Lietkabelis take care of Jurmala/Fenikss

PANEVEZYS – There was nothing separating Lietkabelis and Jurmala/Fenikss after the first leg of the Eight-Final tie between the sides in Latvia, but the Lithuanian side took care of business at home in Panevezys, defeating the visitors 92-78 in the second game to advance to the next round.


The hosts started the game with a high level of intensity and broke away to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter. However, Jurmala/Fenikss finished the period with a small run to cut the deficit to 19-14.

Led by a 13-point first half effort by Arnas Labuckas, Lietkabelis restored a double figure advantage before the interval, with teams heading to the locker rooms with the scoreboard signaling a 39-28 lead for the hosts.

Serbian big man Mile Ilic took over the scoring duties from the team’s captain after the halftime break, as Panevezys ran away with the game in the third quarter, deciding the outcome of the Eight-Final tie well before the final period.

Ilic finished the game with a team-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, Mantas Kazonas scored 17 points, while Arnas Labuckas collected 13 points in only 17 minutes of action for Lietkabelis.

For the visitors from Jurmala, Maris Ziedins had a game-high 20 points, Edgars Jeromanovs scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six dimes, while Edmunds Elksnis had 15 points.

In the Quarter-Final, Lietkabelis will face Nevezis, who recorded the biggest upset of the Triobet BBL Play-Offs so far by knocking out the best Regular Season team Vytautas in their Eight-Final match-up.