The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Siauliai was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 16 points and 5 assists and Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Valmiera and five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Valmiera: J.Berzins 28+9reb, M.Ziedins 13+7reb, R.Gabrans 12+1reb+7ast, A.Butjankovs 11+11reb+4ast, V.Iljins 7+3reb, S.Amolins 6+1reb+1ast Siauliai: R.Alijevas 16+1reb+5ast, L.Jackson 13+4reb+2ast, P.Dia 13+5reb, C.Simon 10+2reb, A.Kieza 10+8reb+2ast, S.Kuzminskas 6+5reb+1ast
The game without a history. Pieno Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 36. The best player for the winners was swingman Mantas Ruikis (194-85) who scored 17 points. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) chipped in 17 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Zambalist Fredrick (183-86, college: S.Carolina) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Pieno Zvaigzdes: G.Sirutavicius 17+2reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 17+2reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 12+4reb+1ast, T.Biggs 12+3reb+1ast, G.Maceina 9+5reb+3ast, Y.Gates 9+2reb Barsy Atyrau: E.Zelionis 11+9reb, Z.Fredrick 9+5reb, M.Evstigneev 8+4reb, C.McEachin 8+2reb, D.Dyatlovsky 6+2reb, A.Endropov 5+2ast
The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Barons kvartals outrebounded Ventspils 43-23 including a 35-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+6reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 14+5reb, T.Cain 13+15reb, I.Bergmanis 7+5reb+9ast, D.Zonne 5+1reb, S.Metra 4+6reb Ventspils: D.Lejasmeiers 12+4reb+1ast, M.Meiers 12, J.Timma 12+5reb+3ast, R.Zakis 11+3reb+1ast, F.Campbell 5+5reb, A.Berzins 5+4reb
The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Jelgava was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis shot 25 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Jelgava only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Jelgava 51-31 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Jelgava was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Rudupis players scored in double figures. American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Jelgava's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Rudupis: G.Orelikas 21+14reb+2ast, A.Labuckas 15+9reb+2ast, T.Slezas 15+9reb+4ast, P.Ivanauskas 13+6reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 10+2reb+2ast, A.Urbutis 7+3reb+1ast Jelgava: K.Chamberlain 17+10reb+2ast, A.Duselis 12+5reb+1ast, E.Krumins 11+8reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 9+1reb, A.Justovics 5+2ast, L.Mizis 5+1ast
The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 16 points. TU/Rock made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Justin Ingram (188-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) who scored 25 points. Lithuanian center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) produced 17 points and Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: TU/Rock: J.Ingram 25+3reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 15+7reb+1ast, V.Allingu 15+6reb, V.Kriisa 10+3reb+3ast, K.Saage 9+1reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 5+2reb+2ast Siauliai: L.Samenas 17+3ast, P.Dia 11+5reb+1ast, V.Liutych 10+2reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 10+5reb, R.Alijevas 7+2reb+2ast, A.Kieza 7+8reb+1ast
Liatkabelis clinched the first win in Top 16 round as they snatched overtime win over Parnu. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) stepped up with 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Kaspars Vecvagars (193-PG-93) added 20 points for Liatkabelis. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) answered with 33 points and 11 rebounds for Parnu. Top scorers: Lietkabelis: D.Darius Griskenas 27+10reb+2ast, K.Kaspars Vecvagars 20+1reb+7ast, E.Ulanovas 13+3reb+6ast, M.Kupsas 11+11reb, A.Drungilas 10+9reb, K.Babkauskas 7+2reb+3ast Parnu: R.Rain Raadik 33+11reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 19+7reb+4ast, K.Kitsing 16+3reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 9+5reb+12ast, T.Hamarsalu 9+1reb+1ast, K.Evart 5+2reb+3ast
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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