The crowd was buzzing as the two teams tipped the game off and Liepaja/Triobet gave their fans something to cheer about from the initial moments, as they surged ahead with an 8-2 lead. Mareks Jurevicus and Janis Antrops soon hit a three-pointer each and created some breathing space for Liepaja. The score after the first quarter announced a 20-14 lead for the home side.
The two rivals traded blow for blow for the majority of the quarter until Liepaja finally managed to cut loose and amassed a nine point lead. However, two successful trips for TU/Rock shrank the lead to just four – 36-40 after the first half.
The home side started the second half with nearly unbreakable defense, limiting their opponents to just three points in the first five minutes and that allowed the Latvians to jump ahead by 9. TU/Rock had already caught up with their opponents, but a couple of open looks to finish the quarter helped Liepaja/Triobet regain momentum and an eight point lead.
The visitors couldn’t do much to trim the lead as Liepaja retained the excellent defensive performance. The margin had reached 17 before the Estonian side staged their final rally. All they managed to do was reduce the margin to 13.
Mareks Jurevicus, who was named MVP of the tournament, was the top scorer for the winners, as he collected 13 points, Edgaras Zelionis, Janis Antrops and Dwayne Johnson all contributed 10 points each.
Joosep Toome and Augustas Peciukevicius led TU/Rock with 13 points each.
Andrius Mazutis, captain of the team was happy the team played well and hopes they can keep it up throughout the season:
“We need to take it step by step. We won the cup, now we need to step up in the regular season of the BBL and the Latvian league. Last season wasn’t too good, but hopefully we’ll have reached some admirable goals by the end of the season. Of course, there is still a lot of work to do.”