The "Worlds" According to Svet - Day 6
Hi my dear friends,
Well, after our quarterfinal game, I have come to believe that there are no easy games in this year’s World Championship (unless you play for the very talented & deep USA team). Today was no different.
Our game against Spain was a real thriller. We did not start the game too well; we were missing our outside shots and could not get our post players involved in the game. At the end of the first quarter, we were only a couple of points behind, but the worst thing was that we did not have control over the game at all. Spain has one the best guards in the world, Amaya Valdemoro (who played with the Houston Comets a few years ago). She is very aggressive, loves to drive to the basket, has a nice jump shot, and basically carries her entire team on her shoulders.
Our main goal was to limit her touches, which we did, but Nuria Martinez (a fellow Lynx player) and their role players stepped up and made some really nice plays against our man-to-man defense. The second quarter we played a zone defense. The zone helped slow them down and made them take outside shots.
Everything was going well for my team, which allowed us to get a little ahead in the 3rd quarter, but than something extraordinary happened…It started to rain outside. Actually it was pouring outside!! We could actually hear how hard the rain was beating against the roof of the gym. Well, as we started the 4th quarter, the roof of the arena (it’s an old building, but very nice & holds 14,000 people) started to leak. Water was literary dripping onto the court and on the fans.
We thought that the refs would stop the game and wait for the rain to stop, but they told us that we had to go on because all the games “are live on national TV.” There were pounds of water on the floor. The poor ball kids never had to work that hard their entire lives. Many players slipped and fell down really hard on the floor. Thank God nobody got hurt. It was really dangerous.
And another dangerous thing was that we were only up 2 points with a minute left in the game. I guess we really did not want to play overtime in these kinds of conditions, so we got a stop on defense and made two free throws on the other end.
Usually for any European team getting to the semifinals would be a huge success, but for the Russian team it is not enough. My country has a great basketball tradition and we always want to win Gold medals. So tomorrow we play in the semifinals against USA.
Wish me Good Luck!