Pieno Zvaigzdes secure top spot with win against Valmiera
25.01.2017, Povilas Baranauskas, Triobet BBL News Services
PASVALYS – It was a big comeback effort, but just not carried out all the way through for Valmiera/ORDO, as they succumed to Pieno Zvaigzdes. The Latvians were unable to prolong their run and fell in hostile territory 71-77 on the last day of the Triobet BBL regular season.
The victory pushes Pieno Zvaigzdes to six consecutive win and ensures the best record in the league with 11 out of 12 wins. Valmiera/ORDO remains in second place in Group B and will finish either as the second or third seed out of the regular season.
The Lithuanian side was the one to jump ahead first, as they played a terrific first quarter, opening it with an 11-2 start. They allowed just two field goals in each half of the quarter and were up by double-digits already, 20-9.
Things didn’t get much better in the second period for Valmiera/ORDO, as Pieno Zvaigzdes slowly advanced their lines. The lead reached a game-high 18 points with just a minute remaining in the first half of the game. Nevertheless, the visitors managed to reduce the margin to 13 before the quarter ended.
Valmiera/ORDO turned up the heat in the second half, as a 9-0 run sparked hope for a comeback. An that hope was still alive come fourth quarter, as they were down by just 4 points.
Nevertheless, Pieno Zvaigzdes figured things out in the final fourth and held on to a three possession lead for most of the quarter, with the margin jumping in and out of double-digits.
EgidijusDimsa was the top scorer for the victors, as he scored 16 points. EvaldasZabas and SteponasBabrauskas were solid with 11 points apiece, while AndriyAgafonov ended the game with 10. OsvaldasOlisevicius had a good game all-around and tallied 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
On the other end, it was ArtursBerzins leading the way with 17 points and 9 boards. DamierPitts also flirted with a double-double of 14 points and 9 assists, while also grabbing 4 rebounds. LaurisBlaus chipped in with 12 points to be the third player in double-digit scoring.