Kibirkstis-Tiche triumph at 2012/2013 Finals! - Apr 25, 2013
Kibirkstis-Tiche - Sirenos 80:57
Kibirkstis-Tiche triumph at 2012/2013 Finals as they swept the series against Sirenos. The Winner of the Regular Season posted third consecutive win 80:57 for 3-0 win in the series. It looked good early as Sirenos took a 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kibirkstis-Tiche had a 24-13 second period charge getting the lead and Sirenos was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-80. Kibirkstis-Tiche dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sirenos' 30. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a great evening for Kristina Alminaite (205-C-90) who led her team to a victory scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international forward Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) helped adding 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Kibirkstis-Tiche's coach Tadas Stankevicius felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the Iveta Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Egle Taraseviciute (181-F-90) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Although the match points account opened Lina Pikciute (192-F-90) (2:0), but the game started better Kaunas district basketball (2:8). After Kibirkstis-Tiche-IKI Vilnius head coach Tadas Stankevicius asked Timeout from Vilnius 7-0 spurt, not only tied, but gave the (9:8). In the second half of the first part of the game leveled off and leading the team has changed several times. After ten minutes of struggle Vilnius basketball players had a two-point deficit (17:19) and L.Lina Pikciute already chipped in 11 points.
The third period at the beginning of the fourth foul awarded L.Lina Pikciute, but this does not disrupt Vilnius team, and soon mobilized. At the end of period of Kaunas district team player Rasa Zemantauskaite (176-G-81) was fined technical foul, and M.Kvederaviciute realized all free throws (50:44). Excellent defender who played even added two colons and Kibirkstis-Tiche-IKI Vilnius-Tiche team for the first time, had amassed double-digit point lead (54:44).
The beginning of the fourth period of Vilnius basketball players continue not let the initiative from their hands (61:46). Although the Kaunas district basketball half was closing the gap to eight points (61:53), but the more experienced "Kibirkstis-Tiche-IKI Vilnius" did not allow players to take control of the game (66:53). Final referee's whistle captured Vilnius club victory (66:58) and the winners of the cup.
The finals are never easy and it was this, - said after the game winning trainer Tadas Stankevicius . - The track struck the match failed to start, but I am glad that the girls recovered. We hoped that the Kaunas district basketball players will play hard. And it was, after all, we have only one true point guard Rima Valentiene. It's hard to say that due to the victory. We had to fight until the last second before the time and did not think about winning. "
Scorers on the ranks of the winners played M.Kvederaviciute. She spent more than 40 minutes to score 21 points, grab six rebounds and make two assists. M.Kvederaviciute was recognized as dominating the whole Final Four players. Cup organizers it was awarded a cash prize of 1,000 litas.
"I am very happy for both victory and my personal achievement - after the match, said the most valuable player M.Kvederaviciute. - I was a Cup Champion before, but this year, my contribution is much larger and enjoyable. We were expecting a hard-finals, so it was. I am glad that we were able to withstand. How to celebrate? We will celebrate. "
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