Bennet saves Lietkabelis against Liepaja

PANEVEZYS – Anthony Bennet nailed a game-winning three-pointer with three seconds left to give Lietkabelis an 81-80 victory against Liepaja/Triobet in Group B action on Friday.


The debut of the club’s new head coach Algirdas Brazys could hardly have been any more dramatic, but it did end a horrible four-game losing streak for Lietkabelis, who registered the first win of the season.

Although the team from Liepaja led by as many as 16 points in the game, Lietkabelis went on a run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 73-75 after a jump shot by Ryan Olander.

With just over a minute left, the visitors from Latvia were still ahead 80-76, but Anthony Bennet set up Olander for an assist to make it a one possession game.

In the next possession, Tomas Cerneckis forced Artis Ate to commit an offensive foul, with 19 seconds remaining to give the home side a chance to either win or tie the game.

Having called a timeout, Lietkabelis trusted the ball in Anthony Bennet’s hands and the American point guard did not disappoint, hitting the three-pointer for the win.

Darius Griskenas had 20 points and seven rebounds for Lietkabelis, Anthony Bennet scored 14, while Ryan Olander added 13 points and eight boards.

For Liepaja/Triobet, Artis Ate had a team-high 17 points, while Roberts Krumins chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds.