The game was mostly controlled by KK Parnu. Lietkabelis was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Lietkabelis' 32 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. KK Parnu players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Center Rain Raadik (208-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (202-85, college: Redlands CC) replied with 27 points and 8 rebounds and Arnas Butkevicius (196-92) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietkabelis. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Lietkabelis: V.Volkus 27+8reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 11+1reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 9+5reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 8+3reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 7+4reb+2ast, L.Aukstikalnis 6+3reb+1ast Parnu: A.Peciukevicius 19+8reb+4ast, O.Matulionis 16+2reb+3ast, R.Raadik 16+14reb+2ast, R.Raap 15+6reb+6ast, K.Evart 14+5reb+2ast, K.Kitsing 13+2reb+4ast
The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Kalev/Cramo managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rudupis forced 19 Kalev/Cramo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 assists and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who added 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) responded with 19 points and U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) scored 6 points and 11 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Kalev/Cramo: G.Wilkinson 19+4reb, R.Keerles 17+1reb, F.Elegar 6+11reb+3ast, T.Abbott 6+4reb+2ast, T.Sokk 4+3reb+3ast, B.Fall 4+3reb Rudupis: G.Kadziulis 22+1reb+6ast, G.Orelikas 18+4reb+4ast, A.Milaknis 13+5reb+1ast, A.Urbutis 10+5reb+5ast, A.Valeika 7+10reb+1ast, P.Ivanauskas 6+4ast
It looked good early as Juventus took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Rakvere had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Juventus were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-100. BC Rakvere forced 19 Juventus turnovers. Juventus were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists and point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) did not help to save the game for Juventus. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Juventus: N.Varnelis 20+13reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 14+6reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 12+2reb+3ast, D.Gvezdauskas 12+2ast, P.Morkeliunas 12+5reb+2ast, A.Cepulis 6+4reb+2ast Tarvas: M.Laksa 23+2reb, B.Raley-Ross 19+13reb+9ast, J.Umbrasko 16+7reb+1ast, R.Tamm 15+6reb+5ast, A.Stewart 12+3reb, R.Lindmets 11+5reb+1ast
The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-55. Sakalai dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera to just 4 points in second quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) who added 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Center Viktors Iljins (212-91) responded with 8 points and 11 rebounds and forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Top scorers: Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 13+2reb, J.Berzins 9+10reb+1ast, V.Iljins 8+11reb+2ast, M.Ziedins 8+3reb, R.Gabrans 8+2reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 8+5reb Sakalai: A.Kiausas 21+12reb+5ast, J.Gintvainis 8+5reb+2ast, I.Ramasauskas 8+9reb+1ast, R.Matulis 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Sestokas 6+2reb, E.Seskus 5+4reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo forced 21 Naglis Palangos turnovers. 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 11 rebounds and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (217-86, college: SMU) who added 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) responded with 14 points and 6 assists and American center Ryan Olander (213-90, college: Fairfield, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Top scorers: Naglis Palangos: M.Mockevicius 14+3reb+6ast, R.Olander 14+9reb, M.Kumpys 9+3reb, O.Kushnirov 6+6reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 4+2reb+1ast, M.Konate 2+12reb+1ast Kalev/Cramo: F.Elegar 20+11reb, T.Abbott 15+3reb+2ast, B.Fall 10+11reb+3ast, I.Kajupank 10+1reb+1ast, K.McLeod 9+6reb+3ast, T.Sokk 6+1reb+3ast
The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 21 points. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Barons kvartals' 24. The best player for the winners was Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. 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: Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 19+5reb, J.Diggs 16+6reb+2ast, A.Epners 9+2reb, D.Zonne 7+1reb, T.Cain 4+7reb+3ast, A.Brunins 2+2reb+1ast Ventspils: A.Berzins 15+6reb+3ast, A.Vairogs 12+5reb+3ast, F.Campbell 11+4reb+4ast, D.Sims 10+4reb+3ast, M.Meiers 9+1reb, J.Timma 8+4reb+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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