As we look to begin our final day, let’s take a look back at how things got to where they are. Read the Day 5 review!
Biggest win: Dinamo – 43 points (99-56 vs Omega Kaunas)
Top scorer: Valerii Sergeev (Aladushkin Group) – 28
Most rebounds: Vadim Shvestsov (KFU Gorod Kazan) – 18
Most assists: Valerii Iaichun (Dinamo) – 15
Just one game was played in the M40/45 Playoffs, where BC Sukhum faced off against Basketclub. At this stage, the two clubs were fighting for an honorable finish and the 5-7th positions. Sukhum faced a 57-75 defeat and finishd seventh. Basketclub will play Margutsa to decide the winners of the 5th position.
Kalush dominated in the 5-6th place game, as they took a 91-55 win against Old Guns Germany. Oleg Pelekh was all over the court and finished the game with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Ulf Rochti was the highest-rated performer for the other side, as he had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
It was a similar story in the Semifinals, as Dinamo took no prisoners in the game with Omega Kaunas. The Kursk side nearly got to triple-digit scoring, as they took home a 99-56 win and advanced to the M50 finals. Sergii Demurin and Aleksei Ugriumov were the leaders for Dinamo, as they scored 26 points each, while the latter added 14 rebounds to the tally. Valerii Iaichun also had an impressive game with 12 points, 15 assists and 6 rebounds.
In the other Semifinal there wasn’t much drama either, as Mercury-Kazan had no trouble with fellow Russian side Great & Co. They reached a 77-48 victory, as Sergey Shvydkyy was the leading scorer with 20 points for the Kazan side.
The two Semifinals were also played in the M55 age group and it was victories for both Russian teams. KFU Gorod Kazan managed to overtake Latvian side Garkalne 73-62 after an outstanding third quarter, which they won 26-8. While the Latvians tried to get back in the game, it was too little, too late. 4 players stood out with double-digit scoring for the Russian side, but it was the play of Iurii Golubev that was vital in the final result. He had 16 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
The other Semifinal was a one-sided affair, as Aladushkin Group had no trouble with Russian Project and advanced to the Final with a 78-51 win. Valerii Sergeev had a game-high 28 points and also added 8 rebounds in the winning performance.
Vilniaus Statybos Senjorai handed Kazan another loss, as they finished with a 63-37 win. Rimvydas Aukstuolis was the top scorer for the Lithuanians, as he dropped 19 points, while also adding 8 rebounds to the tally. Statyba will now face CSKA Veterans in the M65 final.
Speaking of CSKA, they suffered a tough loss against younger opponents Ranga-Statyba. It was a close game, but Ranga-Statyba managed to come out on top 59-55, with numerous important performances from all over the roster. Arvydas Stasaitis had a double-double of 11 points and 11 reobunds and was the most efficient player on the team. Juozas Zizliauskas was also among the highest-rated players despite scoring just 3 points. He didn’t do much scoring, but added 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals, finishing with an efficiency rating of 19.
The W40 and W45 ladies figured out who comes out on top a before most of the others – it was a big win for AMIDE Basketball Friends against Seduvos Malunos in the W40 final, as the Spanish ladies won 75-37, led by 15 points from Ana Pombo.
In the W45 final, BC Svaja held back go4champ and took gold with a 46-30 win. Jolanta Jurciuviene was the leading scorer with 12 points, as Liliya Yatskovska added 11 points and 9 rebounds.
The rest of the finals will be played throughout Saturday, as we find out all of our champions!