Barsy edge Lietkabelis on the road

PANEVEZYS – Barsy took an important 73-66 road victory against Lietkabelis in Group B action on Friday.

The win allowed the Kazakh side to improve to a 2-2 record, while it was already the third defeat for Lietkabelis in as many games.


Lietkabelis started the game slightly better and had a 17-12 edge after the first quarter, extending the lead to 38-32 at end of the half.

However, the story change in the third quarter, as Barsy went on a 20-6 run to take a 52-44 lead, as the period was approaching the end.

The hosts managed to get within a single point after Gediminas Zalalis went one-of-two from the free-throw line to make it 57-58, with six minutes remaining.

Lietkabelis point guard Anthony Bennett was a lone soldier on the court for the Panevezys team, scoring the last nine points for his side, but it wasn’t enough, as the Kazakh team held on.

Barsy were led by the Lithuanian duo of Gytis Sirutavicius and Edgaras Zelionis, who collected 20 points each. Sirutavicius added 11 rebounds, while Zelionis chipped in with seven.

Anthony Bennett had 20 points and five assists for Lietkabelis, the talented 18-year-old big man Gediminas Zalalis scored 15 and added five boards.