European Competitions: Ventspils surprise Neptunas
25.11.2016, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
We didn’t get to see too much Triobet BBL basketball this past week, with just three games being played, but it’s okay, other European competitions have us covered. BBL.net keeps you up to date with what’s been going on with the eight clubs joining us come Playoffs in the weekly round-up.
The regular season of the 7DAYS EuroCup is soon coming to a close with just two games remaining, but Lietkabelis have already secured a ticket to the next round, despite a 68-69 loss against Cedevita Zagreb this week. The Lithuanians managed to erase a double-digit deficit, but just didn’t have enough in them to see out the game, falling short by one point.
VTB United League
Kalev/Cramo faced European powerhouse CSKA Moscow and didn’t really have too much of a chance at victory. The Russian team was far superior in nearly every aspect of the game and enjoyed a 68-87 win. This loss drops Kalev/Cramo’s record to 2-4.
Basketball Champions League
Ventspils secured a somewhat unexpected win against Lithuanian silver medalists Neptunas, who werepreviously unbeaten in the tournament. Led by Willie Deane, who scored 22, the Latvians managed to pull through in the final quarter, as they secured their third victory in six games, 66-61.
The other Baltic team in the tournament– Juventus,continue to dominate the standings. This time, their victory did not come easy, as they managed to squeeze past KK Mornar, 75-73, as the Montenegrins mounted a fourth quarter comeback. With a 5-1 record, the Utena side is currently the sole leaders of Group D.
FIBA Europe Cup
The first stage of the FIBA Europe Cup has come to a close, and three of four Triobet BBL teams will not move on in the competition, as only Vytautas managed to show some quality in the group stage.
Vytautas’ latest victory comes in against fellow Baltic club TLU/Kalev, which they absolutely demolished by a huge margin. 96-55 road win for the league’s highest-scoring team and a well-deserved ticket to the next round.
The three other teams – Siauliai, Tartu and the aforementioned TLU/Kalev – combined for a horrible record of 0-14.
Siauliai, however, did show some improvements in their sixth straight loss, and were just a couple steps away from victory. They faced Czech club BK Pardubice and were eventually taken care of, 85-89.
Tartu ended their FIBA Europe Cup campaign with their fourth loss already last week, as they had to face defeat at the hands of Pau-Lacq-Orthez.