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.
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.
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
Tsmoki Minsk/Pieštanske Čajky – Lulea Basket/Rostov Don SFEDU
A3 Basket/Žabiny Brno – TTT Rīga/Olimpia Grodno
FINAL STANDINGS, as of January 13
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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