Pasvalys head home with 9-point advantage

LIEPAJA – Egidijus Dimsa came off the bench to lead the way for Pieno Zvaigzdes past Liepaja/Triobet. Neither team overcommitted on the defensive end and the fans enjoyed a high-paced game, which ended in a nine-point, 89-80, win for the Lithuanians.

 

For the most part of the game, the two sides went back and forth, neither side really gaining any ground. As soon as Pasvalys got ahead, Liepaja would pull them right back. The first instance of this happened already late in the first quarter, as Pieno Zvaigzdes had a six point advantage, but it was sliced in half after Arturs Ausejs three-pointer to end the quarter.

The Lithuanians managed to get ahead by nine in the second period, but once again, the Latvians responded well – three three-pointers before the end of the half made it a tie ballgame.

Pieno Zvaigzdes finally managed to advance their lines to a double-digit lead after a 10-0 run with a couple minutes remaining in the third quarter, but just like before, Liepaja/Triobet came back before we could say anything. The score after three quarters was still very close: 65-63.

The last run Pieno Zvaigzdes put up was the one Liepaja/Triobet couldn‘t counter, and the Lithuanians, led by 11 fourth-quarter points from Egidijus Dimsa, sailed to a 9-point victory.

Egidijus Dimsa enjoyed an outstanding game, scoring 28 points and ripping down 11 rebounds. The team‘s other big man, Andriy Agafonov, was also solid, providing 17 points and another 11 rebounds. Derrick Low and Steponas Babrauskas were the two other players to reach double-digit scoring: Low had 13 points, 6 assists and 4 steals, while Babrauskas ended the night with 10 points and seven boards.

For the losing side, Arturs Ausejs was the top scorer with 25 points. He received some massive help from Artjoms Butjankovs, who tallied 23 points. Malcolm Griffin was also great, as he was all over the place with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.