Young Angels Košice (3-2) returned to the winning ways and scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to beat Astana Tigers 78-73 on Sunday, December 2 at Rostov on Don, Russia.
Players of the game
Her previous record in tournament was eight points against Rostov Don SFEDU. On Sunday Michaela Balazova led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field and perfect 7-of-7 in free throws.
Nineteen year old player added five rebounds, one assist, two steals and a +/- ratio 12 for a efficiency rating of 21. Balazova was fouled out shortly before the end of the game.
Denisa Blanarova checked-in with double-double. She had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for a game high efficiency rating of 27.
Samantha Rae Logic (University of Iowa 2015) was highly effective as usual. She scored 16 points, dished five assists and got five steals.
Vanda Kozakova provided a spark from the bench, finishing the game with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting. She also added seven boards.
Astana relied on shooting prowess of Tamara Yagodkina. She connected 5-of-10 three pointers to score a team high 21 points. Zalina Kurasova followed with 18 points.
The Tigers led by 16 points early in the second quarter (14-30) but couldn`t stop Balazova, Blanarova, Logic and Kozakova – they combined for a 71 points in a comeback effort.
The Young Angels defended better and turned the ball over just 11 times, compared to 16 turnovers for the Kazakhstan team.
Košice also registered more steals (10-7) and rebounds (38-34, offensive rebounds 14-9).
The winners shot the ball better from the free throw line (16/18 vs 13/21).
Astana Tigers – PINKK Pecsi 67:52
A3 Basket – Tsmoki Minsk 60:75
Rostov Don SFEDU – Young Angels Košice 79:71
Olimpia Grodno – SBŠ Ostrava 100:70
Young Angels – Astana Tigers 78:73
SBŠ Ostrava – A3 Basket 51:96
PINKK Pecsi 424 – Rostov Don SFEDU 61:75
Tsmoki Minsk – Olimpia Grodno 79:59
BEST PLAYERS, PRESENTED BY FISKARS
Astana Tigers: Nadezhda Kondrakova, 13 points, six rebounds, two blocked shots, eff 14
PINKK Pecsi: Lilla Zsilinszki, 17 points, two rebounds, one steal, eff 16
Rostov Don SFEDU: Alexandra Kirina, 20 points, six rebounds, one blocked shot, eff 22
Young Angels Košice: Denisa Blanarova, 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks, eff 28
Young Angels Košice: Michaela Balazova, 23 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, eff 21
Astana Tigers: Tamara Yagodkina, 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals, eff 20
STANDINGS, as of December 2
Tsmoki Minsk 5-0 (+70) Qualified
A3 Basket Umea 4-1 (+72)
Rostov Don SFEDU 4-1 (+28)
Young Angels Košice 3-2 (-13)
Olimpia Grodno 2-3 (-3)
SBŠ Ostrava 1-4 (-86)
Astana Tigers 1-4 (-25)
PINKK Pecsi 0-5 (-43)
A3 Basket vs Rostov Don (1-0, +13)
SBŠ Ostrava vs Astana Tigers (game on January 6, 2019)
UP NEXT: STAGE 3
Group A: January 5-6, 2019, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Astana Tigers, Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don SFEDU, SBŠ Ostrava
Group A: January 5-6, 2019, Košice, Slovakia
Young Angels Košice, A3 Basket Umea, PINKK Pecsi, Olimpia Grodno
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