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Tadič drops 18, Piešťanské Čajky dominate against Kibirkštis

Piešťanské Čajky held Kibirkštis MRU to 18 points in the first half and walked the line rest of the way for a 70-34 success on Saturday, March 19, at the Diplomat arena. The hosts will play for gold on Sunday.

Players of the game

Matea Tadič led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field.

Čajky captain grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists for a efficiency rating of 20.

Sarah Boothe had 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.

Stanford graduate added five rebounds for a tied game high efficiency rating of 22.

Natalia Martiškova posted a double-double.

She had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Alica Moravčikova and Ke`Shunan James scored seven points each.

Gerda Raulušaityte replied with 10 points.

She was the lone Vilnius player which finished in double figures.

Justina Miknaite had six points and six rebounds.

Karolina Kazočiūnaite added four points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Key stats

Piešťanské Čajky held Kibirkštis to 11 or less points every quarter.

The Seagulls won the battle of rebounds 42-35 and outscored the Sparks in the paint 48-24.

The Lithuanian Cup winners had a bad day from the three point line, connecting just one from 21 attempts.

Čajky jumped in front for a 23-7 lead early in the game.

The hosts struggled in the second quarter but dominated the rest of the way.

Čajky starters outscored their opponents 59-20.

Gerda Raulušaityte scored five field goals – no other Kibirkštis player made more than two.

Čajky forced 23 turnovers and scored 17 points off turnovers.

Photos: Laco Duracka

Game notes

Both teams played their first Final Four game.

Čajky and Kibirkštis combined for 104 points.

Peter Jankovič advanced to his third EWBL final and will meet his former player Anna Jurčenkova on Sunday.

Kibirkštis departed for Pieštany late Thursday and arrived on Friday.


Saturday, March 19, semifinals

Žabiny Brno – SBŠ Ostrava 82-44

Piešťanské Čajky – Kibirkštis Vilnius 70-34

Sunday, March 20, medal games

13:30 Bronze medal game

16:00 Final

Final Four history

Rīga 2016: TTT Rīga, Basket 90 Gdynia, Astana Tigers, Tsmoki Minsk

Košice 2017: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Basket 90 Gdynia

Rīga 2018: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Udominate Basket

Rostov on Don 2019: TTT Rīga, Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don SFEDU, Žabiny Brno

Brno 2020: season five cancelled due to pandemic (Žabiny Brno-Tsmoki, Novosibirsk-Pieštany)

Maladziechna 2021: Horizont Minsk, Nika Syktyvkar, TTT Rīga, Prometey Kamianske


Playoffs: canceled

A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4

Final Four: March 19-20, 2022

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