game, 41-29, with 2:15. Sopron came back and made a run with Kathleen MacLeod scoring four points, to give some air to the Hungarian outfit and reach the interval only trailing 41-35.

The third again was all about trading although both teams struggled in the offensive end. Katalin Honti closed the gap for Sopron, 43-40, but Avenida recovered once again and stretched the lead to nine points with 4:24 remaining after a jumper from Le’Coe Willingham to make it 55-46, but Sopron answered too by scoring a 6-0 run with five points coming out of MacLeod’s hands to get into three points, 55-52, and two and a half remaining.

Avenida improved defensively and only permitted one point in that 2:30 while scoring six to finish the third 61-53 ahead.

Sopron got closer again, 63-57, after three minutes but José Ignacio Hernández brought Silvia Domínguez back to court and she responded regaining the double digit lead for Avenida by hitting a three pointer the second after entering the court, making it 68-57 with four minutes remaining.

The Hungarians were struggling offensively once again and Avenida reached its highgest lead after five minutes with a basket from Michelle Snow, 72-57. Szekely’s team remained scoreless for three minutes until Katalin Honti cut the drought from the free throw line. It was proved the good defensive work made by Avenida not leaving rooms for the Hungarian, after sitting out Jelena Milovanovic during the whole second half.

Anyway, Szeleky’s team didn’t quit and begin to close the gap. They put into eight points after a Katalin Honti trey with 1:48 remaining, 76-68, and then they begin sending the hosts to the charity stripe. Michelle Snow took advantage of that in the next two possessions, and Atlanta Dream’s center made it 80-68, but once again Katalin Honti hit the trey with 45 seconds remaining and picking up a foul from Anke De Mondt after that to put Sopron into five points, 80-75, with 40 seconds remaining.

Sopron put Willingham in the stripe and she made it 82-75 with 36 seconds in the clock, but they lost all their chances when the turned the ball over and Gunta Basko made it a fast break to ice the game, 84-75, and 27 seconds on the clock.

They decided the game wasn’t over yet and Edit Ratkainé picked up a three pointer foul and put Sopron into six with 15 seconds, but they ran out of time and Avenida closed the score with one freebie by Silvia Domínguez to finish the game 85-78.

For Halcón Avenida Le’Coe Willingham had 20 pts and 5 assists, with 17 pts and 18 rebounds from Michelle Snow, Petra Stampalija’s 14 and Isa Sánchez adding 11 and Gunta Basko 10.

In Sopron Amber Holt had 21 pts and 6 borads, Katalin Honti and Kathleen MacLeod 13 pts and 4 assists apiece. Edit Ratkainé had 12 pts and Tijana Krivacevic 9. Dora Horta had 13 boards and five points.

Avenida won the rebounding battle 38-30.

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