VICI Kaunas are 2011 Baltic League champions
- Apr 9, 2011
Final: VICI Kaunas - Spartak SP
VICI Kaunas are 2011 Baltic League champions. They overcame Spartak
Saint Petersburg in the Final earlier today.
Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college:
Vermont) came up with 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to pace
well-balanced effort from VICI. The hosts took over from the starting
moments. VICI Kaunas poured in 26 points in the first stanza to grab a
6-point lead. Spartak SP struggled to adjust their defense in the first
half. VICI Kaunas capitalized building a 12-point advantage at the
interval 42:30. Spartak finally managed to challenge the home team in
the third term. The Russian team cut the distance to 11 points with ten
minutes remaining. But it was far from enough. VICI Kaunas regained
control in the final minutes, scored 22 points and raced to the victory
at the end.
Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) produced 17 points, 13 boards and 5
assists for VICI Kaunas.
Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) had 16 points in the victory. Eugeniya
Belyakova responded with 26 points for Spartak SP. Jennifer Lacy
delivered 17 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in defeat.
3rd Place: Lemminkainen - Gorizont
Gorizont stepped on BWBL pedestal. They prevailed against Lithuanian
Lemminkainen to earn Bronze medals at the championship. Tatsiana
Likhtarovich scored impressive 35 points to pace the Belarusian team.
Gorizont and Lemminkainen looked equally matched in the first frame of
consololation final in Kaunas. Gorizont eked out a 24:23 lead after ten
minutes of action. Lemminkainen bounced back in the second term and
snatched a 50:49 advantage at halftime. But the third term killed the
intrigue. Gorizont erupted for 31 points in the period limiting
Lemminkainen to just 13. The Belarusian team gained a decisive advantage
and never looked back en route to the victory.
Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college:
S.Carolina) netted 17 points and distributed 7 assists for Gorizont.
Aleksandra Khomenchuk and
Sviatlana Valko (173-G-89) provided 10 points each for the winners.
Irma Raugaite responded with 22 points and 6 boards for Lemminkainen.
Rita Milieskiene banked 17 points in the loss.
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