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Ironi Ness Ziona, welcome to the playoffs!

Ironi Ness Ziona went on a 29-15 run in the third quarter to secure a 97-78 win over Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits and a ticket to the 2023 ENBL playoffs on Wednesday, February 1, at the Vidzeme Olympic Center in northern Latvia.

Players of the game

Ironi Ness Ziona decided its fate in the tournament not relying on others.

One of the best shooting teams shined on offense again.

C.J.Williams led the Orange Pack with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, including a spicy 4-of-8 from the three point line.

NC State standout added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Jerome Meyinsse contributed with 19 points.

A Virginia Cavalier from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, blocked three shots.

Golan Gutt added a nice touch with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the court.

He made three three-pointers.

Patrik Saal had a perfect shooting night for Tartu Ulikool.

Power forward connected 5-of-5 field goal attempts to finish with a team high 16 points.

Andrii Voinalovych had 12 points.

Key stats

Ironi Ness Ziona won the first half by a single possession, 46-43.

The Orange Pack rallied in the third quarter to extend the lead up to 17 points, 75-58.

Both teams shot the ball well but Ironi Ness Ziona was better in transition.

The Israeli team had more steals, 13-5, and more points on fast breaks, 10-3.

Ironi Ness Ziona also scored more points in the paint, 36-22.

Game notes

Ironi Ness Ziona became the fifth team to qualify for the 2023 ENBL playoffs and the second team from the Group B.

The company includes three Polish clubs (King Szczecin, Polski Cukier Start Lublin, Zastal Zielona Gora) and Budivelnyk Kyiv from Ukraine (currently based in Italy).

Tartu Ulikool signed off with two wins in seven games.

The other three teams from the Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league – Kalev Cramo, TalTech Optibet and Valmiera Glass ViA – were eliminated earlier.

Šiauliai is the only team from the 2022 Final Four which is still alive.


Wednesday, February 1

Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits 78–97 Ironi Ness Ziona

Valmiera Glass ViA – King Szczecin

Basket Brno – BC Wolves

BM Stal Ostrow – Trefl Sopot

STANDINGS, as of February 1, 2023

Group A

Budivelnyk Kyiv 4-0 (+56) Qualified

Polski Cukier Start Lublin 4-1 (+44) Qualified

Zastal Zielona Gora 4-2 (+10) Qualified

Kalev/Cramo 2-4 (+19)

KB Sigal Prishtina 2-4 (-34)

Šiauliai 2-3 (-24)

TalTech Optibet 1-5 (-71)

Tie-breaker (1): Kalev/Cramo 1-1, +6; Sigal Prishtina 1-1, +3; Zastal Zielona Gora 1-1, -9.

Tie-breaker (2): Sigal Prishtina 1-1, +13; Kalev/Cramo 1-1, +3; Šiauliai 1-1, -16.

Tie-breaker (3): Sigal Prishtina 2-0, +38; Zielona Gora 0-1, -14; Šiauliai 0-1, -24.

STANDINGS, as of February 1, 2023

Group B

King Szczecin 6-0 (+54) Qualified

Stal Ostrow 5-2 (+76) Qualified

Ironi Ness Ziona 5-2 (+60) Qualified

Trefl Sopot 4-3 (+18)

BC Wolves 4-2 (+38)

Tartu University 2-5 (-16)

Basket Brno 1-6 (-61)

Valmiera Glass VIA 0-7 (-169)

Tie-breaker (1): Ironi Ness Ziona 1-0, +8; Trefl Sopot 0-1, -8.

Tie-breaker (2): Trefl Sopot 1-0, +4; Tartu 0-1, -4.

Tie-breaker (3): BM Stal Ostrow 1-0, +16; Ironi Ness Ziona 1-1, -8; Trefl Sopot 0-1, -8.

Tie-breaker (4): BM Stal Ostrow 1-0, +16; Ironi Ness Ziona 0-1, -16.


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