FIBA Europe Cup: Mixed results for Baltic clubs

Halfway through the Round of 32, the four teams representing the Baltics in the FIBA Europe Cup have had mixed result. This time around only Ventspils and Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to tab a victory, while Juventus fell in dramatic fashion.

 

Ventspils 77-69 Lukoil Academic

Ventspils showed true resilience, as they fought all the way back from a 15-point deficit with dominating play inside the paint. The Latvians outrebounded their opponents 44-26 and jumped to the top of Group P with their second victory in three games.

Artis Ate was the top gunner for Ventspils with 18 points to his name, while Kristaps Janicenoks was good for 15. Allan Wiggins chipped in with 13 points and 7 rebounds, as Andrejs Grazulis came off the bench to add 10 points and 7 boards.

Enisey Krasnoyarsk 87-68 TU/Rock

After a dreadful start to the game, TU/Rock found themselves down by 20 not even halfway through the game. While the Estonians clawed back, wiping out the double-digit deficit, the home side were not about to let this one slip and recovered victory with an 18-3 run, handing TU/Rock their third loss in the Round of 32.

Gert Dorbek led the way for the Tartu side with 21 points, while Evaldas Zabas added 12 to the total. Brian Harper and Janar Talts accounted for 9 points each, as they also chipped in with 9 and 6 rebounds respectively.

Pieno Zvaigzdes 95-93 Energia Targu

While they were still up by double-digits with 6 minutes remaining, Pieno Zvaigzdes ended up squandering a 19-point third quarter advantage. Nevertheless, they still rose victorious for their first victory after an overtime drama.

Ramon Moore was the hero for Pieno Zvaigzdes, as he scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, while also filling the boxscore with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Andriy Agafonov was solid with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Giedrius Staniulis chipped in with 15 points.

Khimik 77-76 Juventus Utena

The Lithuanian side led the way for 35 minutes of basketball and had the lead and the ball with 12 seconds to go, but were still unable to close out the game. Edgaras Zelionis’ shot was blocked and Khimik converted on both free-throws to push ahead.

Edgaras Zelionis put up a great performance with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Utena, while Arminas Urbutis scored 18. Spencer Butterfield and Rolandas Alijevas ended the game with 11 points apiece, while the latter also had 6 rebounds and 6 assists.