Siauliai defeat Lietkabelis, reach finals again

Photo: Gintaras ŠIUPARYS / "Lietuvos rytas"

PANEVEZYS – Having started the Semi-Finals with a solid win at home, Siauliai paved their way to their third consecutive Triobet BBL Finals appearance after an equally convincing 91-79 victory against Lietkabelis in the away leg of the tie on Tuesday evening.

 

Coach Gediminas Petrauskas has accomplished quite a spectacular feat of making the final with almost an entirely revamped side, comparing to the one that won the previous two editions of the league.

Playing with the comfort of a 10-point first-leg lead after a 77-67 win last week, Siauliai were confidently in charge of the second game as well. After a relatively close first quarter, the visitors broke away to a 47-34 lead at the halftime break.

The gap had grown to as many as 20 points in the second half to decide the outcome of the tie well before the final buzzer. Although Lietkabelis did manage to cut the deficit to single digits in the final frame, it was all too little, too late.

David Dudzinski led the winners with 18 points and five rebounds, Cameron Ayers added 15 points, six assists and three steals, while Rokas Giedraitis chipped in with 14 points and three steals.

For Lietkabelis, Valdas Vasylius had 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, Zygimantas Janavicius chipped in with 14 points, while Simas Buterlevicius was the only other player in double figures with 10 points to his name.