Despite having gone 11-1 in the regular season, nobody in Pasvalys was expecting an easy game against Ogre, as the two sides split the season series with a win at home each. Nevertheless, it‘s safe to say that Pieno Zvaigzdes were considered to be the favorites of this Eight-Final.
The way the first quarter unraveled let us know that this might be a classic in the making, as neither side had any breathing room – there were six lead changes in the first six minutes alone. However, the hosts managed to close out the quarter strong and enjoyed a four point advantage.
Pieno Zvaigzdes were quick to respond in the second period, as they immediately regained control of the lead. And while it was just a slim margin, the game took an eight-point turnaround for Pasvalys to go up four.
Things got more and more exciting as we were closing in on crunch time, and it was now Ogre taking the reins with a little help from multiple missed free-throws by Pasvalys.
Ogre ignited a 9-2 run to open up the final quarter and that got them an 11-point lead just two minutes in. The Latvians managed to keep hold of the slippery advantage until the very end, with Derrick Low’s free-throws bringing the deficit back to single-digits.
Rihards Zebergs was the top scorer for Ogre/Kumho Tyre with 17 points in his account, while Marcis Vitols had a 16-point night. Guntis Sipolins added 12 points in just ten minutes of action, while Karlis Apsitis finished the game with 11 points.
On the other side, it was the starting five doing the heavy lifting, as all five players entered double-digit scoring. Steponas Babrauskas had a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Andriy Agafonov added 11 points and 9 boards. Egidijus Dimsa had another 11 points. Both Evaldas Zabas, and Derrick Low scored 10 points, as the American also dished out 10 dimes.