Žabiny jump into the playoffs!

Žabiny jump into the playoffs!

Žabiny Brno did it again. Viktor Pruša`s team showed excellent team play to beat Horizont Minsk 81-72 and secure the first ticket to the playoffs on Saturday, November 30, at Diplomat Arena in Pieštany, Slovakia.

 

Players of the game

Michaela Vondračkova scored 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. She also connected all seven free throws and forced five fouls for a efficiency rating of 18.

Katerina Zohnova followed with 16 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

Michaela Vackova posted double-double. She had 10 points and 13 rebounds for a efficiency rating of 17.

Justina Matuzonyte added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Janee Thompson (Kentucky) contributed with 11 points and four assists.

Horizont point guard Volha Ziuzkova answered with 26 points. She made 5-of-8 three pointers. Ziuzkova grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists for a game high efficiency rating of 24.

Belarus international Yulia Rytsikava chipped in 15 points and six rebounds.

 

Key stats

Žabiny Brno scored 24 points off turnovers, compared to 15 points for Horizont.

The Czech team grabbed just six offensive rebounds but scored 12 second chance points. It was the reverse story for Horizont players as they got six points off 12 offensive rebounds.

Every Brno starter scored in double figures, while Žabiny bench outscored their opponents 17-6.

Horizont players – Ziuzkova, Rytsikava and Morgan Green – were excellent from the three point line. They combined for 60% accuracy from the deep (9/15) but their team struggled closer to the basket.

Brno registered 94% accuracy from the free throw line (17/18).

Žabiny Brno improved to 4-0 and secured at least the fourth place in Group A. They have three more games to play before the playoffs.

 

SCORES

Group A

Žabiny Brno – Horizont Minsk 81:72

Boxscore http://ewbl.eu/game/5030129/

 

Pieštanske Čajky – PINKK Pecsi 62:57

Boxscore http://ewbl.eu/game/5030131/

 

Best players, presented by Helissa Collagen

Žabiny Brno: Michaela Vondrackova

Horizont Minsk: Volha Ziuzkova

 

STANDINGS, as of November 30

Group A

Žabiny Brno 4-0 (+71) Qualified

Orange Lions 4-1 (+42)

Nika Syktyvkar 3-2 (+45)

Pieštanske Čajky 3-1 (-12)

Horizont Minsk 2-2 (+38)

Dynamo Moscow 1-4 (-46)

Liepāja/LSSS 1-4 (-83)

PINKK Pecsi 0-4 (-55)

 

SCHEDULE (arrival day included)

Second stage

November 22-24, Syktyvkar: Liepāja, Dynamo Moscow, Orange Lions, Nika Syktyvkar

November 29-December 1, Piestany: Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424

December 5-7, Ostrava: Rostov Don, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Dynamo Novosibirsk

December 6-8, Grodno: Tsmoki Minsk, Olimpia Grodno, Astana Tigers, Kibirkštis

 

Third stage

January 7-9, Saulkrasti, Latvia: Dynamo Moscow, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424, Nika Syktyvkar

January 9-11,Liepāja: Liepāja/LSSS, Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Orange Lions

January 15-17, Novosibirsk: Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don, Astana Tigers, Dynamo Novosibirsk

January 17-19, Vilnius: Olimpia Grodno, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Kibirkštis

 

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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