Pieno Zvaigzdes advance to Semi-Finals with confident win
08.03.2017, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
PASVALYS – After having secured a nine-point away victory in Liepaja, Pieno Zvaigzdes finished the job at home, finding ways to end the series strong with a 109-93 win against Liepaja/Triobet. They will now face off against University of Tartu in the Semifinals.
Having a nine-point advantage heading into a home game, Pieno Zvaigzdes were always deemed a favorite, especially since they hadn't lost a home game in the Triobet BBL throughout the whole season.
However, the battle might have been harder than they expected. Despite the fact that they started off strong, Pieno Zvaigzdes couldn't hang on to the 7-poing first quarter lead for long. Combined with the nine points from before, the 16-point advantage did look menacing, however.
Nevertheless, Liepaja/Triobet managed to return to the series with a terrific second quarter, as they won the segment by a eight points and jumped ahead by one.
The Lithuanians sorted everything out after the break, running off to an insurmountable lead. Keeping the first game advantage in mind, they finished out the game strong and moved on to the Semis!
Evaldas Zabas and Nikita Balashov were the top scorers for Pasvalys with 18 points apiece, while Osvaldas Olisevicius and Derrick Low accounted for 15, while the American also dished out 9 assists. Egidijus Dimsa had 12 points, while Justas Tamulis ended the game with 11.
For Liepaja, it was Arturs Ausejs with the game-high 30 points. The duo of Carl Anthony Montgomery and Malcolm Griffin chipped in with 13 apiece, while Rihards Berzins ended the game with 11.