Piešťanské Čajky used the home court advantage to beat the Kazakhstan champions Astana Tigers 83-47 on Thursday, October 5 at Diplomat Arena.
Players of the game
Three Čajky hit the double figures. Angelika Slamova scored 16 points, dished five assists and made four steals for a game high efficiency rating of 20. Katerina Zohnova and Terezia Palenikova added 13 points each.
Zalina Kurazova had a perfect shooting night for the Tigers. She made all five attempts from the field, including three three-pointers. Her only miss was at the free throw line. Kurazova finished the game with 16 points. She was fouled out after less than 20 minutes of action.
The Čajky scored 30 points in fast breaks or 15 times more than their opponents. Most of this happened when the Tigers turned the ball over. In total, the hosts scored 41 points off turnovers compared to 5 for the guests.
Steals and fast breaks led to many easy points under the basket. The Čajky added 46 points in the paint, almost four times more than the Tigers (12). Ten local team players played for at least 10 minutes, while Rebeka Mikulasikova and Croatia international Emilija Podrug stayed on bench.
Group B, Pieštany
Tsmoki Minsk – Hoptrans Sirenos 69:63
Piešťanské Čajky – Astana Tigers 83:47
BEST PLAYERS, presented by “Fiskars”
Tsmoki Minsk: Viktoryia Hasper, 20 points, four rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot, eff 21
Hoptrans Sirenos: Dovile Saurazaite, 21 point, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, eff 23
Piešťanské Čajky: Barbora Kašparkova, seven points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, eff 10
Astana Tigers: Zalina Kurazova, 16 points, three rebounds, one assist, five fouls, eff 17
STANDINGS, as of October 5
TTT Rīga 3-0 (+41)
Udominate Basket 2-1 (+5)
Piestanske Cajky 1-0 (+36)
Tsmoki Minsk 1-0 (+6)
Samsun Canik 1-2 (+3)
Dynamo Moscow 0-3 (-49)
Hoptrans Sirenos 0-1 (-6)
Astana Tigers 0-1 (-36)
COMING UP NEXT
Friday, October 6
14:00 Tsmoki Minsk – Astana Tigers
16:30 Hoptrans Sirenos – Pieštanske Čajky
Saturday, October 7
10:00 Astana Tigers – Hoptrans Sirenos
12:30 Pieštanske Čajky – Tsmoki Minsk
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