Katerina Zohnova, Justina Matuzonyte, Petra Zaplatova, Michaela Vackova and Marques Webb combined for a 94 points to lift Žabiny Brno over A3 Basket 97-63 on Saturday, February 2, at Hala Rosnička. Second game is scheduled on February 13 at Umea.
Players of the game
Viktor Prusa knew that A3 Basket is coming to Brno after a key win in Damligan over the perennial archrivals Lulea Basket. He used a seven player rotation to achieve a fantastic result in Game One.
Brno produced some ming boggling numbers – five (!) players scored 16 and more (!) points.
Marques Webb, Justina Matuzonyte and Petra Zaplatova posted 35 points in the first half but it was far from over.
Katerina Zohnova and Michaela Vackova stepped up to score 31 of their 40 points in the second half.
When you got production like that, the opponent team is doomed – at least for the first 40 minutes. However, it`s not over yet.
Zohnova was particularly impressive – she had 19 points in the second half alone to finish with a game high 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
Point guard Petra Zaplatova followed with 21 points, including another 8-of-8 performance from the charity stripe.
Marqu`es Webb (Vanderbilt) was huge under the basket. She posted 16 points and 17 rebounds for a game high efficiency rating of 27.
Finally, Lithuania international Justina Matuzonyte and Michaela Vackova added 17 points each.
Tiffany Brown (Georgia Southern) and Tayler Mingo (Wright State) answered with 19 and 17 points respectively.
Three Brno players – Webb, Zaplatova and Matuzonyte – scored in double figures to give their team a 19 point lead 46-27 at halftime.
Brno used balanced scoring all 40 minutes to increase the lead up to 34 points.
A3 Basket players looked tired and out of focus due to Thursday`s battle with Lulea Basket.
Tiffany Brown scored 16 points in the first half while her teammated added just 13 points.
Hollie Mershon (Drexel) went on 2-of-13 shooting from the field after excellent game two days ago. Most of her teammates were cold too.
A3 Basket has another 40 minutes at home to dig itself out of the hole.
Schedule (local time only)
(A1) Tsmoki Minsk – Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
January 23, game one: 55-55
Wednesday, February 13, Minsk, 17:00
(A2) A3 Basket – Žabiny Brno (B3)
February 2, game one: 63-97
Wednesday, February 13, Umea, 18:00
(B2) Lulea Basket – Rostov Don SFEDU (A3)
Sunday, February 10, Rostov Don, 17:00
Thursday, February 21, Lulea, 19:00
(B1) TTT Rīga – Olimpia Grodno (A4)
Wednesday, February 27, Riga, 18:00
Thursday, February 28, Riga, 13:00
Tsmoki Minsk/Pieštanske Čajky – Lulea Basket/Rostov Don SFEDU
A3 Basket/Žabiny Brno – TTT Rīga/Olimpia Grodno
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
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)
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