Rostov Don SFEDU will face Lulea Basket in the Game One of the EWBL quarterfinal series on Sunday, February 10, at Rostov on Don. Tipoff at 17:00 local time.
Local time: CET 15:00 = Brno 15:00 = Umea 15:00 = Lulea 15:00 = Pieštany 15:00 = Riga 16:00 = Minsk 17:00 = Grodno 17:00 = Rostov Don 17:00
What`s at stake?
Rostov Don SFEDU players have qualified for their first ever playoffs, while Lulea Basket will try to reach the Final Four with a second attempt.
Road to the playoffs
Lulea Basket had another strong regular season, posting five wins in the first six games. The Swedish champions traveled to Latvia twice to register four victories over the Amsterdam Angels (107:63), Dynamo Moscow (115:69), Kibirkštis Vilnius (83:53) and Horizont Minsk – 86:81.
A single loss was suffered against TTT Riga (63:98) on December 7 at Saulkrasti – small seaside town 40 kilometers north of the Latvian capital. Lulea Basket hosted two home games then to prevail over Žabiny Brno (75:66) and unexpectedly fall at the hands of the Pieštanske Čajky – 64:69.
Southern Federal University started its maiden campaing with three games in Grodno, Belarus. The Panthers beat the hosts Olimpia (88:74), lost against A3 Basket (69:82) and emerged victorious against the Astana Tigers – 66:61.
Rostov Don SFEDU won both home games on December 1-2. The Panthers prevailed over Young Angels Košice (79:71) and PINKK Pecsi (75:61) to enter 2019 with a 4-1 record. They added one more win at SBŠ Ostrava (86:75) and lost against the group winners Tsmoki Minsk – 66:67.
Lulea Basket has a 12-2 record at Damligan. They had a great 10-0 start, but suffered two consecutive losses in the last week of January. It started with a 80:88 home loss against Norrkoping Dolphins and continued with a 71-81 defeat at A3 Basket Umea.
The Swedish champions rebounded with a 91-59 success at Visby Ladies on Friday, February 8. Four players – Chastity Reed, Precious Hall, Michaela Houser and newcomer Antonija Sandrič – finished in double figures, while the Lithuanian center Kristina Alminaite chipped in eight points.
Rostov Don SFEDU has a 26-4 recond in the Russian First division (second best competition after Premier Leagua), trailing only to perfect Kazanochka Kazan (28-0).
First division features the farm teams of Dynamo Kursk, UMMC Yekaterinburg, Sparta&K and Moscow Basketball academy as well as Samara, Omsk, Siktyvkar, Vologda and Stavropol.
Chastity Reed is the top scorer of the EWBL. She averages 22,0 points and 9,7 rebounds per game. Reed has finished in double figures in every game, including five 20 point games.
Allys Nystrom (two games), Precious Hall, Anna Barthold (four games), Michaela Houser and Chioma Nnamaka also average 10 or more points per game. Lulea has one of the most balanced attacks in competition.
Anna Zaitseva has registered 14,3 points and 6,7 rebounds per game for Rostov Don. Eleonora Oleynikova and Anastasiia Maksimova are well known double-digit finishers too.
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)
EWBL member countries so far: Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Turkey.
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