Siauliai become BBL champs for first time!


PRIENAI – Siauliai became the Baltic Basketball League champions for the first time in the club’s history after handing TonyBet its first home loss of the season in Prienai on Saturday evening.


Having won the first leg of the BBL Finals by five points, Siauliai finished the task by claiming a 78-66 victory in the second game, as the Prienai side finished as runners up for the second year in a row.

TonyBet got off to a near-perfect start, going up 13-3 after five minutes of play after Zygimantas Janavicius buried a three-pointer. However, Siauliai raced from behind to take a one-point edge after the first period.

Having increased to gap to 39-36 at the halftime interval, the visitors continued their successful play in the third period, increasing the gap to 49-36 after a triple by Travis Leslie.

TonyBet managed to cut the deficit to three points with a 10-0 run and were behind only 66-63 three minutes into the final quarter. But Vytas Sulskis knocked down a pair of long-range shots, while Rokas Giedraitis added a couple of baskets of his own, as Siauliai broke away for good.

Rokas Giedraitis was the top scorer of the game, finishing the night with 17 points, Travis Leslie added a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Vytas Sulskis chipped in with 13 points for Siauliai.

Mindaugas Lukauskis was once again the key man for Prienai, collecting a team-high 15 points, Zygimantas Janavicius scored 12 points, while Vaidas Cepukaitis had 10 points and five rebounds.