Florida State graduate Kai James scored 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but it wasn`t enough for Tsmoki Minsk to overcome the Slovak Cup winners Piešťanské Čajky on Saturday, October 7.
Players of the game
Kai Afi James improved her performance on day-to-day basis and was unstoppable at the both ends of the court. American center had a game high 33 points, while the rest of the team added 26 points. James also posted 14 rebounds, one assist and one steal for a efficiency rating of 38.
Viktoryia Hasper scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots before she was fouled out. Jenna Smith (University of Illinois 2010) led Piešťanské Čajky with 18 points and seven rebounds. Terezia Palenikova added 15 points.
Tsmoki Minsk had three points advantage 54-57 with one minute left. Lenka Bartakova tied the game at 57 with 39 seconds to go. Angelika Slamova fouled Viktoryia Hasper. Belarus center didn`t miss a single free throw to put the Dragons ahead 57-59.
Jenna Smith finished the last possession with “and one” attack. She tied the game with a two pointer and made a free throw after the fifth foul by Hasper with 0:07 left 60-59. James missed her last attempt at buzzer.
Both teams struggled at the three point line. The Čajky made 3 of 22 attempts, while the Dragons connected 2 of 14 shots. The hosts prevailed thanks to better shooting accuracy closer to the basket (22/39 against 17/42).
Group B, Pieštany
Astana Tigers – Hoptrans Sirenos 47:66
Piešťanské Čajky – Tsmoki Minsk 60:59
BEST PLAYERS, presented by “Fiskars”
Astana Tigers: Tamara Yagodkina, 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, eff 23
Hoptrans Sirenos: Egle Malasauske, five points, eight rebounds, one assist, three steals, eff 5
Piešťanské Čajky: Terezia Palenikova, 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, three steals, eff 16
Tsmoki Minsk: Kai Afi James, 33 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal, eff 38
STANDINGS, as of October 6
Piestanske Cajky 3-0 (+47)
TTT Rīga 3-0 (+41)
Tsmoki Minsk 2-1 (+24)
Udominate Basket 2-1 (+5)
Samsun Canik 1-2 (+3)
Hoptrans Sirenos 1-2 (+3)
Dynamo Moscow 0-3 (-49)
Astana Tigers 0-3 (-74)
COMING UP NEXT
December 2-3, Vilnius, Lithuania – Group A
Horizont, Kibirkštis, Liepājas Papīrs, Royal Eagles
December 2-4, Izmir, Turkey – Group A
Al Riyadi, Bornova Becker, Good Angels Košice, Lulea Basket
December 9-10, Riga, Latvia – Group B
Hoptrans Sirenos, Tsmoki Minsk, TTT Rīga, Udominate Basket
December 9-11, Samsun, Turkey – Group B
Astana Tigers, Dynamo Moscow, Pieštanske Čajky, Samsun Canik
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