Second Round Of The Pre-Olympic Tournament Madrid 2008

Cuba 68 – Belarus 58

Both teams struggled to find their, game and to score in the first quarter, apart from an early Cuba’s 8-0 run in the early minutes of the game, so the points came slowly, finishing the first with a one point lead for Cuba, 14-13.

In the early second quarter Belarus put themselves in front after scoring five straight points, 18-14, while Cuba went scoreless during the first two minutes. After that came a short basket trading sport and in the late quarter Cuba made an 8-0 run that gave them back the lead 30-23. Tatyana Troina cut the run with a trey (30-26) reaching the interval 31-28 for Cuba

After the break Alberto Zabala’s team, as they did yesterday, recovered its best defensive level and made an 11-0 run –with three consecutive three pointers from Yamara Amargo- thar put them in front for good, 51-34, with two minutes remaining in the third

Cuba begin then to miss its shots and Belarus would close the gap with a 9-0 run abridging the end of the third and beginning of the fourth to get 51-40. Yakelyn Plutin broke the blarussian run from the free throw line, 53-43 but Belarus still was coming from behind and get into four points, 57-53, with 4:16 remaining, resulting in a Zabala’s timeout. That was the closest Belarus got. After the timeout Cuba reagrouped, while Belarus rushed their attacks again so Cuba kept in front until the end of the game that finished 68-58

For Cuba Yakelyn Plutin had 23 pts and 7 rebounds, joined by Yamara Amargo’s 12 and Suchitel Avila’s 10. For Belarus Yelena Leuchanka had 13 pts and 9 boards and Anastasiya Verameyenka had 7 pts and 11 rebounds

Japan 71 – Senegal 69

 The game was a very close one in which both teams traded baskets. Japan based its game on its best weapon, outside shooting. Thanks to the room created by their fast ball moving while Senegal looked for fastbreaks and layings.

A 6-2 run late in the first put gave Japan a 22-19 lead after the first quarter, and they won’t trail again. In the second quarter Japan pulled its advantage. Senegal close the gap to three points, 28-25, with tour minutes remaining in the first half. But Senegal’s game iced in that moment and Japan made a 10-0 run to put themselves 38-25 in front with 1:09 remaining, reaching the interval 38-27 after Fatou Dieng scored again for Senegal

The third quarter was levelled in scoring and Japan didn’t struggle to keep a double digit margin as Senegal struggled in the offensive end. However, in the final minutes, Senegal scored a 6-0 run to make it 45-54 with 2:24 remaining and Tomohide Utsumi called time out. After that Japan reacted and scored a 7-2 run, reaching the end of the third 47-59 in front

Senegal fought back in the fourth. African’s aggressiveness in the defensive end grew up, not letting the japanese score in the first 3:56, while scoring themselves a 10-0 run in the offensive end that closed the gap into two points, 57-59, leading to a new Nippon time out after which both teams traded baskets again, Awa Gueye levelled the game for Senegal, 63-63 with 3:30 remaining

Yuko Oga lead then her teammates (Scored six points in the fourth) and kept the composure of her team. Senegal missed a potential tying shot with 19 seconds remaining and the Japanese run the clock out, taking the win, 71-69, and their tickets to Friday’s quarter finals

For Senegal Fatou Dieng had 18 points ( 6 in the fourth), Aya Traore 17 pts and Bineta Diouf 20.pts

For Japan Noriko Koiso had 18 points and Mayumi Funabiki and Yuko Oga 13 apiece

Brazil 125 – Fiji 45

 Brazil dominated since the very first minute and increased her advantage as minutes were passing until the final 125-45 result, except a frame in the second quarter in which they missed some easy shots. But in the second half of the game made themselves comfortable and it was continuous fastbreaks and shots from the perimeter (A 70% average in the game) pulling their lead to 80 points after a final 21-0 break.

Valerie Nainima was the only reference for Fiji again. She scored 17 points and 6 boards, joined by Letava Whippy with 11 and 6 rebounds

Iziane Castro Marqués had 28 pts in 20 minutes, Jucimara Dantas 22 pts in 17 minutes, Karla Martins 18 in 20 mintes, and Kelly Da Silva 15 in 20 minutes. Franciele Do Nascimento grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 8 pts.

Brazil got 55 rebounds for 31 from Fiji

Angola 59 – Argentina 58

 Argentina dominated the first quarter. Angola’s team struggled in the offense and Eduardo Pinto’s girls were more effective in the offense. They made a 7-0 run early in the first to make it 13-3 but as the minutes passed they begin to struggle in the offense too and they could only reach the final of the first 17-7 in front, with Florencia Fernández scoring 6 points.

In the second Argentina infected themselves of the poor angolan game and struggled more every minute in the offese, missing easy attacks while Raúl Duarte’s Angola was getting slowly into rhythm , chipping Argentina’s lead and closing the gap to four points with 4 minutes for the break, 24-19.

Argentina and Angola didn’t score a field goal in the next three minutes –Argentina went scoreless for four straight minutes. Finally Florencia Fernández cut the drought and scored again with 1:20 remaining for the break, 26-20, but her basket was inmediately answered by Nadir Manuel with a threepointer that put the score 26-23 at the break.

After the interval Argentina kept struggling in the offense and had to wait two minutes to score its first basket, 28-25. Angola took advantage of the struggling argentinians and scored an 1-2 run that put them 38-30 in front, leaving Argentina scoreless during six minutes.

Argentina reacted and a three point play by Marcela Paoletta sparked a 7-0 run, and lead to a time out from Raúl Duarte. Angola went scoreless the las three minutes of the third

Paula Gatti completed Argentina’s comback with a trey, 40 seconds into the fourth and both teams begin to trade baskets.

With 5:30 in the quarter Florencia Fernández sparked an 8-0 run which put Argentina 52-44 up with three minutes remaining, leading to another timeout from Angola

Argentina relaxed again and Angola fought back. Back to back threepointers put the one point down, 56-55 with 45 seconds remaining, completing Isabel Francisco the comeback by scoring two free throws with 22 seconds remaining in the game, 57-56.

Argentina miss the next offense and fouled Nadir Manuel who missed the two freebies but the rebound ended un in the hands of Isabel Francisco who was fouled again with 7 seconds remaining. She scored and put Angola in front for good, 59-56.

Florencia Fernández was fouled with 2 seconds in the game. She scored both shots to make it 58-59. Argentina stole the ball in the inbound pass but the desperate shot didn’t go in and put Angola in quarter finals

For Angola Astrida Vicente had
17 points, Nassecela Mauricio 16 pts y 13 rebounds and Nadir Manuel 12 points and 14 boards.

For Argentina Florencia Fernández scored 19 pts and had 11 boards. María Gimena Landra scored 11 pts and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Stephany Thomas 10 pts

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