Although Nevezis has already proved to be a resilient bunch, but overcoming a 30-point deficit might be too big of a task even for them, as the second game will also be played in Finland.
The hosts asserted their dominance from the early going, finishing the first quarter with a 21-13 advantage, with a pair of free-throws by Benjamin Raymond pushing the gap to double digits early in the second period.
Pyrinto’s lead increased to 18 points following a 12-0 run to make it 33-15 with five minutes remaining in the first half. Trailing by 21 points at the interval, Nevezis did manage to limit the damage in the third quarter, getting within 58-43 before the start of the final frame.
However, the Finns decided to answer all the remaining questions already in the fourth quarter and not wait for the second game of the tie the following day, winning the period 33-18 and taking a 30-point win in the end.
Antero Lehto and Yannick Anzuluni led the winners in scoring with 19 points apiece, while Benjamin Raymond scored 18 points and grabbed five boards.
Meanwhile, Gintaras Leonavicius was by far the best player on Nevezis, scoring 23 points, while February MVP award winner Tauras Jogela added 13 points and seven rebounds.