Siauliai bring home two-point lead for Bronze

TARTU - In a high-scoring affair truly worth a final, Siauliai managed to take home a slender, 88-86 lead against Tartu University, as we await an exciting return leg next week.


Tartu had the upper hand initially, as they rocketed ahead for a ten-point lead not even a quarter into the contest. However, all the momentum was taken away in the second period, as Siauliai went on a 14-0 run to jump ahead before halftime.

The two sides traded bucket for bucket up until the final moments. Vytenis Cizauskas had the chance to tie the game up with 20 seconds to go, but his shot was swatted away, and the two sides will have to settle everything in Siauliai.

Laurynas Birutis was being his usual self, leading the way with 22 points. Akeem Wright added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Arminas Urbutis ended up with 10 points and 8 boards. Vytautas Sarakauskas finished up with 9, as the trio of Sarunas Beniusis, Kristupas Zemaitis and Donatas Sabeckis chipped in with eight points apiece. Sabeckis also added 8 assists to the tally.

For the Estonian side, it was the guards doing the heavy lifting, as veteran Tanel Sokk picked up 19 points and 4 assists, while Vytenis Cizauskas added 18 points and another 5 dimes. Kristjan Kitsing had 13 points, as Janar Talts and Julius Kazakauskas ended up with 12 and 10 points, respectively.