Pieno zvaigzdes sour Kambala's return

Photo: Renars Buivids

RIGA – Kaspars Kambala’s return to the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) was marked with a loss for his Barons kvartals side, as the Latvians fell against Pieno zvaigzdes, 87-104 (26-34; 27-20; 16-23; 18-27) in the Group A matchup.

 

We saw some high tempo offense for the visiting side very early on, as they needed merely four minutes to grasp a 16-7 lead. While Barons kvartals came rushing back with six consecutive points, an 8-0 run for Pieno zvaigzdes tilted the game in a different direction – the score after the high-scoring first quarter was 26-34.

The pace did not slow down in the second quarter, as the home team ran off to a 9-0 run to tie the score early in the quarter. The teams traded blows like heavyweight boxers and neither team was able to amass a tangible lead before the end of the first half.

Things changed at the end of the third quarter, as the Lithuanians used a 10-1 run to regain control of the double-digit lead they once had.

Pieno zvaigzdes delivered the knock-out punch with a 13-0 run at the beginning of the final quarter. As the lead sky-rocketed to 20, the game was already decided with 5 minutes still on the clock.

Gytis Sirutavicius was the leading scorer between the six Pasvalys’ players with double-digit scoring, as he collected 18 points. Aidas Viskontas chipped in with 15 points and 6 assists, while Evaldas Kairys ended the game with 14.

Kaspars Kambala debuted with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead his team in both categories. Kristaps Valters added 13, while Lauris Mizis and Davis Zonne ended the game with 12 apiece.