A Demonstration of Total Dominion
Valencia Basket successfully completed the first of the last two remaining challenges to reach the quarter-finals of the Women’s Euroleague. However, his ranking does not depend solely on himself to break into the top four of the group. Facing the Hungarian DVTK in La Fonteta on Tuesday, the Valencian side dominated from the start, reaching a 15-point lead on two occasions in the first quarter.
Flawless Strategy and Smart Changes
With Ouviña, Casas, Iagupova, Carrera and Hempe in the starting quintet, Valencia BC nullified DVTK’s outside play ability, forcing the opposition to call timeouts to try to react. Rubén Burgos’ smart changes kept the pressure on, with efficient turnovers and a three-pointer by Ouviña extending the gap to 15-0. Despite a second-quarter DVTK comeback, Valencia BC went into halftime with a 39-33 lead.
Resurgence of the Briefly Silenced DVTK
With some triple keys from Jovanovic and Kanyasi, DVTK came close to scoring, but the Valencia Basket players kept their composure. Hempe excelled with 12 points at halftime, and despite DVTK’s efforts, the margin remained, leaving the score at 63-45 at the end of the third quarter.
Hempe Exhibition and Confirmation of Opportunities
In the last quarter, Hempe shone with 9 additional points, consolidating the victory with a maximum difference of +30. With the support of the fans chanting the “MVP”, Hempe finished with 24 points before being substituted to a well-deserved standing ovation. Valencia Basket closed the game with a resounding 84-59, keeping their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals alive.
Heading to the Quarter Finals: Need for Victory
With this result, Valencia Basket retains a chance, as long as Schio wins at Zaragoza. The key to qualification is to win at Schio next Tuesday and wait for an unlikely defeat by Casademont Zaragoza at home to an already eliminated Lublin. With Valencia Basket alive, tension and excitement are guaranteed for fans until the last second.