The first half was as tight as they come, both teams trading blow for blow, as the lead changed hands a staggering 12 times in the first ten minutes alone.
Neither side managed to run away in the second quarter either, and we truly saw a battle between two worthy opponents. The lead changed hands a further 7 times before the end of the half, but it was Pasvalys holding on to a slim margin, 41-38.
The Lithuanians got off to a good start after the break and improved the lead to 7, making it the biggest lead of the game at that time.
It was a bit of a change of scenery in the second half, as Pieno Zvaigzdes improved the margin to 17 points in just the third quarter. However that was not the end of it.
Jekabpils responded with 10 dominant minutes of basketball and quickly cut the home side’s advantage. With a minute to go, the deficit was finally cut to just a single point and Pieno Zvaigzdes couldn’t respond. However, with 15 second on the clock Roberts Stumbris only managed to tie the game up with one free-throw of two reaching its target.
The Lithuanians couldn’t make use of the remaining time, and the game went to OT. The two sides traded basket for basket in extra time, but the game was still going nowhere, as the scoreboard lit up with 93-93 after 45 minutes of play.
Pieno Zvaigzdes started the second overtime with five straight points, advancing the score to 98-93, but Rinalds Sirsnins was there for the Latvian side, helping his team stay competitive. They managed to tie the game up with a minute to go and finally pulled ahead with a three from Stumbris giving them a 100-103 advantage.
Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to defend from several attacks from their opponents and that gave them the chance to regain the lead, 104-103. Jekabpils’ final attempt was blocked and the Pasvalys side celebrated a victory in what might be the game of the year.
Pieno Zvaigzdes were led by Andriy Agafonov, who scored 27 points, tore down 7 rebounds and recorded 5 blocks. Egidijus Dimsa added 16, while Steponas Babrauskas and Derrick Low ended the game with 12, as the latter also added 9 assists.
Rinalds Sirsnins was the top scorer for Jekabpils, as he tallied 22. Janis Antrops added 18 points, while Pavels Veselovs ended the game with 15. Jurijs Aleksejevs chipped in with 14 points and 9 rebounds.