Orange Lions fall short, Dynamo Novosibirsk enter the Final Four

Orange Lions fall short, Dynamo Novosibirsk enter the Final Four

The Orange Lions stayed in the game until the last second but eventually finished their season with a 76-78 loss against Dynamo Novosibirsk on Friday, February 21, at Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. The Siberian team won the series 167-133.


Players of the game

Jamie Scott scored eight points and grabbed some offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter to propel her team to another victory – Dynamo Novosibirsk has a 8-1 record before the Final Four.

Scott finished the game with 20 points. She also had eight rebounds, four assists and seven forced fouls.

Ruth Hamblin added 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. Center grabbed 13 rebounds and posted a game high efficiency rating of 26.

Olga Vorobeva chipped in with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the three point line. Novosibirsk captain had nine rebounds, three asists and two steals.

Honorable mentions go to Elizaveta Krymova – five points, six rebounds, four assists – and Miah Marie Langlois. Canadian international scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and dished six dimes.

Esther Fokke led the Orange Lions with 16 points, including 4-of-8 shooting from the three point line.

Noor Driessen followed with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Karin Kuijt had nine points and a game high eight assists.


Key stats

Dynamo Novosibirsk outrebounded the hosts 50-29 (first half 28-13).

The Orange Lions stepped up after the break to improve their rebounding (offensive rebounds 3-7 in the second half) but scored less second chance points (7-14).

Esther Fokke hit back-to-back three pointers to spark a 0-6 run (10-16 midway the first quarter) but the Siberians always responded.

The Lions defense forced 24 turnovers. The Dutch team scored nine points in fast breaks, their bench outscored the opponents 25-12 but it wasn`t enough.

Dynamo starters combined for 66 points, including double figures from Scott, Hamblin and Vorobeva.

Dmitry Donskov`s team will face the winners of the duel between Pieštanske Čajky and Rostov Don SFEDU.


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)

Wednesday, February 26, Rostov on Don, 19:00

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


Semifinal picture

Žabiny Brno – Tsmoki Minsk

Dynamo Novosibirsk – Pieštanske Čajky/Rostov Don SFEDU



(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)



(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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