Lulea – welcome to the playoffs!

Lulea – welcome to the playoffs!

Six players scored in double figures to lift the Swedish champions Lulea Basket over Liepājas Papīrs 96-52 on Saturday, January 6, at Liepāja Olympic Center.

Lulea has secured a Top 4 finish in Group A. If the Swedes will lose on Sunday against Kibirkštis, they have better results in case of a tie-breaker.

Situation 1: Beirut and Lulea advances. If Al Riyadi, Lulea Basket and Liepājas Papīrs finish with a 3-3 record, there is a following tie-breaker – Al Riyadi 2-0, +33; Lulea 1-1, +21; Liepāja 0-2, -54.

Situation 2: Lulea advances. If Lulea Basket and Liepājas Papīrs finish with a 3-3 record, there is a following tie-breaker: Lulea 1-0, +44; Liepājas Papīrs 0-1, -44.

Players of the game

Allis Nystrom scored 19 points on 7/11 shooting from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 23:50 minutes of action. She added two assists, two steals and three forced fouls for a game high efficiency rating of 28.

Captain Anna Barthold posted impressive double-double – 16 points and 18 rebounds. Silvia Favento also registered solid stat line – 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Chioma Nnamaka, Adrienne Motley and Jessica Thomas scored 13, 11 and 10 points respectively.

Key stats
Liepāja players scored only one field goal in the third quarter. Lulea outscored its opponent 28-3 during those 10 minutes.

The Swedes went on a 11-0 run early in the second quarter to build a 17 point lead, 35-18. Liepāja never got closer by 11 points, 46-35.

Lulea outrebounded Liepāja in the first half 30-17 and scored 14 second chance points. The winners had 27 assists on 33 field goals.

Liepāja played its previous game on December 9, 2017 or 28 days ago and couldn`t find the rhythm.

Lulea went on a 17-0 run midway the second half – from 61-38 to 78-38 – to seal the game.

Group A

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

Lulea Basket – Liepājas Papīrs 96:52

Good Angels – Al Riyadi 71:64

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 6, CET 18:00
Group A

Good Angels 5-0 (+81) Qualified
Al Riyadi 3-2 (+34) Qualified
Lulea Basket 3-2 (+60) Qualified
Liepājas Papīrs 3-3 (-35)
Kibirkštis 3-2 (-2)
FSG Royal 0-4 (-65)
Horizont 0-4 (-73)

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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