Tsmoki Minsk withstood the comeback attempt by Nika Syktyvkar and posted a 75-69 road win on Thursday, January 30, at Renova sports center. The quarterfinal series will continue on February 12.
Players of the game
Oderah Chidom was unstoppable in the paint. She scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and grabbed a game high 13 rebounds.
Chidom`s defensive efforts didn`t stopped there. She blocked three shots and stole the ball twice for a efficiency rating of 27.
Tsmoki point guard Lenka Bartakova had a huge game too. Czech international posted impressive stat line – 13 points, 10 assists and six steals.
Ala Murauskaya stepped up with two important three pointers. Forward registered six points, five rebounds and five assists.
Viktoryia Hasper had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Rachel Theriot added 11 points and five rebounds.
Last but not least, Kseniya Vabishchevich made three three pointers to score nine points for the winners.
Julia Poluyanova led all scorers with 24 points, including 4-of-4 shooting from the three point line. She also grabbed seven rebounds and forced five fouls for a team high efficiency rating of 25.
Tatyana Burik was even more deadly from deep. Captain scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the three point line. Burik also had six rebounds and six assists.
Natallia Dashkevich registered 11 points.
Tsmoki Minsk won the opening frame 26-16 and increased their lead up to 13 points 32-19 early in the second quarter.
Burik and Poluyanova scored four three pointers in three minutes to cut the gap to two points 35-33.
Hasper scored five consecutive points to maintain lead for the Dragons (40-35) but Nika went on another run.
Dmitriy Shumikhin`s team trailed by one point at the halftime 41-42. Nika took the lead three times early in the second half despite unsportsmanlike foul by Ekaterina Ryabova 42-43, 44-45 and 46-48.
Tsmoki Minsk replied with a 17-3 run highlighted by two three pointers from Murauskaya 63-51.
The Dragons never trailed again. They played better transition offense, scored more points in fast breaks (9-0) and outscored the hosts in the paint (42-14).
Nika Syktyvkar won the battle of three pointers (8/31 vs 12/30) but struggled to score closer to the basket.
Schedule (local time only)
(A1) Žabiny Brno – SBŠ Ostrava (B4)
Thursday, February 6, Brno, 17:45
Sunday, February 9, Ostrava, 17:00
(A2) Pieštanske Čajky – Rostov Don SFEDU (B3)
Wednesday, February 26, Rostov on Don, 19:00
Saturday, February 29, Pieštany, 17:00
(A3) Nika Syktyvkar – Tsmoki Minsk (B2)
January 30, game one: 69-75
Wednesday, February 12, Minsk, 17:30
(A4) Orange Lions – Dynamo Novosibirsk (B1)
Wednesday, February 19, Amsterdam, 20:00
Friday, February 21, Amsterdam, 12:00
Žabiny Brno/SBŠ Ostrava – Tsmoki Minsk/Nika Syktyvkar
Dynamo Novosibirsk/Orange Lions – Pieštanske Čajky/Rostov Don SFEDU
THE PLAYOFFS 2019
(A1) Tsmoki Minsk 122-107 Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
(A2) A3 Basket 143-159 Žabiny Brno (B3)
(A3) Rostov Don SFEDU 177-166 Lulea Basket (B2)
(A4) Olimpia Grodno 121-188 TTT Rīga (B1)
THE PLAYOFFS 2018
(A1) Good Angels 151-107 Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
(A2) Al Riyadi 123-144 Dynamo Moscow (B3)
(A3) Lulea Basket 172-173 Udominate (B2)
(A4) Liepājas Papīrs 108-179 TTT Rīga (B1)
Final Four history
Rīga 2016: TTT Rīga, Basket 90 Gdynia, Astana Tigers, Tsmoki Minsk
Košice 2017: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Basket 90 Gdynia
Rīga 2018: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Udominate Basket
Rostov on Don 2019: TTT Rīga, Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don SFEDU, Žabiny Brno
Final Four experience
Tsmoki Minsk 2016 (first time), 2019
Rostov Don SFEDU 2019 (first time)
Žabiny Brno 2019 (first time)
Playoffs: January 20 – March 1, 2020; best-of-two
A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4
Final Four: March 21-22
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