Tsmoki Minsk unleashed excellent defense to stop Nika Syktyvkar and deliver a 70-59 home win on Wednesday, February 12, at the Minsk-2006 arena. Belarus champs won the series 145-128 and advanced to the Final Four for the third time.
Players of the game
Ala Murauskaya showed all around game. She scored five three pointers for 15 points. Forward added six rebounds, six assists and three steals for a efficiency rating of 20.
Oderah Chidom had 17 points in less than 22 minutes. She was unstoppable – scored from the field or forced a foul. Chidom also blocked three shots.
Rachel Theriot scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. Nebraska standout added four assists.
Viktoryia Hasper also had 10 points. Lenka Bartakova posted excellent stat line, finishing with nine assists, six points and four steals.
Viktoriya Ponamarchuk led Nika with 13 points.
Ekaterina Ryabova scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished four assists and stole the ball four times for a efficiency rating of 15.
Polina Matushkina chipped in with 11 points, including three three-point shots.
Tsmoki Minsk dominated in the first half. The hosts build a 27 points lead 38-11 and extended their series lead up to 33 points (113-80).
The Dragons defense hold Nika to 11 points in the first two minutes – the visitors had to score three times more points just to tie the series.
Tsmoki scored 23 points off turnovers, Nika – 11.
Minsk starters outscored Syktyvkar 47-37.
Tsmoki led by 28 points before the final 10 minutes (34 points lead in the series). Nika Syktyvkar cut the half of deficit but remained 17 points short in the series.
Nika Syktyvkar have to play eight road games in a span of 20 days (February 4-23).
Andrei Vauleu`s team will face Žabiny Brno in semifinal.
Schedule (local time only)
(A1) Žabiny Brno – SBŠ Ostrava (B4)
February 6, game one: 71-47
February 9, game two: 82-45
Brno wins the series: 153-92
(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
February 12, game two: 59-70
Minsk wins the series: 145-128
(A4) Orange Lions – Dynamo Novosibirsk (B1)
Wednesday, February 19, Amsterdam, 20:00
Friday, February 21, Amsterdam, 12:00
Žabiny Brno – Tsmoki Minsk
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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