Saturday, April 11, 2009

LSBL Finals 3/2008 - SK Cēsis 88, TTT Rīga 57

You should see what the coach was drinking!

This Thursday, the potential deciding game of the Latvian League's Finals were being played on the same day that new player were being drafted in the WNBA. There was a danger of the finals being overshadowed, and with SK Cēsis holding a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, that danger was all the more. SK Cēsis would make short work of TTT Rīga on its own home court, winning 88-57 to sweep the Latvian finals and become the new Latvia Women's League Champions!

The box score is here. With the Latvian championship decided, the only thing left for SK Cēsis this season is to take the Baltic Women's Basketball League championship.

There are two galleries: a game gallery and a championship gallery.

Good rebounding got SK Cēsis off to a 7-0 start. TTT Rīga fought back to take a 12-10 lead of their own but SK Cēsis raced out ahead to take a 25-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was horrible for TTT Rīga as they were held to nine points and by halftime, the visitors led 47:25 in front of a crowd of disappointed TTT Rīga fans. In the second half, the Latvian press reported that TTT Rīga came back onto the court a defeated team, going though the motions as SK Cēsis won each of the remaining quarters.

SK Cēsis hit 53 percent of their attempted field goals - and TTT Rīga only hit 34 percent of theirs. That was the game right there. TTT Rīga was outrebounded 42-31 but had more offensive rebounds than their opponents. TTT Rīga would turn the ball over only nine times...but SK Cēsis only had five turnovers. SK Cēsis went to the free throw line 25 times, hitting 20 shots.

TTT Rīga

Aija Brumermane: 10 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals.
Zane Eglīte: 7 points, 7 rebounds
Merike Anderson: 20 points on 8-for-20 shooting. 5 turnovers, 4 personal fouls.

SK Cēsis

Kristen Mann: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists. 8-for-13 shooting, an amazing game.
Kelly da Silva Santos: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists.
Tamera Young: 14 points, 9 rebounds in just 18 minutes played.

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