3 avr. 2011

Baltic League Semi Finals!

So our team recently went to Belarus to play in the Baltic League semi finals. We had to play 3 games in 3 days, so we were all ready to be plenty tired and sore after the weekend! We had to win 2 games, to move onto the finals which are coming up on the 8th/9th of April.

So the beginning of the trip began with Marina, Giedre, Amanda, and I all going to the Sandwich bar to get some sandwiches and smoothies for the ride. It was there when Amanda realized she didn't have her white uniform.. so the adventures began! Amanda and Giedre left to get the jersey and make it back in time for the bus, while Marina and I waited for the sandwiches and headed off to the bus.

When we got to the bus, we were all expecting our small (VERY small) bus that we take to LMKL games... but were pleasantly surprised to find a comfortable party bus.. okkk not a party bus, but it had leather seats, and kitchen, and the back of the bus had a half moon set up with a table.. kinda like you were VIP at a club! Everyone was excited to know that our 5 hour trip would be in style!

After we took forever to get through the boarders...we finally got to our hotel 5 hours after we left Kaunas, and were greeted with smoked filled air, and what seemed to be a very sketchy country in general! Spending 4 days here would definitely be interesting!

So now the games... We won our first two games against two Belarus teams by 20 and 30.. They were not our best games, but it was great to play someone other then the Lithuanian teams! Our third game we were playing against the best Belarus team, who had 6 of the Belarus national team players that I had played this summer.

The game was very competitive, and was back and forth most of the second half. Our team got a couple crucial defensive stops and hit some big three's to give us the lead towards the end of the game, and we held onto the lead and won the game by 6! It was great to finally play a competitive game, and be in a battle! It was just like euroleague again :)

Now our team and the team we just beat are both going to the Final Four which is being hosted in Kaunas, and we will have another Lithuanian team along with a Russian team. The winner is the best of the Baltic League.. so more competitive games coming up!

My thought on Belarus as a country, is that I don't really feel the need to go back ever again in my life! It made me appreciate North America for sure... The girls tell us that the country is about 10 years behind Lithuania in most things, so we were not in a modern country by any means. Also there public toilets are really just a hole in the bottom of the floor, and you have to squat down to pee.... I refused to go to the bathroom... I waited until we got back to the hotel!

So thats it from our Belarus trip! We have a Lithuanian playoff game Tuesday, and then Baltic League Final Four Friday and Saturday.. Things are finishing up quick!

P.S 22-25 days till IM HOME :)

Until next time,


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