European Competitions: Wins in Basketball Champions League
08.01.2017, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
Basketball returns all around Europe after a short festive break. BBL.net presents you a weekly round-up of how the clubs that will be joining us at the start of the Triobet BBL Playoffs have been doing in other European competitions.
Lietkabelis started out the round of Top 16 of the 7Days EuroCup with a loss. It was a close game against one of the favorites of the tournament, Khimki, but the Lithuanians just couldn’t stop Alexey Shved, who scored 21 points, while also adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Final score: 80-88.
VTB United League
Kalev/Cramo haven’t done enough to return to winning ways, as they suffered yet another defeat. VEF got loose in the second quarter and kept their cool until the end, raking in a 66-78 victory. They now stand at a 5-5 record, while the Estonians dropped to 2-9, as their losing streak extended to seven.
Basketball Champions League
Ventspils’ New Year’s celebrations were extended in Varese, as they played some terrific basketball on a hostile turf. A great second quarter put them on route to a double-digit lead which they managed to hold on to until the very end, winning for the sixth time on eleven tries in Group C. The 88-82 victory against Varese moved them to the fourth position in the group with three games remaining.
Utena was also given another chance to celebrate, as their town heroes continued their successful run in Europe. Juventus defeated the colorful Mega Leks 85-78 and improved their record to 7-4. The Lithuanians are aiming high in Group B, as they threaten all three teams that are currently above them.
FIBA Europe Cup
Prienu-Birstono Vytautas suffered their first defeat in the second round of the FIBA Europe Cup, as fell far wide of Telekom BasketsBonn. The Germans got in front in the first quarter, going up by eight, and then put the game to bed right after the break, as the margin increased to 17. The final score had blow-out written all over it, 70-89.