Lietkabelis bruise past Nevezis in Lithuanian derby

PANEVEZYS – After forty minutes of hard-nosed basketball, Lietkabelis managed to go out on top 78-71 against Nevezis in the first Lithuanian derby of the season.


The two Lithuanian sides traded basket for basket in the early stages of the game and neither side could grasp a tangible lead, with a 13-11 lead for the home side.

After a low-scoring first quarter, Lietkabelis managed to pick up the pace and slowly build a double-digit lead. The visitors cut it down to six and now faced only a 32-38 deficit midway through the game.

Nevezis were on point in the third quarter and an 11-2 run allowed them to finally sneak ahead. The game was truly a nail-biter in the making, as only two points separated the teams before the final quarter.

The visitors didn't have as much luck in the final quarter, as they crumbled in the five final minutes. Lietkabelis enjoyed a double-digit lead with two minutes on the clock and safely coasted to the finish line.

Arnas Labuckas was the top-scorer for the home side with 17 points in his tab, while Brandon Wood contributed 16 to the win. Arturas Valeika was also in double digits with 10 point and 6 rebounds. Jermaine Love, who also dished out 6 assists, and Lukas Aukstikalnis ended the game with 8 apiece.

Taylor King led the way for Nevezis with 18 points in just 20 minutes of game time, while Darius Gvezdauskas chipped in with 13. Grant Johnson ended up with 11 points, while Saah Nimley scored 9 in his team's loss.