Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The venue might have changed to the Rīga Juniors home court, but nothing else changed as SK Cēsis whalloped the TTT Rīga Juniors 96-60, winning the second - and decisive - game of a best-of-three semifinals.
The senior team - known as TTT Rīga - defeated Liepāja Metalurgs in the second of their three game semifinal series to knock out Liepāja Metalurgs. The semifinals are now over and SK Cēsis will meet TTT Rīga in a finals series that is scheduled to begin April 2.
The box score is here.
Under the box score it reads "Skatītāji: 56". This means that there were grand total of 56 in attendance, not counting the players. (Who knows? Maybe they did count the players.) As the old joke goes, if the TTT Rīga Junior fans stormed the court, SK Cēsis could have held them off.
Who knows, maybe all of the TTT Rīga Juniors ran out in the second quarter? With SK Cēsis leading 16-14 after the first quarter, SK Cēsis scored 35 in the second to take a 51-30 lead. The lead was extended to over 30 points by the end of the third quarter, and by that time the SK Cēsis players were talking about what they were going to eat after the game.
SK Cēsis hit 52 percent of their shots compared to a 38 percent field goal accuracy rate for the TTT Rīga Juniors. SK Cēsis out-rebounded the home team 34-27 and the TTT Rīga Juniors turned the ball over 21 times. SK Cēsis visited the free throw line 18 times and hit 17 of their shots.
Both SK Cēsis and TTT Rīga will now concentrate on the Baltic Women's Basketball League Semifinals for the rest of March.
TTT Rīga Juniors
Anete Šteinberga: 12 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Anna Sonka: 9 points, 6 rebounds.
Ieva Jansone: 17 points but 6 turnovers.
Kristen Mann: 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Kristen was clearly the player of the game.
Santa Dreimane: 19 points.
Tamera Young: 2 points, but they only played her for 4 minutes. Clearly, Tamera wasn't needed anyway.
Hopefully, pictures will come soon.