Sunday, April 5, 2009

LSBL Finals 2/2008 - SK Cēsis 60, TTT Rīga 51

I was wrong about the LSBL Finals - it's not a best of seven series, it's a best of five series. SK Cēsis had already taken a 1-0 lead on TTT Rīga's court and the game was to come back home to SK Cēsis. SK Cēsis continued to press the advantage, winning Game Two 60-51 in front of 1200 fans and taking a 2-0 lead in a best of three series. If SK Cēsis wins Game 3 on Thursday at Riga, they are the LSBL Champions.

The box score is here.

By the end of the first two minutes, SK Cēsis had a 7-0 lead in the game, and they kept that lead, leading 20-13 after one quarter, and by halftime, SK Cēsis had expanded the lead to 35-25. Both teams played more or less evenly throughout the second half, with TTT Rīga never able to decisively cut into SK Cēsis's lead.

Each time hit only 34 percent of its attempted field goals, but the big difference in the game was that SK Cēsis hit 8-of-24 of its 3-point field goals whereas TTT Rīga went 1-for-18. SK Cēsis out-rebounded their counterparts 38-27. Undoubtedly, the missed 3-pointers gave SK Cēsis plenty of rebounding opportunities.

SK Cēsis

Kristen Mann: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists. A very nice game for the ex-Dream player.
Tamera Young: 8 points and 12 rebounds. Young went 4-for-9 and was just one basket away from the game's second double-double.
Elina Babkina: 15 points.

TTT Rīga

Aija Brumermane: 16 points, 8 rebounds. Fouled out.
Merike Anderson: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 personal fouls.

Pictures will come when the SK Cēsis website posts them.

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