Slovak legend Zuzana Žirkova tied the score with 83 seconds left, while the last second against-the-odds three pointer buzzerbeater by Darxia Morris gave the Good Angels Košice a 74-71 win over the Final Four hosts TTT on Sunday, March 18 at the Daugava sports hall in Riga, Latvia.
Players of the game
Morris had just one field goal attempt during the final 10 minutes. It came after the last timeout with 1,0 second left on the clock. Košice guard received the ball, turned around, jumped and released the ball. Swish!
UCLA graduate Darxia Morris finished the game with 18 points on 6-of-10 shoting. She added two rebounds, three assists and one steal for a efficiency rating of 16.
Zuzana Žirkova remained faithful to herself and converted a game-tying shot at 71. Košice captain had 11 points, three rebounds and four assists. Žirkova earned the Most Valuable Player award.
“Good Angels” front court players Anna Jurčenkova and Devereaux Peters added 13 points each. Barbora Balintova scored 7 of her 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Ally Mallot led all scorers with 23 points. TTT power forward connected 8-of-11 shots from the field, including a game high four three-pointers.
Gunta Baško had 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and 10 forced fouls. Shey Peddy finished with 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Captain Ieva Krastiņa scored 10 points, while Kate Krēsliņa added eight points.
Good Angels scored more points in the paint (30-14, attempts 15/24 vs 7/23). Jurčenkova hit 75% of her shots inside the three point line (6/8).
The Rigans excelled in transition game, scoring a lot of points in fast breaks (7-16).
TTT players were also better in three points accuracy (6/15 vs 10/23). Except the final 83 seconds.
All Star Team
Shey Peddy, TTT
Tiffany Brown, Udominate
Ieva Krastiņa, TTT
Albina Razheva, Dynamo Moscow
Anna Jurčenkova, Good Angels
Zuzana Žirkova, Good Angels
Saturday, March 17, semifinals
Udominate Basket – Good Angels Košice 69:74
TTT Rīga – Dynamo Moscow 82:58
Sunday, March 18, medal games
Udominate – Dynamo Moscow 62:76
Good Angels Košice – TTT Rīga 74:71
THIRD SEASON OVERVIEW
- As of March 18, 2018, a total of 70 games have been played in seven countries – Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey.
- Since 2015, the games were played in nine countries and 17 cities – Beirut (Lebanon), Tallinn (Estonia), Gdynia, Lublin (Poland), Pieštany, Košice (Slovakia), Moscow (Russia), Lulea, Umea (Sweden), Kaunas, Vilnius (Lithuania), Liepaja, Riga, Salaspils (Latvia), Izmir and Samsun (Turkey).
- The third season featured eight new teams from six countries – Lulea Basket and Udominate Basket (Sweden), Pieštanske Čajky (Slovakia), Bornova Becker Spor and Samsun Canik (Turkey), FSG Royal Eagles Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon), Hoptrans Sirenos (Lithuania).
- Two teams – Good Angels Košice and TTT Rīga – finished the regular season undefeated.
- The rosters feature players from ten countries – Latvia (10), Russia (9), USA (8), Slovakia (7), Sweden (5), Lithuania (3), Croatia (1), Czech Republic (1), Germany (1), United Kingdom (1).
- WNBA experience – a two time champion Devereaux Peters (Minnesota Lynx 2013, 2015), Zuzana Žirkova (Washington Mystics), Darxia Morris (Los Angeles Sparks, Atlanta Dream), Lindsay Allen (New York Liberty), Shey Peddy (selected with the 23rd pick in the 2012 draft by the Chicago Sky).
2016 Final Four, Riga: 1) TTT, 2) Basket 90 Gdynia, 3) Astana, 4) Tsmoki Minsk.
2017 Final Eight, Košice: 1) Good Angels, 2) TTT, 3) Dynamo Moscow, 4) Basket 90 Gdynia.
2018 Final Four, Riga: 1) Good Angels, 2) TTT, 3) Dynamo Moscow, 4) Udominate Basket.
COMING UP NEXT
Champions and winners 2018
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