Tomorrow never dies: huge win for Pieštanske Čajky

Tomorrow never dies: huge win for Pieštanske Čajky

Pieštanske Čajky responded in a good way after a heartbreak double overtime loss against Horizont Minsk and put an end to BC Samara streak with a 74-70 win on Wednesday, December 8, at the Diplomat Arena.


Players of the game

Dominika Rusisakova had a huge second half and scored 14 of her 17 points after the break.

Forward lit it up from the three point line and made 3-of-5 attempts.

Rusisakova also forced five fouls for a team high efficiency rating of 14.

Matea Tadič struggled with her shooting but was invaluable for her team.

Čajky captain posted 11 points, three assists and four steals in 38:16 minutes of playing time.

Natalia Martiškova finished with 10 points.

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Stanford graduate Sarah Boothe had nine points, five points and three assists in a win over Arizona rival Trinity Baptiste (hello, 2021 NCAA championship game).

Veera Pirttinen and Laura Želnyte scored 11 and seven points respectively.

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Trinity Baptiste led Samara with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Arizona standout added 11 rebounds and three assists for a game high efficiency rating of 23.

Daria Kurilchuk, Anastasia Komarova and Jennifer O`Neill (Kentucky) scored 13 points each.

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Key stats

Pieštanske Čajky bench outscored Samara 22-6.

Samara turned the ball over 23 times, compared to nine turnovers for Pieštany.

Rusisakova and Martiškova spearheaded Čajky offense in the second half. Dynamic duo combined for a 24 points after the break.

Čajky lost the battle of rebounds (29-48, offensive rebounds 11-15) but contested every ball and outscored Samara in second chance points (16-4).

Second chances were crucial as the Seagulls struggled with first chance points (field goals 21/65 vs 26/58).

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Game notes

Peter Jankovič and Pieštanske Čajky survived to live another day.

Samara won four consecutive games, including a 3-0 streak in the Russian Premier league, before a 70-74 loss at Pieštany.

Dmitry Donskov had a seven player rotation.

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Schedule (local time)

Tuesday, December 7

Žabiny Brno – BC Samara 75:84

Pieštanske Čajky – Horizont Minsk 64:66 OT2

Wednesday, December 8
Horizont Minsk – Žabiny Brno 60:72

BC Samara – Pieštanske Čajky 70:74

Thursday, December 9
17:00 BC Samara – Horizont Minsk

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Photos: Laco Duracka


STANDINGS, as of December 8

Group A

Žabiny Brno 3-1 (+45) Q

Pieštanske Čajky 2-2 (+15)

BC Samara 1-1 (+5)

Horizont Minsk 1-1 (-10)

Kibirkštis MRU 1-1 (-16)

Olimpia Grodno 0-2 (-39)



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