Liepaja/Triobet came out of the locker room some really good defense, keeping the basket closed for almost half of a quarter. That helped them amass their early 10-2 lead, which soon moved into double-digits.
For most of the second quarter it was a level fight, as Barsy came closer, but the final minutes were all about Liepaja. They managed to put up a good run and advanced their lead to 14.
The current situation didn’t stick too well with the Kazakhs, as they mounted a great comeback, wiping away everything Liepaja/Triobet worked so hard to get – 7 minutes into the third quarter, it was already Barsy up ahead.
The two teams entered the final segment of the game on level terms, tied at 64, and Liepaja were quick to show their intentions – a 15-4 run to start the quarter gave them all the tools for victory, as the closed the game in a calm manner. Barsy captain Mikhail Yevstigneev, couldn’t keep his cool on the other hand, and fouled out after a technical foul followed an unsportsmanlike foul. Final score: 89-75 for Liepaja.
Lateef Mcmullan was the highest scorer for the Latvian side with 19 points and 7 assists, but it was Malcolm Griffin who stole the spotlight, as he was just two assists shy of a triple-double. 18 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the guard in an impressive showcase of skill. Artjoms Butjankovs was also solid with 14 points and 8 rebounds to his name.
For Barsy Atyrau, Trevin Parks had another strong outing, as he was the game’s highest scorer with 22 points. The aforementioned Vadim Matyukevich was also solid before fouling out, as he had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Pavel Micheev chipped in with 12 points.