Lietkabelis punch playoff ticket in Liepaja

Photo: Martins Silis

LIEPAJA ‒ Lietkabelis crowned a successful playoff push by taking a 68-58 win against Liepaja/Triobet to book a spot in the postseason.

The Lithuanian team won three of the last four regular season games, climbing to fifth place in Group B with a 4-8 mark.


However, Liepaja/Triobet is the main favorite to advance as the best sixth-placed team, barring any unforeseen events in Group A.

Lietkabelis had built a small lead in the first half of the game, but it was a close affair until the very final minutes, as Liepaja came back to take a 47-46 lead before the fourth quarter.

With the score 48-47 in favor of Lietkabelis, Kristaps Miglinieks drained a three-pointer and Paul Hill added a pair of free throws to give Liepaja/Triobet a 52-48 advantage.

However, Lietkabelis weren’t ready to give up a playoff spot this easily – the Lithuanian team retook the lead at 66-54 after Goran Vrbanc completed an 18-2 run with a three-pointer.

Vrbanc led Lietkabelis in scoring with 18 points, Ivan Nelyubov scored 16 points, while Darrick Leonard added 12 points and five rebounds.

For Liepaja/Triobet, Paul Hill collected team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Kristaps Miglinieks chipped in with 12 points.