Thompson goes clutch, Pieštanske Čajky make it rain at Lulea

Thompson goes clutch, Pieštanske Čajky make it rain at Lulea

Pieštanske Čajky converted eight three-pointers in the second half to beat the Swedish champions Lulea Basket 69-64 on Sunday, January 13, at Lulea Energi Arena.


Players of the game

Janee Thompson (University of Kentucky) scored five points in a row, including a three-pointer with 00:36 left, to secure a decisive 68-64 lead for the Slovak team.

Thompson finished the game with nine points. UK alumni added three assists and two steals.

Dominika Deptova scored all three of her three-pointers in the second half. Captain led her team with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.

Ivana Jakubcova also made three three-pointers. She had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jakubcova blocked three shots too for a efficiency rating of 20.

Rebeka Mikulasikova chipped in 10 points, while Simona Majtasova posted eight points, including two three-pointers.

Chastity Reed (Arkansas at Little Rock) had amazing first half for Lulea Basket. She scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to give her team a double-digit lead 27-36 before the break.

Reed added 12 points and seven rebounds in the second half to register amazing double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds for a efficiency rating of 34.

Precious Hall (James Madison University) was huge too. She posted 21 points, four assists and four steals.


Key stats

Chastity Reed and Precious Hall outscored the Čajky 29-26 in the first half.

Dominika Deptova, Ivana Jakubcova and Simona Majtasova hit five three-pointers in the third quarter to turn the game upside down.

Majtasova`s buzzer beating shot from the deep gave her team a 50-51 lead before the final 10 minutes.

Rebeka Mikulasikova and Dominika Deptova added two more three-pointers to extend the lead up to seven points 54-61 with 06:04 left.

Lulea Basket dropped to 5-2 but thanks to a 75-66 win over Žabiny Brno finished second in the Group B and will travel to Southern Russia for the first quarterfinal game against Rostov Don SFEDU.

Pieštanske Čajky will face Belarus champions Tsmoki Minsk.


Playoff teams

Group A: #1 Tsmoki Minsk, #2 A3 Basket, #3 Rostov Don SFEDU, #4 Olimpia Grodno.

Group B: #1 TTT Riga, #2 Lulea Basket, #3 Žabiny Brno, #4 Pieštanske Čajky.



#1 TTT Rīga – Olimpia Grodno #4

#2 Lulea Basket – Rostov Don SFEDU #3

#3 Žabiny Brno – A3 Basket #2

#4 Pieštanske Čajky – Tsmoki Minsk #1


Semifinal picture

Tsmoki Minsk/Pieštanske Čajky – Lulea Basket/Rostov Don SFEDU

A3 Basket/Žabiny Brno – TTT Rīga/Olimpia Grodno


FINAL STANDINGS, as of January 13

Group B

TTT Rīga 7-0 (+219) Qualified

Lulea Basket 5-2 (+94) Qualified

Žabiny Brno 5-2 (+79) Qualified

Pieštanske Čajky 4-3 (-27) Qualified

Dynamo Moscow 2-5 (-120)

Amsterdam Angels 2-5 (-103)

Horizont 2-5 (-33)

Kibirkštis Vilnius 1-6 (-93)



Lulea Basket vs Žabiny Brno (1-0, +9)

Dynamo (2-0, +11) vs Angels (1-1, +2) vs Horizont (0-2, -13)

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