Lietkabelis defeat Barons/LDz on the road

SAULKRASTI – Lietkabelis improved to an 8-1 record in Group A after overcoming a strong challenge by Barons/LDz and taking a 77-70 on the road in Latvia on Saturday evening.

It was the sixth consecutive victory for the Lithuanian side, while the struggling Barons/LDz lost for the fourth time in a row, dropping to a 1-7 mark. 


Lietkabelis got off to a better start, scoring the first six points of the game, but the home side didn’t let the deficit get out of hand early. Trailing by two after the first quarter, Barons/LDz strung together another solid stretch and finished the first half on level terms, 35-35.

The third quarter went better for the visitors, who restored a slight edge behind terrific play of Valdas Vasylius. However, the lead was never commanding, with the hosts sticking close through all turns of the game.

Halfway through the final period, the score was all even at 60-60, but the Balkan duet of Miljan Pavkovic and Jurica Zuza scored seven points in quick succession, as Lietkabelis went on a 7-2 run to go up by five.

Barons/LDz had made it a one-possession game on a couple occasions henceforth, but the visitors did not fall under pressure and came away with the win.

Vasylius scored a team-high 16 points for the winners, Miljan Pavkovic added 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists, while Justin Love finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Despite 32 points by Cliff Colimon, Barons/LDz just didn’t get enough help from elsewhere. Jason Calliste did add 13 points, but no other players score in double figures.