First leg advantage sees Vytautas past Valmeira/ORDO

VALMIERA – A big first leg win allowed Vytautas to advance to the next round despite losing against Valmiera/ORDO in the return game of the series. The game ended 74-64, but the 31-point advantage was too big to overcome, therefore Vytautas advance to the Semifinals of the tournament.

 

Valmiera/ORDO got a good start, jumping ahead by six points in the first quarter, but it was quite obvious that they were still facing a big hill to climb.

It was a battle we were hoping to see at the beginning of the series, as it was a very equal fight. Neither side managed to push the game one way or the other and it was a five-point advantage for the Latvians.

Nevertheless, a five-point advantage just wouldn't cut it. The Latvians really needed a miracle to mount a huge comeback, but it wasn't in them. Although Valmiera fought harder and put more heart into the game in front of their home fans, the deficit was too large to overcome.

Victorious, yet defeated, Valmiera/ORDO were led by Martins Laksa's 18 points. Damier Pitts was responsible for 14 points, while Arturs Berzins added 13 to the tally.

On the other side, it was a half-assed performance from Vytautas, who were led by 12 points from Vytenis Lipkevicius. Arturas Valeika and Tadas Klimavicius chipped in with 11, while Regimantas Miniotas also reached double-digits with 10 points to his name.