Pieštanske Čajky, playing in front of 750 spectators, controlled the game to prevail over tough Rostov Don SFEDU 78-56 on Saturday, February 29, at the Diplomat Arena. The Čajky won the two game series 155-126 and qualified for the first Final Four in club`s history.
Players of the game
Katarina Kuniecova stepped up for the hosts. She did everything to post amazing stat line – 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Kuniecova connected 4-of-5 three point shots and registered six steals – same number as entire Rostov Don SFEDU team – for a game high efficiency rating of 27.
Jessica Lubin led all scorers with 17 points. She also had 10 rebounds to post a double-double.
Danielle Hamilton Carter contributed with 13 points and four assists, while Terezia Palenikova had 11 points.
Matea Tadic chipped in with six points and six assists.
Anna Zaitseva shined as usual for Rostov Don SFEDU. She scored a team high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Ekaterina Voronina checked out with 13 points and four steals. Ekaterina Osipova scored seven points.
Pieštanske Čajky won the defensive battle. They forced 19 turnovers and stole the ball 12 times. Rostov Don numbers – 13 and 6.
The Panthers still played good in transition and scored 13 points in fastbreaks however Čajky had more points off turnovers (18-12).
Home team also prevailed in the paint (38-24).
Pieštanske Čajky bench outscored their opponents 36-29. Jessica Lubin and Terezia Palenikova combined for 28 points to offload the starting five.
Four Čajky players – Kuniecova, Hamilton Carter, Lubin and Palenikova – scored in double figures.
Third time was the lucky one for the Slovak team. Pieštanske Čajky lost in 2018 against the Good Angels and suffered a tough 107-122 defeat in 2019 against Tsmoki Minsk.
It`s history now. Richard Kucsa`s team will face Dynamo Novosibirsk in the semifinals on Saturday, March 21.
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)
February 26, game one: 77-70
February 29, game two: 78-56
Pieštany wins the series: 155-126
(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
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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