The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 44-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded Rudupis 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and American guard Ty Abbott (192-88, college: Arizona St.) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) during the contest. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) responded with 19 points and guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: F.Elegar 20+15reb+3ast, T.Abbott 19+6reb+3ast, G.Wilkinson 18+4reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 14+6reb+2ast, A.Skele 7+3reb+5ast, T.Raadik 2+1reb Rudupis: G.Orelikas 19+3reb+2ast, S.Vene 15+3reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 15+3reb+4ast, A.Valeika 8+9reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 7+1reb, P.Ivanauskas 2+1reb+3ast
Barsy Atyrau was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 50-27 second half run of Pieno Zvaigzdes. It was a very good performance for American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Russian point guard Andrey Endropov (184-78) replied with 15 points and Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Barsy Atyrau. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes and four Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Barsy Atyrau's coach Eduard Skripec rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Biggs 17+7reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 14+4reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 13+1reb+3ast, P.Beliavicius 12+4reb+2ast, T.Hughes 12+1reb+6ast, Y.Gates 8+3reb Barsy Atyrau: A.Endropov 15+3reb+2ast, V.Matyukevych 11+2reb+1ast, C.McEachin 11+3reb+1ast, D.Sviridov 10+5reb+4ast, Y.Skrypets 8+6reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 6+4reb
Naglis Palangos were trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 34-26 charge of Jelgava, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Jelgava looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) fired 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward James Porter (208-87, college: N.Carolina A&T) added 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Jelgava: A.Justovics 21+1ast, K.Kanbergs 18+3reb+1ast, S.Silavs 15+2reb+6ast, E.Krumins 15+7reb+1ast, K.Chamberlain 15+6reb+2ast, S.Haynes 10+2ast Naglis Palangos: P.Brown 23+7reb+5ast, J.Porter 20+10reb+4ast, M.Mockevicius 20+5reb+5ast, G.Wright 16+5reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 13+4reb+1ast, M.Konate 6+1reb
The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 20-12 last quarter charge of Valmiera cut the lead to 69-62 at the end of the game. The winners were led by swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) who scored that evening 8 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) supported him with 16 points. TU/Rock's coach Gert Kullamae used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds by forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Valmiera. Guard Raimonds Gabrans (185-84) added 13 points and 6 assists for lost side. Top scorers: TU/Rock: J.Ingram 16+3reb, R.Veideman 9+3reb, M.Doronin 8+10reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 7+6reb+1ast, V.Allingu 6+4reb+1ast, K.Saage 5+4reb+1ast Valmiera: J.Berzins 20+6reb, R.Gabrans 13+2reb+6ast, M.Ziedins 8+7reb+3ast, J.Kaufmanis 6+7reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 5+1reb, A.Butjankovs 4+2reb
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lietkabelis won fourth quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks and forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Top scorers: Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 22+3reb+2ast, T.Cain 12+10reb+3ast, A.Brunins 10+3reb, A.Skele 9+5reb+5ast, A.Epners 7+2reb, J.Rozitis 7+7reb+1ast Lietkabelis: M.Kupsas 23+13reb, K.Vecvagars 15+3reb+1ast, D.Griskenas 11+3reb+5ast, E.Ulanovas 8+6reb+3ast, A.Drungilas 4+6reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 2+7reb+3ast
The game without a history. Juventus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Juventus had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) who added 17 points (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Five Juventus and four Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Barsy Atyrau's coach Eduard Skripec tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Juventus: L.Kisielius 18+5reb+1ast, N.Varnelis 17+4reb+1ast, A.Cepulis 13+3reb+3ast, P.Morkeliunas 11+7reb+3ast, A.Viskontas 10+2reb+5ast, G.Matulis 7+2reb+3ast Barsy Atyrau: E.Zelionis 14+6reb+2ast, D.Sviridov 12+5reb, C.McEachin 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Skrypets 10+3reb+1ast, V.Matyukevych 7+3reb+1ast, A.Endropov 6+3reb+2ast
Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 67:68 Tartu Ulikool clinched Baltic League Bronze medals. They overcame their arch-rivals Kalev/Cramo on aggregate in the consolation final series. The Tallinn team eked out a narrow road win tonight but it was not enough to deny a 12-point deficit after the opening leg. Kalev/Cramo jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Tartu Ulikool pulled within 2 points at the interval 31:33. The hosts cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth... [read more]
Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 67:68
Tartu Ulikool clinched Baltic League Bronze medals. They overcame their arch-rivals Kalev/Cramo on aggregate in the consolation final series. The Tallinn team eked out a narrow road win tonight but it was not enough to deny a 12-point deficit after the opening leg. Kalev/Cramo jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Tartu Ulikool pulled within 2 points at the interval 31:33. The hosts cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth term. Kalev/Cramo sank 22 points in the final period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) provided 20 points for the winners. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Mandell Thomas (188-G-93, college: Fordham) and Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY) answered with 17 points each for Tartu Ulikool.
Pieno Zvaigzdes - Vytautas 74:89 Vytautas celebrated the Baltic League championship title. They surprised Pieno Zvaigzdes on the road in the return leg of the title series to be crowned champions. Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Vytautas entered the game facing a 3-point deficit after the opening leg. However Vytautas went on a 22:11 run in the first term to deny it. Pieno Zvaigzdes cut the distance in the second term. They trailed by 9 points at t... [read more]
Pieno Zvaigzdes - Vytautas 74:89
Vytautas celebrated the Baltic League championship title. They surprised Pieno Zvaigzdes on the road in the return leg of the title series to be crowned champions. Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Vytautas entered the game facing a 3-point deficit after the opening leg. However Vytautas went on a 22:11 run in the first term to deny it. Pieno Zvaigzdes cut the distance in the second term. They trailed by 9 points at the interval 32:41. However Vytautas went on a strong 27:15 run in the third quarter to boost the gap. Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped 27 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) provided 18 points, while Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) added 16 points for the champions. Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) answered with 19 points for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) netted 13 points in the defeat.
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