Friday, April 24, 2009
Alicia Lopez Verdu gets a picture, but she only shot 33 percent for Ibiza. Go figure.
For Ibiza, it was a decisive win at home that knocked off Joventut 96-79 as Ibiza wins the second game out of the best-of-three series. Not only is Ibiza assured of playing in Eurocup next year, but they move on to play Olesa in the finals.
The game also showcased one of the most incredible performances in Spanish basketball I've read about. Sancho Lyttle didn't just open a simple eight-ounce can of whoop-ass on Joventut - she brought it in by the case.
40 points on 17-for-20 shooting.
An "efficiency value" of 50 points, the largest I've ever seen in a box score, which can be seen here.
The game was very much like that last one played between these two teams, which shows that Joventut can play thirty good minutes of basketball. Joventut actually led 25-23 at the first quarter, and took a 49-48 lead into halftime while playing on the road. But, as in the earlier game, they collapsed in the second half, falling behind by two points 69-67 after the third quarter....
...and scoring 12 points in the final ten minutes. Meanwhile, Ibiza scored 27.
There wasn't much defense in this game: Ibiza hit 56 percent of their attempted field goals (with help from Sancho) and Joventut hit 53 percent of their attempts. There wasn't even much rebounding on either side - no need to clean the glass when you're hitting everything you shoot. Part of the problem was that Joventut turned the ball over 19 times.
Sancho Lyttle: 40 points. 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 turnovers. 85 percent shooting.
Silvia Morales Martin: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists.
Shannon Johnson: 16 points, 5 assists. 50 percent shooting.
Armintie Price: 22 points, 6 rebounds.
Murriel Page: 18 points, 5 rebounds.
Gisela Vega Rebora: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 turnovers.
I'm beginning to suspect that Sancho Lyttle is going to be nothing short of spectacular this year.