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It was another good week for BK Ventspils and TU/Rock, as both clubs improved to a 2-0 record and will be happy with the positive start to the FIBA Europe Cup campaign. Meanwhile, Siauliai registered their first win, defeating group favorites Royal Hali Gaziantep. However, the two other Lithuanian clubs, Juventus and Pieno Zvaigzdes, lost once again and are now at the bottom of their respective groups with a 0-2 mark.
Pieno Zvaigzdes 96-100 BK Ventspils
After a painful loss in Poland last week, Pieno Zvaigzdes lost another close game, as Ventspils came away with a 100-96 victory on the road in Lithuania. The visitors from Latvia had gained a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but Pieno Zvaigzdes fought back within two points, before eventually falling short in a high-scoring Baltic clash.
Maris Gulbis led Ventspils with 24 points and five rebounds, Kristaps Janicenoks scored 18 points, while Zanis Peiners added 15. For Pieno Zvaigzdes, Zygimantas Skucas scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Demond Carter dropped 19 points and five assists in his debut for the Lithuanian team.
ETHA Engomi 55-67 TU/Rock
TU/Rock celebrated their second win in as many games, defeating ETHA Engomi 67-55 in Cyprus, despite a slow start of the game. Having fallen behind 22-7, TU/Rock bounced back with a 22-2 run in the second period to take the upper hand in the game, staying in command until the final whistle.
Lithuanian guard Evaldas Zabas was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points and seven rebounds, his countryman Karolis Petrukonis scored 14 points, while Estonian national team point guard Tanel Sokk chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.
BC Siauliai 72-69 Royal Hali Gaziantep
Siauliai pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the week in FIBA Europe Cup, downing the visiting Royal Hali Gaziantep 72-69 in Lithuania to bounce back from last week’s defeat in Poland. In a game of ups and downs, the hosts performed better down the line, going on a 12-4 run to storm in front.
Arturas Jomantas led the winners in scoring with 16 points and six rebounds, Assem Marei had a monstrous double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Paulius Dambrauskas finished the game with 11 points, including a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter.
Juventus 86-90 Khimik
Juventus failed to mark the club’s international home debut with a win, as Ukrainian side Khimik triumphed 90-86 in Utena after overtime. The Lithuanians could not stop Branden Frazier down the stretch, as the American guard scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven dimes for the visitors.
For Juventus, Edgaras Zelionis scored 16 points and blocked three shots, Spencer Butterfield added 14 points, while Egidijus Dimsa chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.