Siauliai blast past Lietkabelis in first leg

SIAULIAI – The first Quarterfinals matchup was as exciting as it gets for two quarter, as two Lithuanian foes faced in the first leg of the series. Siauliai, however, managed to come out on top after a dominant second half, topping Lietkabelis 103-81 (29-22; 16-24; 31-19; 25-13).

 

The home side ran off very early with terrific play all-around. They already held a 15-point advantafe just five minutes inside the opening quarter, however Lietkabelis were not about to give up just yet. A series of efficient trips down the court helped the visitors cut the deficit in half and the scoreboard stated a 29-22 lead for Siauliai.

The high scoring didn't stop in the second frame. Led by Vytas Sulskis, Siauliai held on to the advantage for half a quarter, but Jurica Zuza started dominating in the post and managed to single-handedly bring the visitors within one point. Dainius Salenga's mid-range jump shot closed out the quarter and gave Lietkabelis their first lead of the game.

Lietkabelis had already emerged as the front-runner, when they jumped ahead by six. However, Rokas Giedraitis answered back with a three-pointer and the visitors were also 'awarded' an unsportsmanlike foul just half a minute later. Siauliai once again shot ahead after a 10-0 run. Rolandas Alijevas' season night carried the home side's offense throughout the third quarter, while Jeffery Allen swatted away shots left and right to control the defensive end. It was a 76-65 lead for Siauliai before the final quarter.

The home team was beyond perfect in the start of the fourth quarter, as they won the initial two and a half minutes 15-2 and reached a mid-thirties advantage. Nothing out of the ordinary happened during the final minutes and Siauliai celebrated a huge victory.

Rolandas Alijevas had a season night, as he reached new heights in both points and assists with respectively 23 and 10. Rokas Giedraitis and Vytas Sulskis added 17 apiece, while the latter also contributed 9 rebounds. Ryan Olander and Julius Jucikas ended the game with 13 each, while Gintaras Leonavicius finished off with 11.

For the losing side, it was Jurica Zuza leading the way, as he made his first 7 shots and ended the game with 17 points. Evaldas Zabas contributed 15, while Arnas Labuckas, Dainius Salenga and Jakov Vladovic all chipped in with 12 points each.