Nevezis waste perfect chance for victory

KEDAINIAI ­– Despite putting up a great fight against one of the top teams in Group C, Nevezis fell short of their first victory, as Liepaja/Triobet snatched the 73-64 (26-21; 20-20; 27-21; 17-22) victory.


The Latvian side has 5 win in seven games and are right behind Juventus. Nevezis, on the other hand, is miles away with a 0-6 record.

Nevezis took the upper hand at the get-go, as they raced off to an 8-0 start, which, however, was short-lived. The visitors responded with a 10-0 run of their own and soon the game was back in balance. However, another 9-0 stretch allowed Liepaja/Triobet to reestablish their advantage. By the end of the quarter, the margin had shrunk to five.

Liepaja had built a solid 15-point lead in the second period, but the hosts arranged a 16-2 run and finished the quarter on level terms.

Liepaja/Triobet once again shot ahead in the third quarter and built a double-digit lead that carried over to the final ten minutes where the Latvians kept their distance for most of the quarter but allowed Nevezis to catch up when it mattered most.

With 25 seconds remaining, it was still a 7-point game, but Thomas Davis was fouled while shooting a three-pointer, then Arnolds Helmanis commited an unsportsman-like foul and Nevezis had the chance to tie the game. However, they missed one of the free-throws and followed it up by a missed three-pointer, giving the visitors the chance to seal the game.

Janis Antrops was the leading scorer for the victors, as he tallied 15 points. Edgaras Zelionis added 14, while Mareks Jurevicus finished the game with 11. Lauris Blaus and Andrius Mazutis ended the game with 9 each, while the latter also assisted his teammates 10 times and snatched 5 rebounds.

Roderick Camphor was outstanding for Nevezis, but even his 33-point and 7-rebound performance was not enough to will his team to victory. Thomas Davis scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while Marcus Monroe added 16 points and 6 assists, but also committed 8 turnovers.