Thursday, April 2, 2009
Tamera Young gives some thanx to the Almighty.
My understanding is that the Latvia Women's Basketball finals are a best-of-seven series. TTT Rīga has home field advantage in the finals, but things definitely didn't go TTT Rīga's way in a decisive defeat that took away the advantage that TTT Rīga earned by winning the regular season.
The box score is here. A gallery of game pictures is here.
SK Cēsis got off to a good start, but not an overwhelming one - they led 22-16 after the first quarter and the lead was exactly the same, 40-34 at halftime. It is implied - but I can't prove it - that SK Cēsis went on a 22-0 run in the third quarter! Whether that's true or not isn't that important - SK Cēsis held TTT Rīga to just 10 third-quarter points and led 66-44 after three quarters. TTT Rīga rolled over and died, scoring only 12 points in the fourth quarter compared to 25 for SK Cēsis. Santa Dremaine suffered an injury in the first quarter for SK Cēsis but with the big win a lot of SK Cēsis players got minutes.
TTT Rīga only hit 33 percent of their field goal attempts compared to 53 percent shooting from SK Cēsis. SK Cēsis out-rebounded TTT Rīga by a factor of 39-24, and TTT Rīga turned the ball over 21 times - nothing was going right for the home team. To add insult to injury, even though SK Cēsis only hit 70 percent of their free throws, TTT Rīga was worse with just 65 percent.
Game Two will be played on Sunday.
Merike Anderson: 18 points. 11 of those points were free throws.
Dita Krūmberga: 11 points, 7 rebounds.
Diāna Ozoliņa: 10 points.
Kristen Mann: 32 points, 7 rebounds.
Tamera Young: 31 points, 9 rebounds.
Ieva Tare: 13 points, with 4 assists. 8 of those points were free throws.
Santa Dremaine: Injured. Only played 2 minutes. No points.