FIBA Europe Cup: Ventspils still perfect, Rock advance

There are five Triobet BBL clubs participating in the inaugural edition of the FIBA Europe Cup. However, they will only join Triobet BBL Play-Offs if they fail to advance to the elimination stage in the continental competition.

As the group stage draws closer to the end, BBL.net brings you the latest international updates in a weekly round-up.

 

Ventspils  86-67 Pieno Zvaigzdes

Ventspils proved to be a class apart from the rest of the group, as they led from start to finish and stayed perfect with an 86-67 home win against Pieno Zvaigzdes. The Lithuanians dropped to a 2-3 record and will now need a victory and some help from Ventspils to advance.

Maris Gulbis led the Latvians in scoring with 12 points. Kristaps Janicenoks, who also had 10 assists, Alan Wiggins and Andrejs Selakovs all chipped in with 10 points.

Zygimantas Skucas had a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards for Pieno Zvaigzdes, as he led the team in both categories. Andriy Agafonov was good for 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Steponas Babrauskas ended the game with 10 points.

TU/ROCK 92-75 ETHA

TU/Rock were red hot throughout the game and enjoyed an easy 92-75 victory against visiting ETHA. They pulled away early in the second quarter and kept building on it after the break to secure a berth in the next round.

Evaldas Zabas was impressive for Rock, as he swished and dished for 22 points and 6 assists. Gert Dorbek added 21 points and 6 rebounds to the total, while Karolis Petrukonis secured 15 points. Brian Harper was an all-around threat in the game, as he added another 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Khimik 80-72 Juventus

Despite being up by nine midway through the third quarter, Juventus were unable to keep hold of the lead for long, as Khimik raced off to an 18-6 run to jump ahead before the final segment. The Ukrainians were just too good in the final quarter and secured an 80-72 victory. Making it to the next round is now a longshot for Juventus, as they still hope to be one of the two best third-placed teams.

Edgaras Zelionis was the leading scorer for Juventus with 15 points, while Egidijus Dimsa added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Spencer Butterfield and Martynas Linkevicius chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.

Royal Hali Gaziantep 87-71 Siauliai

While they started off slow, Siauliai pulled ahead by four after an outstanding second quarter and seemed to be in a good position to contend for victory. However, they collapsed in the second half, as the Turkish club outscored them by 20 points to secure a blow-out 87-71 victory.

Paulius Dambrauskas was solid with 15 points for the visitors, while Assem Marei added another double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. David Dudzinski and Michaelyn Scott finished the game with 11 points apiece.