Pieštanske Čajky showed amazing shooting from the three point line to beat Rostov Don SFEDU 77-70 on Wednesday, February 26, at the Center of team sports in Rostov on Don, Russia. The second game will take place on Saturday, February 29, at the Diplomat Arena in Pieštany.
Players of the game
Jessica January posted amazing stat line – 29 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals and efficiency rating of 37.
Pieštany guard scored 13 points in the first half to secure a seven point lead at half, 45-39. January impressed even more after the break – she had 16 points and six rebounds.
Terezia Palenikova provided spark from the bench – she scored 15 points, including 3-of-4 shooting from the three point line.
Danielle Hamilton Carter contributed with nine points and eight rebounds.
There were three more great performances to make it a team win. Experienced Katarina Kuniecova posted eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
Captain Dominika Deptova chipped in with seven points and seven assists, while Jessica Lubin had seven points and nine rebounds.
Brilliant Anna Zaitseva led Rostov Don SFEDU with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Irina Miroshnikova scored 60 percent of team`s three point shots. She had 17 points, including 3-of-4 shooting behind the arc.
Finally, Ekaterina Osipova posted 10 points and eight rebounds.
Pieštanske Čajky outscored the hosts from the three point line (11/18 vs 5/15).
The Slovak team set some good traps and scored more points off turnovers (15-4).
Dmitry Fedoseev`s team replied with a good transition game and scored 18 points on fast breaks but didn`t stopped the well organized Čajky offense.
The Čajky turned the ball over just 11 times and led by as much as 14 points.
Pieštanske Čajky may lose by six points at home to qualify for the Final Four. Rostov Don SFEDU need to win by eight points on the road.
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)
February 26, game one: 77-70
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)
February 19, game one: 57-89
February 21, Amsterdam: 76-78
Novosibirsk wins the series: 167-133
Žabiny Brno – Tsmoki Minsk
Dynamo Novosibirsk – 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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