The opening week wasn’t the best for Baltic clubs, with only two clubs starting their campaigns with wins. And one of them was predetermined, as last year’s BBL bronze-medal series participants TU/Rock and Juventus played against each other once again.
TU/Rock 81-72 Juventus
Although last year it was Juventus who got the better of the Estonian club, TU/Rock overcame a rough start to defeat the visitors from Lithuania 81-72 after scoring 30 points in the last period.
Tanel Kurbas double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Tartu side, as Gert Dorbek added 17 points. For the guests, Chavaughn Lewis had a team-high 17 points, while Arminas Urbutis and Egidijus Dimsa chipped in with 12 points apiece.
Ventspils 67-62 Helios Suns
After a very close game for three quarters, Ventspils turned up the intensity in the final period to come from behind and celebrate a 67-62 victory against Helios Suns at home in Latvia.
Alan Wiggins paced the winners with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, Kwamain Mitchell scored 13 points and added four assists, while Andrejs Grazulis finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds.
PGE Turow 90-80 Pieno Zvaigzdes
Despite starting the game strong, Pieno Zvaigzdes faded as the game went on before succumbing to an 80-90 loss against PGE Turow on the road in Poland. Heading into the final quarter, the Lithuanians led 69-62 but the hosts won the period by 17 points to snatch the win.
Andriy Agafonov had a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Lithuanian side, Giedrius Staniulis scored 14, while Jokubas Gintvainis added 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds but committed seven turnovers.
Slask Wroclaw 71-69 Siauliai
Having led for more than 37 minutes, there will be plenty of regrets for back-to-back champions Siauliai, as they allowed Slask Wroclaw to make a second-half comeback and ended up losing 69-71 on the road in Poland.
Paulius Dambrauskas led Siauliai in scoring with 17 points and five rebounds, Assem Marei added 15 points and 10 rebounds, with Dave Dudzinski contributing with 11 points.