European Competitions: Lithuanian clubs take two wins
20.01.2017, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
It was a busy week in the Triobet Baltic Basketball League, and we’re still not done with basketball just yet. However, this week’s basketball is finished in other European competitions, so let’s round them all up with our traditional weekly review.
Having secured their first victory in the Top 16 last week, Lietkabelis couldn’t make it two wins in a row, as they fell short of German club Bayern Munich, as the home side led from tip-off until the final buzzer and came up with the 69-85 win.
VTB United League
Kalev/Cramo dropped another game and now hold a record of just two wins in twelve matches. Their latest loss came at the hands of Lokomotiv Kuban, as the Russians dominated from the opening quarter and left the home side no chance at all. A poor performance for one of the top clubs in Estonia and a 64-95 loss.
Basketball Champions League
Juventus was one of the two clubs that achieved a victory this week, as they defeated KK Mornar at home, as they improved their record to 8-5. The Utena side found themselves in the gutters after the first quarter, as they already faced a double-digit deficit, yet managed to pick up their game and before the final quarter started, it was already them leading by 14. The final score witnessed a safe 8-point spread, 82-74.
Ventspils continues going back and forth with their wins and losses. After improving to 7-5 last week, they dropped a game against fellow Baltic club Neptunas. The Latvians were the ones going out on top the first time these two clubs faced off, but this time a terrific final quarter and home crowd support helped the Lithuanians win comfortably, 68-84.
FIBA Europe Cup
The other team to grab a win was Prienu-Birstono Vytautas. The Lithuanians were thoroughly dominant in the second half of the game, overcoming a small deficit to win by a double-digit advantage against APOEL. The visitors were outright stopped in the fourth quarter, as nothing got past Vytautas’ defense and the Greeks managed just 7 points.