Pasvalys survives overtime drama

PASVALYS – Pieno zvaigzdes and Pyrinto made Tuesday evening even more spectacular with an overtime drama in Lithuania. The home side erased a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to send the game to overtime, where they finally edged the visiting Finns 76-74 (18-22; 15-14; 17-22; 19-11; 7-5).

 

Pieno zvaigzdes kept their record clean, as it states a 2-0 start for them, while Pyrinto suffered their first loss in three match-ups.

The home team got off to a quicker start and after a couple of three-pointers was ahead 8-2. However, Pyrinto responded with a 10-1 run which now had the visitors in front. For the remainder of the quarter, the two sides exchanged successful trips down the court and neither team could grab hold of a tangible lead.

The team from Finland seemed in control in the second half, as their lead quickly rose to 9. Nevertheless, they could not hold on to the safe margin for a long time – a series of Pasvalys’ free-throws cut the lead down to just three.

After halftime, Pyrinto were once again the aggressors and seven consecutive points gave them a 43-33 lead. This time, however, they managed to hang on to the lead and started the final quarter with an eight point advantage.

While Kevin Parrom opened the fourth quarter with a basket that pushed the lead to ten, that was a far as Pyrinto got. A one-man show from Tauras Jogela, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter alone, followed by six Evaldas Kairys’ points allowed the home side to close in and then tie the score with the clock expiring.

Pieno zvaigzdes could not find a basket for half of the overtime, but luckily for them, Pyrinto only managed to score three points themselves. With a minute and a half remaining, Tauras Jogela struck gold from long-range, as he tied the score at 74.

While the visitors could not convert on the other end, Aidas Viskontas was good on both of his free-throws, leaving a two-point deficit for Pyrinto and 10 second to make something of it. Antero Lehto missed the go-ahead three-pointer and the home side celebrated a 76-74 victory.

Tauras Jogela was the leading scorer for Pieno zvaigzdes, as he scored 18 points to go alongside his 9 rebounds. Evaldas Kairys, who also had 9 rebounds, and Osvaldas Olisevicius chipped in with 13 apiece. Point Guard Aidas Viskontas had the only double-double of the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Antero Lehto scored 18 points for the losing side, while Topias Palmi contributed 14. Asenso Ampim added 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Damon Williams finished the game with 10 points and 8 boards.