Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Euroleague E1/2009 - Ros Casares 118, TTT Riga 38

This is how much bigger Ros Casares was.

Yes. You read that right. Ros Casares 118, TTT Riga 38, as in "eighty-point victory". Ros Casares wouldn't even beat a Liga Femenina 2 team this badly.

The box score and game write-ups are both here. To the side there is a small gallery of photos.

It happened in front of 1700 spectators in Valencia, Spain, who probably couldn't believe what they were seeing. El Ros led 50-18 at the half and simply continued extending their lead, scoring 36 points in the third quarter. And there's really no excuse for Riga. Riga didn't have anybody sick, no cars crashed, nothing like that. It simply goes to show that the best team in Latvia just doesn't compare with the best team in Spain. I wonder if TTT Riga will win so much as one Euroleague game.

Let's look at the mass-uh, I mean the box score and the Four Factors:

Field goal percentage: Ros Casares 55 percent, TTT Riga 24 percent. That was the game right there. TTT Riga were 2-for-13 from the 3-point arc.
Turnovers: Ros Casares 14, TTT Riga 23.
Offensive rebound percentage: Ros Casares 57 percent, TTT Riga 14 percent. More amazing numbers. The overall rebound differential was 52-18 in favor of Ros Casares.
Free throws: Ros Casares 29-for-30, TT Riga 6-for-12. When a team is shooting 97 percent from the free throw line, look out! The only Ros Casares player to miss a free throw was Jana Vesela, who went 5-for-6.

And now, a peak at the performances:

Ros Casares

Delisha Milton-Jones: 25 points, 9 rebounds. El Ros almost had two double-doubles. Milton-Jones shot 8-for-15.
Erika de Souza: 24 points, 10 rebounds. De Souza also had four steals.
Jana Vesela: 12 points, 8 rebounds. Make that "almost three double-doubles."
Anna Montanana: 11 points, 7 rebounds. No, make that four....
Belinda Snell: 9 points.

TTT Riga

Lyndra Weaver: 16 points on 5-for-19 shooting. The name reads "Lyndra Shajuan Weaver" but in the Latvian League she's known as Shajuan Weaver and she used to be known as Lyndra Littles! Yep, Lyttles used to play for the Connecticut Sun but didn't make it past the training camp stage.
Cindy Lima: 6 rebounds, 5 rebounds.
Liga Surkusa : 5 points, 3 rebounds. 1-for-1 shooting. Believe it or not, she was TTT Riga's "top performer" according to the Eurobasket website.

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