Sunday, March 8, 2009

LFB (Spain) Queen's Cup Semifinals - Ibiza 76, Celta 63

Dig those crazy socks on Sancho Lyttle.

It was Ibiza which shocked Spanish basketball with an upset win over Perfumerias in the first round of the Queen's Cup. Ibiza continues their winning ways with a 76-63 win over Celta, setting up a finals match on Sunday between Ibiza and Ros Casares.

The box score of the game is here. An album of photos for the game can be found here.

Ibiza would get off to a good first half start. Leading 23-18 after the first quarter, Ibiza would hold Celta to eight second quarter points while scoring 21 of their own for a 44-26 halftime lead. All Ibiza would have to do is hold the lead. Celta won the third quarter and closed the gap to 62-49 in favor of Ibiza, but Ibiza and Celta tied the fourth quarter for Ibiza to hold on to the win.

Ibiza hit 51 percent of its field goal attempts compared to only 41 percent for Celta. Celta, however, won the battle of rebounding - in overall rebounding both teams were tied but Celta had 10 offensive rebounds compared to just four from Ibiza. Both teams did an excellent job of holding on to the ball - Ibiza only turned the ball over nine times and Celta only had seven turnovers. Ibiza would get 19 visits to the free throw line compared to just six for Celta, and Ibiza would go 16-for-19 at the free throw line.


Shannon Johnson: 22 points and four assists. 7-for-10 shooting for the future member of the Seattle Storm.
Sancho Lyttle: 11 points, 11 rebounds. The only double-double in the game.
Sandra Pirsic: 13 points, 5 rebounds.


Iva Sliskovic: 16 points, 6 rebounds.
Agne Ciudarene: 11 points, 7 rebounds.

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