Final: Zalgiris - VEF Riga
Zalgiris clinch Mastercard BBL Elite division title as the trophy
remains with the Lithuanian team. Zalgiris added another BBL title after
beating VEF Riga 75:67. Kaunas Sport Hall and almost 5000 fans saw an
amazing Final Four celebrating the victory with the home side. Zalgiris
wasted little time at settling into their rhythm, quickly developing a
10 point lead. VEF Riga managed to reduce to 20:14 as Bertans closed the
first period. Moreover
TreVon Hughes (183-G-87, agency:
Edge Sports, college:
Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college:
S.Dakota) tied it at 20:20, but the Latvian side missed 0-10 run to
leave the opponents at 20:30.
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was the last to score at the half
sending the teams to the lockers for 40:35.
TreVon Hughes made it 42:42, whilst another three-pointer from him
and a dunk from Parahouski gave the guests 47:44 lead.
Tyler Cain surprised the crowd with 55:53 at the end of third
quarter as it became very hot at the court of Kaunas. The fans continued
to support their team until the very end and saw the final successful
Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency:
Interperformances) scored for 63:60 and
Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency:
Interperformances) as well as Collins added for 71:64. Collins also
made the last free throws for the final success.
Tadas Klimavicius paced all the winners with 15 points for the
Paulius Jankunas notched 12, while Brown added 9.
TreVon Hughes finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort.
Kristaps Janicenoks delivered 12, whilst
Tyler Cain scored 10.
3rd Place: Ventspils - Lietuvos Rytas
Lietuvos Rytas clinched the third position in the Baltic League Elite
Division. They overcame Ventspils to step onto the podium. Kenan
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency:
Beo Basket) tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the
effort. Jomantas and
Kenan Bajramovic helped Lietuvos Rytas gain a 16:9 lead midway
through the starting quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark before
Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) and Strelnieks cut the distance at 3 points
after ten minutes 21:24. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Kuzminskas put the
Latvian team in front at the start of the second quarter. But Lietuvos
Rytas immediately answered with a 7:1 run to gain a 5-point lead. The
Lithuanians stayed in front arriving at the interval up by 4 points
43:39. Rasic and
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave Lietuvos Rytas an 11-point lead
early in the third term.
Kenan Bajramovic stretched the gap to 15 points soon. Ventspils
replied with a 10:2 run to narrow the deficit. Strelnieks eventually
capped the term with a three-pointer as Ventspils trailed by just eight
points with one quarter remaining 62:70. The Latvian team stayed
aggressive as they gradually clawed their way back into this one.
Brandon Hunter put the Latvian side ahead by one 77:76 with just over a
minute to go.
Kenan Bajramovic answered with four points in a row as Lietuvos
Rytas regained control 80:77. Strelnieks hit just two out of his four
free attempts in the dying seconds, while Rasic and
Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) answered with two accurate shots
each from the stripe to seal the victory for Lietuvos Rytas.
Jonas Valanciunas provided 16 points and 8 rebounds for Lietuvos
Steponas Babrauskas finished with 15 points in the win. Brandon
Hunter replied with 19 points for Ventspils. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
nailed 18 points in the loss.
Juventus celebrate Baltic League Challenge Cup
Mar 19, 2011
Juventus - Kaunas 89:72
Juventus triumphed at the Baltic League Challenge Cup. They overcame
Kaunas in the second leg of the title clash to steal the trophy.
Gediminas Maceina (188-G-84) tallied 14 points, 10 assists and 5
boards to lead the charge.
Juventus entered game having a 7-point cushion after the first encounter
between the teams. Juventus made their ambitions clear in the first ten
minutes. They outgunned Kaunas 29:13 to stay comfortable in front.
Juventus maintained the lead throughout the second term as they recorded
a 48:31 halftime advantage. Kaunas did not give up that easily. Rimvydas
Samulenas team struck right back cutting the deficit to 9 points with
one quarter left. But Juventus took over again in the fourth period and
raced to the victory at the end.
Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-F-85) knocked down 13 points, while
Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency:
Players Group, college:
Hofstra) fired 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.
Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) responded with 21 points for Kaunas.
Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) netted 13 points in defeat.
In the meantime Techasas showed character overcoming a 16-point deficit
after the opening game and claiming the third place in the standings.
They outgunned Neptunas 100:75 at home court to step onto the pedestal.
Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) fired 22 points to pace the effort.
Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency:
Players Group) added 19 points in the win.
Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency:
Limelight Hoops) provided 17 points for Neptunas.
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