Good Angels storm into the playoffs

Good Angels storm into the playoffs

Good Angels Košice extended its streak to eight consecutive wins and booked the first ticket to the playoffs after two convincing wins over the hosts Bornova Becker Spor (86-58) and the Swedish champions Lulea Basket (68-55).

The first game was like deja vu. The Angels won their previous game on September 24 at Liepāja, Latvia, by beating FSG Royal Eagles 86-58. Two months and one week later in Izmir, Turkey, the opponent – Bornova Becker Spor – was different but the score was the same 86-58.

Peter Jankovic`s team led from start to finish. The Angels won the battle of rebounds (41-36, offensive rebounds 17-11), scored nine more three pointers (11/32 vs 2/14) and had 72 field goal attempts. All players scored at least one field goal.

The next day was no different. Slovak giants again held their opponents to less than 60 points to build a 14 point lead before the last 10 minutes 51-37. Lulea Basket fought until the end but still suffered the first loss 68-55.

Košice bench outscored Lulea 21-8. Zuzana Žirkova scored 15 points on 7/11 shooting in less than 20 minutes, while Darxia Zenobia Morris added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Lulea captain Anna Barthold had 11 points and 10 rebounds

Group A

Liepājas Papīrs – Horizont 65:47

Kibirkštis – Royal Eagles

Bornova Becker – Good Angels 58:86

Good Angels – Lulea Basket 68:55

BEST PLAYERS, presented by “Fiskars”
Liepājas Papīrs: Ieva Vītola, 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot, eff 13
Horizont Minsk: Alena Holubeva, eight points, three rebounds, five assists, eff 3

Good Angels: Marta Palenikova, five points, eight rebounds, six assists, one blocked shot, eff 10
Lulea Basket: Adrienne Motley, 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals, eff 20

LIVE TV SCHEDULE (LOCAL TIME in Izmir and Vilnius)
Sunday, December 3

12:00 FSG Royal Eagles – Liepājas Papīrs

14:00 Lulea Basket – Al Riyadi

14:30 Horizont – Kibirkštis Vilnius

Monday, December 4
13:00 Al Riyadi – Bornova Becker

STANDINGS, as of December 2
Group A

Good Angels 5-0 (+102) QUALIFIED
Lulea Basket 3-1 (+40)
Bornova Becker 2-2 (+13)
Al Riyadi 2-1 (+18)
Liepājas Papīrs 2-2 (-4)
Kibirkštis Vilnius 1-2 (-19)
FSG Royal Eagles 0-3 (-61)
Horizont 0-4 (-89)

Stage II

December 2-3, Vilnius, Lithuania – Group A
Horizont, Kibirkštis, Liepājas Papīrs, Royal Eagles

December 1-4, Izmir, Turkey – Group A
Al Riyadi, Bornova Becker, Good Angels Košice, Lulea Basket

December 9-10, Riga, Latvia – Group B
Hoptrans Sirenos, Tsmoki Minsk, TTT Rīga, Udominate Basket

December 9-11, Samsun, Turkey – Group B
Astana Tigers, Dynamo Moscow, Pieštanske Čajky, Samsun Canik

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