European Competitions: Baltic clubs go three-of-seven
29.10.2016, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
Eight teams are currently participating in other European competitions and will join the Triobet BBL starting Play-offs.
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Possibly the best game of the week took place in Panevezys, where Lietkabelis matched up againt Russian side Nizhny Novgorod. It was a back and forth affair, but Petr Gubanov nailed a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds to go to lead the Russians to their first victory 72-75. Lietkabelis now holds a 2-1 record in the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season.
VTB United League
Kalev/Cramo is the sole Triobet BBL team to participate in the VTB United League and they haven‘t had too much luck in the past couple of weeks. Their last outing resulted in their second loss in three games, as they fell slightly short of Tsmoki-Minsk, losing 81-88.
Basketball Champions League
Juventus secured their second victory in as many tries with a strong performance in Oostende, Belgium. They too care of local Telenet Oostende quite easily, after setting themselves up with a 10-point lead after the first quarter. They managed to build it up to 16 before the fourth, ensuring a calm ending to the game. After the 69-59 win, Juventus shares the top of Group D with two other teams with 2 wins.
Second time was the charm for Ventspils, as they faced Rosa Radom in the second week of the Basketball Champions League. While the Latvians got off to a slow start, they left their opponents in the dust in the second quarter and never looked back, grabbing a dominating 74-53 victory. Andrejs Grazulis was responsible for a number of highlight plays to help seal the deal, including an incredible chase-down block and a powerful put-back dunk.
FIBA Europe Cup
TU/Rock continue to struggle in the FIBA Europe Cup, as they showed a spineless performance in France against Pau-Lacq-Orthez. They went down 18 in the first quarter and never seemed to get the game going, ultimately losing 56-77 to drop to 0-2.
While Siauliai finally got their first victory in the Lithuanian Basketball League, that didn‘t translate into anything in international waters, as they suffered their second defeat in Group J. The Lithuanians, playing at home, couldn‘t hold back Apoel and lost 75-84.
Vytautas was the only bright spot for Baltic basketball in the tournament this week, as their dominant and high-scoring first half led them past Romanian club BC Mures. With a home crowd behing them, the Lithuanians dominated the first twenty minutes, scoring 61 points and jumping out to an astonishing 35 point lead. The game was already over at that point, but the home side added a couple more points to their lead and celebrated a 99-61 victory.