11.11.2016, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
As there was not too much action in the Triobet BBL this week, let‘s look at what the eight clubs joining us from the play-offs were up against in other European competitions.
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The one team participating in the 7DAYS EuroCup, Lietkabelis, had a break in the schedule this week. The Lithuanians share the second position in Group A with Croatian side Cedevita and Nizhny Novgorod from Russia.
VTB United League
Kalev/Cramo faced the aforementioned Nizhny Novgorod in the VTB United League and were handed a blow-out loss. In a high-scoring affair, the Estonian powerhouse were taken care of early on and ultimately faced a 102-81 defeat. Vitali Liutych was the highest scorer for the team with 22 points to his name.
Basketball Champions League
Juventus achieved a thrilling victory in Belgrade, as they took down Mega Leks in a true dunk-off of a game. The Lithuanian team barely managed to hold on to their double-digit lead, as their opponents raced back in the fourth quarter, with a chance to win the game with the final shot (and several tip-ins). Juventus went on to win 79-77 and improved to 3-1 and share the top spot with two other teams.
Meanwhile, Ventspils had an easy win at home, defeating Openjobmetis Varese in dominating fashion. The Latvians amassed an impressive 17-point lead in the first two quarters and put the game to bed in the final period, running away with a 91-66 win.The win helped the team recover from an unexpected loss last week and improve the record to 2-2.
FIBA Europe Cup
More of the same in Siauliai, as the back-to-back-to-back champions of the Baltic Basketball League continue to struggle coping with a much smaller budget. After losing to Tsmoki-Minsk77-90, the Lithuanians have already lost (all) four games in a row.
After destroying another Triobet BBL club, TLU/Kalev, last week, Vytautashad a gap in the schedule this week. Meanwhile, TLU/Kalev had to face yet another defeat in Saku Suurhall, as BC Mures got the best of them, 76-89. Leading the way for the visitors was a well-known face – Ernests Kalve. The Latvian helped BC Mures with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
The only game that really could have gone either way in this competition was the matchup between Tartu and the Redwell Gunners. The Estonians were close, but close is just not enough. A 77-79 win for the Austrians, and Tartu dropdown the standings.