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.
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
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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