European Competitions: Vytautas wins Baltic battle
04.11.2016, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
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After starting the season with two incredible victories, Lietkabelis have taken a step back in the last two games. This week, they faced undefeated Gran Canaria in Spain and fell far short of expectations with a lopsided 67-86 loss. They are still doing pretty well in Group A, standing in third with a 2-2 record.
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Kalev/Cramo showed just how much home walls matter, as they got back on a winning path in their first game in the Saku Suurhall. The Estonians had no trouble taking Astana to school with an 84-67 victory that helped them get the record straight at 2-2.
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Ventspils were unfortunate when they faced Muratbey Usak Sportif in Turkey. In the game that they were truly hoping to win, the Latvians managed to let the victory slip out their fingers in the final minutes of play. The 69-75 loss pushes Ventspils down a couple spots with a 1-2 record.
The other Triobet BBL team competing in this tournament, Juventus had no luck this week either. They were on the losing end against Iberostar Tenerife for 40 minutes and ultimately fell by a huge margin, 71-93. FIBA Europe Cup
Two Triobet BBL clubs faced off in Group I of the FIBA Europe Cup, as Vytautas demolished Estonian side TLU/Kalev. It was never a close contest, as the Lithuanians earned a double-digit advantage already in the first quarter and just kept building on it. The final score shows no mercy, as Vytautas went out up by 43, 104-61. The two sides are on opposite ends of the standings at the moment.
Historically a team that would always fight for a podium finish in Lithuania, Siauliai are having the worst season in decades. Another loss in the FIBA Europe Cup, 90-108 against third-placed Czech basketball team BK Pardubice, now puts them at a 0-3 record, with hopes of qualification flying away.