Lietkabelis pull off comeback, claim bronze

PANEVEZYS – A remarkable comeback saw Lietkabelis erase a 16-point first-leg deficit at home in Panevezys to snatch the Triobet BBL bronze medals straight out of the hands of Valmiera/ORDO.

In an exciting game, the Lithuanian side triumphed 86-64.

 

The hosts started the game strong, taking a 15-8 lead six minutes into the game, but an incredible 7-point possession by Valmiera/ORDO erased the hard-fought edge Lietkabelis had managed to build with one swipe.

Nevertheless, the Lithuanians remained in control of the game and used a 10-0 run at the end of the second quarter to take a 47-37 over the visits at the halftime interval.

Things did not get much better for Valmiera/ORDO after the break, as Lietkabelis continued their dominant play in the second half and had increased their lead to as many as 17 points in the third quarter.

However, the visitors took a big bite into the Lithuanian side’s lead before the final frame, heading into the fourth quarter down 52-63 on the day, but still up on aggregate.

But it was simply a better day for Lietkabelis who went on another good stretch and took a 21-point lead with five minutes remaining and lasting the distance until the final buzzer.

Lietkabelis coach Kazys Maksvytis:"We are really happy. The gap was quite big, but we did play at home. We changed our game a little bit and made them play one-on-one more, which paid off. They made some difficult shots in the first half, but not anymore in the second half. We fought until the end and I'm happy that we've managed to win the first silverware of the season."

Valmiera/ORDO coach Roberts Stelmahers: "We played against a very good team, they were first in our group. We knew that 16 points in modern basketball doesn't mean anything. We came to Panevezys to play a tough game, but in sports things like this happen. We came up short today."