EEWBL champions Good Angels Košice withstood a challenge from brave Al Riyadi Beirut to post a 71-64 win on Saturday, January 6, at the Angels Arena.
Slovak giants extended their streak to nine consecutive wins and secured the first place in Group A.
Players of the game
Romana Stehlikova led all Košice scorers with 18 points on 7/10 shooting from the field, including 100% accuracy inside the three point line (5/5).
Darxia Morris added 17 points, three rebounds and three assists for a efficiency rating of 16. Evergreen Zuzana Žirkova impressed with a game high 11 assists. She also had eight points and three steals.
Roneeka Hodges put up a fight, finishing the game with 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for a game high efficiency rating of 18. Shanece McKinny, Adriane Ross and Brittany Ross also scored in double figures.
Good Angels trailed by seven points 43-50 with 11:24 left. They outscored the Lebanese 28-14 the rest of the way.
The hosts went on a 10-0 run midway the second half to build a four point advantage 56-52 with 07:52 left.
Roneeka Hodges regained the lead for the visitors 60-61 four minutes later. Romana Stehlikova replied with two points and Helena Sverrisdottir scored five consecutive points to decide the final outcome 67-61.
Helena Sverrisdottir, Zuzana Žirkova and Barbora Balintova registered a positive +/- ratio, respectively +11, +10 and +11.
The Angels had 24 assists on 28 field goals. Al Riyadi players won the battle of the steals 7-13.
Žabiny Brno – Kibirkštis Vilnius 80:61 (friendly game)
Lulea Basket – Liepājas Papīrs 96:52
Good Angels – Al Riyadi 71:64
BEST PLAYERS, presented by “Fiskars”
Žabiny Brno: Beata Adamcova, 16 points, one assist, three steals, eff 17
Kibirkštis Vilnius: Gabija Meškonyte, 12 points, two rebounds, two steals, eff 9
Lulea Basket: Allis Nystrom, 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, eff 28
Liepājas Papīrs: Ilze Jākobsone, 11 points, three rebounds, four assists, three forced fouls, eff 11
STANDINGS, as of January 6, CET 18:00
Good Angels 5-0 (+81) Qualified
Al Riyadi 3-2 (+34) Qualified
Lulea Basket 3-2 (+60) Qualified
Liepājas Papīrs 3-3 (-35)
Kibirkštis 3-2 (-2)
FSG Royal 0-4 (-65)
Horizont 0-4 (-73)
COMING UP NEXT
January 13-14, Kaunas, Lithuania – Group B
Dynamo Moscow, Hoptrans Sirenos, Samsun Canik, Tsmoki Minsk
January 13-14, Riga and Salaspils, Latvia – Group B
Astana Tigers, Pieštanske Čajky, TTT Rīga, Udominate Basket
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