The Rigans, who said goodbye to the “play-off” expectations after the fourth game, lost in the main tournament in all six fights.
Megana Hafa was the most productive in the “TTT Rīga” team with 14 points, Jessica Tomasa got ten points, and Kitty Laks had nine points. 17-year-old Ieva Korzāne marked under the baskets with six bounced balls.
Maria Vadejeva stood out against her opponents with 20 points, but Britney Grainere had 11 points and 12 balls under the baskets.
Representatives of the Latvian team conceded to the UGMK team in all elements of the game, especially in the throws from the game (25.4% / 53.97%). “TTT Rīga” executed only three free throws, two of which were scored by Dinija Pāvelsone.
The Rigans lost hope for entering the next round after the fourth game, in which Girona’s “Spar Citylift” was convincingly lost with 52:82. In the second race after the loss against Girona club, the Latvian team gave up Skio “Famila” with 68:78 on Thursday.
Head coach Mārtiņš Gulbis continues to recover from appendicitis surgery, so his duties were performed by Andris Steļmahs, who also led the team in last week’s European Women’s Basketball League (EWBL) games. Gulbis helped the team in absentia – by contacting the team on the “Zom” platform before the games and during the half-time break.
The offensive defender Ieva Pulvere did not go out with the team. In the first run of the Euroleague, Powder was replaced by Kate Krēsliņa, who at that time had a two-month break in the Belgian championship. This time the offensive guard was busy in the European Cup.
Last week, TTT Rīga won three victories over Minsk’s Horizont (80:72), Minsk’s Cmoki (82:61) and Grodno’s Olimpia (79:41) teams in the EWBL tournament in Minsk.
UGMK, on the other hand, added five more victories to its seven successes after the first round of the Euroleague Russian Championship. The team has celebrated victories in 12 matches this season and takes second place behind Kursk “Dinamo”, which has spent more than a duel.
In the second Euroleague race, UGMK won the Skio “Familia” team in the first game with 74:58, but on Thursday with 90:83 beat the Girona club.
The Latvian team will definitely remember the November 2019 game against UGMK, in which they managed to win an amazing victory with 89:81.
At the beginning of December, the Rigans lost in all three games of the C subgroup “bubble” in Girona, while UGMK celebrated three successes.
UGMK has won all five games in the Euroleague this season and secured a place in the playoffs. The Girona team follows with three successes, “Familia” is less than one victory, but the Latvian club has suffered losses in all five duels.
In September, the FIBA board decided that the playoff format would be changed in the Euroleague tournament. This decision is based on an assessment of the prevalence of Covid-19 in Europe, as well as on the safety of players and other stakeholders.
The qualifying tournament took place in one city with one game. In the group tournament, the teams were divided into four groups of four each.
The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, but the third place winners will not continue to fight at the lowest Eurocup.
The quarter-finals will take place in one arena, with the teams playing only one game. The quarterfinals are scheduled for March 14-20.
The quarter-final winner’s tournament continues in “Final 4”.
“TTT Rīga” took the last place among eight teams in the group’s main tournament in the Euroleague last season and did not qualify for the elimination tournament. The Rigans later triumphed in the Baltic Basketball League and were confirmed as the winners of the national championship after the main event of the Latvian Women’s Basketball League.
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