A last second shot by Ausra Bimbaite culminated a thriller in Kaunas, where VICI-Aistes opened their regular Euroleague season. A team from Lithuania downed Sparta&K Moscow region 81-79.
Ausra Bimbaite was the hero in first women Euroleague game in Kaunas
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The lead was safe in the beginning of fourth quarter (72-56), when guests started a comeback. With Epifanya Prints, who scored 22 points, beating her defenders one on one, Russians evened the score – 76-76, and after Irina Osipova’s two pointer with a foul, they got in front – 79-76.
Bimbaite then scored a three pointer with 30 seconds to play, and after an useccessful possession by Russians Kaunas’ team had 6 seconds for a last shot.
Bimbaite was fouled, but with team not in foul zone yet, VICI-Aistes had to inbound with 3 seconds left. Bimbaite drove under the basket and scored a buzzer-beater.
“I knew I had to go inside and try to shot or draw a foul. I made a shot and I am very happy about that”, Bimbaite, who scored 26 points, said after the game.
“Its tough to lose everytime, but I want to congratulate other team. It’s easy to say, what we didn’t do, but this time they simply were tougher that us”, Pokey Chatman, the coach of Sparta&K, said after the game.
Defending champions were without Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird, but it didn’t make a victory any less sweet for VICI-Aistes.
“I checked the odds before the game and saw, that we were not expected to win by no means. But we believed we could win. I said that one centimeter will make the difference, and it did”, coach Mantas Sernius said.