Juventus defeat Maks&Moorits, book playoff spot

Photo: Algimantas Ciza

UTENA ‒ Juventus booked a spot in the BBL Playoffs with a 94-73 win against Group C bottom-dwellers Valga Maks&Moorits, who have now lost all 10 games.

The victory allowed the Lithuanian to improve to a 4-6 record and move into the fifth spot, passing the 3-9 Barsy, whose fate now rests in the hands of other teams.

 

Seven minutes into the first quarter, Kristjan Evart had given Maks&Moorits a 16-15, lead but Juventus went on a 7-0 run to jump in front, going on to finish the period with a 27-20 advantage.

Having started the second quarter with a 17-4 stretch, the hosts maintained their offensive consistency, dropping a total of 27 points in this period as well, allowing only 15 themselves.

Although the visitors from Estonia had cut the deficit to a manageable 12-point margin after three quarters, Juventus shut down their hopes of a comeback with eight unanswered points in the final period.

Aidas Viskontas finished the game with 18 points and five assists, Keyron Sheard added 15 points and five dimes, while Saulius Kulvietis scored 14 points for the winners.

Miguel Ortega had a good all around performance for Maks&Moorits, with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds, Ferg Myrick had 19 points, while Viljar Veski chipped in with 14.