Kibirkštis lose, Liepājas Papīrs advance

Kibirkštis lose, Liepājas Papīrs advance

Kibirkštis Vilnius suffered a 61-79 loss at the hands of Lulea Basket on Sunday, January 7 at Liepāja Olympic Center.

The Lithuanians and Liepājas Papīrs finished the regular season with a 3-3 record. Latvian vice-champions secured the fourth place and the last ticket to the playoffs thanks to a 82-70 win over Kibirkštis in September.

Players of the game
Anna Barthold shined again. Lulea captain scored a game high 19 points on 8/12 shooting from the field and grabbed six rebounds.

Jessica Thomas flirted with a triple-double. Miami graduate had 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Thomas also added four steals and forced five fouls.

Adrienne Motley scored 17 points too, while Chioma Nnamaka had 16 points and six rebounds.

Key stats

Kibirkštis won the first half 40-38. The team from Vilnius extended its lead up to four points 42-38 but struggled in offense afterwards.

Lulea scored 18 or more points in each quarter and hold Vilnius to 21 points in the second half.

The Swedes scored 18 points off turnovers.

Group A

Žabiny Brno – Kibirkštis Vilnius 80:61 (friendly game)

Lulea Basket – Liepājas Papīrs 96:52

Good Angels – Al Riyadi 71:64

FSG Royal Eagles – Horizont 57:67

Kibirkštis Vilnius – Lulea Basket 61:79

Liepājas Papīrs – Žabiny Brno 55:62 (friendly game)

BEST PLAYERS, presented by “Fiskars”
Žabiny Brno: Beata Adamcova, 16 points, one assist, three steals, eff 17
Kibirkštis Vilnius: Gabija Meškonyte, 12 points, two rebounds, two steals, eff 9

Lulea Basket: Allis Nystrom, 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, eff 28
Liepājas Papīrs: Ilze Jākobsone, 11 points, three rebounds, four assists, three forced fouls, eff 11

STANDINGS, as of January 7, CET 13:00
Group A

Good Angels 5-0 (+81) Qualified
Lulea Basket 4-2 (+78) Qualified
Al Riyadi 3-2 (+34) Qualified
Liepājas Papīrs 3-3 (-35) Qualified
Kibirkštis 3-3 (-20)
Horizont 1-4 (-63)
FSG Royal 0-5 (-75)

Stage III

January 13-14, Kaunas, Lithuania – Group B
Dynamo Moscow, Hoptrans Sirenos, Samsun Canik, Tsmoki Minsk

January 13-14, Riga and Salaspils, Latvia – Group B
Astana Tigers, Pieštanske Čajky, TTT Rīga, Udominate Basket

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