Amsterdam Angels saved the best for the last. The Dutch team led by coach Hakim Salem withstood the final offensive, scored 26 points in the fourth quarter and prevailed over Horizont Minsk to register a 72-67 win on Wednesday, January 9, at Rytas arena in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Players of the game
Lisanne De Jonge offered leadership from the very first minute. Captain of the Angels scored a team high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field.
De Jonge added seven rebounds and forced four fouls in 30:50 minutes of play – the most in her team.
The biggest highlight of the game was shooting prowess of Kiki Fleuren. Being just 18 years old, she played with great confidence and scored 17 points in her debut.
What`s the most impressive, she scored three three-pointers in a span of 77 seconds, to extend lead from one to five points 62-57 with 05:05 left.
Kiki`s teammates added 10 more points in the remaining time to secure the win.
Richelle Van der Keijl finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. She also added two blocked shots and forced four fouls.
Yfke Hoek registered 10 points, two assists and two steals.
Evgeniia Korotygina – former Dynamo Moscow player – led all scorers with 21 points. She grabbed six rebounds and forced seven fouls.
Hanna Brych posted 15 points and nine rebounds, while Serbian international Bojana Stevanovich scored 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.
Kiki Fleuren played for 17:34 minutes. The Angels outscored their opponents by 13 points during that stretch.
Horizont outrebounded the Angels 60-43 but scored just 11 second chance points off 22 offensive rebounds.
Belarus team shot with 27% accuracy (field goals 20/74) compared to 39,1% for the Angels (25/64).
Fleuren connected 5-of-7 three pointers – more than the opposing team (4/24).
Hakim Salem registered his first win with the Angels.
STANDINGS, as of January 9
TTT Rīga 7-0 (+219) Qualified
Žabiny Brno 5-1 (+88) Qualified
Lulea Basket 4-1 (+90) Qualified
Pieštanske Čajky 3-2 (-14)
Horizont 2-4 (-41)
Kibirkštis Vilnius 1-5 (-79)
Dynamo Moscow 1-5 (-128)
Amsterdam Angels 1-5 (-117)
Horizont vs Pieštanske Čajky (1-0, +15)
Kibirkštis (1-0, +11) vs Dynamo Moscow (1-1, -8) vs Amsterdam Angels (0-1, -3)
Kibirkštis vs Dynamo Moscow (1-1, +11)
Dynamo Moscow vs Amsterdam Angels (1-0, +3)
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