Hosts triumph in Vikonda BBL Cup

KEDAINIAI – Nevezis marked the start of the season by winning the Vikonda BBL Cup at home in Kedainiai after easing past Tartu Rock in the final. The home side triumphed 82-64 after breaking away in the second quarter.


Despite still playing without the big man duo of Povilas Butkevicius and Darius Silinskis, the Lithuanian team had no troubles against last year’s Estonian league runners-up, making 50% of three-point attempts.

Neither team gained a significant advantage in a low-scoring first quarter, as Rock had a 13-12 edge after the first ten minutes. However, after a 12-0 run in the second period, Nevezis shot ahead into a 32-21 lead.

Vilmantas Dilys, who was chosen as the MVP of the tournament, was the instigator of what proved to be the decisive run, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the five minute stretch.

The home side carried the momentum over to the second half and won the third period 33-19, bombarding the visitors from Estonia with successful long-range shots, before eventually calmly closing out the game in the fourth.

In addition to the 18 points by Vilmantas Dilys for Nevezis, American point guard Tyrone Brazelton collected 15 points and dished out 6 assists, Valdas Dabkus added 13 points, while Gintaras Leonavicius finished the game with 11 points and 9 rebounds.

Rock’s playmaker Augustas Peciukevicius was the top scorer for the visitors with 12 points, Vincent Simpson scored 11, while Kent-Kaarel Vene and Uros Lukovic added 9 points apiece.