European Competitions: Baltic clubs off to a slow start
21.10.2016, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
Besides the 14 teams participating in the Triobet BBL regular season, there are another 8 clubs that will join them in the Play-Offs.
The 8 teams are currently participating in other European competitions and to keep you up-to-date, BBL.net brings you the latest international updates in a weekly round-up.
Lietkabelis is the only Triobet BBL team participating in the EuroCup, and they’ve been doing extremely well on the international stage so far. After a buzzer-beating victory against MZT Skopje Aerodrom in the first round, Lietkabelis now defeated Cedevita 80-76 to jump atop Group A with a 2-0 record.
VTB United League
The only team to participate in the VTB United League, Kalev/Cramo, has already had two games there. They started off with an 86-72 win against Parma, but were unable to follow up with a victory this week, as they fell far short of Zenit, losing 89-73.
Juventus and Ventspils made their Champions League debut this week. Juventus enjoyed a nice start to their European campaign with an impressive 91-84 victory against French powerhouse SIG, as Gytautas Sirutavicius lit up the court with 5 three-pointers.
Ventspils didn’t have as much luck though. The Latvians suffered a heartbreaking last-second loss against Oldenburg, as Ricky Paulding tipped the ball in right before the buzzer to make it 77-76.
FIBA Europe Cup
It wasn’t the best start of the week for the clubs in the FIBA Europe Cup, as all TLU/Kalev, TU/Rock and Siauliai suffered defeats, while Vytautas await next week to make their debut.
TLU/Kalev squared off against Romanian club BC Mures and were in the game for two quarters, when their opponents finally managed to break free. Horrendous shooting from the field led to a 70-58Group I loss for the Estonians.
Siauliai have been struggling in all their tournaments anddidn’t have much luck this week either, as they were tossed around by Tsmoki-Minsk in their Group J matchup. The Lithuanians ended up losing by 15, 86-71, but really had no chance throughout the game.
The one team that came really close to a win was TU/Rock. The Estonians still had the lead with four seconds remaining, yet came up just short and lost to Austrian club Redwell Gunners77-78.